Greenbrier First United Methodist Church
By BJ Fox
For unto you a child is born. Greenbrier First United Methodist Church celebrates the Christmas season with all four advent candles now lit. Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love are the wish for all humanity. Advent is a time for kindness, thinking of others, and sharing. It is a time to love as God loved us by giving us His most precious gift. As God is love, let us be love also.
We pray that by the birth of your holy child, Jesus, you sent into the darkness of this world a marvelous light. Now let that light shine in the darkness of our hearts so that we may see your glory, forsake our sins, and give ourselves to You in the spirit of the One who is your greatest gift to us. Bestow upon us the Christmas gift of love—for You and for all your people.
From the Gospel of John: "Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples."
We celebrate worship with communion Sunday at 10 a.m. Sunday School for all ages is 9 a.m. A nursery for babies is provided. If you need a ride, call 501-581-3895 before Sunday. The church is on Highway 65 and Tyler in Greenbrier. The office telephone is 501-679-2452. We have Open hearts, Open Minds, and Open doors.
New Beginning Church
By Diane Robinson
Merry Christmas to everyone from New Beginning Church. I pray that this day will be a blessed and joyous day for everyone and remember what this special day means. The messiah, is the greatest gift of all.
Pastor Bob preached from Isaiah and Matthew this past Sunday on Jesus came for a reason. Matthew 11:28-30 say’s "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Wonderful message and one that is good for the soul.
We are still in prayer for Rev. Bobby Majors who is still in the hospital, Nancy McNew for her eyes, Libby Cole, Sharon Watts and many family and friends.
This past Sunday night we had a candlelight service and it was so very touching. Each family came to the front and took a candle and gave their testimony. We have a church full of people who love the Lord and loves to tell everyone just what the Lord means to them.
"God has two dwelling places; one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart". There are some whose faith is not strong enough to bring them to church services, but they expect it to take them to heaven. My hearts desire for this coming year is to know that all church’s are full of God’s people. Don’t wait for something to happen for you to find a place to worship and to be with your brothers and sisters in Christ.
By Wanda "LuLu" Harris
Celebrating the birth of Jesus....THAT’S what CHRISTMAS is all about! So many times we get wrapped up in all the hoopla such as shopping, exchanging gifts, parties and all the other festivities that we seem to forget the true meaning of this very special time. At Calvary Church, we are focusing on the real reason for the season, from singing to preaching to enjoying special programs. It started Sunday night with the traditional Christmas hymns sung by the ensemble, Bro. Lynn’s sermon on the birth of Christ, the children’s program and ended with a very special candlelight service. Oh, what a blessing!
We also welcomed two new families into the church to be part of this great family. Loving and truly caring for each other is what makes Calvary Church so special to me and to all of its members. To be a part of this has got to be one of the highlights in my life. I can truly say that I can feel God’s presence in my life and what an encouragement that is to me. I know that I can turn to him at any time and that he will be beside me through thick and thin.
One subject that Bro. Lynn emphasized in Sunday night’s service was how there was no room at the inn and it is comparable to today’s times when the world today has no room for Jesus. How sad this is! Today there are many instances where Christ is shut out, for example, no room for Him in schools, He has been crowded out of the home, and He has been crowded out of a lot of churches today. One thing that I can say about Calvary Church, is that it believes and teaches the word of GOD. How long has it been since you have felt the prescence of the Lord? If you question this, come and check out what you have been missing. We love to worship and praise the Lord for all he has done in our lives and we are so thankful to have Him to put our trust in.
I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We are planning a New Year’s Eve Celebration at the church so that we can pray out the old year and pray in the new. It will be a fun filled night starting at 8 p.m. with a chili cookoff and then other activities will be planned throughout the night. If you are looking for a place to spend your New Year’s Eve, please feel free to join us. We are located at 1832 Robinson Ave. We are "A Fellowship of Baptist Believers".
Bethlehem Baptist Church
By Hazel Love
I want to start this column by giving a great big thank you to Bro. Danny Fagala and Bro. Jimmie Decker for the job that they are doing keeping our church together and planning the services while we are without a pastor. We have been having some great services on Sunday morning, evening and Wednesday evening. Sunday, Dec. 12th, we had as our guest speaker Bro. Mike Silvey from Cabot. Last Sunday the Adult Sanctuary Choir presented the Cantata "Born In My Heart". In the evening service the Children’s Choir had their Christmas Play.
Monday, Dec. 13th, 10 ladies, representing the BLAST group met at Sherry Carrol’s house for a Christmas Lunch. Those present were: Barbara Glover and guest, Lena Martin, Lanna DeHart, Christine Stewart, Hattie Hankins, Liz Ballard, Gerri Jackson, Linda Hammontree, Nikki Davis and Sherry Carrol.
The Bethlehem Food Pantry was blessed this past Monday to serve 99 families from the area. This ministry is such a blessing to all who are involved with helping those less fortunate. If you would like to help with donations to fund this ministry, you may do so by mailing them to the church or give to a church member. Monetary donations are preferred because we can buy the products so much cheaper from the Arkansas Food Bank than you can from the stores. This is strictly a faith based ministry and is not funded by Bethlehem Church. Any donations are appreciated and are tax deductible.