Thank you for your prayers and encouragement for us Todds in the passing of Claudia’s dad the day after Thanksgiving. Memorial services for Dick Martinson will be Monday morning, December 12th at Arlington Cemetery in Riverside. 

The special Sundays of Advent continue today and continue through Christmas Eve. Each Sunday before Christmas day one of you families will share the Advent theme of the week, share a Scripture portion and lead us in prayer. Don’t miss any of these Advent times with the final presentation being our Christmas Eve service. Mike & Heidi Romero led us on November 27th.

I’m looking forward to meeting up with you today at 5pm for our annual Christmas Banquet in our Plaza. We will eat and sing and share gifts and celebrate the birth of Jesus with you. This is one of my season highlights each year.

December has started and so has the new quarter of December, January and February for the OUR DAILY BREADS. There are still a few left on the table in the Lobby for you to pick up.

Put Ed & Joyce Faranda’s Christmas yard light display (Gena also contributes) on your LET’S GO SEE SOME CHRISTMAS LIGHTS list. The lights are co-ordinated with music and a message that you hear on your FM car radio. They live at 5203 Ashworth Street in Lakewood. If you can’t drive to see the dancing lights, then go to and get a glimpse of what they are doing. The music includes songs that you will never hear at Starbucks because they proclaim the Savior’s birth plus a reading of the Luke 2 account and also a lighting of the Advent candles. Saturday evening, December 10 from 7pm to 9:30pm the Farandas are having what you might call an OPEN HOUSE for their light display (Everyone welcome. Bring a dessert to share if possible).

Merry Christmas,

Pastor Richard

I know it’s early to say MERRY CHRISTMAS but I love to say it and hear it uttered during this time of year.




I know many of you have invited friends, neighbors and family to the Christmas

banquet today. One of you shared these words with others this week.