This Week's Need to Know!

This Week's Need to Know!

THIS WEEK’S TEXT: “There was a Flood in the Land” Genesis 12:10-20
Taught by: Pastor Tim Boger

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
Following Jesus: How Do I Live as a Christian? In this class, we will be looking at the practical ways that we can follow after Jesus. Join Pastor Robbie in Classroom 2/3 as he leads this week.
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. This week’s class will focus on The Lord’s Table.
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)

DISPLAY OF LIGHTS
The light display will continue to run every Friday and Saturday night in December from 6pm – 9pm. We are looking for cookie bakers, friendly faces to serve cookies and hot chocolate, and assistance with parking and security. To sign up to serve, please click the link here!

WEDNESDAY EVENING SERVICE
There will be NO Wednesday Evening Services on 12/20, 12/27 or 01/03 due to the Christmas Season. Enjoy this time with family!

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE
This year’s Christmas Eve Service will be held on December 24th from 6:00pm-7:00pm here at Big Woods Bible Church. In this season, pause for a moment to remember the miraculous birth of our perfect Savior! The Lord has given us His only Son knowing that He would take the place on the cross for our sins. Praise Him!

CHRISTMAS COOKIES
We are bringing back the Cookie Bar for our Christmas Eve Service. If you can spare a dozen or two cookies for this event, please email Susi Gray at subee4@hotmail.com or reach out by phone at (570) 295- 2818.

NEW YEAR’S LOCK IN
Calling all college students and young adults: Are you at home looking for something to do this Christmas break? Come out and join us for a New Year's Lock In at BWBC! We will start with dinner together at Big Woods Friday, December 29th at 5pm, and spend some time looking at Scripture, catching up with friends, going bowling, and hanging out. Stay overnight at the church - you don't have to sleep! - and we will have some more time in the Word Saturday morning after breakfast and wrap up around lunchtime. We hope that you can join us for this 20-hour retreat experience! Contact Pastor Robbie for more details.

MEN’S GARAGE MINISTRY
Our next Garage Night will be, Thursday, January 4th 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.

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 January 11th. For more information, please contact womensministry@bigwoods.org.

WOMEN’S PRAYER MEETING
The next Ladies’ Prayer Gathering will be Saturday, January 13th, from 9:00 to 10:00 am. Come and be blessed by yet another personal story of a life saved by faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ. Saturday prayer is an intimate time of blessing and joy…and even includes coffee and sweets!

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY: HABAKKUK
There will be a winter bible study starting on January 15th going through the book of Habakkuk. The study will run Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. and Friday mornings at 10:30 a.m. (childcare provided at the morning meeting). We will read through the book verse by verse studying how Habakkuk discovers how God is faithful to deliver his people from trouble in His own way and time. Sign up for the study by clicking here! If you’d like to volunteer to help with childcare, please click here!

GRIEF SHARE
There is a NEW ROUND of Grief Share starting on January 16th! Grief Share is a 13-week group that will be running every Tuesday evening at 6:45pm. The group 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!

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY MEETING
Children’s Ministry workers/volunteers, please plan to attend a meeting on January 21, 2024, after Sunday School starting at 12:00 p.m. in the MPR. Lunch will be provided. More details to come!

MEN’S RETREAT
We are so excited for this year’s Men’s Retreat! Below are some details about the retreat, if you have more questions, please reach out to the office by emailing hayleec@bigwoods.org.
Date: February 2nd and 3rd 
Location: Sylvan Hills Camp
Age: 16 years and older
Cost: $45 per person 
Click the link here to sign up!

BOOK OF THE MONTH
December’s Book of the Month is “The Expected One” by Scott James. Every Christmas, Christians all over the world observe Advent, a season that reminds us of the love, hope, joy, and peace found only in Jesus Christ. Through this short and sweet family devotional (especially helpful if you're teaching little ones with short attention spans), James brings to light the many promises of Christ―from birth to ascension―that demonstrate His love for us during this Christmas season.
These daily devotions, which can be used by both families and individuals, are timeless and moving reminders of the true gift of Christmas. The Expected One is a perfect (and doable!) gift for any growing family or beloved friend who needs meaningful and biblical reminders of all Jesus is for them during the busy and the bustle of the holiday season, setting Him back in the center of it all.
Click the link here and scroll down to listen to our Advent Devotional from last year!