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The County of Ventura has designated us in the “Red Tier” for the Covid-19 pandemic. This will allow us limited, in-person gatherings. As circumstances permit, we will gradually open up our various ministries. Please see below for meetings, protocols and methods for this ministry. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The women’s community at The River is made up of a vibrant group of women who seek the Lord together, fellowship and do life together, and bear each other up in bad times and celebrate each other in good times. The women of The River meet in a morning study and an evening study – read on for details! Be sure to scroll all the way down for a special list of curated resources for all the women in our community!

AM Study

Linda Olson
Ladies Morning Study Leader
Brenda Turner
Ladies Morning Study Leader

Morning Study:

As we all shelter safely in place, TRC is pleased to offer a virtual Tuesday Morning Ladies’ Bible Study via text directly to your cell phone.


Each week we text our ladies a link to watch a video by powerfully anointed speakers such as Priscilla Shirer and Lisa Harper along with that week’s discussion questions and scriptures. Then on Tuesday mornings from 10am to 11am we all share our answers, prayer requests and praise reports together.

To join in, simply contact The River Community Church office at 805-648-7955 or email us at info@therivercommunity.org, and let them know you would like to be a part of the Tuesday Morning Ladies’ Bible Study and give them your name and cell phone number.

We invite you to be a part of an exciting journey into God’s Word!


Judy Morelli
Assoc. Pastor/Ladies Evening Study Leader
Katie Brock
Ladies Evening Study Co-Leader
Kerrie Cormode
Ladies Evening Study Co-Leader

Meeting Format:

The ladies meet every Tuesday night at 6pm virtually via Zoom. Please CLICK HERE to join our evening study. We would love to have you join us!


For the last study series of the year, Pastor Judy and her co-leaders have chosen the Advent as their study focus. This season’s leadership team has assembled a comprehensive array of resources to help you not only dive deep into an intimate relationship with the Father but also to help bring this wonderful portion of Scripture alive in your heart and spirit. For further information, please email our amazing leaders at jmorelli@therivercommunity.org

Prayer of Blessing

As you begin this new season of study and growth in the Lord, Pastor Judy Morelli has sought the Lord for a prayer of blessing over the wonderful ladies who will take this road trip with them and Nehemiah into the deep, mysterious heart of God. Please come back and view this prayer as often as you’d like.

Advent Playlist

Advent reminds us Christians of the sacred meaning of Christmas. Despite the secular preparations taking place, eg buying presents and going to parties, Advent reminds Christians to remember and prepare for the birth of Jesus. They may also attend carol services as part of Advent.

Remember, Jesus is the reason for the season!!

Advent Study Lessons

30 Christmas Prayers and Blessings for Family and Loved Ones

  • Compiled & Edited by Crosswalk Editorial Staff

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ and the eternal life we can find in Him. In prayer, give thanks to God for so loving the world that He gave His only Son this Christmas! May these Christmas prayers help you express gratitude for Jesus and rejoice in the blessing of His salvation.

As we approach the holiday season, we are faced with yet another opportunity to pause in the midst of all the excitement, decorations, and commercialization, to consider again the origin of Christmas–the One whose birth we celebrate. Let’s not forget the true meaning of why we celebrate during this time of year. Celebrate the baby Jesus and trust Him as Savior today.

We hope these Christmas prayers bring you joy and gratitude. May God bless you and your family this Christmas season!

1. A Prayer to Keep Christmas Simple

Dear Lord, don’t let us miss You this Christmas season. Help us to simplify our activities and traditions so we can focus our celebration on Your birth. Thank You for being the Prince of Peace, and I ask You for that supernatural peace to reign in our hearts. Thank You for the simple but life-changing message of Your love for us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
~ Melanie Chitwood

Read:  Isaiah 40:9-11

2. A Prayer to Remember What Christmas is All About

Lord, I thank You for coming to earth so You could redeem me. When I think of the extent to which You were willing to go in order to save me, it makes me want to shout, to celebrate, and to cry with thankfulness. You love me so much, and I am so grateful for that love. Without You, I would still be lost and in sin. But because of everything You have done for me, today I am free; my life is blessed; Jesus is my Lord; Heaven is my home; and Satan has no right to control me. I will be eternally thankful to You for everything You did to save me! I pray this in Jesus’ name!
~ Rick Renners

Read:  Isaiah 52:7-9

3. A Short Prayer of Christmas Thanks

Thank you God for sending Your Son on one glorious night to be born a virgin, to live a perfect life and to die on the cross for my sins. Thank you that he rose from the dead three days later and that this Christmas and every Christmas we can celebrate the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Read:  Genesis 3:8-15

