Merry Christmas from Mary Nebelsick

From: mary nebelsick <>
Date: Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 5:54 AM
Subject: Merry Christmas
To: Ralph Jones <>, Pat Wales <>

Dear Ralph, Pat and, of course, everyone at First Presbyterian Church,
Thanks so much for your lovely letter. Somehow it seems that I end up writing quite a lot during the Christmas season.  I don’t know whether it is that our vision is sharper or the cavern between what we should be seeing and what we do see is wider, but I find myself feeling things rather more deeply. The experience that I talk about in this letter was curious in that it has made an incredible impact on me this Christmas season although it lasted only a few minutes.  … Continue

Christmas in the Philippines

From: mary nebelsick <>
Date: Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 6:50 PM
Subject: Christmas in the Philippines
To:,,,, Ralph Jones <>, Ralph Jones <>, First Presbyterian Church <>, Michael Tenney <>

Dear Friends at First Presbyterian Church,

I heard from Mom that it is icy almost everywhere in the U.S. Here, it is sometimes rainy but mostly cloudy and hot. We have spent a rather quiet Christmas season right here in our house.  Our Christmas season usually begins with Rachie’s birthday.  It was somehow quite a shock for me to realize that she has already turned 15. … Continue

Celebrate the Christmas Joy Offering

In this season when we celebrate the child born in Bethlehem, we realize that the birth of Jesus ushered in a new realm of God’s love at work in the world.

Presbyterians can respond to that love at Christmas by giving generously to the Christmas Joy Offering. The Offering helps thousands of students at Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges to develop their gifts and find their calling to serve God. At the same time, the Offering helps families of both active and retired church workers to meet unexpected needs through the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions.

Your gifts to the Christmas Joy Offering—joined with those of Presbyterians everywhere—celebrate the birth of God’s Son by investing in the lives of all of these children of God.… Continue