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                     January 22, 2017                        

            Rev. Tim Soule          
  

 "The Satisfaction Survey"

 

     

 

 

 

 

Monthly News

 SOULE SEARCHING
I hope your Thanksgiving holiday was as good as ours. We were together with our boys, their wives and children. It was Saturday not Thursday when this happened but we know Thanksgiving when it arrives! The entire day was busy. My two sons and I got up earlier and hit the gym for a game of basketball. Seven other men joined us and for two hours we ran up and down the floor, shooting, rebounding, dribbling and on occasion making a pass to another player. We had a wonderful time. We had a quick pancake breakfast and headed to a city park for playtime with all the grandkids. We climbed monkey bars, slid down the slides, played tag and soccer. Our next stop was a craft fair where our daughter-in-law, Jenn, was selling her creations and doing very well. We had a late lunch and decided to go the local Christmas Parade that started at 5:30. We arrived just in time. There was a high school band leading the way playing Rock’n Round the Christmas Tree. There were commercial floats all lite up and playing Christmas music; from pest control to drilling rigs, restaurants, energy companies. The local rodeo group had a float filled with Cowboys who were asking the crowd to give them the “Stampede Holler”-- Ye hah! Then came the antique cars, the hot rods, a couple monster trucks, and then a single young lady in a sandwich board that said, “Jesus is the Reason for the Season”. The church van from The Rock was next. Several of their members were walking alongside the van and inviting people to join them at their church. Then the motorcycle club came through. There must have been two hundred bikes. They had their toy run that day and had packages galore to share with kids in need. They were so loud the rest of the parade had backed off by about three blocks. The Evangelical Lutheran Church Choir was on a trailer and sang carols. More commercial floats, cars from car dealerships, the city and count vehicles sirens blaring, and old time fire truck pulled by a beautiful team of horses, led the way for Santa and Mrs. Claus. It was a nice cool but nice evening and everyone seemed to be having a good time. Then all eleven of us went out to dinner at a great Mexican Cantina. What a day!
While recuperating from all the fun of that day I began thinking about what that parade said about what we are celebrating at Christmas time. It was not significantly different from most Christmas parades I have attended and enjoyed. Still, I was a bit disappointed. The emphasis was on shopping and consuming. It was loud and overboard in many ways. The two churches that participated seemed to get lost in the bright lights and the noise. Sounds like Christmas time. Doesn’t it?
Want a break from the noise and the busyness and spend a few minutes focusing on the coming of the Messiah and our need for a Savior? Join me on Tuesday, December 6, at noon, and we will talk about Isaiah’s vision for the Messiah, Isaiah 9:6. If that doesn’t work come by at 4:30 and we can talk then. My plan is to share some thoughts from a study by Walter Brueggemann, discuss some
questions and have time for prayer. 45 minutes tops. In this wonderful busy season it may help me
keep my focus on the One who is coming…Emmanuel.
Warmly

BACK PACK BUDDIES-COMING IIN DECEMBER
Back Pack Buddies continues to provide weekend food for Leavenworth School Children without adequate food at home. In fact, each week approximately 750 back packs are sent home on the
weekends containing 10 food items for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders in the Leavenworth elementary schools. It costs approximately $150 per year per child to provide this food. But it is only possible
by the hard work of volunteers like our members at 1st Presbyterian Church, and the other churches in the community, that assemble the weekly food packet for each child. Our opportunity to
pack the food is in December this year. We will be packing a bag for approximately 160 students at Henry Leavenworth Elementary School. That is 160 bags and 1,600 food items for each week but at
actually goes very quickly and is amazing to watch a group of volunteers assembling the food bags.  This year we will pack two weeks’ supply after church on Sunday, December 4th, and the remaining two weeks on Monday, December 5th, at 8:00 am. Depending on the number of volunteers, it should take less than an hour each time. Please come. It is fun and rewarding to work with our friends
and know that we are making a difference in children in our community!
CHRISTMAS Bell Ringers
What would Christmas be without bells? And what would Christmas
shopping be without a red bucket and bell ringer in front of the store? Although the economy seems to be improving, unfortunately those seeking help from The Salvation Army are increasing. This year there was not adequate food at the Salvation Army and the Catholic Charities food banks that they had to close their doors for a
few days in September of this year. So your help is needed again to ring those Bells! And First Presbyterian Church has been so generous in the past! First Presbyterian Church will ring bells at the front of the Dillon’s Store on Eisenhower Road on three different days this yearConfused Saturday, December 17th 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
A sign-up sheet is posted in the church narthex or contact Carl Johnson 913-991-7942 or ceclj1@gmail.com to select your time to ring for those who need a little help. If these dates don’t
work for you or if you would like to sign up for more time than is on this schedule, contact Carl and there will most likely be a very great need for ringers at other times and/or other locations.
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
Margie and Darrell Holland will be sponsoring English as a Second Language on Sundays at the church at 2:00 p.m. If you have any questions call Margie or Darrell at 913-721-0388.

CHRISTMAS JOY SPECIAL OFFERING
Honor the wondrous gift to the world with a gift of your own. Please support the Christmas Joy Offering which will be collected on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Your gift to the Christmas Joy Offering gives Presbyterian young people the opportunity to learn while growing their faith and leadership skills at schools and colleges.

LEAVENWORTH INTERFAITH COMMUNITY OF HOPE
Come join us and give the gift of hope to those in need in our community this season of giving!
When: Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 5-10 p.m.
Where: IHOP in Lansing at 484 North Main Street
Why: To raise money for the Leavenworth Interfaith Community of Hope’s new Shelter of Hope,
Welcome Central Assistance Center, and Community Day Center. You’ll get a good meal and IHOP will donate a share of the evening’s profits to the building fund. 

 

 



 

 

 
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