The Pastor's Ponderings is a weekly note from one of the pastors that is sent to the congregation. If you would like to be included in the list of subscribers to the Ponderings, you can subscribe here. Current subscribers wishing to unsubscribe can do that here as well. The latest Pondering is below.

Dear Glen Mar Friends,

I'm so grateful for the awesome experience that was Walk to Bethlehem. Thank you to all the folks who made this blessing happen! We had many first-time attendees and many for whom this has become a cherished family tradition. One shared with me that his family comes every year and that this awesome ministry helped his family enter into the true meaning of Christmas and helped cement the gospel story in his son's imagination. This is what we are about as a church - deeply rooting people, from the start, in the life-giving message of Jesus Christ! I'm thankful.

This Sunday at 4 pm, we will have our Hope and Healing Service. This is the perfect way to enter into Advent if you are having difficulty singing Joy to the World right now. It's an intimate service held in our chapel and it features candlelight, music, prayer and meditation and Holy Communion. If you are in a hard season, please know that God is with you, and that Christmas is something that God does - breaking into our world with light when we had precious little of our own to offer. Consider inviting folks who are going through a hard time in this season or who have had a hard year. We want to create a space where folks don't have to hide what they're going through and where the gift of the Christ child can be given, again, even in a season of grief or pain.

I hope our Advent Devotions that we sent out for the week have been a blessing to you and to your family. Many of us are assembling "baskets of blessing" at home - adding a small item every day. These baskets are then brought to church on 12/23 for a blessing and then you can share them - perhaps with a neighbor who is going through a hard season, or a teacher for your child's school, or the local food bank or shelter.

I also hope you'll join us this weekend for worship as we continue our "Calm and Bright" series, "Heavenly Peace for a Weary World." This week, I'll be preaching on Advent Joy. Please come, and bring a friend!

See you in Church,
Mandy

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