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[The Birth of Jesus] In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. — Luke 2:1, 4-5 (NIV)

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Posted by Rita at 11:52 am on December 12, 2014

Still Needed! Granbury Middle School has an urgent need for Mentors for ten boys and one girl. They need a responsible adult role model to spend just thirty minutes once a week with them during their lunch break on Monday or Wednesday. The need is so great that some GMS teachers are giving up their lunch periods to mentor these kids. I have been a Mentor for two years and have developed a great relationship with my student and observed positive changes in his life. If you can help, please call the Christian Service Center (817-573-0316) or email bmartin466@yahoo.com. s/ Billy Martin

The Wednesday Night Diner will be closed until January 7.

The Christian Service Center is in need of Candy Canes. Please put them on the Information table. Someone from the CSC will pick them up and take them to the Center.

The Piecemakers Quilting Bee will not meet again until January of 2015.

Cookbooks for sale!  We will be selling the remaining “Food for the Soul” cookbooks that were made to help raise funds for Mark and Ali Kaiser’s halfway house in Brazil. Cookbooks will be on sale for the next two Sundays, before and after class, in the Fellowship Center.  They are $10 each and would be a great addition to your collection or a wonderful Christmas gift!

Wrapped in Love – Christmas Party, December 20, 4:00pm-6:00pm in the Parlor, for all Respite Caregivers and Foster Parents and their families. If you are currently in the program or have an interest in becoming involved, you are invited. Please RSVP to Rita at the church office or email her at rpowell@granburycoc.net no later than December 15.

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Sing at the Nursing Homes – Thursday, December 18. Meet at the church building at 3:00pm to go sing and return to the building at 5:00pm for a potluck meal and games in the Parlor. Please join us for this time of fun, food, and fellowship.

 

 

 

 

 

 


A Father for the Messiah
Posted by Rita at 11:50 am on December 12, 2014

JosephHave you ever considered the fact that when God was selecting who would raise His One and Only Son on the earth, He chose Joseph inasmuch as He chose Mary?  Typically, we focus on Mary’s submissive response to the call of God, which is indeed worthy of our attention.  But in Jewish society, it was the man of the household who set the direction of the home.  If Jesus was to be brought up in the Lord, He needed a father, as well as a mother, of faith.

What qualities did Joseph possess that made him ideally suited for this task?  Matthew 1:18-25 says that Joseph was a righteous man – he said and did what was right.  Consider, for example, how he handled the news of Mary’s pregnancy.  He didn’t fly into a rage at the apparent betrayal or expose her supposed sin for all the world to see.  Instead, he took time to thoughtfully weigh his options and then chose a course of action that would cause the least amount of harm.  He considered the welfare of all those involved when making his decision.

Joseph was also obedient to the Lord.  When the angel of God told him in a dream to go ahead and take Mary as his wife, he immediately changed his plan and did as he was told.  The angel spoke to Joseph through his dreams on at least three more occasions (Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23), and each time he obeyed at once, no questions asked.  Joseph believed and yielded to the directives of the Lord.

Men, now is the time to follow Joseph’s example, stepping up and taking the challenge to be righteous, obedient leaders of our homes.  Women, now is the time to choose and support godly husbands.  We need fathers and mothers of faith today who will raise their families in the Lord.  The eternal future of our children depends on it.

Jan Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Service Opportunity – Volunteers Needed!
Posted by Rita at 11:49 am on December 12, 2014

The Christian Service Center Food Pantry will be handing out boxes filled with food for Christmas dinner to our neighbors in the community on the Sunday before Christmas.  Volunteers are needed at the church Fellowship Center on Saturday, December 20, at 9:30am to pack 500 boxes with food, and on Sunday, December 21, from 12:30pm – 4:00pm to assist in handing them out.  If you can help one or both times, please sign up in Bible class this Sunday, December 14.