Pastor Mary's office hours are: Monday 10-2pm Tuesday 9-12 and Wednesday 12-3 If you'd like to meet outside these hours, please call ahead to be sure she is in the office. Contact by church phone (715-879-5115), home phone (715-309-4065) or by email at: meide@luthersem.edu

December 2018

"Encouraging faith and proclaiming God's love by Gathering, Growing and Giving."





THOUGHTS FROM PASTOR MARY

This is an exciting and busy time of year for our congregation: Christmas program practices, budget meetings, Christmas and Advent decorating, lefse making, bake/craft sale, women (and men's) special December luncheon, Christmas for Kids, Love Lights, and more!

The biblical stories of the season are central to understanding the importance of Jesus coming to be God among us. This year's Christmas program offers us a unique story about what might have taken place before and during the arrival of our Savior into the world. The story is being told through the perspective of God's angels, combining Bible readings, Christmas carols and funny dialogue. We will learn how shocked and surprised the angels are that JESUS, the SON OF GOD, would actually come to earth and take on the form of a human (in church language this is referred as becoming incarnate). Along the way we hear how each of the angels are engaged in the heavenly activities, (Actually, a lot of these activities sound like what we do on earth now.) One particular angel named Harold, seems to be especially excited to share a REAL PASSION of his - singing. It has always been his desire to be a singer, and what better way to use this passion, than to praise the Lord with his singing!

Like all good stories about God, there are some lessons for us to learn. Along with Harold, we can learn how each of us have so much to offer God. How? By using the gifts God has already given us, we not only offer our lives to God, but we positively impact the lives of others around us. To add to this lesson, we are reminded that we don't have to be the best at something in order to bring honor to God. "God is glorified when we give our best to him with our whole heart."

I think this is an important message for us to hear, especially as we enter into a particular season of the year where people seem to be competing with one another. Our words and actions may scream out, "Look at me, I've got...":

* The most Christmas spirit * The best looking Christmas tree * The most expensive gifts * The cutest and more original Christmas cards (or videos)

It's so easy to get caught up in the hype and pressures around us to offer the BEST...that anything LESS seems worthless. In our quest for being/having the BEST, we exhaust ourselves, lose precious time to be with those we cherish most, and in the end - we neglect to take time to reflect on what the season is REALLY all about.

It's really NOT about all the presents, tinsel, interior/exterior decoration...and certainly NOT about all the sugary sweets we consume. It's NOT about the big parties or the clothes we wear to them. It's ALL ABOUT LOVE...God's love. God's willingness to send his son to the world to save us from our sinful selves. The season is also about OUR BEING GOD'S LOVE in the world around us. How the way we express our love for our fellow humans and the rest of God's creations, is one of the most important ways to offer our lives to God, and use those gifts given to us from God. So I encourage you to take time away from shopping and wrapping, to spend time thinking about how to express this love of God in the way you treat those around you...the words you express to them, the way you treat one another and the attitudes you have towards them. BE GOD'S LOVE in a world that so desperately needs it. BE GOD'S LIGHT in a world that is far too dark. May this season of hope, peace, joy and love be a blessing to you and yours,

Pastor Mary

Merry Christmas from The Eide Family!

Pastor Mary


Last updated: November 3rd, 2018