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SALVATION PRAYER ARE YOu TIREd Of ThE dIREcTION Of YOuR LIfE? Do you desire to get out of the rut of hopelessness? If you do the same things then nothing will change. To have change in your life you MUST DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY. ARE YOu REAdY fOR ThAT chANGE? Do you desire a relationship that won't fail you? Do you desire for someone to love you unconditionally? Have someone in your life, who won't let you down? Would you like a good Father who loves you, gives you strength and comforts you when it feels like the world is against you? If you are ready then read the way to attain these things. Coming to Jesus is the only way! Not only will He fulfill these things but the most important is that only He can save you! The first thing you need to do is believe; believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He came to earth to be the sacrifice for your sins. The best place to learn this is by reading God's Word ~ The Bible. The next thing you need to do is Repent; turn away from self-centeredness and sin, and turn to God. In Acts 2, the Apostle Peter said' unto them, “Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Last, but not least, seek out a local church to become part of the family. Being around others who have claimed Christ as their Savior will help you to grow, they will be there in times of need, teach you, listen to you, and be part of your family. If you’ve received christ as your Lord and Savior, let us know we want to help you get established in your new life with him. Please write us at The Good News Paper or email us at: goodnews@twcny.rr.com

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Welcome to the December/January (our combination issue) of the Good News Paper! I hope you enjoy this issue which is filled with some great inspirational stories. We’ll be back on the streets in February, so until then have a wonderful holiday season! Christmas is a time of gift giving. It’s when we show our love, honor and appreciation for one another, so I’d like to share some thoughts about God’s gift to us. God has offered mankind a gift - to all who would receive it by faith, SALvATION. Bought by the precious shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross. Blood that covers our sinful lives, changes our hearts and allows us entry into paradise with Him. Let me emphasize THIS IS A GIFT - it is up to each one of us to make the decision to receive it or not. Some people don’t think they have to receive the gift because they think they’re good enough. God doesn’t take our “good works” into account before we’re saved we’re not even spiritually alive. The Word says we’re dead in our sins and trespasses. How can you count a dead persons works? In John 3:3, “Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you are BORN AGAIN, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.’ " 1) We can’t be good enough, we can only be born again (made alive). 2) God isn’t grading our behavior on some “cosmic curve,” that compares our sins to the worst sinner that ever lived.

3) There isn’t a heavenly scale with our “good works” piled up on one side and our “bad works” on the other. Recently I saw the actor Kirk Cameron on TBN asking a man on the street, “Do you think you’ll go to heaven when you die?” The man said, “Yes.” Kirk asked, “Why?” “I believe I’ll go to heaven because I don’t try to hurt anyone and I’m basically a good person,” the man said. Then Kirk explained what God’s standards were for getting into heaven the Bible says in Ephesians 2:9, “Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” (NIv). Then Kirk asked him, “Have you ever told a lie?” The man said “Yes.” Next he asked, “Have you ever stolen anything?” The man answered, “Well, not really a lot. But, yes.” Then Kirk asked, “Have you ever lusted after a woman?” The man chuckled at this one, and affirmed, “Yes.” Kirk shared with the man, “God’s Word says if you even lust after a woman in your heart, you’ve committed adultery.” Kirk asked him, “Have you ever hated anyone?” The man confessed he had. Lastly Kirk said, “God says anyone who hates his brother is a murder. So by your own admission - you are a liar, a thief, and an adulteresss murderer. Do you still think you will get into heaven?” Obviously the man said, “No.” Then he shared with the man God’s gift of salvation and the miracle that accompanies it. He told him the Bible says, “God would take out the heart of stone and give the man a heart of flesh, a heart that wants to obey God. That old things would pass away and all things would become new.” It was the man’s choice to receive it the “gift,” and it’s ours too. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! In Christ’s Love,

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Wise Men Still Seek H im the Song of the SeaSon by Rev. Tom Burgess Seasonal songs have long been associated with Advent and Christmas, from Mary’s Magnificat and angelic anthems of the Bible to Christian carols and secular songs of today. Christmastime and music have become so linked that even people who do not normally sing will at least hum along to the Muzak ® at this time of year. It all began with John’s declaration of the Incarnation. While not strictly speaking a song, the Interpreter’s Bible states, “The whole thing has the effect more of a piece of lofty music than of literature.” The words in the opening chapter of the Gospel of John echo back to the first chapter of the Book of Genesis and the beginning of all things. Although it may seem far removed from the events of a manger in Bethlehem and angels singing to shepherds, the beloved disciple wants us to know that the Nativity did not begin with Mary and Joseph but with God. This is what we need most to understand at Christmas: the true message is eternal. Otherwise, it gets lost among that which really does not matter. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth…” (John 1:1-14). These majestic words may not have seemed as strange to those of the first century AD as they do to us. Devout Jews were probably reminded that God created through the spoken word (Genesis 1:1-27). Philosophical Greeks held to the belief that the “logos” was the Word or Reason of God, the instrument through which God made the world. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, John captured the thinking of both Jews and

Greeks; then he carried it one step further: “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). For a relatively short time (which is to say for 33 years), the Eternal Word became a human being who walked in our midst. That is what the Incarnation, which means “put into flesh,” is all about: God was put into flesh, not only to communicate with humanity but to identify the Creator with his creation. God chose to become flesh and lived among us full of grace and truth. This is not to minimize the Nativity and the Epiphany but, rather, to recall that the babe became a man; he walked our roads, visited our villages, shopped in our marketplaces, toiled in our workplaces, and ate at our tables. Christmas began in the heart of God and, in the words of Christina Rossetti, “Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, Love divine; Love was born at Christmas; Star and angels gave the sign.” Much more than a baby was born at Bethlehem. The love of God was manifested in a way the world could appreciate, understand, and accept it, so we can live it out in our daily lives. This is the Word for all who feel unloved, for all who don’t know how to love, for all consumed by hate, for all who want to be better people, for all who are bound by bad habits, for all who cannot see goodness enough to even desire it: God became flesh and dwelt among us to show us a better way (1 Corinthians 12:31). When God first made humans in his likeness and image, we could speak his language and sing his song. This was lost through Adam’s fall; although we could still speak the words, we could no longer comprehend their meaning in our living. Then came the Babe of Bethlehem; love, purity, peace, beauty lived and walked among us. When Jesus touches our lives, something happens: he puts a new song in our hearts and mouths (Psalms 40:3; 96:1-3). Now we can keep Christmas all through the year!


