This weekend in worship we will celebrate the visitation of the Wise Men to Jesus. We call this celebration EPIPHANY. Epiphany is the second oldest Christians religious celebration. Easter is the oldest and Epiphany – meaning manifestation of God – has record of being celebrated in Alexandria in the early 200’s. The Baptism of Jesus was the focus of the early celebrations. Later, the visitation of the Wise Men was added and then the two were separated and the visitation of the Wise Men became Epiphany, January 6 and the Baptism of Jesus was celebrated the next weekend. In both events God is made known to people. In Epiphany, God is recognized by the Gentile world – the Wise Men. In the Baptism God is recognized by all as the dove descends upon the baptized Jesus and God’s voice is heard.
GOD SHOWS UP. GOD IS MADE KNOWN. GOD IS AMONG US. Are we Wise?
Nearly all wisdom we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists of two parts; the knowledge of God and of ourselves. But, while joined by many bonds, which one precedes and brings forth the other is not easy to discern. In the first place, no one can look upon [oneself] without immediately turning… thoughts to the contemplation of God, in whom [one] “lives and moves” (Acts 17:28). For, quite clearly, the mighty gifts with which we are endowed are hardly from ourselves; indeed, our very being is nothing but subsistence in the one God. – John Calvin (excerpted from A Guide to Prayer for All God’s People, by Rueben P. Job and Norman Shawchuck, Upper Room Books, 1990, pg. 54.)
Everlasting God, the radiance of faithful souls, you brought the nations to your light and kings to the brightness of your rising. Fill the world with your glory, and show yourself to all the nations; through him who is the true light and the bright and morning star, even Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. AMEN. (UMBOW # 297)
Blessings, Pastor Tom
Sewing Ladies – Mondays in Meeting Room (1) in the Worship Center from 9 AM till Noon. They are constructing quilts for the United Methodist Children’s Home resident children and Covid 19 masks.
Trash and Treasure UPDATE.
Covid 19 has affected every facet of our lives. Our usual Trash and Treasure Sale will not be held as an in-person event this year. It is not safe to work and prepare the event and the sale days in the close quarters and with the large crowds that usually attend. We will be seeking to present some of the collected items through ON LINE Venues in the coming months. Thanks for all who are seeking to donate and help. We can recommend several other resale organizations to receive your items. We will prepare for a bigger and better in-person event for 2022.
LEADERSHIP TEAM Kick-Off Meeting, Tuesday, January 12th at 10 AM via ZOOM. Pastor Tom will send you the link on Monday, Jan 11.
MEET OUR 2021 LEADERSHIP TEAM
Vicky Carnevale - Chair of Leadership Team, Lay Leader and Lay Delegate
Dick Clark - Trustees
Marcy Clark - Finance
Bart DeGraaf,-Chair Finance
LeRoy Hall- SPRC
Jackie Hinrichs- Trustee
Louise Meehan- Chair of Staff Parish
Donna Michel- UMW Rep
Gary Olson-Chair Trustees
Barb Patton- Chair-Witness
Judy Stephenson- Recording Sec
Bob Streul- Chair of Nurture
Kay Twa - Chair of Outreach
Pastor Tom Willetts Jr., Ex-Officio
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