Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Thank you for your continued prayers for Gene B. He is in a back brace and should be moving to Surrey Place soon to go through therapy. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated for him and his family during this time.
Blogging will be slow the rest of the week, but be encouraged to "give thanks to the Lord" as we reflect and enjoy a special time this week of Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving!
Monday, November 24, 2008
A few other requests were mentioned at church and your prayers are also appreciated for these.
Ida D. had recent surgery and a few complications and needs our prayers.
Robert S.'s nephew is in his 40s and suffering from cancer.
A few men, some church family and some loved ones have been deployed to Iraq and left yesterday. Please pray for these and the many others serving along with their families. Especially as they face the holidays without their men.
Special thanks to our church for a fantastic Thanksgiving lunch and for your generous giving through Operation Christmas Child and the food baskets which were filled to overflowing to share this Thanksgiving. Thank you and God bless you!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
If you have prepared a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child, please bring it for a time of prayer and blessing.
The M&M children will be staying after the lunch through the afternoon until after the evening service. They will have dinner provided for them.
Also, the church is collecting food for four families to bless them for Thanksgiving. If you would like to donate food for the boxes, please bring it by tomorrow night.
Friday, November 21, 2008
2 families have the turkey provided for
2 families have stuffing provided
All families have green beans and sweet potatoes provided.
Needed items are:
2 more meats - turkey or ham
mashed potatoes and gravy
Canned staple goods are also welcome, peanut butter, crackers, canned food etc.
Thank you for sharing with others this holiday season!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
The meat for the meal will be provided by the church and the church family is asked to bring food dishes consisting of salads, vegetables, desserts, bread etc. We are hoping to have a great crowd, so please bring accordingly. Thank you!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Our choir has been enjoying the blessings of God through growth, and through the joy of the Lord which overflows in our hearts to praise to our God. Our choir is richly blessed by the leadership and direction of Sis. Dianne and we appreciate and love her dearly.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Novmeber 21 ~ Choir Dinner and Practice 6:00 PM
November 23 ~ Church and Community Thanksgivng Lunch. We are opening this time of fellowship and meal to those in the community this year as an outreach of God's love. Watch for more details on this later in the week.
November 23 ~ Following the Thanksgiving lunch, the M&Ms will stay through the afternoon for Christmas practice and other activities. The kids will be served dinner and you can pick them up following the evening service.
November 25 ~ Tuesday night - we will have our weekly prayer meeting to allow families to prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday.
December 3 ~ Family Meal and Prayer
December 5 ~ Deacon's Christmas Dinner
December 12 ~ Special Choir Practice
December 13 ~ M&Ms Special Christmas Practice 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
December 13 ~ Youth Christmas Caroling and Party begins at 5:00 PM
December 14 ~ Adult Christmas Musical ~ 11:00 AM
December 20 ~ M&M Christmas Dress Rehearsal 2:00 - 6:00 PM followed by party from 6-8 PM
December 21 ~ Children's Christmas Program 11:00 AM followed by Church Christmas luncheon
December 12 ~ 6:00 PM Christmas service
December 24 ~ No services
December 31 ~ Church Movie and Meal
Go ahead and mark your calendars and be involved with these holiday activities with the church family.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Although there is not much time before Thanksgiving, our church will be blessing4 families who are in need of food for a Thanksgiving meal. This is a wonderful outreach for our church and an opportunity to show those who have a need that God loves them and will meet their needs.
On Wednesday we will have boxes out for all four families. Here are some specifics on the families:
Family 1 - is a family of 6
Family 2 - is a family of 5
Family 3 - is a family of 3
Family 4 - is a family of 5
Posted on the box will be a list of items for Thanksgiving items, you are welcome to donate these or also staple foods which are needed.
Here is an example of Thanksgiving foods for the boxes:
Turkey or Ham
boxes or bags of stuffing
boxes of mashed potatoes
jars of gravy
green beans *Green Beans are taken care of* or other canned vegetables
boxes of macaroni and cheese
rolls or bread
dessert items - pies etc.
fresh fruit - apples, oranges etc.
*fresh sweet potatoes have been donated*
feel free to include any other menu items.
