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Ignite Your Light – A Community Hanukkah Celebration (ALL ARE WELCOME)
December 18, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm$5
THE LARGEST HANUKKAH CELEBRATION EVEN IN YORK COUNTY!
Looking a family-friendly, fun, explosive community event to attend in December? You are in luck! Join us as we light up the night a celebrate! Join us on December 18th from 5-7 pm at Founded in Truth Fellowship for “Ignite Your Light Cheer-fest.” This is a Hanukkah event hosted by a Christian/Messianic community made up of Jews and gentiles to bring joy, celebration, and light into York County during the darkest part of the year. Never celebrated Hanukkah before? NO PROBLEM – come and have fun. We are planning a wide array of activities to bring joy to all ages.
Pot Luck Event
If your last name ends in A-M, please bring a finger food dish; if your last name ends in N-Z, please bring a dessert. If you have any food restrictions, please bring a dish that accommodates them. PLEASE NO PORK/SHRIMP/SHELLFISH in the food.
Brightest Outfit Contest
Come dressed to shine! You are only limited to your imagination! Glow sticks, LED lights, or Flashlights, however you can compete for “brightest outfit”, go for it!
Come with your ride decorated in a Hanukkah-related theme, and maybe you’ll walk away with one of the many prizes! Be aware some take this contest pretty seriously, so don’t slack!
We will have games, coloring, toys, and a safe, family-friendly atmosphere for your children to have a blast!
Food and Hot Beverages
We will offer finger foods, desserts, coffee, and hot chocolate!
Bring Your Hanakkiah if you have one!
We will be kicking off the first night of Hanukkah, so bring your Hanakkiah and collectively light the first candle.
Does it cost?
We are asking for a $5 donation per family to be collected at the party.
What Should I Bring?
We recommend warm clothing, a chair to sit in, and a mindset for a joyful evening!
WHAT: Ignite your Light – Community Hanukkah Celebration (All Welcome)
WHEN: December 18th, 5-7 PM
WHERE: Founded in Truth Fellowship, 1689 Springsteen rd, Rock Hill, SC
What Is Hanukkah?
Jews observe Hanukkah, an eight-day holiday to commemorate the Rededication of the Holy Temple by the Jewish people after they reclaimed it in the second century BC from the Syrian-Greeks. It was a time of healing, recovery, gratitude, and rededication due to the years of bloody battle and oppression from the Greeks. A tradition formed later that when the Jewish people went back into the temple in Jerusalem to ignite the light of the Menorah, they found they only had enough oil for one day. They lit it anyway, and it miraculously burned for eight nights. Apart from tradition, Hanukkah was initially celebrated as an 8-day dedication festival to rededicate the Holy Temple after it had been defiled by the Greeks. When the original temple was first dedicated, it was dedicated to the 8-day feast known as “The Feast of Tabernacles” (Lev 23, Deut 16, 1 Kings 8). In the cold winter, when the battle was won, the community implemented that celebration once again, igniting the light of peace, victory, and blessing back into the world.
Hanukkah is also known as “the festival of lights” because lighting a nine-candle menorah (also called a Hanukkiah), eating fried food such as potato latkes, (a nod towards the tradition of the oil burning), and playing the Hanukkah game of dreidel (a gambling game involving a spinning top and chocolate!).
Why Do Some Christians Celebrate Hanukkah?
Many Messianic Jewish believers continue to celebrate their own heritage concerning Hanukkah, and even non-Jewish Christians choose to acknowledge or even celebrate Hanukkah because they want to honor the heritage of Jesus Christ, being Jewish Himself, and show support for the Jewish community. In the New Testament gospel, according to John, Jesus, or Yeshua, attends the annual Hanukkah celebration in Jerusalem (John 10:22-23). Below is a quote from Jacob Fronczak, writer at First Fruits of Zion,
in his article titled “Non-Jews and Hanukkah”
“Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday. Yet it has something to offer non-Jewish believers in Yeshua as well. The Hanukkah lights remind us of the powerful light God shined into the world through Yeshua, as well as our own responsibility to shine that light in our daily life. Not only that, but Hanukkah, celebrated respectfully and with reverence toward Jewish tradition and practice, is a reminder to Christians of their relationship with the Jewish people through the Master, Yeshua, a devout Jew. Finally, Hanukkah teaches all of us about the importance of dedication, holiness, and standing up for what we believe in. The self-sacrifice of the Maccabean warriors can inspire all of us today who fight our own battles against secularism, cynicism, and a society marred by sin. Just as they were then, the stakes are high for all of us who choose a life of piety and holiness. For these reasons, Hanukkah is appropriate for all disciples of Yeshua. Christians should have no quarrel with their brothers and sisters who choose to light the Hanukkah candles. Likewise, believers who embrace our Jewish roots should have no quarrel with Christians who prefer traditional Christian observances. We only hurt ourselves when we try to blow out each other’s candles. Rather, like the candles of the chanukkiah, we bear witness to the truth in a powerful, quiet way by living out our principles with humility and compassion. By standing in solidarity with those who share our faith in Yeshua, we all shine together, though our lights may not all look exactly the same.”