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MOnday Morning News

Dec.11, 2017

Hi All,
 My Christmas lights are up again this year! It took me a bit longer than usual since I wanted to do something different. You can come by and see it any evening between now and New Year’s. You’ll notice the motif hasn’t changed all that much, but I did reconfigure it.

Putting up Christmas lights. I can’t believe I do such a thing. I used to scoff at those who did such things. Imagine! Lighting up your house for the season. So much time and energy used for something so useless! I guess I had visions of Chevy Chase in the movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” Chase plays the main character, Clark Griswold, a hapless yet incorrigibly optimistic dad, who is always trying to create the best vacations for his family. When it comes to Christmas Griswold is determined to put on the best of holidays complete with a well-lit house. The antics that take place are classic Chevy Chase: tumbling Santa displays, falling off a slippery roof, an electrical mischance complete with blowing out the power for the whole neighborhood. The movie is a delight to watch if you like such things, which I do.

Obviously, I’ve changed the way I think about Christmas light displays. What changed my mind? There are all sorts of reasons. My delight in color, my enjoyment in planning the display and the fun of seeing it come together. But, more than any other reason, I love to put up lights because it brings me joy. And I hope it does for my neighbors, too.

There is a good deal in this world that pushes away joy. I won’t enumerate them. Some of what troubles us is common to everyone, some is specific to ourselves. But the list is seldom short. What surprises me about joy, though, is how easily it can capture us when we’re not looking. We can be wrapped up in deep thoughts – even dismal ones – when something grabs us, a smell, a sight, a sound, an action, and we are pulled out of ourselves into a wider grace. That’s what joy does. It brings us into a place where we are open to the love and beauty that surrounds us.

I hope that you may find joy surprising you this season. May you see the love of God in all the celebration and hubbub. May you bring joy to others.

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Scriptures for December 17, 2017

Isaiah 61:1–4, 8–11
Psalm 126:1-6
First Thessalonians 5:16–24
John 1:6–8, 19–28

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Prayer Requests from Sunday, December 10, 2017

Rocky and Linda, Donna, Val, Mary, Gary, Barb, Robin, Joan, Dan, Firefighters, Travelers

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Dear Presbytery Prayer Partners,
This week we are praying for those who are thirsty. It is estimated that 29% of the global population (2.1 billion people) lack safely managed drinking water.
For many the water they drink causes illness. For others, mostly women and girls, the water is so far away that it is a daily burden to carry it home. For some, mostly women and girls, it is not safe to go to the fresh water source. Help us, who have access to abundant fresh water, see Jesus in the faces of those who thirst. And give us the will to help them.
“I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.” —Matthew 25:35.

Peace be with you,

Marsha Zell Anson
General Presbyter/Stated Clerk for Glacier Presbytery
P.O. Box 1482, Polson, MT 59860 (406)871-2135

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TUESDAY, December 12
Dayton – Bible Study 10:00 AM

WEDNESDAY, December 13
Polson – Bible Study 9:30 AM
Polson – Caregivers Support Group 1:30-2:30 PM
Polson – Bell Choir 5:00 PM
Polson – Chancel Choir 6:30 PM

FRIDAY, December 15
Polson – Alanon Meeting 8:00 PM

SUNDAY, December 17
Dayton-Worship 9:00 AM
Polson – Adult Study 9:00 AM
Polson – Children’s Learning Time 11:00 AM
Polson - Worship 11:00 AM

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Our Bible Study in Acts continues this week. In Dayton we are reading in chapters 23, 24, and 25; in Polson, chapters 24, 25 and 26.

Christmas Eve is on Sunday this year. Our Christmas Eve service in Dayton will be at 5:00 PM and in Polson at 7:30 PM.

Polson extra choir practice today, Monday, December 11 at 6:00 PM. Please Note: This is to replace our original date and time of Saturday, December 16th at 10:00.

The Polson Chancel Choir will be offering special music this coming Sunday, December 17th. They will be singing a Cantata, “Sing Joy to All the World,” by Lloyd Larson.

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Our Community Dinner for December last Friday had a great turnout – nearly 100 folks. A huge thank you to everyone who helped out with salads and cookies as well as preparers, servers, greeters and clean-up crew!

100 Hats! (and then some) Our annual collection of 100 hats and box of socks is almost over. We will need your contributions by this coming Sunday, December 17th. As of this morning, we have 71 hats and at least 100 pairs of socks. perhaps as many pairs of socks.

Christmas presents for Provident Home in Kalispell: Thank you to everyone who signed up to get a gift for the kids at Intermountain’s Providence home in Somers. Please have these back by this coming Sunday, December 17th so they can be delivered in time for Christmas.

Christmas Joy Offering: Each Christmas season we participate in the Christmas Joy Offering. Half of this offering goes to support clergy, whether active or retired, in crisis situations.
Here’s one story of the opportunities our offerings have made for clergy family:
Finding Family in Times of Tragedy
In 2014, tragedy struck Rev. John Scotland’s family when his daughter, Elisabeth, suffered a severe brain injury. John was granted leave from his church in New Jersey so he and his wife could be by their daughter’s side in Boston during her recovery. This meant finding someone to cover pastoral duties during his absence as well as additional living expenses.
With a shared grant from the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions and West Jersey Presbytery, the Scotlands were able to remain with their daughter while she underwent surgery and an intense two-month rehabilitation.
“Having a Presbyterian family was a big blessing to us and helped us come through tragedy.” —Rev. John Scotland

Present Day: This year, Elisabeth passed her CPA exam and lives in Philadelphia where she works as an accountant. Rev. Scotland and his wife are back in New Jersey continuing to serve the church family that cared for them in their time of need.

By giving to the Christmas Joy Offering, you help provide critical financial assistance for Presbyterian church workers in their time of need.
- Nearly 291 households received Income Supplements, which help provide for retired church workers and surviving spouses in need.
- Over 211 households received Housing Supplements, which help retired church workers maintain their current home or afford assisted living and long-term care.
- More than 110 households received assistance through Shared and Emergency Grants, which provide relief to church workers facing times of great financial need or uncertainty due to unforeseen circumstances.

Please give generously to the Christmas Joy Offering. You can give in several ways: (1) Through your congregation, (2) by texting JOY to 20222 to give $10, or (3) going to



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