Welcome to the on-line edition of The Informer! This is the electronic version of the newsletter you should have received in the mail. If you have any comments or suggestions, please e-mail them back to me. Last months edition had an incredible response from all over the country. Churches from as far away as Washington, Minnesota and New Hampshire wrote back. Many of members and friends of our church have been passing this web-site on to others to enjoy. Thanks for the feedback. Have a blessed Christmas and Happy New Millennium!
Like so many columns
being published by pundits of the coming new century and millennium, I too find
a degree of excitement and anticipation in the air.
However, I’m not one of those who would speak of danger signs
suggesting that the world is about to come to an end.
Nor do I believe for a moment in any apocalyptic chatter that God is
going to wipe out all creation at the stroke of midnight come January 1st. Such biblical hype and hyperbole to my way of thinking is
based more upon silly superstition and ignorance.
At the turn of the
last millennium people heard similar predictions of doom and gloom.
One thousand years ago, the Christian Church held a considerable amount
of influence upon the world. Now
that same scope more properly might be placed in the power of computers in our
everyday lives. So we hear similar
cries that the world is going to come crashing down around us in what has come
to be called Y2K!
It’s my belief that
when all is said and done, this commotion will have amounted to little if
anything. The world will continue
to move forward. Along the way an
occasional bump or bruise will come along to remind us that people continue to
grow and change. Still I believe
there will always be more goodness in the world to point to than bad…even
though the local news of the day might suggest otherwise.
God still has more light – to shed upon this world!
As Christians we
approach the new millennium, as others before us have long before.
We take the walk again through this sacred season called Advent – which
prepares a faithful heart for the promise of Good News born in Bethlehem!
So come this January 1st; let us not anticipate
the lights going out. Rather let us
lift up the eternal light of Christ that shines so bright!
The spirit of this Christmas continues illumine a path that points a waiting and wanting world toward hope and peace. It’s in that spirit, I wish you and yours a blessed holiday season and a happy new millennium! May the living presence of Jesus Christ our Lord reign a thousand years and more!
In Service to His Church,
David L. Hunting
Between now and the first of the year we would like to
welcome suggestions for a new name for the church newsletter to go into the new
century. In the history of the church the newsletter has had other names
besides “The Informer”. We
invite you to share your suggestions for a new church newsletter name by either
calling the office, writing on the back of your attendance slip on Sunday or
drop us a note in the mail. Here
are a few names that have been suggested to date...THE
GRAPE VINE, THE WORD, THE MESSENGER, THE LAST WORD, THE LATEST WORD, THE SCROLL,
THE GOOD NEWS, MOUNTAIN MESSENGER. The new
name will be announced at the turn of the NEW millennium!
ADOPT A FAMILY PROGRAM
is fast approaching and our Mission Board has made arrangements for our church
to take part in the Westside Cares ADOPT A FAMILY program.
Although our request was for three families, we
want to be sure that all Westside CARES church have an opportunity to
take part. Adopting a family (or families) means 3 things:
a generous traditional Christmas dinner (may be in the form of a grocery
certificate from a local store).
have heard the word “steward” more and more in recent weeks at
our church as our Witnessing Stewards have shared with us – very personally,
Now we are ready for a powerful time this next Sunday, November 28th. Our Guest Steward will be Rev. Bill Dalke, Rocky Mountain Conference Minister from Denver who will be preaching during worship. We will also have be having Communion by intinction. Included in this newsletter is a sample of the “pledge card” which will be given to you at worship on Nov. 28th. While it is good to calculate our giving, we also need to be open to God’s spirit leading us on Sunday morning, so come ready for leading, for inspiration, for new challenges to new levels of giving. Plan to be with us on Stewardship Sunday, November 28th, which is also the First Sunday in Advent.
If you were not able to be present on Stewardship Sunday, your pledge card is still important and needed. Our Board of Trustees is in the process of preparing the church budget for the coming year. Please mail in your 2000 pledge card before Christmas, so that we can have a reasonable account of what our income and expenses can be for the coming year. Thank you for your continuing commitment and faithful support of your church's ministries!
following couples were united in Christian marriage in the month just
past. We extend our best blessings to these happy people, who stood before
the altar at our church. We extend our best wishes to each of these couples as they begin their married lives together.
(Activities are at church unless otherwise stated.)
On Sunday, December 19th, the Middle School and
High School Youth of our church are hosting a breakfast in Fellowship Hall and
will begin serving at 9:00 a.m. Please let the church office/685-5255 know how many from your
family would like to attend or write this on the back of your attendance slip
any Sunday morning. December 19th
is the “Lessons & Carols” Sunday – you won’t want to miss out on
this special day!
From all the staff of the Community Congregational Church of Manitou Springs, Colorado... we wish you a safe and blessed holiday season... and the happiest of New Years!