In Heb. 10:24, the writer conveyed, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, “And let us stir up one another to love and good works.” That’s a great verse for God’s people to know and practice. God expects His people to build one another up, not tear one another down. One way we “stir up one another to love and good works” involves encouragement! An encouraging word is a treasure in a critical world.
I appreciate the six ladies who gathered last Saturday at the South Campus and wrote personal cards. The ladies wrote over 250 cards. What a ministry! I’m confident that your personal notes will “stir up” the many individuals who will receive the cards. Ladies, great work!
I thank the MANY VOLUNTEERS who served on Sunday. Your ministry made Sunday “A Really Big Day!” On behalf of the pastoral staff and me, thank you for giving the Lord your best and “stirring up one another to love and good works.” Sunday School attendance was wonderful; worship participation was inspirational; and lunch was delicious! I’ve heard many positive testimonies from Sunday. For all of you who served in front of people and those who served behind the scenes, again, THANK YOU!
It was touching to hear the many people (of all ages) pray on Sunday. God used you! I rejoiced to see the widespread participation in the church’s annual “Thank Offering.” Our goal for the offering was $65,000. As of today, we’ve given $67,000! The offering is going to be used for 2016 mission projects and to purchase a new church van. Thank you for praying and giving to the Lord!
The Singing Christmas Tree is December 11-13, 2016. The Friday and Saturday presentations will be at 7:00pm, and the Sunday presentation will be at 4:00pm. Tickets will be available for the church family this Sunday, and they will be available to the general public beginning on Monday. I appeal for you to pray for Eddie and the many people involved in the Singing Christmas Tree. Hours upon hours have been invested in preparing for this annual worship experience. I challenge you to invite people to attend, too. Volunteers are needed to help assemble the tree on Sunday, November 29 and Monday, November 30. If you’re able to help, please contact the church office. Your help is needed and much appreciated!
As you read today’s newsletter, I invite you to stop and pray for Brenda Garner and the many MANNA volunteers. Today is the busiest day of the year at MANNA. Every family will receive a turkey in memory of Price Thornal’s legacy. Thank you for giving, serving, and providing a traditional Thanksgiving meal to hundreds of families in our city!
Please remember next week’s Thanksgiving Day luncheon. If you’re in town and without a family commitment, I invite you to join us for lunch. The luncheon starts at noon at the South Campus. Reservations are requested! You can call the church office and make a reservation.
May you and I always be thankful for the Lord’s grace, mercy, and blessings!
Praising Our Good, Good Father,
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18