Dear Friends,

WHAT A SEASON. Hopefully all of us are still basking in the warm glow of a great Advent/Christmas season. The services were so meaningful as we retold the story and sang again the songs of the season. I’m especially grateful for Joshua Elder and all the musicians, young and older, who brought such talent and witness through their music; and for Jen Heffington for all the work she did with children for our services. Actually every member of the staff and so many volunteers made the “coming of Christ” season so wonderful. Thanks to all!

MISSIONS. We have so many great opportunities for our people to be involved in mission work. And we have someone who is primarily responsible for each project or mission activity. However, we are looking for someone who would chair the Missions Committee. This would include occasional meetings where we can coordinate the work of the various mission endeavors and consider additional mission requests. If you have a heart for missions, and are not already overwhelmed with other church activities, please visit with me about this possibility. We need you and I will support you in every way that I am able.

AT OUR MOST GENEROUS. ‘Tis the season to be so. Thanking God for the birth of Christ into our lives gives us every reason to support Christ’s work through this church. I know you received the Christmas letter solicitation and many have responded generously. To help your church finish the year strong and start 2019 with confidence, there are three things you can do:
• Complete your 2018 pledge if you’ve fallen behind on that.
• Complete your estimate of giving/pledge card for 2019. If you no longer have a card, you can go to our website and click on “About Us” and make you pledge there. You may also call the church and ask for Russ, who takes and records all our pledges.
• If you haven’t yet made a special Christmas gift, please do so.

TRUSTING GOD. It’s difficult for any of us to know where our lives are going this next year, but we know that God goes with us. In that knowledge we will find strength for the challenges and gratitude for the blessings. Happy and blessed new year to all our families.

In Christ, Denny