Pastor's January Message
Barbara Brown Taylor is one of my favorite authors. I think the reason I enjoy her so much is that she gets it. She seems to understand that struggle between humanity understanding the need for God, and the desire we have to do things our own way. She understands that life is not all sunshine and roses, and that at times we have to walk in the dark. She also reminds us that God was there in dark, from the very beginning. God is the light, because he created the light. If you are struggling with finding the light in the midst of the darkness, I recommend her book, Learning to Walk in the Dark. Sometimes these cold winter months are darker than others.
Taylor once wrote: “As hard as I have tried to remember the exact moment when I fell in love with God, I cannot do it. My earliest memories are bathed in a kind of golden light that seemed to embrace me as surely as my mother’s arms. That divine presence was strongest outdoors, and most palpable when I was alone.”
Do you remember when you fell in love with God?
Maybe you are like me, and there was not a moment, rather you have just always been together. Don’t get me wrong, there were times that I ignored God. There were times I was angry at God. I have yelled at the Almighty Creator of the Universe, and said, “NO! No, you cannot do this, I will not allow it.” Guess what? God did not smite me.
Do you remember when you fell in love with God? I encourage you all to spend a little time thinking about that question. If you do not know the answer, it is okay. If you are not happy with where your relationship is now, it is never too late to change it. God is happy to listen. I am as well.
Praying you have a wonderful and blessed year to come.
Grace and Peace,
News from the ABC Great Rivers Region
News from the Presbytery of Great Rivers
January 8, 2018
White Elephant Gift Exchange Party
Join us for an evening of fun and laughter during our annual White Elephant Gift Exchange. Bring a White Elephant Gift to exchange and a snack and drink to share.
Jan. 19, 6:30p in the fellowship hall.
Christmas Spree a big success!
It was a weekend of joy for many Carlinville children. The 136 children who participated in the Children’s Christmas Spree were full of smiles, goodies and memories as they headed home.
“It is great to be able to report that there were also 136 volunteer shoppers who accompanied the children,” said Brandee Bloome. There were also 38 volunteers, in addition to the Spree committee, who helped behind the scenes to make the Spree a special event for the children,” added Mary Loveless.
“For 36 years, in about three weeks, the community of Carlinville comes together to make this event possible. Donations from past and current residents, civic groups, churches and businesses were sufficient to meet our spending goals for each child. We are overwhelmed by the generosity, with gifts of time and money,” said Martha Young.
Thank you to the Enquirer Democrat for helping publicize the event. Thanks to all the stores that helped, from big discounts at Crowe’s, First to the Finish, and My Sister’s Closet to extra staffing at Dollar General and Walmart and free drinks at DQ, Hardees, Subway and McDonalds.
Thank You and Merry Christmas to all,
The Spree Committee: Mary Beasley, Brandee Bloome, Eleanor Harms, Lori Johanson, Mary Loveless, Martha Young
Christmas greetings from PC(USA) Stated Clerk
Click below to download a letter of Christmas greetings sent to the PC9USA) membership by the Stated Clerk.