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I am looking forward to the many things going on here at St. John’s.  This Saturday will be the Christmas Party beginning at 5:45 p.m.  I’ve been told how much fun it is so we are really looking forward to that!  The 10 a.m. service this Sunday will be a surprise to a lot of those young at heart and I’m excited about that, too!

A new worship experience will begin on Thursday, December 9th at 7 p.m.  Advent is the perfect season to begin something that offers a space to be apart from a busy world.  There will be gentle music, a time of quiet and prayerful movement.  A group of people have been working on this service for several months and they have truly been led by the Holy Spirit to make this gift of worship.  Come and find yourself removed from the busyness of the season.

Sunday, December 12th, is our Christmas Pageant! What could be more wonderful than seeing young children re-enact the story of the birth of Christ?!

Then we have the Women’s Luncheon, the Hanging of the Greens, Lessons and Carols, Christmas Eve and finally, Christmas Day will wrap up the month.  It is all exciting and glorious.  Thanks be to God!

Previously I have written about my grandsons, Alex and Max, both basketball players.  Max is a junior in high school and Alex is a freshman in college.  Alex was the only freshman chosen to be on varsity his first year of school.  About ten days ago, in a scrimmage, he went up to block a shot and hit his hand on the bottom of the backboard, breaking the bone from his wrist to his knuckle on his left hand.  He was devastated about the injury. Six weeks in a cast.  No basketball his first year in college.  But his coach took him aside and said, “Alex, it’s 10% what happens to you and 90% how you handle it.”  He is handling it by taking a medical red shirt this year and spending more time on his studies which will allow him to lessen his academic load in the future.

No, we didn’t get to go to Cuba. The very morning we were to leave I awoke with abdominal pain that lasted for almost 24 hours.  I have experienced these in the past so I knew I would not be able to travel that day or the next.  My husband, Jon, is probably the best person in the whole world.  He stayed behind with me to make sure all would be well.  Yes, I was extremely disappointed and then I remembered what Alex’s coach said, “It’s 10% what happens to you and 90% how you handle it.”  I am handling it well.  It meant I didn’t have to leave right away after having only been here for one week!  And all will be well.

There is so much to be thankful for and expressing our thanks to God gives meaning to the abundance with which we live and move and have our being.  Bring your pledge cards and come worship this Sunday.

Faithfully, Peggy+

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