Dear Peace family,

Christmas, and for that matter any holiday, can be a challenging time for people.  These notes may not touch you, but it is likely that you may know someone that might need these simple tips.  Share them.  These tips come from Stephen’s Ministry.

1.  It’s okay to be sad.  For many, Christmas will be sad and emotional no matter what you do.

2.  Only think about how to make it through this Christmas.  Don’t worry about New Year’s or Easter or what you’ll do next year.

3.  Don’t be afraid to change some traditions.

4.  Don’t be afraid to keep some traditions.

5.  Find others who are challenged with loneliness.  Many grieving people find it helpful to gather with others who have experienced the same losses.

6.  Plan a way to remember your loved one.

7.  It’s okay also to laugh and smile.  It is likely that the one you are missing would not want you to be sad, but to enjoy the special days in front of you.

Finally and most importantly, cherish this truth from Christmas:  God wanted you to know Him so badly, that He sent His Son.  All that we need to know about God, is answered in Jesus.  Certainly, there is much that we don’t know or understand about God–but there is plenty to know about Him through His Son.  We know that God is loving, forgiving and redeeming.

The family of Peace has had a great year in 2014.  Some of our loved ones are no longer with us. Some new faces have joined our family.  We are blessed and thankful!

There are exciting plans in the works for 2015.  Be open to what comes your way!

NEW YEAR’S EVE…………Peace is having a special service on New Year’s Eve as we close out 2014 and look forward to 2015.  There will be time given for sharing God’s work in your life this past year and time for prayer and song.  Worship begins at 7 pm.