cover story Come Home for CHristmas! by John R. Petrilli At Christmas time we enjoy singing many of the familiar songs of the season. Some songs talk about the religious aspects of the holiday, while others deal with seasonal traditions like sleigh rides, caroling, roasting chestnuts, and trimming trees. One well known song is titled, “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays�. It brings to mind all the warmth and joy of celebrating the holiday together with loved ones. While being at home during the holidays may seem like the ideal way to celebrate Christmas, we may be surprised to find out that the very first Christmas was NOT celebrated at home. A close look at the original Christmas story reveals a number of similarities between where some of us find ourselves this holiday season, and where Jesus’ family found themselves when they celebrated the very first Christmas. JOSEPH AND MARY WERE SEPARATED FROM THE FAMILIAR PLACES THEY KNEW BACK HOME. Luke 2: 1-4 “About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the entire Roman Empire. Everyone had to travel to the town of their ancestors. So Joseph went from the town of Nazareth to the town of Bethlehem, King David’s town for the census because he was a descendant of King David.� Bethlehem was about 60 miles from their hometown of Nazareth, so this couple found themselves a long way from home. Not only were they far from home, but the town they came to was very unfamiliar to them. So the first Christmas found two people separated far from their home and landing in a place with surroundings they weren’t used to and probably quite uncomfortable with. JOSEPH AND MARY WERE SEPARATED FROM THE PEOPLE THEY LOVED BACK HOME. Luke 2:5 “Joseph went to Bethlehem to register WITH MARY, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.� In order for Mary and Joseph to get to Bethlehem they had to leave all their families and friends behind back in Nazareth. Imagine leaving a town where everyone knew you to go to a place where nobody knew you. This is what it was like for this young couple. And to top it all off, it was at a time when Mary was expecting a child and needed the support of her family more than ever. I would imagine Mary and Joseph felt very out of place and missed everyone back home. They didn’t have anyone to turn to for help or support. They probably felt very lonely, isolated and forgotten. JOSEPH AND MARY WERE SEPARATED FROM THE COMFORTS THEY ENJOYED BACK HOME. Luke 2:7b “While they were there, the time came for Mary to give birth. She gave

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birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a feeding trough, because there was no room in the inn.â€? If ever there was a difficult pregnancy, it would have to be Mary’s. While there were no physical complications with the pregnancy itself, she had to endure many hardships in reaching her goal of delivering her baby. First there was that very long and tiring journey on the back of a camel. Most women today enjoy the relative comfort convenience of being driven by car to the place of birthing, but Mary endured all the bumps and roughness that go along with camel travel. Already low on stamina due to her carrying an unborn baby, such a long trip would have drained most of her energy. Then, instead of a brightly lit, spanking clean maternity ward, Mary had to settle for a dark, damp, dirty, smelly animal barn. Instead of enjoying the comfort afforded her by family and friends during her birth she has to settle for the company of some goats and oxen. How her heart must have longed to give birth back home instead of in that lonely place where hardships were many and comforts were few. ALTHOUGH MANY MILES SEPARATED MARY AND JOSEPH FROM THEIR HOME AND FAMILIES, GOD PROVIDED THEM WITH NEW FRIENDS TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS WITH. God sent new friends in the form of Shepherds to join Mary and Joseph in celebrating Jesus’ birth. How appropriate that the Good, Great and Chief Shepherd of our souls should be welcomed on earth by men of like trade. God also sent along a new friend in the person of a senior citizen named Simeon. The elderly saint took the baby Jesus up in his arms and gave Mary and Joseph the priceless gift of a special blessing upon the newborn infant. In addition to Simeon and the shepherds, God also added a widower named Anna to the invitation list for Jesus’ birthday. God finished off the guest list with an entourage from a far away land who gave Jesus His very first birthday gifts. They laid out before the family expensive and precious gifts of gold, incense and myrrh. Together all these wonderful people made the couple feel more at home as they Shared in the joy of the Savior’s birth. WHEN WE CAN’T BE HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, IT’S POSSIBLE FOR US TO CELEBRATE THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS WHEREVER WE ARE! It’s been said that home is where the heart is. I don’t think that saying could ever be truer than at Christmas time. On that very first Christmas Eve Mary and Joseph were far from their physical home, yet, by welcoming Jesus into their hearts and lives, they had found a spiritual home away from home. And isn’t THAT what Christmas is all about? It’s about making room in our hearts for Jesus. Hear Jesus’ own words: “I stand at the door of your heart and knock. If you hear My voice and open the door, O will enter your life and we will enjoy wonderful fellowship together.â€? Sometimes we may have to celebrate Christmas away from our physical home, but nobody has to celebrate Christmas away from their spiritual home ‌ EVER. So if you long for home this Christmas, remember that because Jesus died for your sins, you can make your heart His home today, and then you’ll truly be “Home for Christmasâ€?!

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Federal Judge Upholds Michigan Student’s First Amendment Rights (EP News)--A federal judge upheld the rights of a Michigan second grade student to hand out invitations to a youth summer camp. Judge Gerald E. Rosen, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, ruled that the Patterson Elementary principal was wrong to ban the student from distributing the religious material on school grounds. Bruce Hausknecht, judicial analyst for CitizenLink, said these types of bans on religious speech are unfortunately more commonplace than people realize.“Through decades of intimidation by liberal, secular organizations, schools tend to equate religious speech with threats of lawsuits for violating the so-called separation of church and state,” he said, “and in an attempt to avoid legal conflict, unwittingly commit the very First Amendment violations they think they are preventing by their discrimination.” In his opinion, the judge reasoned: “(S)uch a blanket prohibition upon a student’s distribution of materials on the basis of religious viewpoint is not constitutionally permissible. The school district cannot reasonably be viewed as having imposed time, place, or manner restrictions upon J.S.’s distribution of these materials; instead, it has flatly forbidden him from giving such materials to his classmates anywhere on school grounds at any time during the school day.” Rosen further ordered the school district to stop enforcing such a ban “on the sole ground that she seeks to distribute materials promoting religious activities” – especially while allowing other groups to distribute their flyers. Hausknecht said: “It’s encouraging to see this federal judge apply clear-cut Supreme Court precedent to arrive at the right First Amendment decision: schools need to create a level playing field when it comes to speech issues. They cannot create a forum in which all speech is permitted except religious speech. That’s called ‘viewpoint discrimination’ and violates the First Amendment.” New York’s City Council Considers Strictest Regulations For Crisis Pregnancy Centers (EP News)--The latest city to attempt to regulate pro-life crisis pregnancy centers is proposing the strictest regulations yet. The New York City Council is considering legislation based on the claims of a report that accuses these centers of using dishonest and manipulative tactics. New York City Council member Jessica Lappin, a former Planned Parenthood escort, and seven other City Council members are sponsoring the proposed legislation, which goes beyond regulation in other cities, requiring a crisis pregnancy center (CPC) to post disclosure statements on its website and in its advertising and literature in addition to displaying them at its place of business. The bill also requires CPCs to disclose whether they have a licensed medical professional on staff, and it bars centers from disclosing personal or health information without patient consent. CPCs that fail to comply would be fined $200 to $1,000 and face possible closure. Pro-life advocates have filed lawsuits in Baltimore and Montgomery County, arguing that similar legislation there violates free speech and freedom of religion. The lawsuits have delayed enforcement of the regulations in Maryland.

