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     The year is flying by so far because December and the Advent season begin this week.  I am left wondering where the year has gone.  I mentioned in church on Sunday that I have been here for six months.  It is hard to believe that the time has gone by so fast, and we are about to start the next six months already.  Hopefully everything still continues to go well.  We will see what God has for us in the new year.  It should be an exciting time.

          I enjoyed David Weiss at the Thanksgiving meal.  I never watched anything quite like that before with his artistry.  I thought that the meal was well attended, and the food was wonderful.  So thanks to everyone who had a hand in making that evening memorable.  

          We've also started having a fellowship before Sunday School.  There have been a lot of people attending, and I believe that it is very much appreciated.  I would encourage all that are not attending, the fellowship time or Sunday school, to come and see what is going on before church.  Normally we meet around 9:10 for coffee and pastries.  Everyone is welcome.  Right now, we are doing it every two weeks to see how everything is going with it, and there is a possibility that it will become every week in the new year if everything continues to go well. 

          The Ridge Church board is officially reorganized.  My thanks are extended to all that served and have gone off the board.  My thanks are extended to all those that have remained on the board or have just come onto the board.  We appreciate all of those that are willing to be involved within the leadership of the church. 

          We are heading to Missouri in two weeks.  There are still a couple of spots, and it is never too late to join in on the trip.  Just let me know as soon as possible.

          The Advent season is upon us.  This is the time that we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior.  Yet this time can become one of the saddest times of the year for many.  Often, those that are depressed have lost a loved one that was extremely close to them and celebrating at this time of year causes even greater pain.  I would ask each of you to seek out those that are hurting and show them the love of Christ.  Jesus reminds us of the two greatest commandments in Matthew 22:37-39.  "He said to him, 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the greatest and most important command.  The second is like it:  Love your neighbor as yourself.'"

                                      Have a Merry Christmas & Blessed New Year,

                                                ~Leon & Family