This Weeks Bulletin 1-3-2016

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Hope For The Future

What can give us hope in a fallen world? Have you been in a situation where you see no way out? You don’t see a light at the end of a tunnel and you live life anxiously, because you don’t know what the future holds?
I believe that it is what we rely on in life. Do we rely on God or in our own strength and understanding? Daily we are faced with new challenges, whether it is finances, illnesses, losses or unemployment. There are always changes happening around us, and most of them we have no control over. These changes can be emotional, mental, physical or spiritual. Who then has control over us and our situations?
Personally, I find comfort in the knowledge that God is in control of my life. In seeking Him in prayer I find inner peace in spite of the trials and tribulations I face everyday. When I hand over situations I have no control over, I am assured that God goes before me and prepares a way out for me. The Scriptures comfort and reassures me:
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
“Fear not, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Hope is a desire with a corresponding promise from God. The Word of God is His promise to us. With the knowledge of that promise we can live in hope for the future. We can be bold in hope. We can allow our faith and belief in God make our hope a reality. The more we speak God’s Word into our lives, the more we grow in hope. I will close with some biblical words of hope for you:

This Weeks Bulletin 12-20-2015

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This Weeks Announcements

Cafe Brazil Menu
Ice Cream
Sweet Tea
(Please drop me an email if you are not a weekly regular and are planning on coming for Pizza tonight, so I can order enough)
Stuff Angola Bags/ 5:30 P.M Sharp!
Pizza/ 6 p.m.
Happy Birthday Jesus Party/ Children up to 6th grade at 7 p.m.
I need the following items for our party tonight: ( Please email me ASAP if you can bring something and what.)
Cold Juice boxes  (2 boxes)  Kool-Aid or Capri Suns 
Cheese Dip
Large Bag of chips for dipping 
Bag of Cheetos 
Business Meeting Tonight following service to vote on 2016 Budget with no discussion.
Christmas CarolingSunday at 5 p.m (all invited)
Christmas Eve Service at 5 p.m.
New Years Eve Eve Service on Wednesday, Dec 30 at 7 p.m Gumbo Meal at 6 p.m
I need three people who will make a pot of Gumbo, three to bring potato Salad and 3 to bring desserts.
See everyone tonight!

The War On Christmas

warThe War Against Christmas!
Without a doubt there is a concerted effort to eliminate the word ‘Christmas’ from public discourse – sort of a ‘war’ against Christmas. Shopping centers invite and allow ‘festive displays’ from the community provided the displays have no religious connotation. It is possible to do all one’s Christmas shopping and never see or hear the word “Christmas” in the stores.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with saying “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings.” But if someone says “Happy Holidays” for the sole purpose of not saying “Merry Christmas”, then we are right to question what’s going on.
“Why is the word Christmas censored?” we wonder as we wander through the malls. One reason put forward by those seeking to avoid the word Christmas is that it would offend non-Christians. The exclusion of Christmas, then, is not really a way to adapt to a more diverse culture, but a way to engineer a more secular culture.
How are we to respond?
Many times, the arguments against Christmas programs and displays are couched in political terms, but the bias against Christmas goes much deeper than that. This is primarily a spiritual battle, not a political one. How should Christians respond to the ubiquitous use of “Seasons Greetings” and the exclusion of Christmas? Here are some suggestions:
1. Celebrate Christmas! Let the joy of the season show in your life. Teach your family the significance of Jesus’ birth and make the Christmas traditions meaningful in your home.
2. Wish others a Merry Christmas. When confronted with a “Seasons Greetings,” get specific, and wish the greeter a “Merry Christmas!” You may be surprised at how many respond in kind. Even if you’re met with resistance, don’t let it dampen your cheer.
3. Speak the truth in love (Eph 4:15). The Christmas season is a wonderful opportunity to share Christ’s love and the Gospel message. He is the reason for the season!

This Weeks Bulletin 12-13-2015

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This Weeks Announcements

AnnouCafe Menu:
Pulled Pork/ Bun
Lemon Cake
Sweet Tea

Angola Ministry Bags/ Donations being accepted until next Wednesday, Dec 16th
Serenity House donations and supplies due by tonight!!!!! Laundry Detergent & pillows

Needy children adopted by our ROL Children’s Department (presents due tonight!)
Youth Class- 6 year old girl
5th-6th grade class- 2 year old boy
1st-5th grade class- 7 month old boy and 7 year old girl
K-4 class- 1 year old girl

Each class is collecting items for the children to fill a bag that we will bring to the Serenity house.

Serenity House Ministry day! This Saturday, December 12th. Leave at 9 am return at 1 p.m.
Children will sing and we will minister and share finger foods with the residents. Bring a finger food to share!

Christmas Caroling/ Sunday Dec 20th at 5 p.m. all welcomed!

Youth Christmas Banquet/ This Friday, December 11th. White Elephant Gift 6:30 p.m. Best Christmas Outfit Contest!

Children s’ Happy Birthday Jesus Party, Next Wednesday, December 16th (parents bring party foods)
Adult Christmas Party- This Sunday, December 13th, 5 p.m. Bring party food!

Angola Trip/ Next Friday, December 18th

A lot going on! The best time of the year!

Special Musical Presentation

musicalDon’t forget that our Children will be presenting the Christmas musical, “Miracle On Main Street.” Come and support them as well as expecting to receive a blessing!!

This Weeks Bulletin 12-6-2015

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Special Prayer Request

PrayerBro. Dwain Johnson’s Father had a medical emergency last night.  They are saying it is a brain bleed.  Let’s join together to pray for him and the family. God is Able!!