Even though the lights and decorations are so beautiful throughout the county, please continue to pray for rain; with all the fuel grown by the last rains, along with this wind, the situation is dangerous.
Celebrating birthdays this week are Marge Boyd on the 14th, Lou Fleming on the 15th, Kambree Jade Kothmann on the 18th, Dorothy Johnson on the 19th, and John Kooch on the 21st. May you all have a wonderful fun day!
We are participating in the Angel Tree program and need all wrapped presents by Sunday, December 19th.
We had several praise reports for those on our praise concerns: Wanda Jordan is improving and said "thanks" for all the prayers, phone calls, and cards; Carolyn Vater visited her sister, Marcy, who was up walking in time for her 80th birthday; Ken Stahl is making some progress in rehab, so please continue your prayers for him and sarah; Paul Toeppich is also improving. Prayer requests for healing were for Anna Grace Durst and Clinton, John Ceynowa and Susan, Tommy Ruffalo, Danny Gierisch, Christine, Caroline Vater’s daughter-in-law, Dick Pierson and Jacob Bibb. Also pray for comfort for the Rodger Burch family.
As we go about this Christmas season remember all those loved ones serving our country far away and for their families and pray for their safety and health.
We had a special children’s program on Sunday given by Vondell Jordan, "Teach the Children the True Meaning of Christmas" The lesson was pertinent for adults and children alike.
Then Sunday evening, December 12th, at 5:30, we had our Christmas Program. It was a delightful combination of congregational hymns, our Children’s Choir,our Young Adult Choir and our Men’s Choir.We were also blessed with songs from Sara Dixon, Beth Williams Palmer, and two piano solos by Austin Priess. We were moved by readings from Nea Young and Vondell Jordan. After prayers by Pastor Mark , John and Susie Jordan passed out gift bags to the children. What a hit that was! Then we all headed to the fellowship hall and had a delicious meal consisting of Mexican pile-on and many great desserts. You all know our ladies can cook.
The sermon presented by Pastor Mark was on "Waiting, waiting,waiting" Isaiah 35:8-10. It is always frustrating to wait but it is part of life. When we are frustrated we can act out or turn the situation over to God and let Him handle it. In the end, waiting on God and loving those who have done evil to us requires forgetting the hurt in order to truly forgive.