What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
Remember: "When God closes a door, He always opens a window!" You never know what might be out there waiting for you!

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Wednesday Treasures

 It's been a busy few days since I last wrote. Got a little Christmas shopping done, but still not done. It's coming together slowly, but I am trying not to stress over it and just enjoy the journey.  I've also been busy with decorations and am pretty much done with that, with the exception of the train and village under the tree. We shall see if that even happens this year. At this point, it pretty much depends upon whether or not the kids will come back and help put it together or not. If not, then it probably won't happen because that getting down on the floor business (and then getting back up) is a little more than us old folks can handle these days. LOL  

So here are a few snippets of what has been accomplished. Every day is kind of like opening a new window on the Advent Calendar! I may not show you everything at once, and save some things for the rest of the days to follow.  That way you won't be too overwhelmed with pictures!  

For today's Advent window we are looking in on the Carolers singing their songs:

I think they must be singing "Joy to the World, the Lord is come, let earth receive her King..."
"Let heaven and nature sing...let heaven and nature sing, let heaven and heaven and nature sing..."
Have you ever gone caroling?  I'm afraid it is becoming a lost tradition...but we truly enjoyed going back a few years ago, going around to the homes of people we knew who were shut ins, and we stood outside and sang Christmas carols to them. They'd come to the door and sing along or sometimes cry because it meant so much to them to be remembered. It's a lovely tradition, and it would be nice to keep it going.

And then this arrived today in the mail as a big surprise!  It is from a dear blogging friend who loves to send surprises in the mail! I am always amazed and humbled by her thoughtfulness and giving spirit.  

It's like a giant snow globe with carolers singing outside a church...really really sweet!!

Here is a video of it in action. 

The Carolers remind me of our choir...we are currently practicing for our Christmas Cantata, which will be presented on Christmas Eve morning at church.  Last night we practiced the cantata all the way through, and it really is going to be special.  We are very small in number this year as several choir members haven't been able to participate with us, but for those of us who are there, we are singing our hearts out! We pray that God will be glorified by what we offer in song, and that hearts will be blessed with the Christmas story once again.  We will be recording it the week before at our dress rehearsal, so maybe I'll be able to share it with you then.

Speaking of our church, if you recall I mentioned that we have recently been approved to  disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church, and we are becoming a part of the new Global Methodist Church, which is Biblically conservative and follows the Wesleyan Tradition.  Since we are no longer affiliated with the United Methodist denomination we must remove all signs that have the logo of the UMC, which is the cross with the red flame beside it.  I am sad we have to remove the red flame, which signifies the Holy Spirit, but it is a requirement of the agreement.  So today our Building and Grounds manager planned to remove the small signs on the sides of the church bell tower. 

 He knew that I like to take pictures of all church events for our church Facebook page, so he invited me to come and watch and take pictures!  The Pastor was also helping by holding the ladder, and my hubby was there giving moral support.  It was a very chilly, windy day, but the job got done.

This little plaque will remain on the church as it gives historical information.  We may change the wording eventually to put the correct name, which is now Interlachen Methodist Church. That is actually the original name of the church. It didn't become a United Methodist Church until the denomination merged with the United Brethren denomination back in 1968. So now we have come full circle back to our original beginnings. There's a LOT of history in this little building. It has always stood strong for Christ in this community, and we pray it will continue to do so for many years to come.

Well, I guess that's enough for today's Advent Calendar Window.  We have great hope and joy in our hearts at this Christmas season. God is blessing our home and family with His peace and health and healing, and He is also blessing our little church with a glorious new beginning.

Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

2 The people who walked in darkness
Have seen a great light;
Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death,
Upon them a light has shined.

6 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

And now to close this post with a little "levity"...The darkness in this photo is a little bit enhanced, but this was our sunset one day last week.  After I shared it on Facebook, my sister wrote and said it looked like Santa and his reindeer were already flying up in the sky...Do you see him?  "Well, you'd better watch out, you'd better not shout, you'd better not cry, I'm telling you why! Santa Claus is coming to town!" LOL.

And with that I will bid you good night my friends. 
Santa Claus may be coming to town, 
but Jesus is coming too...so we'd best be ready...

Until next time,
Good night and God bless you all.


  1. Yes, I see Santa and his reindeer! I'm glad that your church has stepped back from the UMC. In this day, we have to stand for what we believe in and separate from what is wrong. Love your carolers and especially the musical globe. I love snow globes! Enjoyed your first Advent window!

    1. Thank you, Melanie. We are so thankful for our little church and their commitment to stand for Jesus no matter what. We have been blessed with a very Godly Pastor who preaches the Word of God and we want to keep it that way and not be forced to preach a false teaching that is against God's Word. We praise God we were able to make this move! Thank you for your visit to this Advent Window. Stay tuned for further episodes!