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New Video Series Launched to Educate Public, Enforce Federal Obscenity Laws (EP News)--Pornharms.com has launched a new series of interviews with experts to educate the public about the tremendous growth of – and harm caused by – pornography, which has invaded nearly every facet of American culture. The first interview is with Mark Kastleman, author of “The Drug of the New Millennium: The Brain Science Behind Internet Pornography Use.” Kastleman is also co-founder and director of Candeo, an addiction recovery site. Patrick Trueman, spokesman for Pornharms.com and former chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section within the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), said these interviews are a vital step in the ongoing war against pornography. Trueman also blames the DOJ for standing by as hardcore pornography rapidly expands. “Much of the harm that is affecting individuals and families across this country would not exist if the DOJ would only enforce federal obscenity laws,” Trueman said. “These laws prohibit distribution of hardcore adult pornography that is obscene on the Internet, on cable/satellite or hotel/motel TV, through the mails, and in retail shops.”


life CoNFereNCe BriNgs truth aNd LiFe by John R. Petrilli The newly renamed Crown Hotel was the site of the 2010 Life and Truth Conference on October 23, sponsored by Friends for Life. It was my first venture into the former Holiday Inn property at 701 East Genesee Street, and I was more than a little impressed. Over 180 attendees enjoyed a delicious buffet lunch served atop the towering 20th floor of the hotel, with its commanding, panoramic view of Syracuse that’s simply matchless. The day began with an eye-opening message from Rev. Dr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk titled, “Making Sense of Bioethics”. It clarified and magnified the issues surrounding stem cell research. “Rev. Tad” made extensive use of Power point to visually drive home his points, including three of some 10 myths about stem cells: Myth #1- Stem Cells Come Only from Embryos; Myth #2- The Greatest Promise Lies in Embryonic Stem Cells; Myth #3- Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT) is Different from Cloning. His extensive research experience and command of the facts and skillful delivery captured and held the audience’s attention. Next came a thought-provoking message from Dr. Erika Bachioci titled, “The Cost of Choice: The Myriad Ways Abortion Impacts Women”. Bachioci stated, “Some are calling 2010 the year of the prolife woman. Many of the women running for federal office this year are clearly and confidently espousing their prolife views. For abortion advocates, prolife women in politics are a nightmare. It seems to me that prolife feminism, if properly articulated, strikes at the very heart of the pro-choice movement. The only remaining claim of the prochoice movement is that women’s equality and wellbeing depends upon abortion rights. It’s easy to make this woman’s equality argument when all the prolifers on the national stage are men. Not so easy to do when more and more prolife women are staring back at you.” Bachioci went on to convincingly substantiate her position that child bearing is something that demonstrates true femininity, and that abortion is an attack that destroys the ultimate expression of that femininity. The third speaker of the morning was Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, who addressed the topic, “Biologic Basis of Reproductive Risks for Breast Cancer”. Lanfranchi stated, “We’re in breast cancer awareness month, and that’s when cancer societies will convince every single woman that they have two time bombs strapped to their chests, and that it’s the fickle finger of fate that will de-

termine whether they get breast cancer. And that’s entirely not true. We know what causes breast cancer. It’s not true that (for the) 70 % of women who get breast cancer, there’s no cause. Most people and doctors aren’t aware of the abortion-breast cancer link. 2010 was a pivotal year for the a-b-c (abortion-breast-cancer) link.” Referencing global tracking statistics, Lanfranchi made a strong case for the growing support of the a-b-c link. She stressed the right of American women to know what the risks are for breast cancer without the excessive politicizing of the issue. “You don’t arrive at scientific truth by consensus; you arrive at it by data.” The conference program ended on a very high motivational note as Pastor Luke J. Robinson closed with a stirring message entitled, “The Urgency of Now”. Pastor Robinson gained national attention when he challenged President Obama to stop the slaughter of the preborn during a speech to 400,000 plus people at the 2010 March for Life in Washington, D.C. “Out of 4,000 abortions each day, fourteenhundred are African American babies while only 12% of the population is African American.” “In many states it would be safer for an animal in an animal clinic that it would be for a woman in an abortion clinic.” “If we don’t stop the slaughter of innocent children in this nation, there will be no nation to live in!” “Abortion is our number one problem, because if God be for us, who can be against us? But if God be against us, it doesn’t matter how many good politicians you have, God is still going to judge.” “The politicians say we should focus on the economy and call a truce on social issues such as abortion. There is no ‘detente’ with the devil. You can’t have a truce with him because he is a lair, and the whole spirit of abortion in America is built on a lie.” “When you come to a conference like this it’s not only to know what the statistics are, but, my God, I cannot rest as long as this deception (of abortion) is going forth and people are dying each and every day as long as I sit back and do nothing. The urgency is now!” Conference chairperson Margaret Driscoll was happy with the event, “The conference exceeded all of our expectations. You could tell everyone in attendance was interested and happy to be there. There were a lot of questions asked (during post-presentation Q & A’s). We hope to do something similar in the future. It was a great opportunity for people of many faiths or even no faith to get together and share our common ground of respect for human life and the dignity of human life. The purpose of the conference was to educate, inspire and re-energize a culture of life, and I think it was a tremendous success in doing that.”

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by Jim Daly While serving with Focus on the Family, Daly has come face to face with many people dealing with heartbreaking trials. Yet on a trip to Beijing, China, when he asked a local missionary the question “How do you pray for us?” the answer was eye-opening. “We are praying…for the church in America to get more persecution.” Why would someone viewing the lives of believers living in the U.S. ask such a thing from God? Daly concluded that ours is viewed as a weak faith in need of strengthening. As Daly began to examine his own life and the lives of those with whom he ministered, he observed that trial and persecution had a markedly different effect upon people, and he discovered that those who chose to surrender their situations to God— painful though they might be—grew stronger in their faith, while those who chose to face their trials alone with resentment and anger often turned their back on God—blaming Him for their circumstances. Stronger: Trading Brokenness for Unbreakable Strength, explores the choices that lie at the crossroad of tragedy and presents a vision of strength that the Church and families can cling to during hard times. Daly states a profound truth he has observed in the lives of fellow believers: Christ alone is the one true foundation upon which we must stand and to whom we must cling when the going gets tough. Christ offers this strength to us all—not because we deserve it, but because He loves us. Unless we choose to live in Christ’s unbreakable strength, we will live lives broken by bitterness. God uses every circumstance in our life, whether He orchestrates it for a purpose, or allows it to occur, to show us His great love and continually invite us into closer relationship with Him. No matter how traumatic or tragic our circumstances, we know that anything is possible if it’s in His will. We ask for the Lord’s intervention in the great and minute issues of our lives, understanding that His power is unlimited.” David C Cook/September 1, 2010 ISBN: 978-1-4347-6446-1/237 pages/trade paperback/$14.99 www.davidccook.com

