Worship Series: Family Traditions

There are two ways that you can join a family.
1) You are born into it.
2) You are adopted by it.

Think about these two ways. The first way you join a family is by birth. You do not get to choose who your family will be. You get who you get. It is your family by the sheer coincidence of coming into it. The second way to join a family is by adoption. It occurs when a family has looked at you, spent time with you, and has come to the conclusion that you are worthy of being in the family.

Do you know that Christmas is the celebration of joining God’s family?

The birth of Jesus is God being born to us, the human race, the world. It does not happen by chance. It is God’s choice to be with us. And when Jesus is born, God becomes a person. God takes on the challenges and the celebrations of being a human being. With Jesus’ birth, God experiences

the hug of a friend,
the death of a pet,
the pain of stubbing a toe,
the fear of hunger,
the joy of swimming,
the sting of embarrassment.

God joins our family. God becomes a human being with the birth of Jesus. It is the moment in time when the divide dissolves between the Divine and the Secular. God becomes a human and dwells among us. And we become part of God’s family and dwell with God.

The story of Christmas is not over! Over the next few weeks we will explore what it means to be in God’s family and to have God in our lives. We will look at some of the family traditions. We will review the family business. And the whole time, we will give glory to God who does not receive us from afar but comes to us so that we may draw closer to God.

Weekly Events


9:30 Sunday School-adults & children (Donuts and Coffee available)
10:15 Transportation available at Panorama Apartments
10:45  Sanctuary Worship (Nursery Care is available from 9:30-12:00)
12:00 Lunch (only on the first Sunday of the month)
1:00-3:00 Hispanic worship service


6:30 Cub Scouts (first, second, and third Mondays)


6:30 a.m. Breakfast for All
7:00 Alcoholics Anonymous


10:30  Prayer Group
3:00  Panorama Bible Study
6:00  Ivy Knoll Worship Service
6:30 Band Practice
7:30  Choir Practice


7:00 Alcoholics Anonymous


8:30 Narcotics Anonymous


5:30  Community Dinner
10:00 Narcotics Anonymous

New Welcome Statement


We extend a special welcome to those who are single, divorced, remarried, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, y no habla Ingles. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying newborns, skinny as a rail or could afford to lose a few pounds. We welcome you if you can sing like Taylor Swift or if you can’t carry a tune in bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woke up or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’re Catholic, Baptist, Muslim, or haven’t been in church since little Joey’s baptism. We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome soccer moms, NASCAR dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like organized religion (we’ve been there too). If you blew all your offering money at the casino, you’re welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, can’t work, can’t spell, or came because grandma is in town and she wanted to go to church. We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts…and you! (If any part of this statement offends you…you’re welcome too!)