December Calendar Highlights
- Sunday, December 11: A special Christmas program featuring our youth will be held during worship. After the service, join us for dinner: ham, potatoes au gratin, carrots, coleslaw, rolls, dessert & beverages. A freewill offering will be taken to offset costs.
Please RSVP by Wednesday, December 7.
- Sunday, December 18: Christmas Cantata will be performed during worship: Candles and Carols, a service of hope, peace, joy & love. Advent is a holy season of expectant waiting and preparation for the birth of Christ. It is a journey from darkness to light. Everyone is welcome!
There will be no NEAT Dinner in December.
Please join us for Christmas dinner after worship on Sunday, December 11.
The next NEAT Dinner will be Thursday, January 26 at 4:30pm.
Christmas Eve Worship Service: Saturday, December 24 at 7:00pm
Christmas Day Worship: Sunday, December 25 at 10:00am
- Connecting with God
- Community with others
- Caring for the world
We pray that you will join us as we seek “joy in the journey” in relationship with God and one another.
In the grace and peace of Christ,
Pastor Lisa Vander Wal
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I like cartoons. It always seems that these can capture what people are feeling in ways that mere words cannot. There is one in my archives from a few years ago in The Schenectady Gazette that seems particularly appropriate for our current context. It featured two individuals engaged in arm wrestling, with the specter of terrorism lurking off to the side. One individual’s label was “panic,” and the other was designated as “don’t panic.” And isn’t that just about the size of the situation in our country right now?
Of course, as Christians we know that panic is not the right course, because we know the One in whom we have believed, and we know the One who holds the future. We also know from Romans 8 that nothing can come between us and the love of God in Christ Jesus. And yet, at times we need to be reminded that, as the hymn says, “Though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the Ruler yet.” I also am encouraged by this refrain which reminds us to dare to believe:
- Goodness is stronger than evil;
- love is stronger than hate;
- light is stronger than darkness;
- hope is stronger than despair.
Grace and peace to you in Jesus,
Pastor Lisa Vander Wal