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I love Christmas, and yet, it is one of the most conflicted times of the year. Sometimes the conflict is in competing priorities. There is just too much to do. Some of what demands our attention takes time away from where we want to focus more attention. Sometimes we have to choose from a feast of riches. Other times the conflict is emotional.

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This week, the nation mourned the death and celebrated the life of George H. W. Bush. President Bush was a decorated war hero who served as a congressman, an ambassador, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Vice President of the United States, then the 41st President.  He is remembered for a 73-year love affair with his wife, Barbara Bush and for being an exceptional father.  He loved golfing and the wide-open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. President Bush was a dedicated and accomplished Statesman, yet, what stands out most in the wake of his death is his attention to the personal, especially in the form of handwritten notes. 

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Advent is almost here, and it is going to sparkle and shine this year! Last night, as the elders and deacons left their meetings, we could not help but notice the new Christmas tree, given to West Raleigh for use in the Sanctuary. Its light towered and twinkled from the front of the otherwise dark room. Then we walked into the night through the courtyard that glowed with the new up-lighting. Earlier in the night Eva Jones described the Worship Committee’s plans to add lights to the courtyard, stringing them up the poles on the stage and around the greenery already looped on the railing in the front. The lights in the Student Center will hopefully be working by the weekend, and the tree that was in the Sanctuary last year now twinkles in the Student Center. This Advent West Raleigh will shine lots of light from the corner of Vanderbilt, Horne and Hillsborough Street!

But, friends, this is about more than aesthetics.

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“The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.”

William Seward wrote these opening words to a national “Proclamation of Thanksgiving” in October of 1863. 

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Hello West Raleigh friends!

It has been a joy to get to know many of you over the past month as I stepped into my role as the Director of Administration and Communication here at West Raleigh, and I am looking forward to meeting the rest of you sometime soon! In my short time here, it has become apparent that this is a truly special place, and I am so happy to be a part of it.

As many of you know, this position is taking a slightly different shape than in the past, with the addition of the communications focus.

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Dear members & friends of West Raleigh,

After years of dreaming, planning, pouring over plans & getting up the nerve to do it; and with deepest gratitude to Ezra & Dorothy Howell, Frank Weedon and Marjorie Foil as well as a long list of Memorial gifts to West Raleigh Presbyterian Church, we will finally dedicate the Columbarium, restored courtyard and stained glass windows this coming Sunday, November 4th. This is a holy moment in the life of the church for so many reasons.

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