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Parishioners and guests are gradually turning their hearts to the sacredness of the Advent/Christmas season. It's been a long 19 months coping with pandemic isolation and finally the holidays serve to brighten souls. As congregational development expert Carey Nieuwhof writes, this is a perfect time to engage people and get out the invitation. "Christmas is one of the rare moments left when the culture is more open to the message you’re preaching," he said in his article Break the Slump: How to Leverage Your 2021 Christmas Services to Reach More People.