Dear Beloved Friends,
The Advent season has begun. We embark on a time of discernment and preparation to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As we prepare it is a good time to be introspective about what the birth of Jesus really means to us. Jesus, God incarnate came to earth to teach us about hope, peace love and joy. He teaches us about acceptance, understanding, forgiveness and compassion for everyone. Advent is a great time to truly look into our hearts and feel exactly what Jesus means to us.
It is also a time to look at the world around us, a world filled with turmoil, war, hatred and strife. This is not the world that God wants for us. We just like Jesus are here to be ministers of change in the world. Each of us is individually called by God to be a difference maker. To be a disciple of Christ to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. To spread his peace, hope, joy and especially his love to everyone we encounter. Advent is the perfect time to jump start our focus and efforts on serving those in need.
This Advent, we at Hope are blessed to be reaching out to the community to help spread the good news of Jesus Christ. On the 101h our UMM are having a breakfast for the community to come in out of the cold and enjoy at hot meal. On the 17th we've invited the children from Crystal Lawns School and the children that use the food pantry to come to a day of celebration at the church. We will have games, crafts, food and gifts. The children will be able to pick out I and wrap gifts for their family members. We are collecting hats, gloves, mittens and scarfs to be given to homeless people. We have a giving tree for our church family to buy gifts for children at Crystal Lawns School. Working with an outside organization, we are sponsoring a family with a complete Christmas day celebration including food and gifts. All of this is possible through the generosity and giving of our church family.
My family and I wish each of you a very happy and blessed Christmas. We fe.el that God called us to be part of this amazing family and we are thankful each and every day. As Advent proceeds, grow closer to God and rejoice in your new life through the birth of Christ Jesus. Always remember that Jesus is the reason for the season.
Blessings, Pastor Ron