Make plans to attend this special Family night Supper on December 14th and invite a friend.
LOTTIE MOON CHRISTMAS OFFERING TO SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS
Church Goal: $3,000.00
Prayerfully consider how much you will contribute to this worthy endeavor.
Budget for 2022 . . . . . . . . $322,471.00
Tithes Needed to Date . . . . $303,864.43
Received to Date . . . . . . . . $268,414.32
Needed for weekly budget . . . $6,201.37
Tithes Received this week . . . $8,076.65
Don’t forget to check out Brother David’s Mid-Week Devotion in the book of Psalms. They are uploaded each Wednesday on the sermon page.
If you would like a PDF copy of the 2023 church directory, email Nikki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW LADIES BIBLE STUDY STARTING IN JANUARY
If you would be interested in participating in a Ladies Bible Study, contact Nikki at the church office at 567-9320. The study will be held in the Family Ministry building on Tuesdays at 1:30 PM starting January 24, 2023. We will study Beth Moore’s: Beloved Disciple: The Life and Ministry of John.
From Our Family and Music Minister
Have you ever been heading on a trip when suddenly you came upon a dreaded detour sign? How well you know the area can depend on how well this sudden news is received. Suddenly you can be filled with uncertainty, anxiety, or even fear of the unknown before you. Nevertheless, you have to proceed to get to your destination. Unfortunately, we will have the same types of detours in our life. Some detours are just a few bumps in the road and detours that completely change our plans and fill us with fear.
Paul’s life is an excellent example of a man who hit some detours. First of all, he was out to kill and persecute Christians. Then, while he was on his way, he hit the most significant detour in his life. God stepped right into his path. As a result, Paul went from a persecutor of Christians to a presenter of the Gospel. Just because Paul became a faithful believer in Christ didn’t mean he didn’t experience bad detours.
After Paul’s conversion, he truly wanted to share the Gospel with the world around him. As we read toward the end of the book of Acts, we can see that he wanted to teach in Rome. However, throughout Paul’s ministry, he was imprisoned, beaten, shipwrecked, and ridiculed for his beliefs. This was no different as he tried to make his way to Rome. Stormy seas and slow travel turned this simple path into a difficult journey. As Christians, following Jesus will not always be an easy road. It will be a road full of detours and roadblocks.
However, we serve a God who has plans for our lives, plans that we cannot come close to comprehending. Therefore, we must learn to trust that His plans are much better than ours. Think about the roadblocks you have that keep you from reaching your potential. Could God have placed the detours in your life to put you back on the right path? So often, we can be so focused on what we want or think is essential in life that we forget to figure God into our plans.
God can also change our paths to help others. For example, Paul was detoured to Malta when he was headed to preach in Rome. God detoured him so that people could be healed and learn about Jesus. The New Testament is made up of letters that he wrote from prison when he was falsely arrested. God used the diversion in Paul’s life to further His kingdom.
We usually encounter a detour when traveling because we are protected from danger. We are given a different route for our safety and benefit. Be open to the changes that God may put in your life. Approach challenges with prayer. Not every bump in the road is a bad thing. God can use it for our good and His.
Sunday, December 11
Deacon of the Week: Allen Whitehead
Front Door: Allen Whitehead
Organ Greeter: W. Greg Brown
Piano Greeter: David Flake
Sound: Carl Hobbs
Video: Sue Mastrario
Dianne Huff & Elizabeth See
Sunday, December 18
Deacon of the Week: Carl Hobbs
Front Door: Carl Hobbs
Organ Greeter: Tom LaRocca
Piano Greeter: Dwane Lewis
Sound: Daniel West
Video: Julie West
Rachel Flake & Suzi LaRocca