Well, as Karen Carpenter says in the song “greeting cards have all been sent, the Christmas rush is through.” We can take a breath and spend a little time in this final week of December reflecting and prepare ourselves for the new year. And what will the new year bring? Probably as many challenges as this past year. It will also provide many opportunities to continue the Christmas spirit of giving. In January alone, there are many events at CGS for us to join in celebrating our lives together. On January 8th, we will begin a new adult educational opportunity with our knowledgeable pastor on how the Bible was formed and some of the gospels that were not included in the final version! On January 9th, we can learn about the many ways to participate in our Safe Car Park Program. After worship on January 14th, we will have our first Children and Family event full of games, food and fun. We will celebrate the baptism of Ciaran on January 14th and Emma will be confirmed on January 21st. In addition, we can volunteer as assistants with the Godly Play program for our children on the first and third Sundays of the month and learn along with them about the stories of our faith. We can volunteer for Shelter Cooking to support those in our midst who experience food insecurities. Once a month, one of our four teams prepares a meal for the Julian Street Shelter to show our love and support. To think that all of this is available just in the month of January! We can all experience any of these chances to give of ourselves or we can pray for those who provide these vital services. Ask Christina in the office for more information on any of these events. Our community will continue to give in this coming year. Of that I have no doubt.
Christ the Good Shepherd
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