Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.


Philippians 4:4-5


students-- group photo after summer event

This photo takes us back to this past summer when our youth group had SWAG, a week filled with games and worship. During SWAG, students are split into four teams and compete in different challenges for the house cup, which is presented to the winning house at the end of the week. This event takes place every summer, and it’s a time for students to come together and rejoice in their faith.

This quote from Philippians fits perfectly with this picture because we were truly rejoicing in the Lord. We weren’t focusing on our to-do lists or thinking about our daily stressors. We were just celebrating our faith. During Advent, it is especially important for all of us to take time to rejoice in the Lord and think about what He’s done for us.

During the Christmas season, many people find it very easy to get caught up in the seasonal craziness and briefly forget about the true meaning of this holiday. It’s important for all of us to remember that God sent his only son to be with us on Earth. There’s something truly special about this! So, when you feel yourself becoming stressed about presents, trees, or some other Christmas matter this season, we encourage you to take a moment to just rejoice in the Lord. Jesus loves you, and He’s the true joy and wonder of Christmas!

Allison and Lizzie McCullough

nativity in white cardboard on blue background

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