At a recent TOPS meeting, members celebrated their weight losses and
encouraged each other with holiday tips. We have a few members
and invite you to join us anytime to check out our chapter.
Meetings have a variety of programs, discussions, and lots of fun
and support. TOPS is an international weight loss group that
meets locally at Berakah on Fairview Road in Pittsfield on Tuesday
nights. Please feel free to contact April for more information
Letter To The
“In the beginning was the Word…the Word was with God…the Word was
God (John 1:1). And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us”
(v.14). What Child is this that we celebrate at Christmas? It
is Jesus; Emmanuel; God with us. God Himself being born…the mystery
of godliness (I Timothy 3:16) that is beyond our comprehension.
Where did He come from?
“He was in the beginning with God,” and
“All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made
that was made” (John 1:2-3). Jesus didn’t begin in Bethlehem. Never
was there a time when He didn’t exist nor will there ever be a time
when He ceases to exist. Almighty God sent His Son to earth
“according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in
Christ Jesus before time began” (II Timothy 1:8-9). Why did Jesus
come down from heaven and take upon Himself the form of a human?
“Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come—In the
volume of the book it is written of Me—To do Your will, O God.’”
Jesus came to do the will of the Father, to destroy Satan’s power of
eternal separation from God. While all will experience the first
death, physical separation of the soul and body, it was necessary
for Jesus to be born in Bethlehem’s manger with the sole purpose of
one day going to the cross to die. However, the story didn’t end
there; He arose from the grave to put a final end to the second
death (Revelation 21:8) for those who put their trust in Him. “She
will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He
will save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21)” Will you by
faith receive His eternal gift of salvation?
To His majesty and glory,
Include the wonderful Christmas Eve
candlelight service, 7 p.m., at the First Congregational Church, 24
Main St., Pittsfield, in your holiday celebrations. The service
includes beautiful music by the Chancel Choir and the JuBellation
Handbell Choir, scripture lessons, the story of the first Christmas,
the sanctuary sparkling in gleaming candlelight and the singing of
“Silent Night.” Make this lovely evening service a tradition with
family and friends. Parking and wheelchair accessible entry are
available at rear of church at Chestnut Street. For more
information, call the church office at 435-7471.
Mike Moffett of Loudon’s American Legion
Post #88 is seen here presenting a “Toys for Tots” check for $150
from Post #88 to Marine LCpl Hendry at the Londonderry, N.H.
military reserve center. Also pictured is LCpl Balletto, who is
holding a sled full of toys and gifts Moffett delivered to
Londonderry from the Loudon Lions Club.