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It’s holiday time and shopping can cause you to work up an appetite. If you’re in the Eastwood area a stop at “A Taste of Philadelphia” on 2533 James Street will be richly rewarded. Owners John and Nancy Carni have the “real deal” when it comes to Philly style cheesesteaks and hoagies. I know, I tried one recently. Simply fantastic! The delicious blend of cheeses and premium cuts of rib eye steak served on a foot-long sub combine to make a mouth-watering sandwich that will keep you coming back again and again. Starting at only $5.95,

it’s a real bargain! In a fast food world of “one size fits all” entrees, A Taste of Philadelphia is unique in its willingness to go the extra mile in accommodating individual customer preferences. Nancy is more than happy to prepare any combinations you like. “One customer prefers a mix, half chicken and half beef, there’s no name for it, but I do it for him because that’s what he wants. If I have the product, I’ll put it on their sandwich for them!” Customer service extends much farther, with restaurant parties as well as delivery of catering services to other locations. Carni has catered graduation parties and post-

jUmp Start yoUr BUSineSS in the new year by Lynachica L. Barnes Did you know that women-owned businesses are the driving force in the US economy, generating $1.9 trillion in sales and employing 12.8 million people? That’s right; women own 41% of US businesses! With the end of the year approaching, it is that time again where we reflect on the year’s progress and set goals for the next year. The WISE Women’s Business Center is here to help you with a few ideas to help you jumpstart your entrepreneurial planning. • Learn something new – whether it’s accounting, finance, operations, marketing, sales, or business planning, there is always room to improve your entrepreneurial abilities. What skills do you wish you had this year? • Join a new business networking group – there is no support like that of fellow entrepreneurs. Gain new perspectives, make business connections, and discover something new. By the way, have you heard of the WISE Women’s Business Roundtables? • Make business planning a regular event – set aside time in your weekly calendar to work on your business plan. This will help you keep your work in order and to keep your mind on the goal. • Be consistent in business promotion – if one of your goals is to grow your business, promotion cannot be at the bottom of your to-do list. Update your marketing plan regularly and, if you don’t have one yet, it may be time to create one.

event team sports parties. People can also call-in their orders in advance (463-9422), then pick them up to go. A former substitute teacher for the Syracuse School District, Carni decided to give her full time and energy to the restaurant business, and has never looked back. She really enjoys what she does, and has successfully established a strong connection with her patrons. “If a customer walking in is a regular I already know what kind of sandwich they want. I have a big connection with my regulars. I love it. Our goal is to have a neighborhood type of restaurant where everybody feels welcome and knows each other, and I think we’ve established that. Even though I have good rapport with everybody, I think my sandwich speaks for itself. Unlike other cheesesteak sandwiches, we don’t use steakum or roast beef, we use only real rib eye steak.” The restaurant has something for everybody with a complete sandwich menu that includes chicken cheesesteak, chicken parmesan, chicken tenders and fries, and a chicken bacon ranch wrap or sub. Other sandwich options include ham, turkey breast, roast beef, salami, pepperoni, cappicola, cheese, tuna, Italian sub and grilled ham and cheese. A full menu of salad offerings and other sides includes garden salad, julienne salad, antipasto, potato salad, macaroni salad, cheesesteak salad, chicken tender salad, onion rings, mozzarella sticks, French fries, cookies and brownies. “My best seller is the “special” cheesesteak sandwich with mushrooms, onions, and peppers. My personal favorite is the chicken cheesesteak sandwich.” Nancy’s ten-year-old daughter Olivia, a student at Blessed Sacrament School, loves the pizza cheesesteak and beef cheesesteak sandwiches the most. The restaurant was originally opened in 1976 by a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There was no genuine Philly cheesesteak restaurant in Syracuse at the time. The restaurant was next door to the Byrne Dairy located at the corner of Midler Avenue and James Street. In 2001 the Carni’s took over ownership. Byrne Dairy owned the building where that restaurant was located and was anticipating property expansion there, so the Carni’s moved their operation to its current location. A staff of two full-time employees and one part-time employee serves up about 20 sandwiches per day. In a perfect world, Carni would love to expand someday with an additional location. A six day a week operation, A Taste of Philadelphia is open Monday through Friday from 11 to 8, and Saturdays from 12 -7. For more info go online to www.atasteofphiladelphiasince1976.com

• Delegate more tasks – it may be difficult to let go of the control, but handing over non-essential tasks will free up your valuable time. Spend more time on core business activities and let someone else handle the mundane tasks. • Set a price for your time – your time is a limited resource, so put a price on it. Before engaging in any endeavor, decide whether it will provide enough return to compensate you for your time, not just monetary investment. Don’t let your past behavior dictate your future success! Begin as early as today with developing good business habits. To pre-register for classes, training programs or free one-on-one counseling, call 315-443-8634 or visit the web at www.wisecenter.org The WISE Women’s Business Center looks forward to working with you and assisting you on your entrepreneurial venture! Lynachica L. Barnes is the WISE Entrepreneurial Navigator & Business Advisor for WISE Women’s Business Center – Women of Faith.

entrepreneur of the month Collean Coleman of “Nene’s Playhouse.” A registered family daycare provider in the Syracuse Community. Contact Collean at 315-373-0874


community aNNual christmas art & craft show & cookie sale Saturday, December 4th from 9 am – 3:30 pm a the United Church of Canastota, 144 Center Street, Canastota. * Free Admission * Wheelchair Accessible * Homemade Cookies for Sale by the Pound * Homemade crock-pot foods available for purchase throughout the day.

busiNess meNs fellowship December 8th, (Second Wednesday of each month) at Ling Lings Restaurant on Rt. 11 in North Syracuse. The goal is to reach today’s businessman in the midst of his weekly schedule in the marketplace with the life-transforming reality of Jesus Christ. They implement this vision by meeting once a month during the lunch hour.

