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Birthdays are for celebrating a person.

When a baby turns one year old, we celebrate the qualities of that child. Even in one year of life, we can see characteristics such as fussiness, compliance, joyfulness, and sadness.

At the other end of life’s spectrum, when we celebrate Grandpa’s 98th year after his birth, we celebrate the character of grandpa: hardworking, encouraging, strict, and generous, for example.

What about Jesus? What qualities of Jesus do we celebrate at Christmas? Each Sunday before Christmas, in worship we will celebrate a quality of Jesus, which we remember at his birth.

Christmas is not about the lights, parties, traffic jams, and sometimes whining children – I can’t think of one child who does that! Nor is Christmas merely about the shepherds, angels, and one inhospitable innkeeper. Christmas begs us to celebrate Jesus, the person.

When I celebrate my son’s birthday, I don’t celebrate the fact that the University of Kentucky was playing the University of Louisville in the football stadium just outside his hospital window. I remember it, and I remember the roar of the crowd, but I don’t care who won. On my son’s birthday, I celebrate Ryan: his compassion for others, the joy that shines when he smiles, and his spirit which trusts Jesus. And when my daughter Emily turns 19, I will celebrate her spontaneity, her passion, and her sense of justice, which moves her to stand up for people who are oppressed by others.

What do you celebrate about Jesus? Birthdays celebrate the person, not the party. So let’s truly celebrate Jesus this Christmas. Come join us, and celebrate Jesus with us.

I’ll see you Sunday!

Pastor Roger

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big-praise-adventures-children-2016Big 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 & Wednesday evenings 6:30 PM.

Everyone is welcome to join. Questions contact Pastor Roger.

Monday Night Ladies Bible Study Group:

6:30-8:00 p.m., Disciple Room (B4). On Monday, January 9, the ladies took a creative break between studies for fellowship and fun and learned to felt dryer balls (used to soften clothes and reduce wrinkles in the dryer) from alpaca fiber.  On January 16,  they started a new study, The Longing in Me, by Sheila Walsh.  Through personal stories and the story of David, Sheila helps us connect our everyday life and struggles to a longing to draw closer to God.  Contact Norma O’Connor for more information.   Invitations are always open–come join the journey!

Tuesday Women’s group.

Join 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.

Small Group Book Study, 9:15—11:15.

Everyone is welcome to join. Disciple Room (B4). Questions contact Amy O’Brien.


choir-joinThursdays 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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Our Big Praise Adventure Kids are exploring a study on creation.

To go along with this study we are collecting money in our savings jars to purchase flocks of chickens through Heifer International. These flocks will be donated to a families in great need, they will then be able to raise the chickens so they may  multiply and provide them with eggs to eat. If you would like to donate we will be collecting spare change from now until February 12th. The children will have their savings jars with them during the church service February 5th. Thank you, The Big Praise Adventure team.

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.

Pot luck luncheon following 10 AM Worship service January 22nd.  Bring a dish to pass.  All are welcome.  Please join us!

Leadership Training Retreat: Feb. 11, 2017, 9 AM—3 PM.  Nominations from the congregation.  Election of Church Council Leadership Team, Mar. 7th, 2017.  See Building Up Each Other to Make Disciples Handout for more information or contact Pastor Roger.

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.

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



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