My dear friends,
today we had again the pleasure of having a new guest in our meeting. John is Kerr's brother, and they're currently working for the defense department. I guess Kerr had a good time joining us in the YEC so he's bringing his brother along. I'm sure they'll be blessed by God for their good decision, and so will the rest of you.
Also, we had Jamie with us today but unfortunately she came with her nose masked. It's obvious she's been with a flu or something for a time; let's pray to God so that she gets well sooner.
Our routine schedule for 12/23 will be paused to make way for the worship on Christmas day. So those of you who wish to come will have to make it to the church at 9:30 AM. On the same day at 5:30 PM we have a potluck dinner, which means everyone brings a dish to share. And in the evening, a series of activities will take place, such as singing, plays, gospel sharing, and so on. Like I said today, church Xmases are less "commercial" than the holiday you see on TV or at restaurants. There's more to Xmas than spending money on fancy presents or fine dinners. Then what on earth is Xmas? I think it's about the joy of being redeemed (reclaimed) after a total despair, hope for the future, and a lots more. Perhaps all these meanings sound too abstract to imagine, but you can somehow translate them into your own terms, or things that fit perfectly into your life experiences. Whatever you say, I can assure you that it's anything but the kind of Xmas on TV or at department stores. In short, if you want to try the taste of the real Xmas just come along at 5:30.
Next time we meet at the YEC will be on 12/30, and by then I'll send you the next and LAST lesson of our book. As far as "what's next?", thanks to Robert and Birdy, we have many choices to pick from. And let's hope they show up with those books next time, otherwise I'll have to take care of choosing it myself (what a dilemma).
Well, I'll see you soon, bye! And merry Christmas to all!