Resolve to Do All the Good You Can

It is a popular tradition for people to make New Year’s resolutions to start the year, with the hope of keeping their promises and making changes happen. This practice can be traced back for centuries when people made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. According to some sources, the Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named. At “watchnight” services, many Christians prepare for the year ahead by praying and making resolutions to be more devoted in the new year.
Surveys show that these were the Top Resolutions that people made to start 2023:
•    Exercise more.
•    Eat healthier.
•    Lose weight.
•    Save more money.
•    Spend more time with family and friends.
•    Spend less time on social media.
•    Reduce stress on the job.
•    Reduce spending on living expenses.

As we get ready to start 2024, what will you resolve to do? What commitment will you make to be the best “you” and to making a positive difference in the world? Consider strengthening your relationship with God; showing care and gratitude for your family and friends, and then extending hospitality and compassion to all God’s people. May God give you wisdom and encouragement to make the most of the new year.
Happy New Year,
Karen

January Birthdays and Anniversaries!

Happy birthday!! We hope your day is filled with lots of love and laughter! May all of your birthday wishes come true. God Bless!
3     Catherine Black
7     Moose Healy
8     Jamie Deurmeier
13   Dominic Midwinter
15   Liryn Osorio
15   Nicholas Lopez

Congratulations & Happy Anniversary to Our January Couples!
Sending anniversary congratulations and best wishes for the years ahead to all those celebrating wedding anniversaries.
8    Richard & Karen Sabath

Congregational Meeting Recap

Church Board
Thank you to those who served in leadership on the church Board in 2023 and those who have agreed to serve in 2024!

Judy Thorndyke, Treasurer
Nancy Vangelist, Secretary
Lynn Hendricks, President
Thank you to those who served in leadership on the church Board in 2023 and those who have agreed to serve in 2024!
Church Board

Pamela Sandstrom, Pastoral Care Representative
John Szabo, Trustee Representative.
The position of Arts Committee representative to be selected by the Committee.

Trustees:
Karen Cullen    (2024)
Steven Flowers (2024)
John Martinez  (2026)

The FCCG Budget was approved at the Congregational meeting on December 17. If you would like a copy or have questions, please contact the church office or Judy Thorndyke, Treasurer.

We also approved our Statement of Inclusion.

FCCG Inclusion Statement
We, the members of First Christian Church of Glendora, value the uniqueness of all God’s people and affirm the worth and dignity of all. We welcome all people, regardless of color, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and nationality, precisely because of Christ’s calling to treat others as we desire to be treated.

Paying It Forward

A few years ago, ABC World News ran the story of a surprise reunion. A young man, 22 year old Joseph Bitetto, had decided to dedicate his life to helping others. On the day he was set to graduate and become one of FDNY’s newest EMTs, he got the joyful surprise of his life when he came face to face with a hero he had met years ago. In 1996, Joseph’s mother, pregnant with Joseph, had to call 911. Only 28 weeks into her pregnancy, she had gone into labor early. She was forced to deliver Joseph in her home, and both of their lives were in danger. Thanks to the heroic actions of the NYPD and FDNY personnel that arrived at their home, both mother and son were saved. Joseph was in an incubator for over a month, but he grew strong and healthy. At Joseph’s graduation ceremony to become an EMT, as a surprise for Joseph and his family, was the EMT who saved Joseph and his mother. Joseph, now 22 years later, wearing the same uniform of the  man who saved his life, was able to meet and thank Howard Blanck.(Howard now works as a detective for NYPD).
Joseph Bitetto was thankful for how his life, and that of his mother, had been saved by first responders and he wanted to “pay it forward” by choosing the same profession. He decided that he wanted to make a difference in the lives of others.
There are days when it would appear that the world needs a bit more encouragement and inspiration. On those days (and every day), remember that we have chosen to follow in the footsteps of Jesus the Christ. Even the smallest act of kindness and compassion can help change a life. Sometimes it may be sharing your resources and talents with others; other times it may be that advice or encouraging word that turns around a life. Whatever it might be, know that whether you see the end results or not, you have made the world a better place.  As we enter 2023, may you resolve to “pay it forward” in gratitude for the saving grace of God.
Blessings for the New Year,
Karen

Happy Birthday to our January Birthdays!

Happy birthday!! We hope your day is filled with lots of love and laughter! May all of your birthday wishes come true. God Bless!
3    Cathy Black
7    Charles Healy
7    Noah Groom
13    Dominic Midwinter
15    Liryn Osorio
15    Nicholas Lopez