Table of Contents

Save the Date                                     Our Concerns
New Member Spotlight                     January Greeters
Thank you from Dee and Tara         EACM Need of the Week
Thank you for the Music                   January Birthdays
Special Thank You
Flower Sponsorship

Dearly Beloved

A Prayer for a Dearly
 and a Beloved Christmas Church Dinner
by Dee Wade 

Author of all words,
originator of all notes that lead to the music of the spheres;
Rhythm-master behind all movement, from the pulsars and the quasars
in the far reaches of the universe, to the beat of the human heart,
to the lighthouse beacon that keeps sailors safe
in the darkest of nights.
Maker of all the worlds that have been, will be, and are,
every star, every planet, every comet, every rock;
You know what you make, down to the most obscure atom:
Immortal, Invisible God only wise you are
—we know things; you understand them —
you do not abandon what you create with such care.
You are all mystery, so different from us, so Other,
And yet; and yet —
You desire to come among us, even as a fragile baby,
in human flesh appearing, and not just appearing, but being, utterly so.
As one of us, one with us, and for us, you are pleased to tabernacle.
Which is more astounding — that you would love us or that you like us?
Us who are so unlovable much of the time and unlikeable the balance,
and despite how many of us don't feel worthy of any love, much less love divine.
It is on nights like this that we get a glimpse of you incarnation,
of your birth into this vulnerable, fractious, and often violent world.
We can only thank you for transforming your great mystery into our reality;
Your music became blood; your words became flesh; your heaven kissed your earth.
 We thank you specifically for this gathering of your people, for congenial faces in familiar places. You know and care for each one of us, spicing each one of us with grace and forgiveness and openness to your wonders. We thank you for this food, those who have prepared it and those who set these sparkling tables.
Lord, it may happen that we will we forget about you while we savor this gourmet fare, converse with one another and listen to young voices blend into magical and haunting celebratory music. Please, Lord: from the storehouse of your kindness, we ask that you might overlook our inattention. It is only because we enjoy one another’s company. We are just so happy to be together on a night like this, a night glistening with faith, hope, and love. In your presence, Lord what a fellowship, what a joy divine is offered to us all. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be; world without end; Amen, Amen.   

Worship this Sunday, January 1st 

During our worship service this Sunday, January 1st at 11 am,  we will begin our service marking the beginning of a new year, honoring the purpose and meaning of every season under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3). We will have an opportunity to give thanks for the gifts presented to us in 2016, and grieve that which was lost to us in the year that was. Looking forward, we will then anticipate new possibilities and opportunities for the year ahead.  
We will also celebrate Epiphany. From the Companion to the Book of Common Worship, 
“Epiphany is the celebration of God’s manifestation or self-revelation to the world in Jesus Christ. In particular, we celebrate the revelation of God’s promise and purpose to the nations of the world, as the magi came from the East to worship to the Christ child, and God’s covenant of grace is extended to all who believe the good news of Christ Jesus.” 
This year, we will begin a new spiritual practice by receiving “star gifts.” During communion, those in attendance can choose a star-shaped piece of paper with a word on it. We will each be invited to reflect on that word and the significance in our lives, considering the possibility that God may be revealed to us in a variety of ways in the year to come. If you are not able to attend worship this Sunday, you may pick up a star word at the back of the sanctuary in the coming weeks.  Let us – as a community of faith- look for moments of God’s revelation as we seek to follow Jesus in the new year.

Save the Date

The Presbytery of Mid-Kentucky invites you to the installation of
Dee H. Wade and Tara N. Reck as co-pastors on January 22nd at 2 p.m. at Anchorage Presbyterian Church. If you cannot attend in person, your prayers are appreciated. 

