Lifeline Online- December 17, 2014
Everett Davis- York Convalescent Center, physical therapy
Johanna Donavant- trouble with medication and depression
Jemme Gay- pancreatitis
Sam McSpadden-Bonnie Enderle's father, upcoming surgery
Charles and Barbara Sampson- Riverside Hospital
Charlie Shelton- broken collar bone and bronchitis
Susan Shelton- pneumonia
Birth- Sebastian Michael Dean Dethlefs- grandson of Mike and Irene Dethlefs, born December 11th
Blanche Jacobs, Gloria Rogers' aunt, passed away on December 16th
Goldie Clements, passed away on December 17th
Offering Report from this past Sunday: General Fund- $3,778.08; Build Up The Walls- $331.00
Please Note- End of the Year financial contributions need to be received by December 31st or postmarked by December 31st in order to be counted as part of your 2014 giving to the church.
Sunday- Music Makers Christmas Program, 9:30 a.m.
Sunday- Worship Choir mini-Cantata & Drama Ministry Christmas Play, 10:45 a.m.
Dec. 24th- Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 7:00 p.m.
SERVING OPPORTUNITIES/VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
1. Nursery Workers- commitment is one Sunday a month during the Morning Worship Service. Please
sign up in the foyer or contact Donna West.
2. Cooks Needed for Wednesday Night Meals beginning January 7th. Please sign up in the foyer.
BULLETIN DEADLINES- with the upcoming holidays, here are the deadlines to submit items for the Sunday bulletins. For the December 28th bulletin, deadline is Monday, December 22nd. For the January 4th bulletin, deadline is Monday, December 29th.
CHURCH OFFICE HOLIDAY HOURS- The church office will be closed Dec. 24th-26th for the Christmas holiday and Dec. 31st-Jan. 2nd for the New Year's holiday.
2015 OFFERING ENVELOPES- if you use offering envelopes, your 2015 offering envelopes are available in the foyer. If you do not currently use offering envelopes but would like to, please see Sandy Ratliff or call the church office.
Reflections- "The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned." -Isaiah 9:2
The Pastor's Perspective
The Advent Season celebrates the first coming of Jesus into our world. Each Christmas Season, we anticipate the celebration of the birth of Christ. But there is a second advent, the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
The author of Hebrews declared- "Christ will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting on Him." - Hebrews 9:28
Jesus will come a second time but He won't come as He came. He came quietly in Bethlehem. When He comes again, it will be with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God- see 1 Thessalonians 4:16. At his first coming, few people noticed, just a few nameless shepherds on a hillside. At His second coming, all the nations will be gathered before Him- see Matthew 25:32. In Bethlehem, Joseph placed Jesus in a manger. When Jesus returns, He will sit on His Throne as King of Kings- see Matthew 25:31
While we celebrate the joy of Christ's first coming this Christmas Season, let's anticipate the glory of His second coming. As Max Lucado wrote- "We live between the advents. Let the first one whet your appetite for the final one." The apostle Paul wrote- "while we wait for the blessed hope, the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ." -Titus 2:13