Make Room! (Pastor Dave) December 27

Jesus has come, we’ve celebrated, and now…what?   Well, that depends… IF you believe that Jesus was ‘the Christ Child’ and part of a beautiful story, but that is all, then…nothing! Put the manger scene away for another year. See you in 11 months. But, IF you believe (as I do) that Jesus the babyContinue reading “Make Room! (Pastor Dave) December 27”

Happy Day-After-Christmas (Pastor Dave) December 26

The day after Christmas. When I was little, it was just about the most depressing day of the year! After all the excitement, the presents, the Christmas Carols, the parties, the cookies, the movies and all the traditions, now…it’s over. Thud. Period. The end.   The thing is, IF Christmas was only about these things,Continue reading “Happy Day-After-Christmas (Pastor Dave) December 26”

Celebrate! Jesus is Born! (Pastor Dave) December 25

Merry Christmas! As you celebrate today, listen to this song and sing along!   What a day that must have been–to realize that the Savior of the World was born as a baby! Even more: The King of the Universe had become human, and was  born into one of the most plain, un-special, un-kingly circumstancesContinue reading “Celebrate! Jesus is Born! (Pastor Dave) December 25”

The Welcome… Pastor Dave December 24

The Welcome…the feeling that you get when you arrive home after a long trip. That warm ‘good to be home’ feel when you arrive for a holiday visit. The ability you have to make another person feel valued—you are glad they’ve arrived! That warm smile, the hug, the ‘Welcome Mat’ which says “We are gladContinue reading “The Welcome… Pastor Dave December 24”

THIS is Christmas! (Pastor Dave) December 23

Well, here it is–Christmas week! A couple of days from now, it’ll all be over. I hope that you have your shopping done so you can enjoy your time with family, go to church, spend some time worshiping Jesus–the reason for the celebration! What is ‘Christmas’ after all? Tradition? Family? Presents? Songs and Movies? ItContinue reading “THIS is Christmas! (Pastor Dave) December 23”

A Gift for All (Tim Johnson) December 22

Luke 2:15-18 When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Lets go to bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which The Lord has told us about.” They hurried t the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him,Continue reading “A Gift for All (Tim Johnson) December 22”

STICKY (Tony Colatruglio) December 20

Some of the traditions in our household are out of the ordinary. One of those is making s’mores with our children on the barbecue grill, especially in the winter. This involves putting the marshmallows onto long shish kabob skewers, and toasting them over the remains of the charcoal fire that I had used earlier to cook ourContinue reading “STICKY (Tony Colatruglio) December 20”

Were You Born In A Barn?! (Fred Langeland) December 19

6 And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. 7 She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.                                                                           Luke 2: 6-7, NLT   Tradition tells us that theContinue reading “Were You Born In A Barn?! (Fred Langeland) December 19”

A Little Bit of Heaven… (Pastor Dave) December 18

What is it about Christmastime? This time of the year–more than any other–is a time that seems somehow…’special’. This is a time when people–strangers even–treat each other with a little more grace, a bit more patience, and a few more smiles. Why is that? Why is it that this Christmas season effects us? I believeContinue reading “A Little Bit of Heaven… (Pastor Dave) December 18”

No Present Panic! (Pastor Dave) December 16

As of today, there are only  9 more days until Christmas. That means many people are starting to get trapped in ‘Present Panic’! Many have not done anywhere near the amount of shopping they planned to, and will try to pull off a couple of ‘marathon sessions’ over the next several days—especially this weekend—in orderContinue reading “No Present Panic! (Pastor Dave) December 16”