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The Messenger 2021-11-01

Join the Journey to Bethlehem Team

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December 2-5, 2021
Mark your calendars!
You are invited the first weekend of December (actual dates and times to be determined soon) to “Journey to Bethlehem” a FREE outdoor theatrical adventure for the whole family. You will see live animals, Roman soldiers, shepherds, angels, and a variety of scenes from a biblical marketplace. Many of you have been involved in “Walk to Bethlehem” as well as our pandemic version, “Journey to Bethlehem”. Learn how you can get involved.

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Message From Pastor Mandy

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Dear Glen Mar Friends,
I was reading a meme on Facebook the other day that said, “If they think the ‘supply chain’ can keep Christmas from coming, they must not know much about the true meaning of Christmas.” Amen to that! As Advent approaches, I’m reminded again this year about the gift of a Savior, Jesus Christ, who comes to us in seasons when we need him the most.  We celebrate his coming to us, his birth, not in the long easy days of summer, but in the cold, dark, time of the year. A time when we need light more than ever.  And this year, as like last year, it seems we need the Light of the World more than ever too.

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Looking Toward the Light of the World

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By Pastor Melaina Trice
No one would dispute that this had been a very difficult time. There has been a great deal of loss. We have been navigating through a global pandemic. Teachers and students are charting through education safely in classrooms. For many, it has felt like a dark time of loss, grief, sickness, and societal division. Yet, as Christians we have hope. We look toward the Light of the World that shines the light of God’s love upon despair, grief, division, and worry by giving us hope, joy, peace, and love.

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We Need Each Other

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By Pastor Heerak Kim
Time to time, the difficulty of ministry has affected my emotional and mental wellness. I was anxious due to a conflict in my previous appointment, so I called one of my small group friends and talked it out. His listening ears and empathetic presence calmed me down. My small group continued to check in with me and make sure I was okay. When I encounter difficulties in life, I still seek help from my small group. I talk things out and alleviate my anxiety. My small group is there to listen, pray with me, and hold me up. The attitude of seeking help itself makes a huge difference when I am confined in my negative thoughts and feelings. My small group makes it possible because there is trust and love. We meet as often as we can. We become like a family. We share joyful moments of our lives as well as struggles. We help and encourage each other in any way possible.

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