Wednesday, July 15, 2015

It's Christmastime. Let's celebrate!

The next two weeks we're celebrating Christmas in July! 
Why?  Because we're Baptists and we can do whatever we want. 
(Just kidding.  I stole this idea from a Methodist!)  In the hustle and bustle of December, we can sometimes miss the meaning of Christmas.  I wanted us to carve time out this summer to focus specifically on God's gift of Jesus.  Make time to read Luke 2:1-20 before Sunday.
Last night I hung the JOY banner in the vestibule. When I planned for us to celebrate Christmas in July a few months ago,  I had no idea what JOY would be in store for this Sunday. 
"B" is the letter of the day!
The BAPTISM of Noelle Stoner.  We rejoice with Noelle and her parents at this decision!
The BUSINESS MEETING of Scottsville Baptist Church.  We will celebrate God's leadership, and how the Spirit is at work among us. 
The 95th BIRTHDAY of Katherine Dansey.  Katherine's family is providing a lasagna for everyone.
And of course BABY JESUS!
I had coffee with one of our new members this week and she remarked "There's a lot of life in the church!"  I agree, and I'm grateful.  God is generous to us.
Since it's the Christmas season, I thought I'd celebrate some of the JOY and glad tidings at Scottsville Baptist this year. 
Open House at the parsonage.  Fun snacks, fun people. 

Susan and Edna at the Ecumenical Picnic

The Community Easter Egg Hunt at Dorrier Park

Bubbles and Dewey cut a rug at the Valentine's Day Party.
Celebrating Pentecost!

The Great Kickball Game of 2015 when I shouted at a real person "You're not going to tag out your pastor, are you?" 
A trip to the Nats game!
Listening to the children's choir from Uganda
Choir Party at Janice's house! 

Koinonia Class celebrates the upcoming arrival of baby Goolsby with a turkey dinner!

The great news is more JOY is on its way. 
Merry Christmas in July!