The year is rolling to an end and I know you have a lot on your mind with the holidays and all. But it is also a time to sort things out financially. Please do not forget the church as you are doing so. Overall things are not too bad as far as our budget is concerned, but they could be better. So I would like to ask your help on a few things. If you have not turned in your pledge card for 2016, please do so soon. We want to be careful in our planning and every little bit counts. I hope you will be able to fulfill you pledge for 2015. We are doing all right, but we have had some losses this year. So your contribution will make a difference. It is not too late to pay on your per capita, if you have not done so. The amount is $34.27. Finally, if as you come to the end of the year, and you realize that God has truly blessed you, perhaps you will be willing to go over and above your pledge. We have a great church here at FPC Marion. We have been able to do some wonderful things this year because of generous people like you. Let’s keep things going.
It is a busy but wonderful time coming up. Worship this Sunday is going to be fantastic. You do not want to miss it. We have a brass sextet that will be playing Christmas music at the first service. And then the Chancel Bell Choir will be playing as well. Brass and bells; if that does not get you into the Christmas spirit, I am not sure anything will. I will be continuing our Advent sermon series on the gospels. This week I will be focusing on Matthew. My text will be 1:18-25 and the title is “God is With Us.”
Pastor Nancy will be continuing the adult forum “What to say when there is nothing to say.” She is dealing with grief and how to help those who are grieving. We had a good turn out last Sunday and it was a very worthwhile discussion.
The youth will be having their Cookie Walk, with delicious treats. Take home some goodies and support the teens and their summer mission trip to Texas.
In the evening at 6:00, the children and youth will present a Christmas program “B is for Bethlehem.” It will be great fun and followed by a Soup and Sweet supper. We will provide the soup. Please bring a holiday sweet to share.
On Sunday, the 20th, we will be having a congregational meeting following the first service to elect elders and deacons. It looks like we have a full slate of both, so thank you to all who agreed to serve God as officers of this congregation. Then that evening at 6:00, we will have a Blue Christmas service. This is for those who are dealing with some sort of loss, which can be especially difficult during the holidays. It will be a service of prayer, music, scripture, and remembering God’s presence even in dark moments.
This note is a little longer than usual but that is because of how much we are blessed. It may be the “Christmas rush,” but…
Stay in One Peace,