We are in the process of discerning a Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 Financial Peace University Class.
Financial Peace University is a nine-lesson, money-management class taught by America’s most trusted financial guru, Dave Ramsey. Dave and his teaching team will walk you through the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future, and much more.
Contact the church office if you are interested.
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Worship on Sundays at 10 am and 6 pm
Join us on Wednesday Nights for:
6:00 pm – Meal
7:00 pm- Adult, Young Adult, Youth and Children Small Groups
Here’s what’s happening at the Oak Grove Campus:
Stuff the Stocking
December 2 – Excitement and Wonder
December 9 – Satsumas
December 16 – A Lump of Coal, or socks…
December 23 – Stocking Stuffers
December 24 – The Perfect Gift
THIS SUNDAY at 10am – Wear your ugly Christmas Sweater!
How many of us have sung this song in the holiday season? I am going to bet EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US – and that is ok.
Have you ever stopped to think about the words? Some people are deserving while others are not. Furthermore, this is going to be checked VERY carefully. Talk about raining on our collective parade. To add insult to injury, the “offending parties” are to receive COAL in their stockings, or perhaps the dreaded underwear or socks.
It is unclear from where this particular tradition hails. Here in the United States apparently, coal is a lucky alternative for misbehaving children. In France and Belgium, for example, those that make the naughty list get a visit from “Père Fouettard,”whose name literally translates to “The Whipping Father.” Germany and Austria take this concept one step further – I am not even going to talk about that here. It is Google homework if you are interested.
I am ever so glad that we do not have THOSE traditions.
But DO think about how easily we fall into that designation of Good vs. Bad. Even a certain Elf goes back to the North Pole every evening once everyone is in bed, and reports on all of the events for the day, both good and bad.
As we progress through Advent, we light candles of Hope, Faith, Joy, and Peace. We are tasked with recognizing their light and carrying it out into the world wherever we go. THIS is not only the meaning of the season, but the meaning in our everyday lives. Christmas simply serves as a time to focus on this.
If the darkness of evil never has, and never will extinguish God’s light, why do we focus on this darkness with others?
Something to think about in the Christmas season.
And always. -Pastor Tracy
MARK YOUR CALENDARThis Sunday is the Cloverton Christmas Concert at the Lee’s Summit Campus. Tickets are available at the door or from our website.
Each Tuesday at 10am—Join us for Bible Study. Everyone is welcome!
Each Wednesday at 6pm—Join us for a delicious meal and a time of great fellowship. This week’s free-will offering will go to the Oak Grove Police Department for support in assisting them to adopt a family in need this Christmas Season. The head of this family is a single parent who is an active Police Department volunteer who assists with many community events.
Thank you to Rick and Janet Bedwell, Paul Clampitt, Paula Wieland, Faith Wuenschel, Larry Newcomer and Sally Burns for stepping up at the last moment and delivering Meals on Wheels last week for an organization who could not keep their delivery dates.
Please see the Student Ministry Sign-up sheets at the back of the sanctuary.
Please join us for a Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Service at 7pm. Invite your friends and family.
Ronda Craig is signing people up for our Grace prayer team. Please see her if interested.
BLESSINGS, JOYS CONCERNS: Cathe Dunn, Linda Hampton, Brandi, Dave Jennings, The Family and Friends of Gail Dennis upon her passing.
THE GRACE STATEMENT OF FAITH
It’s Not About Me, It’s About God.
It’s Not About Us, It’s About Them.
It’s Not About Here, It’s About There.
It’s Not About My Needs, It’s About Their Needs.
It’s Not About Now, It’s About Eternity.