A Beautiful Encounter With The Holy

As you know from previous newsletter articles, the children and I pray together during Children’s Worship.  We always share prayer requests with each other and then pray.  Sometimes I pray, sometimes a child prays, and other times all of the children take turns praying.  This week after everyone had shared their prayer concern, I was…

The Christmas Story, Twice

This Sunday the children will participate in the Commerce Christmas Parade (rescheduled from last Sunday).  They will have the chance to dress up as people from the Christmas story.  We may even have to switch children out a couple of times to accommodate all the children wanting to be Mary.  I love this time when…

Let The Family Advent Celebration Commence

Sunday night families gathered in the fellowship hall to share a meal together and make Advent wreaths for their homes.  This year we had some vetrans at making Advent wreaths because they have come every year since we began this tradition eight years ago while others came for the first time.  Whether families were new…

An Abundance Of Gratitude

This weekend held so many moments for me to be thankful.  Several people stepped up to help with the worship service Sunday.  You have no idea what peace of mind it gave me to know that all elements of the service were in so many capable hands.  Then following worship, people surrounded Martha Gillis with…

Powerless Vs. Powerful

I wonder if you feel like I do about the devastation in the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan on November 8: helpless…powerless.  Every day I turn on the news and computer and see more devastation and I am overwhelmed by it.  Will these people get the provisions they need?  How will they feed all these people? …