Come and join us this month as we learn about Jesus and be Jesus to others.
Overnighter Before Christmas
December 13~7pm to 8am
Twas the overnighter before Christmas and all through the church
Teens were eating pizza and stinking like Lurch
Jeremy was hung by duct tape with care
In hope that 8am will soon be near.
Guys bring snack/Girls bring Drinks
December 8 & 15 from 6 to 7pm.
Boys and girls in grades 4-6 meet this week.
Practice for Christmas play (December 22) starts December 8th.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 10:15
If Jesus’ birth has nothing to do with our second birth, then we are doing something wrong.I get the whole Jesus is the reason for the season.It rhythms so there is that.We say that because the culture is trying to forget why we do this every year.The origin of Christmas is forgotten.Jesus will always be the reason for the season, whether we want to acknowledge it or not.
But what if I told you that the reason for the season is YOU!!!Yes you, whose eyes are darting about on the page.
He came to give life.He came to a manger to give life to those who come to the cross.If Jesus is the reason for the season. And the reason for Jesus to come is to give us life, then saving us is the ultimate reason for the season.
I am no math wizard.In fact I am horrible at math.But the term transitive property comes to mind.If A=B and B=C, then A=C.If the reason for the season is Jesus.And the reason Jesus came was to save you.Then the reason for the season is you.
“But Nathan, that doesn’t honor the cute rhyming Christians catchphrase”Well Jesus is still the reason for the season.And so are you.
That is why this past Sunday the Christmas message came to fruition as Danyelle Burkholder gave her life to Christ.She was immersed into the name of Jesus.Many prayers and conversations sowed the seed of Christ, and she embraced the saving grace of Jesus.That is what we are all about.Above all that is done, seeking and saving the lost is first and foremost.
The hope of salvation has come.Jesus is Hope.The greatest hope of all.I find myself being grateful most when I am hopeful in what is to come.If my gratitude was dependent on what is going on in the present then we can come up with a lot of reasons to not be grateful.But when we are grateful for what will transpire when Jesus comes again.What peace we will have.Perfect peace is in the presence of Jesus.Come and join us as we share the peace of Christ.
...I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.
Dec. 8= Carol of Peace (Zechariah 9:9-20, Luke 2:13-14)
I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving and caught up with old friends and maybe make some new ones.
Hard to believe December is here and Christmas time is just around the corner. Its time to dust offthe ornaments and some of my favorite Christmas Stories and inspirations. Remember Jesus is the Reason for the Season.
1 CORRINTHIANS 13 CHRISTMAS VERSION
If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another decorator. If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another cook. If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing. If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata, but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.
Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love sets aside decorating to kiss the husband. Love is kind, though harried and tired. Love doesn't envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens. Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way. Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can't. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. Video games break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust. But giving the gift of love will endure.Merry Christmas! from email ministry Sharon Jaynes
Prayers and Thoughts: Remember our church and its leaders in prayer.Pray for our shut-ins unable to be in church with us this holiday season.Pray for our military away from family during the holidays. Pray for our missionaries working andserving the Lord away from home during these this holiday time.
Be Filled with Joy Psalm 5:9-11My enemies cannot speak a truthful word. Their deepest desire is to destroy others. Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with flattery. O God, declare them guilty. Let them be caught in their own traps. Drive them away because of their many sins, for they have rebelled against you. But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy.After David gives his enemies a good tongue lashing he asks the Lord for his blessing on all that take refuge in the Lord. Sing some of those joyful praises and carols this Christmas Season as we show a little joyful praising to our Lord.
WHO STARTED CHRISTMAS?
This morning I heard a story on the radio of a woman who was out Christmas shopping with her two children. After many hours of looking at row after row of toys and everything else imaginable. And after hours of hearing both her children asking for everything they saw on those many shelves, she finally made it to the elevator with her two kids.
She was feeling what so many of us feel during the holiday season time of the year. Overwhelming pressure to go to every party, every housewarming, taste all the holiday food and treats, getting that perfect gift for every single person on our shopping list, making sure we don't forget anyone on our card list, and the pressure of making sure we respond to everyone who sent us a card.
Finally the elevator doors opened and there was already a crowd in the car. She pushed her way into the car and dragged her two kids in with her and all the bags of stuff. When the doors closed she couldn't take it anymore andstated, "Whoever started this whole Christmas thing should be found, strung up and shot."
From the back of the car everyone heard a quiet calm voice respond, "Don't worry we already crucified him." For the rest of the trip down the elevator it was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop.
Don't forget this year to keep the One who started this whole Christmas thing in your every thought, deed, purchase, and word. If we all did it, just think of how different this whole world would be. -- Author Unknown
TWAS THE NIGHT JESUS CAME
Twas' the night Jesus came and all through the house,
Not a person was praying, not one in the house.
The Bible was left on the shelf without care,
for no one thought Jesus would come there.
The children were dressing to crawl into bed,
not once ever kneeling or bowing their head.
And Mom in the rocking chair with baby on her lap,
was watching the Late Show as I took a nap.
When out of the east there rose such a clatter,
I sprang to my feet to see what's the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
tore open the shutters and lifted the sash.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
but Angels proclaiming that Jesus was here.
The light of His face made me cover my head,
it was Jesus returning just like He'd said.
And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,
I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.
In the Book of Life that in which he held in his hand,
was written the name of every saved man.
He spoke not a word as he searched for my name,
when He said "it is not here" I hung my head in shame.
The people who's names had been written with love,
He gathered to take to his Father above.
With those who were ready He rose without a sound,
while all the others were left standing around.
I fell to my knees but it was too late,
I waited too long and thus sealed my fate.
I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight,
Oh, if only I'd know that this was the night.
In the words of this poem the meaning is clear
the coming of Jesus is now drawing near.
There's only one life and when comes the last call,
We'll find out that the Bible was true after all........
-- Author Unknown
This is my all time favorite short Christmas Story and thanks to Debbie Gibbs for sharing this many years ago. Having raised 3 boys its not to hard to imagine a little boy taking Jesus a ride with his new red wagon.
Jesus Goes for a Wagon Ride
It was the day after Christmas at a church in San Francisco. The pastor of the church was looking over the cradle when he noticed that the baby Jesus was missing from among the figures. Immediately he turned and went outside and saw a little boy with a red wagon, and in the wagon was the figure of the little infant, Jesus. So he walked up to the boy and said, “Well, where did you get Him, my fine friend?” The little boy replied, “I got him from the church.” The pastor asked ‘And why did you take him’?’ The boy said “Well, about a week before Christmas I prayed to the little Lord Jesus and I told him if he would bring me a red wagon for Christmas I would give him a ride around the block in it.
Check in with our heavenly Father this week,do some good this Christmas and disappear. Clay Halsey
Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy. Psalm 5:11