Today is the 10th Day of Christmas, so if you see any lords a-leaping, that is why. They might be leaping just to keep warm. I hope you had a merry Christmas and a good New Year celebration, but now it is time to get back to the routine and tackle all those things you said you would get to after the holidays.
We will be back to two services on Sunday, with Sunday School in between. With it being the first Sunday of the year, we will be celebrating the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. The Chancel Choir will be singing at the first service. It is the Sunday when the church traditionally celebrates the Baptism of our Lord. So my gospel text will be Mark 1:4-11, describing Jesus coming to be baptized by John. But I will also be preaching on Psalm 29, an ancient poem describing the power of God.
We do need your help! Following the second service at a little before noon we will be taking down all of our Christmas/Advent decorations in the sanctuary. Taking them down is a lot easier and quicker than putting them up. So the more we get to help us the quicker it will all go. If you could spare a few minutes to lend us a hand, it would be most appreciated. Also, if you paid for a poinsettia in honor of someone, they will be down in the social room. Feel free to take one home.
With the new year we are putting together the Annual Report for 2017. If you are a leader in any of the various committees or groups the deadline for getting your report into the office is Wednesday, January 17, although the sooner you get it in, the better.
Finally, the January First Press is available. You can download it by clicking here. Paper copies are available at various locations around the church building.
Stay in One Peace,