What a joy it was to celebrate the holidays together as a church family!

Many of you joined us for our bonfire Carol Sing on Christmas Eve.  Parts & Labor Restaurant, adjacent to the theatre where we worship, has a large outdoor fire pit and chimney. They kindly let us hold a community carol sing around the fire and even supplied us with hot cider! We are blessed to have great neighbors.

On Christmas Day, we gathered for a single service to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  We looked at Simeon’s song from Luke 2 and again were bowled over by our gracious neighbors when Charmington’s staff came in to bring us coffee even though they were closed.

On New Year’s Day, we had another single service and–just like Christmas–hardly had room for everyone in our tiny theatre.  The sermon explored how the rescue Jesus brings outstrips even our hopes.  After worship, many of us enjoyed a leisurely brunch at the Greco’s home nearby, to start the year off right.

Only a few hours later, several families drove north to the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania to brave Saint Mo’s first parent-child overnight in a remote trail cabin.  We roasted hot-dogs and marshmallows (lead photo) and the kids fought sleep as long as they could. The grown ups held out only a little longer, playing card games by lantern light.

It has been a full Christmas season. Thanks so much to you all for your prayers, for your faithful giving, for your special year end contributions and for your encouragement!

gratefully yours,

Ian

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