Good News for Thursday, December 17th
I know it’s cliché, but it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Even in the midst of everything that we’re going through- which looks different for each of us- it really is starting to feel like Christmas again. There are so many reasons that we could give why this Christmas seems different, but I had this feeling that came over me earlier this week… and I just knew that Christmas will be just as meaningful as it was last year or the year before. Why? Because Christmas isn’t really about all that we have lost.
I would like to share with you my favorite part of the classic Dr. Seuss book How The Grinch Stole Christmas:
“And the Grinch with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.'”
Christmas isn’t really about all that we have lost- it’s about something more. Christmas is about the gospel truth that the very Jesus who was born as a baby in Bethlehem is the same Jesus that is born in our hearts anew each year. Do you have room for Him?
Here’s our online worship schedule for the rest of the year:
Sunday, Dec 20th @ 9:30am – “Comfort and Joy: Love”
Thursday, Dec 24th @ 6:30pm – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Sunday Dec 27th @ 9:30am
Join us for worship at the times listed above at forthelake.online.church or anytime by going to that same website and clicking “Past Sermons.”
Please see the announcements below for ways that you can continue to serve in our community, and stay tuned for next week’s email, because I’m going to include a special surprise that you’ll get to enjoy on Christmas day!
Praying that you are well and that your heart is ready to receive Jesus this Christmas.
Blessings in the wilderness,
Pastor Andy Blacksher
Connect, Grow and Serve…
Sweets for our Holiday Community Workers
As in the past years, we will be collecting and distributing cookies to those people who serve the community by working the midnight shift on Christmas Eve. This includes fire, ambulance, hospital, nursing homes, police, toll bridge workers and others. If you are able to bake goodies for the care packages which will be delivered on Christmas Eve, please deliver them to the church on one of these days and times:
- Tuesday, December 22nd – 9:00AM-1:00PM
- Wednesday, December 23rd – 4:30PM – 6:30PM
If you would like to help with delivery or need more information, please call or text Samantha Marsi at (573) 280-3198 or Ginger Henry at (573)619-5204.
Hope House Volunteers Needed
If you would be interested in volunteering at Hope House, they can always use your help. Contact Hope House for volunteer and scheduling information or you can contact the church office.
Ribbons for Community Support
Lake Regional Hospital has been working tirelessly taking care of our community these last few months and are now seeing an increase in COVID inpatients. As this pandemic continues to affect us all, Lake Regional Hospital has reached out to our community asking for support for our front line workers. There are many front line workers they would like for us to recognize along with the hospital. These include teachers and administrators, all health care workers, EMS, firefighters, police, delivery, and grocery store workers.
How can you help? Display a ribbon on your mailbox, tree, or window to let the community know you a you are supporting the frontline workers or you are a frontline worker.
Ribbon colors are:
- White- to support all those who work on the frontlines
- Blue- if you personally work on the frontlines
- School colors- Display your school color if you work on the frontlines at our local schools
Let’s thank our frontline workers! Displaying a ribbon is only one way we can say thank you. Cards, meals, and gift certificates would make a frontline workers day!
By our Prayers…
Please remember the following people and situations in your prayers this week:
Richard Appelquist – Bonnie Wood’s father, who is recovering from a heart procedure this past week.
Janis Chittenden – a close friend of Josie Barlow is facing several health issues, as well as mourning the death of her brother.
Amber Elliott- Her father, Ronnie Asmann passed away. Please be praying for the family in this time of loss.
The Fowler Family – at the passing of Rusty Fowler’s father, Jack, and his cousin, Kathy Browns, who we have been praying for. Lift up this family as they have suffered great loss. Also, please keep their friend, Ginger in your prayers as well, as she continues to battle COVID-19.
Connie Horning – a dear friend of Tina Melville is in hospice. Please pray for her and her family.
Darrel Johnson – Keith Johnson’s brother who has been diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer. Prayers for the whole family.
The McAdams & Bierman Families – at the passing of their Brother-in-Law, Bill.
Donna McAdams – Betty McAdam’s Mother-in-law, who is at MU Hospital receiving chemo treatments. Pray for strength and increased oxygen levels.
Christy McField – Debbie Geasley’s sister-in-law who has breast cancer.
(To be included in this list, please reply to this email or contact the church office.)