Sunday is Epiphany—We give thanks to God for revealing God’s self in Jesus and for the
Wise Men who visited baby Jesus and then went to tell of his coming.
What Shall We Do With A New Year?
All right, I admit it—I make New Year’s Resolutions! Call me crazy, tell me it is a waste of time, whatever, but I have been doing it for years and I find it to be helpful in thinking about the New Year out before me. Some “experts” say making resolutions really does not amount to much, but I can only tell you what resolutions do for me.
Resolutions are a way of thinking about my life—out before me is a brand new year, a chance to do things differently and in a way an opportunity to start over. In a sense the gift of new year is a chance to do just that. I talk about making changes in the way I live, but a new year says to me—now is your chance.
Resolutions are a way of taking stock of last year—how did I measure up to last year’s resolutions? Have I written more notes, made more phone calls, and been better at keeping up with friends? Have I criticized less often, helped more willingly? Have I tried to be a part of the answer rather than being a part of the problem? Has my “yes” been quicker than my “no?” Have I been respectful and kind to those who see life differently than I do?
Resolutions are a way of planning for the future—it helps me to think of five or ten things I would like to do differently in the coming year. Somehow making resolutions makes change seem more “do-able.”
Resolutions are a spiritual discipline, it is a way to let go of past mistakes and focusing on my
high calling as a daughter of God—resolutions give me hope that things can be different; I am not doomed to repeat the past. When I think of resolutions as a spiritual discipline I am more likely to pay attention to them. Anne Lamott says that God loves us where God finds us, but loves us to much to leave us there.
It is just the first week of January, it isn’t too late, number to ten and start writing.
School Supplies for Our Neighborhood School
We collected school supplies for De Zavala, our neighborhood School during the month of November: A number of you made donations and we will buy the supplies and deliver them to De Zavala.
Bobby and Nick have graciously agreed to do a concert and the entry fee will be school supplies for all our schools. Watch for details about the date and location.
Bread Ministries and Missions
We will pack lunches, once again, for the Tarrant Churches Together Rodeo Chuck Wagon. Many day laborers work at the stock show—if they purchase a lunch they use much of their hard-earned money. Several years ago TCT started providing a sack lunch for each worker so they don’t have to spend any money on lunch. We will be packing the lunches the last Sunday of January. TCT provides some of the supplies and we purchase the rest. Watch for the list of items we need to provide.
On Martin Luther King Day we have an opportunity to participate in the Martin
Luther King Day of Service. Instead of taking a day “off” we can give back to our community by giving of our time and energy to help others. You can go on the Tarrant Churches Together website to sign up to serve at one of the community service sites. The day begins with worship at Baker Chapel AME Church and culminates as everyone gathers for lunch at Broadway Baptist Church.
Keep inviting your friends! Our fellowship is enriched by each person who joins us for worship.
Last Sunday was cold and a bit icy—our crowd was small but our spirit was strong. To celebrate New Year’s Eve we put on our crazy glasses and took a picture—our wish for everyone is---