Faith and Families Newsletter
December 14, 2018

In this Issue:
Letter from Robert
A Blue Christmas

Dear Friends,
              The “King of Rock and Roll”, Elvis Presley, made the phrase “Blue Christmas” a common saying in the late 1950s and 1960s. But the reality of a Blue Christmas has been around for many centuries before that. The song speaks of the importance of being with the ones that we love during this special time of the year. When we are not with our loved ones our moods can turn blue – we can become sad. Holidays are special times that most of us enjoy spending with family and friends. If we have experienced a death in the family it can make the season difficult. Other memories of difficult times or struggles can also increase our sadness. But there are other reasons people may be sad.
              Many health care providers note that this time of the year is particularly difficult for people. One reason is that the days are shorter and the amount of sunlight is limited. Sunlight helps lift our moods psychologically and also physiologically, it stimulates the production of Vitamin D which gives us a brighter outlook. Some people are prescribed Vitamin D supplements to help them during the winter months.
              Busy schedules, end of term exams, and work deadlines can also lead to unhealthy sleep habits, lack of exercise, and poor nutrition. These all lead to more stress and anxiety.
              In addition to all this, the Christmas season carries with it an expectation of joy and happiness. If I am not feeling that then there may be mixed emotions of guilt and anxiety which lead to greater levels of depression. 
              There is a wonderful opportunity for prayer this Sunday evening in Lingle Chapel at 7 pm. If you know someone who is particularly “blue” this Christmas season why not invite them to join you.  If they will not come, then come on anyway and lift them up in prayer. Let’s keep an eye out in our circle of friends and families for those who may be struggling. An extra smile, hug, or word of encouragement can go a long way.
              Remember what the King of kings said, “I have come that you may have life, and have it abundantly!” (John 10:10)

To God be the Glory!

P.S. If you want to watch “The King” in action (just for fun) check out this video of “Blue Christmas.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwdI-gbm5kE
Mission Opportunities

White Gift Christmas Pageant and Food Collection
Join us Sunday evening at 5 pm in the Sanctuary for the annual Youth White Gift Christmas Pageant. Many of your children and youth will take us through the Christmas Story through drama and music. We conclude the evening with an offering of food and money for those who are hungry. Bring Rice, pasta, beans, canned goods (other than corn or green beans), and fresh potatoes, onions, apples, and oranges. You may also make a financial contribution. All gifts are given to those in need through Loaves & Fishes at Ada Jenkins. Join us after the pageant for dinner in the Congregation House!

Room in the Inn Needs Your Help!
Room in the Inn is a great way for your family to help those in need. Sign up is easy and flexible. Beginning the second Thursday in December we will be hosting our homeless guests every Thursday and Friday night in the Congregation House. We need meal preparers, overnight hosts, drivers, visitors, etc. Click here to sign up. Find another family to work with and sponsor a meal! Make a difference.

If there are concerns or joys that you would like to have listed here please email me at ralexander@dcpc.org so that we might keep one another in prayer.

Rachel Barger and family following the death of her mother, Zee Tart.

The family of Patrick Braxton-Andrew. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for December 15 th at 3 pm in the DCPC Sanctuary.

Jamie Ragnone and family following the death of his father, Dino Ragnone.

Jane Watkins. Jane is the mother of Tricia Schubert. She is recovering from a stroke.

Amanda Wheeler and family following the death of her brother, Brad Huffacker.

The family of Marilyn Talboys following her death this week. She was a former DCPC preschool teacher.
Davidson College Presbyterian Church
PO Box 337
Davidson, NC 28036
704-892-5641 www.dcpc.org