Dear Friends in Christ,
Here we are – the beginning of a new year together. Where did 2016 go and what was
accomplished? I know it went by pretty fast, but I do believe we had some accomplishments
as a congregation.
Now we come into 2017 and are wondering what’s next? I want to put a word out to
you to ponder. One of the Advent candles stands for HOPE, and that’s what I would like for us
to concentrate on as we move forward together. Max Lucado says “The manger dares us to
believe the best is yet to be. And it could all begin today.” He goes on to say, “Biblical hope
is not wishful thinking. It is the unshakable confidence that God can be trusted. It is the
belief that God is always at work for our good. It is the assurance that God’s promises are
true even while we wait for their fulfillment. Because our hope is certain, we wait patiently,
not fretfully, trusting that God is already at work to provide the light we seek, the help we
need, and the deliverance we long for.”
One of the things I know this congregation has is “Hope” for the future as well as the
every -day, on-going events. We want this church to thrive and continue. It is ‘hope’ that
keeps working within each one of us. We just need to set goals, work towards those goals,
communicate with one another, and to continually be letting God know what we hope for the
future of Indian Point Presbyterian Church, and pray daily. It’s very important that we
continue to face and talk with God on a daily basis. He knows what we are facing, but do we
often ask Him to take part? Too often we wait until we are in crisis to bring Him into the
picture. Phil. 4: 6-7 says “Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything; tell
God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. If you do this, you will
experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.
His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ
Jesus.” God knows our needs, even before we do, so it’s important to talk with him, then
listen and watch for His guidance.
We will have our Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, January 22, immediately
following worship. Hopefully it will be good weather and we will have a good attendance. So
mark your calendars!
With hope for a great 2017,
We want to thank all of you who participated and joined us for Christmas in the Country. We were blessed to have over 50 quilts on display in the sanctuary! It was a beautiful sight to behold!
We also want to thank everyone who visited our vendors, joined us for cookies and coffee, and joined us for fellowship. It is always such a joy for us to show off our beautiful church and visit with friends old and new.
We enjoyed coming together after the Sunday Service to prepare our sanctuary for the Advent season.