December 12, 2018
Dear Members and Friends of First Reformed Church of Bethlehem:
“Joy to the world, the Lord is come!” When I think of the Christmas season, ‘joy’ is the first word that comes to mind. We are reminded first that throughout the season of Advent, a sense of calm has settled in amid the excitement of Christmas to come. On Christmas Eve, there is reverence in thinking about the night Christ was born and what it means for us. The beautiful story of the nativity is timeless.
The journey to Bethlehem, often forgotten about, was not an easy one for Mary and Joseph. We only think about their arrival. Imagine the hardships they endured along the 90-mile trek! How unwelcome they must have felt when they got to Bethlehem and had no place to stay. They were brave and had deep faith.
For this year’s Christmas Special Offering, the deacons have chosen to honor our veterans, many of whom also have been or are currently serving far away from home.
The organization, Camp Hope, located in Houston, Texas, is a facility providing faith-based counseling services for veterans, specifically those with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). Although this is not our typical type of offering, it is important to recognize those who have served our country and whose lives have been forever changed by it.
We have focused on our own current friends and family members serving in the military. They have been highlighted in our monthly newsletters and named in prayer each week.
Please join me in our effort to honor all veterans by remembering them this Christmas and using the enclosed envelope to make your donation.
Thank you to all and a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
On Behalf of the Deacons,