December 2017 Newsletter

Pastor’s Pen…

Luke 2:10-12

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the city of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you:  You will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger.”

God did not send His Son in all His glory to the rich and powerful or the religious elite, nor was He born in the center of a temple or palace.  He was born in a manger.  He had very humble beginnings.

Look at His titles in the verses, Savior, Christ, the Lord!  Humble beginnings but He was to become the focus, the vessel of our salvation.  He was born Savior.  He would free His people from sin and give them everlasting life.   He was born the Christ.  He would free His people from slavery and domination and lead them to freedom.  The last is Lord.  He was to be a king, a ruler.  He would bring justice and peace to a chaotic world at war with God.

Do not be afraid, He is here.


THE PERFECT GIFT

Do you stress about finding just the right gift for everyone on your Christmas list? Does it make the season more a hassle than a joy? Pastor Mike Slaughter reminds us that Christmas isn’t about perfect presents for people, as if it were their birthday — or ours. Christmas is about the perfect presence of Immanuel, God with us, through the birth of Jesus; it’s his birthday, after all!

In Christmas Is Not Your Birthday (Abingdon), Slaughter writes, “How funny that it can be so hard to find gifts that will please certain family members or friends — the people who seem to have everything — and yet it is so clear what the Lord of lords and King of kings wants for his birthday. God wants you — your time, your talent and your treasure — used in service to others.”

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BIBLE QUIZ

After Mary learned she was pregnant with God’s Son, what relative — also miraculously pregnant — did she go visit?

A. Esther
B. Elizabeth
C. Anne
D. Anna


On Saturday, December 9, at 11:00 am, the ladies of the church will meet in the Fellowship Hall for their Annual Ornament Exchange and Potluck.  Each lady that attends is requested to bring one (1) wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament or Ornament set and a dish to share with all.  Please, no wreaths, or large items.  Our goal is to have a new ornament for our trees each year.  See Carla P. with any questions.


Quiet bags for children to use during worship service are needed for the last Sunday morning worship service of each month.  They are easy to do while you are home. Any adult that has some free time and would like to assemble some bags, your assistance would be appreciated. All supplies will be provided 3 weeks in advance.  Donations of crayons, quiet candy like lollipops and Starburst are welcomed.  See Joy B. for more information.


COMING SOON…neighborhood walks inviting families to join us for worship services on Wednesdays and Sundays.  See Joy B. for more information.


MEMORY VERSE

~ Luke 2:40 ~

And the Child grew and became strong; He was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon Him.

~ Luke 2:40 ~

NIV


The pastors and staff of WGBC wish all those celebrating a birthday or anniversary in December a very blessed day.


On Sunday, December 3, the children of the church, with help from the youth and adults, will decorate the Sanctuary for the season.  We encourage you to bring your children to participate in this blessed tradition. We are all reminded what Christmas is really about and what all the decorations mean.  See Linda H. with any questions.


You are invited to join us on Sunday, December 24 at 6:00 pm for our Annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.  We encourage you to use this time as the beginning of your celebration of our Lord’s birth with your immediate family, extended family, church family and friends.


On Tuesday, December 12, Over 40 Fellowship will meet at Golden Corral, 5679 W Northern Ave, for lunch and a time of fellowship.  The cost is $10.00 to $25.00.  See Martha F. for more information.


THE GIVER

Many Christian families struggle with what role — if any — Santa Claus should play in their Christmas celebrations. No matter what you decide, it’s fascinating to know the history of the real-life St. Nicholas.

Born about 270 A.D., Nicholas was a bishop in Myra, or modern-day Turkey. In the year 325, he was part of the Council of Nicaea, which produced the Nicene Creed.

Nicholas, known for his generosity, often gave away his money anonymously. According to tradition, he secretly provided dowries for the three daughters of a bankrupt merchant. Nicholas threw two bags of gold through open windows and placed the third in a stocking hanging by the fireplace to dry. Thus began the Christmas tradition of placing gifts in stockings.

St. Nicholas is quoted as saying, “The giver of every good and perfect gift has called upon us to mimic God’s giving, by grace, through faith, and this is not of ourselves.”

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