Posted by: pastortomvabeach | January 6, 2020

Thought For The Week January 12, 2020

As we begin the New Year, many new things are about to happen.  My tenure as pastor at Christian Chapel will come to an end at the end of January and our new pastor will take the helm to lead the church into the next new adventure of serving the Lord together.  I am excited and full of hope for a glorious future for our church and community.

The General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Rev. Doug Clay, recently sent us three areas for which he is specifically praying for 2020.  I couldn’t think of a better way to begin the year than to share these requests so that we all can pray together.  Let me share his thoughts in his own words.

“There are three things that every Assemblies of God church represents.  Those three things also align with three prayers that I believe God has laid on my heart for this Fellowship as we enter a new year and a new decade.

“As we enter 2020, we’re quite possibly looking at one of the most divisive elections in recent American history.  Globally, societies are divided on issues such as immigration, race, economic policies, and even the state of our planet itself.  My prayer for 2020 is that we keep the pathway to faith in Christ totally free and clear from stumbling blocks of our own making.  Our citizenship is different.  Our calling is higher.  The condition of one’s soul is more important than the label of the political party they wear.  I ask you to join me in prayer in these specific areas in 2020:

”1. A SPIRIT-EMPOWERED CHURCH.  “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord Almighty. (Zechariah 4:6)  If there ever was a theme verse for the Assemblies of God, this would be it.  The verse appeared on the masthead for the Pentecost Evangel during the Great Depression, World War II, and some of the greatest crises our nation has seen.

”The message has always been clear.  We aren’t a people who depend on favorable circumstances.  Our hope is not in our own might, nor in political power, but by the power of the Holy Spirit.  As we enter into yet another divisive political season for the U.S. in 2020, may we be known as people of the Spirit — not people of the donkey or the elephant.  May our churches be known for being houses of prayer, fully dependent on God for the sake of our nation.

”Thank you for believing with me that Assemblies of God churches would be thoroughly led and directed by the Spirit.  Pray that we would see a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our churches and in our communities.

 “2. A BIBLE-ENGAGED CHURCH.  Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands. (Psalm 119:66)  We are facing a crisis of good judgment.  Trusting God’s commands and growing in biblical knowledge will have an immediate effect on our judgment and how we approach our daily lives.

”Rather than passively complaining about a lack of judgment and moral clarity in our society, let’s make our churches outposts of hope delivered through God’s Word.  An Assemblies of God church is a church that values Scripture and creates intentional pathways of Bible engagement for people of all ages.  Dr. Tobin Perry says, ‘Faithful preaching of the Bible will never sit comfortably with a particular persuasion.  No political party or ideology completely lines up with the Bible.’  Biblical accuracy is our goal, not political correctness.

”Join me in prayer that the hearts of children, teens, and adults will be turned to the Bible.  Pray that as hearts are turned to God through His Word, that our society will see the impact of good judgment.

3. A MISSIONS-PARTICIPATING CHURCH.  I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. (Luke 15:7)  God has blessed the Assemblies of God with remarkable growth.

In 1914 when delegates in Chicago committed the AG to ‘the greatest evangelism the world has ever seen,’ how could they have imagined that 106 years later the Fellowship would span 255 countries, territories, and provinces?  How could they have imagined nearly 70 million people across the planet who would be part of the Movement?

”Now is not the time to relax.  Our mission is nowhere near complete.  When Jesus shared the Parable of the Lost Sheep, He was challenging us to not be content with those who have come to faith, but to continue seeking the lost.  Assemblies of God churches actively participate in missions through praying, giving, and sending.

“Join me in prayer for our missionaries throughout the world that they would have increased effectiveness this year.  Pray for our churches that they will increase their efforts in giving to support missionaries.  Pray that many people this year will hear God’s call to reach our nation and the nations of the world as missionaries.

”By 1931, the Assemblies of God had already codified its position as an apolitical institution with regard to missions and global affairs.  The statement was reaffirmed in 1976, saying, ‘We cannot permit our testimony among the nations to be compromised…We affirm further our policy to remain nonpolitical in character in all our missionary outreach.’  As Chuck Colson writes, ‘When the church aligns itself politically, it gives priority to the compromises and temporal successes of the political world rather than its Christian confession of eternal truth.’

