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Upcoming Events
JUL

24

MON
Boy Scouts
7:00 PM
Meet at LVUMC
JUL

25

TUE
Cub Scouts Meet
7:00 AM
at LeValley UMC
Choir Practice
7:00 PM
Adult Choir group meets at LVUMC to practice
JUL

26

WED
Zion Food Pantry!
2pm-4:30pm at Zion UMC
http://www.zionionia.org/
Must be a resident of Ionia County and have valid Picture ID May receive food one time per month.
JUL

27

THU
SOUP KITCHEN @ ZION UMC
6:00 PM
http://www.zionionia.org/food-services.html
Free meal to all who would like to join us!
Drum Exercise Class
6:30 PM
at LeValley Church
JUL

30

SUN
Worship Service
9am - Berlin Center UMC
11am - LeValley UMC
JUL

31

MON
Boy Scouts
7:00 PM
Meet at LVUMC
Bible Search
Time of Year

Dear Berlin Center and LeValley Church Family,

Where has this year gone?  I can't believe that Advent is this Sunday which starts a new spiritual year for us.  We are doing something new this year at the parsonage; we are putting up our home decorations for Christmas before Thanksgiving.  We have a collection of homemade ornaments for the tree which we love hanging up.  Each ornament has a story to tell.  One of our church members in our first parish appointment hand knitted a number of snowflakes and an angel we put on top of the tree.  Edna augmented her income by selling handmade items.  We always made sure to purchase some items to give away as gifts and to add to our own tree.

Edna lived across the street form us and we became good friends.  Edna was a wonderful perosn who tragically was in a terrible car accident with another chuch member while out doing some UMW shopping.  Edna survived the accident and Nell did not.  Much time was spent with Edna visiting with her as she recovered from her injuries.  She was a tough person who actually served in the military.  At first glance she seemed kind of rough because she loved to talk about raising pit bulls which she no longer raised when we moved into the parsonage.  Under her rough exterior we found a lifetime friend and prayer partner of deep faith in God.

After we moved back to Michigan, the first Christmas card we would get every year was from Edna.  Most often her cards would tell the Christmas birth account of Jesus with all the key Bible verses.  We contineud to keep in touch with her.  This year Edna will not be sending us a Christmas card.  God has called her home and she will be having Christmas in heaven.

I wonder if the birth of Jesus is celebrated in heaven?

If the birth of Jesus is celebrated in heaven, I want to believe Edna is helping in some way to make some special ornaments to hang on the Christmas trees in heaven.  Jennifer and I want to wish a Merry Christmas to all the believers in heaven and on earth this year.

Thanks to each of you in this parish that we are making new Christmas memories with which may one day become a topic to encourage others to keep celebrating the birth of our Lord.

Merry Christmas,

Pastor Ray and Jen