In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
Throughout the book of Acts you’ll see one of the prominent characteristics of the early Christians was their love for one another and for others in their community. The way that is seen is through their willingness to give to other’s needs, even to the point of almost exhausting their own resources. Paul commended the Corinthian and the Philippian churches for their giving and how they gave to meet his needs and the needs of others. God has forever enshrined their example for us in His Word. As we stop and enter this season of Thanksgiving, let us be humbled at God’s amazing provision for us and ask Him what He would have us to do for others. You as a church body have already shown a willingness to give in so many ways, and for that you are to be commended. May God add His blessing to our humble offerings and may they be used to glorify His name around the world. A great example of your giving is this year’s Operation Christmas Child shoe box drive. We more than doubled last year’s shoe boxes and are just a few boxes away from meeting our goal of 200 boxes. If you still have a box at home that you forgot to turn in, or if you thought you missed your chance to participate, there is still time! We will be happy to accept your shoe box this Sunday. You can turn it in downstairs at the Welcome Center. Cash donations to help with shipping can be placed in the offering or dropped off at the church office. Please designate your gift as “Operation Christmas Child.” For more information on how to pack a shoe box, please visit the Samaritan’s Purse website by clicking here.
On November 12th, students from the Big Woods Bible Church High School Youth Ministry and College Ministry packed 145 shoe boxes to be shipped around the world this Christmas. Since then more shoe boxes have continued to come in, and we’ve almost met our goal of 200 boxes! Your donation can help us meet our goal and more importantly, speak the Gospel into the life of a child this Christmas.
This Sunday will be full of opportunities to learn, grow, and worship. We will take time to observe Communion in both services. At 9:30 there are two great options for learning: Theology of the Gospel is being taught by Pastor Aaron in Room B1 and Parenting Isn’t for Pushovers is being taught by Pastor Tim and Wendy in the sanctuary. If you would like to submit a question to Pastor Tim and Wendy about parenting, you can do so by clicking here. All submission are anonymous.
On Sunday, November 27th, we are planning a special Thanksgiving Service. We would like to take time to pause, as a body, and reflect on God’s goodness to us this year. We will spend time this Sunday as a body singing, reading Scripture, and sharing publicly what God is doing in our lives. It can be a testimony of God’s protection, provision, healing, restored relationships, or whatever He has been doing in and through your life for His glory. Begin now asking God what He would have you share with the body. We want to rejoice with you and spend time praising God for His goodness this Thanksgiving season.
For Your Calendar
Women’s Prayer Breakfast – 11/19 8:00 AM
Middle School Bowling – 11/19, 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Newcomer’s Lunch – 11/20 following the morning service
There will be no Navigate Youth Meetings on Wednesday, November 23rd or Sunday November 27th.
Community Blood Drive – 12/3, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM