January Newsletter

OUR EPIPHANY CELEBRATION: JANUARY 6 AT 6 PM

The Epiphany is an important holiday in the Christian church, and we try to observe it in some fashion. In recent years we have developed the habit of having a somewhat informal celebration at Pastor Kellerman’s house. But because of the ongoing concerns about the coronavirus, we skipped the festival altogether last year and this year we will host the party in the church basement. That way we can spread out a little bit if need be, to keep everyone safe.

As in past years, we will share some food and then sing some Christmas carols.

What is the Epiphany? It is the day when we recall the coming of the wise men to worship the Christ child. “Epiphany” means “revealing” or “manifestation,” and it was the day that Christ was first revealed to Gentiles (i.e., non-Jewish people). This holiday emphasizes that Christ was born to save all people—not just the Israelites. Just as Christmas begins a season that last twelve days (through January 5), so the Epiphany is followed by several weeks, although the exact number varies, depending on how early or late Easter is.

You can come any time after 6 pm on January 6. Use door 2 or door 3. The meal will be casual. If you want to bring something to share (especially a side dish), you are more than welcome to do so, but don’t feel as if you have to do so. Around 7:30 pm we will sing Christmas carols for the last time this church year, as well as a few Epiphany hymns.

WEDNESDAY BIBLE CLASS

The Wednesday Bible class will be on a slightly later schedule when we resume on January 12. The Bible class will begin at 7 pm (instead of 6 pm). People are invited to come early (at 6:30 pm or so) and bring a supper with them. But if you just want to come to Bible class at 7, that would be fine, too.

TAKING DOWN THE TREE

We will take the Christmas tree and other decorations on Saturday, January 15, beginning at 10 am. It usually doesn’t take as much effort to take down everything as it does to set everything up, but it would help if we had a couple people to share the workload.

THEOLOGY TODAY

The Theology Today book club will discuss the first two chapters of John Kleinig’s latest book, Wonderfully Made: A Protestant Theology of the Body, on January 30, 2022.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW

Just a reminder: As you are filling out your advance appointments in your 2022 calendar, make sure to mark down May 15, 2022 at 2:30 pm as the time for our 150th anniversary service. A catered meal will follow the service.