4. A Christmas Prayer to Re-Focus

Dear God, sometimes I get too caught in the Christmas commercialism. OK, a lot of times. Today, I’m going to refocus my heart and remember why I’m celebrating this wonderful day in the first place. I’m celebrating Jesus today…and every day! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
~ Sharon Jaynes

Read:  Isaiah 40:1-5

5. A Prayer of Christmas Thanks

 Dear Lord, don’t let us miss You this Christmas season. Help us to simplify our activities and traditions so we can focus our celebration on Your birth. Thank You for being the Prince of Peace, and I ask You for that supernatural peace to reign in our hearts. Thank You for the simple but life-changing message of Your love for us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Read:  Genesis 15:1-6

6. Christmas Eve Benediction/Prayer

May you be filled with the wonder of Mary, the obedience of Joseph, the joy of the angels, the eagerness of the shepherds, the determination of the magi, and the peace of the Christ child. Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit bless you now and forever.

Read:  Deuteronomy 18:15-19

7. A Prayer for Peace During Holiday Season

Lord, in a season when every heart should be happy and light, many of us are struggling with the heaviness of life—burdens that steal the joy right out of our Christmas stockings. Crazy weather disasters strike at unsuspecting areas, ravaging peaceful homes and interrupting the lives of unsuspecting residents. Tragedy arrives as innocent victims suffer, and an inner voice whispers, “Be afraid!” We need your peace, Jesus.

Lord, we still carol the wonderful message, huddled beneath winter caps on snow-covered porches, or from churches, led by enthusiastic musicians or choir members. Yet we confess that our hearts are too often filled with wonder of a different kind: wondering when the bills will be paid, when the terror will stop, when rest will come. Will it ever? Is the message still true?

In a world where worry, not peace, prevails, stir up that good news again. This Christmas, make it real in our hearts. Never have we needed Your joy and peace more than now. Thank You for the gift of Jesus, our Immanuel, the Word made flesh. Forgive us for forgetting—that Your love never changes, never fades, and that You never abandon the purpose for which You came: to save us from our sinful condition, and to give us life eternal, the joy of relationship with a holy God. Your birth—and Your death—sealed Your promise to us forever. Amen.

Read:  Psalm 89:1-4

8. Prayer for Divine Fellowship

For those whose hearts are battered by sorrow or broken relationships, for those whose lives know only conflict and confusion, for those whose bodies are tired and tested beyond their ability to endure this year—precious Savior, draw them close to You. Let them know You are still the same Jesus who was born of a virgin, not in a hospital but an animal barn, laid in a manger of hay. You are still the One sent by a heavenly Father who offered not condemnation for our sins, but love and forgiveness—and daily, divine fellowship.

We not only need Your peace and joy; Lord, we crave it. You’ve promised rest for the weary, victory for the battle-scarred, peace for the anxious, and acceptance for the broken hearted—not just at Christmas, but every day of every year.

Read:  Isaiah 11:1-10

9. Prayer for Christmas Joy

Release the joy in us that’s been crushed by pride, wrong priorities, or world events. Tear down the strongholds that have held us captive far too long. Extinguish the flames of apprehension that rob us of a calm, quiet spirit. Show us again the beauty of that holy night so many centuries ago.

Your name is still called “Wonderful,” “Counselor,” “The Mighty God,” “The Everlasting Father,” and “The Prince of Peace.” As Your children, we cry out for a fresh filling, and a new awareness of Who You are. We choose by faith to make the “good news of great joy” a reality in our own lives, so others can see us as lighted trees of life, pointing to You this Christmas. We know one day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that You are Lord. And we also know that peace on earth can only come when hearts find peace with You.

You are still our Joy. You are still our Peace. You are no longer a babe in the manger. You are Lord of lords and King of kings. And we still celebrate You as Lord—this Christmas and always. Amen.
~ Rebecca Barlow Jordan

Read:  Michah 5:2-3

10. A Prayer to Keep God at the Center During the Holidays

Lord, We worship You during this Christmas season. You are our wonderful Counselor, mighty God, everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). We choose to put You at the center of our family life as we celebrate Your birth. Keep us from distractions and help us to invite You into all our family activities. Teach us to pray and help us to glorify and worship You in our family during this busy time of year. Give us a spirit of wisdom and revelation that we might know You better (Ephesians 1:17). Thank you for being Immanuel, “God with us.” Open our eyes to realize this each day as we interact with others. Help us to be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as You forgave us (Ephesians 4:32). Show us creative ways to love and care for those outside our home. Fill us to overflowing with Your love for the lost. Teach us to do acts of kindness to those who are in need at this time of year. May our family be a refreshment and light to others. We ask You to touch with salvation those in our family who do not know You [Name those individuals]. Open their hearts to Your great love for them. Help us to share Your Truth and be Your light. You are the Savior of the world. Amen.

