Hello Everyone: I have five quick thoughts to share with you …
First of all, I am with you in shock and sadness over the elementary school shooting in Connecticut. Events like this bring to mind the apostle John’s statement (1 John 5:19) when he said, “…the whole world is under the control of the evil one.” But thankfully our God has broken into this fallen world, His kingdom has come and the future is certain in that Jesus will soundly defeat every enemy and He will victoriously deliver His kingdom into the hands of God the Father (1 Corinthians 15:24-26). We long for that day.
Second, in our message this Sunday we will think together about the concept of joy and our Scripture text is 1 Corinthians 15. We’ll do an overview of this scripture which is a victory chant for all who belong to Jesus and the foundation for the kind of irrepressible joy that theologians call “the defiant nevertheless.” Why don’t you go ahead and read 1 Corinthians 15:50-58.
Third, Thanks so much for your incredible response to our Care & Share Toy & Food Drive last Sunday. You donated 6,400 pounds of food which is enough to help 350 families! You also gave 10 boxes filled with toys that will serve 450 families during the holidays. Thanks again for your wonderful response and thanks also to Grant Wright and his team for running point on this project.
Fourth, remember that this Sunday you will have a chance to high-five Bryan & Gina Borden in a farewell reception during the 9:45 hour. The Bordens are dearly loved & respected here and we will miss them! They begin a new ministry in Dallas in January. There will be plenty of refreshments available so plan to enjoy a little relaxed fellowship time Sunday morning during the Bible Class hour.
Fifth, please remember that our Service of Remembrance will be held in our Chapel this Sunday at 4:00 pm. Dr. Virgil Fry leads this service in such a beautiful way. The Service of Remembrance is designed to honor our deceased loved ones during this Christmas season. It is a service where tears are welcome, grief is expressed, hope is affirmed and a measure of healing is available. There will be music, Bible readings, prayer, a lighting of a memorial candle and, if you so choose, the mentioning of names of those being remembered. Refreshments are available after the service and all are welcome.
With hope, love, joy & peace,