In those days, Caesar Augustus issued a decree Luke 2:1
These names are just names to us today, but in the time of the events of the birth of Christ, they were not just names. They were larger-than-life figures with power we can hardly imagine today. These men were feared for good reason, for they had authority. Their favor was like winning the lottery; likewise, their wrath was like a death-sentence. We can presume that no few people went to their beds wondering what whim or conviction men like these might imagine and bring to pass when light dawned.
We know a little bit of that fear. But just a little.
The common folk of that day could hardly imagine the freedom and prosperity we enjoy today, and neither could they fathom just how much actual control were able to exercise in our lives. It might take them a while to understand that in this world of knowledge stacked to the ceiling were still scared. And if they stayed close, they would see that were often as scared as they were.
Its still a world of big names and powers, and we do wonder as we awake what surprises await us from the decisions of larger-than-life figures. But. Our difference in this age is that we are on the other side of the birth of the Messiah, not to mention his death and resurrection. There are big names and big plans about, but the Child in the manger is still the story that moves us forward through life and time. Herod is gone. Caesar Augustus is gone. Christ remains.
Christ is the great name, the first name, the lasting name.
Many, many thanks to the servants who led the charge on Operation Christmas Child this year! Great work.
Boxes will soon land. J
Lottie Moon week of prayer and Christmas offering 2012
Our week of prayer for our foreign missionaries is Dec. 2-8
Our Christmas offering takes place all December and goes to the work of missions around the world
Our angel tree is set to go up in the church foyer. Well have angels and sign-up sheets and a return date for the gifts available the first Sunday in December.
Clothe-a-Child is also a great use of your resources for the community.
Sermons: Jesus and Expectations
Bell Choir Dec. 9 11 AM
Christmas Eve worship 8 PM
Monday, Dec. 24
Happy December Birthday
Dec. 1 Don Mead, 3007 Quinn Court; Andrea Marsh
Dec. 2 John Licklider, 1433 Hwy 36E; Gene Vannarsdall, 405 4th Street
Dec. 3 Elaine Stephenson, 2477 Hwy 42W; Judy Montague, 3011 Highland Avenue; Evan Mefford, 2014 Fox Run Road
Dec. 5 Martha Spenneberg, PO Box 192; Tony Meadows
Dec. 7 Mark Mefford, 3504 Kings Ridge, Bedford 40006; Todd Palmer
Dec. 10 Vickie Hopper
Dec. 11 Virginia Johnson, 313 Port William; Tina Meadows; Whitney Harrison
Dec. 12 Kevin States, 110 Dakota Circle; Mary Wilson West
Dec. 15 Ethel McClure, 805 8th Street
Dec. 16 Hailey Robbins, 101 RD Kendall Road, Bedford 40006; Andrew Sisenstein, 389 Banks Drive, Milton 40045
Dec. 17 Lynn Sabelhaus, PO Box 372
Dec. 18 Luis Zarate; Ocean Hinshaw
Dec. 20 Alex Jeffrey, 313 Grobmyer
Dec. 21 Danielle Davis, 43 Kemper Lane
Dec. 22 John Tilley, 321 Deatherage; Mary Ann Craig, 2727 Highland Avenue; Chad Franklin, 5473 Hwy 36E, Sanders 41083
Dec. 24 Zachary Vannarsdall; Victorino Tapia
Dec. 28 Jenna McNeal, 250 Woodlawn
Dec. 30 Jay Montgomery, 801 Sycamore Street
Dec. 31 Paul Cutshaw, 700 Highland
Servant Opportunities for December, 2012
Deacon of the week
Dec. 2 David Wilhoite
Dec. 9 David Mefford
Dec. 16 David Allen
Dec. 23 Brad McNeal
Dec. 30 Roger Williams
Dec. 2 Charlie & Janice Spencer
Dec. 9 Earl & Dorothy Floyd
Dec. 16 Jim & Elaine Stephenson
Dec. 23 Tom & Staycee Castelein
Dec. 30 Bill & Pat Welty
Dec. 2 Stacie Darnold
Dec. 9 Lora Pelston & Erin Mahoney
Dec. 16 Glenda Hopper & Deb Lewellyn
Dec. 23 Pat Welty & Susan Benecke
Dec. 30 Pam Williams
We need some volunteers
Dec. 2 Jay Montgomery
Dec. 9 Ron & Kim Perkinson
Dec. 16 Jeff & Chaz Robbins
Dec. 23 Chad & Angela Franklin
Dec. 30 Rob & Tracey McBurney