What a wonderful weekend! I pray that all of you had some time to share a meal and love with someone special to you. I am always grateful for time to spend with those dearest to me, especially when we manage to carve out time to place some silly games and laugh together!
Sunday afternoon, a wonderful crowd gathered around a wonderful assortment of animals on our front lawn, ate dinner together, lit the Christmas tree for the community, sang carols (several times!), and made the Chrismons that now adorn the beautiful trees in the sanctuary. Many thanks to the Evangelism Team for coordinating the event and taking responsibility for the potluck dinner, to Alice and Kathy Soehnlein, Dawn and Dan Blake and their children, Chris and Laura Raab and their children, and Brian and Janice Holsonbake for preparing the Chrismons and setting up and cleaning up for that part of the evening, to our Youth for making the Story come alive (with the help and support of Susan Harry and her family!), to Bill Myers and Phil Gobrecht for the music throughout the evening, to The Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Department (and John Wright) for bringing Santa and providing light, to Bill Nash, Eric Schuster, Brit Weber and their helpers, mostly from the Men’s Fellowship, who put up the community tree in the front lawn, and to Tom Surber who made it possible to have a visit from Jolly Old St. Nick!
Once again, I was thrilled to see community taking shape around the tables. New folks got acquainted with some of us that have been around for awhile, and the Story was shared with folks that may not have another opportunity to stop during the frenzy of the season to celebrate the One who came to give us life.
This coming Sunday begins the second week of Advent, and through Mary’s eyes, we will be looking at the cross, remembering with her what she may have thought about as she lost her beloved Child. As we did last week, a TV will be available in the Library all morning if you are interested to look at the video that is part of our small group study during this season.
Blessings on you,