Arbor Newsletter for December

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  • One of my favorite movies is "The Sound of Music." In that movie, there is a song called "My Favorite Things." Some of you may have seen the movie and you may know that song. If so, you will remember that the character named Maria, sings about her "favorite things." One of the things that she mentions in that song is "brown paper packages tied up with string." On Christmas morning, we will wake up to find a lot of packages under the tree. Packages wrapped in brightly colored paper and tied up with pretty ribbons and bows. What if there was one package under the tree wrapped in plain brown paper tied up with string -- and what if that package had your name on it? Would that be the package you would choose to open first? I don't think so! After all, a gift is supposed to come in a beautiful package, isn't it? You know, I think that is why a lot of people have missed out on the gift that God sent to them. You see, God's Gift didn't come in a beautifully wrapped package. God sent Jesus, His only Son, as His gift to us. His mother was a young virgin... his earthly father was a poor carpenter... he was born in a stable. Not a very pretty package. But it was the greatest gift the world has ever known. It was the gift of salvation and it had your name on it and mine! The Bible tells us that when Mary found out that she had been chosen to be the one to deliver God's gift to the world, she was filled with joy. She sang a song glorifying God for choosing her. "The Mighty One has done great things for me," she sang. Well, the Mighty One has done great things for us too. He has sent us the gift of His love, but some people are so busy unwrapping the beautifully wrapped packages that this world offers that they have missed out on the greatest gift. Maybe it is because it came wrapped in brown paper tied up with string. I am so thankful that God loved us so much that He sent His only Son to be our Savior! The greatest gift of all is the gift of God's love! My prayer is that we all remember the real meaning of Christmas this year and every year!
    Jesus is the reason for the season!

    My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me -- holy is his name."  Luke 1:46-49










  • I cannot believe that 2021 is almost over. As we begin the last month of the year, we have a church Christmas Party, a short program from our children, and our adult choir program to look forward to in the coming weeks.

    November was a good month. The youth cake auction was a success. We came up with the matching funds for the cameras in three weeks. The attendance was good for both holiday Sundays. We had around twelve who came and decorated the worship center. Thank you for your time and energy.

    We will have our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight service Friday the 24th at 6:30. We will meet for the morning service on both the 26th and January 2nd. There will be no evening services either Sunday or activities Wednesday night the 29th.

    I pray in the midst of your full schedules for December that you will experience the true meaning of Christmas. Have a great holiday and a great forever!

  • 16 and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.

    17 So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.

    18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 

    Matthew 1:16-20

    Often times when we focus on the Nativity Joseph is a character that is pushed to the background.  However, he plays a very important part and one that is worth noting in the Christmas story.  Joseph was willing to stand beside Mary when she was going to face all of this alone.  He took her as his wife even though there would be a lot of negative talk about them and that they broke the pledge of purity.  Also, by Joseph being willing to step up and take Mary as his wife and Jesus as his adopted son, the prophecy (Matthew 1:16) that the Messiah would come through the bloodline of David was fulfilled.  Joseph was a man of high character and high integrity. 

    Thank you all so much for all those that donated and helped with the cake auction.  It was a great success.  

    Youth Ski Trip February 11-16

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    We have a lot going on this month and I am so excited! To start, the young adult singles will be having a Christmas party on December 11th at 6pm. If you are interested, see me for more information.

    The choir will also be presenting their Christmas program on December 19th for the morning service. We are so excited and hope to see you there! 

    We are also getting ready for our Christmas Eve service so that we as a church family can gather and reflect on this season of joy. 

     

    Christmas is and always will be my favorite time of year. The lights, the tree, the gift giving, the joy; it can’t be beat! But every year I find myself reflecting on what this year means. Not only is it a time for family and friends, but it’s also about Jesus coming as an infant to this sinful world. He probably wasn’t born in December, but it’s the time of year we put aside to praise Him for what He’s done, and it began with His birth. 

    Jesus didn’t have to come. We could still be living under the old law, yet God sent His Son to be the One to be among us; ministering to us, teaching us, and, most of all, dying for us. He would perform miracles in the name of His Father, casting out demons, healing the sick and hurting, raising the dead; Jesus would leave having changed the word forever, and it began with His birth. 

    Jesus went through every possible struggle and trial. He was tempted, rejected, beaten and killed. His friends turned their backs on Him and denied Him. They struggled to trust Him. But after all those trials He rose again defeating death! He will be coming again soon, and it all began with His birth. 

    As a small humble child Jesus came to our world. He was born with a purpose created than anyone could have imagined. His birth began a world changing, life altering, wonderful life. Let’s celebrate this season with that in our minds. Christ was born and He’s returning soon! 

     

    I pray that you and your family have a wonderful, safe holiday. Merry Christmas!

  • Dec 5  Andy Harper, Dwight Huggins, Terry Hester, Sammy Reynolds

               Andrew Harper, Andy Alexander, Brandon Phillips, Lee Cone,

               Jake Taylor

     

    Dec 12  Matt Cleghorn, Brian Cobb, Jeff Kight, David Conger,

                 Chris Wynn, Steve Peterson, Alvin Stauffer, Tony Ellington

     

    Dec 19  Jeff Lewis, Allen Conger, Jr., Roy Bryan, Walter Chaney,

                 Stephen Peterson, William McKinley, Kenny Ray Davis, Jr.,

                 Julian Yarbrough, Kenny James

     

    Dec 26  Jamie Passmore, Burt Bynum, Steven Everett, Jeff Burgess,

                 John Clements, Jarrett Yarbrough, Brad King,

                 Vince Yarbrough


  • 2nd Christy Guy

    3rd Pam Chaney

    4th Renee Taylor, Fran Harper

    5th Rich Mathis, Gracie Passmore

    6th Walter Chaney, Andrew Harper, Kaylin Pridgen

    7th Debbie Yarbrough, Jamie Passmore

    9th Donna Young, Terry Hester

    10th Stacy Griffin, Jodi Alexander, Marisa Reynolds

    12th Henry Patterson, Katy Griffin

    13th Jim Luckie, Kelly Kight, Clarissa Lott, Reese Morgan

    16th Ann Daniels

    17th Tammy Miles, Cindy Dobbins

    18th Billy Schell, Sue Swanson

    20th Jim Clark

    22nd Walker Smith

    23rd   Sara Schell, Adam Cobb

    25th Amanda Conger

    26th Jeff Miles

    27th B. J. Bowers, Wesley Taylor

    28th Faith Milner

    29th Milton Herring, Brittany Chaney

    31st Nonie Cobb, Leshia Lewis, Mike Hendley




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