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Every week during December, we light the candles on the Advent Wreath. There are 4 candles around the Advent wreath, representing the 4 weeks of Advent, the coming of the Messiah. The Light of Heaven became the Light of the World.
The 1st candle is the Light of Hope of the OT prophets who foretold the Messiah was coming. Isaiah prophesied He would be born of a virgin. Micah prophesied He would be born in Bethlehem, the city of David.
The 2nd candle is the Light of Security in the Stable where Jesus was born. Mary “brought forth her first-born Son, wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”
The 3rd candle is the Light of Praise of the Angel announcing to the Shepherds “I bring good tidings of great joy, for there is born to you this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
The 4th candle is the Light of Worship, the Star that led the Wise Men to Bethlehem. “Where is He who is born, King of the Jews? We have seen His Star in the East, and have come to worship Him.”
There is also a 5th Candle in the middle of the Advent Wreath, a white candle to light on Christmas Eve. It represents Jesus, the Light of the world. “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
The Light of the World is Jesus!
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It’s hard to believe I’ve been amongst the ranks of the retired for almost a year. I now understand why people say they don’t know how they had time to work because they stay so busy…it’s the truth! I’m so grateful that a large part of my busyness is the music of our church. I have a dedicated group to work with and I love my “Boss”, our Lord and Savior, and have a great “retirement” program – Eternity with Him!
Here we are on the threshold of another Christmas season with all the activities that it brings. As I sat in our living room just a few days ago enjoying a quiet moment and the beauty of our thanksgiving cactus, I thought about it being nearly time to decorate for the holidays. The first decoration I always put up is a beautiful ceramic nativity scene made by my mother. It is complete with the usual cast of people and even includes a donkey and cow to go with the sheep. So there they are – Mary, Joseph and the baby. What was the glow that filled the darkness of that stinky stable? Was it a holy illumination or was it God’s love bursting through the darkness of our sin. The choir is going to begin and end the Christmas season singing about the Light that shined in that stable darkness and it still shines today piercing the darkness, giving hope to the hopeless. Let’s not forget that this Light needs to shine through each of us all year long, not just during the Christmas season.
Do you hear what I hear? I hear lots of good music that’s been planned for our worship services this month. You’ll be blessed by Christmas music from our choir and Christmas specials by some of our favorite singers. The choir will present their program on Sunday morning, December 19th. Pray for us as we put the finishing touches on what we pray will be a beautiful offering of the Good News of our Savior’s birth.Merry Christmas to each of you and remember - KEEP SINGING!
Carol (Judges 5:3)
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Sunday School - 51 + 17 (Nursing Home)
Nov. Receipts - $16,796.24 / Disbursements - $15,867.96
Building Fund - $14,641.40 / Scholarship Fund - $17,006.03
YTD Receipts - $43,468.38 / YTD Expenditures - $42,588.22
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December is often called the most wonderful time of the year. We get to experience the excitement of celebrating the birth of Christ so that he could live as a human to die for our sins. While this is the primary event that most of us have in mind whenever we think about the end of the year there is something that we often forget. The big deal about the end of the year is simply that it is the end of the year.
The end of something often comes with mixed feelings. The end of a vacation brings mild depression for those who hours earlier had been living in bliss. The end of a semester brings more relief for college students than about any other event within those four years. The end of the year, however, is often met without much more than a bit of stress at the new diet that is doomed to fail within the first few weeks.
One of the best ways to take advantage of the natural shift in time is through personal evaluation. I am having to take the time at the end of this year to reflect on my first year of youth ministry. That includes taking a hard look at both my successes and my failures. The purpose of this is to know what practices to continue and what practices to abandon. As I do this, I hope two things. First, that you will take time to reflect and evaluate on the ministries that you are involved with and also on your personal life. Secondly, that you will pray for the leaders of the student ministry as we evaluate what we have been doing for the past year in hopes that we can kill that which is not glorifying God and continue in that which is effective.
In Christ, Ethan
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Please help our Pantry by donating!
We appreciate your kind & generous response to our need for more food!
Anything you can donate will be greatly appreciated!
JANUARY - Canned Green Beans, Sweet Peas, Corn, Carrots, Mixed Vegetables, Canned White Potatoes, Canned Sweet Potatoes, Dried Beans (any kind)
FEBRUARY - Canned Peaches, Fruit Cocktail, Pears, Applesauce, Chicken Noodle, Beef Vegetable & Tomato Soup
MARCH - Tuna, Beef Stock, Chicken, Salmon (All meats MUST be canned)
APRIL - Grape Jelly/Jam, Peanut Butter (smooth)
MAY - Comet/Ajax, Pine-Sol, Laundry Detergent, Dish Detergent, Paper Towels
JUNE - Baby Food (please check date), Baby Shampoo, Baby Soap, Baby Lotion, Baby Powder
JULY - Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Shampoo, Bar Soap, Solid Deodorant
AUGUST - Canned Spaghetti O’s, Dried Pasta (elbow, spaghetti & rice), Oatmeal (plain), Cereal (breakfast)
SEPTEMBER - Pickles, Catsup, Mustard, Pancake Mix, Pancake Syrup
OCTOBER - GETTING READY FOR THANKSGIVING! Turkeys, Stuffing Mix, Canned gravy, Canned Sweet Potatoes
NOVEMBER - Stuffing Mix, Canned Gravy, Canned Sweet Potatoes, Canned Vegetables & Canned Fruit
DECEMBER - To be Announced
Post list on your refrigerator as a reminder of what is needed for each month
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