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WELS Civilian Chaplaincy in Europe
It is our mission to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in English throughout Europe in order to serve people with God's Saving Word and Sacraments.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.  He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.  Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:9-14
The world celebrates Christmas in many different ways. This year we were hoping to enjoy the experience of a German Christmas. We wanted to visit the enchanting Christmas markets. We were hoping to host our children and grandchildren in our new Spiesheim home. We planned to shower them with German presents and delight them with German treats.

Sadly, that is not going to happen…

Dear friends, you also probably had special plans for Christmas. Holiday parties, visiting family, family visiting you, big dinners, exchanging gifts, and enjoying Christmas markets were likely on your minds. Sadly, much of that will not happen either. This will be a disappointing Christmas season for many people around the world because of this awful pandemic.

Yes, our celebrations may be dampened this year, but the joy in our hearts remains. We know the love that God has for us. His Son became one of us. We know that Jesus is our Savior. And we know that we have the best Christmas present of all—eternal life in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

Maybe we can celebrate like Mary, treasuring and pondering the peaceful joy of Christmas in our hearts. 
Maybe we can celebrate like the shepherds glorifying and praising God for all true joys of Christmas.
Whatever we do this year to honor our Savior’s birth, we can have a Merry Christmas!

Joy to the world! The Lord is come!

Truth on a house wall in Spiesheim

Pastor John Hartwig
Im Holzweg 4a  55288 Spiesheim
Phone: 6732-600-3933 Cell: 173-419-9572
E-mail: welschaplain@gmail.com 
Web Page:www.welseurope.net





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