COVID shots - City Drugs in Crystal Springs is offering COVID shots to those 75 and over who will go on Facebook and make an appointment. MEA in Clinton also is giving COVID shots to those 75 and older. I understand that your doctor can schedule an appointment for you at a closer location. There will be a change in coming days about lowering the age to 65. Watch the news!
WILL YOU HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR?
As you ponder the past year, what do you think God had planned for you in 2020 that you may have said "No" to? You may have missed some real blessings from Him because you said "No." His peace and joy and happiness may be some of the blessings that "you cheated yourself out of" because you said "not today, not right now, maybe later." And later never came again for you. When God asks you to do something for Him, if you won't do it, He will find someone else who will and they will receive the blessings that He meant for you.
I believe as Christians, when we gave our lives to Him, we were making a commitment of our all - our time, our ability and our resources. When you sing "I'll go where you want me to go, dear Lord, I'll say what you want me to say; I'll do what you want me to do, I'll be what you want me to be," do you really mean it or are they just hollow words? If you really do mean it and are determined to obey Him, then this new year will be a happy one for you.
So the choice is yours. Will you have a happy new year or not?!
There are three things God has never seen!
1. God has never seen a person that has not sinned.
2. God has never seen a sinner He does not love.
3. God has never seen a sinner He cannot save.
God still saves!
Please let us know if we have missed someone.
Mission Project for January - Snack food items for families at Blair Batson Hospital. I believe they are now going by the name Children's Hospital of Mississippi. As you go to the grocery store, pick up a few items for those parents and children and give them in the name of Jesus Christ. They are going through extraordinary difficult times. Drop your items off in the church office. We will deliver them around the end of the month.
Although we cannot go places until the COVID crisis is over or at least under control, we can still participate in mission endeavors. We did in November with the Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes through Franklin Graham's Samaritans Purse Ministries. We did in December with our Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for Foreign Missions supporting our Southern Baptist Convention missionaries as they share the gospel all over the world. Right here at Alta Woods many of you are supporting New Jerusalem Church's ministry to our community as you donate clothing to their Clothes Closet.
There will be more opportunities for you to share God's love in mission ventures in the new year! While we may not be able to go, we can give!
REMEMBER GOD GAVE US HIS BEST IN HIS SON JESUS CHRIST!
Art Compere will be teaching the Sunday School lesson, Wednesday, January 13.
The scripture is Psalm 31:1-8. The lesson material is in your pupil books for January 10.
Sunday School and Worship are on Wednesday afternoons, both meeting in the sanctuary. We are practicing social distancing and wearing masks. Hand sanitizer is available as well.
Sunday School begins at 3:00 PM and lasts about 30 minutes. All adults are meeting together in the sanctuary.
Teachers are taking turns teaching. Each week we announce the teacher and the scripture to study.
Worship begins at 4:00 PM and lasts about an hour.
Also, the heaters for the church are not working at present. Dress warmly.
Jesus Christ was crucified... he shed His blood and died on a Roman cross in Jerusalem witnessed by hundreds, perhaps thousands. BUT three days later he arose from the grave and walked on the earth for another 40 days being seen by hundreds. He was our Sacrificial Lamb, making a way for us to be right with God by paying for our sins on that old Roman cross.
That is the distinguishing fact between Christianity and all other world religions - we serve a risen Savior, One who has power even over death. Satan had done his worst, BUT God did His best! Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness.
If you will believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, that God has raised Him from the dead and will confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord of your life, on the authority of the Word of God, you will be saved from the punishment of sin and can begin a new life with real purpose... a life that will never end. Do that today!
Although, hardly a day goes by when I go to the office in the mornings that I do not see several letters in the mail with your names on them. While I do not open them, I am sure that most of you are continuing to show your deep relationship and commitment to our wonderful Lord through your faithful giving. Confidentiality is being kept as the financial secretary, who is not a church member, opens and processes your tithes and offerings. So far as I know, no one knows the amount you are giving except you and the Lord and her. We are meeting for Sunday School on Wednesday afternoons at 3:00 PM(probably should rename it Wednesday Sunday School) and some of you are turning in your tithes and offerings then. We have an offering plate set up outside the sanctuary. May I encourage you to continue to give as you are able. A portion of your offering still goes to the support of missionaries as well as our own church expenses. God's work will continue because of your prayers, your participation and your tithes. I am in the office most every morning and will be glad to help you any way I can. God bless you. Sid
David Watts has been operating a bicycle ministry for some time now. There are others who are involved, but he is the Main Man! He is always on the look out for bicycles that are new or used that he can give to needy boys and girls. He fixes old ones and gets them ready to ride. I have seen his handiwork and am very impressed. Christmas 2020 he gave away about 50 bicycles! Perhaps you have a bicycle in your attic or basement or just lying around in the yard that needs a little tender loving care and could be a blessing to a child that doesn't have one. Maybe your neighbor or brother or sister or cousin has one that their child has outgrown and they no longer need it. David can turn it into a blessing for some boy or girl today. You can call him directly or call the church office and we will put him in touch with you.
Several months ago now, Cindy Hamil, daughter of Billy and Peggy Roberts, put a fresh face on our Alta Woods Website. We think it is really nice. Thank you, Cindy, for a beautiful job!