From the Pastor
The Christmas Season is once again upon us. This Christmas comes as we have been through another year battling the Covid-10 virus, social unrest, economic uncertainty, and devastating natural disasters. It can seem like our lives are far away from the “peace on earth,” that we keep hearing about this time of year. However, it is helpful to remember that the first Christmas also occurred in a time of uncertainty and fear. The people of Israel were living under the control of an occupying army from another country, while most people were living in poverty. There was much social unrest and fragmented political parties were vying for power. It was in the midst of this darkness and despair that Christ entered the world; the light of God’s love piercing the darkness and announcing hope for the world. The birth of Jesus Christ is “God with us;” God coming to earth as a human to walk and talk with us, to show us how to love and be loved, and to demonstrate that love in the greatest way possible, by suffering death on a cross to pay the penalty for our sins.
In the midst of all the things that are happening in the world, and happening in our lives, we celebrate Christmas as a reminder that God is still present with us. God’s love continues to be a light in the darkness, and continues to offer hope, joy and peace to those who seek God. It is my sincere hope that you will be able to join us for worship in this special time of year. It is the time of year for hope to be restored, for our spirits to be renewed, and to reconnect with those we have not seen in a while.
May God’s blessing be with you and your family this Christmas Season,
Due to the pandemic, our Christmas Cookie Walk needs to be a Cookie Sale this year. The cookies will still be home baked but instead of selecting the cookies yourself, the cookies will be pre-packaged in one pound containers, at $10 a pound. The Cookie Sale will be Saturday, December 18, from 9:00am until sold out. We need lots of home bakers in order to make the Cookie Sale a success. If you can bake cookies at home, please call Pat Malin (570-595-2440) as soon as possible. Thank you in advance for helping us with this major fundraiser!
The group, “Seasons of Song,” will be performing a Christmas Concert at Mountainhome UMC, on Sunday, December 5, at 3:00pm. The concert is entitled “Peace on Earth,” and features more contemporary Christmas songs from artists such as Mercy Me, casting Crowns, For King and County, George Strait, and Alan Jackson. The concert is free. All are welcome
Our choir will be performing their Christmas Cantata on Sunday, December 19, during the morning worship service, at 9:00am. Come and enjoy this Christmas tradition as we hear the message of Christmas through music.
Don’t forget our Christmas Eve Service, December 24, at 7:00pm. We will have the traditional Candle lighting Service, with all of the Carols you know and love, including “Silent Night,” and “Joy to the World.” The Pastor will also have a Children’s Time with a special gift for the children.
Once again, Pocono Area Transitional Housing is asking for our help in providing Christmas gifts for children in our area whose families are transitioning out of homelessness. Stop by the church and pick up an envelope with a child’s name on it. You then send that envelope, along with a $20-$25 donation to P.A.T.H..
Read the Bible 2022
This past year, Pastor John challenged the congregation to take part in a program of daily Bible reading that would take the participant through the entire Bible in a year. Forty three people signed up to take part, and Pastor John has received so many positive comments about it that he is offering the program again in 2022. The format will be a little different from the year before, but it will still enable a person to read the entire Bible in a year. The readings begin on Monday, January 3. Every Friday, Pastor John will send an email to you if the readings for the next week. If you don’t have email, the pastor will see that you get a paper copy. You can sign up by sending an email to Pastor John at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the church office (570-595-2077).