November 2017 Shepherd's Letter
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
“Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations” (Psalm 100:4b-5).
We are thankful to the Lord for you, for our church family, and for how the Lord is working in our midst. We are thankful for the grace and faithfulness of God that we heard proclaimed during the testimonies at our Thanksgiving Eve Service. We are thankful for Florence and Elizabeth’s testimonies of God’s saving grace in baptism, and we are glad to welcome them into our church family. We worship a good and gracious God, and all we have is because of His grace.
We are thankful for Care Net Pregnancy Resource Centers. Eighteen of us attended their banquet this month, and we were encouraged by their faithfulness and how God is using them in our community. Looking back at this year alone, 73 mothers have chosen life for their babies through the ministry, 250 ultrasounds were provided, over 350 pregnancy tests were administered, and the gospel was shared with over 500 clients!
Coming up this weekend, we invite you to join us as we decorate our church building for the Advent Season. We will begin after the Men’s Breakfast this Saturday (10am). Second, we invite you to join us on December 10th for an afternoon of caroling and gift giving, followed by a soup potluck back at the church. Finally, on Christmas Eve, there will be no 8:30am worship service. Sunday School will meet at 10am, and we will have a single worship service at 11:00am. We then invite you to return later that evening for our traditional candlelight Christmas Eve Service as we celebrate our Savior’s birth through Scripture reading, Christmas carols, and a devotional on the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Continue to read ahead in Ephesians for this next Sunday’s sermon (Ephesians 5:6-14), and consider how you might walk in light. May we walk in light, for Christ the Light of the World has brought us out of darkness, and into His marvelous light.
As we lean into the Christmas season, I encourage you to visit our blog this weekend for a Bible reading schedule that will take you through the month of December, immersing you in the Messianic prophecies and the miracle of the Incarnation.
Last, though we celebrate Thanksgiving once a year, may we become a continually thankful people, for God’s grace continues, His love endures, and His mercies are new every morning.
Grace and peace to you,
on behalf of the elders
Upcoming Events for 2017-2018
2 – Men’s Breakfast & Christmas Decorating
3 – Communion Sunday & Great Commission Prayer
7 – Women’s Fellowship
10 – Caroling and Soup Outreach
19 – Youth Christmas Party
24 – Christmas Eve Service (6pm)
25 – Christmas Day
7 – Communion Sunday & Great Commission Prayer
11 – Women’s Book Club
19 – March for Life in Washington, DC
21 – Annual Members Meeting
28 – Discover OBC (Part 1)
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