Lifeline Online- weekly e-news of Lebanon Christian Church- November 19, 2014
Don Barnett , Audy Barnett's father, swelling in legs and hip pain
Goldie Clements, broken hip, York Convalescent Center
Jemme Gay at home following hospital stay
Anita Hadad , severe hip pain
Don Harlan, at home following surgery
Trip and Tucker Horning, grandsons of Tim and Sandy Ratliff, at home recovering from surgery to remove tonsils and adenoids
Jason Runnels, broken ankle, upcoming surgery
Carl Shelton, new flare up of shingles
Todd Shirley and family - Todd is recovering from having a seizure
Wilbur Wallace, at home recovering from open heart surgery
Ken Woolard , Irene Dethlefs' father, convalescent home
Dawn Worsham, surgery on November 25th
Offering Report from this past Sunday- General Fund- $3,421.00; Build Up The Walls- $350.00; Thanksgiving offering- $240.00; Thanksgiving offering to date- $350.00
Thanksgiving Sunday is this Sunday November 23rd. Here is what is happening to highlight Thanksgiving and to give us an opportunity to express our gratitude to God:
1. Thanksgiving Offering will be received during the morning worship service. The offering will go to
our Building Fund to build up our reserves that we use to help make our mortgage payment. If you
give your Thanksgiving offering by check, simply designate "Thanksgiving Offering" on your check.
If you are giving your Thanksgiving offering by cash, there are special Thanksgiving offering
envelopes in the foyer that you can use for your Thanksgiving offering. The Thanksgiving offering
should be in addition to our regular offerings. Generosity in giving is a great way to express our
gratitude to God for His grace of salvation and for His goodness of other blessings in our lives.
2. Thanksgiving Play- "Happy Thanksgiving" will be presented during the Morning Worship Service.
Children's Church will be dismissed for the service so that the children may watch the play. Invite your friends to join you as we worship and emphasis the importance of Thanksgiving.
3. Area Thanksgiving Service at the Northampton Church of Christ on Todd's Lane in Hampton.
Service time is at 6:00 p.m. Joe Thompson, minister with Smithfield Christian Church and a Timothy
of the Northampton Church will be preaching. The church van will leave at 5:15 p.m. for anyone
who wants a ride to the service.
November 30th- Family Sunday- children grades 1st-5th grade will worship with their families during the Morning Worship Service. Children's Church is dismissed.
December 7th- Annual Congregational Meeting following the Morning Worship Service. The purpose of this meeting is to vote on the men who were nominated to serve as elder and deacon and to approve the 2015 General Fund Budget. The overall budget remains the same. Some areas were increased and some were decreased, but the overall dollar amount remains the same, calling for a
weekly General Fund offering of $4,557.00 a week which is the same as this year. Copies of the proposed budget and a sample ballot of those men nominated to serve as elder and deacon will be available in the foyer this coming Sunday.
Operation Christmas Child- Last year we provided 126 shoeboxes. Our goal this year was 130 shoeboxes. We exceeded our goal as we provided 143 shoeboxes this year! They were delivered to the distribution center on Monday. Thank you so much for your generosity this year!
Please note- The formal Greeting Time is nice but it is repetitive as we are a church that really knows how to greet each other. There is a lot of greeting that goes on before the worship service starts. Please continue to greet as many people as you can before the service begins as we will no longer ask you to greet each other again once the service begins.
Reflections- "Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe." -Hebrews 12:28
The Pastor's Perspective
I will be out on vacation from November 24th-30th, so this edition of The Lifeline Online covers 2 weeks of announcements.
Gratitude. It is important for us to give gratitude to God. Gratitude is important to God. God expects it. Jesus healed 10 men from leprosy but only one man came back to give thanks to God. Jesus expected all 10 to come back to express their gratitude to God for their healing. He was pleased with the one who did and disappointed with the 9 who did not. Jesus said- "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?"
God expects that we will be grateful for His blessings to us. God doesn't expect it because He needs His ego stroked. God expects that we will be thankful because He knows that we need to be grateful. Gratitude reminds us that we are dependent upon God. Gratitude helps us to be content. Gratitude keeps us humble.
How often are you grateful to God for the blessings He has given you? How are you expressing your gratitude? Through prayer, your financial giving, sharing with those in need?
Grateful to be your pastor,