A Message from Pastor Gary – December

Christmas Blessings

We live in a society where most people are doing everything they can to be happy in life. The world
provides us with many things to cheer us up or change our mood. There are many forms of
entertainment including sports, movies, and theater. As Christmas approaches, many will enjoy giving
and receiving presents. We will decorate and cook. So much work will go into getting ready for the
holiday. With it all, much remains out of our control.

We hope we will be at peace, that we will feel love, and that we will experience joy. In the world such
things are conditional. They require the right combination of events and circumstances. Most of the
pretense of the holidays is based in trying to manipulate our lives in such a way that we come up with
the perfect formula. It doesn’t always work, and even when it does to some degree, it may still lack the
fulfillment we seek.

Only God can satisfy. He alone is our heart’s desire.
May Christ be in your heart and your home this Christmas. May your peace be that which is beyond what the
world can give. May the love you feel be complete. May your joy be in Jesus the Son of God, the Savior of the

Pastor Gary