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December Tl, 2019 eRefiorter PASTOR'S CORNER by father Theophan Buck Experience the true joy of our Lord’s Nativity very year as we journey towards Christmas I find myself thinking how busy-making and consum— eristic our society is at this time of year. Increasingly, it seems we all live at a frenetic pace and our attention is pulled in a multitude of directions. It seems that most of us feel like we have no choice but to be too busy to experi- ence the grace and joy of the Christmas season. Work, school, Christmas shopping and planning the holiday are prioritized over our pursuit of the Kingdom of Heaven. In this anxious context, somehow focusing on the real meaning of Christmas can feel like an additional burden heaped on top of everything we are already juggling. We may see many “memes” that suggest we should “put Christ back into Christmas;” but it is often the case that people of God themselves are not all that interested in centering the season around Christ. Traditionally, when Christianity is taken seriously by its adherents it becomes radically countercultural. Christmas in our culture has become primarily about consumerism. How does one keep “Christ in Christmas”, or keep “Christmas in Christ?” Here are some pragmatic sugges- tions. 0 Go to church regularly, especially on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. This is one of the surest ways to make Christmas a Holy day. - Take time to read the prophecies in the Scriptures that were fulfilled when Jesus was born. Micah (426-7; 5:2—4), Jeremiah/ Baruch (3:35-4z4), Isaiah (7:10-16), (821—4, 9—10), (9:6—7), (11:1-10) Numbers (24:2- 3, 5-9, 17-18), Daniel (2:31-36, 44-45). These are some of the prophecies of the Messiah which were fulfilled in Jesus and preached by the Apostles. o Take time to read the stories of Jesus’ birth in the Gospels. Matthew (1:18-25), Father Theophan Buck (2:1-23), Luke (221-20). These Gospels tell the basic story of Jesus’ birth. - Get a Jesse Tree or an Advent Calendar for your children to make these readings fun and to build anticipation for the coming festival. o Give of your time, talent, and treasure to a local charity that feeds and clothes those who have needs. Or simply be charitable to who- ever you might run into who has needs. - Spend more time in prayer and spiritual reading than you do shopping. o Instead of feasting and cele- brating before the feast, set aside some time to fast in prepara— tion for the feast. Traditionally Christmas was celebrated for at least a week after the 25th of December, up to 12 days. o Pray that our Lord Jesus Christ will be born anew in your heart this year. There are many more suggestions that could be made as to how to properly put Jesus at the center of the Christmas sea- son. The suggestions above are tradition- ally how Christians have prepared for the joy of Christmas while at the same time loving their families by giving and receiv- ing gifts. As we journey to our Lord’s Birth in the manger/ cave, let’s challenge ourselves to see what or who is at the center of our lives. The hardest part of the Christian life is realizing and making day to day choices that put the Kingdom of Heaven first. May God bless us to experience the true joy of our Lord’s Nativity in a new and real way this year. Father Theophan Buck is pastor at St. Innocent Eastern Orthodox Christian Church, 7301 Rivoli Road, Bolingbroke. The Pastor’s Corner is sponsored by the Monroe County Ministerial Association, which meets on the second Thursday of each month at 8:30 a. m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 417 N. Frontage Road, Forsyth. GR she has also learned more of She said that even with Con“ med from 1 C how many grandparents are her years of experience raising grandchildren. Some the grandparents raismg . . of them have joined the local grandchildren support group 1:2”:2'13; ii: I; $33 support