Rearview Mirror 12-27-2018

I hope that you are able to enjoy your Christmas holiday. This is a very special time of the year. We do want to pray the families impacted by the government shutdown. We also need to pray for our national leaders in working through these issues. I want to say Thank You to everyone that helped with the Sunday Service and with the Candlelight service. It was great to have a good group out to hear the retelling of the account of Jesus’ birth.

I also wanted to update everyone that has not heard. We purchased a modular unit last week to be used as offices/classroom space for the property. We were the only bidders at the auction. We got our top choice and the price was right. I want to say Thank You to everyone that prayed for us. The Lord continues to go before us with the property development. I am continually amazed at God’s timing. It reminds me a King David’s words “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.” Psalm 37:4–5 ESV

Thank You from Caryl and I for the love gift from the congregation. It is a very special blessing to us. Thank you for letting us serve you as your pastor and wife.

We have also planned a little after-Christmas celebration with a New Year’s Eve party. We are still planning on using the Ministry Center at this point. You will want to join us from 5pm – 10pm for a time of fun and fellowship. It will be a potluck event so bring all those left over goodies to share!

Our next 101 Membership Class is coming up fast. It is scheduled for Saturday January 12 from 9am – 3 pm at the Ministry Center. Lunch will be provided.

Gals, the next Ladies Discipleship Group will be Saturday January 12. The location for this month is yet to be determined.

Our TLC group got off this morning from the Ministry Center around 6am. They will be at the Washington Family Ranch by the time you read this. Please pray for God to bless the speakers and to work in heart and lives. Also be sure to pray for the team as they begin the return journey around noon on December 29th.

I know that some of you are struggling with memorizing Bible verses. I have chosen to have us memorize the popular and meaningful passage of Psalm 23. It speaks to all of us. This month our verse is Psalm 23:3. It is an easy verse that you need to commit to memory. “He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” Psalm 23:3 ESV  Let me encourage to memorize all 6 verses of Psalm 23. If you are needing some accountability with working on your verse please check out the ScriptureTyper App. (IOS and Android)

We will continue our “Abounding in….” Christmas series as we look at the Wisemen. I normally bring a Year Challenge on this particular Sunday but have chosen to extend the Christmas series. We will be diving into the importance of wisdom in serving God. Our culture’s obsession with intellectualism is not the same as Godly wisdom. The sermon title will be “Abounding in Wisdom.” Thanks again for praying!

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