Sharing With Steve
It is good to be back in Michigan. I want to thank everyone for their prayers for our family through the month of November. Everyone is doing better.
I always enjoy the time of Christmas. Randy does a great job planning the services and singing the Christmas music. I enjoy the activities of the adult Christmas party, the caroling, and the Christmas Eve service. I enjoy the challenge of coming up with Christmas sermons. How can I conclude the year with Christmas ideas that will also resonate with the theme for the year? This year I am going to look at four things that Christmas deals with that the Church also deals with. We are going to look at salvation, worship, inclusivity, and confrontation. Plan to attend each Sunday as we share these ideas.
I am looking forward to 2018. I want to give you a preview of the direction we will be going. In 2016 we spent the year studying The Story. This was the Bible in narrative form. A follow-up book has been written entitled, Believe. The subtitle is, “Living the story of the Bible to become like Jesus.” This is a thirty chapter book that we will be going through. I will be preaching a sermon on each chapter. The book is divided into three ten chapter sections. From the introduction the book is described this way:
THINK – The first ten chapters of Believe detail the core BELIEFS of the Christian life. Together they answer the question, “What do I believe?”
ACT – The second ten chapters discuss the core PRACTICES of the Christian life. Together they answer the question, “What should I do?”
BE – The final ten chapters contain the core VIRTUES of the Christian life. Together they answer the question, “Who am I becoming?”
Each chapter of the book includes study helps for the journey ahead. I believe that this will be a wonderful opportunity to grow in grace and in knowledge. Foundational beliefs will be reinforced and growth opportunities will be many. Books will be available in the foyer. The cost for each book is $5. There will be a basket to put the money in. If you have any questions please see myself or one of the elders. We are looking forward to a good year.
See what’s happening this month . . . . . . . . . .
The annual Adult Christmas Party will be held on Saturday, December 9 at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall. There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer. We do need more appetizers than we do desserts. Everyone is to bring a white elephant gift to exchange. We will, again, be singing “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Plan now to attend this fun time of food and cheer.
On Sunday, December 17, we will be having a Christmas Breakfast during the regular Sunday School hour at 9:30 a.m. The morning service will start at the regular time, 10:45 a.m. Everyone has that special breakfast recipe that they enjoy with their families. Well bring that dish to share with your church family! Whether it’s French Toast casserole, egg casserole, hash brown casserole, biscuits and sausage gravy or maybe a fancy breakfast bread, whatever it is – let’s enjoy it together!! You don’t have a favorite recipe? No problem, bring ready to serve fully cooked bacon or sausage. There’s fresh fruit or juice, and as always sweet rolls, donuts or coffee cakes to add to the menu. Please bring everything fully prepared, ready to serve. A sign-up sheet is posted in the foyer to indicate if you’re attending and what you plan to bring. If you have a question please ask Phyllis Martin.
We will be meeting to go Christmas caroling on Sunday evening, December 17, at 4:45 pm in the foyer. We will be visiting members of Meadowbrook. There will be a sign-up sheet in the foyer. After the singing we will return to the church building for a light supper. This is a great time for sharing the joy of Christmas. Plan to join us. Everyone is welcome.
Christmas Eve is Sunday, December 24 this year. First, we will have an abbreviated Sunday morning service. There will be no Sunday School. The morning worship service will be at 10 am. Our special annual candlelight service will take place Sunday evening at 6 pm. We will gather in the auditorium to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Through word and song we will remember that night so long ago. We will share together in the Lord’s Supper and then close with the lighting of the candles as we sing Silent Night.
After a somewhat long process, the new parking lot project has been completed with the exception of concrete collars around the drain basins. The asphalt company did a great job squeezing the job in between good and bad weather. The concrete collars will hopefully be completed this year and if not, they will finish it first thing in the spring. We will withhold a portion of the final bill until completed.
The back fill behind the curbing is complete and the landscaping next to the fire station is done. Due to poor weather conditions it was not done to our satisfaction so they will redo the area next to the fire station plus an area down by the garage in the spring. They have agreed to allow us to withhold a portion of the money until that is completed to our satisfaction.
New LED parking lot and steeple lights have been installed. The LED lights will substantially reduce the cost of the electric bill as we plan on leaving the parking lot lights on from dusk to dawn for safety and security reasons via photocell sensors.
We still have to address the flood lights that shine up the front of the building. Three of the five light fixtures are broken and should be replaced. This is an ongoing discussion as to what to do about them. Possibly new LED fixtures for these would be the solution.
We have purchased and plan to install acoustic sound absorption material on the ceiling of the Foyer/Lobby before the end of 2017.
Regretfully we didn’t accomplish everything this year that we had hoped to, so we left a few projects on the table for 2018.
We would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped with projects throughout the building and around the property this past year. Your willingness to serve is a testament to your love for the lord and his church. Thanks so much!!
WE WANT TO WISH YOU ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND PRAY FOR A BLESSED 2018 FOR THE CHURCH FAMILY.
Adult & Youth Bible study will be held Wednesday, December 6th and December 20th at 7 pm. We have just started a new study of the book of Ephesians. We are on chapter 1. Plan now to join us for this study. At the same time there is a class for elementary school age youth that meets in the youth room.
The December missions minute focuses on Ninos de Mexico, which is celebrating 50 years of service to children in Mexico.
Niños de México operates seven children’s homes in the Mexico City area and the city of San Luis Potosi. Each home is designed to function as a family. With Christian house parents, their kids, and 11-19 children, Niños’ homes are truly loving and caring places for the children to grow and learn the love of Jesus.
Recently, the children of Ninos de Mexico have participated in relief efforts for the earthquake that struck Mexico City in September. Thankfully, none of the children were directly affected by the destruction, but the children helped to distribute food, water, and needed supplies in the aftermath of the catastrophe.
Steve Ross, Executive Director of Ninos has asked that we pray and continue to contribute as they are facing increased fuel costs and high levels of inflation.
2018 calendars are now available on the table in the foyer. These calendars are provided by several local businesses and are free for you to take. Information specific to Meadowbrook is included.
There will be no meeting for Sisters in Service in December. They will resume in January 2018 to start the New Year. Look for the next scheduled meeting and plan to attend!
Karen Parrett – December 4
Rachel Hoover – December 10
Louis Krupa – December 15
Brad Koster – December 16
Ed & Karen Parrett (Anniv.) – December 21
Karen Robinson – December 21
Darrell & Jean Cox (Anniv.) – December 22
Brandy Cox – December 23
Cindy Gerstenlauer – December 25
Matt & Brenda Cox (Anniv.) – December 27
Jerri Gilbert – December 29
Jean Cox – December 30