group, which meets has made her aware of new kifds ofsu gort the need, monthly, or have connected resources. She said she appre- from he: £511 bed an d with it on its Facebook page. ciates First Baptist Church h . t fig al “I have found out there , giving them a room for yglenel ems 0 mm on are hundreds who are afraid their monthly meetings. She gull: £311; .d h . . . to come forward,” she said. didn’t know about the after heraflfirdesiitf e ficfflsjdlrlgn “Most because they don’t school care available through and has raise d dren want DFCS [Department of Forsyth Monroe County as a . dmother, over Family 8r Children Services] Boys & Girls Club. A speaker the 1:310 ears some of involved.” from Crisis Line spoke to the them wereyfamily members She said the huge drug goup’ and labek who wererfi technically her epidemic across the US. is tries'has offered counsehng dchfldren In Feb largely responSible for par— serv1ces. glitch) te d th'ree m_ ents not being able to raise “Sometimes the children dren WED are nowggafl) and their own children. come to us damaged,’ said 12 They have been th her “One of the needs is food. Faulkner. . this time Since Au t 2016 Kids eat a lot,” said Faulkner. She invites any relatives when She me e i231 0t “Sometimes you don’ t realize raising children to connect mu fiomasf}: 1m gfgce allthat’s involved with tak— with the group through its . th . ts ing on children, even teddy Facebook page. She said saying Zimmn were bears.” many caregivers are afraid to gciljnngftol t 1 h h d She found that grandpar— ask for help because they are downiriuzgliahizliofneaat that ents can get food stamps and afraid Department of Family time The had to ueeze Medicaid for grandchildren 8: Children Services will get eve 'One At firstlshe they are raising. She found involved. Faulkner said most 100;: d for h'el with beddin a ministry in Griffin that of them never expected to be school suppfig: and Clothing" helped with bedding, clothes raising children at an older Now she is looking for help 3d SChogl suppheSAThe , . . h with room additions because onroe_ ounty I cant imagine w ere I u fitfl . 1 will need her Cottage is prov1ding Christ— would be Without God cov— our 6 gr fr ,, mas for foster children, ering mei’ said Faulkner. Oglurligg i232 (ilml mvzth including some of those in Contact Brandi Pye, parent theafirst dchfd Sig took the care of grandparents. The coordinator at KB. Sutton in She 5?: e d him 19 ears Rock Springs Clinic in Mil- Elementary and Monroe ' d h still ,th hyr ner, which has just opened County Middle School at :glfiggschifil (mate 3:21 p a satellite clinic in Forsyth, brandipye@mcschools.org now working fie is proud of will help with medical care. to be added to the grand- him But She learned that Faulkner found help from an parents’ Facebook page. there: is hel available from adoption assistance program. Or contact Drew Winters various or tions And as “Every bit helps when at Monroe County Family she has 163m d of reséurces you’ve taken on children,” Connection 478-508-4134 ’ she said. for more information. Page 3C CHURCH CALENDAR. 9 Email church calendar news to Diane Glidewell at news®mymcmet by Monday of ' 10 am. Church information is published free of charge as space permits. Dec. T4, 21 r Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist will have Yard Sale Mt. Zion Missionary Bapiisl Church, T79 Mt. Zion Church Road, Bolingbroke will have a yard sale to benefit mission proiecls on Saturdays, Dec. 14 and 2T from 8 a.m.—2 pm. Dec. 15 First Baptist Foisyth has’ChristmasWish Concert ' On Sunday, Dec. T5 at 6 pm. First Baptist Church Forsyih. 