DATES TO SAVE:
December 9, 6:00pm in the DuRant Building – Deacon & Wives Annual Christmas Dinner
December 15, 6:00pm – Christmas Cantata- “HIS NAME IS JESUS ”
food and fellowship following in the DuRant Building
December 22, 6:00pm – Children’s Christmas Program with Cocoa & Cookies following in the DuRant Building
Women’s Missionary Circles:
December 5: Grace Wells
December 12: 3:30 Carmen White; 7:30 Lucy Smith
December 19: 7pm Georgia Flowers.
If you would like to become a member of any of these circles, please attend the meeting and I am sure that you will be warmly welcomed.
Each Wednesday night from September until the end of November and January until the end of May we have supper in the Durant building. The cost is $3. per person except on the covered dish nights. After the supper the Pastor leads us in a Bible study for the Adults. (will resume January 8, 2020)
ALTAR FLOWERS for December
THE TRUTH PROJECT, A NEW BIBLE STUDY is now in progress on Sunday Nights @ 6pm. This study is based on the Focus on the family Series and will be very informative. Come to be blessed and amazed by the video series that we will participate in. We hope to see you at the study. Here are some of the Topics that we will be discussing.
1: Sociology: The Divine Imprint
8: Unio Mystica: Am I Alone?
15: Christmas Cantata
22: Children’s Christmas Program
29: The State: Whose Law?
Children In Action Ministry: Each Wednesday night after supper the children have their special time to learn about missions and mission projects. After supper they proceed to the children’s department and are taught by well qualified and loving individual adults. The CIA’s are a vital part of the church here and are growing by leaps and bounds. We are so blessed to have faithful and sacrificial individuals that will give of their time to teach and train these children.
Youth Group: At the same time from 6:30 until 7:30 the Youth proceed to the youth department and are taught each Wednesday night and on Sunday night they also have a special time from 6 until 7pm. We welcome you to attend and see God at work.
OPERATION SHOE BOX MINISTRY THROUGH SAMARITAN’S PURSE
This ministry continues throughout the year as members gather items
for the shoeboxes. Generally starting in October, we have several nights of packing the shoe boxes to be delivered to the distribution center and then on to Charlotte, NC. We pray over each of them that they get to the right children in the special places they go. God has blessed this ministry in many ways. Glory to our God.
ITEMS NEEDED for SHOEBOX MINISTRY:
December: Coloring book, crayons, stuffed animals
January: Small toys, toboggans, scarves
Here area a few of our members working around the shoe box tables.
The Men at Black Creek have begun a new ministry that supports Joni Erikson Tada’s “Wheels Around the World”. This ministry collects old wheelchairs and has them reconditioned to send to third world countries for individuals that cannot walk. We have collected over 62 wheelchairs.
God continues to bless this ministry as his love is sent around the world.
A LOVE LETTER FROM PASTOR BILL
As we look into the scripture we know that in Luke we have the account of the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Let us look for a moment to Luke 2: 7-14 and reflect upon it for a few minutes. The word of God says,
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field,
keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly hosts praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Mary and Joseph hardly knew what they were getting into but they knew that God was all in control. The angels affirmed to them that Jesus was going to be born and would save the world. This included all of us today. But how could one great event be so unhappy for so many. Even though happiness was to be spread all around there were some that continued to be sad. Today many people try to gain all they can to be happy. Things like money, prestige, power, recognition, status and influence all can make individuals sad and unfulfilled in life. Jesus is the only one who can make a person have a sense of fulfillment in life. This fulfillment is knowing that God through Christ leads us through the power of the Holy Spirit. But the question that we must deal with is; are we following the leadership of the Holy Spirit or our own will and purpose? It is easy to find the answer. All we must do is pray and God will give us the answer.
Yes, there was great jubilation and excitement in the city of Bethlehem that night so many thousand years ago. Finally, God had answered the prayers of many prophetic people and great hope was alive in the baby Jesus. Today, that same great hope is alive in all of us when we trust Jesus as Savior of our hearts. We must give up our will and presuppositions and follow God’s will in our day. Are you and I following God’s holy and perfect will today? Prayer can assure us of that one fact. It is not a gut feeling, but a heart and soul feeling. After communing with God we will know the answer to that previous question. Let us celebrate Jesus with Joy and Hope!
This Christmas, let us all have the true joy of Jesus in our hearts to share with those we come in touch with. God’s blessings upon all of us.
What a wonderful Savior we have who has made a way for us to live with Him forever. Let us all count our blessings! Merry Christmas and may God richly bless each and every one of you.