Many Churches. One Mission.
There's a song in the air! There's a star in the sky!
There's a mother's deep prayer and a baby's low cry!
And the star rains its fire while the beautiful sing,
For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King!
- J.G. Holland
In 2016, Pastor Phil Woods and Joyce Lukrofka, of Bastrop First Assembly of God, first began to dream of a community-wide Christmas event. A committee was formed, and soon A JOYOUS CHRISTMAS became a reality.
A JOYOUS CHRISTMAS is an annual musical event that brings together singers from churches all across Bastrop. Together, these singers form a mass choir, and along with other ensembles and musicians from the area, present a free evening of Christmas music.
The dream for A JOYOUS CHRISTMAS, however, was not just a dream about a Christmas concert. It was a dream to have a positive impact on our community. So, at the end of each A JOYOUS CHRISTMAS event, a love offereing is taken up and given to a local non-profit group that is making a difference in the lives of the people of Bastrop.
As of 2022, more than $30,000 has been given to local charities. Below is a list of past recipients of the A JOYOUS CHRISTMAS love offering.
A JOYOUS CHRISTMAS Planning Committee
David McCall, President
Carolyn McCall, Secretary
Recipients of A JOYOUS CHRISTMAS Love Offering
The 2023 love offering recipient will be
Bastrop Opera House Academy, 2022
Next Step Trade START, 2021
Hope House, 2020
New Hope Academy, 2019
Bastrop Pregnancy Resource Center, 2018
In the Streets, Hands Up High, 2017
Bastrop Long-Term Recovery, 2016