I hope this note finds you well. We are just two short weeks from Christmas! One of my favorite days of the year is Christmas Eve. We have been doing Christmas Eve services since we started the church nearly 25 years ago. I love when we light our candles and sing a carol together. This year our services in Beavercreek will be at 5 and 7 PM (Riverdale congregation service is also at 5 PM). This is a great opportunity to invite family and friends. I can guarantee it will be an evening filled with hope and the joy of the season.
Last weekend I spoke about the journey of Christmas. The wise men worshipped the Christ and gave gifts to him — gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
This weekend I’m going to talk about how to choose the right gift. Some people love to give gifts, because their love language is gifts (my love language is not gifts, it’s acts of service). For some, it’s meaningful touch or encouraging words. Some people feel loved simply by spending time with a person. Often times we try to express our love the way we feel loved. It’s better to understand how others feel love and respond to that. If you aren’t familiar with the book “The Five Love Languages” I would highly recommend it (I will be touching on this particular topic in this weekend’s message).
Our Christmas Store will be open next Wednesday through Friday, 6:30-8:30 PM and Saturday, 11 AM to 2 PM. We are working with various school counselors to distribute tickets to our store (we always try to hold back a few for friends and family in need). Each child receives a couple of gifts. Our church family is so generous that we have never come up short (we need approximately 2,200 gifts)! That sounds like a big number, but we have met that need year after year. If each family in our church contributes just a couple of gifts, I am confident we will easily exceed it again.
If you like, you can shop online and have gifts shipped directly to the church. We have a Simplify Christmas Wish List set up on Amazon.com to make your shopping a little easier. CLICK HERE TO SHOP. You can also give an offering toward gifts and we will do the shopping for you!
If you haven’t signed up to serve yet, positions are filling up fast at our Beavercreek store. You might want to sign up now so that you can pick the day that best fits your schedule. There are currently also a dozen or so positions available to serve at our Riverdale Christmas Store (it’s open Wednesday 6:30- 8:30 PM, the same hours as our Beavercreek Store).
In addition to our Christmas Stores, we are going to receive an offering that will go toward developing our Center for Hope and Discovery. The idea is to create a safe learning environment with state-of-the-art technology to help kids meet educational benchmarks, as well as, discover their identity and meaning. It’s our desire to provide a better path toward their future.
If you would like more information on Simplify Christmas or if you would like to sign up to serve, simply CLICK HERE.
One last item: if you weren’t here last weekend, I mentioned that Dustin is having a non-cancerous growth removed from his vocal chords this coming week. Scott will be helping with worship for the next several weeks as Dustin recovers. Please keep Dustin in your prayers!
I am so thankful for you and appreciate deeply your partnership in the Gospel.
P.S. Just a scheduling heads up: for the two Sundays after Christmas (December 27 and January 3) we will be combining both services into one at 10 AM. Additionally, the Saturday services both of those weekends will be family services, meaning the kids will be joining us in the big room (the Sunday services will still have children’s ministry)!