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At Beaver Lake Nature Center, East Mud Lake Road, Lysander, NY 13027 December 11th from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Includes a bake sale, craft sale, woodcarving demonstrations and a visit from Santa. Ticket Price: $2.50 to $4.50, depending on your appetite. Call for tickets or more info at 638-2519

giNgerbread houses December 18th at the Baldwinsville Public Library, 33 E. Genesee St., Baldwinsville, NY 13027 at 10:00 AM. Build your own gingerbread house to add to your holiday decorations. Bring a bag of assorted candy to decorate your house. We'll provide the gingerbread and icing. For those in grades 3 to 6 with an adult. Registration required. Free

siNgles christmas miNgle Sharing Christmas at North Syracuse Baptist church (Rte 11) on Saturday, December 18th @ 5pm. Come for food and games. If attending please bring a dish to pass. There will be a $5-$10 gift exchange which is optional. Please RSVP by December 6th, for more info please contact Cindy at 451-0752 or Sandy at 676-3405.

syracuse commuNity choir celebrates 25th aNNiversary Syracuse Community Choir will be offering a musical performance, "Coming Home" Winter Solstice Concert on December 19th at Nottingham High School, 3100 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, NY 13214. From 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM.

shepherds, aNgels, kiNgs aNd a star Schola Cantorum of Syracuse presents: SHEPHERDS, ANGELS, KINGS and a STAR, a potpourri of music for the season, for the high and low, rich and poor. Music Director, Barry Torres will conduct the singers in Ciconia's Gloria, Lasso's Cum Natus esset Jesus, with carols, chants, and chorales both rustic and royal. This choral concert is Sunday December 19, 2010 at Pebblehill Presbyterian Church, 5299 Jamesville Rd, Dewitt, New York. 3:30 pm consort prelude, 4:00pm concert. Tickets are $15 for regular tickets and $10 for senior/students. For more information please call 315-446-1757 www.scholacantorumofsyracuse.org

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Senior Pastor, Dr. George Miller III said that “The pageant represents the church’s ongoing commitment to provide a Christmas gift to the community and this year’s story brings the perennial Christmas event into a bold focus.” The annual show is brimming with well-crafted dialogue, dynamic characters, thrilling songs and a timeless message that tells the story of three individuals in the tiny village of Bethlehem who awaken on Christmas night in time to experience the lifechanging miracle in a manger. The performance features a spectacular arrangement of the title song, “A Baby Changes Everything” made popular by Faith Hill and the famous song “While You Were Sleeping” by Casting Crowns. Since the pageant’s inception in 1993 over 50,000 Syracuse area residents have attended one of the performances and it has become one of the area’s most popular Christmas activities for people to enjoy. “A Baby Changes Everything” will be performed at the North Syracuse Baptist Church Worship Center, located at 420 South Main Street in North Syracuse, NY. Tickets are FREE and may be obtained at the following locations: • North Syracuse Baptist Church, 420 South Main Street, North Syracuse, NY 458-0271 Pick up at the church office or online at www.NSBConline.org • Sacred Melody Book Store, 3535 James Street, Syracuse, NY • Driver’s Village in North Syracuse (2nd floor corporate offices) Performances dates, all interpreted for the deaf, are: Fri., December 10th at 7 pm Sat., December 11 at 7 pm Sun., December 12th at 4 pm

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by Robin Citron When you think of December, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Most of America’s population would answer with a resounding “Christmas of course.� “Most,� because there are a number of people groups who do not generally pay homage either to the birth of Jesus, or their favorite “stuff-mart� (read no judgment of any kind in this previous comment). Among those groups are the majority of the descendents of Jacob, also known as “The Children of Israel,� or Jews. When you ask a Jew what comes to mind when he thinks of December he will probably say “Chanukah.� This makes perfect sense, as Chanukah usually falls in December too. This however, is where the similarity ends...well, almost. Both celebrations are welcomed by children (of all ages) as a time to receive presents. But Chanukah is not the Jewish answer to Christmas or the recession. Rather it celebrates an entirely separate miracle in its own right - the victory of a small group of people who feared G-d more than they feared a very powerful and prideful ruler. During the “intertestamental period� – the time between the events recorded in the Hebrew Scriptures (Genesis through Deuteronomy), and the Apostolic Writings (Matthew through Revelation) – Antiochus IV Epiphanes, a Syrian king, tried to impose the Greek religion on the Jews living in Israel. In 167 B.C.E. (before common era) he made Jewish practice illegal. He also erected an idol of Zeus in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, defiled its artifacts and sacrificed pigs (an unclean creature) on its altar. The people did not receive this as compliantly as Antiochus had expected, and a Jewish priest named Mattathias, along with his five sons led a rebellion. In 166 B.C.E. Matthatias died, and his son Judah (known as “Yehudah HaMaccabee� or “Judah the Hammer�) continued in his father’s stead. In 165 B.C.E. Antiochus was overthrown, and the Temple was rededicated. Hence, Chanukah is called “the Feast of Dedication� (more may be read about these events in the apocryphal Book of Macabbees). In order to rededicate the Temple the lampstand (or Menorah) had to be lit. At first glance this might not be a problem however, not just any oil could

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Counting Your Blessings Adds up According to Robert Emmons of the University of California at Davis, people who journal the things they’re thankful for have fewer illness symptoms, feel better about their lives as a whole, and are more optimistic about the future. The finding comes from a study of two groups of people. One group kept track of things they were thankful for. The other group described daily hassles. The thankful group felt better about their lives overall, were more

scope illustration. Perhaps upon physical death the life that informs the human body "collapses" back into the soul/spirit toward its Source in inner space, the way the energy in the death of a star disappears into its black hole (center) in outer space. While the body is distinct owing to its visibility, being more inward, soul and spirit are so nearly related to each other that there's almost no distinction between them, as water to wine. Such causes some to envision and hyphenate the words "soul-spirit" as an indivisible unity at the core of our being, a unity that houses the essence of God (spirit), and most bears his image and likeness (psyche). In fact, if the Word did not divide them asunder in ways that allow us to be aware of their subtle distinctions, we'd be clueless as to same. Yet Spirit ordains that we're not to mistake wine for water, or scaffolding for the building. Not to be accustomed to inward things is never to know these distinctions, or the God who created them. To have wine in your cellar and never to taste it, never to inspect it, (not to mention knowing whether it is even there) is not to know whether it is good or not. As long as one clings exclusively to the body and its appetites, or the soul and its singular orientation to time, musings and attachments, the eternal within us remains strange and far away. Yet its there, hiding in plain sight. Eternity is embedded in all of creation, as leaven in bread, or like a gift wrapped within the swaddling clothes of body and soul. Or like a telescope, which when a person looks through it he can enjoy the marvels of creation, while beholding the secrets of inner space and the mystery of the Incarnation. This holiday season, recall the joy God takes in our discovering the gift of Spirit, the Alpha and Omega, origin and destiny of body and soul. ". . . and his name shall be called Immanuel." (which translated means God is with or in us). (Isa. 7:14) Joe Masterleo is in private practice at 12 Dewitt St., Syracuse, NY 415-4880 Joe is also affiliated with the Crossway Counseling Network. www.joemasterleolcsw.com

optimistic about the future, and reported fewer health problems than the other participants. A similar study of people keeping “gratitude journals” found that such people got more sleep, spent less time awake before falling asleep, and felt more refreshed in the morning. In a related study, researchers at the University of Connecticut found that gratitude can even have a protective effect against heart attacks. We all have challenges in our lives. How we react to those challenges measures our gratitude. Do things have to go your way for you to be grateful? Can you find the bright side of a dark situation? Do you “give thanks in all circumstances?” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

