Christmas Providence
Providence can be defined as "the protective care of God". There are times when it is hard to see God's protective care at work. At other times, if we train our eyes and pay attention, His loving hand is impossible to miss. We see it most clearly as we look back over our lives and over the broader history of our world.

This week our church family said good-bye to Ted Van Kalker.  He went to be with God early Sunday morning. I would stop in to see Ted occasionally in the nursing home where he lived. Whenever I walked into his room, his face always brightened and he welcomed me with a firm handshake.  As he neared the end of his life Ted spent a fair bit of time looking back.  He could see clearly how God had worked in his life.  He could see God's hand through his time in military service.  He could see God's hand in his wife Betty.  He could see God's hand clearly at work in the lives of his children and grandchildren.  Ted had an advantage that most of us don't.  He was in a position to spend more time looking back than he did looking forward.

That is not to say that Ted did not look forward to being in God's presence, he surely did.  But he knew that his time on this earth was drawing to a close so he naturally reflected on his history. As he did, he was always quick to note how God had worked in his life, in his family and in his church.  He was often eager to hear how things were going at church, with the preschool and the weekend services.  I would give his wife, Betty, my sermon notes after the service and some weeks she would read them to Ted. But, in our conversations, I looked forward to hearing Ted reflect on his life and the grace of God he found in the stories of the past.

As we wrap up the story of Joseph from Genesis 37-50 this Sunday, we find it fairly easy to see God's providence at work in Joseph's life. It's easy because we are looking back and the author of Genesis was looking back on these events. It might be helpful for us to take some time this week to reflect on our lives.  The tyranny of the urgent can keep us pushing forward and leaning into tomorrow. But the rush of the present can also erode our faith in God's providence.  Take some time this week to reflect on your history.  Maybe you'll be able to identify God's providence in some places you never noticed it before.  Maybe reflecting on the past, and God's providence in it, will help us better see His hand in our future.  Ultimately, such reflection will produce in us the greatest response to God's providential care: FAITH.    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

Ted Van Kalker Funeral Service: The Service for Ted Van Kalker will be this Friday at Sunlight Community Church at 10 AM

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.

POTLUCK DECEMBER 17 following the church service! Bring a main dish, salad, side dish, or a dessert! Don't miss it! You can e-mail to let us know what you are bringing if you haven't already.
Sunlight Christian Academy will have a booth at the Holiday Festival in Lake Worth this year.  We will have a booth for kids to decorate Christmas Ornaments.  If you would like to help at the booth this Saturday, contact Amanda Albequerque our preschool director at 

Alpha: Pastor Kris is having a special meeting on December 19 for those who want to help with the implementation of a successful Alpha program. 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

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.

Helen Justis' mother  is doing well. Thanks for your prayers.

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

Diane Brill, Betty Van Kalker, and Wilhelmina Wilson.
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