Edie Tarr

–from Steve
This past Sunday evening, one of our dear members, Edie Tarr died. Edie was a beautiful and gentle soul who taught those close to her a great deal about love and caring for each other. I am especially touched by the way many of you cared for and included Edie in your lives. This is a wonderful example of living out the faith in community. Thank you for setting this beautiful example.
Theologian and mystic Howard Thurman, wrote these words one Christmas. 
  When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone, 
When the kings and the princes are home, 
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
  To find the lost, to heal the broken, to feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner, to rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among brothers and sisters,
To make music in the heart.
It is a joy to be about the work of Christmas with all of you. Blessings,

Help Us End this Year Strong

Christmas Eve Worship — 
Sunday December 24
This year Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday. We will have two services that day. One in the morning and one in the evening, Sunday morning 10 AM and Sunday evening 5 PM. 
The following week, December 31, we will have one service at 10 AM. 
–from Steve
I am willing to work hard if the work is worthwhile and meaningful. Even in serving the church that is not always the case. Sometimes I have really questioned some of the things that churches spend their time and energy on. I am 62 years old and have been serving as a pastor for over 30 years now. Right now is the most meaningful and important work I have ever done. This week I have had about a dozen conversations in which I have been told that our church saved the persons life. Let me put this a little different. God through the work of this church is saving lives. We are an instrument that God is using to feed, clothe, love, and heal. Miracles are happening. People are finding sobriety, housing, health and healing. 
Here is the struggle. We spend more money doing this than we bring in. That is not sustainable. We have many generous people inside and outside the church that are wonderfully generous. Without them, this place would have closed down long ago. Now is the time for some Christmas generosity. We need a very strong December to end this year and not be in too much of a hole. Would you help us do that? A small or large extra financial Christmas gift will help us end this year strong and keep doing what we do in the new year. 
Thank you. You are helping miracles take place. Christmas Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Pastor Steve Lundin