This Week's Need to Know!

This Week's Need to Know!

THIS WEEK’S TEXT: “So God Dispersed Them” Genesis 11
Taught by: Pastor Robbie Mays

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
The next round of Sunday School Classes starts THIS week on November 26th!
Following Jesus: How Do I Live as a Christian? Pastor Aaron will be teaching this class in Classroom 2/3 looking at the practical ways that we can follow after Jesus as believers.
Broken Bread: How to Stop Using Food and Fear to Fill Spiritual Hunger: This women's Sunday School class will be taught by Brianna Batdorf in Classroom 4 as she teaches through this book. We will study a theology of food so that we can stop using food and fear to fuel our spiritual hunger. 
Genesis Q&A: This class will be formatted as a question and answer time where the questions that you have can be submitted on Sunday and discussed during Sunday School. There will be a QR code on your bulletin on Sunday Morning that you can scan and then submit your questions anonymously. After the service, during Sunday School we will sit down and dialogue through your questions together, diving deeper into God’s Word. Be sure to submit your questions on Sunday and join Pastor Tim after the service. (MPR)

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD VOLUNTEERS
That's a wrap on Operation Christmas Child 2023! Thank you again to everyone who volunteered for a drop off shift, packed a shoebox, and/or prayed for this ministry. Big Woods Bible Church packed a total of 241 shoeboxes! We exceeded our goal of 200 and we are so grateful for that. The grand total of shoeboxes collected at our drop off was 2,485. That means 2,485 children around the world will hear the Gospel message. Praise God! 
Thank you again, church, for supporting this ministry. We are so excited for OCC 2024!
Love, Sarah Kopas

GRIEF SHARE
Grief Share is a 13-week group that will be running every Tuesday evening at 6:45pm from September 12th – December 12th. Grief Share aims to help you face the challenges of grief after losing a loved one. During the sessions, we will focus on the hope and healing that is found in the truth offered through gospel. If you are interested in joining us, you can still sign up by clicking here!

WEDNESDAY EVENING SERVICE: ADVENT SERVICE
There will be an Advent Worship Service on Wednesday November 29th from 6:30-7:30pm. We will celebrate the beginning of the Advent Season together through candle lighting, scripture reading, and singing. We will walk through each of the traditional Advent candles, hear its meaning, associated scripture, and sing a related song. Come out to prepare your heart and celebrate the hope that has come. This would be a good opportunity to invite friends, family, or neighbors who do not ordinarily attend church, but may be interested in celebrating this piece of the Christmas season. To listen to the songs for that evening, please click here!

DISPLAY OF LIGHTS
It's almost Christmas and time for the Light Display! We are looking for cookie bakers, friendly faces to serve cookies and hot chocolate, and assistance with parking and security. The light display runs every Friday and Saturday night in December from 6pm-9pm. To sign up to serve, please click the link here!

PRC HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Everyone is invited to stop by 53 West Main Street on Monday, December 4th from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. to see the progress on the new lock haven building, visit with our staff and volunteers, and enjoy a warm drink and light refreshments. RSVP here!
Last year, our church was able to bless this ministry by providing some foods for the event and we are doing that again this year. Click the link here to see how you can serve.

MIDNIGHT PANCAKES
NewLife is hosting Midnight Pancakes on Tuesday, December 5th starting at 7:00 p.m. Last year, we were able to interact with about 300 students in each of the Fall and Spring semesters! This is a great opportunity to promote the Gospel of Christ during Final's Week. Please prayerfully consider helping with this amazing event and fill out the attached form, here, as the Lord leads.

MEN’S GARAGE MINISTRY
Our next Garage Night will be, Thursday, December 7th at 6:00 p.m., where all men will be invited to meet at the garage of Dave Frankenberger (1930 Long Run Road, Mill Hall).  Men, grab a chair and come prepared to talk shop and tackle life’s challenges, while building on the strengths of your brothers in Christ

BAPTISM
We will be having a Baptism on Sunday, December 10th here at the church. If you are interested in being baptized, please contact the church office at (570) 893-8274 or email Haylee at hayleec@bigwoods.org.

ADVENTURES IN MOTHERHOOD
AIM is for moms of children ages 0-18 and will meet the 2nd Thursday of the month. Meetings will be Thursdays 10:30am-12:00pm and 6:30pm-8:00pm. Childcare will be provided for daytime meetings. The next AIM meetings are on December 14th. For more information, please contact womensministry@bigwoods.org.

MEN’S RETREAT
Men! Mark your calendars for this year’s Men’s Retreat happening from February 2nd to the 3rd of 2024. More information to come as the date approaches.

BOOK OF THE MONTH
"A Praying Church: Becoming a People of Hope in a Discouraging World" by Paul Miller is a compelling guide that delves into the essential role of prayer within the church community. Miller passionately advocates for transforming congregations into vibrant, prayerful communities. With profound insight and practical wisdom, this book emphasizes the necessity of a deep, authentic prayer life in every aspect of church ministry, leadership, and congregational unity. Offering a rich blend of theological foundation and real-life examples, Miller encourages churches to foster a culture of fervent prayer, fostering spiritual growth and a deeper connection with God. "A Praying Church" is a valuable resource for pastors, church leaders, and members seeking to enrich their understanding and practice of prayer in the context of the church.