A time of preparation

December 2020

Dear Friends,

Greetings in the name of the Christ born among us!

As I write this Thanksgiving is fast approaching and the first Sunday in Advent is this coming Sunday. What a joyous time this is as we anticipate the coming of the Messiah. It is also a time of preparation for the second coming of our King. The season of Advent is a reminder that we live between the days of the first coming and the second coming of Jesus.

This year has been different in so many ways. How do we find normalcy when so much has changed? How do we find a sense of calmness when we do not know what the next change will be? How do we look ahead when we long for the past? The answer my friends is to look to Jesus.

Look for Jesus in everything you do. We first found him in a manger, and I promise you he is with you in every moment of your life. Even in this ever-changing world of the pandemic Jesus is with you.

Your Advent and Christmas traditions may be different this year, but Jesus has not changed. He is right there with you.

Recently I asked the confirmation youth to tell me what they will miss about Christmas if the church building remains closed. I then shared the youth’s thoughts with the worship team and from there the calendar for the coming weeks was planned. Our “normal” will not look exactly like last year or the years prior but plans are in place to bring our traditions to life, not right or wrong but different.

Later in the newsletter you will find a calendar of events. Come and meet Jesus at this year’s Advent and Christmas events.

Blessings to all,

Pastor Deb


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