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A Blessed New Year

Dear Friends,
 As we get ready to turn the calendar page and look forward to the promises of 2016, I want to thank so many of you for being such a blessing to our congregation and communities in 2015.

This year concluded in wondrous ways for our faith community.  Over three services on Christmas Eve, we had about 650 people praising our newborn king. A big thanks to all of you who volunteered so much of your time during the Advent and Christmas season.  Also, a huge word of thanks is extended for your financial support throughout the year and especially on Christmas Eve where we experienced overwhelming generosity  The way you have opened your hands, your hearts,and  your voices has brought more blessings to people in this community and abroad than you will ever know. 
    
This Sunday we will celebrate the Epiphany of our Lord as we return to our regular worship schedule with worship at 5 PM on Saturday, Sunday Worship at 8:15 & 11 AM, and Christian Education on Sunday at 9:30 AM.  Next Sunday, January 10, we will have our annual congregational meeting following 11:00 AM Worship. The agenda for this important meeting includes the appointment of new council leadership for 2016,and consideration of  our 2016 spending plan.

 Also this Sunday we begin two new exciting adult education gatherings at 9:30 AM:

Whirlwind Tour Through the Bible (meeting downstairs in Jerusalem Room)
An overview of the Bible from cover to cover looking at the basics of who and what happened in every book of the Bible

The Humor of Christ (meeting upstairs in Daniel's Den through January 24)
You may have missed it but Jesus was clever, playful, and quite funny in parables, dialogue, and controversy and intentionally so.  Exploring Jesus' words from this perspective also can give some of his teachings new life and meaning  

Finally, I make a sad face as I inform you that Christmas decorations will start coming down on Monday at 6:30 PM.  Time marches on and while admittedly it is not as much fun as putting the decorations up, the company is just as good.  If you would be willing to help, it would be greatly appreciated.
   
 The month of December was quite a ride for us.  Now it's time to follow Jesus through the joys and challenges of 2016.  A blessed New Year to all.  See you in church!
Peace,
Pastor Mueller
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