"Because most members of the Concordia family -- students, faculty and staff -- will be celebrating Christmas Eve with their own family members and because we wanted to celebrate Christmas as a Concordia family, our Christmas Eve celebration may take place two weeks before December 24, but that celebration will certainly be filled with true Christmas spirit."
Who: Concordia University Irvine’s choirs, orchestra, handbells and the campus community.
What: The Concordia “Christmas Eve” Worship Service is a campus-wide Christmas celebration. Students, faculty and staff gather during the final week of the semester to celebrate Christmas together before students return home. The candlelight worship service includes congregational singing with several choir anthems, many traditional Christmas lessons and carols to sing together, and a time for children to come up for a children's message.
A Christmas dinner hosted by President Krueger will be served in the cafeteria for students, faculty and staff and their families prior to the service. Family members and friends of Concordia are welcome to attend.
President Kurt Krueger said of the special service, "Because most members of the Concordia family -- students, faculty and staff -- will be celebrating Christmas Eve with their own family members and because we wanted to celebrate Christmas as a Concordia family, our Christmas Eve celebration may take place two weeks before December 24, but that celebration will certainly be filled with true Christmas spirit."
Pastor Anderson added, "There is no better joy than to celebrate the birth of the long-expected Savior of the world, Jesus. Concordia Christmas Eve is when we gather together as a community of Christ, to remember, celebrate, and sing with great joy that "A child is born in Bethlehem."
When: Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
Christmas Dinner at 5:00 p.m.
Worship Service at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Concordia University Center for Worship and Performing Arts
1530 Concordia West, Irvine, CA 92612.
Tickets: The worship portion of the event is free and open to the public. The dinner is limited to the campus community.
About Concordia University Irvine
Concordia University Irvine prepares students for their vocations—their calling in life. CUI offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and adult degree programs in a beautiful Southern California location, with online and regional cohort options. Concordia’s undergraduate program is distinctive among universities in California because of its nationally recognized Core Curriculum, and its Lutheran heritage that provides a thoughtful and caring Christian community that lives out the theology of "Grace Alone. Faith Alone."
Concordia is a U.S.News Top Tier Regional University and has been named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the fastest growing private nonprofit master's institutions. CUI enrolls over 4,000 students.
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