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December Calendar

 3         REFRESH- 9- 9:45 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 -10:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am

            4th-6th Grades Youth Group – 5 to 6:30 pm, 7th-12th Grades Youth Group – 6 to 8 pm

            Hymn Sing at Dearing Christian Church – Everyone is Invited! – 6 pm

 6         Bible Study and Pot Luck Dinner – Bring a dish & your Bible and join us at 6 pm

 7         JOY Group – 5:30 pm

10        REFRESH – 9-9:45 am, Elective Classes – 9:30-10:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am

            Ladies Christmas Party – 2 – 4 pm in Fellowship Hall

            4th-6th Grades Youth Group – 5 to 6:30 pm, 7th-12th Grades Youth Group – 6 to 8 pm

13        Bible Study and Pot Luck Dinner – Bring a dish & your Bible and join us at 6 pm

15        Mrs. Newby’s 4th-5th Grade TCCS Class Party for Seniors, 1 to 3 pm in Fellowship Hall

17        REFRESH – 9-9:45 am, Elective Classes – 9:30-10:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am

            4th-6th Grades Youth Group – 5 to 6:30 pm, 7th-12th Grades Youth Group – 6 to 8 pm

20        Bible Study & Pot Luck – Bring a dish & your Bible and join us at 6 pm

21        JOY Group – 5:30 pm

24        REFRESH – Notice time change – 9:30 to 10:30 am

            NO ELECTIVE CLASSES/SUNDAY SCHOOL TODAY!

            CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PLAY DURING MORNING WORSHIP – 10:30 am

25        HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!

27        No Bible Study

31        REFRESH – 9:945 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am

 

Mission Minded – The Path Before Us – December 2017

Looking for strength and a purpose in life is not easy. No one who ever suggested that was being truthful.  Yes, there have been those who seem to know their purpose from an early age and then follow it to the end.  What if they were wrong, though? What if the thing they thought they wanted most was nothing more than a vapor, a distraction, a falsehood being put upon them by the deceiver?

I have met people who are doing what they want to do in life and seem to be happy with that; I can’t help but wonder if they are truly following what the One has called them to, or if they are missing out on the greater picture.  Paul, when writing to his young apprentice Timothy, tells him to be true to what he knows. To be stalwart in the faith that was imparted to him by his grandmother and his mother. Timothy has had a crisis of faith – a glimpse of how hard a ministry can be. He began to look at what he was doing as something he had to do alone. Timothy was obviously being challenged by some of the older members of the church in Ephesus. Paul told him not to be discouraged by his youth.  Timothy’s spark for the truth was placed there at a young age and Paul had seen that when they first traveled on their missionary journeys. 

When strength seems to fail us in life, leadership or guidance, we need to look for what God has planned for us not what we want.  It is seldom about what we want anyway. And when we try to make it about our desires, we will be kept from understanding the Joy of this life and will miss the coming blessing of the Kingdom.

When I was young (10 years old), I wanted to be everything.  I could not figure out what I was supposed to be and it got so bad that I was making myself physically sick with worry.  This continued into high school, where it got worse.  I was good at math, chemistry, physics, and enjoyed photography, but none of these was leading me to what I could consider a clear path.  I went on to college and worked toward Pre-Med.  Well, let’s just say that was absolutely not where I was supposed to be. It seemed like nothing was ever going to work out, yet here I am now, 53 years old and about a month away from another birthday. God is still guiding me to where he wants me.  At least now I am able to let God do the directing.  So far, he has led me into roles where I can help others.  With the responsibility to take care of 21 children and to provide education and spiritual growth for more than a thousand people, it seems that the varied interests, the lack of direction and roadblocks were His plan all along.

At ICOM last week in Peoria, I witnessed one of the coolest, most heart-warming moments of the conference, and it was only seen by 3 people.  A young man of 7-years old stopped by our booth about 9:00pm, most of the booths were being closed down and loaded out. He was talking to Ferol Hettick, CARHA’s board President.  He asked Ferol if there was anything he could pray about; Ferol thought he meant for the mission.  After a few moments, he understood that the young man wanted to pray for him – personally.  It nearly broke Ferol, Jayne and I. I know that this young man was spirit led. When the Spirt leads, follow. 

We may come to follow or begin to understand later on in the journey, or maybe when we are young. My prayer for you is that you follow Him.  What is the direction you are led by the Spirit?  With the holidays, travel, year-end projects at work and at home, and family drama it can be difficult to find time to do anything spiritual.  For your sake, consider spending some time with Him this season.  Ask for direction. Ask for clarity. Ask for peace.

Then LISTEN.           By Sean Rook 

 

Ladies Christmas Party – Sunday December 10th – 2 to 4 pm in the Fellowship Hall

Ladies, please join us for a fun time of giving, maybe a game or two and some delicious Christmas treats!  In lieu of a gift exchange, each lady is invited to bring $10 worth of nonperishable food items for the baskets the Creativity in Action Team will put together for families in need this Christmas.  Each person is also asked to bring a plate of your favorite Christmas treat to share.  We always have a wonderful time and guests are always welcome!

 
Christmas Party for Seniors!

All Seniors are invited to a Fundraiser Christmas Party, hosted by Susan Newby’s 4th and 5th Grade Class at Tyro Community Christian School.  The event will be held December 15th from 1 to 3 pm in the Westside Fellowship Hall.  There will be cookies and hot chocolate.  We will play board games, and everyone gets an ornament to take home, made by a 4th or 5th grade student.  The kids are raising money to purchase Christmas gifts for an angel tree child, so a donation would be appreciated.

 

Help Make Christmas Special for Someone!

Please take a tag from the small Christmas tree over by the sound booth and buy the gift, wrap it and place the tag from the tree on the package, and return to the table by Sunday, December 17th!  If you take a tag for money, please give the money to Tonya Kriebel, Jayne Rook, or place in the offering plate with the tag, in an envelope (also by December 17th!