December 2016

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This month we celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus that came to redeem us of our sins and to give eternal life to all that put their trust in him. In Isaiah 11: 15-16 we read “There shall come forth a stem out of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots; And the Spirit of the Lord, shall rest upon him,

the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the

spirit of fear of the Lord. In him will be quick understanding and his judgment will be one of righteousness.” Today as we approach the Christmas season let’s purpose in our hearts to place the birth of Jesus first on our Christmas list. While we plan for fantastic meals with family and friends, and do whatever we can to brighten the days of those that are less fortunate, let us ever be aware that all would be meaningless if it had not been for Jesus who was born outside of the inn in that cold and damp

stable one dark night. As the angels announced his birth, the Heaven’s became aglow with the news a savior had been born. The news found a receptive group of shepherds watching their sheep. They left the flock to go see this great wonder. There, they rejoiced at the birth of this baby boy that was going to bring them the salvation that they had been looking for. Today we are following the path the shepherds

took. No, we don’t have to go to Bethlehem to find him. He is now seated at the right hand of the father

where he delivers our prayers and needs to the Father. We go to him at our altars of prayer, where we repent of our sins and ask his forgiveness. It is there he says, “Whosoever comes unto me I will in no wise turn away. I will come unto him and sup with him or dwell with him and give him eternal life.” What more can we fill Our Christmas list with than the love and mercy that Jesus Christ brings into our

lives. Nothing else can come close to what God has given to us. May God Bless You! Have a Merry Christmas! !

Your Pastors,

Rev. Richard and Rosie Deckard



December Happing’s

Sun., Dec. 4, JP McCamey will minister. We look forward to Brother McCamey being with us again this


Sun., Dec. 11, @ 6 p.m., The Jr Church will present “Fact or Fiction – The Christmas Edition”. We hope you will plan to attend and stay for fellowship after the presentation.


Fri., Dec. 16 @ 6:30 p.m., the Annual Christmas Banquet where we can share our thoughts and choruses of the season. Come enjoy food, fellowship and games.


*Christmas Card Mailbox will be in the Foyer. Donations accepted for card delivery. Donations will help the Church Pantry.


Sun., Dec. 18, 5 p.m. Mtg of the Church Board and of DIVAs.


Sat., Dec. 24, @ 5 p.m. Christmas Eve candlelight and communion service.


Sun., Dec. 25, Christmas Day! Sunday School and Church will be at regular

times in the morning; no evening service.


Sat., Dec. 31, @ 6 p.m. there will be a special prayer service to close out the


Dec. 31-Jan. 3, 2017 @ 7 p.m. Special nights of Prayer for the New Year.







Rita’s Review



December, can you believeRita DIVA 2010 it? 2016 has been a whirlwind experience, and the way it looks, 2017 will be more of the same! Did you catch the headlines a few days ago about the city employees of

Bloomington? The “powers that be” have decided that the Good Friday holiday and Columbus Day holiday terms are offensive and will instead change the terminology to Spring Holiday and Fall

Holiday. The minute I heard it, I thought, you can change the headline, but the “heart line” still knows. Changing of the term will not make people forget Christ. No matter how loud they proclaim

worldliness, Our God will reign!!! Jesus must surely hurt for the many people who listen to Satan’s lies and who are caught up in the movement to silence those who are trying to spread the gospel. We as

Christians should make it our daily pledge to share the Good News with the world around us. Oftentimes, we try to pick and choose who we will share God’s Word with, but that shouldn’t be the case. Christ came that “whosoever would believe in Him would have everlasting life”! Christ

was a willing vessel when he said “yes” to God and agreed to live among sinful man. He lived a sinless life, yet allowed himself a criminal’s death in order to give us life. Christ deserves our admiration, our honor each and every day! He has brought us from death unto life and we owe him, yet he does not force the issue. His offer of Eternal Life in Heaven is another gift to us that we do not deserve. Make this

season Merry & Bright by remembering Christ’s love for you. =rita



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