When Ida Nelson, head tribal clerk of a remote Alaskan village, heard an airplane flying low after dark, she knew something was wrong. Igiugig (Igggy-yaw-gigg), population 70, isn’t normally a nighttime destination. Indeed, the medevac flight was coming to pick up a sick child.

Because the local airstrip’s lights had been vandalized, the plane was having trouble landing. Nelson began alerting neighbors, and within minutes, villagers lined the runway with their vehicles, headlights blazing. The pilot was able to land and then safely deliver the sick child to an Anchorage hospital. The airlift service praised the residents’ determination, but Nelson describes their effort as “normal” and “ordinary.”

What everyday actions can you use to provide light amid darkness? How can you shine Jesus’ light in a world that needs him?



 Sunday, February 6th Souper Bowl Sunday

dedicated to tackling all of the issues that exist in your                                                                            communities, including poverty, hunger and homelessness. Since 1990, young people have been leading the charge and inspiring others to collect money and food around the time of the Big Game.                             More than $110 million has been collected – changing the largest weekend of football into the largest weekend of caring.



CLASS OF 2022                  CLASS OF 2023                    CLASS OF 2024

John Frank                                Jean Biggar                               Linda Bourbeau

Ralph Metzgar                         Joseph Price

Lisa Price                                  Don Williams

Due to the retirement of the Rev. Scott Loomer our new moderator will be the Rev. Dr. Murray Thompson.


Sue Cantarella                  Mary Grace Donati                    Patti Miller

Nancy Walsh                    Barbara Keller                              Myrna Watkins

Kathy Williams

The Board of Deacons continues collecting canned and non-perishable food items to be given to our local food pantry. Items can be left in the vestibule or fellowship hall in designated areas at any time.

The Annual Congregational and Corporation Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 23rd , following worship. The Rev. William Sanford will moderate the meeting. Any church group that includes a financial and/or committee report in the end of the year booklet should have them into Sue in the church office by Sunday, January 9th . They may be given to Sue or sent to:


2021 Advent devotions: Night Watch

The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.” (1 Thessalonians 5:2)

Night Watch Advent Devotions is an Advent devotional we are sharing and hope that you take time to read each day through Advent. If your email is on file you should have received the series by email. If you prefer a paper copy, they are available each Sunday morning. About these devotions: Hope is hard to find during a long pandemic. Dark feelings of grief, loss, anger, betrayal and despair plague our souls and our communities. As the light fades and the evenings grow long this December, the season of Advent reminds us that God is with us in the night. We can see and observe God at work in the dark, marvel at the beauty of creation lit by moon and stars, and rest from the day’s labor. Darkness is often associated with evil and suffering, but a devotional exploration of “night” bears witness to Christ’s Good News. Exploring biblical happenings that occur at night – visions, angel visits, prisoners set free – we will move through this Advent season as watchful disciples, keeping vigil for the One who is promised to arrive like a thief in the night.

The new edition of “Our Daily Bread” in regular and large print is now available along with limited copies of “Celebrating Jesus 10 Christmas Reflections”.

A Thanksgiving Service for the Lackawanna Valley and Dunmore congregations was held on November 23. Thanks to Jean Biggar, Linda Bourbeau, Norma Frank, Lorrie Loughney, and Tim Norton (Clerk-Lackawanna Valley) for planning and participating in the service. An offering of $115.00 was received for the Bread Basket of NEPA.

Let It Shine

Whatever else be lost among the years,
Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing.
Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears,
Let us hold close one day, remembering
Its poignant meaning for the hearts of men.
Let us get back our childlike faith again.

                                                     —Grace Noll Crowell

Facing The Future Don’t worry about the future. Worry quenches the work of grace within you. The future belongs to God. He is in charge of all things. Never second-guess him. -- François Fenelon

  • Poinsettia is named after the botanist Joel Roberts Poinsett a botanist who introduced the plant into the USA.
  • The plant traditionally blooms late into the year between October and early December. Making it the perfect seasonal “flower” for this time of year.
  • The plant comes from Central American countries originally, such as Mexico and Guatemala.
  • The plant was considered sacred to the Aztec people, who viewed it as a symbol of purity and used it to make dyes and natural medicine.
  • The plant in its native lands can grow to nearly 15ft tall.
  • It symbolizes joy, love, purity and hope amongst other things. Symbolically the star shape of the flowers is also considered to be similar to the star that led the wise men to Jesus, which is why many people make it part of their Christmas decorations. Or in a slightly more gruesome interpretation, the red leaves could be a symbol of the blood of Christ.

A poinsettia can say a lot to someone during the holiday season or add much to your Christmas decor if you keep one in your own home. It definitely deserves its place as one of the best flowers for Christmas.

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