Newsletter | December 6, 2023

Family Night Supper

Make plans to join us tonight for Family Night.
We meet at 6:00 PM in the fellowship hall.

Family Night Menu

Chili, Grilled Cheese,

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
Church Goal $3000

What is the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering?

Lottie Moon was sent as a Southern Baptist missionary to China from 1873 to 1912. She saw firsthand the world’s greatest problem — LOSTNESS. Meeting so many people who had never heard the gospel compelled her to write letters to American churches describing the need for a greater missionary presence.

She pleaded for increased prayer and financial support to send and sustain more missionaries. This challenge became known as the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.

Drop off your Christmas Post Cards

If you would like to send Christmas cards to church members who live in Ashburn, drop them off and let us sort and distribute them for you. Donations to the post office will go towards shipping and items for Operation Christmas Child Boxes.

All ladies are welcome to join our WMU group.

New Meeting Time
Monday, December 11th, 1:30 PM
Meet in Bill Hardin SS Class Room

Women on Mission (WMU) members seek to live out missions through missions projects, ministries, prayer, giving, and Bible study.

2024 Church Directory

The church is working on the 2024 church directory.  If you have a new phone number, address, or email that you would like in the directory, please let Nikki know as soon as possible.

Church Flower Calendar

If you would like to place flowers in the sanctuary in memory or in honor of someone, please call the church office so Nikki can get it on the calendar.  Please call early to get the date you want.

Giving as of December 5, 2023

Budget for 2023 . . . . . . . .  $348,707.00
Tithes Needed to Date . . . . $327,884.58
Received to Date . . . . . . . . $233,528.58
Needed for weekly budget . . .  $6,705.91
Tithes Received this week . . . . $9,946.62


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.

From Our Family and Music Minister

The introduction of electricity was a major historical event in our world. Many people were stunned by its introduction and thought it intimidating, scary, and unnecessary.  Not everyone was impressed when the news got out that Edison was developing the first practical electric light bulb. A British Parliament Committee wrote that Edison’s light bulb was “good enough for our Transatlantic friends… but unworthy of the attention of practical or scientific men.” However, today, we can’t imagine life without it. Unfortunately, those who cannot benefit from it often experience life in darkness. Similarly, the birth of Jesus completely changed the course of the world. Those who accept Him as Savior can benefit from His life instead of remaining in the dark.

The story of Christ’s birth was a historical moment that forever affected the world and everyone who will ever live in it. The birth of Christ introduced the next step into our Heavenly Father’s plan to restore the brokenness that came about in the Garden of Eden. In Luke 2, we can read how Mary and Joseph journeyed from Nazareth to Bethlehem to register for a census. While they were there, Mary gave birth to our Savior. This wonderful news was shared with the nearby shepherds through the angel of the Lord, and they came and worshiped Him.  

Sometimes, we can get stuck in our world with our problems and become blind to others in our community. We can become so focused on our issues that we lose our desire to show grace and act generously toward others. The holidays can sometimes highlight the “Grinchy-ness” we have in our hearts because of the pressure to buy and receive gifts and because we feel entitled that things be a certain way. We want to receive a gift from a special someone, or we have a pity party when holiday plans don’t go our way.

 As Christians, we should be able to find a way to be grateful in any circumstance. Sometimes, we find ourselves upset when we have to go on a family vacation during Christmas, when we can’t make the Christmas party at school, or when we have to celebrate at a boring or difficult family member’s house. Mary and Joseph similarly were dealing with not so comfortable circumstances. We can assume it wasn’t her dream scenario to have her child in a stable and keep him in a feeding trough for animals. But instead of being a Grinch, Mary was grateful for her blessing, and this moment in their lives became the very day that we celebrate worldwide. When we remember how our Father’s generosity saved us, we can find plenty of reasons this holiday season to have a generous heart, not a Grinchy heart, toward God and others, despite our circumstances.

Sunday, December 10

Deacon of the Week:  W. Greg Brown

Deacon Greeters
Front Door:  W. Greg Brown
Organ Greeter:  Tom LaRocca
Piano Greeter:  Daniel West

Sound:  Carl Hobbs
Video:  Sue Mastrario

Nursery Workers
Sami Mastrario & Eilene Perry   

Sunday, December 17

Deacon of the Week:  Allen Whitehead

Deacon Greeters
Front Door:  Allen Whitehead
Organ Greeter:  Dwane Lewis
Piano Greeter:  Carl Hobbs

Sound:  Daniel West
Video:  Julie West

Nursery Workers
Rachel Flake & Dianne Huff