December 6, 2017

First Pres Community –

“Jolly Old Saint Nicholas”. Since today is “St. Nicholas Day”…a little about the man behind the legend. Nicholas was born in 270, entered the priesthood and became the Bishop of Myra in Asia Minor (Turkey). Miracles associated with his prayers later elevated him to Catholic sainthood and his secret gift-giving gave rise to who we now know as “Santa Claus”.

But there is more to the story. In 325, Nicholas was invited to attend the First Council of Nicea…think “Nicene Creed”. “Is the Son really God?” was the debate. Is the Son eternal or did he come into being at the Incarnation? “Begotten, not made” was how they finally worded it deciding for eternal (thankfully for all of us they got it right). Legend has it that the argument got so heated that Arius, who proposed that the Son was created by the Father was actually slugged in the face…by Nicholas! It makes me chuckle when I sing “Santa Claus is coming to town”. You better BE good!

THIS SUNDAY OUR LOGOS CHILDREN AND YOUTH WILL PRESENT “THE CHRISTMAS CAROL SPECIAL REPORT” (a Christmas Musical) at both the 9am and 11am Services. It is always a treat. The mini-sermon will be “God’s Christmas Gift of Faith”.

THIS SUNDAY at 5pm is our ALL CHURCH CHRISTMAS POTLUCK PARTY. Bring a dish to share (turkey & ham provided), sing some carols, fellowship with friends, bring your friends.

This Saturday at 7:30am is the monthly Men’s Breakfast. Logos will practice their production, 9-12. Children not in Logos can come, 9-10, to learn and join in a special part of the musical.

Next THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, Keenagers with host Sounds of Summit from Lee’s Summit High School for their annual Christmas concert here. Concert at 11:30 followed by lunch for $5. Signup on the Narthex.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17 – Our Choir will perform “Night of the Father’s Love“ Cantata at the 11am service. The denomination’s Christmas Joy Offering will be received at both services.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20 – Logos, Men, & Mission serve dinner and carol John Calvin Manor at 5:30pm. You are welcome to join in the fun!

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24 – 10am one morning service of Lessons and Carols
4pm Family oriented Traditional Christmas Eve service
5:30pm Contemporary Christmas Eve service with Praise Band
7:30pm Traditional Christmas Eve service with Choir

Don’t forget tonight, Logos. 5:30pm to 7:30pm for all 1st-12th Graders. Also Bells at 6:30, Choir at 7:30, and Nursery care all evening.

Lastly, signups are out for Youth pies and for Poinsettias…Mitten Tree is out also.

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Your pastor and friend Michael

Building Faith…..Bringing Hope…..Sharing Love