The leaves turn, crops are harvested, fall breaks happen, chairs are pulled up around Thanksgiving tables, and as a country we kind of take a collective deep breath, pause, and reflect.

We reflect on blessings.

We reflect on challenges we’ve faced.

We reflect on obstacles we’ve overcome.

We think about our families.

On a personal note, 2016 has been a year of prolific ministry for Forum. We’ve got an incredible staff, elders, deacons, and ministry leaders who are on mission to intentionally connect people to Jesus.

It was a year of great challenges, of coming together, and some mountain top type experiences.

I’m thankful.

I’m thankful for a family who all love the Lord.

I’m thankful for a family who has committed themselves to advance the kingdom of God.

I’m thankful that God - who saved us - continues to take us to new levels of influence and impact.

One important item: all elder and deacons were unanimously affirmed by our congregation.

Over the next week, we’ve got some great things happening.

Our Christmas production this year features our Children’s Theater group. Our kids will be performing a show entitled “Arrest These Merry Gentlemen” on both Friday December 9th at 6:30 and Saturday December 10th at 2:00.  We have invited groups of seniors from several of Columbia’s assisted living communities to our Saturday performance.  Afterward we will have a time of fellowship where we will present them with gifts for Christmas.  We hope you will be able to join us and enjoy all the hard work the kids have invested over the last several weeks.

Christmas falls on Sunday this year, so our Christmas weekend schedule will look like this:

Friday 4 & 5:30 (Christmas Eve Services)

Saturday 4 & 5:30 (Christmas Eve Services)

Sunday (Christmas Day service - everyone in the auditorium for a family service) 10:30 a.m.

This Sunday we’ll continue in our “Simplify” series talking about “stuff.” It’s really easy to get pulled into the vortex of materialism and stuff. This sermon is so important for all of us to learn. There’s a very important section of the message devoted to parents and priorities.

Looking forward to another great Sunday worshiping our Lord together.