White Christmas, Blue Christmas

It was written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson, first recorded by Doye O’Dell in 1948, and most famously performed by Elvis Presley. “Blue Christmas” conveyed a difficult reality that not everyone felt joy and excitement during the season.

I’ll have a blue Christmas without you

I’ll be so blue just thinking about you

Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree

Won’t be the same, dear, if you’re not here with me

And when those blue snowflakes start falling

That’s when those blue memories start calling

You’ll be doin’ all right with your Christmas of white

But I’ll have a blue, blue, blue, blue Christmas

You’ll be doin’ all right with your Christmas of white

But I’ll have a blue, blue, blue, blue Christmas

This Sunday afternoon, we will offer our annual service of remembrance and support for those of us who may have a hard time at Christmas. For some, we grieve over the loss of a loved one or friend. For others, this time of year is a painful time because of our life circumstances. For still others, we just need to be together. The service is one of the most meaningful times we spend over the Christmas season. You are welcome to join us in the Heritage Room at 5:00 pm.

2015 has flown by and December is certain to pass quickly. In the weeks remaining, we all have opportunities to use these days to convey the spirit of Christmas. In our giving, our serving, our worshiping, our interactions in the community, and in other activities may our love for Christ overflow from our thoughts, words, and deeds. As a people of faith, we know what it means to be generously blessed by a gracious and loving God. May the world be touched by our grace and love! Merry Christmas!

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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