MESSAGE. “Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11 NKJV)
We have a Savior: “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11). That is the most important thing. We have a Savior who came to save us from the power and penalty of sin. Whatever you are going through in life, remember this: you have a Savior. He has put your sins as far away from you as the east is from the west. You don’t need to live in the dark dungeon of despair anymore. Even if you are in pain, struggling financially, or frustrated with your relationship please remember that “the great joy” can be yours as it is given to “all people.”
I invite you to continue our December study of the Light Divine tomorrow during our 8:55am and 11:25am services.
MINISTRY. This Sabbath we will vote in Ronald and Christine Bee
PATHFINDERS. For a few weeks the Pathfinders have been filling gift boxes to take along with us for the refugee kids in Clarkston, GA. December 11th our club loaded up into 2 vans and made the trip to just outside Atlanta to distribute the 48 boxes that we had filled along with some extra clothing. The refugees that we visited are primarily from Burma, but the surrounding community is a vast mix of refugees from all around the world. Our different clubs were divided into 3 separate groups and Santa (Ron Derrick) visited each group to distribute the gifts to people who may not have had a Christmas otherwise. As we arrived in our specified neighborhood we could see and hear about 20 of the high school aged teens practicing a Burmese new year dance that they will perform at their school. The drums were pounding and the atmosphere was lively with hot chocolate being served and kids playing games. We joined them and spent some time playing and unloading gifts. The conditions that they live in are very poor, but they were a warm and friendly group of people and we enjoyed spending time with them. It certainly makes us thankful for the many ways God has blessed us and reminds us that there are many who live all around us who need our help. Thank you Pathfinders for being good Samaritans to the kids in Clarkston.
OAKS. Many wonderful things are happening at our church school. The Monday night Christmas musical was an absolutely wonderful experience. Listening to their music and singing along with their choir I almost felt as if I was at Carnegie Hall in New York or the Chaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. Outstanding! Thank you, Wess, and band and orchestra members!
In the middle of the week I walked into the school gym to see a fun “Ugly sweater” contest 😄!
The Josiah Restoration project is going full steam at OAKS (see a photo below). Together we’ll make our school look and smell like new! Thank you for the overwhelming support of our fund. With the set goal of $50,000 we are now at $19,000! This truly feels like the book of Acts coming alive in Ooltewah.
This afternoon I officiated a sweet family wedding for Ed and Heidi (Tompkins) Pino. What a blessed experience it was for me personaly. See their photo below. Congratulations, Ed and Heidi!
On Wednesday night our church had two parties going on simultaneously. Adventurer Club and Pathfinders got together to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Their pizza smelled really good, but I had to go to the Prayer Meeting group in the sanctuary (with no food there 😒). However, right before I left the Adventurers fixed me a full plate with pizza and desserts. So sweet, thank you, little guys!
Church Christmas Social is tomorrow night at 6 pm. I hope you’ll be there to eat and to play games with your church family. It will be an excellent opportunity to get to know many of our new church members.
Rosa Lee Tubbs, our church elder had to be out of town a lot lately helping her relative. Here is a sweet message she asked me to share with the church:
“Merry Christmas, Church Family! I thank God for each remembrance of you. I have been in El Paso, TX, caring for my niece, Ashley and her newborn daughter, Vivian. Thank you to those who have prayed for Ashley and the life threatening events she experienced after giving birth to Vivian. I have appreciated the cards and inquiries I have received during my absence. Your welcome a words of affirmation have been a warm welcome to me. I am grateful for the Ooltewah Church Family. I miss worshipping with you and plan to return home later in the Spring. May each of you experience the joy and blessings of family and worship during this new year. Your sister in Christ, Rosa Lee Tubbs
PRAYERS. I solicit your prayers for Betty Chastain who fell from a ladder and injured her back again; for Opal Vega, recovery after surgery, and Dorothy Chastain, who is still at the Ooltewah LifeCare after a procedure on her back.
RESOURCES: Weekly church bulletin is available by clicking here.
Online tithe and offering is available on our church website www.ooltewahchurch.org I pray that through the end of December we will reach our monthly LOCAL CHURCH budget giving and thus support many of our church ministries.
On a Personal Note: Our youngest daughter Barby graduated last night from Southern Adventist University with a degree in journalism. What a happy night that was! We were blessed to have all four of our children study at Southern.
See you tomorrow,