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WORDS FROM PASTOR DIANE

Pastor Diane
 
I am pondering this morning.
 
As many of you know, I was ill over Christmas and missed Christmas Eve and the following Sunday. I was to preach two out of three services. Wes and I had designed a beautiful Lessons and Carol service for the 4 p.m. service.  I was so excited to do this service. Then the Thursday before Christmas Eve, I became sick. It came on fast, and lasted until the First Sunday of Christmas worship service was over. It left as fast as it came. (And yes, I tested myself for Covid three times before coming back to work. All negative.)

In her book Advent in Plain Sight Jill Duffield says, “Like Mary, some of our lives’ twists and turns, divine messages and earthly suffering, bring forth pondering in our hearts, an ongoing conversation between us and the God we long to trust but worry we might have misunderstood.”
 

So I ponder, I have never missed a Christmas Eve. I am not usually a " What was God trying to tell me?" person, but I am doing that today. This all seemed too much of coincidence. Was I to learn something? Was I being punished? (Oh, don't want to go in that direction.) Yes, I was a bit nervous about the 4 p.m., service because it was so new. Did I psychological and physically psych myself out? (Oh, don't want to go there, either.) Pondering can be dangerous.

All I have come up with so far is this: maybe it doesn't matter who did the worship services. All that matters is they were done. I had poured my heart and soul into those services. They celebrated Jesus' birth with joy and mystery. They were my Christmas gift to you. 

I am good with that.

Merry Christmas everyone.
Pastor Diane
 
How do we make sense of the complexity of modern life from a Christian worldview?

In partnership with the Faith Formation group, a new class named "Faith Works" will be starting Tuesday, January 11 at 4:00 p.m.  This class center on lively discussion about current events.  We will be using a website wiredword.com most of the time, but will always allow for more current events to be discussed. 

For more information, contact Chuck Ramsay at chuckramsay517@gmail.com or 520-526-2593.
Written by Dr. Atul Gawande, BEING MORTAL discusses the last stages of life from his experiences with patients.  This class will meet for 6 weeks for 90 minutes and will be facilitated by Eloise Fredrickson, Chris Erickson, and Pastor Diane Christopher. Purchase books online or through Pastor Diane.
Sunday, January 16th Kettle event will feature a pork tenderloin dinner at 5 pm, then at 6 pm a performance by Hardscrabble Road with Katie Sayre as the female vocalist. 

Tickets are $13 and will be on sale January 2nd and 9th. 
Pastor Craig, Pastor Diane and the staff at Valley Presbyterian Church would like to say "Thank you" for all the great holiday snacks and cards that were brought into the office the last few weeks. 
Thank you for thinking of us, it truly was kind of you. 
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