Sunday - January 25th will be our Annual Congregational Meeting for a review of reports. There will be a free luncheon after the meeting. ALL ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMITTEES of the church should have their reports in the office as soon as possible so that a complete report may be available for the congregation on the 18th.
On January 4th, we will celebrate Epiphany Sunday. The Feast of Epiphany has traditionally been celebrated in the West on January 6, bringing to an end the Twelve Days of Christmas. Current practice often tends to see the Epiphany more as a part of the Christmas celebration rather than the beginning of a new season in its own right. Epiphany begins with the visit of the Magi.
On Sunday, January 4 each worshipper shall receive a star to guide us on our journey through the next two weeks. You may recall the Magi were guided by a star on their own journey, where they found Jesus. Each star will have a “fruit of the Spirit” written on it to lead you. The “fruit of the Spirit” are different from the “gifts of the Spirit.” Each person has a different gift to use for the common good. Each person bears the fruit to guide us as disciples of Jesus. The “fruit of the Spirit” consist of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22). Your charge is to reflect on how the fruit named on your star is guiding you. On Sunday, January 18th we’ll share stories and experiences.
Following the busy and high-energy of the Christmas season, Epiphany serves as a time for us to reflect and rediscover the presence of Christ in our lives. My prayer during my last month with you is that you and I will be drawn a little closer to God during this time of spiritual reflection.
Grace and peace to you,
Tuesday, January 20 at 5:30 p.m. - Koinonia Circle will go out to eat at Olde Dutch Restaurant. ALL LADIES OF THE CHURCH ARE INVITED! PLEASE COME!!