It’s beginning to look and feel a lot like Christmas! What a grand time for the Church of Jesus Christ to give praise to God; fellowship with one another; and share the good news of the Messiah’s birth, life, death, and resurrection. I pray that God blesses you and your loved ones during this most wonderful time of the year.
God is blessing our church and is enabling us to finish 2016 in a strong way. Thank you for your faithfulness to God in your serving, giving, and attending. A special thank-you to all those who helped decorate our church campus. The atrium, ministry mall, and worship center are beautifully decorated for Christmas and look fantastic.
Speaking of Christmas, I look forward to preaching a couple of Christmas messages and also our Christmas Eve service, which will be a special time for all. I will do the Christmas Eve service a bit differently this year in that my message will be a children’s message. I will invite all children to come to the altar and sit with me while I share a special message for them. I will also give each child a Christmas gift, so let me encourage you to bring your kids and grandkids to the 5:00pm Christmas Eve service. We will have a great time of worship, fellowship, and candle-lighting.
Last Sunday was such a powerful day at Great Hills. What a blessing and inspiration to see how many of our people were on mission last year literally all over the world. Let me challenge you, as I did Sunday, to increase your monthly amount given above the tithe to our missions ministry. Ashley and I are doubling our amount because we believe in what God is doing through our radiant church as we touch the nations with the Gospel. Thank you, Becky Dean, our Missions Director, for all your hard work as you give strategic leadership on how we can better reach the world. And please remember, church family, that all throughout December we will receive offerings for our goal of $60,000 for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.
Thank you for your faithfulness in giving. With a generous end-of-year giving we will finish 2016 in a strong manner. Each year you come through in a magnificent way and help us catch up on our expenses. I want to keep our Building Vision before you and ask that you help us finish strongly in 2016 by completing Phase 1. Of the $1.2 million goal, we lack only $27,076. We are so close to finishing our goal! I want to begin Phase 2 in 2017 as we have some key areas we have to address like the HVAC system and the bathrooms in Building A. So as God blesses you, will you continue to bless our church?
On Sunday we will complete our CROSSFIT sermon series with a message entitled “Train the Next Generation” (Matthew 28:18-20). I am so fired up to preach this message God has given me on how we can make disciples who go and make more disciples until Jesus comes again! Pray for me, please, that God would speak powerfully through me, and that our people would have ears to hear and hearts to obey the message. After the worship service we will have our annual business meeting to adopt the 2017 budget.
Have a wonderful weekend. I will see you Sunday as we gather to worship our Lord here at the Radiant Church.