Newsletter | December 20, 2023

No Wednesday services over
the Christmas Season.
Family Night starts Back on
January 10th.

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
Church Goal $3000
Received to Date $1285.00

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.

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 19, 2023

Budget for 2023 . . . . . . . .  $348,707.00
Tithes Needed to Date . . . . $341,296.40
Received to Date . . . . . . . . $242,228.58
Needed for weekly budget . . .  $6,705.91
Tithes Received this week . . . . $6,737.00


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 Family and Music Minster

Christmas is upon us; hopefully, you all have plans for that special day by now. Forbes magazine published a study that in Christmas of 2014, over 99 million people traveled over nine days surrounding Christmas. A large percentage of those are people who say they are returning home for Christmas. When we think about it, home is a place where we feel comfortable, relaxed, and safe. If you think about it as we go through our lives, what we consider home changes. A popular Christmas song that I am sure everyone hears is “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” These lyrics make us think of the desire everyone has to be at home, be loved, or feel like they belong somewhere.

Think of this desire not just for a familiar earthly home but for a home beyond compare. Think of our eternal home, a dwelling place in heaven. The song “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” was written from a soldier’s point of view when he was off at war during the Christmas season. As Christians, we are like a soldier separated from our loved ones; we go through this world, a temporary place far from the comfort and love of our final home.

Just as “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” speaks of snow “glistening” and “children singing by the tree,” the Bible gives us a picture of heaven overflowing with unimaginable beauty and song. There will be streets paved with gold, gates of pearl, and a city beyond compare where we will be in the presence of God Himself. No snowflakes, no fir trees, no earthly pleasures come close to the unimaginable beauty that awaits. Like the soldier dreaming of family reunions, we can’t wait for the day we meet our heavenly Father.

Unlike any earthly home, this home is not a place we visit for a season but a place we journey towards for a lifetime. It’s not a place built of bricks and mortar but a place built by a loving Father for His children. It’s not a place we reach by plane or train, but a place we reach by accepting the gift of eternal life only Jesus can give. It’s not a gift we deserve, but it’s a gift we are freely given.

So, if you hear the familiar tune of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” this year, let it remind you of a home far greater than any we can imagine. During this Christmas season, remember that you are never alone and that your actual home awaits, a place where every heart finds perfect love and every tired believer finds eternal rest.

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     

Sunday, December 31

Deacon of the Week:  Carl Hobbs

Deacon Greeters
Front Door:  Carl Hobbs
Organ Greeter:  W. Greg Brown
Piano Greeter:  Tom LaRocca

Sound:  Daniel West
Video:  Julie West

Nursery Workers
Sandra Ellis & Elizabeth See