95 W. Morse Street invites everyone to the “Christmas Wish Concert" featuring a SO-voice choir composed of chairs from First Baptist and Mt. Zion United Method- ist. Call (478) 994-5240 for further information. Tessie Hall Baptist has Musucian Appreciation Tessie Hall Baptist Church will celebrate Musician Apprecia- tion for Brother Roy Farris and Evangelist Meshell Farris Dewberry on Sunday, Dec. l5 of Ti am. All are welcome to share in this celebration to honor the Tessie Hall Baptist Church ministry ofvmusic. Din- ner will be served. Dec. 15, 22 First Baptist High Falls hasCantata,caroling First Baptist Church High Falls, 4408 High Falls Road. will perform its Annual Christmas Program on Sun~ day, Dec. l5 at (3pm. The Cantata, “Silent Night,“ will be followed with finger foods and fellowship. Everyone is invited to join in celebrat- ing our Saviors birlh. First Baptist Church High Falls will have Christmas Caroling on Sunday. Dec. 22. Dec. 17 Union Hill Missionary ‘Baptlsthasl’re- Christmas Service Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 299 Union Hill Dc. , Forsyih invites everyone to ‘ iis Pre~Chrisimas Service on Tuesday, Dec. T7 at pm Rev. Clarence Thrower and the Forsylh Parish United Methodist Church lene’rte, Hopewell and Rocky Ml. U.M.C.l will be special guests. Dec. 20-21 JoumeytotheManger Christ United Methodist Church, 4T7 N. Frontage Road. Forsyih will present “Journey to the Manger," a live Christmas story, on Fri— day, Dec. 20 and Saturday, Dec. 21 from 67:30 pm. The theme is “Unwrap the meaning of Christmas on the iourney to the manger." it will be a drive~lhrough event (no speaking parts) and will take place rain or fair weather Dec. 22 First BaptistForsyth hosts Edectic Jazz Concert. On Sunday. Dec. 22 at a pm. First Baptist Forsy’rh, 95 W. Morse Street will present the Eclectic Jazz Concert featuring a lO-person en- semble ,wiih special guest vocalists performing sacred and secular Christmas favor- ites. Call (478) 99445240 for further information. Dec: 24 v , Christmas Eve service On Tuesday. Dec. 24 Firsi Baptist Church Forsyfh, 95 W. Morse Street will have a mini~conceri featuring instru- mentalists from First Baptist at 4:45 pm At 5 pm. there will be a family~friendly Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service. Call (478) 994-5240 for further information. Dec. 30 stt High Falls hasBloodDrive 7 American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at First Baptist Church High Falls. 4408 High Falls Road, on Monday, Dec. 30 from 2 until pm in the Fellowship Hall. All donors will receive a free Red Cross T—Shirl‘. For an appointment, log onto redcrossbloodorg and enter sponsor code: fbhighfalls. To expedite your donation, log onto redcrossbloodorg/rapid- pass to complete your health history prior to arrival. Birthdays Anniversaries Dec. 10 Mary Beth Corbin Nancy Waller Dec. 12 Janie Willis Wayne Wilder Pat Roquemore Todd Donna Daniels Dec. 13 Omega Owens Rebekah Jenkins Michelle R. Edwards Macy Morris Jeff 8: Sheila Stark Dec. 14 Jediah Ham Carson White Pam Patterson Cindy Walker Randy Daniels Jeffrey Terri Tyson Lloyd 8: Mary Ellen Strickland Dec.15 Catherine D. Lawrence Curtis Jenkins Dec.16 John Howell Dec.17 Kenneth 8: Paula Jenkins Dec. 18 Walter T. Carter Matthew Cleveland Tommy Zellner Terry Herndon o This week's birthdays and anniversaries are courtesy of Forsyfh Lions Club calendar. To have your name added to the calendar, contact Virginia Remick at 994-5426. Children's birthday notices through age l2 and birth announcements are published free of charge for the communily. Email Diane Glidewell at news©mymcr.nel with information and picture. Reporter in is Square Bud and Billie Ann Pierson look their Reporter to New York for Thanksgiving and look this picture in Times Square heading to the Macy's parade on Nov. 28. CHURCH PAGE MADE POSSIBLE BY THESE SPONSORS: ee’s Haircuttiig Lee Smith 994- 1666 Mon Fri 10 to 7 ...Unless Playing Golf FREEMAN FUNERAL HOME name that can be trusted for funeral and burial arrangements 8 26 Brentwood Place - Forsyth 9941,6483 ' 994—6576 “Servicing Each Fami/y Wit/7 Equa/ Respect" p. Dr. Brandon Pinsnn 60 S. Jackson St. - Forsyth. 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