Once per week or so, Fallon’s faith leaders offer their thoughts on faith and life. Any church or faith community of any kind is welcome and encouraged to participate. If you have ideas for topics we should write about, or if you or your pastor or faith leader would like to participate, please call Pastor Dawn Blundell at Epworth UMC, 775-423-4714.
If you’d like to talk more about anything you read here, or if you would like prayer or a listening ear, we hope you will reach out to one of us. If you don’t already have a church home, you are invited to join us for worship, too! You’ll find contact information and worship times below.
How do we most clearly see God in the Christmas Season?
Trudy Erquiaga, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
In-person worship services suspended for the month of December.
Prayer services via Zoom Sunday morning at 8:30am, Tues and Thurs at 6:00pm
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God’s presence shines in the lights that decorate our homes, the gifts we exchange, the
time and energy spent preparing special treats for others, the lyrics of music, the sentiments in
greeting cards, the gatherings of family and friends, and in the generosity extended towards
others; God’s presence illumined during the Christmas season. The same God is present every
day of our lives, though glimpses of God’s goodness and love may appear in subtler ways. Pay
attention to the gifts of God; give thanks by continuing to share the spirit of the Christmas
season throughout the year. “And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance,
so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8
Chad Biar, St John’s Lutheran Church
In-person worship at 10:00 am; parking lot drive-in service on 90.9FM
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I suppose this is a continuation of my response for last week, but I think actually using the season of Advent to focus on what Christmas really means, to reflect on my own life and understanding why I need Jesus and what it actually means for Him to become incarnate for us, and understanding that the Christmas season is about recognizing God’s love for us rather than commercialization and generic wintertime activities can help us properly turn our focus towards God instead of whatever Coca-Cola tells us to.
Dawn Blundell, Epworth United Methodist Church
Worship Sunday mornings online at 9:30am on Facebook Live and KVLV AM980
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God has often chosen to do his most powerful work through human beings. There are miracles, absolutely, things that we humans have no part in except to be awed by them. But more often than not, God enlists our help in working the everyday miracles that truly heal the world. I am brought to my knees by the beauty God creates in winter time. My heart breaks in the best way when I hear someone reading those familiar Christmas Bible passages, or singing a Christmas song with their heart really in it. But I feel the presence of God most powerfully when I encounter people being good to each other when they don’t have to be, sharing whatever they have with someone else. That’s how God shines light in the darkness.
Kathy Ishoy, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Fallon 1st Ward Relief Society President
For more info, please call 775-742-9040 or visit www.churchofjesuschrist.org
During 2020 the world has endured disasters, wildfires, political unrest, riots, violence and a pandemic. These things have caused some to react violently, to lose hope and to be selfish and intolerant. Hope comes from having faith and believing in something greater than oneself. Jesus Christ, whose birth we celebrate during this season lived and taught that peace and joy come from living the two commandments, loving God and our Neighbors. The hope and peace the world needs can be if each of us gives the gifts of love, kindness, warm hearts and tolerance to all.
Stephen Duarte, Parkside Bible Fellowship
Director of Student Ministries
Sunday School at 9:00 am, worship services Sunday mornings at 10:15 am and 6:00 pm
For more info, please call 775-423-3855 or visit www.parksidebible.com
We most clearly see God during Christmas in Jesus. Jesus is “… the image of the invisible God…” (Col 1:15) He is God become man, like us in every way yet without sin. (Heb 2:17; 4:15) Jesus reveals God’s standard, that to be right with God we must, “… be perfect as [God] is perfect.” (Mat 5:48) This standard is one we can never hope to achieve because we are sinners. With this in mind, we look to Jesus who also reveals God’s grace because, “…while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom 5:8) All who put their faith in Jesus have their sins forgiven and his perfect righteousness credited to them. In Jesus, we see God’s righteousness and God’s amazing grace.