Greetings from Church of Peace on this 5th day of Christmas!
This Sunday we have a wonderful opportunity to begin the new year in a holy way. We’ll be gathering New Year’s Day at 8:45 a.m. for worship. Come join us as we praise God for the blessings of 2011 and ask God for guidance in 2012. Holy Communion will be celebrated. There will be no Sunday School this week.
We know of two people who are hospitalized: David Borchert in Neenah and Pat Pratt at St. Agnes. Please remember these folks in your prayers. We extend our Christian sympathy to the family of Sharon Miess. Sharon’s funeral was yesterday.
The church’s financial books will close on Friday morning at 10:00 so if you have donations that you would like credited to 2011, please make sure your gift arrives at the church office by then.
A word of thanks: on behalf of the congregation as well as ourselves, we want to express our gratitude to all the people whose dedication made possible our inspirational Advent and Christmas seasons: all of our musicians, the Worship Enhancement Team, dramatists, teachers, candle-lighters, readers, ushers, and staff. A special thank you to Ray Beilke, Art Conklin, and Jeanette Hinn for their leadership of the Christmas Day worship service.
That’s the news from Church of Peace.
We’ll see you in church! Pastors Jenny and Jim
A prayer for today: Dear God who has blessed me so richly in the closing year, I turn to you with a grateful heart, thankful for all the love that I have experienced during the days of 2011. As the year comes to a close, remind me to forgive those who have hurt me in any way, just as you have forgiven me for my transgressions during the year. Please continue to shine your healing light upon David Borchert and Pat Pratt; bring consolation and peace to the family of Sharon Miess. I pray these things remembering Jesus. Amen.