On Wednesday, December 21, the Deacon’s will be giving out the Christmas Food boxes. If you know of anyone in need of this, please call the church office and tell Vicki their name and telephone number.
NOTE FROM THE TREASURER: If you wish to make any special year end contributions to the church and receive credit on your 2011 contributions statement, please give them to me no later than December 25th. Any money received after that date will be recorded as a 2012 contribution.
“Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first. The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history because it has meant the pouring into a sick world of the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost 2,000 years … underneath all the bulging bundles is this
Beating Christmas heart.”
—George Matthew Adams
“His Heart, His Hands, His Voice”
This is this year’s theme for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Our church goal is $2,100.00. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you are part of the task to fulfill the Great Commission. In 1 Corinthians 12:27, Paul says, “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it”. Jesus has commissioned us to be HIS HEART, HIS HANDS, HIS VOICE. Through praying, giving and going, Southern Baptists have fulfilled this legacy for more than 160 years.
Yet billions remain lost and time may be running out for them. We must pray more intentionally and give more sacrificially than ever before. What can you do, individually? Start by being “Southern Baptist Missions” as an extension of His Heart, Hands, and Voice through your prayers and giving to the LMCO. You can give throughout the Month of December.
We are taking orders for church shirts. Sign up sheets and more information can be found in the fellowship hall. The proceeds from the sale of the shirts will go to the GA’s. They would make great Christmas presents!! Thanks for your support.
The Women’s Bible Study will start a new Bible Study January 9, 2012, 6:30 pm, in the CLC. James, Mercy Triumphs, by Beth Moore is an eight week book study. All women are invited to attend and any friends you may wish to invite are also welcome. If interested, please contact Linda Brown, 278-2787 by January 3. Cost of books is $14.95.
We are going to create a new Church Directory. Olan Mills will be taking pictures on February 9th, 10th & 11th . Please sign up to have your picture taken on one of those days. Sign up sheets are in the Fellowship Hall.
Poinsettias donated in memory of loved ones. In Memory of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Austin
Freddie & Anne Strong
In Memory of Roscoe & Esther
By Freddie & Anne Strong
THE MEANING & SYMBOLISM OF
Also known as the Christmas Star and Christmas Flower, it’s said that this winter flower’s association with Christmas comes from a Mexican legend. The story goes that a child, with no means for a grander gift, gathered humble weeds from the side of the road to place at the church alter on Christmas Eve. As the congregation witnessed a Christmas miracle, the weeds turned into brilliant red and green flowers.
Named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, first United States ambassador to Mexico and the amateur botanist who introduced the plant to the U.S. in 1825, the poinsettia is also known as Mexican Flame Leaf, Winter Rose, Noche Buena and, in Turkey, Atakurk’s Flower, because it was the favorite flower of Atakurk, the founder of modern Turkey.
While considered by the ancient Aztecs to be symbols of purity, in today's language of flowers, red, white or pink poinsettias, the December birth flower, symbolize good cheer and success and are said to bring wishes of mirth and celebration.