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Pastor's Newsletter DEC 2017

Dear Church family,

I am excited to be writing in anticipation and preparation for this coming Advent and Christmas season. It will be a special time for us as a church to grow in our faith and to grow in our love for each other.

In that regard, I will continue teaching in 1 Corinthians but will skip chapters 10-12 and save them for 2018. Instead, we will focus on chapter 13 just a few verses at a time each Sunday as we prepare for Christmas.

So far the outline looks like this:

DEC 3 The Supremacy of Love (vs. 1-3)

DEC 10 The Character of Love (vs. 4-7)

DEC 17 The Permanence of Love (vs. 8-10)

DEC 24 The Destination of Love (vs. 11-13)

Right now we have quite a team effort underway to prepare a children’s musical Sunday morning December 3. Pray for us as we make this effort to share Jesus as the true meaning of Christmas.

Since Christmas Eve is on a Sunday this year we will be able to share the Lord’s Supper in morning worship, and we will have a candlelight service in the evening at 7:00 PM.

All of these services are a wonderful time to invite family, friends, and other guests. Let us reach out in relationships by faith and see God work in the lives of other people.

As you think of your personal giving let’s remember to support our own church first, to share in local ministry such as the Salvation Army, and to prayerfully reach out internationally as we share our shoeboxes with Operation Christmas Child and support our International Mission Board with a Christmas offering goal of $500.

Sharing personal gifts with those who serve us, work for us, and teach us is always appropriate as well. Giving exemplifies the heart of God who did not spare even His own Son Jesus but gave Him up for us all.

As the winter months come let us also keep in touch with those who cannot come to services because of illness and weather. We will pray and visit as needed. And we will plan to hold services even when the weather may be difficult, as long as we can get to the church building in a reasonably safe manner.

With You in the Lord’s service,

Richard Boettner, pastor