A word from Pastor Rich Block
A BLUE CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SERVICE
Thursday, December 22, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.
This is a time to move from feeling ‘blue’ to experiencing again the wonder and hope of Christmas.
Christmas time can be a very lonely, depressing, “blue” time for many people for a variety of different reasons. There are many losses that we may experience, including:
* grieving the death of loved ones
* friends moving away or family living at a distance from ‘home’
* financial stress
* family members serving in the military
* fear and uncertainty about the future
* separation or divorce and for many other reasons.
It may be very difficult for those who feel all alone when others are celebrating and gathering with family members.
We believe that God knows what it is too deeply hurt, to be filled with pain.The birth of Jesus reminds us that God comes to us and finds us in our loneliness, our darkness and pain.In the midst of our pain, God stays with us.God is present to comfort us in our loss, to encourage us with hope and to forgive us when we forget God’s love.Imagine the loving arms of the baby Jesus reaching out to you.This Jesus was later nailed to the cross to give us hope in the promise of eternal life.
Some people in the community may find it difficult to “celebrate” at this time of year because of the grief and losses they have experienced. Please invite anyone to come whom you think would be helped by such a service. This service will be followed by a time for light refreshments and fellowship.
For more information, call the church office at 715-359-4500 and ask to speak to me.
All Are Welcome
Let us be glad and rejoice in God's salvation, poured out for us
in Jesus Christ.
Welcome, one and all!
Jesus BIDS us: