December 3, 2018

People of Hope!
 
When I was but a wee lad my family was on the road to Michigan for the Thanksgiving holiday to visit grandpa and grandma.  It was late. It was cold. It was snowy. It was a two-lane road.  As I laid my head down on the van bench to fall asleep, I heard my mom scream as a drunk driver suddenly careened off our van and sped into the night. The impact was in the exact spot I had rested my head and it hurt for a while afterward.  My dad pulled the van over and he and mom got out to compose themselves and survey the damage.  After the police were notified, we resumed our trip down the road a little more cautiously and definitely wide awake. The conversation in the car was filled with “what ifs” that seemed to produce a thankfulness that we were protected from something much worse. “What if that drunk had swerved a second earlier!” my mom said. We all nodded our heads understanding that we could’ve all died from a head-on collision.  We were truly thankful we were alive on that late-night Thanksgiving holiday drive. Does it take a near-death experience for you to be thankful for all the wonderful people and things you have in your life? It helps! But it’s not necessary. “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
 
PRAYER AND PRAISE – Tomorrow
Please join me on Friday, November 30th at 6:30 pm here at the building for a time to call on God do His work in and through the people of Hope Fellowship. We’ll sing, we’ll pray and share a time of communion together. If you are able to fast, please join me as we tell God He is more valuable to us than anything else and ask Him to display His power in a special way with a focus on the Christmas Eve services. I will be fasting until we take communion at 6:30.
 
MEN’S BREAKFAST - Saturday
Men! Breakfast! Saturday! 8:00! Ends at 9:00! Get to know some other dudes better!
 
TROUMAN UNDERWOOD CELEBRATION OF LIFE - Monday
Trouman Underwood passed into the presence of Jesus suddenly on Monday of this week. He was loved and will be missed. There will be a celebration of his life this Monday, the 3rd at 6:30 pm. If you are able to bring a snack to share for family and friends at the end of the event, please bring it up to the church building.
 
UNIQUE HOLIDAY PHOTO OPPORTUNITY - Sunday

There will be a classic Model-A in the lobby of our building this Sunday along with an early 1900’s 2-person one horse open sleigh. This would be a great opportunity for you to have a holiday photo taken with these relics with your own camera or phone from 12:30 – 2:00 pm
 
SUNDAY
As I continue the message series called SELECTED STORIES FROM THE MASTER TEACHER, Sunday will be “The Boss’s Management Evaluation”
 
CHRISTMAS PLAY – December 15th

Come out on December 15th for one of the showings of our Christmas play this year…..Candy Cane Lane. There will be two shows; one at 2:00 pm and one at 7:00 pm. This will be a great time to encourage the cast and experience in a special way the impact of what God has done for the world through Jesus.
 
CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICES
We will have two services on Christmas Eve with real “light ‘em on fire” candles; one at 4:00 and one at 6:00 pm. There will be care for every child, nursery through 6th grade. A special children’s program in the kid’s wing will take place during the services that I believe will provide a lasting memory especially for those kids who have never or rarely been in church. These services are not only encouraging to believers, but I would highly encourage you to take the opportunity to invite someone who hasn’t started following Jesus yet, it’s one of two times each year that an unbeliever will most likely respond to an invitation from you.
 
See you soon!
Ben