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January 2018

Dear Friends,

             A new year always seems to come so quickly!  Here we are at the beginning of 2018.  All those blank calendar pages waiting to be filled.  The news is filled with predictions of terrorism and natural disasters.  I don't read many hopes for a life of peace.  Where does that leave us?

The best passage from Scripture to begin a new year is from Philippians 4:4-8:

Rejoice in the Lords always.  Again I will say, rejoice.  Let your gentleness be known to all men.  The Lord is at hand.  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplicatiion, with thanksgiving, let your reqests be made knowPan to God; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and   minds thrugh Christ Jesus.  Fnally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things arer noble, whatever are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good reprt, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things.

Author and pastor Max Lucado has wrtten a new book "Anxious for Nothing" using this passage from Philippians..  He writes:

It is not God's will that you lead a life of perpetual anxiety.  It is not his will that you face every day with dread and trepidation.  He made you for more than a life of breath-stealing angst and mind-splitting worry.  He has a new chapter for your life.  And he is ready to write it.

Let this year be a renewed time of less anxiety and more faith.


Still in one peace,


Pastor Elaine Hower