December Greetings, my sisters and brothers in Christ!
It’s hard to believe that it’s that time of year when we stop to wish everyone Merry Christmas, when we search for that special gift for those we love, when we stop and ponder the mysteries and wonder of the impact of when Jesus was born.
One of my favorite hymns for the Christmas season is “O Holy Night.” His birth not only marked time, but changed the world. God’s love broke into our broken world bringing love, hope, and joy to all who would be willing to listen. That is the greatest gift we can ever receive … and it’s one that we are free to “re-gift!” In fact, we are encouraged to do so … “Go Tell it on the Mountain!” Go tell it everywhere!
So, when you are searching for that special gift, please remember to also include the gift of time spent with loved ones, time spent caring for those who need to hear a kind voice and a listening ear.
Our children are busy preparing for their Christmas Program on December 15, at 9 a.m. during our worship service. The program is entitled, “The Barn Animals Tell the Story of Jesus’ Birth.” The Sunday School staff (Chelsea Steinmetz and Laura Odness) edited the program and all are working hard to present a pretty special program. Everyone is excited.
I realize that December is a very busy (and stressful!) month for many families. Please take some time to feel the presence of Jesus, the calming stillness of the peace he brought (and still brings!) to our frenzied and stress-filled world.
Our church is also adopting families from the Bloomer community to help with giving Christmas gifts. There is also the Mitten Tree, which supplies mittens to children who would otherwise go without. We will also have the opportunity to give gifts to the church, regarding needed supplies. So, check out the Giving Tree and select your ornaments. The gifts are to be left at the church office (unwrapped) in order to get them to the families in a timely manner.
I am so grateful to be a part of a congregation who is generous beyond measure, caring for not only each other, but for those in our community and in the world.
Thank you and may everyone enjoy a blessed Christmas Season!
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