JANUARY Newsletter  
“Steer Clear of New Year Fear!”
     What do you fear most about the year that lies ahead?  Does your budget make you wince? Personal relationships may give you the most anxiety.  Raising children can be intimidating. And the fear of disease, illness, and death are never-ending. Life is full of unpleasant memories and future uncertainties.  Both produce fear.
     How can we overcome our fears?  Let someone else do the worrying for us.  For example, a child might fuss and worry about something at school, and mom might wisely say, “Just go to bed, and let me do the worrying.”
     In a way, our loving Heavenly Father says the same thing. He’ll take care of all our concerns! He took care of our biggest fear when his Son Jesus suffered and died for our sins. Our failures won’t come back to haunt us.  Our future is in the hands of a God who’s forgiven our every sin and given us the gift of eternal life! Through His Word, His Spirit urges, “Just believe God’s promises! They all come true!”
    Jesus invites us: “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God; trust also in me” (John 14:1).  It isn’t that Jesus doesn’t understand our fears.  He’s a realist, who warned “In this world you will have trouble.”  But he’s also the Lord who continued: “But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”  Trust like this is God’s gift to us as the Holy Spirit works through the gospel in Word and Sacrament. This year let’s bring all our fears, troubles and anxieties to the Lord in prayer, and dedicate ourselves to hearing His Word and receiving the Lord’s Supper. The Lord will give us faith for each day!     
New Year’s Eve Worship – Word and Prayer Friday, December 31, 7:00 p.m. We invite you to join us in-person or on Zoom for this service of repentance and renewal as we end 2021 and with the Lord begin 2022.  
Epiphany Worship We, with all believers in the Western Christian Church, celebrate “Epiphany” January 6th. Epiphany means a “revealing, or making known.”  Christmas reminded us that Jesus was born into the world. Epiphany readings remind us that child, Jesus, is God’s true Son.  The epiphany readings direct us to the visit of the “Wise Men,” whom God guided by a miraculous star to worship Jesus.  We thus call Epiphany the “Gentiles Christmas,” for we see Jesus is Saviour of all people.   We’ll celebrate Epiphany in our regular Sunday worship, Sunday January 2nd, the Sunday before the actual date for Epiphany Festival to enable all our members to hear the wonderful message! May the Lord give us joy and greater faith as the God’s Word continues to thrill our hearts. 
Sunday Bible Hour:  We resume our Bible Study & Sunday School January 9th.  Our adult study will continue our series, “Congregational Bible Reading Plan” with the study of the Old Testament Books of Ezra and Nehemiah. We urge all our members to join us in-person or on Zoom.
Ministry Meeting Dates
Elders Committee  - Tues. Jan. 11, 9:30.
Council Meeting  Tues., January 11th, 7:00
Annual Voters’ Meeting is Sunday, January 23rd. Our ministry reports will be at 11:00 with the Annual Vopters’ Meeting at 11:45.  
Women’s Bible Study  resumes Friday, January 7, 9:30 a.m.
Mid-week Bible study resumes Wednesday, January 12th, 7:00 p.m. 
Youth Group meets Friday, January 28 at 6:30 for games, fellowship, and Bible Study of Revelation. Bring your favorite board games to play!
Individual Communion is Saturday, 10:00 – Noon. Please use this sign-up link in our newsletter to register to receive the blessings of the Lord’s Supper.
Offering Envelopes for 2022 are in your mailboxes. God bless us as we rejoice to bring our offerings to Jesus!.
Worship January 9th We’ll use the Service Setting 2 in our new hymnal January 9th through Epiphany season to learn this new setting. The elements of our Christian Worship remain the same – confession, praise, Word, prayer, and Sacrament. The tunes will be new, and Lord-willing, will offer variety and beauty to our worship.
How Richly We are Blessed!  The Lord again gave us the joy of celebrating Christmas, the birth of His Son, our Saviour. We thank all our members for their prayers that the Lord continue to bless us in our gospel ministry that we grow in His grace and knowledge and continue to serve Jesus in love. We thank all who helped plan, prepare, and participate in our Advent and Christ-mas celebrations!
A Parting Thought
Help! It’s a simple word, and yet very difficult to say. It’s an admission of vulnerability, It’s admitting that we just can’t get ourselves out of whatever predicament, trouble or situation we’re in. We need someone to come and save us. So, we swallow our pride, display some humility and admit that we can’t do it. We need help.
Not too long ago we celebrated Christmas, the day when God sent us his Son, Jesus. We needed God’s help desperately. We were separated from God. We had sinned. And we couldn’t help ourselves to get rid of our guilt. But God sent us a Savior. He forgives all our sin. What an astounding gift our Savior Jesus Christ is!
God is your Savior. You can call on him for help and deliverance. He promises his forgiveness and love. He will help you out of trouble. Call on your Savior for strength to carry your burdens. Look to your Lord Jesus for help. He, and he alone, can save you and help you. He, and only he, is your Savior.
What a blessing He has given us a Christ-centered ministry where we can receive His help as He blesses us with the power of His gospel! 
If you cannot join us, all our worship and classes are also on our zoom meeting.
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Zoom worship Password – 533603
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Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." ~ Matthew 11:28