“For to us a child is born…
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
- Isaiah 9:6
Dear Members & Friends of Indo-Pak United Methodist Church,
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.
As most of you know, these past many months have been very difficult in the life of our church due to the lack of heat in the sanctuary. A series of problems were delaying the project. We were beginning to think we would not be able to use the sanctuary for our Christmas Eve service.
This reality started dampening our joy this Christmas season. However, as I began writing this letter I heard a story of a young man who threw $ 1,000 from the balcony at the Mall of America on Black (Cyber) Friday. He hoped to spread the joy of Christmas to the grateful shoppers that picked up the money. This man was having a difficult time going through a divorce, losing his business, income and car. His intentional act of sharing the $1,000 gave him much joy.
This story reminded me of many people in West Ridge and Indo-Pak who have been sharing the joy of Christmas throughout the year by giving of themselves and their goods to God and others. At least four young people donated the first paychecks of their first jobs to God. Three families provided free catered meals to all the members of Indo-Pak during Easter, Christmas and New Years. One West Ridge member has been donating $500 to our Thanksgiving Dinner so everyone, whether they could afford it or not, would enjoy a holiday meal. One young man donated a portion from the sale of his old car .Many more gave faithfully for heating system and monthly pledges.
I can assure you that all these people, despite their difficulties in life, have joy because they have learned that Christmas is about giving; giving that is based on realizing God gave His Son for us. In response to His love, we share ourselves in a manner that brings joy to both our lives and the lives of those people receiving our gifts.
Just as we were preparing to mail this letter, we were notified that the City of Chicago granted us the permit and work on the new system has begun once again. Praise God! What a joy! We will worship in the sanctuary on Christmas Eve and Christmas day.My heartful thanks to all who made it possible by their prayers and donations.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Service — December 24,2013 6:30 p.m.
Christmas Service December 25, 2013 4:00 p.m.
New Year Service January 1, 2014 4:00 p.m.
(Fellowship meals will be served following Christmas and New Year services.)
Rev. Ernest C. Singh
Indian Church, Pakistani Church, South Asian Church, Chicago, Illinois, hindi, urdu