Beating the Holiday Blues

Friends, once again the holidays are upon us. This means it’s time for parties, shopping for just the “right” gift, extra cooking and baking, family gatherings, setting up the Christmas tree, and decorating the house. For some of us who are experiencing grief, sadness and loneliness only compound these feelings.
Some stresses that can lead to holiday blues are unavoidable, but you can minimize their impact if you:
• Talk to others about a recent loss and ask for support.
• Take time to participate in activities that you find relaxing and enjoyable.
• Create a new holiday tradition that will allow you to enjoy yourself and take your mind off the past.
• Accept your feelings. There is nothing wrong with not feeling jolly.
• Get in touch with your spiritual side by attending church, praying or meditating, or participating in whatever activities enrich your soul.
• Know, that Holiday Blues are only temporary but if they linger please make sure to see a professional.
May you find peace this Holiday Season with the coming of the “Babe
in Bethlehem”.

Thank You Ethan!!

Did you notice how wonderfully groomed and manicured the areas around the parking lot looked? Take a moment to walk the grounds.  Ethan Stierheim worked several days to weed, lay landscape fabric and spread mulch.  When you see Ethan, let him know what a great job he did.  THANK YOU!

STEWARDSHIP CORNER

“Before we can give, we must possess, and before we possess we must receive. Therefore, stewardship is, in the first place, receiving God’s good and bounteous gifts.  Once received, those gifts are not to be used soley for our own good.  They must also be used for the benefit of others, and ultimately for the glory of God, the giver.  The steward needs an open hand to receive from God and then an active hand to give to God and others.”

— Murray Harris

2018 Altar Flower Sign-Up

The 2018 sign-up poster is in the Narthex. If you would like to hon-or or remember a special person or event in your life, sign-up for the date that is important to you. Brenda will contact you the week prior so your remembrance can be shared in the weekly Messenger.