Would you believe—Holy Week is just around the corner!
Two coming church events you don’t want to miss out on—Confirmation on Palm Sunday April 17 and Saturday May 14 for activities to show our appreciation for the community of Oakland.
This week please pray for
For this Sunday (10th)
LOVE & JOY
It’s me again…
Don’t forget our movie night this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. We’re showing a movie for the young at heart—“The Santa Claus” with Tim Allen. This is an occasion for all age groups so come and bring guests with you. The movie is free, and there will be cookies and drinks available at intermission for a free will offering.
Our Sunday School Christmas program will be during worship the 19th. The Christmas Eve Service is Friday the 24th at 10:00 p.m.
Please pray for Ilene Parkhill who has gone to stay with her daughter in Virginia for the duration of her chemo treatments. Her address will be in this Sunday’s bulletin. Also keep in mind Shirley Frizzell. Her knee replacement is doing well, but she has had a prolonged stay in the hospital to get her potassium level back on an even keel. In addition, several families who have lost loved ones recently can use your prayers and words of support.
For this Sunday (12th)
• Scripture: Isaiah 35:1-10
• Scripture: Matthew 11:2-6
• Sermon Title: Signs of the Kingdom
1. This is the third Sunday of Advent; the theme is joy. Where do you see joy reflected in our scripture passages?
2. What words and phrases in these two scriptures are similar?
3. Why do you think John the Baptist might have been wondering if Jesus was really the Messiah?
4. How did Jesus respond to John’s question?
5. The sermon has to do with signs of the kingdom. Where do you find signs of the presence of God’s kingdom in our time and in our midst?
May you be blessed as you wait and prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus and at the same time live in anticipation of his glorious appearance and final triumph.
LOVE & JOY
Be sure to pray for meaningful Thanksgiving activities this coming week and next. Also keep in mind those serving in the military on our behalf. And remember in prayer persons with serious health concerns and persons who are homebound or in nursing homes or in hospitals during the holiday season.
Be sure to keep these activities in mind: Bernie and Norma’s 50th wedding anniversary open house this Saturday, Hanging of the Greens right after worship Sunday (hope you can be there to help out), RCA sponsored Thanksgiving Community Meal at the Community Building at 6:00 p.m. the 21st, and our chili supper/nativity display on the 27th. If you have one or more nativity sets you would be willing to loan us for the occasion you may bring them to the church office anytime before the 27th.
For this Sunday (21st)
* Scripture: Matthew 4:1-4
* Sermon Title: Starving Souls For Reflection
1. “The hunger of the stomach is mild when compared to the gnawing hunger of the heart.” What connection do you see between this statement and today’s scripture?
2. What life circumstances might contribute to the hunger of the stomach?
3. What life circumstances might contribute to the gnawing hunger of the heart?
4. In what ways does the Christian faith address the hunger of the stomach?
5. In what ways does the Christian faith address the gnawing hungers of the heart?
6. What does celebrating Thanksgiving have to do with any of this?
LOVE & JOY TEXtor