Dear Friends in Christ -

posted Dec 13, 2016, 8:25 AM by Shannon Vietmeier
It really is beautiful outside; even if you don't like winter! Stay bundled and warm. 
Yesterday, many of you commented on the "poem" that I found and used at the end of my sermon yesterday, and I wanted to include it today. 
May we remember the most important thing: To bow before the little One, Christ Jesus, our King!

Pastor Culynn
P.S. Don't forget about the Festival Service of Word & Song at 10:30am, followed by our Soup & Bread Luncheon on Sunday
“I live in the North Pole, but Jesus is everywhere.
I ride in a sleigh, but Jesus rides on the wind and walks on water. 
I come only once a year, but Jesus is an ever-present help. 
I fill stocking with goodies, but Jesus supplies all your needs. 
I come down chimneys uninvited, but Jesus stands at the door and knocks. 
You have to wait in line to see me, but Jesus is as close as a prayer in his name.
I let you sit on my lap, but Jesus lets you rest in his arms. 
I always have to say, “Hi, little boy or girl, what’s your name? But Jesus knew you before you were born. Not only does he know our name, but he knows our address, our history, and future, he even knows how many hairs are on our head. 
I have a belly like a bowl full of jelly, but Jesus has a heart full of love. 
I only offer a “Ho! Ho! Ho!”, but Jesus offers health, help, and hope. 
I say, “You better not cry”, but Jesus says, “Cast all your cares upon me.” 
I have little helpers who make little toys, but Jesus makes new life, mends wounded hearts, repairs broken homes, and builds mansions on the streets of heaven. 
I might give you a good chuckle, but Jesus gives you joy that is your strength. 
I put gifts under the tree, but Jesus was the gift, given on the tree of the cross.”

To prepare for worship on Sunday  
(December 18), you are invited to read:
Isaiah 7:10-14

Matthew 1:18-25