January Newsletter

Pastor’s Corner

Dear Friends,
It is January.  The old Christmas carol, “In the Bleak Midwinter,” comes to my mind as I view the cold days ahead.  Of course, around here it is in the bleak midwinter this morning and “Sunshine On My Shoulder” by noon.  Sometime this week we will have sultry breezes reminding us of spring temperatures, and then more wintry shivering.  Which is, of course, a metaphor for life.
Right now in most of our lives there are dreary and painful occurrences and feelings.  Parts of our lives feel shut in and wrapped against the cold shoulder of the world.  Some thoughts and relationships leave us with a frozen heart and an indifferent interest in getting on with life.
Some areas of our life have a little sunshine.  A smile from customer at work, a project finished in the house, a good grade on a test or a quiz.  A brief look at the clouds somehow yields a ray of sunshine that, though it comes and goes, brightens our face for a moment.

And sometimes the good stuff happens.  The big yes astonishes us when we ask someone out on a date or when someone we have been wanting to ask finally asks us.  Sometimes it is the reminder of an old strong friendship that still holds us up after all these years, when the person comes to our mind or calls or visits.  The balmy temperatures warm our hearts and we are reminded of the deepest truths: that God will never leave us, that Jesus actually likes us, that God’s hands are not off the wheel no matter how out of control the world seems.

I am not saying we ignore the cold or the sorrow in favor of the sun.  I am reminding us all that the cold and the sunshine and the joy are all under the power of the Son.  He carries us when our feet fail on the frozen ground of sorrow.  He walks beside us in the pleasant moments as a trusted friend.  He gives us piggyback rides and swings us through the air like we are four again in those good days.  But Jesus is always with us.  His presence is our comfort and our joy.  So turn to Him in prayer and read His word and give Him all your cares.

Your Loving Pastor,
Dwight

Youth Corner

I heard one my students at school say “New Year, New You!”  For some, we think a change in date will equal a change in life.  Who knows how many self-help books, new year’s resolutions, and promises have been made with the start of a new year.  Pondering about the new year, to many it is a time to start new or fresh.  However, like many of our good intentions, they slowly fall to the wayside and our old self comes slowly creeping back and by February were doing to the same things, eating the same foods, and instead of going inside the gym, we just drive by and see the other people working out.  Not to pass judgement about New Year’s resolutions because I’m guilty of my fair share of them.  I’ve promised myself to eat better and to be kinder.  One year, I went so far as to actually buy the gym membership and go to the gym at least 3 times before February came and I decided I really didn’t need it after all.  However, as we leave the Holiday season, we must remember that God’s gift to us doesn’t come to us on a calendar new year.  It is available to us all year around.  His grace and his peace that came in the form of the Baby Jesus is offered to us every day.  Even though we’re done singing “Away in a Manger” and “Joy to the World” until next season, let us remember that the Joy that we were singing about in the manger is offered to us every day of the year.  So, if this year, we find ourselves messed up by February, with Christ, we can start a new year anytime, not just at the beginning of the calendar.

Blessings,

Jon

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Ushers

1/07 Ushers Larry Fix, Bettie Fix, & Brenda Nobrega
1/14 Ushers Buddy McCurdy, Ronnie Narron,& Trenton Spence
1/21 Ushers Youth Volunteers
1/28 Ushers Larry Fix, Bettie Fix, & Brenda Nobrega

Worship Greeter

1/07 Courtney Lambaiso
1/14 Carol Laliberte
1/21 Ginny Morgan
1/28 Bettie Fix

Deacon for the Week

1/07 Larry Fix
1/14 Dave Hoover
1/21 Chris Olwin
1/28 Art Reavis

Properties’ Person for the Week

1/07 Shawn Cross-Rochefort
1/14 Jesse Meeks
1/21 Calvin Trainham
1/28 Ryan Carroll

Happy Birthday!

January 04 Meagan Carroll
January 05 Shirley Smith
January 07 David Hoover
January 08 Lu Arnette
January 09 Angel Lambaiso
January 10 Eugene Willis
January 15 Shawn Cross-Rochefort
January 22 Isabella Baisden
January 22 Bob Gray
January 23 Shonna Meeks
January 25 Bettie Fix
January 27 Merrill Godwin
January 28 Destiny Vaughn
January 30 Gladys Hutson

Nursery Volunteers

1/07 Carol Laliberte and Danica Trainham
1/14 Meagan Carroll
1/21 Jennifer See
1/28 Amy & Shawn Cross-Rochefort

Weekly Events

1/03                                                                                                                                  Praise Band 6:00 p.m.
Prayer Meeting 6:30 p.m.
Sonbeam Choir 6:30 p.m.
Youth BIO Hazard 7:00 p.m.
KidsJam 7:00 p.m.
Adult Choir Practice 7:00 p.m.
1/09                                                                                                                           Deacon’s Meeting 6:15 p.m.
Stewardship Meeting 7:00 p.m.
1/10 Praise Band 6:00 p.m.
Prayer Meeting 6:30 p.m.
Sonbeam Choir 6:30 p.m.
Youth BIO Hazard 7:00 p.m.
KidsJam 7:00 p.m.
Adult Choir Practice 7:00 p.m.
1/16                                                                                                                            Childrens Committee Meeting 6:00 p.m.
1/17                                                                                                                                 Praise Band 6:00 p.m.
Prayer Meeting 6:30 p.m.
Sonbeam Choir 6:30 p.m.
Youth BIO Hazard 7:00 p.m.
KidsJam 7:00 p.m.
1/20                                                                                                                               Gospel Sing “The Kellys” 6:30 p.m.
1/24                                                                                                                                Praise Band 6:00 p.m.
Prayer Meeting 6:30 p.m.
Sonbeam Choir 6:30 p.m.
Youth BIO Hazard 7:00 p.m.
KidsJam 7:00 p.m.
1/31                                                                                                                                 Praise Band 6:00 p.m.
Prayer Meeting 6:30 p.m.
Sonbeam Choir 6:30 p.m.
Youth BIO Hazard 7:00 p.m.
KidsJam 7:00 p.m.

Sunday Services are:
9:45 a.m. Small Groups
11:00 a.m. Worship

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December Stats

Sunday School – 52
Worship – 79
Budget $14,990
Hospitality $ 10
Lottie Moon $ 750
Use of Social Hall $ 96
Improvement $ 65

Children’s Committee Meeting
Tuesday, January 16th at 6:00 p.m. there will be a Children’s Committee Meeting.

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