News and Events for January 1

Thanks to Dan Perry for sharing our message today.  Pastor Dan is on vacation.

Today is Epiphany Sunday , our Sunday before the Epiphany (January 6). Epiphany is the last day of the 12-day Christmas season that begins at sunset on Christmas Eve. The celebration of Epiphany focuses on the “appearing” or “revelation” of the newborn Messiah. We observed His birth at Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. We contemplated the mystery of the Word made flesh and dwelling among us on Christmas Day. On this day we join the church’s wonder as the very constellations reveal the birth of Messiah, and the powers of this world are revealed for their self-preservation and violent resistance to the saving work of God for all. The Season After Epiphany begins January 7 and lasts until Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. The Season After Epiphany has two major missional tasks: calling people to discipleship and getting the church ready for its work of preparing people for a life of discipleship throughout the Season of Lent.

Thanks to all who have made Generosity Commitment pledges to support the mission of Jesus Christ through our congregation in the coming year. If you have not had the opportunity to consecrate our personal financial giving commitments for the coming year, you can place your yellow Financial Giving Commitment Card in the offering plate during worship, or deliver it to the church office.

AmazonSmile. If you shop at Amazon.com, please consider using AmazonSmile and selecting our church as your preferred charitable organization. AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchase to the charitable organization you select. When you want to shop at Amazon, access AmazonSmile at the website https://smile.amazon.com , and use your regular Amazon user ID and password. The shopping experience is identical to  Amazon.com, and it does not cost you more. Thanks!

Several years ago, donations were made to a designated fund for the children’s bell choir program (current balance of $194.62) and to a designated fund for the children’s rotation Sunday School ministry (current balance of $102.53). We have not done these particular ministries since at least 2008 and perhaps before; and do not anticipate doing them again. We would like to move these funds to the Designated Children’s Ministries fund to be available to more generally  support our ministries with children. If you donated any amount to either the children’s bell choir program or the rotation Sunday School, please contact Pastor Dan to  discuss this matter .

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