Christmas Connection
When something tastes good, feels good, looks good we might say it is "heavenly". A piece of French silk pie, snorkeling at Peanut Island, a sunrise over the ocean are all little pieces of heaven here on earth. We long for these moments.  We keep eating to find that heavenly flavor, we keep traveling to find that piece of paradise, we keep looking for that prefect view and we keep seeking pleasure to find the feeling that takes us to heaven.

The moment of the greatest intersection between heaven and earth was the day that Jesus was born. Scripture tells us that the coming of Jesus into the world is just the beginning of the joining of heaven and earth.  God's ultimate goal in Christ is that heaven and earth will be joined in a grand future for His people.

In the meantime we catch glimpses of the beauty, wholeness, love, shalom and wonder of the little pieces of heaven we experience even now on earth. Earth is in desperate need of transformation. We need healing for disease, cleansing from pollution, forgiveness for hatred, food for the hungry, peace to overcome war,  and so much more! It will only come from heaven.  Earth cannot heal itself.  It is sustained and transformed by the God who reigns in heaven.  He has established His rule on earth but there are still many pockets of rebellion.

The nativity reminds us that God is passionate about this blue planet and the creatures that inhabit it.  He will not and has not left us without hope. Join us for our Christmas Eve services this Sunday at both 10 AM and 6 PM. They are completely different services so you can do both!   See you Sunday!  The 6 pm service is a family service so kids will stay with their parents in the service.  See you Sunday!  -Kris

Read the year-end letter from Pastor Kris: Year End Letter Link
Read the year-end letter from Pastor Scott: Year End Letter Central Campus

CHRISTMAS SERVICES:  We will have our regular service at 10 AM on Sunday, December 24. We will also have a Christmas Eve Candlelight service that evening at 6 PM.  The 6 pm service will be a family service so kids will remain in the service with their parents.  We are prepared for a little more noise and a little more activity so don't worry about keeping them quiet. :-)

will be taking a break for the holidays. Meetings will resume in January.

is taking a break for the holidays. Information on meetings will be announced.

Alpha: This January we will be a launching 10 week study on the foundations of Christianity. Check out the information at  and contact Pastor Kris if you are interested in serving as host, provide a meal, discussion leader and more.

The Campus Leadership Team is in the process of selecting a new individual to serve on the team as Harvey Schans has reached the end of his term.  On December 31st we will have a special meeting after the morning service to draw a name.  These are the individuals that have been identified as potential leaders to serve on the Campus Leadership Team: Alan Kaiser, Wayne Medema and Tim Goslinga.  Pray for them and pray that the Holy Spirit guides us to the individual the He has to serve on the team.

The selection for January 21 is "The Bad*** Librarians of Timbuktu" by Joshua Hammer. For the meeting on February 18, we will be reading "Small Great Things" by Jodi Piccoult.We meet at 7pm at members' homes. Talk to Jean Bosman or Kim Vanderlaan for further information.
Prayer Concerns

Bill Masselink  was  hospitalized early this week with fluid on his lungs.  Pray for healing.

An apartment fire left many homeless and in need of basic supplies this week. If you have anything to donate we will find a way to deliver the supplies.  Fernando and Alina know many of these families well if you have more questions.

Friend: Pastor Kris has a good friend from Kiwanis who was hospitalized this week with internal bleeding. Pray for his healing.

Harvey and Gail Schans' son, Josh finished radiation treatments for brain cancer on December 12! Josh goes back for a checkup in January. Continue to pray for his healing.

Jo Schans has changed rooms but remains at Courtyard Gardens of Jupiter, 1790 Indian Creek Dr. West, Jupiter, FL 33458. Room A-109.

Ann Zylstra, Jo Schans, and Helen Rainey.
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