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Words From Pastor Diane

The Gift, Part II
 
Because I was not able to preach my sermon last Sunday, I am giving portions of it to you over several email blasts. In yesterday’s email blast, I talked about the gift of grace given to all no matter their worthiness to receive it. Christmas, however, is more than receiving the gift of Jesus and God’s unconditional love. It is what we do with it once received.

I once saw this cartoon about a cat. In the background was an item with a sign on it: “Expensive cat toy” it said. There were cobwebs on this expensive cat toy. In the foreground is the cat playing with a paper bag. Those of you who have cats understand this.

I hope we are not like the cat who ignores the rich gift of grace and plays with the common paper bag. C.S. Lewis said we are “like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

God’s gift of unconditional love and grace is a gift to be used. It is to be opened, enjoyed, and treasured. It is a gift designed to alter one’s life. It is not only an unconditional gift but also a conditioning gift. It changes the relationship between Giver and receiver, and conditions the receiver into a new way of living. The way in which we live our lives is our best thank-you card to the one who gave us the greatest gift we will ever receive.

How are you putting the gift of grace to use? How does your life reflect the character of the Giver? With whom will you share the Gift? In other words, how will you re-gift it?

Now admit it, you all have done re-gifting. Someone has given you a gift, and you end up giving it to someone else because you won’t use it. In God’s case, we receive the gift, use it, and extend it to others because we love it so much. Oh, how our world needs the grace, the unmerited favor of friends and neighbors.

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 Frederickson, Chris Erickson, and Pastor Diane Christopher.  Purchase books online or through Pastor Diane. 

Please get the book and read chapter 1.
Music in the Valley presents!
An afternoon of popular classical, broadway and pop string quartet music. 

Tickets are $20:00 a each and available Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm at the church office.
The church’s Pictorial Directory needs your photograph!  Make your appointment online by clicking on the link below or on our church website.  IT WON’T BE COMPLETE WITHOUT YOU!

Choose from appointments on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – February 2,3,4.
 
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If you need assistance with scheduling your appointment you can contact the church office at 520-625-5023 and they can assist you.
Pam and Dave are international speakers for Operation Mobilization with responsibility for activities in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran, and North India. Speaking Farsi, they have been active in Iran with Afghanistan refugees who have no legal status in Iran and are cruelly treated. When they write “AFGHANISTAN: MY TEARS”  it is their deep personal experience and is reflected in their work in Wisconsin.
 
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