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Page 12 Mc lm (' '_t-hMMIINITV - December 17, 2008 "CHRISTMAS comes but once a year", but not everyone realizes the true and extraordinary story that lies behind it. We may have a vague impression in the back of our minds of shepherds and angels and a star....like some half-remembered fairy story of our childhood and with the passing of years, it has all- become very beautiful and romantic. Yet in reality, although it is a wonderful fact of history, it was not at the time particu- larly beautiful. For when God decided to enter the stream of human history by becom- ing a human baby, He did not choose to be born in a rich and privileged home. There were no priorities or special advantages for Him. He chose, as His mother, a peasant woman in humble circumstances, who gave birth to her son, Jesus. in a lowly manger m a strange town. Bethlehem. There was no publicity or fuss when He slipped into this world. It happened in a small country over two thousand years ago, and very few people knew that was happening. Yet that is how God made His entrance. It is hard to imagine the contrast between the splendors of heaven and the squalor of earth. We cannot help admiring and loving someone who accepted no special advantages or defenses, who lived life on the same terms as His creatures. That is the real story of Christmas: "that God is not an aloof Invisible Power. but One who actually took the risk of entering His own world." "For God so loved the word. that He gave his only begotten Son. that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16). Yet. He came....why? Matthew 1:21 tells us, "She shall bring forth a Son. and thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins." In 1Timothy 1:15 we read. "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acception, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. "JESUS CHRIST came to bring salvation. JESUS came to show us how to love and show concern for fellow man. JESUS came to help, to heal. to love. to teach: to redeem. We are called to love JESUS as our SAVIOR: to demonstrate concern for others: and to live lives that are pleasing in the sight of God. GOD BECAME ONE OF US. through His Son. Jesus Christ. that we might by His Grace through the Power of His Word and Spirit become His blood-bought children - and now as His children, out of love for Him. "give food to the hungry and drink to the thirsty; clothe the naked and to visit the sick and the stranger: to SERVE OTHERS as we would SERVE HIM. THE LORD JESUS CHRIST! JOY to the world, the LORD is come! A BLESSED CHRISTMAS - FELIZ NAVIDAD - GLEDEIG JUL - FROEHLICHE WEINHACHTEN. May the Lord Bless you - Protect you - Be Gracious to you - Show you His Favor - Give you PEACE. Numbers 6:24 Christmas .Service December Z~, I0:~0 am Bethel Lutheran Church - LCMS 2590 Long St. Sweet Home, OR 97386 Bible Study 9:00 am Sunday Worship 10:30 am Office: (541) 367-4838 Rev. T.H. Vogel, Pastor Home: (541) 367-2600 Cell: (210) 213-0675 Well worth the drive from wherever you are. Boy's balloon completes 6-month, 244-mile trek Tanner Jewell is always busy, his grandmother, Mary White, says. When weather permits, he plays outside. He collects bugs and slugs, rides his bike, plays with his dog and builds forts in the hay stack. On May 10, 2008 he was spending the day with White. It was a nice day, and Tanner was playing outside when he asked for a helium balloon. White illJed a balloon from the helium tank she keeps on hand for parties. With a string attached to the balloon Tanner tied it to one of his match book cars: then to some daffodils. When he accidently dropped the string; he watched the balloon float away. Terry Lee was installing new gutters on Mary's house, and they watched the balloon disappear into the eastern sky. Tanner asked Lee. "How far will that balloon go and where will it land?" Lee suggested that . Tanner write a note asking the person that finds theballoon to call him. Tanner used a White's Electronics note pad to write the note. They filled a balloon, attached the string and the note and let it go. After a couple of months passed and no one had called. White told Tanner the balloon probably got caught in the top of a tree or landed where no one could find it. He didn't forget about or quit asking about his Tanner Jewell holds a helium-filled balloon like the one he released that found its way to California. balloon, the notepad and Tanner's phone Sue Silva, a second-grade number. teacher at Butte Elementary in She called to ask for more Dorris. Calif.. called on Oct. 27. information. She said it was fun A game warden working near for her second-grade class to learn Macdoel. Calif., found Tanner's who sent the balloon and the long balloon with the note attached. It distance it traveled to end up in was tattered and in pieces, their classroom. He placed it in a plastic bagTanner was thrilled. His note and delivered it to Silva. She and and balloon traveled 244 miles over her students carefully put thae mountains, desert, rivers and lakes pieces of paper together. They could before it landed and someone found read White's Electronics. Inc.. on it. ir "christmas begins with Christ" Christmas Concert featuring award-winning Vonda Beerman, who travels all over the world sharing the message of God's love through gospel music. No Charge (it's OUR gift to YOU) Non-Doctrinal Sponsored by Seventh Day Adventist Church For more information contact Tawny Sportsman at 401-2521 in awhile? Join Us for a.. Eve Service December 24th, 6 p.m. For. more info: 367-6855 . Sweet Home ffa us : our Methodist [ Church Open Hearts, "~'~ 1 Open Minds. Open Doors at River of Life Fellowship 1658 Long St. @ Wed.. bec 24th F ,e Meal-Every Fr/da:y 5 pm IO 6th & Ironwood 367-3073 Hillside Fellowship Church 501 W. Nandino Street 367-5364 or 367-8410 Come ,Join Cki! Sweet Home Evangelical Church 1347 Long Street 367-4357