Dear Church Family,

MERRY CHRISTMAS!! We are less than a week from Christmas Day and I pray that everyone is excited and looking forward to celebrating the birth of our Savior!

A standing ovation goes out to our kids for a wonderful Christmas Program Sunday! Thank you, C.E. Team, for leading our children in the Proclamations of Christmas!

Our final “official” Christmas celebration as a Church Family is our Christmas Eve Service on Sunday (12/24/23) @ 4:30 PM. Thank you, everyone who has agreed to light Advent Candles and read Scripture for our traditional Christmas Eve Candle-lit Service of Hymns and Scripture! Please note that we will not have any Sunday Morning Services so our whole Church Family can celebrate Christmas Eve together @ 4:30 PM.

After our Christmas Eve Celebration, Kelly and I will be taking some time to celebrate the holidays with our families. I will be back in the office next year (1/2/24), but if you should need anything in my absence, you can contact Rebecca Bakke for information, one of our wonderful Deacons for prayer, or Jacques (Church Chairman) or Josh (Church Vice Chairman). May God bless and keep you all through this holiday season!

This Sunday is the final day to sign up for the fourth Winter Reading Book, Margin. I will try to get that ordered right away so everyone can have that book early in the New Year. We will have the Breakfast and Discussion for “Because of Bethlehem” on Saturday 1/13/24 @ 9:00 AM. I will also have the sign up for the fifth Winter Reading Book, “Transforming Grace” by Jerry Bridges available starting this Sunday.

A reminder to the Board that Annual Board Reports are due to Rebecca by Sunday 1/7/24. The Annual Meeting and Potluck is Sunday 1/28/24.

Finally, we will start Flourish again on Wednesday 1/10/24. Thank you, everyone, who has made this past semester a success! The Flourish Supper sign up sheet is available at the back of the sanctuary for our second semester Flourish Meals. Please sign up if you are able to provide a meal in the New Year.

Please continue to pray for the concerns in our Sunday bulletin.

May you know Jesus as King, Priest, and Sacrificial Lamb this Christmas!

Love you all.

Pastor Gary