Pastor's Note
A word from Reverend, Dr. Allison Byerley, Senior Pastor

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I love stories of transformation! Some of my favorite movies center around a character's transformation, and there is no more classic a story about that than Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Scrooge goes from "Bah! Humbug!" to "God bless us, everyone" in the space of one December night.

That is the message of Christmas. God came into our darkness and shone a light to help us find our way from "Bah! Humbug!" to knowing we are loved and blessed, every one of us.

Our Advent sermon and study series is about the redemption of Scrooge. We will spend the four Sundays of Advent talking about his redemption, and ours. As we enter Advent, I invite you to consider where your life needs redemption and transformation.

Perhaps it is Christmas itself that needs transforming for you and your family. It is the season when we celebrate the gift of our Savior. How do you and your family make Jesus the center of your celebration? Or is he off to the side somewhere? Growing up, Christmas for me was more about family gatherings, special holiday food, and presents. Bringing Jesus to the center of my Advent and Christmas didn't happen overnight but one small change at a time. What can you do this year to center your holiday on the one whose birthday we celebrate?

I invite you to come to worship throughout Advent. We have some special things in store for you! I also invite you to find one hour a week and join us for an in-depth study of The Redemption of Scrooge.

Merry Christmas!
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