CHRISTMAS AT CONCORD -- COME JOIN US
There will be NO services at Concord tomorrow, December 8th, due to the current weather conditions and the threat of more to come Saturday night/Sunday morning. If you need to get out, be very careful on the slick roads and parking lots.
Join us for special Christmas Concert on December 1st at 6 p.m. The Childress Family will help us get in the Christmas Spirit and celebrate the birth of Jesus.
We've out did ourselves in decorating for Christmas this year, so come see and hear the sounds of Christmas on Dec. 1st at 6 p.m. and you'll be glad you did.
Be sure to invite others to join you for this special night.
A big thanks to all who helped make our Thanksgiving meal and service a great one. And a big thanks to all who gave to our Annual Thanksgiving Offering. We received $5,000 that will be used to pay on the land that we are in the process of purchasing. We will still need to borrow about !4,000.
God got my attention last night. He made me think about being thankful. As I was trying to decorate our house, I remembered that our church secretary had laid out the letters I had asked
for our church sign. I knew it was supposed to rain the next day, so I drove to the church and with sprinkles coming from the sky, I rushed to put the letters up advertising our Christmas Concert by
the Childress Family on Dec. 1.
To reach the top row of letters I have to stand near the top of a six foot stepladder. It was while I was working on the side that the ground slopes down away from the sign (which makes the ladder unstable), that one of the letters got stuck. (I use a yard stick to slide them across to the other side to prevent having to move the ladder.) It was beginning to rain, I've got a thousands things to do, my wife has supper ready, and this letter refuses to slide over. I looked up to the heavens and said sarcastically "Thanks." At that moment I almost lost my balance, but fortunately, regained it before failing backwards off the ladder.
We let little things upset us, and fail to truly give thanks for the big things in life. (A stuck letter is nothing compared to a broken arm, leg, or neck.) Unfortunately, we do this with our spouses, our friends, our employers, and our God. As Thanksgiving approaches think about being thankful.
So as Thanksgiving Day approaches, give it a little thought. It's a day to emphasize our thankfulness, but it something we should do all the time. It's so easy in our busy schedules to fail to be thankful because it takes reflection to truly appreciate what we have or what we don't have. In order to be thankful, we must be thinkful. We must consider what we have, and if necessary look around. We may not have as much as some, but we have a lot more than others. But most of all, we have all we need if we have the people we love, an inner peace that comes from a relationship with Christ, the Prince of Peace, and a hope that circumstances can't take from us and death can't destroy.
Last night I found myself being thankful for something that didn't happen, an unscheduled departure from a six foot stepladder and its possible consequences. As it turns out, moving that stepladder one more time wasn't really all that bad.
The Shoebox Ministry is going NUTS!!! That's right, the boxes are all packed and ready to go except for the shipping cost. Samaratin's Purse asks for a $7 donation per box to help with the cost of shipping as well as the literature that is prepared in the language for the area each box is going to. This literature explains salvation and leads into the classes that are offered to each child so that they may come to know the Lord. We are still a little short of the $1750 that we need for our 250 boxes.
We are selling Pecan Halves, Pecan Pieces, and English Walnut Halves & Pieces to help with the shipping cost. The nuts come in 12 oz. bags and sell for $8.00 per bag. They are New Crop nuts, so they haven't laid around in a warehouse for months getting stale! We will be taking orders through November 10th and place the order on the 11th. The order should arrive in time for Thanksgiving baking!
If you would like to order some, you may call the church office (270-249-3623) to place an order.
What do Follower do that others mainly do during Thanksgiving. They live in an attitude of thankfulness. We are to be Thankful Followers.
Join us this Sunday morning (11-24-13) as we look at the subject of Thankful Followers.
The surveyers have completed their work with the exception of the paper work. As soon has they complete it, we will conclude the purchase. We will be buying 10 acres for a total of $35,000. This land will be mainly behind (west of) the church with a 200 feet of roadside frontage next to the cemetery (south of) the church.
We will be finalizing the purchase in just before or after Thanksgiving.
You Can Be A Matthew
Who do you know that doesn't know Jesus? Who do you know that needs the peace of God and the power of God in their lives? Who could you get to know that need both God and His power in their lives?
Relationships are a powerful force. If we have a relationship with others or are willing to build one, God can use us to bring them into a relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. This is what Matthew did in using his relationships with other tax collectors to bring them to a face to face meeting with Jesus by inviting them to a meal. This is the method, in a nut shell, that the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association employs in their "My Hope with Billy Graham" program.
Our role in this program is to build relationships and provide an informal setting such as a meal at your home where you then watch a nation-wde Billy Graham broadcast or show a
DVD provided by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association that will provide a clear presentation of the gospel. The goal is to build these relationships over the summer and in November
provide the meal and the setting for the Holy Spirit to do a work in the lives of those who come.
You can find out more information by going to www.billygraham.org.
"There She Blows"
I'm not talking about a whale at sea, but rather a whale of a mess at home. It happened Thursday. My daughter went to the bathroom sink and turned the water on and suddenly a fountain of water was shooting into the air splashing off the ceiling and drenching her and everything in the bathroom.
When I answered my phone at the office, I heard, "Dad come home right now. Hurry, there's water going everywhere." I said where at? She said, "The bathroom sink. Is there a way to cut it off?" I replied "yes, under the vanity, there's a valve."
I then jump into my car and sped home....Thoughts to Ponder for full account of this story. You can do so by clicking on the highlighted text.
We give thanks to God who has added the following New Members to our church family.
We rejoice over the lastest addition to our church family. Mary Cunningham, who lives in the Manitou area joined our church family on January 06, 2013.
We rejoice over Karen Lewis who recently (11-18-12) joined our church family. Karen resides in the Manitou area.
We rejoice over Leriegus and Melissa Davis who have recently (11-18-12) joined our church family. Leriegus and Melissa reside in Madisonville.
We are currently selling cookbooks to benefit one of the many ministries of Samaritan's Purse called Operation Christmas Child. Each year we fill shoeboxes that are sent all over the country as well as over seas as an evangelizing tool to go where we cannot physically go. The proceeds from the sell of these cookbooks will help defray the cost of shipping these boxes. Check out the cookbook tab for more information.