Read:  Zechariah 6:12-13

11. Give Thanks for the Word of God

We love Your Word and choose to make it central in our family life. Your Word is alive and active—It’s sharper than any double-edged sword—It judges the thoughts and attitudes of our hearts (Hebrews 4:12). We long to align ourselves spiritually with You and Your Word every day. We want to pray your Word with Your authority, and with greater faith and obedience in our lives as we approach this New Year. We rejoice in following Your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. We meditate on Your precepts and consider Your ways. We delight in Your decrees. We will not neglect Your Word. Open our eyes that we may see wonderful things in Your law. We run in the path of Your commands, for You have set our hearts free (Psalm 119:14-16, 18, 32).

Read:  Malachi 3:1-6

12. Prayer to Live the Teachings of God

Lord, help each member of our family to be a student of the Bible. Teach us to pray Your Word out loud in our family devotions in such a way that we see mighty spiritual breakthroughs in our home, friends, school, and workplace. Help us declare prophetic promises and decrees from Your Word. We want to experience the life-giving power of Your Word on a daily basis in our family. Show us truth in Your Word, and bring it to life through our prayers. Open the eyes of our hearts that we may be enlightened in order to know the hope to which You have called us, the riches of our glorious inheritance in You and Your incomparable great power (Ephesians 1:18-19). In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Read:  John 1:1-8

13. A Prayer for the Joyful Gifts from God

Father God, We thank You and praise You today for the miracle of Your Son’s birth. Thank You for bringing great JOY to the whole world! Thank You for giving us the assurance that because You came to us in the form of a human, we who believe in Jesus can know with absolute certainty that we’ll spend eternity with You.

We thank You, Lord, for the many reasons we have been given a merry Christmas. And we rejoice for each blessing. New life. New love. A home. A job. New opportunities. Second chances. And more.

We know, Lord, that You bring the sun and the moon and set the stars in motion. You tell the ocean where to stop and the snow when to start. And we thank You for the mighty gift of Your creation.

Thank You, Father, for spiritual leaders and faith-filled friends who keep encouraging us when we are close to giving up.

Read:  John 1:9-18

14. Prayer for the Unfortunate on Christmas

Although we have many reasons to rejoice today, Lord, we also know December 25th can be not-so-merry for a whole host of reasons. We pray for those who are experiencing loss this Christmas: relational, financial, spiritual and physical.

We pray for those who are coping with loving a prodigal and our friends and family members whose hearts are far from You. We pray for those dealing with unemployment and addictions and chronic sickness … and unending pain and frustrations of all kinds. Thank You, Lord, that You are The Wonderful Counselor and Prince of Peace, even in the midst of our not-so-merry circumstances.

Finally, Lord, we ask You to grant us peace. Peace in our homes, peace in our churches, and peace in our hearts, when the world all around us spins out-of-control. Help us to stay focused on You, this Christmastime and always. Thank You for loving the whole world enough to send the greatest gift, Your Son, so that we might truly have a very merry Christmas. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
~ Steph Raquel

Read:  Mark 1:1-3

15. “Lord, Remind Me” Prayerful Song

When I hear the news and hear another war has begun
And I wonder if God’s on the side of either one
I hear bullet, nail, or handcuff he bore all of them And in the light my heart’s as dark as anyone’s
Lord, remind me
Lord, remind me

That the shepherds heard the angels break the silence in the field
That the wise men found a baby and they could not help but kneel
That the one who heard our weeping, became a child in manger sleeping
Lord, remind me
‘Cause it’s Christmas and I want to remember
~ Jon Guerra

Read:  Luke 1:5-13

16. A Prayer for Christmas Hope

Lord Jesus, as we celebrate the season of Christ’s birth, there’s nothing that stands brighter than hope. The thrill of hope. The excitement that no matter what life brings us, we can still have hope because of that night divine, that night when our precious Savior was born in a stable.

