December Newsletter

Pastor’s Corner

Dear Friends,
Christmas is about getting to meet Jesus.  God is the name we use when we are looking for Him.  Jesus the is the name we use when we finally understand He has come to find us.
Jesus lived in heaven forever and then He came to earth to be Emmanuel, God with us.  Its harder to be poor than to be rich, so to reach the poor Jesus came into a poor family.
So many of us are helpless over the circumstances that most determine the quality of our life, such as our health or our parents, so Jesus came as a helpless baby, totally dependent and powerless.
So many have to work harder than is fair for their daily bread so Jesus spent 17 years working in Joseph’s carpenter shop and probably some of those years as the sole financial support of His family.
All over the world the poor are turned away from basic human dignity, so Jesus was born in an animal shelter after being turned away from where richer people were staying.
So many are displaced by war and poverty and the whims of government, so Jesus was born in a city to which His parents had never been, where they were strangers and aliens.
So many are oppressed all over the globe, so Jesus was born into a nation being oppressed and abused by Roman tyranny.  Over 700 were crucified just down the road from Nazareth when Jesus was young.

So may people are refugees fleeing war or persecuting governments, so Jesus was a refugee in Egypt as His family fled from Herod’s slaughter of babies.
When we think of he God of the universe creating everything and ruling everything it can be easy to see Him as distant, incapable of understanding our lives.  But Jesus, who is God the Son from eternity in heaven, who took on our flesh and walked among us, He understands.   He chose the hardest roads we must walk and walked them with us.  He endured the unfairness and the pain of life so we would know He truly feels our sorrow and our need.
I thank Jesus that He came in a stable to a poor displaced family who no one bothered to notice.  I thank Jesus that when He came He had to flee to a foreign country just as the Syrian refugees and so many other refugees worldwide are fleeing now.  I thank Jesus that He came as a helpless baby and can understand our feeling of powerlessness in the face of our problems.
When God chose to come and walk among us He did not cut any corners or make it easier on Himself.  Jesus is one I can trust with my heart, with my life, and with my future.  Let us trust the God who truly understands our lives and serve Him this Christmas and beyond.
Your Loving Pastor,
Dwight

 

Youth Corner
Hello All,
We will have our Youth Christmas Party on Sunday, December 17 directly after church.  We will be going out to lunch and then going to see the new Star Wars Movie.  If you would like to go please let Jon know by Sunday, December 3 so we can get tickets ahead of time.  The cost is going to be $10.
As the Christmas season is upon us, we are often concerned with what to give others.  This can be very stressful because we want to make sure that we give the perfect gift to somebody else especially, those we care about.  Giving to others, is a part of the spirit of Christmas.  What is also symbolic in the act of gift giving and that in our extreme busyness we can often fail to remember are the gifts that Christ gave us.  Through the birth of his son, God gave us hope.  Hope is something that is vitally important in our lives.  Part of being human is the fact that sometimes we go through difficult things.  We can easily get discouraged when we look around our world and see what is going on.  We can easily get discouraged if we look what is going on in our lives.  As Christians, God does not promise us smooth sailing for our entire lives.  The examples of Paul and the disciples are indicative of this fact. But in the midst of rough seas, he does offer us hope.  Hope that he will come alongside us and help us in this life and hope that if we have a relationship with him we will spend eternity with him in heaven.  As Linus stated in a Charlie Brown Christmas, “that is what Christmas is all about.” Christmas reminds us that God loved us so much he sent his son to save us and give us hope.
Blessings,
Jon

Mark Your Calendar
There will be No Wednesday Services
December 20, 2017 December 27, 2017

Children’s Christmas Party!
Preschool through 5th Grade (bring friends)
Saturday, December 9th 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm (we promise)
Come dressed in your favorite jammies and your most festive Christmas socks
Will have pizza, crafts, snacks, prizes, movie and lots of fun

Adult Christmas Party
There will be an Adult Christmas Party Friday, December 15th at 7 p.m.

Youth Christmas Party
The youth will be having a Christmas Party on Sunday, December 17 after Church.  We will go out to lunch and go see the new Star Wars movie.  We will be back in time for the cantata. The cost is $10.  Please sign up by Sunday, December 3 so I can go ahead and buy tickets beforehand.  If you have any questions. see Jon.

Young at Heart
We will have a An END OF THE YEAR Dinner and Movie on Friday, December 29, 2017 at 6:00 P.M Dinner and Movie are to be announced later and the cost will be absorbed by funds we already have on hand. Sign up sheet will be in social hall and the bulletin board outside of pastor’s office.

November Stats
Sunday School – 42
Worship – 81
Budget $10,785
Hospitality $ 20
Lottie Moon $ 80
Memorial Fund $ 10
Improvement $ 10
Poinsettias $ 297

Ushers
12/03 Ushers Youth Volunteers
12/10 Ushers Larry Fix, Bettie Fix, & Brenda Nobrega
12/17 Ushers Buddy McCurdy, Ronnie Narron, & Trenton Spence
12/24 Ushers Youth Volunteers
12/31 Ushers Buddy McCurdy, Ronnie Narron, & Trenton Spence

Worship Greeter
12/03 Bettie Fix
12/10 Danny Crawford
12/17 Annie Crawford
12/24 Linda Buck
12/31 Ryan Carroll

Deacon for the Week
12/03 Art Reavis
12/10 Paul Smith
12/17 Ken Fix
12/24 Ronnie Narron
12/31 Jesse Meeks

Properties’ Person for the Week
12/03 Jesse Meeks
12/10 Calvin Trainham
12/17 Ryan Carroll
12/24 Ronnie Narron
12/31 Carol Laliberte

Happy Birthday!
December 01 Caroline Buchholz
December 01 Sonyal Prater
December 02 Annie Crawford
December 08 Christine Buchholz
December 09 Monty Buck
December 16 Sarah Brown
December 17 Doris Gillikin
December 17 Taylor Carroll
December 22 Amelia Hoggard
December 23 Frances Tordoff
December 24 Brenda Murat
December 27 Grayson Brock

Nursery Volunteers
12/03 Carol Laliberte and Danica Trainham
12/10 Meagan Carroll
12/17 Jennifer See
12/24 Amy & Shawn Cross-Rochefort
12/31 Beth LeDoyen

Weekly Events
12/01 Greening of the Church 9:00 a.m.
12/06 Praise Band 6:00 p.m.
Prayer Meeting 6:30 p.m.
Sonbeam Choir 6:30 p.m.
Youth BIO Hazard 7:00 p.m.
KidsJam 7:00 p.m.
Adult Choir Practice 7:00 p.m.
12/09 Men’s Breakfast – Frank’s Truck Stop 9 a.m.
Children’s Christmas Party 6:00 p.m.
12/12 Deacon’s Meeting 6:15 p.m.
Stewardship Meeting 7:00 p.m.
12/13 Praise Band 6:00 p.m.
Prayer Meeting 6:30 p.m.
Sonbeam Choir 6:30 p.m.
Youth BIO Hazard 7:00 p.m.
KidsJam 7:00 p.m.
Adult Choir Practice 7:00 p.m.
12/15 Adult Christmas Party 7:00 p.m.
12/17 Adult Choir Cantata 6:30 p.m.
Youth Christmas Party after Worship Service
12/20 NO Wednesday Services
12/27 NO Wednesday Services
12/29 Young at Heart Dinner & a Movie 6:00 p.m.

Sunday Services are:
9:45 a.m. Small Groups
11:00 a.m. Worship

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