”What really matters…is that we not let the systems of this world divide us and let God continue to grow His Church as a Spirit-empowered, Bible-engaged, and missions participating Church that will enter 2020 with purpose.  That’s the kind of Church that is built on the Rock of Jesus and even the gates of hell cannot prevail against it!”

Will you join our superintendent and me as we pray for a real revival in 2020 and beyond?  What a way to launch the year and the new pastor into the year!  Just a thought.

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | January 6, 2020

Christian Chapel Assembly of God Calendar of Events

Next Pastor Elected!
On Sunday, December 8, Christian Chapel unanimously voted to elect the next pastor.  His name will not be posted on-line until his current leadership makes it known to their church..  Praise God for what He has done and will do in the future.

Farewell Luncheon For Pastor Conant
Sunday, January 26, immediately following Sunday service.  Everyone is invited to stay and enjoy the fellowship and food.

Water Baptism
Sunday, January 19, during the Sunday service.  If you have trusted in Jesus Christ and have not been baptized in water, this is your chance.  Contact the Christian Chapel office at 757-427-9371 or Pastor Tom at 757-650-8788 or pastortom.ccag@gmail.com.

Sunday Morning Schedule
Study Groups (adults/teens) at 9 AM
Young Ambassadors (children 3-11) at 9 AM
Worship at 10:30 AM
Nursery for children age 2 and under
Children’s Ministry for children age 3 through 6th grade. Children will be dismissed after singing to a service tailored to their age groups.

Life Groups
Life Groups are back in session.   If you need help connecting with a group, find Peter Graves and he will help you find a place to land.

Zumba
Ladies Zumba every Tuesday, from 6-7 p.m.  All ladies are welcome regardless of level of fitness.  You will love the friendship and real workout.  For more information please contact Jean Crabb at 757-427-9371 or email ccagvb01@gmail.com.

Christian Chapel Membership
If you have been a regular at Christian Chapel we are grateful for your fellowship and ministry participation. Being regular, we encourage you to apply for official membership with this local body. The standard of membership is actually pretty simple:
1. Show evidence of being saved by trusting in Jesus Christ (John 1:12)
2. Show evidence of a consistent Christian life by practicing Christian disciplines and avoiding obvious sin as a lifestyle.
3. Fully agree with the tenets of faith in our By-laws (the 16 Fundamental Beliefs of the Assemblies of God).
4. Be willing to regularly support the church financially according to your ability.
To become a member simply fill out an application and hand it to pastor Tom, Doug, Cheryl, or one of the deacons or staff members. Thanks again for you commitment to this local church and Making Jesus Known

Sunday Morning Growth Groups
Sundays: 9-10 a.m.  Small groups designed to learn Bible truth and application in a
setting that is non-threatening, friendly, and suited to every taste.  We currently have groups for everyone: age 3-11, Teens, Adult Men, Adult Women, and Adult Mixed.  These groups help individuals grow in bible knowledge and application so that we can better Make Jesus Known in our everyday life situations.

RISE Student Ministries – Christian Chapel Youth
RISE, a group for teens, ages 12 to 18 meets every Friday from 7 pm to 9 pm., to teach our teens to live for Christ in their current context and prepare them to live as Christian adults when that day comes.

Website.
Check out our new website at http://www.ccagvb.com. Please tell us if there is anything we can do to make our website better.

On-Line Giving
You can now make donations on our website and even designate your offerings. Just go to the website and click on “Giving”. You’ll find the on-line giving link at the bottom of that page.

Pastor’s Email
Please address all email to: pastortom.ccag@gmail.com

Christian Chapel Email
Our new email address for all church coorespondence is ccagvb01@gmail.com.  Please discontinue using ccagvb@verizon.net and change to the new address.

