Hello Brothers & Sisters,
We’re in the third week of Advent and we’re continuing to reflect on how God is Coming to us. This past Sunday we heard Pastor Kelly preach an excellent message on joy. It is entirely understandable that we experience sadness in a world that has yet to be released from sin and its bondage to decay, and we know that the Christmas season can be especially difficult for people. However, Jesus said that in the midst of our sorrow we can know a joy that isn't dependent upon circumstance.
In Signs of Joy (3 of 4), Pastor Kelly shared how we can know God's joy and why we should do things just because we enjoy them. If you missed the service, be sure to listen to Pastor Kelly’s message at our website or via the Grantham Church Podcast. Also, listen and be inspired by Sammy and Kyle Steele sharing how they see God at work in the world.
We’re now in the final stretch leading up to Christmas Day. Don’t forget that this Friday evening at 7:30 pm is Lessons and Carols with Friends, hosted by Doug and Heidi Curry. Lessons & Carols is a Christmas event tradition featuring the reading of Scripture and carol singing following the pattern established by King's College, Cambridge. Please invite friends, family and anyone you think would enjoy this service! Light potluck dinner at 6:30 pm for all who would like to join us prior to the service. RSVP and sign up at https://ttsu.me/lessonsandcarols18.
This Sunday I will be preaching on Signs of Love (4 of 4). Being the Sunday before Christmas, and the last Sunday of Advent, you can expect a robust service. In fact, Pastor Dave tells me that we will have more musicians on the stage than we’ve had in a long time. We will be led by the worship team, the choir, and a small orchestra. I hope to see you there. Invite your family and friends!
And don’t forget to make plans to be at our annual intergenerational Christmas Eve Service on Monday, December 24 at 6:30 pm. We will sing traditional Christmas carols, hear a short inspiring message, and end the service singing Silent Night by candlelight. It will no doubt be a special time together. Except for Easter Sunday, our Christmas Eve service is the highest attended service all year. That’s not only because your family and friends are in attendance, but also because it is one of the only services in the year that unbelievers, skeptics, and seekers come to church. Therefore, join me in praying for those who will hear the message of Christ and experience the worship of his people.
Finally, the Church Board met on Monday night and I wanted to update you on what was decided in the final meeting of the year. After you select new board members at council each year, the board is then responsible for choosing the board chair and vice-chair. The board has done that. Rebekah Basinger is the new 2019 board chair. Art Bert is the new vice-chair. Dave Warren is the treasurer and Cheryl Wolf is the secretary, as elected by the congregation. Also, note that Duane Asper will continue as the chair of the Property & Facilities Committee, and Dave Warren as the chair of the Ministry Support Committee. Please congratulate these men and women, and thank them for their service to our congregation. I’m very thankful for our leadership and excited about what is ahead for our church in 2019.
May God continue to bless our congregation as we close out a great year, and as we continue believing that God can do greater things than we could ever ask for or imagine, for the glory of his name and the furtherance of his Kingdom (Eph 3:20). Thank you, brothers and sisters, for your dedication to the mission of Christ. Let us now press on in the hope, peace, joy, and love of God.
Grace & Peace,
P.S. I will be leaving for Christmas vacation on Tuesday, December 25. Please pray for my family as we travel to Texas over a busy holiday. Pray that our time together would be restful and without sickness. We will return after the New Year. I’ll be preaching the first sermon for our Peacemakers (Peace & Social Justice) series, beginning January 6. Stay tuned for more info about this exciting series!
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