New Beginning Church
By Diane Robinson
Our guest speaker this past Sunday was Bro. Ed Huie, who works in the mission field for Echo Ministries. Bro. Huie who was mine and Pastor Bob’s pastor many years ago is a great speaker and his message Sunday was a message that should be heard by all. He has a message that will make you want to stand up for the Lord and do the work that the Lord wants you to do. We really appreciate Bro. Huie and the work he is doing for Echo Ministries.
There is so many that are sick and need a touch from our Lord and Savior. Rev. Bobby Majors, Sharon Watts, Rev. Doyle Patrick, and many more with this virus that is going around. You are in our prayers and thoughts not only when you are sick but continuously.
Pastor Bob and I want to wish everyone a blessed and joyous Christmas. Let us celebrate Christ’s birth, give thanks for His death, rejoice in His resurrection and share in His eternal peace.
"The way you spend Christmas is far more important than how much."
by Wanda "LuLu" Harris
Everyone keeps asking me if I will ever run out of things to write about for this article and my answer is NO. As long as I have God in my life I will always have something to write about. He is my inspiration and Calvary Church is my guide. This week is no different in the fact that Sunday started off with a great service, from the ensemble song to Bro. Lynn preaching! Nothing makes you feel any better than singing those gospel songs of old along with a few new ones scattered in and old fashioned preaching, you definitely can’t get any better than that!
Bro. Lynn spoke to us about being fearful in today’s world. He asked us if there was anything to tough for God to handle. The answer of course, is no. We all seem to turn to God in times of trouble and only use him when we feel afraid.
Fear possesses many a person today. Several different types of fear were discussed 1) Fear of the Lord 2) Fear of failure 3) Fear of being alone 4) Fear of old age 5) Fear of rejection 6) Fear of impending judgement and 7) Fear of man. We need to turn it over to God and let him handle our fears along with all of our problems. We all need to trust in God and let him work in our lives! If we did this, our world would be a better place in which to live.
Sunday night’s service started out with the ensemble singing Christmas songs, with a special "O Holy Night" performed by Michelle Rusch, the newest member to join the ensemble. What a blessing! Absolutely beautiful! Bro. Lynn continued from his earlier service and reminded us that God’s grace is sufficient for our lives.
I would like to take this time to invite everyone to our Christmas Service which will be held Sunday night at 6 p.m.. It will feature the ensemble singing, Bro. Lynn delivering his message, the children performing their special program and our candlelight service. What a special time! I promise you will enjoy every minute of it.
Calvary Church is located at 1832 Robinson Avenue. We are "A Fellowship of Baptist Believers". Come and give us a try, I promise you won’t be disappointed! For the power of the Lord is present and working in this very special place.
Wesley United Methodist Church
By Lynn Beatty
On the third Sunday of Advent, the candle symbolizing joy was lit during our worship service. The lighting of this candle followed the ones symbolizing hope and peace, and we were told that of the three this should be the easy one but sometimes is not. Sometimes we let things such as busy preparations or painful memories get in the way, and instead of feeling joyful we feel stressed or sad. Joy is an attitude and a choice, and we were reminded that it is up to us to find what makes us joyful. And as we look around, we were told to take a hard look at what we see.
Having just returned from Baldwin, Louisiana and his week of mission work at the headquarters of the United Methodist Committee on Relief, Pastor David told us something he noticed while he was there. UMCOR is where disaster, health, and school supplies are gathered, placed into buckets, then shipped around the world to those in need. And on these items, he noticed that all one sees are the letters "UMCOR". This is all the person on the receiving end needs to know, that someone from the United Methodist Church cares for them. Keep it simple, we were told, and others will see that we care. Find what makes us joyful, and share this joy that’s been in us all along.
Wesley United Methodist Church is a caring church, and one of our most vital ministries is our Bread Basket. We serve almost 300 families each month, and these families are very thankful for this help. However, along with the usual food staples they receive, we also want to give them special Christmas meal items this week, as well as cold weather accessories, and toys for their children. If anyone is interested in helping us help these families, please call the church office at 327-7629. Our Bread Basket is open each Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon.
Our Christmas Cantata, "Sing and Shout for Joy," will be presented on Sunday. This Christmas worship experience will begin at 10 a.m. and will be followed by our Christmas potluck dinner, as well as a visit from Santa. Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 24. The public is invited to all of these Christmas services.
Wesley United Methodist Church is a compassionate and friendly family of faith. Located at 2310 E. Oak St., guests are welcomed with "open hearts, open minds, open doors". Our Sunday worship service begins at 10 a.m., with Sunday School at 9 a.m. Nursery is provided. We also have a Wednesday evening service which includes a prayer team at 6:00 p.m., potluck supper at 6:30 p.m., and Bible study at 7 p.m. All of our services are open to the public, and guests of all ages are welcome at each one. If you have any questions, please call our church office at 327-7629. We are proud of our church and our members, but we also love to see new faces, and our doors are always opened wide. If you do not have a church you regularly attend, please feel free to join us.
Immanuel Baptist Church
By Tracy Everett
Wow, The Christmas season is definitely in full swing around the world now! And here at Immanuel, we are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ with all kinds of activities. This past Sunday morning, our children’s choir sang a Christmas special during the morning services entitled "What Will You Do With Jesus?" Anytime these kids sing, their message is so clear and powerful, but to hear children sing at this time of year and understand the REAL meaning of Christmas is just a true blessing. Also, this past week, our college and career class, with the help of many friends, families and church members did a beautiful job of having a drive-thru Nativity on our church property Tuesday–Thursday. The little town of Bethlehem came alive again in Greenbrier and we really appreciate all who came through to enjoy it with us.
This Sunday evening, beginning at 6 p.m., our church will be presenting our annual Christmas program. The adult choir, along with a host of actors and actresses from the church, will present "The Christmas Song", a moving depiction of the prophecy and the birth of the King of Kings. We hope you will be able to join us for this special time of Christmas celebration.
Speaking of celebrations, just as our church and members are, we are all so very busy this time of year, with all the shopping, cooking, running from house to house and other activities that fill the holiday season. But please be sure and never let the hustle and bustle of the season make you forget the REAL reason we celebrate this time of year. Luke 2: 6-11 tells us "And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour, which is CHRIST THE LORD!" Jesus is the REAL and only reason for the season and we need to never forget to thank God for this precious, holy, life-saving gift that He gave to us.
We would love to have you and your family celebrate this Christmas season with our church family. If you need any additional information about our activities, community outreach programs or worship times, call 501-679-2612. We hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a very blessed week!