Friday Encouragement – December 22, 2017

Sunday’s Christmas Eve Breakfast – 9:00am!

Join us this Sunday morning for a wonderful time of food and fellowship before our morning service.  Many have signed up to bring food, but in case you still want to help, bring anything from fruit, to egg dishes, to breakfast dishes, to donuts!  Breakfast begins at 9:00am, so try to arrive by 8:45am with your food.  We’ll be setting up in the Kitchen and back rooms.

Who Needs Christmas? Advent Sermon Series

Who needs Christmas? Seriously, who needs it? Well, as it turns out, we all do!Image result for who needs christmas andy stanley  Join us this Sunday for the final message in our Advent series – “Who Needs Christmas? We Do!”

One of the challenging things about the Christmas season and the Christmas story, is in fact, the Christmas story—the Christmas story that relates to the birth of Jesus.  Because there’s so much that’s miraculous.  There’s so much that’s amazing.  There’s so much that’s really unbelievable about it.

But as unbelievable as the birth narratives are, and as unbelievable as the accounts are that we find in Matthew and Luke, when you get the “back story,” when you get the whole story, this unbelievable story actually becomes a remarkable story.   

Sunday, 12/31 Guest Speaker

I’m delighted that Katherine Schoen, the Adult Ministry pastor at Redwood Covenant Church in Santa Rosa will be speaking!  She is a Santa Rosa native, and along with Michael, her husband of 23 years, is raising their three beautiful children here. Katherine has served on the staff of RCC for the past thirteen years, which included serving under Andy Cater (who???!!!) for nine years.  Katherine is passionate about inspiring people to dive into God’s Word, discover who God made them to be and equip them to engage in the ministry God called them to.  She loves Disneyland trips with her family and watching Rick Steves with Michael (the only way to travel the world)!

Operation Christmas Child News

Now who thought I would stop just because the packing party is over?  No way!  I have exciting news:  Children in the Philippines are being given our gifts!!!  How cool is that!?!  Thank You Lord for knowing exactly where our gifts were headed, and now may You bless Your little ones with delight and the knowledge of Your love and grace for them.  Amen!

Excited to serve with you all year ‘round! ~ janelle

The Helping Handbook

John Hirsekorn has posted a TERRIFIC RESOURCE on our church website ( called “2017 Sonoma County Fire Resources.”  You’ll find it at the top of the homepage and under the Missions tab. 

Resources include:

·         Helpful Handbook – Northern CA Wildfires 2017 – the first couple pages are the Table of Contents, which is a good summary of things you may need to consider in recovery

·         Local Disaster Recovery Q&A

·         Redwood Gospel Mission Response

·         Environmental Health Hot Line: (707) 565-6700

·         Debris Removal Right-of-Entry Center

·         Red Cross

·         Samaritan’s Purse Response and Volunteer Center

Israel – March 2018!

How would you like to go on the adventure of a lifetime?  We now have plans for a 12-day trip to the Holy Land March 5-16, 2018!  We have mapped out an awesome itinerary, which will include a 12-hour flight to Dubai, followed by a 2-hour flight to Jordan, two days in Petra, then on to Israel!  You can pick up the itinerary at the Back Table.

Thanks to all who have signed up so far for our Israel trip!  If you’re still interested in going, but unsure how it can happen, there is plenty of time to sign up.  Talk to Pastor Mark if you would like more information.

Sunday, 12/24 –

    And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a Baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

    Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

    “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.” (Luke 2:8-14)

See ya Sunday!

Pastor Mark

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