"If you love me, you will obey what I command." John 14:15 (NIV)
Christmas is a most wonderful time of the year. I love the lights and the trees; the songs and the happy faces of children in anticipation of Christmas morning. I especially love all the nativity scenes I see on display. I am quick to look for baby Jesus and Mary, the shepherds and wise men, the angels, and, of course, the star. Sometimes I find myself overlooking one of the most important people in the nativity: Joseph.
We often forget the tremendous decisions that he had to make. His response to Mary’s pregnancy was pivotal to the outcome of the story. He could have had Mary stoned or put her away quietly (divorced). But in a dream, an angel encouraged him to do God’s will. Joseph loved the Lord so he was willing to take Mary as his wife, even though he did not understand.
When we love the Lord we will obey Him even when we can’t see the whole picture. Love Him today and do what He calls you to do.
A great big THANK YOU to everyone who helped carry in and assemble our living Christmas tree. The 30-foot tree is assembled, decorated and ready for the singers who will adorn its branches. Thanks to the Decorating Committee for the many beautiful Christmas decorations all around the church. Our church building never looks better than when decorated for Christmas. Our church body never looks better than when it is serving and working for the Lord. Thank you again for all the hard work, Fee Fee Family!
The church family unanimously approved our church budget for 2014 in the morning services. Thank you, church committees, staff, Stewardship Committee, and church family for putting together and approving this important budget.
Thank you, also, church family, for continuing to support the church and its ministries through the church budget. Those participating in the Stepping Up Together emphasis have made and continue to make a real difference. If you are new to the church or are not participating in the emphasis, let me encourage you to start. We simply ask one of two things of you: (1) If you are not giving to the church budget, please start. It may not be a tithe, but start where you can, maybe $5 or $10 a week. (2) If you are supporting the church budget, thank you. The question we ask you is, “Can you give a little more?” Just $5 or $10 a week makes a big difference. Many are participating in the Stepping Up Together emphasis and it has made a huge difference in our ability to fund and fulfill ministries. Thank you so very much.
We have several church families in need this year so please pray that we can help them have a little Christmas.
God continues to bless our church family. Come join the fun.
See you in church,