2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!”
I don’t like New Year’s Eve. I never have. I don’t like making resolutions. I don’t like staying up till mid-night. I don’t like the “Year in Review” nostalgia pieces that play on TV and radio. I’m definitely more of a “plan for the future” person than a sentimental look back at the past person. So I usually just bah humbug my way through New Year’s Eve (watching the ball drop around the world until around 9:00pm and in bed by 9:10) and New Year’s Day (taking down Christmas decorations and replacing them with Winter/Valentine’s decorations). And generally staying out of the way of those who really get into this particular celebration.
But as I was thinking about the New Year and resolutions and all of that hype this year, it occurred to me that there is a theological reason not to enjoy resolution-making – or at least the way it is done in our contemporary society. The resolutions we make tend to be all about us. The top three resolutions every year made by people in the United States are: 1. Eat healthier, 2. Lose weight, and 3. Spend less/save more. It seems like a lot of the time, we make resolutions based on what we think identifies us. We think we are identified by our weight, or our eating habits, our bank accounts.
What if we spent New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day thinking about this verse from 2 Corinthians: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!” Of course there is nothing wrong with wanting to be healthier and stronger and better, starting January 1 or any other time of the year, but what if we remembered every day that we are new, that we are given another chance, that we can start again – not because of anything we do or promise to do, but simply because we are children of God? What a wonderful thought to keep in mind as we begin 2023.
Happy New Year!
Sunday School will be on break January 1 (New Year’s Day) and will resume on January 8. We will have new registration forms available if you haven’t registered your child yet or if your child has turned 4 since we had registrations in September.
We are looking for 1 more Sunday School teacher (on a rotational basis). Please email me if you are interest-ed in helping out, just for the winter/spring as one of our regular teachers recovers from surgery.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
MLK Day is a great opportunity for intergenerational family service projects. LCOS will be sponsoring two important service projects to help Ronald McDonald House of South Jersey. They are in need of snack packs and personal care items for families who have to stay at Ronald McDonald House due to the illness of a child. On Monday, January 16 from
9am – 12pm families are invited to come to the church to pack snack packs and to pack bags of personal care items.
We are looking for the following donations for snack packs:
- Fruit cups
- granola bars
- individual bags of pretzels, chips, or popcorn
- cheese crackers
- fruit snacks
- small boxes of cereal
- and gallon size plastic storage bags
And we need the following personal care items:
- Full size shampoo/condition
All donations can be dropped off to the church any time before January 16.
Parents of Young Children Fellowship Group
With the start of the new year, let’s gather together for a casual afternoon of bowling on Saturday, January 28 at 2:00pm. More details to come very soon! Email Sabrina if you are interesting in taking part in this group or with any additional ideas.
High School Youth News
Come out on Monday, January 16 to help pack snack packs and toiletry items for families staying at Ronald McDonald House of South Jersey in Camden. What a great way to give back on MLK Day!
If high school students have ideas for what they would like to do in the winter/spring of 2023, please reach out to Sabrina LaBelle at any time.