"Christmas time's a coming":
Good morning everyone. It's Monday morning and I have found a few free minutes to share a thought or two with you.
Last night we really kicked off the Christmas season the right way.
We held our annual service; "Hanging of the Green's"
This is a very formal service and some people in attendance really didn't know what too think or how to react but when it was all over everyone was so excited.
It's like the official kick-off of Christmas for us around the church.
What a blessing to see so many new faces in our congregation from week to week.
What thrills my heart is when people who have been away for a week or so come back and say I just don't recognize all these new people.
Folk's I'm here to tell you that's a good problem to have.
No it's a great problem.
I received such a blessing last night as Cindy and I were allowed to read the Christmas story with Randy and Shirlyne Tiller.
This time last year Randy was so sick battling cancer that we didn't know if he would be with us this year.
Well he is and from all indications he is doing just fine.
I hope and pray that Amy will make that a traditional part of the Hanging of the Green's to allow me to read the Christmas Story with Randy & Shirlyne.
Hey I've got some really exciting news.
This coming Saturday December 7th Cindy and I will find out if we are going to have a grand-son or grand-daughter.
Truth be told, it doesn't matter to us.
We are going to love that child either way.
Everyone that I've ever talked too about Grand-kids say they should have come first.
I'm just counting down the days until May. Man that's not that far away.
It was with great sadness that our church family had to say good-bye to Mr. Charles Fallon this past week.
This is Wendy Hill's father.
After a long battle with cancer Mr. Charlie went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday around 4pm.
All of the family can take comfort in knowing that he did not struggle at the end he simply went to sleep on this side and woke up in glory.
Man oh man.
Well Christmas is in full swing all across America as shopper's braved the cold weather to stand in line for "black Friday" deals.
Hope all of you went ahead and picked up my gift.
I don't need a lot just a little something. By all means limit your spending to 100 bucks. That should do it.
Please remember throughout this season that it's not the gift under the tree that makes the difference it's God's gift Who died on the tree.
You can make this the best Christmas ever by inviting Jesus to come into your heart.
He loves you so much that He wants you to spend eternity with Him in heaven.
Now that's a gift you can't put a price tag on or won't to take back.
And the awesome thing is; it's free!
I hope to see all of you this coming Lord's day.
Please don't forget to pick up a calendar for the month of December.
It's going to be a busy time and we want you to be a part of all the activities.
God bless you .
Until next week
'living here but looking up'