- Jonathan Huddleston
Join Us for the Joy of Gratitude!
Sometimes, we are too busy during the holiday season. Sometimes, we are too lonely.
If you are already surrounded by the warm glow of human friendship,
if your plate is full with your family and your daily duties--
I don't want to push you to be more busy.
Turn your face up to God and thank him for your community. Love other people with the light of Jesus in your face. And I hope that when you come to church, it's an encouragement and not a hassle.
But if you're a little bit disconnected;
if you miss somebody special, or just don't quite feel like you belong;
if this is a time you need a spark--
I encourage you to check out some of our special opportunities over the next few weeks. The holidays can be a great time to connect and belong.
The holidays can be a great time to connect and belong.
Sunday (November 20) is a special Sunday. In the morning, we will be celebrating our stories of thanksgiving, and will get to witness a young woman's gratitude as she is baptized into Jesus. In the evening (5:30) we are having a Thanksgiving feast at the church, and I'm very excited to share the food and friendship.
Then we come to December, where I will be looking for people to join me in caroling and cookie-baking, to share our congregation's love with our neighbors. Our special Christmas program (complete with a skit put on by kids and adults) will be during our Sunday worship service on Sunday the 18th. Our yearly contemplative Christmas Eve service will be at 7 p.m. on the 24th, followed by a "Birthday Party for Jesus" downstairs. And Christmas Day is Sunday, where a short service (I promise!) will help us focus on the meaning of the day.
More details will follow, but I want to encourage everyone to start thinking about what you are doing to make this holiday season special--and whether this is a good time for you to work on connecting, or help others connect, with our church.
Remember to look for opportunities to invite a friend to church, or to offer to read the Bible together with someone you know, listening to God together.
Remember our Thanksgiving meal, this Sunday (the 20th) at 5:30 p.m. at the church.
Remember that every Sunday we love to worship and listen to God, and every Sunday we have outstanding KICK (Kids In Christ's Kingdom) program for elementary kids.
Remember that God loves you, and wants to speak to you through the Bible.