From cookie and candy sales to Christmas Caroling to special church services, December is a busy month with lots of opportunities for Fellowship and Fun. Please check out all that we have going by clicking here. We hope to see you at some of our events! 

 

Monthly Spotlight

  • Spotlight on Joyful Noise

    If you've ever been at church on a Sunday when the Joyful Noise Children's choir is performing you have for sure left with a smile on your face. Directed by the tireless and completely devoted pair of Sara Gray and Babs Kerns these phenomenal ladies spend their Wednesday nights from September through April or May giving the gift of music to children from three years old through fifth grade.  

    Joyful Noise performs periodically through the year at either the 11:00 am or 9:00 am services. Currently they are working on their biggest performance: the Christmas pageant. This year they will be presenting a show called Manger Mania during the Festival Service on December 18th at 9:00 am.  We hope you can all make it to this fun and inspiring performance as the kids of Joyful Noise will be telling the story of the birth of Jesus.  

    Joyful Noise rehearses on Wednesday nights from 6:30-7:00. If you have a child that is interested in joining please bring them out. New members are always welcome. For more information you may contact Sara Gray (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Babs Kerns (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

This Week's Sermon

Joyful, All Ye Nations Rise

December 11, 2016

Advent III - JOY

Matthew 11:2-11

John the Baptist begins to have doubts, and he sends messengers to question Jesus. Jesus sends them back as witnesses to what they see and hear. A call to rise up and proclaim our own eyewitness accounts of God’s blessings.

From the Pastor's Desk

tom robinson bwHockey legend, Wayne Gretzky, made this statement: "You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take."  I find that the Church misses a lot of its own goals because we fear taking the shot.  We have developed what the business world labeled "analysis paralysis."  We have become so fearful of failure and losing, we try to analyze things to the point of doing nothing in the end...or when we finally make our move, the opportunity is gone.  We're like a young person who has a crush on someone and we're so afraid of looking foolish or saying the wrong thing, we never get up the courage to speak to our crush, and we watch them walk off with someone else.  For example, there is a whole generation of young people out there who are hungry for spiritual reality in their lives.  The Church wants to reach them, but we talk and talk about how to attract them to our buildings and miss the whole point of what they actually need from us. We offer fancy buildings, technology, and donuts.  And while these are good, they are not what they need.  What they need is to find a family of people who can love them with tattoos, nose rings, multi-colored hair and doubts.  They need a family where they can experience God's love through people who welcome their questions, their skepticism, and acknowledge we all struggle, too.  They need a family who loves them the way God loves them: in their confusion, in their searching for identity, and in their recognition that they don't fit the old labels, yet are loved as they are.  These are the "shots" we can take by no longer pretending we know everything and that we are searching, too. - Pastor Tom