Thursday, July 22, 2021
Pastor Post
Pastor Patty

In our cozy Indiana home, we always opened our Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve. Not because my brother and sister and I couldn’t wait until Christmas morning, but because our Mom couldn’t wait! We kids did agree that opening gifts as soon as possible was a great plan. Since we were evidently one of the first houses on the route, we would have to hide in our rooms to let Santa do his work. I remember looking out the bedroom window, convinced that I could see something in the sky that sure looked like a sleigh pulled by eight tiny reindeer. And never mind that we had no chimney. We knew that Santa could make things happen no matter what.

Holding on to that Christmas joy, July 25th is a bonus Christmas celebration for our church this year! It’s either the earliest or the latest that I’ve ever celebrated Christmas. What a great reminder that we can open God’s gift of love on any day and that Jesus calls us to share God’s love all year long. To help share that love, we are invited to give a special Christmas in July gift to support the ministries of the church and reach out in love.

Later on Christmas Eve, we would pry ourselves away from our new toys and drive to the church for candlelight worship at 11 pm. It was a long wonderful day, but we could sleep as long as we wanted on Christmas morning. Hmmm… Maybe that’s what Mom had in mind all along...

Wishing you Christmas joy in July!

Pastor Patty

Opportunity to serve through our ESL Program
Our ESL Program is offering an opportunity for you to serve as a teacher to teach Beginners and Intermediate Levels. This is a volunteer-based position. We would like to offer classes from September through November this Fall.
Requirements
. Speak English
. Prepare lessons for classes
. Engage in conversation with students in class to practice the four English Language skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
. Understand basic English language structure (Grammar)
. No previous ESL teaching experience needed
. Availability to teach from 6:30-8pm, once or twice a week
Interested? Please, email pastor Ed Volfe.
MISSION INFORMATION
Pastor Janet will be speaking about missions in the church in the Canafax Class this Sunday, July 25 at 9am and in the Jubilee Class on August 8 at 10am. All are welcome to either of these classes to hear her presentation.
YOUTH INFO
Email Deidre or Peyton if you want more info about:
  • Wednesday Evening Roving Bible Study
  • Friday Movie Club
  • Another country to represent at the Olympics

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We received this lovely card from Rev. Jack Gibson who was pastor here from 1990-1995.
My Dear friends,

In 1990 I was honored to become your pastor. It was a very ripe time for your church and the very right time for me in my ministry. McKinney at that time was just starting its growth experience. My recollection is that the population of McKinney was somewhere around 25,000. It was time to follow through on your commitment to stay at your present location and thereby the need to expand your facilities. We had a wonderful architect and very deeply committed faithful building committee. It was agreed that we would continue the same structure and style of the historic Sanctuary building. Today it is, and you are one of the largest churches in the North Texas Conference.

I am very proud of all that you have accomplished. I am also grateful for the love and support you gave to me and my wife Clara as we served along with you in those exciting years of ministry growth.

It is with great love, appreciation, and continued prayers for this beloved church that I enclose this gift for the work of ministry and mission of the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sincerely,
Jack Gibson
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