Dec 30, 2018

Dear Wellspring Family & Friends,

2019. A new year is just a blink away. How will you be spending New Years? Growing up with the Japanese traditions, I was taught to make sure that the house is clean; the “kadomatsu” (bamboo) and “kagami” (two mochis stacked atop one another with an orange on top) are in their proper place in our home; ozoni (mochi soup) is cooked; and flowers placed at the graves of loved ones who have passed. As the years have passed, I’ve let go of feeling the pressure to do all of this. The soba and ozoni are still a “must”, but mostly because my family and I enjoy this once a year traditional cuisine symbolic of the beginning of a new year. It is when I think about my mom a lot since she is the one who taught me how to cook for New Years and I’ve been carrying on that tradition for 26 years since she passed away.

What traditions do you keep alive in your life? We just finished celebrating Christ’s birthday with our traditional Wellspring Christmas Eve service. It was a beautiful evening with worship, dance, and sharing, highlighted with candle lighting and singing “Silent Night” to bring the evening to a close. Another upcoming tradition here at Wellspring is an invitation and openness to allow God to speak a word or phrase into your life that challenges, excites, transforms, and grows you in 2019 and beyond. I am still living into many of my past words of the year. They’ve all challenged me and continue to challenge me when I slip back into unhealthy ways and habits. I can’t wait to hear how God inspires and encourages you for 2019!

On behalf of Pastor Dale, Pastor Rebecca, Robbie, and myself, we want to express our gratitude and thanks to you as we bring 2018 to a close. We celebrate you and who you are, and all the ways that you pour into being present with us, serving, giving, and mostly being real and responsive to God’s leading, teaching and blessing in your lives. We love being here, in life, with you.

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face to you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26, NIV)

Love & Blessings,

Pastor Cheryl

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