Let’s Keep Seeking!
Hopefully you are reading this soon after receiving it, and so Christmas is still before you. And hopefully the many details, commitments, and preparations that may be involved in the holidays have not caused you to forget that this season really is about Christ. I pray the true spirit of Christmas will surround you and bring you a sense of Christ’s peace, love and joy that will last not just Christmas Day, not just into the New Year, but through every day of your life.
Soon enough, it will be time to put the decorations away, but leave out one item to serve as a constant reminder of the presence of the Christ Child, and look towards the year ahead. Remember we still have the twelve days of Christmas ahead of us, at the end of which we acknowledge the coming of the Wise Men. I have a favorite sweatshirt that reads, “Wise men still seek him.” I will wear it throughout the year when I am cold, and boldly serve as a billboard for the quote, for isn’t it true?
The wise men traveled for two or three years before they found Jesus in Bethlehem. Theirs was no two week vacation. They were on a search for the new king of the Jews, and they would take whatever time was needed to follow the star and find him. Even after we profess Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, we need to continually be seeking him and his will for us.
As we journey through the Christmas season, including Epiphany, the Holy Day acknowledging the arrival of the Wise Men at the home of Jesus, signifying Christ’s importance to the Gentiles as well as the Jews, I invite you to join me in the ongoing search for Jesus and his place in our lives, our church, our community, and our world. May we be amongst the wise men, the wise people, who keep seeking him, who continue to follow the guidance of the Light, that we may share His gifts with others.
A Blessed Epiphany and New Year to each of you,
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to everyone who attended and assisted with the annual Christmas Play and potluck luncheon!! And a huge thank you to Val Heller and Barb Singelmann for organizing and directing this year’s play – what a great way to celebrate the Christmas story!
Just a reminder that Sunday School will resume on January 7th after a two week hiatus.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. … And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:15–17
As we come to the end of 2017 and I reflect on all our church has given with missions this year, I am filled with gratitude to be a part of a church family who generously gives to God’s children throughout the world. In December alone, we have raised $115 for Heifer International with the sale of our Chic-fil-A calendars, $120 for the Christmas Joy offering with our bake sale, and we have provided 25 children from Pine Avenue with gifts.
We’ve also sent over $1,500 in donations to areas affected by natural disasters, raised money to help provide running water and electricity to Navajo families, continued to support our Presbytery mission projects of Christmas Joy, One Great Hour of Sharing, and Pentecost, collected thousands of pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House, supported W.I.N.G.S, and sent a generous donation to Ashton Begay and her family for Christmas. We may be a smaller church, but we have a big heart when it comes to doing God’s work.
The other day, I heard from Ashton’s mother, Lyn, and she asked me to tell everyone how deeply grateful she is for the generosity of our church. She always worries about how she will provide for her family during the holidays, and our donations help to alleviate some of her stress for she can provide her family with new clothes, food, and other gifts for Christmas. She and Ashton will be busy spreading Christmas joy on Christmas day as they are putting together a Christmas dinner to provide hot meals to those who are less fortunate. She also asked me to share pictures of Ashton in her Indian Princess regalia. She was volunteering at a ceremony at a local high school.
In closing, I would like to once again thank everyone for their generosity this year with all of our Mission projects. I feel very fortunate to worship with people who share a passion for improving the world for others. May your 2018 be blessed with happiness and health!
Buildings and Grounds
Greetings! I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!
We had the tile floors in the entry way, kitchen and Fellowship hall stripped and waxed in early January. They came out beautifully. Great job by Jayes Cleaning crew!
George Lopez and Dick Dean attended the December 6th Inter-faith Council meeting on behalf of our church. The Elk Grove Police Dept. made a presentation for area churches on how to protect your church and it’s members in the wake of the awful Texas church shooting. A lot of the talk was directed at larger churches where they have more people around that can be used as a greeter for the day who would be manning the door throughout the service. But the main focus was to always be aware of your surroundings and use common sense.
We will be retaining most of our current B&G vendors for 2018. Jayes Cleaning and Dreams Landscaping have held their previous contracted pricing for another year. However, we are making a change to our HVAC contractor. J&B Mechanical from Schaumburg will be handling this for us in 2018.
I want to thank all of my committee members for their help and input over the past year. Without them, we could not keep-up with all of the little things that creep-up on a monthly basis. They are, Dick Dean, George Lopez, Bert Clarbour, Karen Paquin and George Wishon.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! It is unbelievable how quickly the years speed by – the fact that I have been on the PC committee for over 8 years stuns me! You make the responsibilities of this committee much easier with your love, caring and willingness to assist when needed (often without asking.) We wish you a year of good health, peace and the knowledge and joy of knowing how much you are loved.
Thank you to Iris Hohe for taking on the responsibility of sending out birthday and anniversary wishes (Kay Pollack had the absolute nerve to move!)
Let us know if you are in need of special Care Note topics or if you have any special “care” requests.
Blessings and peace!
Our thanks to Barbara Wilson who generously gifted us with the beautiful bulletin covers being used throughout this Christmas season. Note that they match the names given to the candles on the advent wreath. Thank you, Barbara!