Mid-Week Visitor

Presbyterian Mid-Week Visitor

January 6, 2022

A big THANK YOU goes out to everyone for their help during the Christmas season. With your help we were able to provide children’s gifts and Christmas dinner to four families this year. These families had a total of 11 children. All of them were very grateful for the assistance and were amazed at the number of gifts and amount of food sent home with them.

Also Thank yous go out to everyone who helped decorate the church for the Christmas season. Everything looked so beautiful.

Attention all committee chairs it is that time of year again for year end reports. Please have your reports to the church office by Sunday, February 6th.

The Women’s Association will be serving the Legion Dinner on Friday, January 14th. Items needed for this dinner are listed on the sign-up sheet on the narthex table.

The new Women’s Association books will be ready shortly. We are still in need of a few people to volunteer to give devotions at some of the meetings. Please let Jane know if you would be willing to do this one month. Also let Jane or the church office know if you have any change to your address or phone number.

Installation of new Session members and Trustees will take place during worship service on Sunday, January 16th.

The Session will be meeting on Thursday, January 20th, at 6:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

The church office will be closed on Monday, January 17th, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Our Annual Congregational Meeting will take place on Sunday, February 20th following worship service.

Our goal of reaching 2023 volunteer mission hours by June 2023 is well on its way. Since starting this project in April of 2021, as a church, we have accumulated 1,867 hours. We only need 156 hours to complete our goal and a year and a half to do it in. Wow!!!!! What a great giving congregation we have!!! Don’t forget to keep track of all those volunteer hours during the week. Let’s see if we can double these hours by June 2023. Keep up the great work!

A Note from our Pastor

Yesterday, January 5th, was the 12th – and last – day of Christmas. To mark the need of the season at my house we took down all of the holiday decorations and vacuumed up the stray pine needles and tinsel.

Today – January 6th – is Epiphany. This is the day that we celebrate how a star led the magi to see God manifest in Jesus. In our pageants and carols, we tend to smoosh the whole story together: Jesus is barely born before those wise ones appear bearing gifts.

But I think there is great value in telling the story of the wise men separately. Epiphany means “appearance” or “manifestation”. The story of the epiphany is the story of the manifestation of God in human form. It’s the moment when people outside the intimate circle of Jesus’ family recognized God among them. As one resource I have notes:

We celebrate during Christmas the entrance of the true Light into the world, and on Epiphany the

showing forth of the true Light to the world.1

What Epiphany teaches us is that the manifestation of God to the world isn’t something that just happened at one moment; it is something that happens to particular people in particular places at particular times throughout all of space and time.

For the past two years, we have been handing out “star words” to you. In remembrance of the star that guided the magi to Jesus, this is a word printed on a star that you can use as a guiding light during the year to help you see how God is being revealed in your life. This Sunday, you will again have the opportunity to draw a star word out of a basket, and to keep it with you for the year. If you aren’t able to come to worship but would still like to receive a star word, please let us know, and we will send one your way.

As 2022 reveals itself to us, my prayer for you is in two parts:

1) May God’s light shine for you so that you see God made manifest in your life in real and tangible ways.

2) May God’ light shine through you, so that others can see God made manifest in their lives in real and

tangible ways.


In hope,

Pastor Hana

Bible Trivia

1.) After Jesus was born in Bethlehem, wise men came to worship him. Where did the wise men come from?

A.) The north B.) The south C.) The east D.) The west

2.) Where did the wise men stop to ask for directions on the way?

A.) Babylon B.) Damascus C.) Jerusalem D.) Rome

3.) How did the Wise Men find Jesus?

A.) An angel of the Lord told them where to find the Child.

B.) The shepherd told them Jesus had been born in Bethlehem.

C.) They followed a bright star in the sky.

D.) They had dreams that the child was in Bethlehem.

4.) Why did the wise men return to their own country by a different route than they had come?

A.) They made a pilgrimage to holy lands on the way back.

B.) Joseph told them a more direct rout to return to their homeland.

C.) They were warned in a dream not to go back the way they had come.

D.) The shepherds warned them not to go back to Jerusalem.

5.) Jesus was baptized at about age 30, and this baptism marked the beginning of His three years of earthly ministry. Where was Jesus baptized?

A.) Mediterranean Sea B.) The temple in Jerusalem

C.) The River Jordan D.) The Dead Sea

6.) Who baptized Jesus?

A.) James the Baptist B.) John the Baptist

C.) The angel Gabriel D.) The chief priest of the temple

7.) Which of these events occurred at Jesus’ baptism?

A.) Jesus turned water into wine. B.) The Spirit of God descended on Jesus like a dove.

C.) Ten lepers were healed D.) The Spirit of God descended like a tongue of fire.

8.) Which of these events occurred at Jesus’ baptism?

A.) Jesus’ face shone like the sun

B.) Jesus’ clothing became dazzling white.

C.) The earth shook and the rocks split

D.) A voice from heaven said, “This I my son, whom I love, with him I am well pleased.”

1.) C 2.) C 3.) C 4.) C 5.) C 6.) B 7.) B 8.) D