This life is hard, sometimes unbearable.
The loss of a loved one who fought the fight against cancer so valiantly.
The unwanted divorce that left us wondering if anything in our lives had been real.
The pain of infertility that leaves us devastated every single month.
The hurt of watching a child walk away from the truth of God’s word.

There’s no end to the painful circumstances we face in this life, but no matter the pain, we always have the thrill of hope, the promise that our Savior has won the victory.

Read:  Luke 1:14-17

17. Hope for Others

I pray not only for myself, but also for those around me. I pray that You, the source of hope, will fill each of my friends completely with joy and peace because we trust in you. I pray we will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13). Give us faith to cling to you in the most hopeless situations, in those times when it seems we should just throw in the towel, to give up. Strengthen our faith as we seek to trust in you.

I pray that all of our hearts will be flooded with light so we can understand the confident hope You have given to those you called—us, your holy people, those of us who are your rich and glorious inheritance (Ephesians 1:18). I pray we never lose sight of who we are in Him, of who You say we are. I pray we will grasp the gravity of our adoption into the family of Christ, an adoption that gives us all the rights of a biological child.

Read:  Luke 1:18-25

18. Giving Thanks for the Hope of God

This hope you give us is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary (Hebrews 6:19). I pray we cling to your hope as it keeps us anchored safely while the storms of this life seek to toss us, to drown us. May you, your hope, allow us to be a symbol of strength pointing the world to you as we remain steadfast, securely anchored. Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, knowing you can be trusted to keep your promises (Hebrews 10:23).

Father, we need you. Let your unfailing love surround us for our hope is in you alone (Psalm 33:22). Help us keep our eyes firmly focused on you. Don’t let us get distracted by the waves crashing all around us. Keep us securely in your grip.

And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you (Psalm 39:7). Nowhere else. Nothing else. You and you alone. We know you alone are our hope. You know we’ve trusted you from childhood (Psalm 71:5). We know you will never leave us. There’s nothing else in this life that gives us the strength, the hope, the joy that comes from you. You are our rock, our cornerstone, our firm foundation.

When doubts filled my mind, your comfort give us renewed hope and cheer (Psalm 94:19). We know when we focus our hearts and minds, we will find overflowing comfort, joy. We know your hope is what gives us the ability to keep going, even in the midst of crushing circumstances that rob us of life. Amen.

Read:  Luke 1:39-45

19. A Prayer for Christmas Eve

O God,
you were pleased to announce the coming of your Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
with choirs of angels who proclaimed with their song,
“Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.”
Grant that we may so pass our time here to your glory,
that at your Son’s second coming
we may rejoice before him.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 11 #1

Read:  Luke 1:46-56

20. Christmas Day Prayer

O Lord Jesus Christ,
true God from true God,
you became a little child for us so the world you made would be saved.
Just as a child is born to us and a Son is given to us,
may we be born again through you
and always remain in the number
of God’s faithful children;
through your merits, O blessed Savior,
with the Father and the Holy Spirit
you live and reign,
one God,
now and forever.

Source: Mozarabic Collect for the The Nativity of Our Lord

Read:  Luke 1:57-66

21. New Birth and Freedom in Christ

Almighty God,
grant that the new birth
of your Son in the flesh
redeems us from the old slavery
under the yoke of sin,
so we may receive him with joy
as our Redeemer,
and that when when he comes to judge
we may see Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
forever and ever.

Source:  Wilehelm Loehe, Agende für christliche Gemeinden des lutherischen Bekenntnisses, 1844

Read:  Luke 1:67-80

22. Christmas Prayer

Lord God, heavenly Father, we give thanks that in your great mercy and compassion you allowed your dear Son to become incarnate and through him redeemed us from sin and eternal death. Enlighten our hearts by your Holy Spirit that we may always be thankful for such grace and be comforted in all trouble and temptation, and at last, obtain eternal salvation; through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one true God, now and forever. Amen.

Read:  Isaiah 7:10-13

23. Prayer for Inward Peace and Goodwill

O Lord Jesus Christ,
by your incarnation you united
things earthly and heavenly.
Fill us with the sweetness
of inward peace and goodwill,
that we may join the heavenly host
in singing praises to your glory;
for you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Gregorian Rite, 6th Century

Read:  Luke 1:26-35

24. Christmas Communion Prayer

O merciful God,
open the depths of our souls
that we may receive
the immortality of our spirits
through the new birth of your Son
by the power of his body
and precious blood;
for he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God,
forever and ever.

