December 20, 2016
Hello church family and friends. With the winter weather and the end of the year upon us, it seemed prudent to address some of the issues we are faced with.
As you know, church services were cancelled this past Sunday due to extreme cold and slick streets. Please understand that this is a difficult decision. Input is solicited from a number of people including those who prepare our parking lots and sidewalks, bus pick-up, those who live close to the church and church leaders. Then a decision has to be made whether to cancel only the first service or both services. While there is great reluctance to cancel services, safety is a high priority. We would rather err on the side of caution than have someone experience injury.
Allow me to remind you that this Sunday, December 25, will be the last service for 2016. This is the last opportunity to impact your 2016 tax situation with your giving to the church. As you know, the ministry of SPCC is dependent on the sacrificial giving of those who want to support the work of Christ. With that in mind, a missed Sunday service affects our resources. Would you consider making up for that giving opportunity the next Sunday?
This year we have the rare opportunity to have Sunday service on Christmas day. As a result, you have double opportunities to give your worship to Holy God and celebrate Jesus. Our annual Christmas Eve service is scheduled for 6:00p. It will offer familiar Christmas songs, a devotion, a special song, family communion and the sharing of candles. Christmas morning will offer a unique service at 10:00a. Christmas carols and a message will lead up to a powerful song of celebration utilizing the beautiful voices of SPCC. The service will end with the commitment of communion and offering. This service will be a meaningful and memorable way to celebrate Christmas. What a way to end the year!
2017 is upon us. Do you see the New Year as new possibilities? What are your expectations? I submit to you that God has great and challenging plans for the New Year. Surrender yourself to the leading of the Holy Spirit and journey together this new chapter in the adventure in being a follower of Christ Jesus. God’s blessings upon you.
David Emberson, Senior Pastor