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Special Advent & Christmas Worship

Join us for these special worship opportunities this month!

Lessons & Carols Services – Dec 11 8:00 am & 10:15 am

Senior Christmas Worship with Communion & Luncheon – Dec 15 11:00 am

Children’s Christmas Program – Dec 18 10:15 am

Christmas Eve Worship – Dec 24 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 10:00 pm

Christmas Day Worship – Dec 25 10:15 am

New Year’s Day Worship – Jan 1 10:15 am

More details and additional events at www.stjohnskasson.org/calendar

Room for Baby Jesus

nirmala-reinschmidt-2016-webPastor Nirmala Reinschmidt
Interim Pastor

“There was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:7)

Once a school put on a Christmas program. The children were planning to enact a nativity scene. Parents were invited to watch the program. All the preparations were made for the program to start. At that time a 4th grade boy went near the manger and was peeping into the manger again and again. One of the teachers noticed and asked the boy the reason for doing that. The boy replied that they forgot to put the baby doll in the manger. The teacher realized her mistake, thanked him for noticing, and put a doll in the manger. The play began.

In the midst of all our preparations we tend to forget the real hero of Christmas celebration. We are occupied with other activities, which prevent us from giving importance to Jesus. He is the reason for the season. Jesus is left out of our celebration. Yes! There is no room for Jesus.

Jesus came into the world and died in order to make room for us in heaven. Let’s remember to make room for Jesus. Take time to share Christmas stories with the children so they know baby Jesus is the reason for the season not Santa Claus and the gifts. Advent devotional booklets are available to have family devotions during the month of December. Invite family and friends to attend the Advent and Christmas services to make the season a meaningful one.

Thanks again for your generosity to support the mission and ministries of St. John’s.  May you all have a blessed Christmas!

Take time to focus on Joy this Advent

LindsayCowell2Lindsay Colwell
Youth Ministry Coordinator

As we approach Christmas we celebrate the season of Advent. We wait in anticipation for the coming of our Savior. Joyfulness is usually the order of the day as we prepare for family and friends to celebrate with us. Often we can get caught up in the preparations, rather than putting our energy into being present with those we care about. A couple of years ago I participated online in the Occupy Advent project. It is an online movement that calls people to reflect on the season through intentional conversation and taking time to notice small moments in your day. The students in my youth group at the time took part in a photo challenge on Instagram as well. I remember this time well as it was about a month before Oliver was born. During that life-changing time taking time to slow down reminded me that God was with me in all things and at all times.

We are living in a world with so much turmoil, hate, and misunderstanding. In these difficult times, more than ever, we need to take time to stop and consider what it means for God to be among us. Immanuel, God with us. I would invite you to take a day for yourself or a day and volunteer to help others. Pick up one of the Advent devotionals we have available at St. John’s. Go for a walk or drive to look at the holiday lights with a loved one. Use this time to be reminded that no matter how busy you are or how scary the world might seem at times that God is with us. God sent his only Son to be born of a woman and live among his people. That same Son is still with us today and we celebrate that as we prepare for the Christmas season. A blessed Advent to you all.

Laughter & Lunch at annual Women’s Christmas Luncheon

revkev-christmasSt. John’s Annual WELCA Christmas Luncheon will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2016. Doors open at 9:00 am and the program begins at 10 am.

The featured speaker will be Kevin Doely. He is a pastor, ventriloquist, author, and musician.

According to his website, “Audiences are laughing out loud at Kevin’s lifelike vent figures and puppets. He uses a blend of comedy, storytelling, music, and audience participation…Kevin will entertain…while teaching valuable lessons.”

Music entertainment will be provided by Samantha Tripp.

If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, there are sign-up sheets on the WELCA board and in the office. Tickets are $12 each.

The Christmas Story

by Leanne Guenther

Once upon a time,
A long, long time ago.
Begins the story of a baby,
That most of you should know.

His daddy’s name was Joseph,
And Mary was His mom,
This babe was very special
He was God’s only Son.

Some angels came from heaven,
And they began to sing.
To the shepherds in the fields below,
“Glad tidings do we bring!”

A bright star lit the heavens,
To light the magi’s way,
To the baby in the manger
Who was born on Christmas day.

And all who gathered round Him,
Rejoiced and praised His birth.
For the babe, the King, named Jesus,
Is our Saviour here on earth!