New Year. Same Task. That’s Good!

On New Year’s Day, Carolyn and I buzzed out of worship and headed for New York City. We ventured into the same streets where twelve-hours earlier a million people stood celebrating and watching a bright ball fall. Times Square was mostly empty when we arrived. Confetti still floated over subway ventilation fans. And a snowman ran toward us with open arms hoping we’d pay for a picture with him. My daughter, Emily, later explained, “Dad! That was Olaf!” “Oh,” I said. “Who’s Olaf?”

New Year’s celebration in my home focuses on a birthday-girl. Carolyn and I drove into the city to celebrate her life by seeing the closing show of Something Rotten. And if you know who Olaf is, but you don’t know Something Rotten, that’s okay. It’s a hilarious and entertaining musical, and seeing the closing night was like watching two hours of Four-of-July fireworks! It was a great way to celebrate a new year and the life of the woman I love most.

We may have entered a new year, but we still have the same task. With Carolyn, I still love her. I still love my children. I’m still their dad. And I still commit to give myself to the people I love so that their lives may be enriched by mine. That’s why we’re all here. We get a new year with the same task. And that’s good. And I still love you! We are here, as a church, with the same purpose and vision: We are here to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. And we do that by being people who know God through our faith in Jesus Christ, grow in our experience and understanding of God, and then go to serve others and God as we are led by the Holy Spirit.

To help us in that task, I’m inviting us to close every worship service this year with this prayer:

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in us the fire of your love. Send forth your spirit, and we shall be created.  And you shall renew the face of the earth. O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy your consolations. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Join me on Sunday as we continue to know, grow, and go together.

Pastor Roger

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Big Praise Adventures 9:00 AM Sunday mornings. This is open to all youth pre-k through high school. To help or for questions, please contact Robin Stolarcyk. Please join us!

Christian Fellowship Class, Sunday mornings 9:00 AM. Please join us. Christian Fellowship Room (B6). Leader: Shirley Prentice.

Pray Study & Prayer Group, 11 AM, Sunday mornings. Everyone is welcome to join. Questions contact Pastor Roger.

Monday Night Ladies Bible Study Group: 6:30-8:00 p.m., Disciple Room (B4). Contact Norma O’Connor for more information.   Invitations are always open–come join the journey!

Tuesday Women’s groupJoin us on Tuesday’s at 12:45 in the Disciple Room (B4), for a time of friendship, good food, & great conversation. Questions contact Dottie Brownlow or Pat Winters. Everyone is welcome!

Small Group Book Study, 9:15—11:15. Everyone is welcome to join. Disciple Room (B4). Questions contact Amy O’Brien.

Celebrate Recovery: A weekly program based on the words of Jesus for overcoming hurts, hang-ups & habits. Thursday Evenings, 6:30pm Free Meal, 7-9pm Open Meetings. Starts February 16th.  All are welcome.

Choir. Thursdays 7:00-8:00 PM. Choir Room (B37).  Everyone is welcome to join. Contact Carla Fako

mens-breakfastMen’s Breakfast: Saturdays at 7:30 AM, Staring Nov. 19th. Meet at the Spot Restaurant on Front St.  All men are welcome.  For more information contact Pastor Roger or Duane Benjamin.

Note: For phone numbers for any of the group leaders please contact the church office at 648-4339.  Thank you.

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Online Giving is now available. Scan this QR code to make a donation from your mobile device or go to .  You may schedule monthly donations, pay for registrations/classes, or make a one-time contribution.

Collection for Layette Kits:  Items needed:  6 cloth diapers, 2 shirts, 2 washcloths, 2 gowns or sleepers; 2 diaper pins, 1 sweater or jacket, 2 receiving blankets.  Detailed information sheet in the back of the church. Contact Joyce Neumann  231-3607 or  231-3607 for more information.  Deadline is the end of March.

Knitting for the Lord. Meets Tuesday evenings 6-7 PM, in the Knitting for the Lord Room/Youth Room (B6). All are invited to attend. Contact Lynne Masland or Sue Alcott with questions.

couponCoupons To Care Group: Still collecting coupons & distributing items.  Please contact Sharon Quackenbush or Linda Brooks with questions.   Leave coupons in Linda’s mailbox.  Contact Sharon or Linda, if you know of someone in need.  Requests are confidential.

Quality Steam Clean: Will donate 10% of all work done to our church for anyone having their carpets or flooring cleaned with the coupon in back of the church (see specials on coupon) also in online events or ask the church office for one.

Soup & Sandwich Program volunteers are needed at All Saints Episcopal Church, 475 Main St., Johnson City. Contact Joyanne Kasmarcik, to volunteer.

Note: For phone numbers for any of the group leaders please contact the church office at 648-4339.  Thank you.



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