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outreach ErniE HaasE & signaturE sound invEsting in tHE futurE by Matt Jenkins Grammy-nominated, award-winning Ernie Haase & Signature Sound has broken the traditional mold of gospel quartets. Their unconventional approach to communicating the Good News with groundbreaking originality has blazed a trail that will go down in gospel music history. Ernie Haase was a long-time member of the legendary Cathedral Quartet headed by the late George Younce. After the Cathedrals bid farewell to their five-decade run in the music industry, Ernie's passion for gospel music led him to a new beginning. In 2003, he gathered a group of like-minded men who share his love for God, great harmonies, time-honored songs and energetic performances...and together they have become one of the most influential forces in gospel music. Inspired by their heroes, loved by their audiences and blessed by the Lord beyond their dreams, Ernie (tenor), Devin McGlamery (lead), Doug Anderson (baritone) and Tim Duncan (bass) perform more than 100 concerts yearly in North America and abroad. Their latest DVD/CD release Ernie Haase & Signature Sound: A Tribute To The Cathedral Quartet soared to the No. 1 spot on Billboard Magazine’s Music Video Chart, while the CD of the project landed in the Top 100 of all music genres on the Heatseeker chart and landed in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard SGM chart, and No. 3 on the Billboard CCM Chart. Their debut DVD release soared to the top of Billboard Magazine's Music Video Chart and topped the Contemporary Christian Music Video Chart. That same DVD achieved Gold sales status, and the project's accompanying audio release topped both the CCM and Southern Gospel Audio Charts simultaneously at No. 1. In 2008, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound won Gospel Music Association Dove Awards for Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year and Southern Gospel Album of the Year for "Get Away Jordan." The "Jordan" album has also been certified Gold. In 2009, they won another Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year Dove Award for "Reason Enough" from their "Dream On" album. Released in the fall of 2008, the "Dream On" DVD debuted at No. 1 on the Contemporary Christian Music Video Chart and at No. 3 on the Billboard Music Video Chart. The "Dream On" CD launched at No. 1 on the Southern Gospel Music Chart. "Dream On" was nominated for a 2010 Grammy in the category of "Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album." EHSS' success continues with each new release, but perhaps their most rewarding achievement is the new generation of gospel music lovers emerging across the globe. The group's contagious energy spreads through entertaining performances packed with truth and overflowing with a joyful spirit of gratitude... bringing listeners around the world their refreshing approach to gospel classics and new material that is uniquely Signature Sound.

Earlier this year, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound sang to an audience of hundreds of thousands when they performed their rendition of The Star Spangled Banner at the NASCAR Emory Healthcare 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. The event was broadcast live on ESPN. “We don’t take those things that just ‘seem to happen’ lightly. We know they are not coincidences! The Bible says that ‘a man makes his plan, but the Lord orders his steps’ and I believe that!� Ernie says. “Some wonderful lady liked us, and handed a CD to the president of the Atlanta Motor Speedway. He liked what he heard and the next thing we know we are headed to the race!� The audience of EHSS is expanding geographically – this tour will lead them to South Africa, Australia, United Kingdom, all of Europe and more - as well as in generations. When the group was last in Europe, 90 percent of a typical 8000-person audience was below the age of 30. Children of preschool age turn up at concerts, singing along to “Get Away Jordan� and enjoying Tim’s booming bass inflections. Tim declares, “We see young people, even little kids five and six years old, and they love the music. Gospel music and quartet music will never die. It’s evident because of all the people who love it right now.� “Our concerts are full of young people because they like the art form,� Ernie adds. “We love our young friends! Ernie Haase & Signature Sound is making a difference in the lives of those they sing to each and every night! Do yourself a favor and catch their program in Rochester NY on December 11. PLAN YOUR TRIP: The group will perform two shows at 2 PM and 6 PM in Rochester NY at the Cultural Life Center at Roberts Wesleyan College. Tickets are still available but going very fast. Call 800-965-9324 to order tickets.

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tree to “hang in there and not give upâ€?, according to a Conservation Workshop (as per Joan Clayton.) God planned for mankind and trees to support one another, as part of the balance of nature. Biblically, there are 4 trees that make the difference between life and death. Genesis 2:9 tells us that in the garden of Eden, the original garden of creation, God placed the “tree of lifeâ€? (#1) and the “tree of the knowledge of good and evilâ€? (#2) (Genesis 2:9). He then put man into the garden to “tendâ€? (guard, protect, preserve, have charge of) it. God said that Adam and Eve should not eat of the 2nd tree, under penalty of death. We know that they disobeyed God; succumbed to the serpent’s temptation; and ate forbidden fruit, which resulted in their knowledge of good and evil. So God barred them from the paradise garden of Eden where they might have lived forever. The 2nd tree thus became symbolic of the fall of man, a tree of death. The 3rd tree is the one on which the history of man hinges; a tree which was formed into a cross and placed on a hill called Calvary. God sent His only begotten Son here to earth so that His entire creation might be reconciled to Him. This tree bore Jesus Christ, who was sacrificed, bearing the full weight of every sin from Adam and Eve’s to yours and mine. Jesus willingly paid the penalty— death--dying on this tree so that we might be forgiven, reconciled to God. He was taken down from the cross, buried, and rose again the 3rd day, heralding the defeat of death and proclaiming victory for all who place their trust in Him. 1 Corinthians 15:3,4). Tree #3 is the one on which we focus—“that old rugged cross, the emblem of suffering and shameâ€?, where Christ purchased our redemption with his precious blood (1 Peter 1:18,19). Tree #4 is that which is depicted by the Apostle John in Revelation 2:7. “To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of Godâ€?. We have come full circle: the tree of life at the time of creation ---the tree of death—the tree of atonement—to the tree of life in the New Jerusalem. The first and last reference to a specific tree in the Bible is to this “tree of lifeâ€?. In the final chapter (Revelation 22:1-3) we are told:‌â€?on either side of the river is the tree of life, which bears twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curseâ€?. Man’s access to the 1st tree of life was denied because of sin but in the restored Heavenly Paradise, every believer will eat of this “tree of lifeâ€? and will live forever. (Revelation 22). We celebrate the birth of the Babe in the Manger born in Bethlehem two centuries ago at this time of year, even though His birth probably occurred on a starry night in the autumn. We must remember that the Babe left the manger and went to the cross to pay the wages of sin. Christmas trees or Christian trees, it is the worth of Jesus Christ which commands our worship and to whom we offer it. “Joy to the world, the Lord is come. Let earth receive her King.â€?

