Hales Chapel Family,
We started our emphasis on the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions last Sunday as we were encouraged and challenged by John and Sarah Davenport, IMB missionaries. Our Hallelujah Goal is $9,000. As of Sunday we have received $928.50, so we have made an excellent start. Let’s give generously and sacrificially to support the 4,200 missionaries serving through the IMB.
Please, be preparing to attend and to invite others to attend the Christmas musical, “Ready to Shine!” on December 12th and 13th at 7:00 PM in the sanctuary. The group has worked hard—and continues to have rehearsals. Let’s come together to enjoy the wonderful musical but more importantly to worship the Lord.
Food Drive for Building 323: Canned goods and other non-perishable food items will be collected in the bins in the hallway in the educational building through Sunday, December 13th. Let’s generously give to assist those in need in our own community.
Bullet Point Announcements:
December 2nd, Family Meal 5:30-6:50 PM
December 12th and 13th at 7:00 PM, Christmas Play: Ready to Shine!
December 13th, Kaitlyn and David Townsend providing an update in the worship service
December 20th, Corey Ickes preaching
December 24th, Christmas Eve Service at 5:00 PM
Devotional Thought: Luke 1:26-38, which deals with Mary finding out about her part in the birth of Jesus. 28 And the angel came to her and said, “Rejoice, favored woman! The Lord is with you.” 29 But she was deeply troubled by this statement, wondering what kind of greeting this could be. Each time I read verse 29 I start laughing. Yeah, I bet she was wondering what in the world is going on here. What is going here? I think it is safe to assume she was not used to angels talking to her when Gabriel gave her this greeting. 37″ For nothing will be impossible with God.” Virgin birth. Resurrection from dead. I guess if God can handle those two items, He can handle anything. He can certainly be with me through whatever I go through in life. 38 “I am the Lord’s slave,” said Mary. “May it be done to me according to your word.” When God directs, my response should be the same as Mary’s: “I am the Lord’s slave.” I must be willing to do whatever He desires. It is about what He wants rather than what I want.