As you may know there won’t be many Christmas related services this year. However, 2020 will provide us with the best view of the Christmas Star in nearly 800 years. The North Franklin Ministerial Association encourages people to don their masks and go outside at dusk on Dec. 21 or 22, around 4:15 p.m., and look toward the southwestern sky. Jupiter and Saturn will align to display the Christmas Star which is reminiscent of the Star of Bethlehem which guided the Wise Men from the East to visit and pay homage to the Christ Child. This spectacle should be visible to the naked eye, but binoculars, etc. should provide better resolution. Public Health calls for no more than 50 people at any outdoor location with masks. Try to avoid the ambient light. Temperatures are forecast to be mild, in the 30’s, with some clouds on the 21st. Local authorities are supportive of these gatherings. Permission has been granted to gather in the areas of the Duane St. Recreation Park, the field near the Malone Civic Center, the grounds of the Constable Methodist Church, the Veterans’ Sports Field in Fort Covington, and the grounds of the Fort Covington Presbyterian Church. Have a wonderful Christmas this year and stay safe
Rev. Howard Cain
The writer is the pastor of the Constable United Methodist Church, pastor of the Fort Covington Presbyterian Church and president of the North Franklin Ministerial Association.