Posted by Michael Dean

Greetings in the Name of Jesus,

Do you have the presents bought and wrapped?  Do you have the tree up?  Do you have the cookies baked?  Do you have….  wait a minute!  Let me stop this list right here and ask a more personal question – do you have Jesus?  Presents, trees, cookies – these are all nice things, but they don’t last!  Only Jesus lasts.  So let me ask you another question – how have you offered Him to others this year?  Jesus compels us to share Him with others in our actions and in our words.  Look around you right now and ask God to show you who He wants you to share Him with today.

Here are some announcements to keep in mind:

  • Christmas Caroling is tonight.  Meet at the Church at 6:00pm.  After we are done caroling we will gather back at the church for Donuts and Hot Cocoa.  Invite your friends and neighbors.caroling
  • Thank you for your generosity!  So far we have been able to help two single moms this Christmas Season with your Dollar for Change gifts!  It’s amazing to consider how each persons simple gift can have such an impact on others lives!  Thank you for giving!
  • The Heifer Project – again, wow!  You are a generous people East Bend.  Thank you for giving!  If you haven’t yet, there is still time through December 27th to give.  You can place your gift in the box by the Christmas Tree display in the Narthex (By the coffee station.)
  • The Christmas Choir will practice again on Sunday evening at 6:00pm.

Romans 6:23 says,  “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23, NASB95)  What a gift He is!  I invite you to meditate on the gift that Jesus is to you, then allow that joy that wells up inside of you to flow out so that others can see and hear how wonderful He truly is!

From Fear to Faithfulness,

Pastor Michael

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