December 09, 2018
This Sunday is the deadline for “Cookies for the Troops.” We hope you have them ready. All the cookies will be boxed, sealed, and ready for transport on Monday.
Community Table is next week! Tell your friends and neighbors to come and join us on December 19 this month. Lasagna and tossed salad will be served with drinks and dessert. If there are any burned corners on the lasagna, then David Cleveland and I will be in the kitchen fighting over who gets to eat them.
Mary Haley is home from her knee replacement and doing well, Her husband, Michael makes a good nurse. And Debbie Harrell is recuperating from extensive surgery at home. Debbie’s sister and other family are there for her. I think Andy Harrell would be glad to see a casserole or two brought in.
Nancy Wooldridge told us they believe a physician has isolated the cause of her husband Cliff’s recurring illness. There is surgery in Cliff’s future that we all hope make him well, permanently.
Our congregation extends profound sympathy to the family and friends of the Sackett family.
Ben Pate has a birthday the day after Christmas! Paul and Pat Beaty have an anniversary on the 23rd and Gene and DJ Klutts celebrate on the 28th.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service starts at 7:00 P.M. We are decorated and ready for you. Everyone is welcome.
On the second Sunday of Advent Gene and DJ Klutts gave the Advent Wreath reading and lighting.
Our music team had me jumping around to a rousing rendition of “When We All Get to Heaven.” Then Nancy Wooldridge read our scripture from Luke 3:1-6. Cole Moore served as acolyte.
Rev. Ken Lunsford titled his sermon, “Changing Our Hearts and Lives!”
Pastor Ken preached about John the Baptist. He said that all four gospels say if you want to go to Bethlehem, first you have to encounter John the Baptist.
To go to the city of David you must go out to the desert to the Jordan River. You’ll find a strange man there wearing a camel hair shirt, he is standing knee deep in the water baptizing folks left and right. John is roaring his sermon; “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.”
John was a prophet and prophetic religion demands repentance and change. It takes chances and hates moral compromise. It expects a higher level of commitment, to seeking first the Kingdom of God. This change begins with the person who stares back at us when looking in a mirror.
I should warn you before we set off for our journey, that no one who goes to Bethlehem and comes back the same person as they were before. I pray that you will take the journey.