Dear Members and Friends of First UMC, Copperhill,
I think it’s great that Christmas comes so near the end of the year. It is a good thing to start the new year with God’s gifts of salvation, hope, and faith!
The birth of our Savior offers forgiveness for all mistakes sins and other misgivings of the year passing. The same birth offers hope for the year arriving. Our Savior is also the Christ who would be our Lord. We can trust God with all the decisions and opportunities that will come up in 2018.
As Church, the body of Christ, you will have plenty of opportunities for growing in faith and discipleship. I encourage you to begin early. Join us for Faith Sharing, a study beginning on Wednesdays in January 2018. Books for this class are $10 each. As Christians, we will explore what faith is and how we can share it with others.
Before the new year is here, I’m looking forward to our gatherings during Advent. Christmas Eve comes on Sunday. In addition to morning worship, you, your family and friends are invited to share a candlelight service of Holy Communion that evening, at 6 P.M.
Merry Christmas! Happy New Year from your pastor and friend.