There will be a list posted on the boxes with the amount of each item requested. This will ensure a good variety of food and eliminate duplication of items. Please call the church office with any questions or call or email Joyce at email@example.com
If you read this and know what you would like to donate, you may also leave a comment. Go to comments at the bottom of the post, click anonymous and type your comment in the space it says "leave your comment". Please be sure to sign your name in your comment. You do not have to register with Blogger etc, just choose anonymous!
Thank you so much for your help and support!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Read for more information about how to pack a shoebox HERE
If you would like to pack a shoebox as a family or a class or church group, there are instructions at the church. You are encouraged to pack a shoebox and bring it to church November 23. The church will pray over the boxes and the children that will receive them. They will be taken to our local drop off location Monday morning.
Thank you for caring and sharing!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Many Americans mistakenly believe that Veterans Day is the day America sets aside to honor American military personnel who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained from combat. That's not quite true. Memorial Day is the day set aside to honor America's war dead.
Veterans Day, on the other hand, honors ALL American veterans, both living and dead. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for dedicated and loyal service to their country. November 11 of each year is the day that we ensure veterans know that we deeply appreciate the sacrifices they have made in the lives to keep our country free.
We have several from our church family and church friends who are currently serving overseas. Your continued prayers for them and their families are appreciated. We also have several veterans in our church family and we want them to know also how thankful we are to them for their sacrifice.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
The Lord - He is God. He is:
Filled with splendor
The Bible is God's Word and reveals Him to us. In Psalms 19:7-11 we heard how powerful God's Word is and some things the Word does in our lives.
God's Word is called
The Law - it teaches and gives instructions. It converts our soul when we follow God's Word.
It's Statutes - These are commands or orders. These flow to us through reading God's Word. These cheer our hearts and encourage us. They give confidence by taking away uncertainty because God's Word is truth.
The Fear of the Lord: reflects an awe for God. God's Word convicts of sin, cleanses us, teaches us how to rightly respond to God.
This series will be continued. You won't want to miss these truths to stand on during difficult times.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
The Family Meal and Prayer will be Wednesday night beginning at 6:00. Everyone is encouraged to bring a covered food dish to share and gather up the family for a great mid-week service. We will enjoy a meal together and following that there will be ministries for the entire family.
The youth will meet for Bible Study at 6:30
M&Ms will meet at 7:00
Adults will meet in the sanctuary for prayer meeting.
Also a reminder for Sunday: The M&Ms will be staying from after morning service, through the afternoon until after the evening service. They will be working on Christmas music, doing mission activities and will enjoy some play time also. There will be two meals (lunch and dinner) provided for them. Parents are asked to provide snacks and drinks for the day for the children.
Thank you to Kathy and Lisa for your willingness to minister into the lives of our children. We appreciate all that you do as leaders and we also appreciate each one who has a part in this "booming" M&M ministry. There have been many who stepped up to work with the children each Sunday and Wednesday night and all that you do is deeply appreciated!
Hope to see you there!
Monday, November 3, 2008
Did you see:
The crowd of over 200 at the Fall Festival Friday night?
The number for Sunday School Sunday? 132!!!
The nursery filled with 14 children?
The choir that was overflowing?
The baptism services two weeks in a row?
The M&Ms - 2 rooms full of children singing and learning.
The Youth - full of teenagers who did an outstanding job helping with the fall festival, conducted themselves beautifully on recent outings and are filling up the church services?
Growth in numbers is great, but it is the spiritual growth that is lasting.
Have you noticed the Lord working in families to bring everyone to Sunday School?
The increase of families attending each service together - getting rooted and grounded as a family in the things of the Lord?
Those rising to the challenge of ministry to lead and to help. Without leaders and helpers, many ministries could not be done.
The Lord putting a song into the hearts of many that comes out together as a joyful praise in the choir?
New faces and those not seen in a while being drawn to the church?
How thankful we are to the Lord for His blessings and for the things He is doing at Antioch. We welcome His continued blessings and His work in the lives of all that we may be drawn nearer to Him and to each other. May we seek His direction to minister to our community and to the lost, leading them to Jesus.
"Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works which You have done; and Your thoughts toward us..." Psalms 40:5