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17

WED
Young At Heart 10:30 a.m.
Senior Adult Ministry Luncheon and Bingo
Children's Choir & Activities
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Choir Practice
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Youth Bible Study
6:30 PM
Youth meet at Youth House for fellowship and Bible Study.
JAN

24

WED
Children's Choir & Activities
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Choir Practice
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Youth Bible Study
6:30 PM
Youth meet at Youth House for fellowship and Bible Study.
JAN

27

SAT
Happy Birthday Betty Keating!
Betty Keating, James Scaggs
Souper Saturday
10:30 AM
Volunteers to help deliver soup to shut-ins are welcomed and appreciated.
JAN

31

WED
Children's Choir & Activities
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Choir Practice
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Youth Bible Study
6:30 PM
Youth meet at Youth House for fellowship and Bible Study.
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Message From the Pastor

Month of December 2017
 

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

 

It seems like every year our Western society is less aware of its historical roots, many of which are the fundamentals of the Christian faith. Yet at Christmas the basic truths become available to all. At concerts, parties, and other events, even when some participants are nonreligious the basics of the faith become visible. For example, with Charles Wesley’s Christmas carol, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, heard in malls and in grocery stores, questions can be asked, Who is Jesus? The carol answers, “He is everlasting Lord,” who from “highest heaven” comes down to be the “offspring of the virgin’s womb.” One can ask, What did he come to do? And the answer is given, His mission is to see “God and sinners reconciled.” Another can ask, How did he accomplish it? The carol replies, He “lays his glory by” that we “no more may die.” Someone might ask, How can this life be ours? Through an inward, spiritual birth so amazing that it can be called “the second birth.” Charles Wesley’s carol gives us a summary of the entire Christian teaching. He wrote this carol within a year of his own conversion in 1739.
 

While few of the most familiar Christmas songs and Bible readings are that comprehensive, it remains that one season a year hundreds of millions of people, if they would take the time to ask these kinds of questions, would have this same knowledge available to them. To understand Christmas is to understand basic Christianity, the Gospel. It is my prayer for this Christmas that hearts are stirred and opened to receive the real meaning of Christmas. I also pray over each Lakeview household that this may be the best Christmas season of new awakenings of hope and love.
 

Merry Christmas,
 

Rev. Kathy Wafer