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Friends and family of Jason Chapel:
This Advent season has been one I have enjoyed.  Moments have made me smile.  Moments made me laugh out loud.  There have been conversations, with grown men, asking for tips on how to read the bible more efficiently and effectively. There have been conversations, emails, and messages affirming that our look at Joseph has indeed caused a closer look while broadening the Christmas story. During the first week of Advent, Bailie and Austin Dickson carried in the first pieces of the Christmas story, Mary and Joseph, and they lit the first candle of the season.  The following week, you couldn’t see it, but the shepherd was added the manger scene as our children told the story of Jesus. The third week of Advent Kim and Bob Denny led their family to the table where they added travelers from the east and lit the candle of joy.  Sunday was the fourth Sunday of Advent and Ed and Lori Shirk placed the anticipated Christ among the other figures of the story. The …
Friends and family of Jason Chapel: 
Our thoughts and prayers are extended to Mick and Carole Tierney on the loss of their son-in-law, Jim Brown, who passed away earlier this month.  Services and arrangements are still being discussed and planned.  There is never an easy time for such arrangements, but the holidays seem to make these moments even more difficult.  Jim was able to be in Dickson with family for Thanksgiving and Carole reports that he was filled with joy and grateful for family.   
I have also failed to report an answered request from weeks past. The week of our Jason Chapel Thanksgiving Dinner we were in need for some minor maintenance on our white plastic tables.  As luck would have it, Donald Shirk, the son of Lori and Ed Shirk, was in town visiting for Thanksgiving.  He read the church’s newsletter and placed a call shortly after.  The next day he arrived and assessed the project, took off and returned shortly after with tools and proper fasteners for the job.  Don is a…
Friends and family of Jason Chapel:
During this time of year, it is often spoken from pulpits and written in newsletters, the importance to slow down and allow the Christmas season to wrap around us slowly. We are constantly warned to not rush through the season and to focus on the true meaning of Christmas.  And then the church fills its calendar with Christmas activities and events.  I think we do this because family and community are such powerful aspects of the season.  I have enjoyed the pace of Christmas here on Garners Creek.  We have entered the season of Advent with focus and intention. We have celebrated and been together as families, decorating and fellowshipping. We have cheered on our children and invited teens into our homes. I hope you have been able to find a group to be with during these first weeks of the season. 
This past Thursday evening Jennifer and I hosted an appreciation dinner for the church board and their spouses. The night was filled with conversation and la…
Family and Friends of Jason Chapel:
Advent is underway and can be seen throughout the campus. Multiple generations gathered together Wednesday evening and enjoyed pizza and treats and worked around the Family Life Center, decorating for the season. I recruited an elf and replaced light bulbs and cleaned out light fixtures and covers.  I enjoyed the night.  I enjoyed the conversations.  I also enjoy the glow of the lights.  Thank you to those who provide direction.  Thank you to those who provided treats and pizzas.  Thank you to those who climbed ladders and listened to the guiding words of, “a little to the left, now a little to the right.”  
Sunday morning, the first pieces of the manger scene were placed alongside the Advent wreath.  The title of our current sermon series is An Advent Journeyand the idea of building the manger scene as we move through the season is an attempt to slow down and focus on the journey rather than skipping directly to the birth of Christ.  Remember, Adve…