December 09,2012 Bulletin
New Requests: Betty Porter, Ashley Carrington
Continued Requests: Steve Henderson
Cancer Patients: Edith Westfall, James Pierce, Jim Hamilton, Douglas McCann,
Verde Weese, Kathy Sowers, Teresa Aarowsmith, Carol Davis
Elderly and Shut Ins and their Families: Jason Cox, Maxine Soards, Helen Dixon,
Sammy & Gardena Ginn, Flora Wells, Mont Kegley, Johnny Polley, Pauline Chinn,
Westy Adams, Maggie Sparks, Liz Duff, Virginia Sowards, Aileen Roberts
Our Web Prayer Requests, Our Troops, Unspoken Needs, Missionaries, the
“Lost”, the Emotionally, Physically and Spiritually Troubled
Birthdays Dec. 10 Jennifer Sullivan
Anniversary Dec. 16 Melvin/Jenny Wills
Bible Study Tonight — Begin at Matthew 10:16
Ladies Christmas Dinner—Thursday—6:00 pm
The Christmas Ten Commandments
1. Thou shalt give thy heart to Christ. Let Him be at the top of thy Christmas shopping list.
2. Thou shalt prepare thy soul for Christmas. Spend not so much on gifts that thy soul is forgotten.
3. Thou shalt not let Santa Claus replace Christ, thus robbing the day of its spiritual reality.
4. Thou shalt not burden the shop girl, the mailman, and the merchant with complaints and demands.
5. Thou shalt give thyself with thy gift. This will increase its value a hundred fold, and he who receiveth it shall treasure it forever.
6. Thou shalt not value gifts received by their cost. Even the least expensive may signify love, and that is more priceless than silver and gold.
7. Thou shalt not neglect the needy. Share thy blessings with many who will go hungry and cold unless thou are generous.
8. Thou shalt not neglect thy church. Its services highlight the true meaning of the season.
9. Thou shalt be as a little child. Not until thou has become in spirit as a little one art thou ready to enter into the kingdom of Heaven.
10. Thou shall not forget to share your joy, peace and faith with those around you.
Christmas, 1st Corinthians 13 Style
If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another decorator.
· If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook.
· If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.
· If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.
· Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
· Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.
· Love is kind, though harried and tired.
· Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.
· Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way.
· Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.
· Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
· Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust. But giving the gift of love will endure.
What’s Christmas About?
It’s not about when Santa comes.
It’s not about candies and sugarplums.
It’s about the belief in the birth of a heavenly babe.
Which will bring us eternal life, once we are saved.
It’s not about getting the latest trend, toy or game.
It’s about knowing the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, are the same.
It’s not about the biggest tree or the brightest lights.
It’s about faith in His word that will keep us on a path that’s right.
It’s not about the amount of money we’ve spent.
It’s about the heavy load, on us, that causes His back to be bent.
It’s about the ultimate sacrifice, in the name of love.
A man, once sent to us, as a messenger from above.
A man, once sent to us, to save us from our sins.
Always offering a way to live and to begin again.
Maybe, Happy Birthday are words that need to be said,
Along with Merry Christmas, as we lie and pray, in our beds.
It’s about an oft said, cliche’,
That needs to be repeated, especially on this day.
Jesus is the reason — for the season!
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