Newsletter | December 13, 2023

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Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
Church Goal $3000
Received to Date $835.00

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.

Ladies Bible Study Coming IN February
Sign Up Now

“Knowing God By Name”
by Mary Kassian

The study begins on February 6th, at 1:30 PM, at the Family Ministry Building. Please call the church office at 567-9320 or text/call Elizabeth See 567-1708 by January 10th to register

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.

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 12, 2023

Budget for 2023 . . . . . . . .  $348,707.00
Tithes Needed to Date . . . . $334,590.49
Received to Date . . . . . . . . $235,491.58
Needed for weekly budget . . .  $6,705.91
Tithes Received this week . . . . $1,963.00


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 Pastor

Merry Christmas!  I hope you are enjoying this Christmas season.  It is a wonderful time of excitement and fun.  Children (including those of us who never grew up) love this time of year.

As believers, we have a greater joy at Christmas than the unbelieving world can ever experience.  We remember the words of the angel to the shepherds, “For today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).  Later a host of angels proclaimed, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased” (Luke 2:14). 

Think of what we believers have in Christmas.  We have the real purpose of Christmas.  The angel clearly stated that the purpose of the event was for God to send a Savior.

What a reason to rejoice!  In ourselves we are sinners in our heart and in our choices.  We are separated and alienated from God and are under His wrath.  We are on our way to the eternal judgment in hell that we rightly deserve. 

The Christmas message is that God sent a Savior.  The angels were praising God for providing a Savior who could reconcile us sinners to a holy God.  What a reason to celebrate!

The angel also clearly identified the person of this Savior.  He is Christ the Lord.  He is God (perfect in His being) who lived a sinless life (perfect in His conduct).  That made it possible for Him to become our Savior by being our substitute.  The Savior is God who became man to die in our place and rise again for us.  No wonder the angels praised Him!  That is exactly what we should be doing this season.

The angels also praised God for the result of the Savior.  We have peace with God.  Remember, in ourselves we are alienated from and hostile toward God.  We are under His eternal wrath.  Through the Savior we are justified, reconciled, and adopted as God’s dear Children.  Only believers can experience and rejoice in God’s wonderful, amazing grace.

Last, we believers know all these truths on a deep, personal, experiential level.  The angel told the shepherds, “…I bring you…”  Yes, that was to the entire group, but a group is made up of individuals.  These wonderful truths applied to each of them.

It is the same for us.  God loves us individually.  He sent His Son to live, die, and rise again for each of us.  He gives peace to us individually.  It is a personal work whereby

God makes us His children.  The Christmas message is for each of us individually.  Every one of us can rejoice in God’s incredible love for us.

As believers, we have more reason than anyone to rejoice this season.  Let’s celebrate the birth of our Lord.  

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

Sunday, December 24

Deacon of the Week:  Dwane Lewis

Deacon Greeters
Front Door:  Dwane Lewis
Organ Greeter:  Allen Whitehead
Piano Greeter:  David Flake

Sound:  Daniel West
Video:  Julie West

Nursery Workers
Charnelle Reinhardt & June Whiddon