This Time of Year
Have you noticed that the holiday shopping season is starting earlier and earlier each year? You walk into a store and to your left you see Halloween costumes and all that goes with it. You look to your right and see displays of turkey & pilgrim cutouts and all kinds of Thanksgiving decorations for the home. And right in the middle, as soon as you enter the store, there stands a big, beautifully decorated Christmas tree. I may be telling my age here, but I don’t ever remember Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas all blending together when I was growing up (I’m just saying). You say to yourself, “Wow, Christmas….really??” Guess what? Their marketing strategy worked because before long you begin thinking about what you overheard your kids discussing what they wanted this year or you’re trying to remember where you saw that cute little bouncy toy for the grand-baby this past summer. What in the world are you going to get your wife/husband this year…..and so it begins-the hustle, the bustle, and the stress. You start saying to yourself, “Gotta get started on my Christmas shopping….gotta get started on my Christmas shopping……..gotta….wait a minute. What’s wrong with this picture? Where is the JOY that this time of year is supposed to bring? What happened to the simplicity of the holiday?
One of the most wonderful times of the year is approaching and all we’re feeling is anxiety and stress. Christmas is about celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Three Wise Men came with gifts to give the newborn child to say, “We recognize that you are the Messiah and we’ve come to Worship and Adore You. Our gift giving is in remembrance of that day. It symbolizes our love for Christ and for each other, but somewhere down the line that simple concept got lost. We commercialized it all. It became about the biggest, the fastest, or the most expensive gift we could buy. Each year we try to outdo the year before…..why?
This year I want to challenge us to try and remember what Christmas is really all about. It’s about giving, sharing, and helping those less fortunate than ourselves. Spreading Love, Cheer and Joy to everyone we encounter. Remember, the birth of Christ is the Reason for the Season. Without Christ, there would be no eternal life for us. That alone is enough to keep JOY in our hearts always!
Peace on Earth and Good Will Towards Men
Have a Joyful & Merry Christmas
Robert’s Ministerial Assistant
Our theme this year for our Youth department is: You're not on a journey to God, but on a journey with God
Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV) "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." My hearts desire is for our young people's lives to be so full of the Holy Spirit that we make a difference in other people's lives. That we bring about healing and change the surroundings around us. As we grow our roots deep into Jesus, we will draw up the resources we need to stand strong through the pressures, and they will overflow with an abundance of life that this world desperately needs.
5:30 - 6:30 pm
Dinner in the Gym
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, "In His House" Bible study. Starts September 7th
Our Youth are examining many encounters Jesus had with individuals throughout His 3 year ministry.
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Middle School Girls Bible Study
Lauren Fuller and Searcy Steward, our High school girls are mentoring our younger girls by leading in Bible study and prayer.
6th-8th Grade Girls Only-Room 212
Our Sunday school begins at 9:45 am and leads into the 11:00 am Worship Service in the Sanctuary.
Doug Ray/Middle School Director
Angie Hensley/High School Director
6th grade teachers: Frank & Michelle Pace
7th-8th grade boys: Ross Godwin, Winston Nuckolls
7th-8th grade girls: Diana Mack
9th-10th grade: Rod & Elsie Kittrell and Barry & Angie Hensley (212 in the Landing)
11th-12th grade: Steve & Lynn Kirby and John & Wendy Player in the Joyhouse
Mike Jobe, Jane and Alan Range
Our Sunday school material is from Lifeway.
Forms, Letters and other communications to the youth and their parents.