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** Merry Christmas
From Don & Lola

** May the blessings of the message of Christmas be yours throughout the New Year!

Dear Friends,

It is that time of year once again. Our Pastor shared some thoughts regarding birthdays that I think is worth considering. Everyone has a birthday. I have been reminded this year of the consequences of birthdays. The longer you live the more birthdays you acquire. As the number increases so does certain other trimmings. There are even some perks that comes with birthdays.

We refer to this time of year as the celebration of Jesus' birthday.
No one knows when Jesus was born but that fact isn't important; the point is that He came as a tiny baby to take on flesh, live a sinless life and die a cruel death in order to be our Redeemer. He delivered us out of sin by paying the great price of His precious blood.

All the trappings of the Holiday Season - decorations, food, parties and gifts can be a distraction from the true meaning. We can make this time of year a most meaningful time if we refocus on our Savior and worship Him.  Spend some time in the quiet of your heart to just WORSHIP.

Last year at this time we were preparing for Christmas in Australia, looking forward to traveling to the city of Davao in the Philippines to attend a wedding and anticipating the return of Mark and Sara Pitts to the ministry at Grace. This has truly been an amazing year and we want to thank you for being a part of it.

He who has begun a good work in you will continue to perfect and complete it until the time of His return. (Phil 1:6) May you have a wonderful time of reflecting on the past year and living for Him in the New Year.

As always, I want to thank you for your prayers and support all these years. Lola and I are settling into retirement, enjoying our family and finding new ways to serve Him here in Phoenix.

By His marvelous grace alone,

Don and Lola Winans