Wonderful job, everyone! Operation Christmas Child collection week is this week, and you did your part by collecting 106 shoeboxes with gifts for children in need in places all around the world. Practical items like soap, washcloths, toothbrushes and toothpaste, pencils and sharpeners were included along with age appropriate toys. You also gave money for postage o $608! It costs $9 per box to mail each one to its destination, so roughly two-thirds of the postage was offset by your gifts. Well done, church family!
Thanks also to those who came out and/or joined us virtually for IMB Virtual Sending Service last Wednesday evening. Our IMB appointed 79 missionaries, 30 of whom were featured during the service itself. If you were not able to join us, click on the above link to watch the service in its entirety. Also, at the bottom of the page are all of the missionary testimony videos, including the ones not able to be included in the virtual service due to time constraints.
TOMORROW is THE LORD’S DAY!
"Happy are they, they that love God, whose hearts have Christ confessed!
who by His cross have found their life, and 'neath His yoke their rest.
Glad is the praise, sweet are the songs, when they together sing,
and strong the prayers that bow the ear of heav'n's eternal King."
These lyrics from a hymn by William Croft (1678-1727) have been at the front of my mind in the last few days. They will also as we gather for worship tomorrow, to acknowledge Christ's Lordship over sin, death, hell, and the grave, and to magnify the One who has given us life and in Whom alone we have life.
As you prepare to gather for worship tomorrow, meditate on these Scriptures that will frame our time in worship together. Click anywhere on the link and it will take you to a printable version of these Scriptures:
Call to worship: Psalm 100
Fighter Verses Psalm 84:10-12
OT Reading: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
NT Reading: Ephesians 1:15-23
Assurance of Pardon: Psalm 25:7
Sermon Passage: Luke 1:5-25
Benediction: Numbers 6:24-26
Stewardship Committee will meet right after morning service in the conference room to discuss the 2021 budget proposal. If you are responsible for a budget line item and are requesting a change in that line item from 2020, please submit that request in writing to church treasurer, Marsha Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or text her at 816-312-0032. If no change is requested, it will likely be the same as 2020.
THIS WEEK the office/building schedule will be adjusted due to Thanksgiving:
Week of Prayer for International Missions will kick off on November 29 with a visit from Scott Hill. Scott and his wife, Stefanie, were commissioned by the IMB during their Virtual Sending Service on Wednesday. Scott is the immediate past youth and children's minister at First Baptist Church in Cameron. Scott and Stefanie are the parents to three small children and will be serving in an area of the world that cannot be disclosed for security reasons. For this reason, their real names and images will not be used during the sending service. Scott will be sharing a challenging message to our youth during the Sunday School hour, and he will be preaching a missions message during the morning worship service. Join me in praying for and encouraging the Hills as they plan to begin their international missions journey in January.
ICYMI Last Sunday’s Message Luke 1:1-4 The Prologue
I share online resources with you from time to time, and this week I would like to share Breakpoint from The Colson Center, named for its founder Charles Colson. This week, the feature is Supreme Court Justice Sam Alito and his speech to the Federalist Society on the subject of religious liberty. I highly recommend you listen since we are living in a time when religious liberty is in the crosshairs of the political left. Here is the specific link. (About 37 minutes in length).
See you in church!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Greg Dixon