Dear Glen Mar friends,
Our son is a freshman in college now, and we recently visited just to see how he is and take the boy out to dinner. (Olive Garden, pretty sure he ate everything they sell there). We went because it's been a while since we've seen him and also because it's cold and dark and in that in between time between midterms and finals, a time where he seems to have many projects and papers due. It's a time I recall from college as "Hang On, Thanksgiving is Coming." He seems a little homesick, so we sped to the rescue with pasta and a pair of gloves and some corny family jokes around the table. He said, "I love this school, but it sure is good to see you."
I don't know if it's the time change or the weather change, or something about Holiday Dread (The Vague Sense that It's Just around the Corner But Too Soon to Start Celebrating), but I think many people have a hard time with the sudden cold darkness that is mid-November. I think maybe Nathan is not the only one who could use a little pick-me-up.
And...we have some great opportunities to share the light and love of Jesus, and the fellowship of the church coming up. There are folks going through all sorts of "finals" and "projects" and feeling a little "homesick." Glen Mar is here for those people - Glen Mar is here for YOU.
From our singles ministry (great events coming up!), to our Hope and Healing service (Dec. 14) and our cantata (Dec. 15), to our Advent worship services, and of course Walk to Bethlehem, we have so many ways to combat the "It's Dark, and I Am Cold" that is this part of the season.
One of the best gifts you can give your neighbors (or yourself) would be to invite them to any of our Glen Mar ministries or worship services. In the cold and dark of winter, the light of Christ shines a little brighter....for anyone who's a little "'homesick" this season, we will "leave the light on for you."
And...if you are looking for a group to do an Advent study with, let Pastor Anna know, and we'll give you some options. : )
This weekend, we'll renew our baptismal vows and talk about fountains of living water, and maybe a few leaky buckets too...you won't want to miss it.
See you in Church,