November 21, 2017

Hey people of Hope,
 
In light of the Thanksgiving theme this week……. How do you tell God thanks? My mind goes to a story that Jesus said would always accompany the message of salvation. While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”  (Matthew 26:6–13) In another account most likely the same woman was weeping and wiping His feet with her hair. This is a picture of absolute gratitude for the only one who could forgive her sin and make her clean. What an extravagant gift she gave! How do you express thanks to the God who forgave you for all your stains?
 
PRAYER & PRAISE – Tomorrow!  
Nothing is eternally accomplished apart from God’s power. Let’s call on God together at 6:30 tomorrow for an hour here in our auditorium. Childcare is available.
 
SPECIAL THANKS
A special thankyou goes to Jeannette Day and the crew who served the Thanksgiving meal. What a fantastic time it was.
 
CHRISTMAS PLAY – “Jingle Bell Beach”

Enjoy the warmth of the Christmas season by making plans to attend one of the showings of the Christmas play this year; 7:00 pm December 8th or 7:00 pm December 9th. A great team of kids and adults are putting a lot of work into a wonderful experience for anyone to consider God’s place in our lives this Christmas.
 
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE TIMES
This year Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday so we’re going to do something unique. We’ll have only one morning service at 9:00 am and two Christmas Eve services; One at 4:00 pm and one at 6:00 pm. The morning service will feel similar to our normal Sunday services while the evening will be focused more on a special candlelight experience. I would highly encourage you to invite someone to join you on Christmas Eve, especially for an evening service. They will hear the good news of Jesus very plain and simple. Christmas Eve has become the most likely time an unbelieving person will visit a church so please pray for someone and invite them to join you.
 
See you soon,
Ben