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Upcoming Events
DEC

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SUN
Morning Service
8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Adult Sunday School
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Traditional Service
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Christmas Caroling
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Please join us for Pizza at 12:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We will go Christmas Caroling to Shut In’s and Nursing Home’s.
We hope that you will join us for this special time that brings joy to so many!!
DEC

20

WED
Singles Luncheon Group
11:00 AM
Meets 3rd Wednesday at 11:00am - Places changes call Chris for restaurant location. For ALL singles (widowed, never been married, divorced, separated, etc.) Contact: Chris Regester
Bell Choir
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Bell Choir Practice
Chancel Choir
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Practice
DEC

24

SUN
Christmas Service
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
One Service at 10:00 am only
Family Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Service
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Join us for Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Service
DEC

25

MON
Christmas Service
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
One Service only at 10:00
DEC

27

WED
Chancel Choir
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Practice
DEC

28

THU
Bread of Life Study
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
DEC

31

SUN
New Year's Eve Service
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
One Service 10:00am
Bible Search
A Note from Pastor Dan

Greetings!

After two thousand or so years, what can be said that hasn’t already been said about Christmas? Instead of looking for what is new or exciting at Christmas, perhaps the ordinary rhythm of it each year is part of God’s gift to us: a rhythm that invites us to allow it to affect us in profound ways. It is not the newness of the message, rather what response we bring that can be new.

For some, the image of what Christmas “should be like” gets in the way of what occurs. Hopes for a perfect gathering with family, friends, and food can raise expectations that easily lead to disappointment. As a child, I know of several Christmases we pushed through illness to try and enjoy the day.  One Christmas season that is particularly poignant in my memory is a time Denise and I spent bedside her grandmother as she neared death.   Life is often messy, and the story of God’s entry is as a gift precisely      because of how distressing it can be.  Emmanuel or God with us, is not about a perfect world and our attempts to create what appears to be a perfect hallmark moment. 

Christmas is about God’s love affair with humanity, with all our imperfections.  Light – the presence of God - breaks in and we have a choice to turn towards it.  Ironically, it is in the darkest of times that a light becomes the easiest to find. I pray that no matter what you face this Christmas season, the light of God’s presence will continue to lead you, and that you will stay the course.

Blessings, Pastor Dan

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