I hope that everyone enjoyed a blessed holiday season and a happy start to the new year! This new year is bringing big change for ACP! On January 16th I will be having my last day working with St. Luke and ACP. God has presented my family with an amazing opportunity to relocate to Reno, NV and take on a director’s position at a Christian preschool there.
On November 30th, we had our Homeless Care Package and Spaghetti Dinner event. We had 25 attendees and we were able to make 150 care packages and enjoy time with each other. Thank you all for your donations towards the packets.
On December 7th, we had a White Elephant Gift Exchange and Taco Party with 25 attendees. We enjoyed dinner together, had a hilarious time exchanging gifts and then rounded out the evening with dessert and games of sardines.
Many people participated during the Christmas season with music, decorating, planning or attendance. The inspiring Advent messages paved the way for the joyful Christmas Eve services. Pastor Bob and Pastor Gary, we appreciate your continual devotion and dedication in doing the Lord’s work. Our thanks to everyone who joined in celebrating the birth of the Christ child.
There are so many things that bring joy at Christmas time: the lights, the presents, Christmas music, movies where there is always a happy ending. Behind all of these relatively superficial triggers for joy is the reality that God is among us. Jesus became a human being so that we could get to know God more deeply than we ever had before. By becoming one of us, Jesus could show us how to live as God intended with compassion for all. By taking up the cross, Jesus became the Savior of the world and now we look to him for forgiveness and life. This Christmas season let’s share the love of Jesus with all those we meet. Let people know what he has done for you and appreciate all those God brings into your life for a moment, a lifetime, or something in between. Our wonderful and gracious God values us enough that Jesus, the Son of God, was sent and born in a stable to Mary and Joseph. May the Spirit help us all to receive the grace of God afresh this Christmas and to extend that same grace to all the world. There is no greater joy than bringing someone the Good News. Christ is born! Hallelujah!
Happy Holiday season everyone! November 9th-11th, two youth and I went to Mt. Cross Ministries for a Confirmation retreat! This retreat was planned and executed by high school students in the Sierra Pacific Synod Youth Committee. They had many great events planned and the girls had a lot of fun. Annually, there are elementary, middle school and high school retreats, so I hope we can attend more in the coming years.