VOLUME 46 the week of Dec. 9, 2018 NUMBER 48
From Your Minister: “For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps” (1 Peter 2:21). Our mission, our purpose, our goal as Christians is to follow Jesus--not the culture, not some ideology, not a current human leader, not the economy--JESUS! So, “We will follow the steps of Jesus, Where-e’r they go” (Mary Slade, 1871).
Quotes for the Week: Many people want to direct God, instead of resigning themselves to be directed by Him; to show Him a way, instead of passively following where He leads. ~ Madame Guyon
“Look into my eyes...” the Prince said. “I have been calling you. The peace you seek you will find if you follow Me.” Chuck Black
Following Christ isn't something that can be done halfheartedly or on the side. It is not a label we can display when it is useful. It must be central to everything we do and are. ~Francis Chan
Bible Gem for the Week: Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.
Family News: The Dream Center handed out over 200 food bags to families last weekend and expects to do more this weekend. We thank our kids for bagging your contributions last Sunday!
This morning our classes will be shopping for the 20 foster kids we have “adopted” for Christmas. Please see Wanetta if you haven’t yet contributed. Thank you, kids, and thank you, donors!
The Ladies’ Gift Exchange will be this Sat., Dec. 15 @1:00 pm at Katie Wood’s house. Details are on the bulletin board.
Next fellowship activity is Sat., Dec 22. We’ll meet at 5:00 at the building to go Christmas Caroling on the VanGrimbergen’s trailer on the way to singing at a nursing home!
The Tuesday morning Ladies Bible Class will NOT meet during December. Class will resume on January 8, 2019.
Following the Steps of Your Guide
I said, “Let me walk in the field”;
God said, “Nay, walk in the town”:
I said, “There are no flowers there”;
He said, “No flowers, but a crown.”
I said, “But the sky is black,
There is nothing but noise and din”;
But He wept as He sent me back,
“There is more,” He said, “there is sin.”
I said, “But the air is thick,
And fogs are veiling the sun”;
He answered, “Yet souls are sick,
And souls in the dark undone.”
I said, “I shall miss the light,
And friends will miss me, they say”;
He answered me, “Choose tonight,
If I am to miss you or they.”
I pleaded for time to be given;
He said: “Is it hard to decide?
It will not seem hard in Heaven
To have followed the steps of your Guide.”
I cast one look at the field,
Then set my face to the town;
He said, “My child, do you yield?
Will you leave the flowers for the crown?”
Then into His hand went mine,
And into my heart came He;
And I walk in the light Divine,
The path I had feared to see.
Prayer Time: To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing." - Martin Luther Marjorie Hendersen hopes to be home this weekend! Please keep praying. Prayers, please for Grecia Ramirez who is to have orthopedic surgery when it can be scheduled. Samantha, Norma’s nine year old great niece, will have open heart surgery in January.,
Let us continue to pray for: Miranda Callahan, Vernon Clow, Gary Crowder, the Curley family, Pearl Curtis, Kevin Fosnaugh, George Harper, Jerry Hendrix, Jo Ella Jones, Terry Lake, Millie McGarry, Mike and Judith McKay, Bessie Mae Miller, Suzy Pence, Jim Renfree, the Schriker family in N. Carolina, Al and Susan Sheehan, the Van Grimbergens, Phil Vaughn, Ken Warren and Faith Wyatt. Please join us in praying for our Venezuelan missionaries, Darryl and Valerie Griffin as that nation continues to be going through desperate times. Psalm 5:2 Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.
...and bringing the two together
loving God, loving people...
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