Santa Claus Christology or gospel?

What distinguishes Christianity from every other religion is beautifully revealed in two meaning packed names that fill songs this time of year – Jesus & Immanuel. Step into Joseph’s shoes and hear afresh the shocking news of a one of a kind pregnancy through which God is saving His people. You can listen HERE to this message from Matthew 1:18-25.

Thanks to Aaron Johnson and his crew for doing a great job in clearing all the snow. Though attendance was down, I was surprised given the preceding 24 hours of snowfall, that 99 came to worship. (Where was that missing sheep?:) As one brother put it, turnout was better among those of “nordic” descent;) but it was cool to be reminded by Pastor Clete at the end of the service of how Restore is increasingly a church of all people as he read Revelation 7:9.

It was exciting to announce that as of January 1 Peter Ashmore is coming on staff in a part-time role in Operations and Administration. Given the growth we are experiencing this will be a great help and blessing!

Sunday night the Youth Ministry enjoyed a Christmas Party at the PO. A huge shout out to John and Emily Decker leading this new and important ministry. See the Deckers if you are interested in helping serve our youth.

Please pray for our Restore’s first Christmas Eve service at the PO, Tuesday the 24th 6PM at the PO. We’d love your help canvassing the neighborhood at 4PM Friday and noon Saturday. The Friday canvassing session will be followed by a Christmas Decorating Party at the PO. Thanks Annie K for putting all this together! Finally, we rejoice that another Restore family has purchased a home in our neighborhood, just a block from the Post Office!


  1. Ken says:

    So encouraged to see how the Lord is blessing Detroit through and at Restore!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Pastor Mike!

    • mikehanafee says:

      Thanks so much Ken for your encouragement & for your faithful gospel ministry in Portland Ken! Happy New Year to you & your fam!

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