  2. Oh, I do love your carolers and I miss going caroling. When we lived here before, we went caroling to the shut-ins and several nursing homes. In Spokane, our church did the same for many years, but I would say the last 10-15 years, no one has gone from either church. The smiles and lit up eyes would certainly warm our hearts and make and obstacles worth it.
    Your gift is beautiful and I enjoyed seeing the video. Such a lovely friend to send it to you.
    I think it's so exciting for your church to return to it's Biblical foundations. So many churches are going to way of the world in order to draw more people in. My feelings are that it's more important to teach the truth, even if fewer people are willing to listen. I would love to visit your church someday and worship with you.
    Blessings and hugs,

    1. Oh, I would LOVE to have you visit our church someday and worship with us. If that is ever a possibility, please let me know! It would be such a joy to meet you in person! And yes, preaching the truth is what our church has always stood for. We are thankful to have a very Godly pastor who preaches and teaches the true Word of God. And our church is growing as a result! People DO want to hear the truth I believe!! Blessings and hugs to you and yours!

  3. Beautiful…love the cottage picture…warm and inviting home.prayers…Brenda

    1. Thank you, Brenda. So glad you could visit. I know I haven't been responding as much lately as I seem to be in a whirlwind of activities these days, but I love hearing from you and everyone and am trying to keep up. Christmas is an exciting time of the year as we prepare to celebrate Jesus' birthday! So much to rejoice about! Have a blessed and wonderful day and week!

    2. You are amazing at how you respond. So many bloggers write and never respond. Brenda

  4. Oh, I do love the thought of every new morning being akin to the Advent calendar! I've never gone caroling (or been caroled), but appreciate the tradition. This reminds me of something I saw on FB a few years ago: My favorite h.s. choir director was but a few weeks from his homegoing due to Lewys body dementia. Yet, when some of his colleagues came caroling to the care facility, he was able to meet them at the door -- and wonder-of-wonders, actually sing along.
    What a sweet moment for your Pastor and the others to change the church's old symbolism. John must have felt proud to be a part of it ... and you, to be asked to document it!
    Wishing you a blessed day, dear friend!

    PS - Yes(!) I do see Santa and his tiny reindeer. Great eyes, Doris!

    1. Thank you, Myra. I thought the Advent Calendar idea would be a good way to share something new every day and not overwhelm us (me included) by trying to do it all at once. I wish we would go caroling again...it is always such a blessing to those we sing to as well as to the singers. And yes, they say music is the last thing to go when a person has dementia. I know my mother in law and my father both loved their music to the end and would be comforted by hearing Gospel music in particular. My daddy had Parkinson's Disease and speech became difficult for him, but when we'd start singing he'd sing right along. He had always loved singing in the choir and had been in Barbershop Quartets/Choruses for years, so music was a big part of him. And yes, it was special to be a part of the sign removal. The start of a new beginning. And yes, Santa is on his way, so you'd better be good! LOL. Have a blessed day my friend.

  5. Hi Pamela, when I see you church, I think of the church I grew up in. It was called Gethsemane Methodist Church. It was a small church and I got married at the bigger church in my city called First United Methodist Church. Never heard of Global Methodist. I like your Christmas teapots. I brought mine out for a Christmas tea I am going to next week. Our church is Bible based and pastor speaks truth. I do miss having a choir. I enjoyed singing in mine when I was in youth. Happy my granddaughter sings in our praise band. I hope your arm is doing better!

    1. The Global Methodist Church denomination has started as a result of the churches leaving the UMC. It is conservative, Bible based, and does not have the bureaucracy/hierarchy of the UMC. We will always own our own building and be able to call our own pastors. We are very thankful for this new beginning.

  6. I like your Carolers. Our church goes caroling every year, to the shut ins and the nursing homes in the area.
    Good for your church for remaining Biblical. Our church left our denomination for similar reasons, and lost our church building in the process. We met in schools for several years, but now have a building again. It was a hard time but God provides!

    1. We had to pay a good amount of money to the UMC in order to be able to keep our property. Thankfully it wasn't the full value of the property, but a formula based on membership and other things. It hurt, but God provided the funds and we are very thankful to be able to continue on in the building that has been dedicated to God's service for over 125 years. I am happy for your congregation that you were able to pull out and still survive and now have a building of your own. God provides when we are faithful to Him and His Word.

  7. Truly sad to see the signs and symbols being removed, Pamela. But we have to remember that these don't reflect the hearts for Jesus that worship in that building.
    I loved seeing your festive decorations, too. Yes, we used to carol in our neighborhood when I was young and again, when my kids were growing up. It is a wonderful tradition! Too many hills in our neighborhood now for me to safely attempt those visits.
    May this season be a blessed one for you, my friend!

  8. I missed this post last night but am so happy with my visit here today!! I always enjoy your photos and descriptions, Pam!! The snow globe is SO PRETTY! Hugs to you dear friend!

  9. Jesus is coming.

    The prophesied falling away of some of the churches is a message to us. The time is near.

    I'm sorry you had to remove the sign, but how encouraging that your church is returning to its beginning name.

  10. I love that last photo and yes I see Santa and the reindeer! So glad your church was able to do this.


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