Christmas in March at Wellesley Village Church

Rev. Martin Copenhaver, looking out Sunday at the kind of packed house typically seen only on the biggest religious holidays, began the final sermon of his 20-year stretch at Wellesley Village Church by saying he felt compelled to wish parishioners a Merry Christmas.

Later during the Congregational service the organist slipped in a fragment of a Christmas song, much to the parishioners’ delight.

Copenhaver is leaving to become head of Andover Newton Theological School and an interim senior pastor has been named. It’s a time of transition for Congregationalists in town: Wellesley Hills Congregational Church also lists an interim senior minister at this point.