With a message of the meaning of Shrove Tuesday a good number partook in the wonderful spread of pancakes, sausages and toppings Sunday morning. The syrups, whipped cream and fruit blends kept us coming back for more. As did, the delicious quiche, muffins and mini cakes. A feast truly enjoyed with our family and friends as we reflect on the purpose of Shrove Tuesday.
Thank you to all who contributed to the success of this event.
Dr. Henry extended the no meeting period, so we will not have a Christmas eve service. It will feel weird and you might think it doesn’t feel like Christmas. But let us remember, by staying home and not meeting, we are contributing to the stop of the virus and saving lives. Taking actions and making sacrifices for others is what Christianity is all about. So let us remember what Jesus’ ministry stood for as we welcome Christmas in isolation and quiet family time. I encourage you to participate in an online Christmas eve service and light a candle at home. Look for links to Christmas related services and carols, so we can still celebrate Christmas wherever we are. I will miss meeting with you.
Last month’s “in house” trial $2 Bag Day met with success; encouraging us to restart the regular sale with the last consecutive Friday and Saturday in the month being $2 Bag Days (clothing and shoes only).
This Friday and Saturday October 30 and 31 are $2 Bag Days. Please drop by. You’ll find a wonderful array of Halloween items.
We thank you for supporting the Thrift Shop. Be well.
I am writing this message while looking at the snow outside my window that has been falling all day. I remember the time of my life when I loved snow; the time when I neither had to shovel nor drive in the snow… I remember the innocence, the wide-eyed wonder at the tiniest things such as looking at snow on the tree. But going through Advent and preparing for Christmas make me realize that Christmas invites the wide-eyed child in all of us. Have we lost the ability to rejoice at tiny things or non-material things? I hope not.
In this culture of ours, Christmas is a family holiday and a highly commercialized holiday. However, as we wait for Christmas and look forward to seeing our families, let us pause all the excitement and fracas of the season for a while and remember why we celebrate Christmas. We celebrate Christmas because of a baby born far away and long ago into a lower-class family, who grew up to teach us that nobody is unloved or unimportant to God. His birth was greeted by wise men, who were foreigners, and lowly shepherds, who had to work out in the field at night. The baby and parents didn’t have a proper place to have the baby. They were refugees. We should celebrate this baby who represents the lowliest and the most marginalized members of society. While celebrating this baby, we should open our hearts and resources to refugees and all those in need. Then, let our generosity and kindness remind us of how blessed we are, and with that gratitude in our hearts, we can tell our family and friends that we love and appreciate them.
Therefore, I wish you all a Christmas season full of childlike wonder, joy, gratitude, the spirit of generosity, and the richness of beautiful things that are invisible and intangible. Christmas blessings to you all!
In appreciation of your time, attention and community caring our Thrift Shop Volunteers are invited to dinner on Sunday, May 5th at 5:00 PM at the church. The Board and Congregation are looking forward to this opportunity to say “Thank you” and share a pleasant evening.