Hello Brothers & Sisters,
I hope that you have been enjoying our Advent series, Patterns of Light.
The series began by focusing on the great struggle between light and darkness in a message entitled, The Coming of Light. We looked at how the coming of Messiah is portrayed as the coming of light to drive out the darkness in the world. In the second message we looked at how this light of Christ is given to us so the Spirit might shine through the broken pieces of our lives, through our Stained Glass Souls.
Then this past Sunday we saw how the light of Christ comes not only to drive out the darkness in our souls, but also to illuminate and empower God’s gathered people, the church. I invited us to see how we’re called to be The Community of Light as faithful followers of Christ’s teachings. If you missed any of these messages, I encourage you to listen before the final message this Sunday, The End of Night.
It just so happens that the fourth Sunday of Advent falls on Christmas Eve this year. So, we will be having a robustMorning Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. and then an evening Candlelighting Service at 6:30 pm. Please bring your family and friends for a special day of worship at Grantham Church. And don’t forget that this Friday we are partnering with the Curry family to do Lessons & Carols, an Arts Hub Event beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a meal in the church lobby. The service will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Yes, Christmas is upon us! Don’t miss these opportunities to enter in and celebrate the birth of Christ and the hope we have in his coming.
Also, remember that we are partnering with Friends Over Fences to host a lunch for ex-offenders and anyone who will be alone on Christmas Day. The lunch will be held in the fellowship hall on December 25 at 1:00 p.m. If you’d like to contribute, you’re invited to bring a dessert to the church kitchen this Sunday, or drop it off in the kitchen after 10:30 a.m. on Monday. If you’re able, come and give to our friends in need and express the love of Christ to those who have no place to go on Christmas Day.
Finally, I want to thank all of those who have been more intentional with their giving over the last couple months. I also want to thank those who have graciously offered end-of-year financial gifts to the church. Based on the financial information we publish in the bulletin, you may have noticed that we are on pace to finish strong in 2017. If you haven’t given and would like to contribute financially toward our ongoing ministries, I want to encourage you to do that this Sunday or the next (December 31). May God continue to bless Grantham Church as we attempt great things for him in 2018.
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday as we worship the newborn King.
Grace & Peace,
P.S. We had our first meeting last night with your 2018 Church Board. It was a joy to gather with an exciting team of individuals who are honored to represent our congregation and to take on the visionary task of helping Grantham Church move forward in the new year. Our first order of business was to fill the open leadership positions. I’m happy to announce that Justin Weber is the new board chair. Art Bert is the new vice chair. And Duane Asper is the new chair of the Property & Facilities Committee (PFC), which now functions as a committee of the board. Thank you for all your prayers and support of the 2018 Church Board.
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