It’s Christmas! It’s that time of year when everyone seems get very busy in preparation for the season. We decorate our houses for days, inside and out, sometimes with unspoken competition with neighbors. We put up Christmas trees in more than one room of the house if possible, sprucing them up with a mix of new ornaments and those that were collected through the years. We make a list of names of friends and loved ones, and shop for their perfect gifts. We plan travels to spend time with family and friends. We create the perfect menu to serve, when everyone gathers around the table for that special holiday meal. We shop. We cook. We bake. We eat. Outside of home, we also help decorate the church, our work space, our community. We buy more gifts to help our less fortunate neighbors. We travel to lend extra hands in feeding the homeless and the hungry. We shop. We cook. We bake. We eat.
It’s also this time of the year that the choirs are the busiest, with the concerts, carolings, and other special events and parties that happen around the holiday. We fill the air with songs and carols to help bring everyone to the season’s spirit. We sing. We sing. We sing. We sing. But in spite of all these, all the busyness, as our Christmas concert’s focus: this time of the year we’re going to celebrate Christmas. The real reason for the season - the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. My hope is that in the midst of all the decorating, shopping, traveling, cooking and baking, the “joy to the worlds” and “hallelujahs,” we’ll take some time to rest, think, and be reminded about what Linus shared - the true meaning of Christmas.
- Rey Lambatin, Choir Director
I need to catch you up on our relationship with Carden School. If you were present at our congregational meeting in November, you might remember that Carden school has been in arrears for some time and that over the past 6 years our relationship with them has become laborious. In November, our congregation offered a new lease to the new owners of the school. This past week the new owners declined our terms for a new lease.
Finding a way forward for this relationship wasn’t easy for our council. At the very least, the council wanted to ensure that the families and students would be able to finish their semester. However, as a congregation we are not able to sustain the kind of relationship that we have had with Carden. As of December 31st, Carden school will no longer be renting property on our campus.
No matter how necessary, this is still a heartbreaking outcome. Please keep the staff, students, and families in your prayers as they head into an uncertain and difficult future. Please also keep our leadership and the property team in your prayers as they sensitively execute on the eviction in the next month. As we move forward there are many unknowns and possibilities. I encourage you to be in conversation with the council leaders and join the planning and preparation for whatever it is that comes next for us.
In Advent hope, Pastor Manda