Pastor Gayle’s Reflections

If you or someone you know would like or is in need of a visit, please contact Pastor Gayle in the church office, via phone (773-725-0121) or email (, via call or text to her cell (608-751-1948), or via Facebook message. Leave voicemail messages with details or with a message to call back.
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Now the Work of Christmas Begins

When the song of the angels is stilled,

when the star in the sky is gone,

when the kings and princes are home,

when the shepherds are back with their flocks,

the work of Christmas begins:

to find the lost,

to heal the broken,

to feed the hungry,

to release the prisoner,

to rebuild the nations,

to bring peace among the people,

to make music in the heart.

– Howard Thurman

Now is the time for the Work of Christmas!

You may be cringing at the thought of more Christmas work. After all, most of us have just managed to make it through Christmas, with extra church, community, and family events, decorating, shopping, cooking, and traveling. And then it’s New Year’s and you may go through some more extra decorating, and cooking, and celebrating. You may be forlornly accepting a return to a normal school or work schedule. And now the pastor is telling you it’s the time for the Work of Christmas!!!

Yes, now is the time. Now, as we go back to our “regularly scheduled programming,” is the time for the Work of Christmas. Not the work of pageantry, and posed family pictures, and making everything look perfect – the Work of Christ. The Work proclaimed by the prophets. The Work that Mary sang of in her Magnificat, through which she sang the theology she lived and undoubtedly taught her son Jesus. The Work that Howard Thurman wrote about: finding the lost, healing the broken, feeding the hungry, releasing the prisoner, rebuilding the nations, bringing peace among people, making music in our hearts.

The Work that we know Jesus will do throughout his ministry, which serves as a model for our ministry together. The Work that ought to be evident in our presence in the community and in social media. The Work that ought to be obvious in our Annual Reports and in our budget. The Work that ought to be an undercurrent to all we say and do, not just at church or as church, but at school, and at work, and at home, and everywhere we go.

May the Work of Christmas begin!



SAVE THE DATE: Our congregation will have our Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 26th after worship and a light lunch. Please plan to attend and contribute to the work and life of our congregation.

Board and Committee chairs: Please write and turn in your annual reports as soon as possible! Digital copies should be sent to the church email address,, so that the reports can be more easily assembled. Thank you!

As was the case last year, we will disperse the full annual report ahead of time via email, which saves the church money on paper and toner. It also saves time during the meeting if everyone reads the reports ahead of time. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THE FULL ANNUAL REPORT EMAILED TO YOU, PLEASE EMAIL THE CHURCH AT