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December 2018 Update

It was a festive month with several Christmas gatherings, one of which was a surprise birthday party for Marilyn.

Around 30 PEP (People Encouraging People) friends gathered at Noroton Presbyterian Church in Darien, CT for a wonderful Christmas lunch. And then three members of the choir lead them in a carol sing to celebrate the birth of Christ.

Connecticut December 2018

The women in the early morning (6:15 am) bible study at NPC feasted with a buffet breakfast after having finished reading and discussing the complex life of David, “a man after God’s own heart”, in Samuel 1 and 2.

Connecticut December 2018

It was too warm when we arrived in Calgary, Alberta, and there was no snow there. But we had a couple of days of great cross-country skiing at Lake Louise in Banff National Park. There’s always a lot of snow up there at nearly 6,000 feet. And there was snow too at Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park in British Columbia. We love the Canadian Rockies - when the sun shines and skies are blue, and there’s a foot of fresh powder snow.

Canada December 2018

Marilyn has four brothers and a sister in Alberta - and thirteen nephews and three nieces, one of whom is Marilyn’s godchild. We managed, by driving from place to place, to see 43 of the 64 people in her Matthiessen family, as well as some cousins and long time friends. It was good to be back there, where she grew up, and to see so many of her family members, especially two babies born since we visited there a year ago.

Canada December 2018

Please pray with us –

Heavenly Father, thank you for the
lives you’ve given us.
Help us to live this new year for You -
to enjoy Your many blessings
and to fulfill Your purposes.
Transform our lives, so that we may
help to transform the lives of others.

~ Our Daily Bread