Source:  Wilehelm Loehe, Agende für christliche Gemeinden des lutherischen Bekenntnisses, 1844

Read:  Isaiah 9:2-7

25. A Prayer to Put Jesus First this Christmas Season

Dear God,

Help us to keep our focus first on Christ this season. Please forgive us for giving too much time and attention on other things. Help us to reflect again, on what Christmas is really all about. Thank you that you came to give new life, peace, hope, and joy. Thank you that your power is made perfect in our weakness. Help us to remember that the gift of Christ, Immanuel, is our greatest treasure, not just at Christmas, but for the whole year through. Fill us with your joy and the peace of your Spirit. Direct our hearts and minds towards you. Thank you for your reminder that both in seasons of celebration and in seasons of brokenness, you’re still with us. For you never leave us. Thank you for your daily powerful Presence in our lives, that we can be assured your heart is towards us, your eyes are over us, and your ears are open to our prayers. Thank you that you surround us with favor as with a shield, and we are safe in your care. We choose to press in close to you today…and keep you first in our hearts and lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

– Debbie McDaniel

Read:  Matthew 1:18-25

26. Christmas Prayer for Peace

Lord, I set my heart on You. You are trustworthy, faithful and the Giver of the gift of peace. Please fill me this Christmas season. As others see Your peace in me, let them recognize You as Savior. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Read:  Luke 2:1-20

27. Give Thanks to Jesus

Father, Praise You for Christmas! Thank You for Jesus, born to earth to live among us and pay the ultimate price for our sin. Along the way, He lived a life that we can look to as an example of how to navigate human life on earth. Belief in Him reaches beyond this life, and unto heaven. This Christmas, we ask your forgiveness for getting caught up in the hustle of commercialism, and ask that You re-focus our hearts to Christ. Help us to experience His presence and revel in His closeness. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Read:  Matthew 2:1-2

28. Prayer for Holy Pause this Christmas

Lord, I bow my heart before You and honor You. Help me to choose not one but many holy pauses this holiday season. Please nudge me by Your Spirit and remind me to step away from the Christmas crazy and get alone with you. In Jesus’s awesome name, Amen.

Read:  Luke 2:21-35

29. Happy Birthday Jesus Prayer

Father, today I celebrate the reality of Your presence in my life. I celebrate Your birth, Your life, Your death, and Your resurrection. And as I celebrate, Lord, help me to be “God with skin on” to those in need around me. Open my eyes and let me see them as You see them! I love You. Happy birthday Jesus! In Jesus name, Amen.
~ Mary Southerland, Girlfriends in God

Read:  1 Chronicles 16:34

30. A Christmas Tree Blessing (taken from Psalm 96 and Ezekial 17)

Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary. Ascribe to the LORD, all you families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts. Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth. Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns.” The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity. Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. Let all creation rejoice before the LORD, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his faithfulness. – Psalm 96  “‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will take a shoot from the very top of a cedar and plant it; I will break off a tender sprig from its topmost shoots and plant it on a high and lofty mountain. On the mountain heights of Israel I will plant it; it will produce branches and bear fruit and become a splendid cedar. Birds of every kind will nest in it; they will find shelter in the shade of its branches. All the trees of the forest will know that I the LORD bring down the tall tree and make the low tree grow tall. I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. “ ‘I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it.’” – Ezekial 17:22-24

Moist Pumpkin Bread

Moist Pumpkin Bread Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling


3 loaves (16 slices each)


  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 2/3 cup water


  • In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, pumpkin, oil and water. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Pour into three greased 8×4-in. loaf pans.
  • Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 122 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 165mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

Leftover Turkey Casserole

This is a great way to use up some of those Thanksgiving leftovers! It’s easy to prepare, as well. Top it with gravy, and revisit the feast!

Recipe Summary


15 mins


35 mins


50 mins




12 servings


Ingredient Checklist

1 (6 ounce) package dry bread stuffing mix

1 (16 ounce) container sour cream

1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup

1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of celery soup

1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix

2 (14.5 ounce) cans French-style green beans, drained 

2 cups cooked, chopped turkey meat

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Instructions Checklist

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Step 2

Prepare stuffing according to package directions.

Step 3

In a medium bowl, mix the sour cream, cream of mushroom soup, cream of celery soup and dry onion soup mix.

Step 4

Spread the green beans in a 9×13 inch dish. Top with a layer of turkey. Pour the soup mixture over the turkey. Top with stuffing.

Step 5

Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until browned and bubbly.

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Nutrition Facts

Per Serving:

233 calories; protein 11.1g 22% DV; carbohydrates 19.7g 6% DV; fat 12.3g 19% DV; cholesterol 37.3mg 12% DV; sodium 1048mg 42% DV. Full Nutrition

Chicken & Dumpling Casserole

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min.