New Member Spotlight

The Clarks
Nate grew up in Downingtown, Pennsylvania and is oldest of 5 kids and Corinne grew up on the opposite side of the country in San Jose, California with her twin sister. Corinne and Nate crossed paths while attending Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania . Nate majored in Chemical Engineering and graduated in 2004. Corinne majored in Sociology and graduated in 2005. After graduating from Bucknell, Nate and Corinne moved around quite a bit and in January of 2013 they moved to Louisville, Kentucky due to a transfer for Nate's job as operations manager at Arkema. Corinne works remotely from home as a paralegal for a plaintiff's personal injury law firm located in Philadelphia. Corinne and Nate have two children, Grant (2) and Hailey (6 months old). Grant and Hailey keep their parents super busy with lots of playing outside in the sandbox, going to the pool in the summer, and they all share a love for reading. The Clarks love to hike, camp, travel to visit their families on both coasts, entertain friends at their home, and ski. 

Thank you from Dee and Tara

We are once again overwhelmed by your generosity this Christmas. Thank you for the books, gift cards, and treats. We look forward to the ways in which God will use our congregation in the coming year.
Sincerely, Tara and Dee 

Thank you for the Music

To the members of the Chancel Choir and Alleluia Ringers:  Thank you for the wonderful music you provided during the Advent and Christmas season. Because of your talents and dedication the music reached glorious heights. We also want to acknowledge Jennifer McKenzie, Lauren Robbins, Joseph McKenzie, the McKenzie quartet, John Harryman, Laura Leach, flute, and the Louisville Brass for their contributions to the worship services.  Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
A special thank you to Pat Welsh and Linda Riechenbecher who took beautiful pictures of our advent and Christmas services.  

2017 Flower Sponsorship

Each week, for the past 30 years, Joyce Berger lovingly and skillfully arranges flowers for our worship services. These flowers are then sponsored to mark special life events such as birth and birthdays; anniversaries, baptisms, confirmation; in memory of a loved one; or as a thanksgiving for life’s blessings.

If you would like to sponsor an arrangement for the 2017 year, please sign up for a date on the calendar posted outside the church office. The church office will contact you the week prior to secure the sentiment you would like to have printed in the bulletin. After worship, you are invited to take your arrangement home. Due to an increase in cost for the flowers, the requested donation for sponsorship will be $28.00 per family/individual. 

Our Concerns

From our Church Family: Lindy Estep, Kelsey Doughten, Katherine Trentham, Jane Jenkins, Rich Revell, Donna Stinson-Logan, Brian Rublein, Dotty Hockenbury, Carlene Clay, Mary Dan Haney, Herb & Mary Bell, Sue & Dick Pollock, Starr Kaiser, Nicki St. Ledger, Judy Pearsall
Extended Family and Friends: Beverly McCombs (friend of Kathie Carman), Judy Farmer (sister of Mary Jo Davis), Robyn Peress (daughter of Paul & Sally Brink), Bill and Celia Haynes (friends of Mary Witherspoon), Erik Wolf (friend of Terry & Nina McMahon), Bellewood Children, Presbyterian Missionaries Worldwide
Active Military: Erin Jewell Brown, Hunter Wagner, Michael Gaar, David McGarvey, Tyler Ross, Alexander Vestal
The people of Afghanistan, Ukraine, Syria, Sudan, Palestine, Israel, and Iraq

January Greeters

January 1            Sue Russell
January 8            Susan Mitchell
January 15          Kathy Marino
January 22          Helen & Rich Wade
January 29          Sarah & Jimmy Nicholson

EACM Need of the week

January 1            Detergent & toiletries
January 8            Cereal & instant oatmeal
January 15          Canned fruits & vegetables
January 22          Crackers
January 29          Spaghetti/pasta & sauce

January Birthdays

1   Abraham Aluel, David Bior, David Nul, Rita Carlisle
2   James Werner
3   Grace Edwards, Lindsay Sant
4   Marilyn Anderson, Lucy Spickard
6   Ellie Davenport, Lucas Purnell, Elizabeth Smither
7   E.J. Schickli
8   Kelsey Doughten
9   Bill Jewell
10  Paul Brink, Carlene Clay
12  Sarah Jessee
17  Christine Bright, David Harryman, Becky Smither
18  Mary Jackson, Ruth Ann Cox Pence
23  Coleman Asher, Max Vincenti
24  Charlie Fisher, Gregory Williams, Mary Witherspoon
26  Suraj Alexander, Nina McMahon
27  Brittany Asher
31  William Fowler
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