Pastor’s Ponder – December 2020
Greetings new congregation! As we wrap up the month of “thanksgiving” and transition into Advent, let me begin by saying a hearty thank you for the warm welcome you have shown my family and I!!! Thank you for receiving us into your fellowship and making us feel at home right away! My sons are something of “church experts” and they have said repeatedly they like the new one! That says a lot, right there. Personally, I have been settling into my new office and getting my bearings. My first business has been introducing myself – and meeting – as many Nativity folks as possible. Many of you I have met in person. I am also working my way through the church roster, making phone calls to those of you who are worshipping from home these days. By the end of this calendar year, my goal is to speak with each of you personally and get a true feel for my new flock. My second line of business is planning ahead for 2021. If you haven’t already noticed, we are in strange and uncertain times. It seems that we are going to have to “hang in there” a bit longer with Covid-19 restrictions and concerns. My fervent prayer is for a safe and effective vaccine to be available (and distributed) soon. As soon as we are out of the woods, so to speak, I am ready to dream with you as a congregation regarding the next steps in our ministry together! In spite of the difficulties of this year, I know I have a great deal to be thankful for. I am thankful for the health and safety of my family, the blessings of good friends, and now, for God’s great wisdom and love in bringing us together! May we always choose to be grateful for God’s goodness in our lives!
Moving forward into the holiday season, please consider join us for our Wednesday night Advent services. Dinner is at 6 PM (Bring Your Own Dinner) and Holden Evening service is at 7:00. The service will also be available on Zoom. Your presence at worship is a gift you give to God, yourself and to one another. I look forward to seeing you this Advent, in person and online. Again, I thank you for welcoming me into your family – and for not promptly letting me go over the “monopoly money gun” sermon! I look forward to serving Christ’s church together as we move into the next Spirit-led chapter of our lives.
Yours truly, Julie