Dec. 11th, 2011

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Mike& Gina Yancey : Mary Did You Know

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Baby in the Manger

There is something about the birth of a baby that softens the heart of both women and men. So crushable and naïve, we tenderly hold the delicate child with reverence. Its face has not been weathered by winds and sun. Its eyes are innocent and unknowing, unfilled with heartache and knowledge of the grim realities of life. We would never go back to being a baby and wish this little child did not have to face the future we have known in many ways. 
It is interesting how disarming a newborn or even a toddler can be. Imagine the sense of awe of Mary the mother of Jesus as she held this child. See Joseph with weathered hands press him gently to his chest. Watch smelly shepherds and road-weary men of wealth kneel down with bated breath to stare at this little child. Animals sniffed tentatively at the little bundle that was the center of attention and a new smell. Even the angels got into the spirit and sang to him!
Christmas has a way of unarming even the busiest and most generally unreligious people. They pause in reverent respect to something mysterious that happened millenniums ago. Though occurring millions of times, this particular baby has an eternal influence that wends its way through history and makes the world stand still in wonder.

 It is no surprise to me that God chose this as the medium through which Christ would enter the world. No, he didn’t arrive in a limousine or descend from the clouds with splash and splendor. Even now, as long ago, God is looking for that soft spot in every human’s heart and life, that opportunity to enter and light up their life.

Some go through many years, but when the time is right, God comes knocking, and disarms even the “toughest” of hearts. And He still uses a baby in a manger, year after year.
What is the state of your heart? Do you feel it softening? There really are some beautiful and tender realities that are at the core of a relationship with the Christ of Christmas.

- Pastor, Mike Yancey

” For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”  Isaiah 9:6

THANK YOU

We would like to thank Karen Knigge for all her time and efforts decorating the church for Christmas. We really appreciate all you have done to make the church look nice.

CHRISTMAS DINNER

Church Christmas dinner is on the 14th. The time will be at 6:00pm at the parsonage. There will be no Bible study. There will be a sign up sheet in the foyer to sign up for food to bring to the dinner. If you have any questions, please see Regina.

PIZZA PARTY

Following the children’s Christmas practice program on Friday, there will be pizza party for the children and young people.  Party will start about 5:30pm.

CHILDREN'S PROGRAM

The Children Sunday School’s ministry will be presenting their annual Christmas program next Sunday. All are welcome to see the message of Christmas proclaimed in story and song.

SONG SELECTION
446 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
452 Oh, Come All Ye Faithful
442 Angels, from the Realms of Glory
31   Love Divine