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December 27, 2019                                                                                     View this email in your browser
Pastor Stewart's Christmas Eve sermon: "You Get an A!"
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Stewart's Stewings

Well I promised you one more edition of my Stewings before my sabbatical officially starts tomorrow, so here it is! And all I have to say is THANK YOU! This was indeed the best Christmas ever at Nativity & Holy Comforter. Everyone gets an A for effort and for execution. The church has never looked prettier. The choir was amazing. Our children were angelic. The food and hospitality were legendary. And a record crowd at the 5pm Christmas Eve service was icing on the cake. I'm just so grateful.

As it turns out, we make a pretty good team together. And I am grateful for a terrific staff who make my job so much easier. I love coming to work every day. Seriously. And you all are in good hands while I'm away on sabbatical.

I'm grateful to our Church Council who have been so supportive of this plan and especially to Pastor Don who is stepping in to leadership during this three months. We have even better news which is that we received a $7,500 grant from the Lutheran Home and Hospital Foundation, Inc. to help the costs for extra staffing. What a blessing.

God bless you all in the rest of this Christmas season. Don't miss Sunday's Christmas Lessons and Carols at 10:30 am. And please bring donations for the Diaper Drive that has been extended as well as the CARES food pantry that is in dire need.

My friends, I am grateful for this beloved community. I seek your prayers as we are apart for these months and assure you that you will be in my prayers as well.

Happy New Year and Thank you. You get an A!



WOW!

We are so grateful for all of you who have made pledges for our 2020 Operating Budget. So far those total $195,000! If you have not yet made a pledge, you can do so online.

If you would like to make an end of year gift, you can also do that online. You can even text the amount you would like to give to 410-213-3900. Thank you! 

     

Forum on Faith


Each Sunday we gather at 9:15 am in Hart Hall for coffee, snacks and conversation about our faith, the world, and how we can make a difference.
 
Dec 29 – No Forum. Come back for an interesting new season of classes in January!

January 5 “Hymns Back Story”
We start the new year learning some new things about some old friends: hymns, such as Amazing Grace, the Battle Hymn of the Republic, A Mighty Fortress, and more. Pastor Don leads us in this musical exploration, hoping that as you learn more about the hymns you can appreciate them all the more.

January 12 – “Reinhold Niebuhr – An American Conscience”
Today Pastor Don will show a DVD telling the story of one of the most important American thinkers and theologians: Reinhold Niebuhr. Perhaps Niebuhr’s greatest fame came from people (incorrectly) attributing the “Serenity Prayer” to him. But his life-story shows a man of serenity speaking truth to power.

January 19 – “Theology of Breath”
Jody Johnson will present ideas from her backgrounds of science and faith, giving insights into the significance of each breath we take, and insights on how the Bible describes our breath and the breath of God.

January 26 – “Jesus Was A Buddhist Monk”
This morning Lee Taylor will show a video, prepared for the BBC, that points to the relationships between the presence and teachings of Jesus with aspects of Buddhism. Come expecting some interesting surprises.
 

Chair Yoga

 
No Class on December 23 but will resume on December 30
 
This Chair Yoga class will help you build strength and endurance, increase flexibility, and improve your posture and balance. Special attention will be paid to bone health and preventing/reversing bone loss related to osteoporosis. It is designed for mid-life and older adults who may benefit from a slower pace and a recognition of age-related functional changes.

We will do seated chair poses and standing poses. Beginners are welcome and encouraged. Please wear comfortable clothing that you can easily move in and bring some water to stay hydrated. Suggested donation for the class is $5.00. Please come join us for Chair Yoga in the Church. People interested in signing up, or have any questions, please contact the teacher; Linda McGill at laharte12@gmail.com.
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