Chimes Newsletter – January 3, 2014

Chimes Newsletter – January 3, 2014 – PDF File

Christmas 2013

Berta and I wish to express our love and joy to you during this Advent and Christmas season. You are a blessing to us and we give thanks for you to God. May God richly bless you this coming year in ways that will be a sign of his love for you.

As a Christmas present to you this year I have decided that I will “NOT” write a story for you! Sometimes my stories are not understood and I get that “Dog whistle Look” from some of you. You remember “A Star over Bat-lehem” or maybe “The Three Amigos” who visited the man-ger, or maybe “A Star over Bedlam”. Anyway – no story this year. Just some Christmas Trivia.

Isaac Newton was born on December 25th, 1642. He was the man who discovered the law of gravity. For the rest of this Christmas season, I would like to repeal the law of gravity and im-pose the law of levity in its place. So “lighten Up.”

In Britain the day after Christmas is known as Boxing Day. It became known as Boxing Day because it was the day when presents were given in boxes to the postmen. Maybe we should have a day for “Federal Express” and “UPS”. We could call it “FED-UP” day. It is nice to remem-ber that the giving or receiving of presents need not end with Christmas.

It is also nice to have a day off to recover from an excess of the Christmas festivities. On the day after Christmas, let us celebrate a new time that God is giving us, and the end of the Christmas shopping season!!!!!!

If we are honest, for various reasons, some of us don’t expect much at Christmas. Life tends to beat optimism out of us. We suffer various things which drown out the angelic voices. We figure that Christmas is only for children.

Early in the 19th century, when Kentucky was still pretty much a wilderness, a man re-turned home to a little community near Hodgensville. He had been on a trip to Elizabethtown. Upon his return, a neighbor cornered him, anxious to hear news of the outside world.

After relating news from Washington and the wars in Europe, the traveler asked the neighbor if anything exciting had happened around Hodgensville. The neighbor replied, “Oh, nothing much. Mrs. Lincoln had a baby boy. Heard they named him Abraham. Nothing ever happens around here. . . . .”

As you spend these Christmas holidays, you too may believe that “nothing ever happens around here,” but don’t be too sure. God may have some surprises in mind for you this Christ-mas. “SUPPLIES”! (for those who understand the inside joke)

Receive that prophecy and “remember the bees.” There is more going on than meets the EYE!

Merry Christmas from the Pitzers.. . . .

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To our Church Family,

We appreciate all that you do for us throughout the year because you are the voice and the hands and feet of Jesus to us in so many ways. During this time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus, our very reason for existence, you’ve overwhelmed us with your generosity!!! Thank you for giving of yourselves to us financially (loved the Christmas bonus), baked goods, funny gifts, and the thoughtful ones.

May 2014 be filled with great joy as you experience the power of God’s love for YOU. Our grandchildren were just here and Keira asked me, “Grandma, why do you have bees everywhere?” I had Jack tell his story of the bees and I said, “I need a reminder that there’s always a whole lot more going on than meets the eye”. God is with you even when you don’t see him.

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IT’S A NEW YEAR!! HAVE YOU RESOLVED TO STUDY GOD’S WORD BETTER? HAVE YOU DECIDED YOU WANT TO BE IN A DEEPER RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD?

Then come join us in Sunday School at 9:15 Sunday Mornings.  Dirk and Bev Shelton’s class that meets in Room 1 will be starting a  new study:  DOCTRINE by Francis Chan Knowing the Truth and Acting On It

BAIT OF SATAN is being offered in Room 5. Join Tammy Wright and Debe Adkins as they finish up this amazing study with John Bevere.

FORGOTTEN GOD by Francis Chan. Becoming closer in relationship with the Holy Spirit. Room 9. Lori Carlson & Rhonda Hodge.

MEN’S BIBLE STUDY. All men are invited to join Steve Smith in Room 11 in the Brick Building to connect with God in His Word.

HOW TO RAISE SELFLESS KIDS IN A SELF-CENTERED WORLD: Come join Mark and Chris Gadberry as they facilitate this amazing book on raising your children. They meet in Room 3 in the atrium of the Worship Center.

AND 10:45 Sunday School All are welcome to join this class as they study the Word of God with the David C. Cook Curriculum. They meet in Room 1

OR LOSE IT FOR LIFE CLASS BEGINS JAN. 20 (MONDAYS AT 6 P.M. and WEDNESDAYS AT 9:30 A.M.) This is a book by Stephen Arterburn and Dr. Linda Mintle that offers a permanent solution to weight loss. Gayle Nazarian will be facilitating these small groups at both times.

WILD AT HEART by John Eldredge is being facilitated by Ron Hanks in a men’s small group on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. here at Lampstand. All men are welcome to join.

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Dear Church Family,

Thank you so very much for the generous Christmas gift. I am blessed to be a part of this Lampstand family and even more so to serve here on staff.  Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!! – Lori Carlson

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FREE GLUCOSE SCREENING

January 19, 2014 – 1:00 PM in the Conference Room

If you’ve never been tested or if you would just like to know more about diabetes, stop in and let Ashley Bradshaw, Registered Dietitian with Physician’s Choice Wellness help you! Light refreshments will be provided!

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I am very appreciative of the generosity of this church body. Whether through Deacon Staff Gifts or personal kindnesses, you have touched and blessed my family and me. Blessings, Sheryl Wood

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To My Church Family,

Thank you for your prayers, your beautiful cards and your visits as I recuperated from my fall. Each of you blessed me so much. Bless you… Mary Sandage

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My Dear Church Family,

Thank you so much for all your love and support during this difficult time. Your notes, calls, meals, flowers and your presence at Jeff’s visitation and funeral all meant so much. Those of you who helped and provided food for the funereal dinner—it was just perfect! Despite the sadness, it was a great day of celebrating Jeff’s life. And I have you to thank for being there for me and helping me through. Love,  Michele Slunder

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To the Lampstand Body of Christ,

Thank you for your many gifts throughout this year. You hugged me and made me laugh when I wanted to cry. You prayed for me when I couldn’t find the words. Your many acts of kindness remind me that love is the strongest gift we can give one another.  God bless each of you! – Marsha Haycraft

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