‘Tis the Season

While in Tennessee last Friday evening I received a text message from Tracy Formea telling me that Mary wasn’t lit up in the Christmas display, and it looked like Joseph was a single father! A quick text to Mark remedied the situation, but Tina did respond that a lamb had to be temporarily sacrificed in order for Mary to be seen.

If you didn’t make it to the Light Up the Park display last weekend, be sure to include it in your Christmas plans. Several churches in Chatham have joined together to provide a beautiful nativity located just outside the entrance of the park, and this year we added a shepherd, two lambs, and a donkey. The lights will be on from 6-9 on Fridays and Saturdays until Christmas. Don’t miss it.

And, since I’m thinking about Christmas, it’s time to start thinking about what you might do for our Christmas Eve service. The candlelight communion service is of course the bedrock of our traditional celebration, but we need individuals, ensembles, and children’s choirs to help fill the auditorium with Christmas music. If are willing to bring a musical gift to the babe in the manger, please let me know as soon as possible so a full program can be planned.

Since Christmas is quickly followed by a new year, it’s time to once again affirm the leadership and financial plans for our congregation. With that in mind, I’m pleased to announce that the current elders have all agreed to continue serving in 2018, and they will be re-introducing themselves for the sake of newer members this Sunday morning. The financial projection and proposed distribution for missions for the new year will also be presented. Everyone will then be given the opportunity to affirm the elders and the projection on December 17th.

One final note is that the Christmas mailbox is now open for the exchange of Christmas greetings. Feel free to put cards in the alphabetical slots, and be sure to check the box for card to you.

Tis the season. And I love it.

God Bless, Rick

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