Give to the Lord the glory due his name! Bring gifts! Enter his courtyards! Psalm 96:8

Poinsettias will decorate the sanctuary on Christmas Eve to celebrate the birth of Jesus. They may be taken home after either evening service. Purchase yours from the Guiding Lights.

Please fill out our form and give it to Kathie Spellman, Carol Strock, or any Guiding Light as soon as possible. ORDERS DUE DEC. 9 & money must be in by December 16. Order early to assure color choice! Checks payable to: “Guiding Lights.”

Price: $8.00 each — Beautiful, large 5 – 8 bloom plants from Michael’s!

Colors:  Prestige Red, WhitestarMarblestar, and Cortez Burgundy.

Click here for Poinsettia Order Form, or pick one up in church.

The Legend of the Poinsettia

Pepita was a poor Mexican girl who had no gift to present the Christ Child at Christmas Eve Services. As Pepita walked slowly to the chapel with her cousin Pedro, her heart was filled with sadness rather than joy.

“I am sure, Pepita, that even the most humble gift, if given in love, will be acceptable in His eyes,” said Pedro consolingly.

Not knowing what else to do, Pepita knelt by the roadside and gathered a handful of common weeds, fashioning them into a small bouquet. Looking at the scraggly bunch of weeds, she felt more saddened and embarrassed than ever by the humbleness of her offering. She fought back a tear as she entered the small village chapel.

As she approached the altar, she remembered Pedro’s kind words: “Even the most humble gift, if given in love, will be acceptable in His eyes.” She felt her spirit lift as she knelt to lay the bouquet at the foot of the nativity scene.

Suddenly, the bouquet of weeds burst into blooms of brilliant red, and all who saw them were certain that they had witnessed a Christmas miracle right before their eyes.

From that day on, the bright red flowers were known as the Flores de Noche Buena, or Flowers of the Holy Night, for they bloomed each year during the Christmas season.

Today, the common name for this plant is the poinsettia.

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