E-Newsletter for Sunday, December 22, 2019

Movie Group Tonight, SAVVY Saturday, Christmas Pageant on Sunday and more in the E-Newsletter for December 22, 2019 – Available in full online here.

Haga clic aquí para ver el mensaje de esta semana en español de nuestro misionero latino, Luis Valencia. 

From Our Parish Nominee to the Sacred Order of Priests
Ms. Alicia Hager
Dear *|FNAME|*,

You may know that I’ve recently started in a new position with the Salvation Army here in Grand Haven. As their admin/jack of all trades I’ve been given the opportunity to walk alongside a completely different population from the one I served at Bethany Christian Services, different even than the community we’ve built at Loving Spoonful. 

At work this week all of the toy donations have been coming in, and every available space is filled, toys line the hallways, are tucked under desks and crowd offices. At the same time, all of our own Angel Tree tags at St. John's have been taken and this week volunteers will shop for and deliver gifts to the children of people who are imprisoned. 

I contemplated this as I prayed Morning Prayer this week, how the love of God was made incarnate in the flesh of Jesus, and how it is made incarnate again in the love and the giving that happens when our hearts are moved. 

Last weekend Rick Slater, Ricardo Guerrero, Yolanda Pineda and her daughters, Cynthia and Daisy, worked tirelessly to prepare a place for our new Latinx Missioner, Luis Valencia. Luis was commissioned last Sunday to lead El Corazon, to walk alongside their community as they seek to discern where God is leading. Your donations of funds, food, furniture, household goods and time have shown Luis that St. John’s is truly a community that knows what it is to prepare; that we are truly a people of welcome. 

I confess to not being a fan of contemporary Christian music, but I stumbled across a song called Noel, sung by Lauren Daigle, and I keep coming back to her words as I count toys, see an empty Angel Tree in our lobby, and see the very real ways that Luis and his family have been blessed. She sings, come and see what God has done…a story of amazing love

Yes. Come and see. God is doing amazing things in our wider community, and in our own right now too. I am grateful to walk with you again on this journey to the stable, grateful for the love and welcome that you extend, and I look forward to celebrating the birth of Christ with you all next week. 

In Christ,

PS~ Don't forget to join us on Sunday at 11:30am in the Nave for the annual Greening of the Church and Christmas Carol Singalong. Then, come back to the Timberlake Hall on Sunday at 5:00pm for this year's Christmas Pageant!

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