Friday, December 11, 2015

Newsletter - December 2015

December is here and its beginning to look a lot like Christmas to quote from a song. That must mean that November is behind us along with the turkey and desserts. We had a pretty busy month around here. The movie was good even though we had no electricity when we started and I’m sorry that you might of missed it thinking that would shut us down, but as the saying goes “the show must go on.” We sent off 115 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child but if you missed out on that we are still accepting donations for the shipping at $7 per box (see Mrs. Judy). Thanks again to all those who helped in any way with those boxes. The youth was busy also with a lock-in, bake sale and the Youth Evangelism conference. If you know someone in the jr high or high school let them know that there is something for them at church to include a praise and worship time for everyone beginning at 9:30 am Sunday mornings. We then have Sunday school for everyone and I hope that you will come and join us as we learn more about Jesus through His Word and bring a friend with you.
Now here is what we can see going in right now:
  • 13 Dec 6 pm Christmas play (come support the children who are in the play) snacks to follow.
  • 25 Dec we celebrate our Savior’s birthday. He is the reason for the season.
Now for the pastor‘s bite: December is all about Christmas in my book. I just think that it’s funny that Thanksgiving, were we thank God for all his Blessings is follow by what the world says is a time of giving. Yes that is how we celebrate Christmas by giving, now some people see it as a time of receiving and the stores see it as a time to make a profit but some refuse to put Christmas on their sales and by no means will they tell you Merry Christmas. Why do we give gifts anyway? Well Mathew chapter 2 kind of tells us when it is talking about the “three wise men” in vs. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. (NIV) See the wise men gave Jesus gifts after His birth and that began the tradition of giving gifts. We do this to remember those first gifts that were giving to Jesus our Savior. Now that is the big thing here that Jesus is our savior because God first gave us His son for our sins (wrong things in our life) so that we could live with Him for ever! So as you go out and about to get those gifts remember what they are representing and who has already given you the best gift of eternal life. Have you accept that gift from Him? It’s just like any other gift, for it to be yours you have to take possession of it or it’s not yours. I pray that everyone of you have taken possession of this gift by asking Jesus to forgive you of your sins and asking Him to come into your life, if not, this would be the best time to do it and I would love to help you do that. So this Christmas can you give some of you time back to God by coming to worship Him on Sundays, and I‘ll save you a seat. Don’t forget tell everyone Merry Christmas as you are out shopping.

In Christ’s Love

Pastor, Eugene

Reminder: Sunday school starts at 10am and worship starts at 11am Praise with the youth 9:30am