As many of you know, I began my new ministry with Larison’s Corner on December 1. I am so honored that I was voted in to serve as the pastor for this very special congregation. I have had a meaningful and wonderful first couple of weeks here and am grateful for the warm welcome. I now have a lovely office and have been able to learn and study much of the rich history of our 1740 congregation.
I enjoyed an amazing tea and bible study led by Lois Riggs last Tuesday. And I benefited from some delicious cookies a couple of weeks ago at the annual cookie sale. Thank you to the many church members and friends of Larison’s Corner that baked and contributed so that the cookie sale could raise almost $1,000. Congratulations to all who made the cookie sale possible.
I wanted to share with you and invite you to join together for some wonderful Christmas offerings coming up in the next couple of days.
First, we have The Fourth Sunday Advent Worship Service tomorrow morning, December 22nd at 11 AM. Both our chimes choir and our adult choir will lift up music offerings to give praise to our God. We will also sing some beloved Christmas Carols and appreciate the lighting of the advent candles by Charlie and Dave. I will preach “A Surprise Adoption,” as we continue the Advent Series “Hope is on the Way.”
Second, we will be Caroling tomorrow night, December 22nd. We will meet for snacks at 5 PM at the church tomorrow and then head out to carol at the Hunterdon Medical Care Center. Following we will carol to two members of the church. Help us to spread the message of Christmas hope and love to those who need a reminder this year. Even if you don’t have a great carol voice, please join us anyways as your smiling face will be contagious to touch other’s hearts.
Third, we will have a Live Nativity and our Christmas Eve worship this Tuesday, December 24th at 7:30 PM. We will hear the chimes and the choir and celebrate the birth of Christ, the love of God entering our world, Immanuel. All our hopes and fears are met in Christ and he comes to shine the light into a dark world that desperately needs the hope he offers. I will conclude the “Hope is on the Way” series with “Hope Has Arrived.” Come and worship in our candlelight service. If you would like to participate in the live nativity, we still have a few spots available.
Fourth, we plan to have Christmas Eve Luminaries leading up to the church at the front entrance and the back entrances. We would like for you to bring/donate empty, plastic milk/orange juice jugs. We also need sand or kitty litter to help us spread the light and hold the jugs down. If you have them, we could also use little glass candles to place in the jugs. If you are able, please bring them to church tomorrow or drop them tomorrow night when we meet for caroling at 5 PM.
Fifth, please consider a contribution to support Larison’s Corner Outreach and Mission to those who need assistance this Christmas. It’s not too late to contribute to The Thomas Lambert Outreach Fund. This year the monies will go to help a family in need and also a gentleman who has fallen on hard times. If you want to share a gift, please make your check out to Larison’s Corner and in the memo section note that it’s for the Thomas Lambert Fund. You may also contribute cash in an envelope marked with the same name. Our church will also donate the Christmas Eve offering to those in need at the Flemington Area Food Pantry. Even if you cannot be in worship, donations will be accepted to this important cause. And we are also collecting winter clothes and accessories to offer winter warmth to those in need. We are collecting coats/jackets, hats, snowsuits, gloves/mittens, sweaters, socks/booties and Fisherman’s Mark will share them in their outreach. Items can be dropped off in the narthex in the front of the church.
Our Bible Study and Tea continues on Tuesday, January 7 at noon. Lunch is provided and we continue to study “Bad Girls of the Bible” led by Lois Riggs. The study is open to both men and women and the study will be on Sapphira: Generous to a Fault. The second study in January is on Tuesday, January 21 also at noon. The topic for the 21st is “Rahab: Knocking on Heaven’s Door.”
If you haven’t seen all the renovations at the church, please check them out as they are amazing and we are so blessed to benefit from them.
I have taken some pictures since I started at the church and have put together an album for you to view them. Here is the link:
We know that not everyone is able to join us in person for these upcoming offerings, but wherever you are we want to wish you a blessed and Merry Christmas. Please know that we pray for you always and I look forward to many more opportunities to gather together in the future.