I hope most of your preparations for Christmas Day are well in hand. As the old song says, “this is the most wonderful time of the year,” even if it is a far cry from Christmas’ past. I know that a dark cloud continues to hang over America and the rest of the world with our hospitals full and Covid-19 restrictions the order of the day. But I remind you that the Gospel of John called Jesus the Light of the world, one that shined in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. Perhaps that is why we keep stringing lights on our houses and in our yards and on Christmas trees, to light the way for the coming of Christ into our world. And right now we can rejoice that a bright light called a vaccine is already illumining our world, promising to return our old way of life in few months. Thanks be to God! – and to the brilliant scientists at Pfizer and Moderna!
One of my favorite moments of the year is gathering with you on Christmas Eve in our sanctuary for our candlelight communion service. Even though our sanctuary will be empty this year on Christmas Eve, we will post our traditional service online, which will be recorded the night before. Please have a candle or some alternative plus some form of bread and juice for communion. Virginia will post the service at 3:00 p.m. or shortly thereafter on Thursday. I hope you will tune in and help us sing those wonderful carols that we have sung with family and friends for decades and light candles to celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day.
In the meantime, I pray for you and your family and friends a safe, healthy, and meaningful Christmas celebration this year. Please remember that the God who has promised to walk with us each step of the way in life and has brought us safely to this juncture, will continue to sustain us. I believe that with every fiber of my being, and I hope you do too. May God bless us everyone, and may we be a blessing to others.
Do you have a Christmas Dedication that you would like to send to the church office? Typically these dedications help fund the purchase of poinsettias for the Sanctuary. We're having an atypical season (to say the least!), but we'd love to still print your dedication, if you would like to share a dedication in memory, honor, or celebration of someone or an event. Please tap here to email your dedication to Virginia by Wednesday, Dec. 23 at noon. Thank you!
PCUSA's Christmas Joy Offering: By giving to the Christmas Joy Offering, you honor God's gift of Jesus Christ by providing assistance to current and retired church workers in their time of need and developing our future leaders at Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color. To give to the Christmas Joy offering, please make your check out to Trinity and note 'Christmas Joy' in the memo line.
Staff Gift Offering: As we enter this Christmas season, our world seems out of sorts in many ways. Yet we still have the incredible opportunity to spend time in worship, prayer and study although their form may be somewhat different this year. Our amazing staff continues to keep our church moving forward through new and innovative ways of serving God and others. As we have in previous years, we will be collecting funds for a staff gift as a way to say “thank you” for all that they do for Trinity. Please note “staff gift” on your check to ensure it gets to the right place. I wish you and yours a blessed Christmas season! ~ Cheryl Anderson, Stewardship Team elder
From Trinity's bookkeeper, John Montague: Thank you for your support of the church’s ministry and mission! For donations to be credited to the 2020 tax year, they must be received or postmarked by December 31, 2020.