We are in the Holiday season. Decorations are up and many families are in the middle of scheduling those family get togethers. Holidays can be a lot of joy but for some it is a hard time of firsts after the loss of an important people in their life. Know that you are not alone your church is here to walk with you and most important God is with you. Often people find participating in a Blue Christmas Celebration can help. While we do not have a special service here at Maple Grove there are a couple of services that might be of help to you. Those services are listed below.
Also knowing if you are having issues dealing with the Holiday, I am always willing to sit down with you and help you work through some of those issues. Feel free to call or text and we can set up some time to talk.
This is also the time to start considering our year end giving. Please don’t forget your church in your gifts at this season. If you qualify for a minimum distribution from your IRA’s or Retirement plans many times If you have them directly distributed to the church instead of putting them into your checking there are tax benefits to you. Please check with your tax pro but we are including fliers that are provided to us by the church with more specifics on this giving. At Maple Grove we are doing a Capital campaign to try to reduce our loan payments in the new year. Giving now helps us not to have so much debt. Please consider a year end Gift to the church. Any amount helps with this so that we can continue to expand our ministries of the church. Booneville can also use your gifts to pay for the many things that go into serving there as well.
Lastly, you are all invited to attend our Christmas Eve services at each church. We will have a joint service on 12/24/2023 at 10:30 am at Maple Grove UMC. All are welcome to attend this service. We also have Christmas Eve services at both churches. At Maple Grove the service will be at 5:00 P.M. We will have a candlelight service. At Booneville the service will be at 7:30 P.M. This service will also be a candlelight service. You are invited to attend one or all the services. The morning service will be different from the candlelight services. Come and celebrate the arrival of our King Jesus Christ. Please invite others to come. It is a great opportunity to invite family and friends to our churches.
May God bless you in this season. Remember to take time to celebrate the reason for the season and take care of yourself , family, and friends this season. It is a great way to introduce someone to our churches and help them understand the reason for the season as well.
Pastor Robbin Gallegos