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FROM THE PASTOR’S CORNER
Happy New Year!
New Year, 2021, is just around the corner, and I believe that you and I are ready for a new beginning—anxious to put 2020 and all of its woes in the rear view mirror!
However, we don’t want to spend any time licking our wounds and lamenting what is in the past, because our Lord is leading us forward towards new beginnings, new opportunities for sharing the Good News and the love that comes from God. So, “buckle your seat belts”, a new year of opportunity awaits! Immanuel—God is with us!
PRAYER LIST NAMES
Please note that on the first Sunday in January, the church office will start off the New Year with a new prayer list. We are going to remove everyone and start fresh. If you know of someone who should remain on the list, or of someone who needs to be added to the list, please contact the church office. Thank you.
COMMUNION & ELDER INSTALLATION
We will break with tradition for our first Communion Service of the New Year. Instead of offering Communion on the first Sunday of the month, the first Communion of 2021 will be held on January 10. This Sunday we will also ordain and install our three new Elders. The first Session meeting of the year will be held that afternoon.
ELDERS & TRUSTEES
Our Elders for 2021 are: Denise A., Betty Jo B., Gloria W., Sandy G., Pat S., and Tyler W.
Our Trustees for 2021 are: Sandra D., Tommy P., and Charles W.
GIRL SCOUT COOKIES
It’s almost Girl Scout Cookie Time! Kendall, Makayla, and Emma will start taking pre-orders for cookies on December 27. The cookies will arrive in Enterprise in mid-January. Although Makayla is living Florida she has stayed registered as a Girl Scout in Alabama. All three girls are working together to share sales, so an order placed with any one of them will benefit all three. Thank you to Green Hill for your continued support of our Girl Scouts!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
This has been a crazy year, and we’ve almost made it through! “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) We don’t know what God’s plan is for 2021, but we will continue in our mission to faithfully serve God and to proclaim the Gospel.
ADVENT AND EPIPHANY
As you greet your friends and neighbors over the next couple of weeks, will you ask them if they HAD a nice Christmas, or will you ask them if they are HAVING a nice Christmas? It might seem like a silly question to ask, but one indicates that the holiday has passed for the year, and the other indicates that we are still in the middle of the Christmas season.
In December we celebrate Advent. For four Sundays we light the candles on the Advent wreath in anticipation of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. On Christmas Day the anticipation ends and we enter the season of Epiphany, which means divine manifestation.
The season of Epiphany is also known as the Twelve Days of Christmas. The season runs up to the Epiphany of the Lord on January 6. This is the day we celebrate the fact that God’s covenant of grace is extended to all who believe the good news of Christ Jesus.
As this year ends and a new one begins, be mindful of the season and enter the year with celebration. Praise God!