Merry Christmas to all of my Church friends!

December is a busy time of the year with getting all of my preparations ready for Christmas. While I’m running around I see so many people. I see kids are walking to school that have orange hair, an older person waiting in line at the bank and a lady with her little baby. I think to myself, “Does God know all of the people by name? Do they really matter to Him?The answer is “Yes, we do matter to Him”. The Maker of ALL things has deemed us worthy of His individual attention and love.

Jesus is indeed the answer.

There will be two Christmas Eve Services, Saturday, December 24th – one at 5:00 pm and the other 11:00 pm. There will be no Christmas Day Service. I hope to see you and all of my friends at the Christmas Eve Services.

Here we go a’ caroling, a’ caroling; here we go a’ caroling; all through the town. If you would like to join other Christmas carolers from Church, it will be held on Sunday, December 11th from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm starting from the church parking lot. There are many ways you can assist with this activity by baking cookies (yum this is my favorite), decorating paper bags to put the cookies in (fun activity) or singing Christmas Carols. If you have any questions, please contact Tina Petersen at 815-678-4335.

I love this Christmas saying so I would like to share it with you: “My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that? We can do it all year round.” Kinda warms me up like drinking hot chocolate. Aahhhhhh!

With winter approaching, below are a few safety tips:

  • Watch for children, especially now that the sun sets earlier.
  • Don’t crowd snow plows. Snowplow drivers need room to operate and they may not be able to see your vehicle on the road.
  • Keep your gas tank full – fuel lines can freeze when gas tanks are less than two-thirds full.
  • Carry a fully charged cell phone and tell someone of your travel plans.
  • Keep an emergency road kit in your car, such as jumper cables, flares, ice scraper, blankets, a first aid kit and don’t forget about the non-perishable food.

I also heard that our new Bishop, Jeff Clements is coming to visit our church on December 4th! He will preach at both services and I just BET there will be extra treats that day. I can’t wait!

Talk to you next month and stay warm. Merry Christmas to all of you !!