"...I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord."
Mom's Carelink had its last meeting of 2010 today (12/14/10). How is that possible?! (Mark your calendar for our next meeting: January 11th.)
Christmas brunch for us usually means rushing around (Okay, that's every meeting morning, isn't it!)...dropping our children off at church then heading out to someone's home...having previously prayed the roads & weather would be good (last year we braved snowpacked streets)...enjoying brunch and conversation...then hurrying back to relieve the nursery workers of our little ones.
So, to slow down, we kept the meeting at the church. To make it special, we set-up in our beautifully decorated upper lobby at First MB and had Christmas music playing in the background. Leaders brought decorations for the tables. Susie J. made crepes for everyone, while two groups of ladies brought other goodies for the brunch buffet. Many door prizes were handed out, including a hand-painted pendant necklace donated by Leah Y.
Joyce W. shared about a unique Christmas in Indonesia when she and her family were living there as missionaries. One night they were dining at a large function with the American Ambassador on imported food (not the norm for her family). Then just a couple days later they were living on a riverboat for 10 days eating "greens" and rice and visiting remote villages (again, not the norm for her family).
Tanya S. lead us in a couple Christmas carols and also sang a beautiful song titled, Welcome to Our World by Chris Rice. Here's a YouTube link for the song, if you want to listen to it though not sung by Tanya.
Shawna K. and Shelley T. read the Christmas story, including scripture from Luke and Matthew. If you'd like to read these on your own or as a family, the specific passages are Luke 1:26-44, Luke 2:1-21, Matthew 1:18-25, Matthew 2:1-12.
And we ended with a Christmas quiz - just for fun. See the previous blog post to test your Christmas Story knowledge.
So, I guess our desire for the brunch this year was to take a little of the hustle & bustle out of the morning and replace it with an opportunity to slow down and think about the little babe born in a manger. To spend a few moments of our time thinking about the Son of God, the Gift that changed the world so long ago. Jesus IS my most precious gift. I hope He is yours as well! Merry Christmas, ladies! -Tif