“Gifts from Heaven”
Spoken Through our Children
Karlee and Macey Graham
Now we are in the thick of things. December is a most active month. It
is likely you can skip exercise class, because you will be jogging up
and down isles, bending low and high to reach items on shelves, running
for a place in line, and crawling home late at night in exhaustion.
Don*t forget to breath deeply, and remember the reason for the season.
Thank you to the church decorators, spearheaded by Phyllis Layman. It is
nice to have volunteers with the creative touch! You bring joy to the
Two Trees of Dreams are in the Fellowship Hall, wanting your attention.
Wishes come true for many children when you choose ornament cards off of
them and fill requests. Thank you Mindy and Phyllis for arranging the
The Children*s Pageant will be the second week of Advent, or Sunday the
7th. So much thought and love the young ones give to this display of
faith at the altar. A show not to be missed! Thank you Mary for
directing the cast.
Then, join the card-making workshop after the service that day. The
more the merrier. Joan, Marcia and Mindy are providing all the
supplies: paper, trimmings, embossing tools, stamps, inks, samples and
so forth. This is a chance to be creative without having to invest in
all the stuff needed to pull it off.
The Christmas Eve service is at 4 o*clock in the afternoon. And the New
Year*s Eve get-together at Marcia*s home on the Bluff Road begins at 6
o*clock. In January, Mel Hurst will fill in for Pastor Blaine on the 4th.
If you are wanting an official letter to send to past congregations to
profess your affiliation with our church, please see Joan or Pastor
Blaine. And start thinking: Annual Meeting (in January).
Marcia Little, Secretary
This Sunday, December 7th is the Children’s Pageant, you won’t want to miss!
Then, join the card making workshop after the service. Supplies will be provided, come join the fun!
We've all heard the expression she or he is getting into the "Christmas
Spirit." The house is decorated inside and out, the tree is up cookies
and candy made only once a year are baked or in the process, gifts are
being considered and purchased and there is levity and joyfulness on
people's expression that many times are absent the rest of the year.
*However this phase is often short lived and misconstrued. What it
should really be interpreted is the "Spirit of Christ." As Christians
the"Christmas Spirit" should be tuned around to be read and expressed as
the "Spirit of Christ."
*All to often we fail to see the human needs that exist in our world all
around us; and if we do, we pass by on the other side pretending not to
notice. People and families that are hurting, struggling, weary,
afraid, lonely, in pain and distress we say "Merry Christmas" and seek
to do nothing or little about it, even in small simple ways. That's
not the "Christmas Spirit" and it's definitely not the "Spirit of
Christ." The "Spirit of Christ" would act in giving and service to even
the least of these. The "Spirit of Christ" would promote an action that
would involve the giving of time, effort, inconvenience, care and
concern to do good to and for others.
* As Christians we need more of the "Spirit" in our lives not just at
Christmas but throughout the year.
*So let us begin now, at this Season of Christmas 2014 to not only have
an authentic "Christmas Spirit" but more appropriately the "Spirit of
Christ" that will move us with love, compassion, kindness to radiate the
light of our Savior within our darkened world.
In the "Spirit of Christ."