Pastor’s Letter

Dear Friends,

Though Jesus’ birth announcement was written over 2,700 years ago, it still offers us hope: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). 

Several things make His birth announcement unique. First, it was sent very, very early—over 700 years early. Some birth announcements go out soon after the baby is born, depending on the organizational ability (and sleep levels) of the parents. But this one was different. It was sent before Jesus’ birth.

Second, it was a royal birth announcement. “The government will be upon His shoulders,” Isaiah declared. “Of the increase of His government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over His kingdom” (Isaiah 9:7).

Furthermore, this baby has four distinct names: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Most babies have just one name on their birth announcement, but Jesus had four, each describing what He would do. Imagine reading on a birth announcement: “Excellent violinist, football player, future CEO.” Birth announcements don’t list accomplishments because there are none to list—apart from thumb-sucking and drooling. But Jesus was different.

Finally, these names belong only to God.

Thankfully, Jesus was born seven hundred years later and fulfilled every promise.

Remember… hope has a name, and His name is Jesus!

Merry Christmas!

Matt Friend • Senior Pastor




Our Daily Bread Devotionals
Currently available in the Gathering Space.



City Ministries
Register today or email Michelle Thompson  to get more info on any of these serving opportunities: 

  • Union Mission Crossroads Dinner  Thursday, Dec. 27 • 4 PM • Christmas will be past—but there will still be hungry people to feed. Help by donating supplies (needed at church by Dec. 20) or by making a monetary donation. Volunteers needed to help serve. Questions? Contact Sheri.
  • Help with home repairs in Clendenin. We will be sending work teams. Sign up if you’d like to join. All experience levels welcome.
  • Drive a City Bus route to pick up people for Sunday church service.
  • Donate hats, gloves, and socks for the homeless. Drop them off at the Info Desk labeled Michelle Thompson.
  • Help at a Warming Station for the homeless on nights when it drops below 0° F. Volunteer to cook large pots of homemade soup, work check-in, or assess for frostbite (medical professionals).
  • Deliver furniture to foster families and the newly re-housed (homeless) population – we are seeking drivers who own trucks.
  • Tutor children on weekday afternoons who are living in local homeless shelters.



Middle School Ministry
Starting Jan. 6, Middle Schoolers will meet during both the 9 AM and 11 AM services each Sunday in the Middle School Room (#1105). These meetings will be identical, so choose the one that best fits your schedule.



Dodgeball Tournament (3rd-5th)
Saturdays • Jan. 12-Feb. 2 • RAM Center, Bible Center School • Gather your friends, name your team, and sign up! Each team needs 4-6 players, but each person must register separately by Dec. 29 (for emergency information). Cost: $5 for a pizza party on the last day!



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