We have truly been blessed with rain again in the Texas Hill Country! It’s sort of like children getting an early Christmas gift. Oh how excited “we kids” get when given the gift of RAIN! Speaking of gifts and being excited, another terrific gift was Mason’s BIG win over Garrison! Oh my gosh, come Thursday, there might be some folks left in Mason, but the rest will be in Dallas at the Cowboys Stadium! Thank you Lord for the gift of rain and for our Punchers. GO PUNCHERS!!!!! GO PUNCHERS!!!!! GO GO GO GO ALL THE WAY TO #1!!!!!!Under the enthusiastic guidance of Tyra Jordan, we were able to fill all the boxes at the Food Bank last week. Last minute items will be placed in the boxes on Monday the 12th, and will be ready to hand out from 3 to 5:30pm. As you can see from the photo above, we always have fun even while working! We will have our Christmas Dinner after our Sunday worship on Dec. 18th followed by our Christmas Program at 1pm. Our Candlelight Communion Service of Word and Table will be held at 6pm on Christmas Eve.Happy Birthday greetings go to Brook Rosberg and Kyle Kettner on the 14th, Brad Kothmann on the 17th, and Ryan Hall on the 19th. Happy Anniversary to Denis and Elizabeth Hoerster Cano. Great celebrations to all!We are saddened by the passing of the following people and send our heartfelt condolences to their families. Destiny Franklin, infant daughter of Dustin Franklin and Machelle Pfeil, Ray Jordan, brother of E. Wayne Jordan, and Charlie Morris, friend from Trinity UMC. Please keep their families in your prayers.Please continue prayers for our homebound and nursing home residents, Pearl Leifeste, Anna Grace Durst, Dick Pierson, Etta Marie Mutschink, and Johnita Bohmfalk. Let them know how special they are with a card, visit or a call! Let’s do the same with our service men and women, Kyle Pierce, Stuart Jordan, Matt Krause, Taylor Slocum, Josh Calhoun, Amanda Adams, and all the others who serve our country.Last Sunday, the 3rd Sunday of Advent, John and Susie Jordan lit the Shepherd’s Candle. The pink candle represents the act of sharing Christ. Pink symbolizes the Advent Rose, a time to pause during this season to Rejoice in the Lord. This candle is also called the “joy” candle.Pastor Cliff’s sermon was taken from John1:6-8, 19-28. In verses 6-8, we are told; There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. (John 1:6-9 NRS) John the Baptist’s ministry was to testify to Jesus. The people were not to believe “in” John the Baptist but “through” him. In verse 19, the priests and Levites were sent to check out John the Baptist’s actions. He told them he was not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet. He kept telling them it wasn’t “about him”. It was about Jesus. People were looking for a Messiah. Pastor Cliff said it was true then and it’s true today. There is Great News! THE MESSIAH HAS COME, AND IT’S JESUS! John the Baptist was faithful in pointing to Jesus as the light. It’s not about us, it’s about Jesus. That’s what Christmas and Advent are about. THE MESSIAH HAS COME. We need not look any further, but when we run into someone who is looking, we can point to the “Light”. For those who haven’t heard, or don’t understand yet, and are still looking for the answer………..will they “see” Jesus in our actions? Let’s try to be more like John the Baptist and bear witness to the “Light”.