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | January 6, 2020

Bible Reading for January 6-19

1/6        Genesis 16, 17 Matthew 5:27-48
1/7        Genesis 18, 19 Matthew 6:1-18
1/8        Genesis 20, 21, 22        Matthew 6:19-34
1/9        Job 1, 2                        Matthew 7
1/10      Job 3, 4                        Matthew 8:1-17
1/11      Job 5, 6, 7                    Matthew 8:18-34
1/12      Job 8, 9, 10                  Matthew 9:1-17
1/13      Job 11, 12, 13               Matthew 9:18-38
1/14      Job 14, 15, 16               Matthew 10:1-20
1/15      Job 17, 18, 19               Matthew 10:21-42
1/16      Job 20, 21                    Matthew 11
1/17      Job 22, 23, 24               Matthew 12:1-23
1/18      Job 25, 26, 27               Matthew 12:24-50
1/19      Job 28, 29                    Matthew 13:1-30

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | December 17, 2019

Thought For The Week December 22, 2019

Due to the hectic nature of the holidays, this will be my last installment until after the New Year.  I trust that you will have a happy, hopeful, peaceful, and joyful Christmas celebration.  I am posting for you consideration an article written by Greg Laurie, author and pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship, a multi-site church serving over 15,000 believers in California and Hawaii.  His article is entitled, Is Jesus at home in your heart? 

“In 1954 Perry Como released his single with the now-familiar lyrics, ‘Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays, ’cause no matter how far away you roam, when you pine for the sunshine of a friendly gaze, for the holidays, you can’t beat home, sweet home.’  I don’t know what comes to your mind when you think of the word home.  But for many years of my life, the first 17 years effectively, I didn’t really have a place I would call home.  We lived in houses.  We lived in apartments.  And we lived with other people.

“I came from a broken home.  My mother was married and divorced seven times, and she was always going from husband to husband.  So I moved from California to New Jersey, then from New Jersey to Hawaii, and from Hawaii back to California again.

“My mom was always out every night, so I never knew what it was like to have a family meal.  I went out and got my own food at the same restaurant.  And I always ordered the same thing: a hamburger, a vanilla malt and french fries.  When I told my friends what I ate every night for dinner, they said, ‘Man, you’re living the good life.  We wish we were living your life.  We have to go home, sit at the table with Mom and Dad, and eat horrible vegetables.  And you’re eating a hamburger and french fries with a vanilla malt!’  But I secretly wanted their life.  Sometimes I went to my friends’ houses and had dinner with them.  I didn’t even like the food they ate, but I wanted to be in a family setting.  It was so alien to me.

“One Christmas memory that stays with me was…when my mother was passed out from a night of drinking.  The house smelled of stale smoke and alcohol, and we had one of those white artificial trees with a light that slowly turned and changed different colors.  Some funky song played in the background.  As I sat there looking at that tree and looking at my mother, I thought, ‘It’s got to get better than this.’

“And it did get better than that.  When I met Catherine and we got married, it was the first time I knew what a home was.  We didn’t have a fancy home.  We had threadbare furniture, some of which came from the Salvation Army.  Then we had two sons.  And Cathe and my boys became home for me.

“I’ve been in a lot of homes over the years.  I’ve been in the homes of very wealthy people and in some very humble homes as well.  I’m a chaplain with the police department, and one day they called me to the luxury home of someone who had committed suicide.  It was a perfectly decorated home with an ocean view.  It was seemingly everything a person could want in life.  But it was a house, not a home.  Then I thought of the time when I was in Ethiopia for a pastor’s conference.  A local pastor invited us to his house, which had dirt floors and no real windows.  They had a fire burning inside the home, which filled it with smoke.  He prepared a modest meal, which for him was a precious gift to us.  That house was a home.

“When Jesus walked this earth, you could say that he was technically homeless.  He said, Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head (Matthew 8:20 NLT).  In Heaven Jesus had the greatest of all homes.  For example, Jesus told His disciples, Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? (John 14:1–2 NLT)

“Jesus left his home in Heaven to make a home in our hearts.  Maybe you’ve heard someone use the Spanish expression ’Mi casa es su casa,’ which translates ‘My house is your house.”  When you become a Christian, this becomes reality.  Jesus doesn’t merely want to stay in your home as a guest; he wants to own your home.  Sometimes we feel reluctant about this because we’re afraid.  We think God will mess up everything and ruin our lives.  In reality he will make it better.

“Robert Irvine, the host of the television show Restaurant Impossible, knows how to fix restaurants that are failing.  Restaurant owners will ask him to help, and he’ll come in and basically say, ‘Look, I’m going to change this place.’  Sometimes it requires a lot of construction and modifications.  But when he invites the owners back for the big reveal, they’re always excited to see the results.  The mess they couldn’t fix was transformed, because Irvine knew what he was doing.

