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Thoughts for Christmas II

“Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old shall be merry. I will turn their mourning into joy, I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.”

–Jeremiah 31:13

Yesterday, I had a conversation with Peggy Jackson around Christmas Trees. She had rightfully pointed out a very practical issue when it comes to those who keep live trees in their homes. It’s not something I would have thought of having grown up with artificial trees, but the propensity for cut evergreens to drop their needles as the season wears on. It’s still Christmas! Leave your tree up, and yet the image of a sad, needle-less tree made me laugh. It’s okay, if your tree is decorating your floor with needles, it’s probably time to take it down. After all, one can still mark and celebrate Christmas without the trappings and decorations!

Even so, today and tomorrow are the last two days of Christmas, with Epiphany beginning on Wednesday. For those of you who might have a Ukrainian or Orthodox Christian background, January 6th is Christmas Day, so “Merry Christmas” a second time! As much as needles may be dropping off the tree, it is a reminder that the meaning of Christmas, that God came to be with us and to share with us in our humanity in the Christ child, persists long after a particular day or a season.

During the season of Christmas and beyond, I will be sending weekly emails and reflections. You may also check out our website at for recent sermons, updates, and reflections.

Yours in Christ,


Christmas Office Hours

  • This week, I am in the office as per usual. Wendy is away today and tomorrow on a family visit, but will be back in the office on Wednesday morning (January 6th)

Upcoming Events

  • Sunday, January 10th: First Sunday after Epiphany.
    • We celebrate Communion and the choir returns after a break over Christmas.
  • Monday, January 11th: The Taming of the Shrew, Week 1
    • Wayne Valleau starts a new Shakespeare Study at 10am in the Conference Room.
  • Tuesday, January 12th: Board Meeting – 7:30pm
  • Friday, January 15th: Family Movie Night – 6:30pm
    • We will be showing Disney’s “Inside Out”
  • Monday, February 22: The Dead Sea Scrolls – 7:15pm
    • I will be leading a 5-6 week study on the Dead Sea Scrolls. More details to follow.

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