Carols: The Rest of the Story
Teachers: Rev. Mike Halleen, Rev. Rustin Comer
10:00 a.m. & 6:30 p.m., Chapel
December 4, 11, and 18 (10 a.m. only on December 18)
Fee: $20 for course material
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The first known Christmas hymns may be traced to 4th-century Rome… The songs we know specifically as carols were originally communal songs sung during celebrations like harvest tide as well as Christmas. It was only later that carols began to be sung in church, and to be specifically associated with Christmas.
Many of us grew up listening to Paul Harvey on the radio. At the end of his segment he would always say “Now it’s time for the rest of the story.” This intro would be followed by some of the best unveilings of history, and pop culture. This Advent season as we focus on the 300th anniversary of the carol Joy to the World, there is no better time to hear “the rest of the story” of our favorite carols. Join us Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
New Core Teacher: Rev. Michael Halleen D.Min, is a retired minister of the Evangelical Covenant Church of America, having served as senior pastor of churches in Elgin IL, Farmington Hills MI, and Pasadena CA. A graduate of the University of Minnesota and Fuller Theological Seminary (M.Div., D.Min.), Mike has also held positions of Chaplain at North Park University, Director for Church Relations for International Bible Society, and as a leadership development coach for business executives. He and his wife Barb live in Excelsior and have three children and four grandchildren.