A woman was doing her last-minute Christmas shopping at a crowded mall. She was tired of fighting the crowds. She was tired of standing in lines. She was tired of fighting her way down long aisles looking for a gift that had sold out days before.
Her arms were full of bulky packages when an elevator door opened. It was full. The occupants of the elevator grudgingly tightened ranks to allow a small space for her and her load.
As the doors closed, she blurted out, “Whoever is responsible for this whole Christmas thing ought to be arrested, strung up, and shot!”
A few others nodded their heads or grunted in agreement.
Then, from somewhere in the back of the elevator, came a single voice that said: “Don’t worry. They already crucified him.”
I admit to occasionally having negative feelings about Christmas, when the busyness, materialism and pressures of the season can be overwhelming. But single, simple reminders of Who the season is about bring back the meaning and purpose of all our activity.
December is a busy time for our church, as you see from all the events promoted in this newsletter. Rather than being overwhelmed by everything, don't miss any of the opportunities we have this month that would help us to teach, to proclaim, to celebrate and to share the message of Jesus, our Savior who came to give us life, healing, forgiveness and purpose. It's all about Him!
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)
Meetings are at 5:30 pm Mondays. More info, contact Gertrude Prince @ 878-0398.
7:00 pm at Stevenson Elementary. For More info, contact Dave Look @ 429-0719.
SUNDAY ~ Y. A. M. (YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY)
6-8 p.m. in the SRBC Sunday School Wing. This is for young adults after High School Graduation
through 30 + years old. More info contact Jim Look@ 256-6456 or Mary Ann Stemley@253-3375
GOSPEL MISSION ~ 1ST FRIDAY
Volunteers go to Gospel Mission to help. More info, contact Rita Look @ 429-0719.
S.A.S. (SENIORS AT SERVICE) ~ 1st Friday
Meet at 12:30 p.m. the first Friday of the month. The senior members of the church and friends
meet at different restaurants for a dine-out December 1 we will meet Golden Corral in Beavercreek.
For more info, contact Shirley Fall @ 254-2484
Messy Church ~ 2nd Tuesday
Messy Church is a way of being church for individuals of all ages that involve fun, food and play. This is Church, but not like you’ve ever known before. 5:30 – 7 pm.
TEAM AND CHURCH COUNCIL MEETINGS
December 19, 2017 Team Meetings will start @ 7 pm and the Church Council Meeting @ 8 pm.
MEN’S BREAKFAST ~ 1st Saturday (October – May)
Join us at 8:00 am for breakfast, devotional time, and Christian fellowship with other men of the church.
WOMEN’S BREAKFAST ~ 2nd Saturday
Due to the holiday activities the ladies breakfast won’t meet again until January. Join us in January at 9:00 am for breakfast, devotional time and good Christian fellowship with other ladies of the church.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT CEDARVILLE
Sunday December 3, at 6 pm is the annual Christmas concert at Cedarville University. There will be no evening service, so that those who would like to attend the concert may do so. A carpool will be arranged if you would like a ride.
This year we will be Christmas caroling to the elderly and shut-ins. Since there are no evening activities on Wednesday, December 20, we will meet at the church at 6:00 pm and caravan to different places to bring the love and joy of Christmas to those who are unable to come to church, but are still so much a part of our church family. Bring scarves, hats and voices and come join us!
The Mitten Tree
This year we will not have an actual Mitten Tree up. We are doing this outreach and we still need, hats, gloves and mitten’s just the same. There are two baskets under the Connect table with Mitten Tree signs on them. Please put the items in those baskets. Please remember, these items are needed. They will be given to the Dayton Christian Center and to the Mad River Local School System. Handmade or purchased items are all welcome.
Children's Christmas Program Sunday, December 10th @ 7pm
Celebrate the wonders of the holidays with us as the children present “Building Christmas”, a creative evening of joyful worship, playful presentation, and fresh examination into the story of Jesus’ birth.
The scheduled practices are on Sunday mornings during the service along with an extra practice, Saturday morning, December 9 from 10 am – 12:30pm. An entire group practice will be at 4:30PM on Sunday before the program at 7PM.
Also, an invitation is extended to the entire church family. Please join us the evening of Sunday, December 10th at 7 pm as we enjoy our children presenting the story of Jesus birth.
Refreshments will follow downstairs in the fellowship hall.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...!
We had great fun at Messy Church last month, thanks to all who attended!
We look forward to welcoming new and old friends to Decembers’ Messy Church for 1 1/2 hours of fun with a range of crafts, games, and more, refreshments will also be provided. Our theme will be Messy Christmas.
We look forward to seeing you all at the next Messy Church on December 12th for Messy Christmas!
Christmas Eve Service
Bring your family and friends to our annual Christmas Eve service! Remember the start time is 6:00 pm, come celebrate the good news of great joy with your Christian Family,
News Eve Family Celebration
COME JOIN US on New Year's Eve (Dec 31) at 8 p.m. to unhang the greens and then usher in 2018 with
your church family.
We have food (please bring a side dish, baked good or snack), drinks, games to play (bring your own church-friendly games), and the yearly WHITE ELEPHANT GIFT EXCHANGE which everyone loves! Bring a gift from each member of your family, or more, wrapped. Don’t tell anyone who brought what or what is in each package! Gag gifts are great. Serious gifts also welcome. Steal desired gifts from each other.
We will see in the New Year with a short devotional and hopefully a video to recap SRBC's past year/years on the big screen in the sanctuary. It really is a lot of fun. Bring the kids! Suggestions welcome!
What Kind of Throne?”
On Sunday evening, December 17th at 7 pm, the Choir and Youth Ensemble will be presenting “What Kind of Throne?”
It explores the reason why Almighty God would not only choose to come to earth as an infant to one day give His life to save us from our sin, but would choose to born into a poor family in lowly circumstances. We hope this retelling of His unfathomable love for us will help you draw closer to the God who sought us….and found us! Save the date & invite a friend!
SPOTLIGHT ON MISSIONS FOR DECEMBER 2017
Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering
Retired ministers, missionaries and their widowed souses often have limited resources to adequately plan for the future. RMMO recipients have used their funds to pay for unexpected expenses or medical costs. The death of a spouse or relocation can also cause retirees to find themselves far from the church family that once supported them. Please join in supporting this much needed ministry.