8 servings


  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen green peas
  • 4 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 2 cups biscuit/baking mix
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large saucepan, saute onion and celery in butter until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in flour, sugar, salt, basil and pepper until blended. Gradually add broth; bring to a boil. Cook and stir 1 minute or until thickened; reduce heat. Add peas and cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in chicken. Pour into a greased 13×9-in. baking dish.
  • For dumplings, in a small bowl, combine baking mix and basil. Stir in milk with a fork until moistened. Drop by tablespoonfuls into mounds over chicken mixture.
  • Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes. Cover and bake 10 minutes longer or until a toothpick inserted in a dumpling comes out clean.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 393 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 80mg cholesterol, 1313mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 27g protein.

Original NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Chocolate Chip Pan Cookie

Level:  Easy

Prep:  10 minutes

Cook:  20 minutes

Servings:  48 bars (4 dozen)

  • Enjoy the same classic taste of the original NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Chocolate Chip cookies with these chocolate chip pan cookies. Just bake, cool, slice and serve!


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 2 cups (12 oz. package) Nestle Semi-sweet chocolate chips (ANY BRAND WILL DO !!)

Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375° F. Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan.

Step 2

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Spread into prepared pan.

Step 3

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.

Celebrating Advent…

…From a Heart of Thanksgiving

Remembering all we have for which we can give thanks!

I want to give profound thanks for all that God has done in our family this year. It has been a year of multiple blessings. Just to name a few: It has been a year of Divine provision, health, needed rest, sabbatical refreshment, scriptural

encouragement and protection from all that would destroy and deteriorate.

I’m sharing with you this lovely Fall picture from our daughter in Germany. She took this picture off of her back patio. It is truly breath-taking and leaves us with much worship stimulated in our hearts. Take time and sit back and give thanks for all of God’s great gifts to us.

In remembering Thanksgivings and Christmases, of the past, we noted that they were very seldom ever the same. Being missionaries for many years we really never knew what each year’s Thanksgiving and Christmas would bring. It really was always new, and yet always centered around Christ and the family of God.

I asked my children for some memories of Christmas in all these different settings.

Denise remembers: Our youngest
“Mom, It was less about the decorations and things and more about focusing on Jesus.”
“We had Advent candles and calendars, special devotions, trips to nursing homes to sing, visiting bedridden people and bringing Christmas to them; one time a Tamale Brunch with our congregation, caroling while riding around the community in a golf cart…., the list goes on. It was always something different.

Daniel remembers: Our son
Church in our home and the Christmas celebrations during “summer” in Brazil, as December is very warm and school is out, and lots of swimming is going on.
We sang Christmas carols at a local orphanage near Sao Paulo, Brazil.

One of our Christmases in our Foursquare Missionary Home in Los Angeles, we cut family photos with pinking shears and hung them on the Christmas tree. Just simply bringing the joy and truth of Christ to every setting.

They have carried these traditions on and have made their own, as well.

Dawn remembers:
Our Christmas the preparation of Canja every Christmas Eve and sharing it whoever was near and needed a family. She continues this tradition and loves to decorate and entertain during the season. She adds much musical joy to our celebrations.

Deborah, our middle daughter, designs Advent activities for her church. She does Advent devotionals and encourages everyone to dive deep into, what the “Word” becoming flesh, means to us. How the Word installs His presence, by the Holy Spirit into our homes—our earthly housing—so that, wherever we go we take His presence with us

Make room for Jesus—in your “Inn” We must make room for Him! This year we must think of new ways to celebrate, share, and revolve around Christ—Make Him the Center! Not the baby—but the KING and “Messiah” Christ Jesus.

In the year 2020, people, including us, will try to reclaim something of what is familiar—normal; something to comfort ourselves, during this Christmas. But let’s make room for the unexpected—find Him, and His presence, in every place! Wake up each day celebrating His reality to a lost world—because we have been found. No matter how “lost” everything may seem, WE are found!!! Christ has come to FIND us! Christ has come to Rescue us! Christ has come to Heal us! Christ has come to Touch others through us—literally find others through us—and “Emmanuel”, God with us, happens over again in the lives of those with whom we share His life and love.

We give thanks for what God has done and what He is still doing!
A Blessed Thanksgiving to you, and a Meaningful, Merry Christmas, Pastor Patti

Christmas in Germany: Breathtaking!

Pastor Patty