“That is what happens when Christ settles down in our lives.  He might do a little demolishing.  He might remove a few things.  But then he replaces them with something so much better.  You won’t miss them.  Just wait for the big reveal, and let the Lord have his way in your life.

“Jesus was born so that we could be born again.  Let him be at home in your heart.   As the Christmas hymn says, ‘Let every heart prepare him room.’  Will you prepare room for him today?”

There’s no need to expound on this.  Jesus had to lie in a manger because there was no room for Him in the inn.  Let’s make room for Him in our hearts at Christmas and every day.  A thought for Christmas time.

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | December 17, 2019

Christian Chapel Assembly of God Calendar of Events

Next Pastor Elected!
On Sunday, December 8, Christian Chapel unanimously voted to elect the next pastor.  His name will not be posted on-line until his current leadership makes it known to their church..  Praise God for what He has done and will do in the future.

Advent Services
Throughout the month of December, we focus our attention on the celebration of Jesus’ by lighting the candles of the Advent wreath.  Advent means “coming” and Jesus’ coming was the most important event in world history.  Why not make your Christmas celebration more meaningful this year by joining us each Sunday in Advent?

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Tuesday, December 24, 6:30 p.m.  Come to enhance your celebration of Christmas by turning your eyes to Jesus.  We will be singing Christmas carols by candlelight and sharing a short message of the grace of God is giving us Jesus.  The service will conclude within one hour so that you can enjoy your family Christmas Eve traditions.  Invite someone to come with you.

Sunday Morning Schedule
Study Groups (adults/teens) at 9 AM
Young Ambassadors (children 3-11) at 9 AM
Worship at 10:30 AM
Nursery for children age 2 and under
Children’s Ministry for children age 3 through 6th grade. Children will be dismissed after singing to a service tailored to their age groups.

Life Groups
Life Groups are back in session.  Some are taking a break for the holidays.  Stay in touch with those in your group to know how the schedule will change during and after the holidays.  If you need help connecting with a group, find Peter Graves and he will help you find a place to land.

Zumba
Ladies Zumba every Tuesday, from 6-7 p.m.  All ladies are welcome regardless of level of fitness.  You will love the friendship and real workout.  For more information please contact Jean Crabb at 757-427-9371 or email ccagvb01@gmail.com.

Christian Chapel Membership
If you have been a regular at Christian Chapel we are grateful for your fellowship and ministry participation. Being regular, we encourage you to apply for official membership with this local body. The standard of membership is actually pretty simple:
1. Show evidence of being saved by trusting in Jesus Christ (John 1:12)
2. Show evidence of a consistent Christian life by practicing Christian disciplines and avoiding obvious sin as a lifestyle.
3. Fully agree with the tenets of faith in our By-laws (the 16 Fundamental Beliefs of the Assemblies of God).
4. Be willing to regularly support the church financially according to your ability.
To become a member simply fill out an application and hand it to pastor Tom, Doug, Cheryl, or one of the deacons or staff members. Thanks again for you commitment to this local church and Making Jesus Known

Sunday Morning Growth Groups
Sundays: 9-10 a.m.  Small groups designed to learn Bible truth and application in a
setting that is non-threatening, friendly, and suited to every taste.  We currently have groups for everyone: age 3-11, Teens, Adult Men, Adult Women, and Adult Mixed.  These groups help individuals grow in bible knowledge and application so that we can better Make Jesus Known in our everyday life situations.

RISE Student Ministries – Christian Chapel Youth
RISE, a group for teens, ages 12 to 18 meets every Friday from 7 pm to 9 pm., to teach our teens to live for Christ in their current context and prepare them to live as Christian adults when that day comes.

Website.
Check out our new website at http://www.ccagvb.com. Please tell us if there is anything we can do to make our website better.

On-Line Giving
You can now make donations on our website and even designate your offerings. Just go to the website and click on “Giving”. You’ll find the on-line giving link at the bottom of that page.

Pastor’s Email
Please address all email to: pastortom.ccag@gmail.com

Christian Chapel Email
Our new email address for all church coorespondence is ccagvb01@gmail.com.  Please discontinue using ccagvb@verizon.net and change to the new address.