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christmas – the Word Within Us by Pastor David Daley & Angela Barone Wilking* The scriptures tell us that during creation the Spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters. The voice of God the Father spoke. And everything that He spoke came into being. There was a birthing taking place. When God was forming man He got down in the mud. He went from the mud by a riverbank to the dirt in a stable. This is how much He associates Himself with us. At every stage and difficulty in life, in the times when things are the most difficult, the most harrowing, and the most painful, He is right there with us. Throughout Israel’s history, the God with many names (Elohim: the Creator; Jehovah-Jireh: The Lord Will Provide; I AM…) hid Himself carefully in His people (like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses) and revealed Himself through their lives. Generations later, when the Spirit of God overshadowed Mary (Luke 1:35), the voice of the Father spoke as He did during creation. But this time He was not just releasing a portion of the Word. The womb of a virgin contained it all. When Joseph and Mary were riding to Bethlehem, she was carrying within herself the seed, the Word of God. Jesus was a baby inside His mother’s womb, but He was always the Word of God. Now the Word of God, in seed form, is hidden in a place no one would expect. In Mary’s womb is all of their hope, all of our hope, all of the hope of everyone who has passed between them and us, and the hope of those to come. God often takes the answer to what we are looking for and hides it in the most unlikely place. He always sends it in seed form. The answer to all the earth’s needs, the God who created the universe, is inside of Mary’s womb. Mary and Joseph are now in Bethlehem and it is time for her to give birth. The Lord does not allow the birthing to happen in a palace. Not even in an ordinary place. But in someone’s manger, in a stable, the most humble of settings. The moment she gives birth, the very voice that cries out, was the same voice

“Wit ‘n Wisdom” tick tock by JuleAnn Lattimer Silence . . . AGAIN! How could that clock run down so soon? But to my dismay, even rewinding it didn’t get it going again. It happened one other time a few years back. I took it to a clock repair and they said it just needed a good cleaning. Sure enough - it worked. So I decided that it was probably the likely cause of it not working this time. However the clock repair place I took it to last time was now out of business. A friend saw a newspaper ad for clock repairs and brought it to me. So one sunny day my husband and I took my sick clock for a ride. The address was vague and we spent a couple hours searching, but finally we found the place – no sign out front. I knocked on the door and a man answered. He acknowledged that he was indeed the clock repair man so I told him about my sick clock. He walked with me to my car and looked at the sick clock lying on the back seat. “That’s a Korean clock,” he said with a sound of disgust in his voice. “How long have you had it?” I explained that it was sometime in the 70’s or 80’s when I got it and I really like it, so I would like it fixed. “Not worth fixing. I’d say you got lucky it lasted this long.” He started to walk away. “But I like it, and want it fixed,” I insisted. Maybe it was the dejected look on my face or the edge in my voice, but he agreed to LOOK at it. He warned me it wasn’t worth his time or the money I’d have to pay him to work on it. As I drove away I regretted even leaving my beloved clock with that arrogant clocksmith! A few days later he called to tell me I was right about it only needing a good cleaning and he lowered his price – a bit. That week I picked up my clock and after being thoroughly lectured on how to “maintain it” I took it home. It is again ticking happily and chiming on the hour, just as it has for over 30 years. I noticed the clock repair’s new ad in the newspaper last week. He now advertises that he fixes ANTIQUE clocks - guess that leaves out my Korean-

that spoke creation into existence. Like every baby who cries out when they receive their first breath, that first cry was the same cry that said, "Let there be light"! (Gen 1:3 ) It was the same cry that said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night…". (Gen 1:14) It was the same voice that cried out, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matt 4:17) It was the same voice that cried out, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matt 11:28) It was the same loud voice that cried out, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" (Matt 27:46) It was the same voice that cried out, "….and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matt 28:20) He still calls out to and will not stop calling out to the Jewish people (through whom He chose to bring forth the Messiah) and to all mankind until the return of the Christ. Jesus the Great Shepherd, the Word of God made flesh, is now surrounded by shepherds. These men of simple and humble backgrounds are proclaiming to His mother and father what they had seen and heard, "For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:11) And they were all in awe. It has to be unto us like it was for Mary. We must have the Word of God and the Spirit of God hovering over us and living inside of us to bring forth life. Believe it and receive it. And if we can’t quite grasp it, then continue to ponder it. Heed the Word of the Lord at its first entrance into us. Then protect it and nurture it. As much as Christmas is a celebration of Christ’s birth, it is a celebration of the Word of God no longer being limited, no longer being held in measure, but now being brought forth in full measure, unlimited for all that might believe and receive all that He is. Christmas is about the Word becoming flesh. The gift beyond our comprehension. The Word of God alive within us. *Christmas Sermon 2009 by Assistant Pastor David Daley, Lighthouse Church; Transcribed, Edited, and Revised by Angela Barone Wilking

made model. That’s okay because I won’t take it back to someone who cannot appreciate the worth of my dear ticking friend. What if God thought the same way this clocksmith did? Would God be interested in a small town nobody like me? What if He were only interested in the smartest, best educated, richest people? I wouldn’t have a chance. “But consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong.” (I Cor.1:26,27) I guess I wouldn’t measure up to be worthy enough for the clocksmith to spend his time on me, but to my heavenly Father who cares enough that He sacrificed His Son so that I may be made worthy to be called His child. I only hope that clock keeps on ticking for a long, long time.

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Cambodia, Uzbekistan, Cuba, Vietnam, Columbia, Congo D.R., Sierra Leone, Ukraine, Burundi, and Ethiopia. In Syracuse, refugees are resettled through Catholic Charities and the Refugee Resettlement Program (RRP) on the North Side. In 2008, New York State resettled 3,628 refugees ( 4th largest state percentage in the US) and Syracuse received 7, 31 of them (20%). In 2009, the US dramatically increased its number of new arrivals and Syracuse ended up resettling 1,364 of them. The Father's Heart Ministries is also actively involved in helping the refugees and in sharing the love of Christ with them. So, it was the perfect place for the Women's Aglow to have the baby shower. The love of Christ was tangibly demonstrated and in so doing, the gospel was proclaimed. Which brings us back to that Christmas story I was about to tell. The three refugee women left their countries and their homes to be relocated in Syracuse far from their loved ones. It was here where their babies were born. The shower was given to help them with baby items but was also to help them celebrate their babies’ births here in the country they now call home. At Christmastime we celebrate the birth of another baby – the birth of God in the flesh. "For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6). If you think about it, Jesus Christ left his home, and his Heavenly Father to be relocated here on earth. Like a refugee, he was now "outside of the country in which [he] last habitually resided" and was "unwilling to return to" and "unwilling to avail himself ...of the protection of that country." We are told that "though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being."" (Philippians 2:6-7). He did this, not for his own salvation but the salvation of those to whom he had come. It is interesting that the shower was for three babies. The one Baby born in Bethlehem came to earth as the Divine representative of the Triune God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The three babies were showered with love and gifts. But the reason we celebrate Christmas is because Jesus came to shower us with love and gifts. We are told, "God's unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. But the one and only Son is himself God and is near to the Father's heart. He has revealed God to us" (John 1:17-18). You might say that Christ’s arrival was God's Christmas gift to us. It really shouldn't be all that surprising that so many Christ-followers donated gifts to the three moms and their precious babies. The givers are just following the example of the one who gave the ultimate gift. We are told that "Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners" (Romans 5:5-8). I am praying that all three of the refugee women and their babies will come to know the Baby who was born so far from his heavenly home – the Baby who came to give the greatest gift ever given.

