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IMPORTANT DATES

Join us for services on Christmas Eve
at 10:30 with Bell Choir and Sr. Choir

Candlelight service at 5:30 with Bell Choir and Sr. Choir

and candlelight service at 11:30

“Every step of the way, somebody was dancing on our shoulders.”
These are the words of Jan LaHecka Pascoe who, along with her husband John, survived the Tubbs Fire in California’s wine country this past October by taking refuge in a neighbor’s swimming pool. Almost nothing remains on their property—family silver melted into a blob, heirloom jade bleached white by the flames, a 1740 parrot sculpture’s brilliant colors scorched off—but they received a present from the neighbors: a life-sized angle statue, untouched by the raging inferno, that had given the Pascoes some comfort during their hellish night.
Her words referenced that angel, and the fact they survived while dozens did not, and the outpouring of love and generosity from perfect strangers, and that she has made the decision to rebuild. A visit to their property last weekend, where she found nasturtiums and paper whites in bloom on the blackened mountain, sealed the deal for her. (Read the article here: http://beta.latimes.com/local/abcarian/la-me-abcarian-pascoes-postscript-20171219-story.html)
During the Advent and Christmas season, and especially on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, it’s easy for humanity to slow down a little bit and feel as though somebody is “dancing on our shoulders.” While we fill our lives with a zillion activities on the way to the celebration, when darkness falls on the 24th, we have a little time to settle in with those we love and savor the time, the warmth and the love we share. And for many this lasts until after the New Year.
My prayer for all of us is that we remember what makes Christmas so wonderful: the birth of our Wonderful Counselor, Might God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. It is this blessing that causes troops to stop shooting at each other for a day, traffic to dwindle, good feelings to escalate, and for a moment, just a moment, there is Peace. Keep the spirit in your hearts, and we can keep the light and love of Christmas shining all year through.
And then, every step of the way, we’ll feel as though someone is dancing on our shoulders!
Merry Christmas every one! May the light shine on you, in you and through you today and always!
Love,
Pastor Stuart




  

Stock Our Shelves (SOS)
the 4th Tuesday of every month 5:00-6:30

Items available to those in need:
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving cream and razors
  • Feminine products
  • Shampoo and conditioner for adults and children
  • Soap, antibiotic soap, baby soap
  • Laundry soap and dish soap


Called to Care
    If you are shut in or hospitalized and you would like a Called to Care team member to visit, please call the office to let us know.   Privacy laws prevent hospitals from notifying churches when you are in the hospital, so please let your family know that you would like a visit.  Leave a phone message at the church phone number:  402-759-3239.  If it is on the weekend, on the church's cell phone number:  402-759-2545.



Chewing on the Word

--a time of reflection about the weeks sermon and other faith issues. Were going to try it out as a no-host lunch Mondays at noon, but if a 7 a.m. breakfast works better for you, please let Stuart know.  Come and discuss the weeks message or any other topic you might be wrestling with! 

 

Griefshare

a faith-based grief recovery/support fall session are on Thursdays,at 7 p.m. Griefshare is “a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone,” according to the program’s website. The sessions are self-contained; you can attend all of them or just one of them. They will meet every Thursday, 7-9 p.m., in the Heritage Crossings meeting room, from September 7 to December 21. 


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