As Advent began, I found I was nowhere near possessing “the Christmas Spirit.” However, I have found that as we have moved through the season, my heart has become more and more full. I attribute this change primarily to two things. The first has been a more intentional focusing on Christ and opening my heart to his presence in my life. The second has been in hearing about and seeing the joy people experience as they encounter God’s love whether as a giver or a receiver. This was evidenced to me on Sunday night as a group of more than twenty people caroled at various homes. The joy that I saw in both the giver’s and the receiver’s hearts was such a testimony to what happens in peoples’ lives when they share the Good News of Jesus Christ and the love he came to bring.  May your hearts be full with Christ as you experience the reality of Christ and God’s love during this Christmas Season!                             ~ Pastor Mitch

 Behold I bring you tidings of great joy which will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior which is Christ the Lord.     Luke 2:11