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Imagine explaining to Ude, 5 years old why he had to wait until Christmas to give his mommy the present he just selected for her at the shopping spree,,,
Ude: I want to give my mommy her present now.
Pastor: Let’s wait until Christmas morning.
Ude: No, I want to give it to her now.
Pastor: Well, there are only 9 more days until Christmas
Ude: That’s too long.
Waiting can be hard work and Advent can be a long journey. Yet the day’s leading up to Christmas morning when the Christ child is born carries its own magic. That is what has happened this year on the corner of 6thand Grand.
This year friendship hall was transformed into Santa’s Village. Children from Toberman Neighborhood Center and the community had the fun of selecting presents for their parents. We served over 400 children on December 14. Teaching children the joy of giving is a wonderful way to be disciples. The looks on their faces as they selected the perfect gift is priceless.
A few days later we brought a different joy and smiles to our neighbors experiencing homelessness – Mobile Showers. Sponsored by Supervisor Janice Hahn office our parking lot was transformed. It became a place of welcome and love as people were able to prepare for a shower, select a clean set of clothes, get a styled haircut and eat a warm meal. The joy on Kat’s face when she came running into the courtyard to show me her haircut was priceless.
During both of these events the community has come out to help and support this church with their time and donations. It is a beautiful expression of what can be done when we work together.
Coming together as community is what we are called to do.
This year we have lost many beloved people in our church and community, we continue to fall short each month in giving by about $5,000 and our expenses keep increasing. Yet, we live in hope that through our community outreach we will live into the future that God holds for us. 2020 holds many new possibilities.
This week I was talking with our District Superintendent, Mark Nakagawa and he said, “Your church is a real Christmas gift to your community.”
It is an honor and pleasure to be in ministry and mission with all of you. If you would like to make an end of the year donation it should be received in the church office by December 31.
Through the darkness of Advent comes the light of the Christmas.
We are a people of light and hope.