Our lesson this Sunday will continue seeking our God as our Rock with an overview of 2 Samuel chapters 2, 3 & 4. This portion of Scripture is very violent and disturbing. I hope you’ll take time to read it as we try to find Lessons for Life in a very brutal—very human—story.
We’ve all had conflict in our lives, but most of us haven’t experienced the killing melee that we see in these chapters. This can be one of the most disturbing parts of our history. Dealing with it is important for us to be able to find a solid Rock foundation in our relationship to God. How we deal with conflict is important to God. We’ll discover helpful ways to see conflict and deal with it appropriately. Then we can celebrate the unchanging strength of our God. God bless, Dave
Congregational Meeting Notes Our meeting was held last Sunday with several items on the agenda. Here’s a summary of what was discussed and any changes that should be noted:
1. Elder selection process completed—no elders in Escanaba at this time. Next meeting we’ll work on an organizational plan that will utilize the talents in our congregation.
2. Roof replacement will be necessary in next year or two. We’ll continue to set $$ aside for that. All in favor.
3. Family Night will be cancelled on 12/25/13 and 1/1/14.
4. Coins for Christ…These are the suggested areas to target funds: a) Christian Closet; b) Orphans; c) Panama; d) O’Neal’s “Vision for Ministry.”
It was decided to continue Christian Closet through Jan 2014 and then target O’Neal Ministry Feb-July 2014.
5. Christa resigned cleaning position. Sarah will take over soon.
6. Christian Closet will not be open on Wed. 1/1/14. They will open the 2nd Wednesday, 1/8/14 instead.
7. New Year’s Eve Party at the Huff’s on Tuesday, 12/31/13 at 6:00 pm.
8. Next meeting will be held after the Potluck on Sunday, 1/5/14.
ESCANABA NEWS & NOTES
Family Night This week we’ll be preparing for the Christmas Program to be held on Sunday, December 22nd. Everyone who would like their children to be involved in this special program with songs and a play please be sure your kids come out on Wednesday, December 11th for play practice. We’ll have supper at 5:30; activities at 6:00. Volunteers for December 11th: Meal: Grant; Songs/Prayer: Patrick.
O’Neal’s Support Trip Safe and rewarding are the two words I think of from Patrick and Sarah’s recent trip to the Detroit area. They were able to raise additional support, and they are over halfway to their goal of monthly support at Harding University! Escanaba is currently contributing $100/month and will increase that to $200/month in the near future. Several have expressed an interest in personally assisting them during their two years at Harding. If you could let Patrick know how much you could help, that would be helpful in planning. Several have already started. The Escanaba church will manage these funds for the O’Neal family. They'll be leaving us in July/August 2014.
Area-Wide Men’s Bible Study Patrick O'Neal and Jim Larsen have organized a morning of fellowship and study at the Marquette church building on Tuesday, December 10th at 10:00 am. We’ll have some singing, prayer and study followed by lunch at Bonanza. A group of men from the Escanaba congregation will be leaving from the building at 8:30 am. Hope you can join us!
Special Lesson on December 15th We’re going to have a special lesson when three of our men present the lesson. Jason, Patrick and Luke are preparing their thoughts on Faith, Hope & Love.
Christmas Caroling December 18th Join us for carols on Wednesday, December 18th for our Family Night tradition. We’ll have supper at the church building earlier that week. Supper is at 5:00 and our first stop for Christmas Carols is Christian Park Village at 5:50 pm. After a 30 minute singing/visit, we’ll go to Christian Park Center for 6:30. Everyone is welcome!
Annual Ladies Christmas Party & Study! The event will be held at the church building on Friday, December 20th at 6:00 pm. Sign up on the bulletin board to bring something for the meal. Bring a $10 Gift to exchange.
Who Am I? My favorite color is blue and I have blue eyes. I love spaghetti. I have never swam. I like to play PlayStation and ride my bike. My favorite sport is NASCAR and drag racing. I am thankful that Jesus is my nightlight. My favorite song at church is The Battle Belongs to the Lord.Who am I?
Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage
Join us Monday, December 9th as we continue to Laugh Our Way to a Better Marriage. We’re planning to meet at Jason & Erin's at 6:00 for our session. Eat No meal is planned for this week. The schedule of sessions is posted on the bulletin board.
ESCANABA PRAYER REQUESTS
Safe return of Davis and O’Neal families! Also the Wert family is on the road to recovery from sickness last week.
Diane’s sister, Nancy, has breast cancer. Prayers for God’s strength, wisdom for decisions and that her tests will be good.
Missy still has concerns for swelling ankle. Also beginning therapy for shoulder pain.
Jake requests prayer for travel plans this weekend. Also, for strength and guidance.
Kyle, Jesse, Matt, Jess, Thomas, Troy, Jerod.
Health: Ed Davis (rehab from surgery), Nora (spine), Tony (kidney), Jake (back), Shirley Mills, Steve Clark, Bill Anderson. Cancer: Jeanette Pierce; Update on Aaron? Pregnancy: Allayna Decker and Ashley Godoy.
Any updates on our Continued Concerns? Please call or e-mail so we can refresh our concerns to the Lord. Call 233-0065; E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.