We are a third of the way through our study of the ABC's of
the Bible, and I'm not sure I want to tell you much about
our next study.
But it's important.
After David and Solomon built the kingdom of Israel (often known
as the "United Kingdom"), it began to fall apart.
Internal strife caused the nation to separate into the
southern kingdom of Judah and the northern kingdom of
Israel. Of the 39 kings who followed Solomon in these
two nations, 33 were generally poor leaders and unfaithful
to God, and only 6 led their people back to God.
Generations of mostly poor leadership and general
ungodliness among the people led God to send his judgment.
The northern nation of Israel was destroyed completely by
Assyria and her people were scattered and generally lost to
history. The southern nation of Judah had better
leadership and lasted longer, but God's judgment still
prevailed and they were taken into captivity by Babylonia.
It's a mostly depressing story, but the lessons we can learn
about leadership, about the ebb-and-flow of nations, and
about God's judgment are important. And many of these
lessons apply to our own nation.
Join us this Sunday (at 8:30 or 11:00) as we apply these
lessons to our own lives, to our church, and to the United
States of America!
Join us at the Wildlife World Zoo on November 29. This
is a great event for the whole family. I get a lot of
questions about how it works. We plan this trip each year as
part of our Sunday School ministry. We get in at a "reduced
rate school field trip," so it is a Sunday School sponsored
event with a student rate of $8 for kids 3 years -12
grade. Adults are chaperones of their own students and pay
We meet at the zoo at 8:45 am. You pay me for the
admission and then I take a count of students and adults and
purchase our field trip admission into the zoo. We all
enter together at the same time. If you are paying in cash
we ask you to bring exact change. You may also use a check,
but we are unable to accept debit or credit cards. Once you
are in the zoo you are free to explore the zoo at your own
pace and to spread out in any direction you choose. Stay for
as long as you like and enjoy observing Gods creation with
your family and friends! For more information please contact
We invite you to our Christmas Musicals, to help us love
families through our Angel Tree Ministry, and to worship
with us on Christmas Eve. See details below:
3 Worship Times
We invite you to join us as we celebrate our Savior's birth
through music on December 11 (Wednesday) and
13 (Friday) at 7:00 pm and on December 15 (Sunday) at 6:00 pm.
All three nights feature our adult, youth, and children's
choirs, plus many of our amazing soloists and musicians.
They have all been preparing for months!
Be sure to pick up some of our invitations to use when you
invite others. They are available in the church
This is a highlight of the Christmas season for our members
and guests, and you will not want to miss it!
One of the toughest trials for a child is to know that
their mom or dad is in prison. Angel Tree is a great
ministry that helps these children tremendously!
Our Angel Tree ministry is a unique opportunity to show love
to these children and their caregivers.
Inmates sign-up for Angel Tree and churches purchase gifts
in their name. We also put on a big party and share
the gospel to each family! Our members and guests will
have the opportunity to purchase gifts, wrap them at a
wrapping party, and serve at the Angel Tree party.
For info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Rex Porter at
Tuesday Night, December 24, 6:00 pm
One Service Only -- In the MAC!
Our Christmas Eve candlelight service is, for many of us,
our favorite service of the year!
It's simple, meaningful, family-oriented, traditional,
low-tech, and it focuses exclusively on Jesus. We read
the Christmas story. Enjoy some incredible music.
Sing Christmas carols. Light candles. It sets
the stage for a beautiful celebration of Christmas with your
It's a beautiful service!
Join us on December 24th at 6:00 pm in the MAC!
If you're looking to share the gospel (and we hope you are)
then inviting a friend to the Christmas Musical Celebration
and/or the Christmas Eve Service may be your best
opportunity of the year!
IHELP & Community Thanksgiving!
The 3rd annual I-HELP Thanksgiving celebration is Thursday,
November 28, at 5:30 pm. This annual dinner brings together
I-HELP Guests, both current and former, with I-HELP
Volunteers, church members and family to give thanks to God
for His provision and love. We invite you to join us for
food, fellowship, information and fun!
Please RSVP by November 25 so we know how much food will be
needed.You can RSVP using our online
I-HELP RSVP 2019 link. We also have a signup for
bringing food. If you would like to bring food, please use
Thanksgiving 2019 link and choose what you would like to
Our whole meal is provided by a loving church who are
following the example and teachings of our Savior Jesus
Christ. We thank you in advance for your generosity and hope
you will come and fellowship with us.
ALTAR COUNSELING TRAINING
We invite you to a training session for anyone interested in
becoming an altar counselor or for any current altar
counselor who would like a refresher training session. This
opportunity is for anyone who feels called to work with
individuals responding to the invitation at the conclusion
of the pastorís weekly message.
The training will be held downstairs after the second
service on Sunday November 24. There will be training
documentation available in advance. The meeting will
discuss the document and be open for Q&A. Feel free to
contact me @
email@example.com, or 602-616-1621. Brian Bennawy.
The Student Ministry is taking our bi-annual service project
to help You Matter Ministries on Saturday, November
23 from 6:00-10:30 am. We are traveling to 30th Avenue and
Van Buren to help feed the homeless and participate in their
Bible study and worship time. You Matter Ministries
serves those who are hurting and homeless and preaches the
Good News of Jesus Christ. All teens are welcome.
We are taking canned goods, toiletry items, and warm
clothing. You can bring donations to the church office.
If you would like to join us or should you have any
questions, please contact Student Ministries Director Holly
Kilfoyle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Designed to get you through the New Testament in 2019!
November 10 - Make Up Day
November 11 -
1 Thessalonians 1
November 12 -
1 Thessalonians 2
November 13 -
1 Thessalonians 3
November 14 -
1 Thessalonians 4
November 15 -
1 Thessalonians 5
November 16 - Make Up Day
November 17 - Make Up Day
November 18 -
2 Thessalonians 1
November 19 -
2 Thessalonians 2
November 20 -
2 Thessalonians 3
November 21 -
November 22 -
November 23 - Make Up Day
NOTE: Several have asked why we're
"skipping around" the New Testament rather than reading it
straight through. Our reasoning is simple. There
are four gospels telling the story of Jesus, and we wanted
us to read one of those gospels each quarter! If you'd
like to see the full plan, you can downolad your
full year copy.