The Savior has been born to you

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“I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:10

Christ came into this world to demonstrate victory over evil. This victory is ours. We don’t need to live in darkness anymore. Let us allow the light of His love to shine through our acts of kindness and words of grace. This week I’ve received many cards from our church members who expressed their sincere gratitude to the church elders who visited them in their homes and delivered to them Christmas bags filled with sweet things and devotional readings. I am grateful to God for all of our church members and for the caring leaders. 

Along with happy holiday activities we had to deal with the pain of the raging pandemic. Tennessee, unfortunately, is leading with the number of new cases. This past week Dale Smith rested in the Lord. It all started with a Thanksgiving dinner gathering and led to a large number of relatives being infected with the COVID19 virus. Dale’s mother is still very weak after the illness. I am grateful to our deaconesses and Pathfinders who are trying to help with food deliveries to Dale’s parents.

Dale Smith was dearly loved in our church. His heart was in the service to the children of our church. For many years Dale was super active in the Pathfinder Club leadership team. He will be greatly missed. The memorial service for Dale will be announced later. The family would like to see many church members attend the service, and they are willing to wait till it is safe for our church to come together. Please, continue to pray for Dale’s boys, Nick and Ben. 

Our morning service this Sabbath will be live streamed. So if you are have any cold symptoms or feel vulnerable you have the option of worshiping online. We want everyone to be safe and healthy. 

Let us find assurance in the promise of Christ’s soon return. He will be faithful to His word. His coming will guarantee the end of all pandemics, all pain and death. He will “give you back your health and heal your wounds,” says the Lord. – Jeremiah 30:17 

Merry Christmas, my friends!

pastor Peter

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