November 22, 2020

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Christ The King Sunday, November 22

 

WATCHWORD FOR THE WEEK:

“God says, I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak.” Ezekiel 34:16

 

WEEKLY INVOCATION:

Almighty God, as you have given Jesus Christ to be Savior and Lord, grant us now grace to accept and rejoice in our salvation and in His lordship. Amen.

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR:

Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

 

November 22 Christ The King Sunday

10:00 a.m. Psalm 95 (Indoors & Online)

 

November 24 Coaches Book Discussion

6:00 a.m. Village Inn

 

November 29 First Sunday of Advent

10:00 a.m.​​​​​​ I Corinthians 1: 3-9

 

November Birthdays & Anniversaries

Claudette Bees 11.23

Vivian Valcin 11.26

Kylie Loeffelholz 11.27

Eli Sun 11.29

 

Our Budget:

Received: $92,972.57

Needed for Budget: $88,240.00

Difference: +$4,732.57

 

PRAYER UPDATES FROM BANGKOK

 

Praises

  • We thank God for amazing times of deliverance for quite a few women. It has been several times a week, and it can be tiring, but we rejoice at the freedom we are seeing.
  • Thank God that Gomer-Sozo has managed to stay sober for a month and continues to resist temptation.
  • Thank God for a second hairdressing training at the outreach center, allowing two women to develop new skills.

Prayer requests:

  • Pray for Gomer-Sozo that she can stay sober and go home to see her family soon. Pray she will stay mentally sound and that we will be able to get her off the streets and into a program.
  • Prayer for women at NightLight who are in the process of receiving deliverance ministry. There is so much in their own and family history of idolatry, rituals and covenants. It takes several sessions to get the breakthrough to sufficient freedom. Many women are asking and needing, and it is hard to get to them all. Pray for their protection in the process.

Weekly Scripture Meditation – [11.29.20]

The Church, as a whole, is invited to participate in reading and meditating on the lectionary texts for the upcoming Sunday. The texts for Sunday, November 29 are as follows:

Isaiah 64: 1-9, Psalm 80: 1-7, 17-19, I Corinthians 1: 3-9, Mark 13: 24-37

 

Exciting news

The church has filled an estimated 300 Operation Christmas Child boxes. We know that 300 children will be blessed. Thank you church for all your help in accomplishing this.

 

Advent Study

Waiting is such an integral part of life. Right now we are waiting for election results. Right now we are waiting for a vaccine. Waiting is part of what it means to be human. In just a few weeks time we will be in the Church Season of waiting: Advent. Advent is the four week season leading up to the Season of Christmas. This year, it begins on Sunday, November 29 and ends on Sunday, December 20. Advent is the start of the Church Year. It is a new beginning. We await Christ.

The Lord laid it on my heart to provide a study for Advent in spite of the COVID situation we find ourselves in. So this will be a virtual experience using a book by noted New Testament scholar, N.T. Wright entitled, "Advent for Everyone: A Journey with the Apostles." The book provides readings for each day of Advent: scripture and commentary. The goal is to read and meditate on the week's reading and then gather virtually and discuss what God has revealed.

For this to work ideally, I need for you to commit to this study ASAP so I can get a feel for how many books to order. Are you interested? Email me your intentions. Let's have a wonderful, Christ-centered Advent together.

 

Adult Sunday School

We have plans to restart our adult Sunday School Class. The plan is to do it virtually on Thursday evenings at 6:30. We are seeking feedback as to the level of interest and commitment for attending this event. We would hope to begin on Thursday, December 3. Please inform Pastor Tim by emailing him at revbees@yahoo.com. Thank you.

 

Westminster Hunger Outreach

Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2155 University Ave at Loras Blvd. will be conducting a drive-thru food distribution on Saturday, December 19th in partnership with the St. Stephen's Branch of River Bend Food Bank. Volunteers are needed to: greet car occupants as they arrive and direct them to the proper areas [they do not get out of their cars] and/or carry food boxes that are already packed to the car trunks. Food boxes have been prepacked by St Stephens. If you would like to help with this food outreach activity or have any questions, please email Linda at lindalouise63@yahoo.com.

Retired Ministers & Missionaries Offering

Our last mission offering for 2020 will begin December 1 through December 31st.

On behalf of American Baptist Churches USA, The Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering is a personal offering rooted in thanks for the immeasurable ways ministers and missionaries continue to guide members of the church toward faithful and committed discipleship. This year, to honor this tradition and acknowledge the current circumstances we chose Hope for Today, Hope for Tomorrow, as our theme. This theme encompasses the true strength and dedication of ministers and missionaries and their widowed spouses.

Our church goal for this offering is $750.

 

New Daily Breads Available

The new daily breads are available in the foyer. If you are unable to pick one but would like one mailed to you, please let Linda know. lindalouise63@yahoo.com

 
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