Pastor's Note
A Message from Reverend, Dawn Freese, Senior Pastor

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

It is hard to believe that this will be my third Advent Season with all of you at Our Savior UMC. I look back and it is evident that the hand of God has been with me and I pray you have experienced His amazing presence in your own lives as well. I am grateful for your patience with me as I am still learning what it means to "shepherd a flock."

In this season of Advent, we are called to share the hope that we have in Christ with a hope-famished world. We are challenged and encouraged to:

Open our eyes and look for Christ with the eyes of a child.

Open our ears and listen for the sounds of hope in this season.

Lean toward the light, even when our circumstances are dismal.

Offer hope to the hurting among us.

Wait in solidarity with the poor and the suffering.

Hang on, despite all the fear that may be swirling around us.

Prepare your hearts to be open to this season before us, a season full of sights and sounds and needs. Commit to setting aside a brief time every day to read the scripture and meditation for the day. A suggestion might be to read a chapter each day from the book of Luke.

Pause and breathe.

God is near.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas. May Christ in your Christmas bring you much peace, hope, joy and love throughout this season and beyond.

Onward Christian Soldiers,
Pastor Dawn
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