Ah, Christmas…the sights and the sounds, the smells and the tastes.  These all bring back many happy memories, and, sometimes, not-so-happy memories. A memory that I have from growing up in Hawaii is that we always had a white Christmas, courtesy of the white sand beaches. And Santa was expected to arrive on a surfboard, wearing surf jams. I also remember the first time I had experienced a white Christmas with snow–I was in middle school, and we went to see my grandparents in Kansas.  

Whatever our Christmas memories are from growing up, my prayer for today is that we don’t miss the cross of Christmas. That is why Jesus became a baby:  to die for mankind. He did not remain a baby, but in the fullness of time became our payment for sin. Let’s not let the hustle and bustle and commercialism distract us from what God has for us at this time of year.

“But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”  Titus 3:4-7

Marty Lake
Interim Director of Student Ministries

Join us this season as we delve into the story of Christ’s birth, according to Luke. We gather each weekend on Saturday evening at 6:00 PM and on Sundays at 9:00 AM and 10:45 AM. We’re holding Christmas Eve services just a bit earlier this year, at 3:00 PM and 4:30 PM, to allow families some extra special time together in the evening. We’ll also open up the doors on Christmas day at 10:00 AM, if you’d like to join us for an intimate Family Christmas Celebration. 

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