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | December 17, 2019

Bible Reading for December 23-January 5

12/23 Esther 9, 10 Revelation 14
12/24 Ezra 8, 9, 10 Revelation 15
12/25 Nehemiah 1, 2, 3 Revelation 16
12/26 Nehemiah 4, 5, 6 Revelation 17
12/27 Nehemiah 7, 8, 9 Revelation 18
12/28 Nehemiah 10, 11 Revelation 19
12/29 Nehemiah 12, 13 Revelation 20
12/30 Malachi 1, 2 Revelation 21
12/31 Malachi 3, 4 Revelation 22
1/1 Genesis 1, 2, 3 Matthew 1
1/2 Genesis 4, 5, 6 Matthew 2
1/3 Genesis 7, 8, 9 Matthew 3
1/4 Genesis 10, 11, 12 Matthew 4
1/5 Genesis 13, 14, 15 Matthew 5:1-26

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | December 9, 2019

Thought For The Week December 15, 2019

At Christian Chapel we are joyfully anticipating and preparing to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ but we have many more reasons to be joyful this holiday season.

After many months of preparation, searching, and interviews, our Deacon Board presented a candidate to serve as our next pastor.  On Sunday, December 8, the church voted unanimously to elect the candidate.  We are excited and expectant.  We believe that God has the best days for our church ahead of us.

Our new pastor has requested that we keep from posting his name on the internet and social media of any kind until he has a chance to notify his current church leadership and they can announce to that church that he will be leaving.  Please honor his request as I have done here by not publicizing his name.

We believe that God has empowered us to make the right choice, that it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us (Acts 15:28) to choose this man to serve our church.  We can’t wait to see what God will do as the next year unfolds.

Will you continue to pray as the transition proceeds?  Will you also remain faithful in your attendance, your service in ministry, and your financial support of our church, your church?  God wants to use every one of us to make a difference in this community and we don’t have to wait for the new pastor for that to happen.  I’m onboard, are you?  Just a thought.

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | December 9, 2019

Christian Chapel Assembly of God Calendar of Events

Next Pastor Elected!
On Sunday, December 8, Christian Chapel unanimously voted to elect the next pastor.  His name will not be posted on-line until his current leadership makes it known to their church..  Praise God for what He has done and will do in the future.

Advent Services
Throughout the month of December, we focus our attention on the celebration of Jesus’ by lighting the candles of the Advent wreath.  Advent means “coming” and Jesus’ coming was the most important event in world history.  Why not make your Christmas celebration more meaningful this year by joining us each Sunday in Advent?

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Tuesday, December 24, 6:30 p.m.  Come to enhance your celebration of Christmas by turning your eyes to Jesus.  We will be singing Christmas carols by candlelight and sharing a short message of the grace of God is giving us Jesus.  The service will conclude within one hour so that you can enjoy your family Christmas Eve traditions.  Invite someone to come with you.

Sunday Morning Schedule
Study Groups (adults/teens) at 9 AM
Young Ambassadors (children 3-11) at 9 AM
Worship at 10:30 AM
Nursery for children age 2 and under
Children’s Ministry for children age 3 through 6th grade. Children will be dismissed after singing to a service tailored to their age groups.

Life Groups
Life Groups are back in session.  Some are taking a break for the holidays.  Stay in touch with those in your group to know how the schedule will change during and after the holidays.  If you need help connecting with a group, find Peter Graves and he will help you find a place to land.

Zumba
Ladies Zumba every Tuesday, from 6-7 p.m.  All ladies are welcome regardless of level of fitness.  You will love the friendship and real workout.  For more information please contact Jean Crabb at 757-427-9371 or email ccagvb01@gmail.com.

