PASTOR’S PEN
 

Constructive Dialogue

I was walking on Lincoln Ave. past City Hall the other day when I ran into our Mayor Joe Gunter. We stood and visited for a couple of minutes and then since we were both headed over to Main Street we walked together. As we walked, someone came out of a donut store and yelled at the Mayor, “you ought to get your head out of your —,” You get the idea. I was a bit surprised by this. The Mayor was not. He simply said, “You have a good day.” 
 
I’m not sure I could have maintained my cool so well. I don’t always agree with the mayor but I sure appreciate him maintaining his cool and doing the best work he can do with out a lot of fanfare and arguing. Made me think of the words I put on our church sign the other day. “Let’s move from destructive name calling to constructive dialogue.” 
 
This is the season that we pray for peace. We hear the angels sing, “Peace on earth goodwill to all.” We need peace these days. There is a lot of destructive name calling and not so much constructive dialogue. Remember that song — “Let peace begin with me, let this be the moment now.” 
 
Christmas Blessings to you,
 
Steve
 


Thank You Carolyn

Nice to see so many of you in Worship on the First Sunday of Advent. It truly is a beautiful season. What a job Carolyn did with music and choir directing. We sure are blessed to have her. Thanks Carolyn. 
 
When you are making your plans for Christmas Eve, don’t forget our 5 PM service. We will hear the Christmas scriptures, sing the carols, hear the choir, and light the candles as we celebrate the light come into the world. 
 
Our book study in January is called, “Finding Peace through Spiritual Practice: The Interfaith Amigos’ Guide to Personal, Social and Environmental Healing” by Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon and Imam Jamal Rahman. This group will be held on Tuesday nights starting January 14. You can purchase the book on Amazon. I do have two extra books for those who can’t get online to order. Just let me know.
 
I also have copies of the 2020 Disciplines. This is a daily devotional and the book that we use for our Friday morning bible study. They are $12 each. Let me know if you are interested. 
 
Advent Blessings to you,
 
Steve



Pastor Steve Lundin