About a month ago work was started on the Christmas Float in preparation for the 2013 Christmas Parade. Jim Corder moved his trailer into his workshop/shed and built the frame of a candy store front. Darlene Sorensen had designed the features so that carolers would be standing in front of the candy store with its candy canes in the window. Candy canes also appeared around the back of the float and the words of a carol would have been heard as the float went by. However, due to the accumulated packed snow in most of the ditches and roadways and with the new snow coming, the parade was cancelled. It would have been very uncomfortable for people along the parade route to stand in slushy snow and ice, if the parade had not been cancelled.
Pastor Bob and Darlene Sorensen will be hosting the annual Bethany Baptist Church Christmas Party at their home, Friday evening, December 20 from about 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Guests will bring side dishes to go along with the chili and turkey and ham sandwiches that the Sorensen’s will provide.
Bethany Baptist Church is planning to have a special Christmas Service Sunday, December 22. There is to be a soup and pie fellowship at noon after the morning services. Gifts and cards will be exchanged and then following that at about 1:30 the Nelson Sisters will sing. It is hoped that weather will not interfere with those plans as had been the case for the last two weeks. The Nelson Sisters have to drive up from Clinton, Arkansas so we are hoping for a good weekend for driving.
One of the most popular Christmas songs is “Silent Night, Holy Night.” It truly was a Holy night in Bethlehem when God the Creator of the Universe took on human form so that he could suffer death to pay the penalty for our sins. Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. This could only happen because of Who he was. He who was the Giver of life became the Redeemer, the Messiah. Mankind could now be reconciled. This was a miracle of incarnation. Deity became flesh so that he could be the sin bearer. Jesus did not sin but he paid the penalty for sin. Jesus was sent, not to cheer us up, but to redeem us. His first coming as a baby prepared the world for his Second Coming. He will come as King of kings, when he comes again. He will bring in the Peace that was lost when they rejected him as king the first time. When he comes again, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that he is Lord indeed. When he takes his rightful place on the throne, there will be no more pain or sorrow, but rejoicing, happiness and good will toward men.