It is amazing to think how this little Christ Child changed the world forever upon his arrival. On the first Christmas we received the ultimate gift in Jesus. Jesus loved us so much that he was willing to give his all to us. He selflessly gave his life to cover all the sins of humanity. He arose again with the promise that we too shall experience resurrection and eternal life.
When we invite Jesus into our lives, we are changed forever. As we let go of our sins and our selfish outlook on life, we become more Christlike. We put others above ourselves. We take care of the poor, the hungry, the outcasts and give a voice to the voiceless in society. We show the love of Christ to the world in what we say and do. We become the agents of change to make this world a better place.
We also are to share this Good News with others and not silently keep it to ourselves. We are to constantly invite others to church. We are to befriend people and tell them what God has done in our lives. We are to continue to pass our faith from generation to generation. You could be that one person that touches the heart of another person that helps them enter God’s Kingdom. Whenever we share the Good News the Holy Spirit is present, helping the speaker and the listener.
This time of year we are to be grateful for the gift of Jesus and all the many other gifts that have been showered upon us. I am thankful to know each one of you. You are a gift in my life. You are unique and have special gifts to share with our church, our community and the world at large. Thanks for all you do for Kingdom of God by sharing your time, talents, finances, and your entire being. What a blessing to be part of a church family!
I know Christmas can be a tough as we think of relatives and friends that are no longer here. As Christians we put our hope in a loving God that is not only watching over us but is in full communion with those that have gone to their eternal home. Our loved ones are safe and secure. Yes, we miss them, but they are in God’s loving hands. Sometimes we get over our own hurts by helping others. When we focus on others God seems to lessen our own pain so that we can be a blessing to someone else.
I hope you have the best Christmas ever. May your heart be warmed by our loving Savior and may we be encouraged by all the good will that happens this time of year. Christ is born. Alleluia!
Jurgen Morales is a, fun-loving, 9 year old boy who enjoys playing baseball and soccer and who lives at the Roblealto Bible Home in Costa Rica. This is the mission site that we have visited several times, as did the 2018 Redwood Falls Mission Team.
Jurgen’s family has been greatly affected by domestic violence which in turn has affected him emotionally. He has experienced neglect and exposure to drug abuse by his parents, which has caused many negative behaviors. Jurgen’s mother has acknowledged that she is not capable to care for Jurgen and his two siblings and is ready to receive the help she needs to rebuild a healthy relationship with her children. She is committed to turning her life around so she can properly provide and care for them. The Roblealto disciplinary team will work with her to receive job training, parenting classes, and the skills she needs to restore her family unit. Jurgen will continue to live at Roblealto with a foster family during this time, which could take 1-3 years.
Our church has chosen to sponsor Jurgen for a year which means we have sent a financial donation to help offset his educational and personal expenses while he is living at the Bible Home and attending the specialized school there. In addition, Jurgen is learning about God’s unconditional love for him in his foster home and in the school setting, as well. Along with our financial contribution, we intend to support him by keeping him and his family in our prayers.
We are looking forward to establishing a relationship with Jurgen by having our church family communicate through letters and pictures. We will begin by having the youth write to him and tell him about themselves, our church and our community. We have seen the incredible transformations in children at Roblealto and are thankful that our church can help Jurgen in this way.
We had our first meeting on May 21, 2003, and have spent the last 15 years cutting, pinning, tying and sewing. We have shared coffee/treats and stories while putting together quilts for many different occasions. We have had the privilege to make quits many of you have purchased for yourselves or loved ones. We are also humbled to have made many quilts for those sick, hospitalized or just in need of something warm to snuggle.
In honor of 15 wonderful years we are going to raffle a quilt! Chances ($1) will be available to purchase starting March 25. You can purchase them from Char, Marlys or Tina in the office. The quilt will be on display in the Narthex until May 20!
Thank you to all those who have helped us along the way both in your talents! We wouldn’t have had so much fun over the past years without each of you!