Archive for November, 2011

Feed My Starving Children

Posted: November 29, 2011 in Community, Ministry, Missions

Gang,

Drew Witvoet is coordinating the sign-ups for Feed My Starving Children through Cape La Croix Church.  Our class is working on 12/10 from 11:30 to 1:30.  Remember, children over 5 can go with an adult (one child per adult), and the children will be working!

Sounds like a great opportunity to get together and work for a great cause.  PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE post a comment here stating who is working (adult and child).

Drew has to register each person—-there are 28 spots, really only 24 b/c Emily, Drew, Brooke, and Jackson are working.  No—only 22 b/c Andrew and I are working.  So FIRST COME FIRST SERVE!  Need 22 peeps.  Post now!

mg

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Advent

Posted: November 29, 2011 in Upcoming lessons

Gang,

Since we finished our OT/NT studies on Sunday, we will have a few (3) lessons on Advent.  Typically, Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, so we will modify what we do a little.

We will use the guide from the Village Church in TX, led by Matt Chandler.  You can check out the guide here @ http://www.thevillagechurch.net/mediafiles/advent-guide.pdf

The guide will be just that…we will likely focus on promises and patience, awaiting an advent, and incarnation and implications.  Should be good, and different.

So check out the guide and we will get started with this on Sunday.

mg

Gang,

Saturday is our class Christmas party…and we are hooking up with the Lancaster/Wilson class.

Details:  6 pm at our place–1509 Boxwood (from Cape—take N. Kingshighway out of Cape toward Jackson.  This will become Jackson Blvd.  Continue past Wal-Mart, across railroad tracks.  Turn right on Farmington at the 2nd light past the railroad tracks.  Continue on Farmington and go through traffic light at Farmington and Independence—stop at the light if it is red.  Turn left on Redbud, which is the first street to the left after you cross Independence.  Redbud will end at Boxwood.  We are on the right @ 1509.  Not sure why I just typed all that since most of you have a GPS or iPhone.

We will do a white elephant exchange—-men bring a men’s gift….ladies bring a ladie’s gift.  No purchasing.  Needs to be something laying around your house.  Meredith O. mentioned having extra after cleaning out a closet if you have nothing.

Food will be finger foods/appetizers and desserts.  We will have coffee and some kind of winter, Christmas drink.

Does anyone have the sign up list for what they are bringing so we don’t have 20 people bringing chicken wings?

mg

Sunday Lesson

Posted: November 25, 2011 in Upcoming lessons

Gang,

Sunday we will look at Revelation 20-22.  Thanks for hanging in there this year—we did something different by spending essentially the whole year going through the Old and New Testaments.

As you read Revelation 20:11-21:8, think about the reality of judgment.  2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 says, “…in flaming fire, He will inflict vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.  They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might…”

Some may try to say that hell is not a reality, but they are mistaken.  One day, we and everyone we have ever known will be judged by God.  We will be judged for every thought and every act.  Consider the weight of that.

Revelation 22:1-17 transitions from one of the scariest verses in the Bible to some of the most beautiful—His redemption is complete, there will be no darkness, He will write His name on us, we will reign with Him forever, and more….

The New Testamentis full of encouragements and commands to place our hope in the return of Christ.  As we approach a new year, we will be tempted to become busier and busier with things that do not matter eternally—-so do you truly and daily long for the return of Jesus?

Should be a great lesson!

Looking forward to seeing you Sunday.

mg

Class Christmas Party

Posted: November 22, 2011 in Class Fun, Fun Stuff, news

Gang,

We will be having our annual class Christmas party Saturday night, December 3rd at our place.  I think we settled on 6 pm.  We will have finger foods, wassail, and more!

Most importantly, we will do the traditional “white elephant exchange”–no buying of gifts allowed.  You just pick out some piece of junk or something you do not want, wrap it up, and bring it.  Men bring a gift for a man….ladies bring a gift for a gal.  Or gifts can be unisex.

In case you are curious, gifts from times past have included a foot massager, apron with the Bandermann’s mug on the front, bull riding video in Spanish, old baby formula, and much, much more.

So put Dec. 3rd on your calendar.  We will also have an “electric” game from the Wit”foots”, and maybe even do a little caroling in the neighborhood.

So start looking for something good to wrap up—should be fun.  And remember, there may be a pastor or two here (if that helps when you are looking for your gift!)

mg

Underwood Adoption Update

Posted: November 18, 2011 in Community, Missions, news

Gang,

The Underwoods mentioned Sunday in class that they were praying about adopting an older child from Ethiopia.

They have decided to move forward and adopt an 8 year old girl that is currently in an Ethiopian orphanage.  Nick can say it better than I can….so hear Nick–

I mentioned we were considering this last Sunday in class, but at that time we were only considering it.  Quite frankly, we were reluctantly considering it, actually asking for God to provide a home for her, hoping that it would be someone else. We want to be obedient and it became very evident that we were supposed to get this child.  Someone else was looking at her file, and when they said no, we said yes.  We don’t know that many details, but she is 8 and she is developmentally and physically normal–or at least that is what has been represented to us.  We really thought that we would receive a much younger child, but in retrospect it appears that was just selfishness poking through.  I am scared and excited all at the same time.  If God wasn’t in this, it would truly be impossible. 

What a great example of humility…to openly share about their struggles with this.  Thanks for being open, honest, and real.  Thanks for being obedient.   Let’s all pray for the Underwoods as they continue to be in the process of adopting.  This girl could be rescued from a life of no hope—pray that it will happen.  In the words of Meredith Ogburn, Underwoods—you rock!

So great to do life with folks that are real and willing to take the mask off.

mg

Sunday Lesson

Posted: November 18, 2011 in Upcoming lessons

Gang,

2 Timothy 3:10-17 and 4:1-8 is what we will study Sunday.  Paul is writing to Timothy from a Roman prison while he awaits execution.  Paul was Timothy’s father in Christ and wanted to leave him some important words.  From this passage, Paul shares three things with Timothy:

1) Suffering is a reality—“all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (3:12)

2) The Scriptures are reliable—“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…”  (3:16)

3)  The responsibility of the saints—“preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” (4:2)

Great words from Paul to Timothy that are still alive and applicable for us today!  Cannot wait….this is a great passage to study.  Read it, chew on it, meditate on it for Sunday.

See ya then.

mg