The Goodfellows report they made many food deliveries this Christmas season.
Christmas gifts from our congregation to Debbie Hammonds, Elizabeth Young, and Wanda Patterson were delivered on Saturday, 12-20. The ladies enjoyed the visit also.
On Sunday afternoon 12-21, Pastor Ken and Judy delivered gifts to Travis and Melba Rasberry, Travis is in Stephenville Hospital. Next they stopped by Senior Care center to take a gift to JoAnn Ragan. The last stop was at Jack and Norma Parks home with a gift for Norma.
Judy Lunsford served as Worship Leader and gave the children’s lesson.
The children were led over to our “chrisom Tree” near the altar rail so they could see the decorations up close and touch them. The fish, butterflies, and lambs were popular with the young ones. Other symbols were the cross and crown, heart and crown, lamb and cross, and fleur-de-lis.
Joe Salinas pointed at the fleur-de-lis which also represents an iris flower and said “my grandfather grows these.”
Chrisom means “the monogram of Christ” and all the decorations have Christian meaning.
The Salinas family presented the Advent program. Adrianne and Jaxson gave the reading while Raymond and Joe lit the candles.
Pat Leatherwood made presentations on behalf of the congregation to Pastor Ken and Judy Lunsford, Pat Beaty, Leta Sage, and to Doris Morton.
They all appreciated their gift and thanked the congregation.
A poinsettia was placed on the altar in memory of the anniversaries of the parents of Rev. Ken Lunsford and Judy Noel Lunsford. Judy’s parents, Jack and Lois Noel, were married on 12-19-1926 and Ken’s parents, Leslie and Hilda Lunsford, were married on 12-21-1938.
Prayers were requested for Norma Westmoreland.
Rev. Ken Lunsford based his message on Luke 1:26-38, he shortened his sermon due to the length of the presentations and children’s time.
Scholars tell us that Mary may have been 13 or 14 years of age when the angel Gabriel appeared to her. Gabriel announced “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” The angel tells Mary you will conceive and give birth to a son and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great, he will be the son of the most high and the Lord God will give him the throne of Davis, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.
“I am the Lord’s servant, may your word to me be fulfilled” Mary answered.
This is an amazing story but this is what we believe. That God came to earth at Christmas. From his birth to his baptism to his death on the cross, in Jesus Christ, God walked the dusty plains of this planet and experienced what it means to be human. What it means to have family, what it is to laugh, what it is to suffer and face death.
Mary was blessed, but that did not mean her life would be easy or trouble free. It did, however, mean that God was always with her. And if you are obedient to God, God will always be with you!