Christmas comes to East Bend


By Beanie Taylor - beanietaylor@civitasmedia.com



A crowd gathers for the East Bend Community Christmas celebration.


Beanie Taylor | Yadkin Ripple

Jason Doolittle, pastor for East Bend Evangelical Methodist Church, and the church choir make the tree lighting special for the community.


Beanie Taylor | Yadkin Ripple

The children of East Bend wait patiently to visit with Santa.


Beanie Taylor | Yadkin Ripple

Christine Boles sang the Star Spangled Banner while the flag was raised.


Beanie Taylor | Yadkin Ripple

There was an extremely long line for the soup that warmed everyone after the tree lighting.


Beanie Taylor | Yadkin Ripple

Santa came to East Bend Saturday night.


Beanie Taylor | Yadkin Ripple

Sitting on Santa lap was a highlight of the evening for the children.


Beanie Taylor | Yadkin Ripple

The East Bend Evangelical Methodist Church choir sang "Silent Night" and "Joy to the World" as the community Christmas tree was lighted.


Beanie Taylor | Yadkin Ripple

Many members of the community came out for the tree lighting Saturday.


Beanie Taylor | Yadkin Ripple

East Bend Evangelical Methodist Church Pastor Jason Doolittle gave a devotion.


Beanie Taylor | Yadkin Ripple

EAST BEND — There was more than just a chill in the air when the community of East Bend gathered together to welcome the holiday season with the lighting of the Christmas Tree Saturday.

Peace and goodwill was shared by the crowd as well as the members of the East Bend Evangelical Methodist choir as they sang “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World” after a short devotion given by Pastor Jason Doolittle, who read Luke 2:8-20.

Doolittle used his experience of decorating his own tree to a DVD that played carols while showing a fire in a hearth. “Depression rises and suicide goes up because they are looking at the heat, but they are not feeling any fire,” explained Doolittle, admonishing listeners to “wear (their) faith on their sleeves because Christmas is about the flame of the Holy Spirit.”

Steven Lineback enjoyed the service saying, “I really like the atmosphere of this community and this coming together.” His wife, Kimmie, was impressed by the raising of the flag and the Star Spangled Banner that opened the evening’s festivities.

“It’s a good event for the community,” said Ashley Wilbanks, whose daughter, Lola, was eagerly awaiting the appearance of Santa Claus, who took time out of his busy schedule to make an appearance at East Bend Saturday.

“For some it’s a family tradition,” explained Wilbanks, as her father, Larry Doub, stood nearby anticipating the soup that warmed bodies as the camaraderie warmed spirits.

“They’ve been working hard all day; since 7:30 (a.m.). You know it’s good food,” said Doub.

Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TBeanieTaylor.

A crowd gathers for the East Bend Community Christmas celebration.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_1EastBeandCmas.jpgA crowd gathers for the East Bend Community Christmas celebration. Beanie Taylor | Yadkin Ripple

Jason Doolittle, pastor for East Bend Evangelical Methodist Church, and the church choir make the tree lighting special for the community.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_2EastBeandCmas.jpgJason Doolittle, pastor for East Bend Evangelical Methodist Church, and the church choir make the tree lighting special for the community. Beanie Taylor | Yadkin Ripple

The children of East Bend wait patiently to visit with Santa.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_3EastBeandCmas.jpgThe children of East Bend wait patiently to visit with Santa. Beanie Taylor | Yadkin Ripple

Christine Boles sang the Star Spangled Banner while the flag was raised.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_4EastBeandCmas.jpgChristine Boles sang the Star Spangled Banner while the flag was raised.Beanie Taylor | Yadkin Ripple

There was an extremely long line for the soup that warmed everyone after the tree lighting.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_5EastBeandCmas.jpgThere was an extremely long line for the soup that warmed everyone after the tree lighting.Beanie Taylor | Yadkin Ripple

Santa came to East Bend Saturday night.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_6EastBeandCmas.jpgSanta came to East Bend Saturday night.Beanie Taylor | Yadkin Ripple

Sitting on Santa lap was a highlight of the evening for the children.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_7EastBeandCmas.jpgSitting on Santa lap was a highlight of the evening for the children.Beanie Taylor | Yadkin Ripple

The East Bend Evangelical Methodist Church choir sang "Silent Night" and "Joy to the World" as the community Christmas tree was lighted.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_8EastBeandCmas.jpgThe East Bend Evangelical Methodist Church choir sang "Silent Night" and "Joy to the World" as the community Christmas tree was lighted.Beanie Taylor | Yadkin Ripple

Many members of the community came out for the tree lighting Saturday.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_9EastBeandCmas.jpgMany members of the community came out for the tree lighting Saturday.Beanie Taylor | Yadkin Ripple

East Bend Evangelical Methodist Church Pastor Jason Doolittle gave a devotion.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_EastBeandCmas.jpgEast Bend Evangelical Methodist Church Pastor Jason Doolittle gave a devotion.Beanie Taylor | Yadkin Ripple

By Beanie Taylor

beanietaylor@civitasmedia.com

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