From My Family to You, Merry Christmas … Martha and I, along with our entire family, consider our life with you to be one of God’s best gifts to us. We both love you and like you! We appreciate so very much your friendship and we wish for all of you God’s very best during this season of the year.
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Do you have some questions and perhaps some misconceptions about Christmas? Check out some info at this link: Misconceptions About Christmas
Virgil Fry Leads Our Service of Remembrance This Sunday, December 18 @ 4:00… This service, held in our chapel, is conducted by Dr. Virgil Fry and has been so very well received over the years. It is a soothing and encouraging gathering designed to remember and honor our deceased loved ones during the holiday season – a time which brings an extra measure of emotional sensitivity. The service includes music, prayer, a reading of remembered names, and a candle-lighting in their honor. Following the service, there is a brief reception held just outside the Chapel.
Think of Your Church at Year’s End … I am so thankful for all who have honored God with their tithes and offerings in 2011. If you are planning to make year-end gifts or God leads you to make some additional contributions in the remaining days of 2011, IRS guidelines require that they be received in our office or postmarked by December 31, 2011.
Regarding year-end giving, many give appreciated stock at this time of year which allows them to avoid capital gains tax while receiving the full value of the gift as a deduction. For questions about this contact Anita Clarkston at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 281 566 3118.
Your year-end giving helps us to finish the year well – your giving changes lives and makes possible all of the things our church does to be a healthy and balanced Christian community where God is honored, where souls are nurtured, where compassion is released and where a community of belonging is created.
A Corinthian Christmas … A few years ago, Meredith Duncan sent me a wonderful little seasonal piece based on 1 Corinthians 13 entitled A Corinthians Christmas. It’s a poignant little reminder to keep the main things front and center. Here goes:
If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another Decorator.
If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook.
If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.
If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend myriad holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.
Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love sets aside decorating to kiss the wife (or husband.) Love is kind, though harried and tired.
Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens. Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way.
Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.
Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, & golf clubs will rust. But giving the gift of love will endure.
Grace, Peace, & Merry Christmas, Ronnie