Merry Christmas from Pastor Larry
When I was somewhere around age five, I was given a tent that I’ve never forgotten. Looking back, it wasn’t the tent that has embedded such a vivid memory, although through my young boy eyes, the tent was pretty neat at the time. I built it immediately - setting up camp in the family room. My parents probably bought it hoping I would stop building living room forts with the couch cushions.
I assume most people have at least one childhood Christmas memory that stands out from all the rest. For me this was the one. The year of the Christmas tent, and although it was a long time ago, I remember setting up the tent and then asking dad and mom the big Christmas Eve question: “Dad, Mom, can I sleep in the tent tonight in the the living room?” We did family gifts on Christmas Eve, but Santa always came the night of Christmas Eve. If I could talk my parents into letting me sleep in the new tent in the living room, I would be able to see the big guy, Santa Claus. I wasn’t afraid of Santa, I was a huge fan!
Two shocks came that night: first, my parents said yes, and second, Santa did come that night, but I slept through his whole visit. I slept a few feet from the fireplace, tree and stockings and never woke up. I couldn’t believe I slept right through his visit. I guess the song is right: he knows when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake. But what makes this memory so special to me was even though I didn’t see him that night, he still came. The evidence was under the tree, in my Christmas stocking and cookies and milk I left out were totally gone.
Today I celebrate the truest joy of Christmas: Jesus came to earth and the evidence is even more undeniable. I see Him in changed lives, in people who have real joy even in tough situations. I experience Him in the peace that surpasses understanding. I see Jesus in people that express his warmth and love to me and my family. Come to think of it, my best Christmas is now, knowing that the Savior is real and He came to show us the way!
Merry Christmas to all!
Preschool Bell Choir 2016
This past Sunday, our preschool class presented their annual bell choir. This is always a fun event and we've posted the video from the second service just in case you missed it!
This past Sunday, our Children's Ministries department presented "Hotel Bethlehem". In case you missed it, forgot your camera or just feel like watching it all over again...we've made the videos from both services available for download or streaming.
The videos will only be posted for a limited time so if you'd like to keep a copy make sure to download it soon!
First Service Video
Second Service Video
Getting ready for Christmas
Now that the Christmas season is in full swing, several folks have been helping to get the building ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus! On the agenda for tonight was the giant tree in the sanctuary.
Make sure to join us this weekend as we have several special Christmas activities going on...Saturday we have our monthly men's breakfast as well as our Ladies of Liberty Christmas Extravaganza. Then on Sunday during both services we have the annual performance of the preschool bell choir! We hope to see you!
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