“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” Colossians 3:1-4 NIV
January 2021: In past years, I and others from BFUMC travel to Syracuse Home for a lively, celebratory Epiphany Service. While we are unable to do that this year, I invite each of us to pray for one another throughout this Christmas season and on the day of Epiphany for peace and healing. It has probably been hardest for those who have lost loved ones during this pandemic, and those who are in nursing homes, hospitals, and isolated at home, unable to welcome visitors. I offer this meaningful prayer from the late Ann Weems as a reminder of God’s deep love for us:
Star-Giving by Ann Weems
What I’d really like to give you for Christmas is a star…
Brilliance in a package,
something you could keep in the pocket of your jeans
or in the pocket of your being.
Rev. Susan M. Ranous, Deacon of Stewardship
WebMD has this to say about food insecurity: “Most people can go to the grocery store and buy the food they need, but not everyone can get enough healthy food easily. This is called food insecurity, and it can look different for different people…Low food security is when the food you eat is lower-quality or isn’t very appealing, and you don't have many choices. But you typically get enough food. Very low food security is when you can’t get food when you need to or you have to eat less because you don’t have money or other ways to get it.” It goes on to say that food insecurity can lead to lifelong illness such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. It also affects children’s health.
January Eureka! Book Club on Tuesday, January 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Join us via zoom for our discussion. We will have more information on the book after our December 29 meeting. If you would like to join us online, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org