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    If You Want to Live, Give Your Life Away

    December 15, 2020
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    From the Pastor
    “God is fair; he will not forget the work you did and the love you showed for him by helping his people. And he will remember that you are still helping them.” Hebrews 6:10 (NCV)

    We’re all given the same number of minutes in a day. And we’re all given the same goal—to become more like Jesus.

    If I were to describe Jesus in one word, it would be this: unselfish. So, for you and me, the whole goal of life is learning how to become more and more unselfish, because to be unselfish is love—and Jesus is love.

    “God is fair; he will not forget the work you did and the love you showed for him by helping his people. And he will remember that you are still helping them” (Hebrews 6:10 NCV).

    Our reward in heaven is going to be based on what we did here on earth. One day, we’re all going to stand before God, and he’s going to say, “What did you do with what you were given?” Do you want to say, “Well, I made a lot of money, retired, and died”?

    You were put on earth for more than that! Instead, live unselfishly and give yourself away for others and the Kingdom of God. Then you will be able to say to God, “I gave it all, Lord. I’m laid bare. Everything I have and am, I gave it away for the Gospel.”

    One of the most significant things you can do with your life is to give it away—to be generous with what you’ve been given, including your money, resources, time, and talent. God says clearly that when there is no service or generosity, there will be no reward in heaven. Is that how you want your time on earth to end?

    Make your time on earth count for eternity. Help people come to know Christ, discover their purpose for life, grow in their maturity, find their ministry, and serve in their mission in the world.

    When you give your life away, life takes on new meaning, new joy, and new excitement.

    When you give your life away, you begin to fully live.

    Talk It Over
    • What does it mean to be generous with your talent?
    • In what ways are you giving yourself away for others? What is one thing you can start today that will help others know Jesus?
    • Why is it important to remember God’s promises when you are trying to serve others and be unselfish with your time and money?
    By Rick Warren


    SECRETARY NEEDED: We are looking for a part-time secretary to help at the church. If you know of anyone, have them contact Pastor Mike or Terri Ray.

    FOOD PANTRY: The pantry is open on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00am-1:00pm and Wednesday from 5:00-7:00pm. Volunteers and donations are needed. Specific food items needed: Vienna Sausages, Potted Meats, and Spaghetti Sauce.

    COFFEE SHOP: Uncommon Grounds is open every Monday-Saturday from 7:00am-2:00pm. Invite a friend and use this great outreach to introduce the church to your friends.

    KELLY'S CLOSET: Kelly needs volunteers to help serve women in need of clothing and support. See Kelly Shinn for more information on how you can get involved or donate.

    WOMEN OF JOY: Women of Joy is coming to Pigeon Forge on April 23-25, 2021. To get the best rate for the conference and choice for lodging, fees are due by January 10. See Rhonda Emanuelson if you plan to attend. Click for more details.

    CHAIR YOGA: Classes are cancelled until after the first of the year. Contact Anita Woods for more information.

    Debbie Woodard leads the Young Adult Class via ZOOM for anyone who would like to join + Deanna & James Boorsma hosts for any who would like to join the class in person, meeting in the last room on the left of the new wing on Sunday mornings at 9am.
    Meeting ID: 868 1977 8952
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    Kenneth Ray leads the Friendship Class in person and via ZOOM for anyone who would like to join. They meet Sunday mornings at 9am in the classroom beside the office.
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    Sandy Hunter leads the Teen Sunday School in person 9:00am in the Teen Room.

    SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP begins at 10:00am in the sanctuary. The services will continue to be live streamed on Facebook and our website home page for those unable to be with us in the church building.

    OH|KIDS CHURCH for K-5th grade meets during the worship hour at 10:00am with Pastor Maddie! Parents can take children directly to the OH|Kids room before worship (instead of starting in the sanctuary). See Maddie if you would like to help - and please note that kids will not meet for OH|Kids Church on December 27 or January 3 (they’ll join parents in the sanctuary for worship). To keep your safety a high priority, the Church Board has asked that we go back to our prior guidelines for seating in the sanctuary. If you are wearing a mask you are welcome to sit anywhere on the main floor. If you would prefer to not wear a mask, we ask that you please sit in the balcony. Thanks for your help as we do our best to keep everyone healthy.

    Wednesday Night Bible Study with Debbie Woodard is on Facebook Live (from Debbie's page) at 6:30pm.

    Elizabeth Hunter leads Youth Group on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM via ZOOM.
    Meeting ID: 853 5143 1007
    Password: Bible101

    Richard leads prayer and devotional on Thursdays at 7:00 PM via ZOOM for anyone who would like to join.
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