A word from the Pastor December 2016

Does it seem to you that Christmas decorations appear earlier every year? When I was a child, all the stores put up their trees and wreaths and window dressings the day after Thanksgiving. But now we start celebrating Christmas even before Halloween arrives. Our local Hallmark store has had Christmas ornaments on display since July.

A friend and I have had discussions about this. I prefer to wait to begin Christmas preparations at least until after the Thanksgiving stupor has worn off! But she loves everything Christmas and delights in anything that gets the season rolling as early as possible. And the malls are on her side!

In any case, Advent is upon us and all too soon Christmas will be here. Our Emmanuel family will be celebrating this holy season in a variety of ways. There will be opportunities for giving and helping as well as times for singing and celebrating. I hope you will take part in the festivities.

And I encourage you to invite you friends and family who may not have a church home to join in as well. Invite them to come with you to an Advent worship service or to one of our Christmas Eve services. There’s no better way to welcome Jesus than by welcoming others into his family.

May you and yours enjoy this Christmas season and all the preparations of Advent. And may the One who is coming soon bless you and keep you in his care.

Mary Saylor