Our family makes out Christmas lists each year, which gives suggestions and ideas for gifts that we give to each other. The lists make the process of gift-giving much easier because we can know that the gifts we choose to buy and give are things that are truly wanted and needed by the recipient. With all the materialism of the season, we want to do our best to give gifts that would be truly appreciated.
Perhaps the best gifts we could give are those which don't even cost any money. Would you like a Christmas list of ideas for gifts that you could give this Christmas? Here is one from Charles Swindoll from his book, Growing Strong:
Mend a quarrel, dismiss suspicion, tell someone, "I love you." Give something away anonymously. Forgive someone who has treated you wrong. Turn away wrath with a soft answer. Visit someone in a nursing home. Apologize if you were wrong. Be especially kind to someone with whom you work. Give as God gave to you in Christ, without obligation, or announcement, or reservation, or hypocrisy.
May this season of gift giving be special for you as you not only show love to others in a material way, but also in ways that may not cost any money, but are still sacrificial. Something tells me those are the gifts that will never be forgotten.
With love, Pastor Scott
VOLLEYBALL is at 7:00 pm at Stevenson School. For More info, contact Dave Look @ 429-0719.
Y. A. M. (YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY) Meets 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
AWANA meets every Wednesday evening at 6:05 pm. We have activities for 3 year olds through High School, September through May. Come and join in the fun.
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY meets in the Seekers class room every Tuesday Morning at 9:30 am to delve into God’s Word and enjoy fellowship with other Christian women. (Sept – May)
S. R. V. (SOUL REVOLUTION) is for 7th grade through High School. They meet every Sunday evening at 6:30 pm in the youth room downstairs across from the kitchen.
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. The next one is on December 7. We will meet @ Longhorn in Beavercreek. For more info, contact Shirley Fall @ 254-2484.
WOMEN’S BREAKFAST 2nd Saturday Join us as we resume Women’s breakfast after the first of the year for great food, a devotional time and good Christian fellowship with other ladies of the church.
There will be no Women’s Breakfast in December due to other activities at that time.
TEAM AND CHURCH COUNCIL MEETINGS
Team meetings and Church Council meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month. Team Meetings will start @ 7 pm and the Church Council Meeting @ 8 pm.
MESSY CHURCH ~ 2nd Tuesday
Join us Tuesday, December 11, at 5:30 pm for Messy Church – a relaxed and informal church!
Messy Church is all about welcoming people of all ages to come and have fun together. No one is too young or too old to join in. Expect a chance to be creative, exploring the theme of the day. Then what could be better than to celebrate together! Finally, everyone sits down to share and enjoy a meal. It’s all free and there is something for everyone. Why not come and join us?
*Note: If you are under 16, you will need to bring an adult with you.
For questions, call the church office at (937) 252-5311 or email us at Messy.firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEN’S BREAKFAST ~ 1st Saturday
(October – June)
The men of the church meet the first Saturday of each month for a time in God’s word and fellowship with other Christian men of the church.
Make plans now to attend our Community Christmas Cantata, “The King Is Here!” The cantata will be Sunday evening, December 16, starting at 7:00 p.m. Invite a neighbor or family member!
Our AWANA year is cruising along at full speed! New clubbers are still joining, Praise God for this exciting weekly outreach program! In November giving and loving others was a part of what our club did. We donated many boxes to Operation Christmas child, donated enough nonperishable food items to fill up the foyer stairs to help re-stock our Church food pantry for needy families for this holiday season. Our TnT Trek and Journey clubs assisted the Mission team in assembling 25 baskets for needy families, Whew, we were busy. Way to go SRBC clubbers, families and staff!
The 7 & 14th clubbers came dressed in Red, White, & Blue in honor of our Veterans who so faithfully serve our country and others to keep the freedoms that we enjoy daily!
We hope that you had a safe and Happy Thanksgiving and didn’t eat too much.
November 28, the 1st store opens, where clubbers can shop till, they drop and/or save their hard-earned points they’ve receive as a result of their hard work in club each week.
Sunday December 9 @ 7 pm, our Children ages pre-k – 6th grades will present a Christmas play. All are welcome to join us for this exciting presentation!
We will wrap up this year’s club for the holidays, on December 12th with parties, and our Christmas shop.
We would like to wish all families a Very Merry Christmas and a Very Blessed New Year!
Club will resume Wednesday January 2, 2019 at 6:05 p.m.
Because kids matter to God!
Cool with Christ,
Tere Sharp, Co-Commander
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
PLEASE HELP!!!!! Our food pantry cupboards are bare and we will be handing out Christmas baskets in the approximately 3 weeks.
We provide an entire meal for each family as well as a few extras like paper towels and toilet paper and enough for a couple of extra meals.
These are some of the things our food pantry is in need of: flour, sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, instant potatoes, stuffing mix, Town House/Ritz crackers, sweet potatoes, gravy, spaghetti, dry beans, cranberries, Jell-O, pasta, cans or packet of chicken, tuna, or spam, toilet paper, paper towels, Pork-N-Beans, Raman noodles, spaghetti sauce, canned pumpkin, cereal, Jiffy Mix, and Hamburger Helper.
As always your donations are gratefully appreciated and make this ministry possible Questions contact Barb Chambers @ 238-3949 or June McLean @ 233-8555.
December is the month for Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering (RMMO). Your generous donations to RMMO are a way of saying “thank you” to those who have dedicated their lives to the Lord’s service. Envelopes for the offering can be found in the pew racks.
Tuesday Women’s Bible Study will have their last session of the year on December 4 and will resume on January 8 @ 9:30 pm.
Messy Church invites you to our final event of 2018. Tuesday, December 11, where we will come together to celebrate a Messy Christmas! There will be loads of crafts, games, activities, coloring, songs and food! Come along with your family and friends for church in a very different way. We look forward to seeing you all there :) Come along at 5:30 pm and join in the fun
We’ll again be meeting on New Year’s Eve (8:00 PM, Monday, Dec 31) to unhang the greens, play some games, have a short time of reflection, and watch the ball drop in Times Square. Please bring table games, such as Uno or Trivial Pursuit, and snacks to share. Also, we will have our ever-popular White Elephant Gift Exchange again this year. Please bring as many gifts as you have members of your family attending, and maybe one or two extra to cover other people who want to take part but forget to bring something to exchange. Any type gift is OK, but gag gifts are the best, like an outrageous vest, or something like that.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT CEDARVILLE
Sunday December 2, 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 19, 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!
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 PLAY
You are invited to join us Sunday, 9 December 2018 at 7 pm as the Channel 7 Evening News in Jerusalem takes us back to Bethlehem! Enjoy live interviews with the shepherds, wise men,
and travelers to witness the events leading up to the birth of Jesus. From traditional Christmas carols, to a few funny surprises, it is sure to be a blessing. Light refreshments to follow.