Greetings in the Name of Jesus

Welcome to the Advent-Christmas Season!  We begin a new Church year.  From birth to Ascension, we will spend time absorbing ourselves in the life of God’s Son, the Messiah, Jesus.  My favorite hymn in Advent is “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”  Emmanuel means God with us.   Indeed, we need God to be with us.  Whatever your struggle is now, you can invite Jesus into your life to help you.  Maybe you feel exasperated, fatigued, and frustrated about what is happening in your life now.  You can invite Jesus to come and save, restore, and transform you. Jesus is your help in time of need. He knows exactly how to help.  He loves you!  As the hymn says:  “And open wide our heavenly home. Make safe the way that leads on high, and close the path to misery.  Rejoice Emmanuel shall come to thee.”

Do you avoid driving at night?  There will be three Mid-week Advent worship services on Wednesdays starting on Nov. 30, then December 7, and 14 in the Senior Center at 1:30 pm. You will discover how a love story in the Old Testament leads you to the love story of Jesus for you.  You will experience how this love story offers love that can change your life. 

Maxine and I wish all of you a joyous Advent-Christmas Season!  Thanks for being a blessing to us.  O Come, O Come Emmanuel!

In Christ’s Love,

Pastor Rich


Bingo the Basset Hound
Bingo the Basset Hound

Greetings from your friendly Basset Hound,


Things are humming at the Senior Center.  We are happy for the repairs and painting of many helpers.  The Seniors will not meet on December 28 and January 4.  I plan to head south to attend the Basset Hound annual assembly.  We will explore new sniffing techniques to track down rabbits.  I hope to absorb some Sun to see me through the winter.

I have done some research on Christmas humor.  I hope this the following makes you smile! 

  • What happened to the person who stole an Advent Calendar? The person got 25 days!
  • Why was the snowman looking through the carrots? He was picking his nose!
  • Why does Santa have three gardens! So he can ho, ho, ho.
  • How did Mary and Joseph know Jesus’ weight when he was born? They had a weigh in a manger.
  • What do snowmen eat for breakfast? Snowflakes
  • Why are Christmas trees bad at sewing? They drop their needles.
  • Why did the Skeleton skip the Christmas party? He had no body to go with.
  • What did the wise men say after they offered up gifts of gold and frankincense? Wait, there’s myrrh.
  • What did the gingerbread man put on his bed? A cookie sheet.


That concludes my research.


Enjoy your Advent and Christmas Season.  Chat with you next time year.

Love, Bingo your Friendly Basset hound