The Bright Star of Bethlehem

See the birthplace of Christ starting Sunday, December 1st as we learn more about the little town where Jesus was born, and what He, who is the Bright Star of Bethlehem and the whole world has done for us, and continues to do in our lives today. Here’s a preview of our worship services and Christian growth this Advent and Christmas:

Week 1: “Star of Creation” Jesus is born in Bethlehem to bring light to a darkened world. We’ve received and believe this good news, so that others in our cities and towns would also believe in His saving act of love for us on the cross. Sunday, 8:30 & 10:45 am(with The Lord’s Supper)

Wednesday, 7 pmYamhill Community Cantata—“Joyous Sounds of the Season”

Week 2: “Star of Hope” Jesus is born in Bethlehem to bring hope to all people. The fears of all the years are washed away in baptism, and the promise of salvation and eternal life connected to it. Sunday, 8:30 & 10:45 am

Wednesday, 6:30 pm—“Unwrapping the Manger” (St. Paul Preschool Christmas program)

Week 3: “Star of Unity” Jesus is born in Bethlehem to bring together a land and people long divided. Christ comes to us as true man and true God. He knows our illness of sin and promises never to give up on us, but to be with us forever. He calls us to live together in peace and unity. Sunday, 8:30 & 10:45 am(with The Lord’s Supper)

Wednesday, 6:30 pm“The Christmas Carol” (St. Paul Elementary Christmas Program)

Week 4: “Star of Joy” Jesus is born in Bethlehem to bring joy to the whole world. His birth announces to us the good gifts of forgiveness, everlasting life, and freedom from death. Sunday,8:30 & 10:45 am

Tuesday, 3:00 & 7:00 pm—“The Bright Star of Bethlehem is Born” Christmas Eve service.

Wednesday, 10:30 am“The Bright Star of Bethlehem is Revealed” Christmas morning service (with The Lord’s Supper.)

  • The Bright Star of Bethlehem will be the subject during Sunday school, and adult Bible study throughout Advent. Sundays at 9:40 am in the Connect Center (Family Sunday school), Modular A (for preschool children), and the church basement.


Jill, Alex, Aaron and I wish you a Merry Christmas. May you have more joy and peace this season, and may the Holy Spirit increase your faith in God’s promise of love, forgiveness, and salvation.


Pastor Don


The new church year is here. The Advent/Christmas season is a joyous one. Advent helps us prepare to celebrate the coming of Jesus. God loves us so much and wants to dwell with us. To make this possible He sent His Son, Jesus, to reconcile us to Him. What a joy that He paid for our sins and now we have a new life in Christ and anticipate our life with Him when we pass from this life.

Hear ye, Hear ye, Senior Saints Christmas luncheon is coming on Friday, December 6th at the Connect Center. Note: Christmas soup will be served. If you have a favorite Christmas dessert, please bring some to share. Yum Yum! Beverages, laughs and a good time will also be provided.

Now for a little Christmas humor…

“A Sign of the Times”

As a little girl climbed onto Santa’s lap, Santa asked the usual, “And what would you like for Christmas?” The child stared at him open mouthed and horrified for a minute then gasped: “Didn’t you get my E-mail?”

“At Grandma’s”

Two young boys were spending the night at their grandparents. At bedtime, the two boys knelt beside their beds to say their prayers when the youngest one began praying at the top of his lungs.




His older brother leaned over and nudged the younger brother and said, “Why are you shouting your prayers? God isn’t deaf.” To which the little brother replied, No, but Gramma is!”

Maxine and I wish all of you a joyous and blessed Advent/Christmas!

Emmanuel – God with us.

In Christ’s love,

Pastor Rich