Experiencing the Wonder and Love of Christmas

By , Contributing Writer| December 20th, 2019|

Here we are, solidly into December, and you may think the debate about Christmas decorations is over. You’d be wrong! Most people I’ve heard talk about Christmas decorating have split the calendar at Thanksgiving. That makes perfect sense. We had our Christmas tree up by mid-November this year. But I still haven’t hung the lights [...]

How to Find Peace During the Holiday Chaos

By , Contributing Writer| December 8th, 2019|

For most people, the holidays are a time of fun, family, and food. Yet for many, it can also bring added stress with the hustle and bustle of the to-do lists, shopping, preparing food, and navigating family waters. Finding peace in already hectic schedules and the demands of our world can be difficult. Jesus knew [...]

What Is Hope?

By , Contributing Writer| December 5th, 2019|

We live in an inauthentic society. Social media has paved the way for people to show only their best selves online while saving their imperfections for themselves. What once was a platform for sharing and connecting with others has quickly become a place that fuels comparison and the need to be perfect. What I’ve noticed, [...]

Seven Family-Friendly Activities to Celebrate Christmas

By , Contributing Writer| December 3rd, 2019|

Christmas is a festive time of year filled with traditions, gifts, and gatherings. In the middle of baking Christmas cookies, shopping for our loved ones, and attending holiday parties, let’s take the time to spend quality time with our family and friends and do one (or a few) of these family-friendly activities to celebrate Christmas. [...]

Three Simple Ways to Spread the Love This Christmas

By , Contributing Writer| December 20th, 2018|

As the season of Advent comes to an end, it is time to take a deep breath and experience the joy of Christmas, a joy for all. One way to experience joy is to spread the love this Christmas. As we show love to others, our hearts will be filled with joy. Even though you [...]

What You Should Know About Christmas Lights and Advent

By , Contributing Writer| December 7th, 2018|

According to the Today show, putting up Christmas decorations can make you happier. When we see Christmas trees and lights go up, there is a boost in our mood, making us more likely to experience joy and peace throughout the holiday season. A Brief History of Christmas Lights Christmas lights began as flickering candles on [...]

Discovering the True Spirit of Advent

By , Weekend Experience Pastor| November 30th, 2018|

I love Christmas! I love the decorations, parties, and presents. I love the songs, classic Christmas movies, and the family gatherings on Christmas Eve. Mostly, I love to cherish the miracle of God becoming human in the baby Jesus. Yet, I must confess, often the busyness of the Christmas season has made it hard for [...]

Everything You Need to Know About the Advent Wreath

By , Contributing Writer| November 29th, 2018|

The turkey is cooked. The pie tins are empty. It’s official: Christmas season is upon us. Whatever you believe about the correct time to start listening to Christmas music, the fact is that for the next month, Grandma’s gettin’ run over by a reindeer on a loop, 24/7. Put out the lights, trim the tree, [...]

What Is Advent?

By , Contributing Writer| November 27th, 2018|

What Is Advent? Most of us who grew up in today’s churches may not be familiar with Advent. Advent is from the Latin word coming. It is the period observed in Christian churches leading up to Christmas. It includes the four preceding Sundays to Christmas. This year, it will begin on Sunday, December 1, and [...]

DIY Christmas Decorations You Can Make This Holiday

By , Contributing Writer| December 24th, 2017|

As Advent season comes to a close, our Christmas decorations and wrapped gifts are ready to go to host our family and friends on the big day to which we have all been counting down. You may think since Christmas is around the corner, all there is left to do for Advent is to read [...]