It’s hard to believe that we’re nearing the end of 2016. The reality is that this is our last newsletter for the year. On reflection, it’s been a year of mixed results. For example, there was the earlier frustration of delays to our earthquake strengthening of the church building as well as sadness in the passing of some of our members. Yet, the strengthening work eventually got done (with stage one now completed) and we’ve been blessed with new folk who have become part of our church family. Moreover, our community outreach has been encouraging with various events (a forum and White Ribbon fence line) to stopping family violence as well as the Monday exercise class growing with enthusiasm.
Although our calendar year is ending, our Christian liturgical year is just beginning. Both offer us hope. The season of Advent is one in which the church recalls our hope and expectancy in the comings of Christ, past, present, and future. We have something to look forward to with excitement and joy. Our Carols for Kids service is a wonderful way of enabling families to reconnect with one another and with the Christmas story. It provides the opportunity for the ministry team to be funny (or at least try to) and silly (don’t have to try) in leading that service. Read the rest of this entry »
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