Update December 21, 2021

It is Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. Last year I lit a fire in the pit outside the apartments on campus. Just watching the flames dance was what I needed. From here on out, until mid-summer, the days get longer. As the sun returns, we await the birth of the Son.

Services for Charles Hoy are as follows : visitation tonight, Tuesday December 21, at Hoffman’s Funeral Home, from 6-8 m. Service is Wednesday, December 22m at 9:30, also at Hoffman’s. Burial is at Cumberland Valley Memorial Garden. We hold the family in prayer for all of the transitions in their lives right now.

Christmas Eve Service : 7 pm, Friday. Music will begin about 6:45. The words of Luke 2: 1-14, are very comforting. After this year I think we could all use some comfort. Please join us .

Homeless Memorial Blanket Project is being set up in front of First Lutheran Church downtown Carlisle, right as I type this. There is a blessing of the blankets happening tonight at 5 pm.This will include a recorded message from ELCA Presiding Bishop, Rev. Elizabeth Eaton. Thank you for your involvement in this project.

Prayer list : We offer thanks to God for the life of Charles Hoy. We lift up the family and friends that held him so dearly. May they feel God’s peace and strength in this time. We ask particular prayers for Ruth Hoy as she adjusts to her life in Chapel Pointe at Carlisle Retirement Home. May she find peace and caring there. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. We ask for prayers for Christian and all those who service in the military. We pray for Pam, Betty Lou, Mark, Pat, Seth, DJ, Margaret, George, Arleen, Greg, Ruth, Darryl, Billie, Dave, Tim and Lisa. In these long nights we ask God to be with all those who are homeless, and all those living with mental illness. As the light returns again may we await the Birth of The Light among us. All of these things, and whatever we need, we ask of God, trusting in their mercy. AMEN.

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