The Pastor's Corner - December 2021

The Vision Newsletter: Notes from the Pastor's Desk

Merry Christmas season to all. We have already enjoyed the Thanksgiving festivities and have decorated the Sanctuary and the entire church for the coming Christmas activities. As you will see in the balance of this newsletter there will be many, many opportunities for you to enjoy fellowship and food during this festive season.

For those of you that participated in the Veterans Appreciation on Wednesday, I think that the evening was a complete success. I heard several times that this was the first of many such celebrations over the coming years. I trust that you all enjoyed a great time together over the Thanksgiving weekend. The church was able to distribute over 100 meals to people in our community on Friday after Thanksgiving. A large group of volunteers ascended upon the CACS and a good time was had by all.

We are in the midst of the Advent celebration. We started with the Hanging of the Green service and will continue to light candles each Sunday until our Christ Candle will be lit on Christmas Eve at the 6:00 pm service. Our Christmas Cantata, “The Promised Savior”, will be presented on Sunday the 12th of December at the 10:55 am service, followed by a Youth Fund Raiser meal (soup and salad) in Davis Hall.

Remember that our adult Wednesday night activities end with the December 8th meal and Bible study and will resume next year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lane (or me) in the office.

We are looking forward to the arrival of the long-awaited Church Pictorial Directories. Rumor has it that they will be out in December. This has been a long project and many people have worked long and hard to make it happen. Special thanks to Denise Perry for seeing it through.

As we look into the future, let us consider what we can do to promote God’s presence in this community. How can we, each one individually, present Christ to those with whom we come in contact? May we become more active ourselves in the activities of the Church. As we do, may we experience the joy that will be ours in extending an invitation to others to join us.  Together may we celebrate God’s love as it was displayed in the gift of his son Jesus on that first Christmas. May the love that continues to be displayed in the grace God showers upon all of His creatures.

I truly hope and pray that you have the best and merriest Christmas experience this year and that we can all have a meaningful and productive year in 2022. All of this will only be possible as we turn to God in prayer and thanksgiving in all circumstances.

Blessings and peace

Bro. Don VanVoorhis