Sunday will be a great day of worship and celebration as we hear testimonies from those who have gone on mission in 2015. Mike Mericle will interview our mission team leaders, and I will close with a brief message for our church. I encourage all who have made a mission trip this year to wear some indigenous clothing that reflects the country to which you traveled and served this past year. Mike will also give us an exciting update on the progress we are making in reaching our UUPG in South Asia. God is working and using our church all over the world.
Many of you reading this newsletter are members of GHBC who serve our church in many capacities. I want to take a moment and simply say a hearty “Thank you!” To mention everyone by name is impossible, but there are a few people I want to express thanks to as they have gone above and beyond in serving our Lord and GHBC. We had a record-setting year with our Operation Christmas Child and collected over 5700 shoeboxes for children all over the world. Thank you, Fred Erickson, and the small army that helped him in this prodigious task. Fred and his wife, Fran, are wonderful servants of Christ and I am so blessed to know them—if only he did not pull for that other football team in Alabama (-: I want to thank Aileen Yeager and all those who helped us have another successful year with Angel Tree. Many children of incarcerated parents will get Christmas gifts because of your generous efforts. Also, thank you to those who helped decorate the worship center. It looks fabulous. I want to give a shout out to those who serve in our Life Bridge Ministry. Nancy Gibbs has assembled a small army of people who are teaching English to people from 17 countries who are hearing and seeing the love of Jesus up close and personal. And James and Barbara Cross continue to love on and help those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. And thank you, Jan Jones and Amy Woodby, for the countless hours you give in helping our church with decorations. And may God bless Bud and Mildred Bruner for all they do. And finally, thank you to Barbara Cross and Ann Bartholomew for helping us stuff the worship guides with the inserts each week. Undoubtedly I have omitted someone and for that I apologize. God sees and knows, and one day He will openly reward those who labor in secret. (Matthew 6:18)
Sunday, immediately after the worship service, our own Felix Dailey will have a book- signing in the ministry mall. He is giving all the proceeds of his book, A Little Light from Luke, to our Building Vision campaign, so please go by and purchase an autographed copy. Sunday evening at 6:00pm our worship ministry will help us celebrate Christmas with their presentation of SING! A Great Hills Christmas. Come join in as we sing songs of worship and praise to Jesus this Christmas Season. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the David Phelps concert on December 21st at 7:00pm and our Christmas Eve service at 5:00pm.
We will have our annual business meeting to approve the budget Sunday, December 13. We will meet right after the worship service, so please hang around a few extra minutes so we can approve our 2016 Operating Budget.
We are still $335,000 overspent for 2015. I ask that you continue to pray that we have a prosperous year-end giving to make up this deficit. Thank you again for all your faithful and sacrificial giving of your tithes and offerings to our church.
God bless you and I’ll see you Sunday.