At least two groups of carolers made the rounds of Centralia during the Christmas season.
One from Cornerstone Baptist Church, the other affiliated Friendship Church and friends.
Both groups caravanned through Centralia.
Cornerstone’s in a five-vehicle convoy.
Friendship’s in a church mini-bus and a pair or cars.
And between them, almost 30 voices raised in song.
While perhaps ultimately the same, on the surface their designations were different.
Cornerstone’s carolers stood in the yards of congregation members who have been unable to attend church due to Coronavirus cautions.
Friendship’s visited Heritage Hall and Stuart House and sang at the windows of those inside.
“Spreading Christmas cheer,” Marcus Blair, Cornerstone’s pastor said when asked what brought him and his congretation out that brisk, sunny, Saturday afternoon. “I think everybody needs some now, more than ever. It’s our annual tradition to do Christmas caroling in the community. We’re doing it a little more social distanced than usual. Everybody needs some cheer and some Christmas mirth. That’s what we’re doing it for.”
Song leader Eric Trentham put it this way.
“It’s just some friends spreading some Christmas cheer,” he said. “I would tell you that every year we get a lot more out of it than we realize. It is talking about the love of our lord and savior Jesus Christ and reminding people that it’s that time of year and even more so witht the pandemic. People can’t get out so we go to them.”
For the complete article see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard