Ann Marie Loveless has been a fixture in the church office ever since I came 19 years ago. She has been a personal friend and is a most caring church member. Often times I hear that she and Leianne have already visited in some of the homes of our homebound members. Her weekly notes giving updates to those who cannot come to church is a wonderful ministry. They have been most welcome by so many.
We shall miss her but totally understand her need to move to Baton Rouge to care for her son Michael.
May God bless you all, Ann Marie, Leianne, and Michael during the coming days and months.
Our love and prayers go with you!
Operation Christmas Child, Shoebox Ministry - is winding up this week. Please bring any shoeboxes to the church asap. Rufus and Velma Stevens continue to lead this ministry. Deadline is Wednesday November 18 to get your shoeboxes in.
December will bring our Foreign Missions emphasis and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. This is the annual offering we collect to support our missionaries overseas. Alta Woods has always been a mission minded church. No doubt we really don't need to be reminded about this offering. After Thanksgiving we will begin receiving the offering, although some have already made plans to give as they always have. It is our way of going around the world to tell the good news about the Savior who has come to give us life abundant and life eternal.
I really appreciate those who are taking a turn teaching the Sunday School lesson each week. It is good for us to hear from different teachers and it is good for them to stay in the routine of studying and preparing.
Since we are all meeting in the sanctuary for Sunday School on Wednesday afternoons, I am ordering about 50 copies of the Sunday School members literature. I will order a few teachers materials for those who request it. See you Wednesday.
Thoughts from John's Gospel, chapter 1...
The first time Jesus came as Prophet and Savior, the next time he comes he will come as King.
Too many people know WHO Jesus was but do not know Him personally for WHAT He was, the Messiah and Savior of the world.
The Spirit of God brings the Truth of God to men and women.
The Spirit of God gives people the power to recognize the Truth when they see it.
The Spirit of God gives people the ability and courage to preach that Truth to others.
When John says that Jesus will baptize, immerse, with the Holy Spirit, he means that Jesus can bring God's Spirit to us in such a way that we are soaked in Him, that our life will be permeated with Him, that we are saturated with the Spirit of God and our mind, our reason, our life, our very being is flooded with the Holy Spirit of God.
Jesus saw Simon Peter not for who he was but for what he could become. He sees us the same way.
Are you a Nathanael? Jesus said of him that he was a man in whom was no guile, honest and sincere. He was one whose heart was cleansed of pride and prejudice. Does your heart need cleansing too?
Jesus satisfied the longing of Nathanael's waiting heart.