“It’s the Thought That Counts.”

Many of you have probably already started your Christmas shopping.  Some of you may already be finished and have your gifts hidden away safely somewhere in your home ready to reveal on Christmas morning.  If you’re like me, you haven’t started the shopping, but you are excited about the chance to give.  I’m sure you are carefully and thoughtfully selecting the gifts you think will be just perfect for those you love.

Christmas is a wonderful time for us to express to the people in our lives how we feel about them.  I believe in the old saying, “It’s the thought that counts.”  That’s exactly what God did for us over 2,000 years ago.  He thought about us, and He gave us exactly what we needed.  It wasn’t by chance that God showed up when He did.  He arrived at just the right time in just the right place to reveal His heart to us through His Son, Jesus. There is no greater gift of love.

Have fun shopping and giving this year! Let it be a time to appreciate one another and the relationships you have.  Let the thought count!

This year, the church will once again be participating in the “Give a Girl a Christmas Project” for students, children and staff at the New Life for Girls main training center in Dover, PA.  The YCOG family has been blessed to be an active part of this ministry for the past several years.

There will be a tree in the lobby filled with snowflakes that contain an item on the “wish list” that was provided to us.  Take a snowflake from the tree and return the item you selected by December 13th.  It will be picked up at the church by the staff at NLFG.  If you would like more information on how you can help at New Life for Girls this Christmas, you can contact Lynnette Flagler at 717-266-5614.

Another opportunity to brighten someone’s Christmas this year is through an “adopt a youth” program started by Mike Coleman.  Some teens who are an active part of our youth group and our church family will not experience a very blessed Christmas this year.  You can make a difference in the life of one of our teens.

In addition to the NLFG ornaments, there will be other ornaments on the tree that contain the gender of one of our youth along with his/her age, a suggested gift, and their sizes. If you would like to participate in this ministry, please take one of the ornaments from the tree.  These items, along with the ornament, can be returned to the church, wrapped, by December 16th.  You are welcome to sign a card or give anonymously.

Please pray about these opportunities to give and allow the Spirit to lead you.  Christmas is a time of hope, peace, joy and love.  Remember to keep Christ at the center of your Christmas, and share His gift of love.

Pastor Stef

 

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