For Unto Us a Child is Born

“For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

Jesus came into this world to overcome the darkness of our rebellion against the Creator. His Christmas light is still shining bright and teaching us to forgive like He forgave us; to love like He loved the poor, the rejected, the different ones…; to show grace against the logic of fairness and justice. Jesus was praying for those who turned away from Him, made fun of Him, were hitting Him and spitting at Him… He still loved them. Let this spirit of Christ shine through us as bright Christmas lights.

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OAKS Hand Bells and OAKS Band turned both worship services on December 17 into a beautiful celebration of Jesus, who came into this world to be our loving Savior. Aaron Hall shared with me many great photos. Below are just a few of them:

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Two weeks ago a group of our church members prepared and served breakfast to about 150 homeless people in downtown Chattanooga. They started food preparation at about 6 AM. At 7 AM they were already serving hot breakfast to a long line of precious men and women. I was very impressed with the great team spirit among our volunteers. Thank you, Richard Johnson for your leadership in the Community outreach ministry. Richard feels that we can do more for these people in need. Here is his appeal: “We will be collecting blankets and toiletries for the homeless over the next week. If you would like to donate to this cause, please bring your items by the church office Mon, Tues, or Thurs between 9 and 12 pm. There will also be a table set up in the lobby if you would like to place your items there. For additional details, please contact Richard Johnson at (423)505-5746.”

Our church will be serving breakfast again next Saturday, December 31. If you are interested in joining this ministry talk to Richard Johnson.

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It was nice to see many of you at our Christmas social last Saturday night. Great job, Avril Williams and your team! There was an impressive variety of soups and desserts. Greg Leavitt, thank you for engaging children and not-so-much children in various games. In general we all had a great time.

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Through the Special Christmas offerings this year we are contributing to the Cornerstone Building Fund. By God’s grace we are at 1.9 million. We are praying for the 2.2 million mark.

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This Sabbath “His Orchestra” will be playing for both services. At 11 AM I invite all Sabbath school classes to come to the Sanctuary and to celebrate Tommy Fernandez’s baptism.

Merry Christmas.

pastor Peter

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