One on One - Book 6, Volume 25

Christmas Eve Services 6:30 and 9:00 pm!

This week I’ve gotten a little time with my daughter Saisha who has been in Nashville the past year and half in a Master’s program at Vanderbilt University in school counseling. Yesterday afternoon I took some time off and we went to the Eiteljorg Museum to catch the Jingle Rails exhibit. Afterwards I got to be her sounding board as she worked on her resume. Tell me would you not hire someone whose personal mission statement says: Provide every student with tools necessary to lead a successful and meaningful life by using my strengths of adaptability, dependability, collaboration and compassion in developing students’ personal and educational potential.

I am so excited to see her begin her career. She has always been self-motivated and such a high achiever. She is somewhat shy so she is worried how well she will interview but let me tell you whoever hires her will be getting quite an asset.

I want to thank the Staff Parish Relations Committee who put on a wonderful staff luncheon for us Tuesday. It was a nice expression of thanks for the hard work our team puts in all year. At the staff meeting I learned that you responded well to our plea for help at the Youth New Year’s Eve Lock-in. We have it well staffed with adult supervision and Leanna Zimmerman was able to secure a canvas prayer labyrinth, which is a neat way to slow yourself down to listen and connect with God. The youth will enjoy lots of games, worship to ring in the New Year and will spread out to pray over our church and the ministries that will take place in it in 2015.

Wednesday, Pastor Bob McMillen and I met with Tiffany Chappell who works with Greentree Assisted Living. They would like to develop a partnership with us. We came up with an idea called Cards and Communion. Once a month, we will invite Old Bethel people to play euchre with their residents and then offer a short Protestant communion service for whoever is interested. Pastor Bob will speak with some of our euchre players to see if they might help get this ministry going.

We will be having cake and punch between services Sunday to celebrate the completion of the $10,000 Match Challenge that has put us over our 2015 pledge goal of $585,000. You responded incredibly well to the challenge, which secured the extra $10,000 promised. We had around $2,600 extra pledged in the campaign and $12,420 given as end-of-year gifts, which puts us now at $581,700 pledged for 2015 and the $12,420 will be put in a designated fund to be used in 2015, which puts us over the top. As for 2014 we are currently in the black but will still need two solid giving Sundays to make sure we end up that way.

This Sunday, we will continue our series God Gives Birth as we consider how the Christ-child brought so many divergent people together. In preparation, read Matthew 2:1-12. Don’t forget to pick up some Christmas Eve Invitation Cards to share with friends, family and co-workers. Our Family Ministries Team is working to make the 6:30 p.m. Family Christmas Pageant with candles (and glowsticks) even better this year and we expect another strong 9:00 p.m. Traditional Christmas Eve service featuring carols and candlelight. I will finish our series with a meditation titled Babies Bring Miracles.

See you Sunday,

Rev. Jerry

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