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worship today Northside Baptist ChurCh

Bruce Aubrey, Senior Pastor

In our day of full schedules it’s necessary to prioritize. The same goes for a church. At Northside Baptist Church in Liverpool, New York, priorities are kept in line by Jesus’ Great Commandment to love God and love others (Matthew 22:37-39). LOVING GOD ‌ LOVING PEOPLE ‌ LOVING TO SERVE. This is the heart of all that’s done at Northside, where the priorities are worshipping God, learning His Word and reaching out into the community. “Loving to Serveâ€? is added to their slogan to keep the vision of individual involvement in ministry

before the congregation. Loving God takes a number of shapes including vibrant worship services and engaging, practical Bible teaching. Loving people finds expression in meeting others wherever they are in life through a wide variety of ministries. There are specific programs for children, youth, young adults, men, women, seniors, mothers of preschoolers, special needs individuals, missions, and recovery groups. Each ministry is designed to assist participants in growing into the person God created them to be. Loving to serve is fulfilled as these ministries are embraced and manned by members of the church family. Senior Pastor Bruce Aubrey states, “At Northside we believe that knowing Jesus is the greatest privilege and greatest thrill in the world. There’s

SyracuSe airPort chriStian FellowShiP/MiniStrieS

7744 Frontage road plaza • Cicero, ny13039 (315) 415-6217 sun. service 10 am • tues. evening healing prayer 3-7 pm Apostolic Ministers James & Roseanne Exner

We’re a Five-Fold Ministry Governed FelloWship apostles • prophets • evangelists • pastors • teachers

TRINITY ASSEMBLY OF GOD 4398 Rte. 31 • Clay, New York 13041 Pastor Thomas & Eunhee Hertweck, Sr. Pastors Pastor David & Erin Hertweck, Assoc. Pastors (315) 652-4996 / 652-4370 • www.trinityagchurch.org Sunday Services Additional Services Sunday School 9:15 am Wed. 7 pm Worship 10:15 am & 6 pm Sat. Prayer 6 pm

NEW BEGiNNiNGS CHRiStiAN CENtER “church on the rock - syracuseâ€? 7247 State Fair Blvd. • Syracuse • 635-3989

Pastors: todd & Yolanda Redden serviCe tiMes: sun. 11:00 am Wed. eve 7:00 pm

www.newbeginningssyracuse.org On The Corner of: Thompson Rd. & Northern Blvd. Cicero, NY 13039 699-4140 BELIEVERS’ CHAPEL

Service tiMeS:

Saturday 6 pm & Sunday 10 am non-DenoMinational leaD PaStor Mel hayeS www.believerschapel.org

New Heart Ministries Pastor Charity Gustke

68 Smokey Hollow Rd., Baldwinsville NY 13027 (Corner of OswegoRoad (48) & Smokey Hollow Rd.)

315-383-2876 • www.newheart-ministries.org Worship Service Sundays @ 10:30am

nobody like Jesus! Getting to know Him and growing in that relationship with Him and with others who are seeking Him is the wonder of a church family. You were not made to make it through this world alone. Jesus died for you. He loves you.� Born out of a Vacation Bible School sponsored by Central Baptist Church in Syracuse, Northside Baptist held its first service in a rented facility in 1966 with 20 people. It grew to 42 charter members and was constituted in 1968. The current property was purchased in 1969, with the original building dedicated on June 17, 1973. To accommodate the burgeoning attendance, multiple expansions took place in 1983, 1988 and 2002. Enjoying a pattern of continued increased attendance, the church outgrew its facilities and voted to move forward with yet another expansion project in 2006. It’s Christmas time, and at Northside that means it’s time to make music! Special holiday programs include a Children’s Musical, “Back to the Manger�, on December 5th at 6:30 and the Adult Choir Christmas music presentation, “God Coming Down�, by Travis Cottrell on Saturday, December 11 (time to be determined) and Sunday, December 12 at 6:30. A “Baby Shower for Jesus� will take place on Wednesday, December 8 at noon, with gift donations going to New Hope Family Services (RSVP to Cindy Burghardt at 695-6888). Christmas Eve Services will be offered four times at 3:30, 5:00, 6:30, and 11:00 PM. For more details on programs, service times, location and other ministry information, please log on to northsideonline.org, or call the church at 315652-3160.

Loving God, Loving People

Abound in Hope (Romans 15:13) Sunday 10:00 a.m. Pre-Service Fellowship and Prayer Sunday 10:30 a.m. Worship and the Word, with children dismissed for Sunday School during sermon Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Adult Prayer and Bible Study

HOPE ABLAZE MINISTRIES Co Pastors Jeannie M. Norwich & William W. Norwich 4365 Loveland Drive, Liverpool NY 13090 315-391-5013 • 11AM Sunday

Grace Grace evanGelical covenant covenant church 5300 State Rte. 31 (Corner at Stearns Rd.) Clay, NY 13041 315-699-1551 www.gracecovchurch.org Rev. William Anthes, Senior Pastor

SuNDAY SERviCES 8:30 am & 11:00 am Sunday School 9:45 am

Abundant Life Christian Center

315-729-9412 Youth & Children’s Ministry | Spanish & Russian Translations 7000 All Nations Blvd E Syracuse, NY 13057

alcclife.org 315.463.7300

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Worship Service: Saturday 5:05 PM Worship Service: Sunday 9:30 & 11 AM Sunday Evening Prayer Service: 6:30 PM

(Just 2 miles North of Rt. 31)

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119 South Peterboro St., Canastota, NY 13032 Pastors Tom & Rene Burgess • Phone: 1-800-294-9131 www.hopeincanastota.weebly.com • tgb1953@aol.com

Bruce Aubrey, Senior Pastor

219 County Rt. 57 Phoenix, NY 13135

sunday service at 10:15 am

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Word of Life Assembly of God 12 East Oneida St., Baldwinsville NY 638-8870

Pastor Randy Czyz

Sunday Worship at 10 Family Night on Wed. Evenings at 7 pm

SYRACUSE SALT OF THE EARTH MINISTRIES 320 West Onondaga Street, Syracuse, NY 13204 Pastor Frankie Jackson • 423-3829 SUN Worship Service 11am FRI Living Out the Word (Bible Study) 7pm

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Victory christian center

209 oswego street, Liverpool, ny 13088 committed to Loving God, rebuilding Lives, restoring hopes and Dreams and Fulfilling God’s Destiny serVice tiMes: sunday 10:15aM Wednesday 7:00PM a Foursquare Gospel church • We are a second-chance church

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