From the Parish Education Committee, Member Pat Was…The Adult Forum will return on Sunday, January 7.  We will join Ray Vander Laan in a 5 part series titled “A Clash of Kingdoms”.  This is his newest study which we should all find interesting.


From the Fellowship Committee Chairperson, Kara Busefink…
January Fellowship…We will have Fellowship on Sunday, January 21, after both services.


From the Parish Nurse, Dora Muller…“An empty lantern provides no light.  Self-care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly.”   Unknown

This is the year, like every year, that we all hope for big changes.  We all make resolutions to improve our health, our relationships with family, friends, and God.  Usually all these plans are forgotten in two weeks.  For 2018, I propose that we focus on a few goals that are achievable without trauma and at the same time are enjoyable.  The list of goals might vary from choosing a healthier diet, more exercise, enjoying nature, participating in an outreach program, and devoting one hour per day or week to improving our relationship with God.  Self-care should be a priority.  Take care of ourselves first, as in an airplane when an oxygen mask drops.  You put one on yourself before you help someone else.  By caring for ourselves first, we then will have more energy to care for others.  We often get lost in the daily shuffle with so many demands on our time and energy, so that by the end of the day we are physically and mentally exhausted.  Self-care does not mean that we have a lack of interest in the well-being of others.  The ultimate goal of self-care is to energize ourselves to better serve others.  For 2018, let’s focus on personal growth and self-care.  During the next 12 months, we will discuss the various facets of self-care and how to incorporate them into our daily lives.  My personal goals for 2018 will include more time to enjoy hiking with my husband, appreciating the beauty of the outdoors, reserving a few minutes each day for meditation and prayer, refueling my soul with gratitude, recognizing the healing touch of Jesus, and accepting the small daily blessings that I receive.  I will keep my family as a first priority, close my eyes to distractions, and limit participation in “outside” projects.  I will learn to say “no” without feeling guilty and energize myself to better serve God, family, and community.  My goal for you for 2018 is to renew your inner strength and enjoy the beauty of life by prioritizing your personal self-care.