Hey, I'm back. I spent Thanksgiving in Baltimore with my daughter and her husband, and had a good time celebrating with family and friends. My grandson, Kyle Pierce, who is in the Navy at Norfolk, came up for a few days and it was great to see him. Hope you all had a very happy week and are well and looking forward to the joys of Christmas.
I came back to cold weather and snow but did get to town on Saturday to help unload the Food Bank Truck and I am looking forward to helping distribute the food boxes to families this Monday afternoon. After church, a group of us prepared packages of cookies and goodies that the church is adding to the food boxes.
The Parsonage Christmas party on Saturday night was a joyous event. The food was great and the Chinese gift exchange was a lot of fun. Everyone seemed pleased with their gifts and the Christmas spirit was abundant.
The next big event will be on next Sunday, Dec. 13th, when we will have the Christmas Music Special and a Pot Luck dinner after church. The shoe boxes for Mexico are also to be brought to church along with any other items that will be going to the families in Mexico. I am sure the trucks and people that make that trip will have some interesting stories and pictures of the delivery.
Joyce Mutschink is celebrating her birthday today on Dec. 9th. Kenneth Kothmann will celebrate on Dec. 11th and Logan Toone's birthday is Dec. 12th. Brook Rosberg will party on Dec. 14th and the same day, the 14th, is the 2nd birthday of Marian Leifeste's great grandson Kyle Kettner and Brad Kothmann's birthday is Dec. 17th. Also, Dennis and Elizabeth Cano will celebrate their anniversary on Dec. 15th. Have a great celebration on your special day and have many more.
Continue to pray for Andrew Kothmann, Pearl Leifeste, Anna Grace Durst and Etta Marie Mutschink. Also pray for Laura Jordan, 4 year old daughter of Matt and Diana Jordan, who has been diagnosed with an eye disorder that seriously affects her vision and cannot be surgically corrected while her eyes are still growing. And continue to pray for Mark Krause's mother, Jane, who is having some progress in relieving her bad pain with shots. Hopefully she may not need any more shots.
The Art Men's Choir sang "There's a Song in the Air" for their special music. They really helped get us ready for Christmas.
We are preparing to celebrate the greatest gift ever given. The birth of God's son, Jesus Christ, who God sent to this world to save us from our sins and provide everlasting life for us. Rev. Krause's sermon titled "Preparing for the King" was inspired by the Gospel scripture from Luke 3:1-6.
Preparation is the Key and is the success of any endeavor. We must prepare to celebrate the birth of the King of Kings. Last Sunday, on the First Sunday of Advent, we looked to God in all situations. This Sunday, the scripture describes how John the Baptists in the wilderness, heard the word of God concerning the attainment of salvation through Christ. And he went into the country around Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance unto the forgiveness of sins. He was the voice crying in the wilderness, preaching for people to prepare the way of the Lord, to make His beaten paths straight, so that all mankind shall see the salvation of God and be delivered from eternal death.
John was ready and willing to work for God to change men's hearts, to get them to turn to the Lord, to become vessels to serve the Lord.
Are you prepared to serve God, to respond to His wisdom and truths? Are you prepared to receive the Kingdom of God? Are you mindful of your responsibilities to love your neighbors, respond to God's infinite love?