Christian Chapel Membership
If you have been a regular at Christian Chapel we are grateful for your fellowship and ministry participation. Being regular, we encourage you to apply for official membership with this local body. The standard of membership is actually pretty simple:
1. Show evidence of being saved by trusting in Jesus Christ (John 1:12)
2. Show evidence of a consistent Christian life by practicing Christian disciplines and avoiding obvious sin as a lifestyle.
3. Fully agree with the tenets of faith in our By-laws (the 16 Fundamental Beliefs of the Assemblies of God).
4. Be willing to regularly support the church financially according to your ability.
To become a member simply fill out an application and hand it to pastor Tom, Doug, Cheryl, or one of the deacons or staff members. Thanks again for you commitment to this local church and Making Jesus Known

Sunday Morning Growth Groups
Sundays: 9-10 a.m.  Small groups designed to learn Bible truth and application in a
setting that is non-threatening, friendly, and suited to every taste.  We currently have groups for everyone: age 3-11, Teens, Adult Men, Adult Women, and Adult Mixed.  These groups help individuals grow in bible knowledge and application so that we can better Make Jesus Known in our everyday life situations.

RISE Student Ministries – Christian Chapel Youth
RISE, a group for teens, ages 12 to 18 meets every Friday from 7 pm to 9 pm., to teach our teens to live for Christ in their current context and prepare them to live as Christian adults when that day comes.

Website.
Check out our new website at http://www.ccagvb.com. Please tell us if there is anything we can do to make our website better.

On-Line Giving
You can now make donations on our website and even designate your offerings. Just go to the website and click on “Giving”. You’ll find the on-line giving link at the bottom of that page.

Pastor’s Email
Please address all email to: pastortom.ccag@gmail.com

Christian Chapel Email
Our new email address for all church coorespondence is ccagvb01@gmail.com.  Please discontinue using ccagvb@verizon.net and change to the new address.

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | December 9, 2019

Bible Reading for December 16-22

12/16 Psalms 81, 82, 83                Revelation 8
12/17 Psalms 84, 90                      Revelation 9
12/18 Psalms 107, 126                  Revelation 10
12/19 Ezra 5, 6, 7                            Revelation 11
12/20 Esther 1, 2                            Matthew 1 Luke 3
12/21 Esther 3, 4, 5                        Revelation 12
12/22 Esther 6, 7, 8                        Revelation 13

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | December 2, 2019

Thought For The Week December 8, 2019

The Christmas Carol O Little Town of Bethlehem, contains a refrain that tells us so much about why Jesus came and what He came to accomplish.  In the first verse we sing these words; Yet in thy dark streets shineth, the everlasting Light, the hopes and fears of all the years, are met in thee tonight.

In that brief statement the composer, Philipps Brooks, tells the gospel message.  It was in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago that God’s only Son was presented to the world in human flesh.  The One who created the world with a simple word, the One who breathed the breath of life into our first parents, the One who was and is and is to come, took on a body and was born a baby just like you and me.

But that baby was so much different from any and all of us.  In that little body dwelt “the everlasting Light”.  Jesus who is the Light of the world came to meet us face to face that first Christmas.

But Brooks goes on and unwraps the purpose for Jesus being here.  “The hopes and fears of all the years,” is a statement that literally describes the world and humanity.  Since the dawning of time man has hoped for a way to defeat the specter of death, for a way to overcome the fears that grip us about the end of life.  These hopes and fears throughout history drove people to adopt all forms of idol worship, intellectual wrestling, and ideas to cope with the hopes but mostly the fears.

The One born that first Christmas gathered all these hopes and fears unto Himself and brought the answer.  He would take the penalty of death, so that mankind would no longer have to struggle through life with the shadow of uncertainty and fear that death brings.  Jesus brought hope that was not wishful thinking but certainty.  John tells us God has given us eternal life and this life is in His Son.  He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. (I John 5:12).

This not only tells us what Jesus came to do but also what we are here for.  If you know Jesus, if you have been redeemed so that you have the certain hope of eternal life, then you are a bearer of hope.  You have what all the world needs.  All you have to do it let people around you know.

How might you spread the hope of Christmas to a desperately needy world this year during the Christmas season?  Could you invite some folks you know for dessert and be ready when someone asks you for a reason of the hope that is in you?  Could you think about your own testimony of coming to Jesus so that you know what you would say if someone asked?  Could you invite someone to an Advent service or to the Christmas Eve service?  Let’s make this Christmas a time of giving someone hope.  Just a thought.

This Sunday, we will hear from our new pastor candidate and then convene a special business meeting to vote on his candidacy.  Please make sure that you are here.  Every vote matters and your support matters to him and his family.

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