Hales Chapel Family,
This is the weekend for the annual Christmas play! 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. Let’s come together to enjoy the wonderful musical but more importantly to worship the Lord. Pray for Lara, Keith, the choir, and the actors and actresses. Pray that the lost will be confronted with the Gospel and that the saved will worship the Lord of the Gospel.
Our Hallelujah Goal for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions is $9,000. Let’s give generously and sacrificially to support the 4,200 missionaries serving through the IMB. Don’t forget the Pennies in a Barrel completion between the Sunday School classes. Positive Points in your “barrel” will be earned by pennies, cash, and checks. Negative points in other barrels will be earned by quarters, nickels and dimes. Let’s have fun and let’s raise money for Lottie! Mark your calendar for the Fellowship Meal and Cook-Off Competition on Sunday, January 3, 2016. We will vote for our favorite soup and chili, and once again the money will go towards our Lottie Moon Goal. Enjoy good food and support missions—what a great combination!
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 9th, Special Business Meeting – Annual Budget
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 16th at 6;30 Church-Wide Christmas Caroling
December 20th, Corey Ickes preaching
December 24th, Christmas Eve Service at 5:00 PM
January 3rd, Fellowship Meal and Cook-Off Competition
Devotional Thought: The Christmas play will have beautiful music so let’s focus on Luke 1:46-56, which is Mary’s Song.46 And Mary said: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord. Mary does not focus on her goodness or greatness for being chosen. She focuses on the greatness of the Lord. She knows she is blessed but the focus is not on her but on the Lord. 47 and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior, Even the mother of Jesus needed a Savior in whom she could rejoice. She is rejoicing but again in is not in herself or for the opportunity she has but in the God. 48 because He has looked with favor on the humble condition of His slave. She sees herself as a slave of the Lord–a humble slave. 51 He has done a mighty deed with His arm; He has scattered the proud because of the thoughts of their hearts; 52 He has toppled the mighty from their thrones and exalted the lowly. This whole section shows how the incarnation flips the expected model upside down. The might and proud don’t win the day, but the lowly, the slaves do. I wonder if today’s Church even recognizes the model endorsed by the Lord? May we seek to be servants who model the life and attitude of Mary.