"I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord." - Luke 2:10, NIV
This past Sunday, we began the season of Advent with our Hanging of the Greens service. Even in this pandemic, it was a joy to remember the rituals which remind us of the reason for the season of Advent leading up to Christmas. I am finding that rituals are more important than ever during these changing and unpredictable times. They remind us of the things that last even in the challenging times of life.
The season of Advent is about the good news that God has sent Jesus to save us and the whole world. Today, I have some more good news to share with you. Because of your generosity, we have surpassed our pledge goal for 2021! Our church family stepped up in these challenging times and showed their willingness to trust God by making a pledge so that we can do God's work of sharing the good news with our community and our world. This is so much more than just making our budget. Your giving is how we are able to make a difference in the world through worship and music, through discipleship and fellowship, and through service and mission. Your generous gifts of time, treasure, and talents make that happen. Thank you to everyone who made a pledge to make a difference through God's work at JCPC in 2021.
I also want to ask you to keep your eyes open to sign up for invitations to both the upcoming Zoom Congregational Meeting on Sunday, December 13th at noon; as well as for the Drive-In Christmas Eve services at 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM. You will soon have the opportunity to sign up for both. As with our previous Congregational Meeting, we will need a quorum (10% of membership) to attend in order to act on the recommendations for elders and staff.