Christmas is just weeks away! I love the way we celebrate Christmas at Pearce. It seems everyone has an opportunity to be involved in some way. See if I missed any. If you sing, we have beautiful choirs you can be involved in. Play an instrument? The youth are giving of their talents on December 15. Do you cook? The kitchen is full of opportunities to serve. Our Christmas brunch is coming soon (Dec 15) and Jim Heek’s crew is helping with the reception at Family Story Hour. Do you want to find a way to give to others? Here is a great list of some things we have done and will do! We have supported Samaritans Christmas shoe box ministry, bought warm clothes for kids in the city, supported fair trade ministry, and we put together over 800 food baskets for Thanksgiving. The youth will be putting on a special Christmas party at Chili Commons, and there are monetary giving opportunities to Clear Blue Global Water Project and the Christmas Eve Compassion Fund Offering. Even with all this, the culmination for me is the celebration on Sundays, where we come together to worship and praise God. The music, scripture readings, prayers, and preaching brings us to a place of knowing and celebrating Jesus. We have so much to thank God for. Did I miss anything? What would you personally add?
In this month of Advent, I have committed to reading Luke’s Christmas story passage several times a week in my personal devotions. I have already discovered or rediscovered some great truths. I want to challenge you to read through Luke chapter 1 and 2 and notice the main characters response in prayer and praise when they meet Immanuel or when the Holy Spirt fills them. I am reminded that an encounter with the Living God brings us to a place of praise and worship.
Our annual Family Story Hour is December 18th. We will start out in Parmerter with songs, leading into Pastor Wally reading two Christmas stories to the children. Following the stories, everyone is invited to enjoy some refreshments in the Family Life Center. The Pearce Toy makers will have traditional wooden toys to give out as well. If you like to bake, I am still in need of Christmas cookies for the evening. Please sign up with me or at the reception desk if you would like to help bake some goodies. Overall, it is a fun family night! Another way we at Pearce celebrate the birth of our Savior together.
Have a Merry and Blessed Christmas!