Nov 22 2017

Hanging of the Greens

In this service we discover the significance of the decorations and symbols in our sanctuary–the Advent candles, evergreens, Chrismon tree, nativity scene, and poinsettias–and how they all point to the Christ of Christmas.  He is Emmanuel, God with us!

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
–John 1:14

HANGING
OF THE GREENS

Sunday, November 26
11:00 a.m.

 

Nov 22 2017

Amazon Smile

While you’re Christmas shopping, don’t forget Amazon Smile!  When you shop through smile.amazon.com (instead of amazon.com), you can designate the organization of your choice to receive a donation from your purchase.  Click here to get started!

Nov 22 2017

Bulletin 11/26/17


Click here for Sunday’s bulletin.

THIS WEEK’S ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Wednesday Nights
November 29 will be the last Wednesday for children’s choir/TeamKid and adult Bible study for the year.  Adult choir rehearsal will move to 6:30 for December.

Matthew’s Child
Matthew’s Child is a local service organization supporting the foster and adoptive community in the Roanoke Valley.  Would you consider making a difference in the lives of children and families right here in our community?  We’re collecting items for infants, children, and teens. We have a donation box in the foyer outside the church office. Envelopes are also available if you would like to make a financial contribution.  Click here to find out more about Matthew’s Child.

• Infants: diaper bags, baby blankets, bottles, formula, shampoo, lotion, washcloths, pacifiers, bibs, burp cloths, teething rings/toys, diapers, wipes, sippy cups

General toiletries: shampoo and conditioner, ethnic hair care products, body and face wash, lotion, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss,  brushes/combs, Chapstick, etc.

• Toys, coloring books/crayons, books, and games for ages infant to 18 years

Advent and Christmas Services
• Nov. 26: Hanging of the Greens
• Dec. 3: Children’s choir sings
• Dec. 10: Christmas cantata
• Dec. 17: Handbell choir plays
• Dec. 24: Christmas Eve service, 5:00 p.m.

Calendars
See Mark Mitchell for your 2018 God’s Creation calendars. Wall calendars are $8 and pocket calendars are $5.  Proceeds go to the youth.

PowerPoint
We’re looking for another person to help run PowerPoint on Sunday mornings. If you’re wondering what’s involved, we’d be glad for you to sit in on a service and observe.  See Anna Ruth or Steve Smith if you’re interested.

ONGOING:

Amazon Smile
Do you buy from Amazon? Use Amazon Smile! Each time you make a purchase through Amazon Smile, the church will receive a donation. Amazon says: Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.—–

Back Creek Outreach
Don’t forget to save your Box Tops for Education labels for Back Creek. These labels are on many grocery items such as General Mills cereal, Betty Crocker baking mixes, Bisquick mixes, Green Giant vegetables, Progresso soups, Nature Valley bars, Pillsbury biscuits, Lysol cleaners, and Ziploc, Kleenex, and Hefty products. You can put your labels in the cardboard church outside the office.

Snack Buddies
We also collect snacks for Snack Buddies at Back Creek. Suggested snacks are animal crackers, Goldfish, and Cheez-its (no peanut products). We emphasize Snack Buddies on the first Sunday of each month, but you can drop off snacks in the church office any time.

Books for BookNet
BookNet is a Roanoke Valley Baptist Association program to obtain books for southwest Virginia (Appalachia area), Standing Rock Indian reservation in South Dakota, and local mission projects. We are collecting new and gently-used books for preschool through 7th grade. You will find baskets at each door of the church for your donated books. If you have any questions, Bette Yeatts will be glad to help you.

Maintenance Requests
In order to keep up with repairs in and around the church building and grounds, we would like to enlist everyone’s help identifying things that need to be addressed. We have maintenance request forms in the Property Committee mailbox in the church office so you can alert the committee of items that need attention.

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Nov 20 2017

From Our Service 11/19/17

Nov 20 2017

Happening This Week 11/20-11/26

Tuesday 11/21
• Youth Bible study, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday 11/22
• No evening activities

Thursday 11/23
• Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday 11/26
• Band rehearsal, 8:45 a.m.
• Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.
• Hanging of the Greens service, 11:00 a.m.

Nov 19 2017

This Week’s Bible Readings

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Sunday 11/19: 2 Peter 1-3

Monday 11/20: Deuteronomy 16-19

Tuesday 11/21: Ezra 6-10

Wednesday 11/22: Psalms 134-136

Thursday 11/23: Ecclesiastes 9-10

Friday 11/24: Zechariah 8-14

Saturday 11/25: Acts 17-18

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Sunday 11/26: 1 John 1-3

Monday 11/27: Deuteronomy 20-22

Tuesday 11/28: Nehemiah 1-4

Wednesday 11/29: Psalms 137-139

Thursday 11/30: Ecclesiastes 11-12

Friday 12/1: Malachi 1-4

Saturday 12/2: Acts 19-20

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Click here for the full 52-week reading plan.

Nov 16 2017

Behold the Lamb

BEHOLD THE LAMB
Sunday, November 19
11:00 a.m.

An old promise, so old that it had become little more than a legend, was about to be fulfilled.

The Messiah was coming.

He was the priest who became the sacrifice…

the king who took on the form of a servant…

the prophet who Himself was the Word of God.

He was Emmanuel, God with us—Son of God, Son of Man.

And nothing would ever be the same.

From the very beginning of the human story to the completion of Christ’s life on earth, we will trace the path and purpose of God’s Son, the holy Lamb. Join us on November 19 for this special time of worship.

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Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
–John 1:29

Nov 16 2017

Thanksgiving Dinner

CHURCH FAMILY THANKSGIVING DINNER
Saturday, November 18
6:00 p.m.

Come be our guest at our annual Thanksgiving dinner! Join us for food, fellowship, and giving thanks.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.

to him who alone does great wonders,
His love endures forever.
who by his understanding made the heavens,
His love endures forever.
who spread out the earth upon the waters,
His love endures forever.

He remembered us in our low estate
His love endures forever.
and freed us from our enemies.
His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of heaven.
His love endures forever.
–Psalm 136

Nov 13 2017

Happening This Week 11/13-11/19

Monday 11/13
• Deacons’ meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday 11/14
• Band rehearsal, 6:30 p.m.
• Youth Bible study, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday 11/15
• Children’s choir/TeamKid, 6:30 p.m.
• Adult Bible study, 6:30 p.m.
• Choir rehearsal, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 11/16
• Youth devotions at Bojangles, 7:30 a.m.
• Handbell choir, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday 11/18
Church Family Thanksgiving Dinner, 6:00 p.m.

Sunday 11/19
• Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.
Behold the Lamb, 11:00 a.m.

Nov 10 2017

Music for Sunday 11/12/17

Our closing song for this Sunday is By Faith, by Keith and Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend, and as is the case with all their songs, there’s so much in the lyrics that it’s hard to catch it all when singing through a song once. That’s why I encourage you to read and consider the lyrics here first before you hear them on Sunday. (And then come back and read them again!)

By Faith is based on Hebrews 11–the “faith chapter” where we find this definition: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen–and the song follows that chapter’s structure, echoing the words by faith…by faith…by faith. It has five stanzas, arranged chronologically:

1. Creation (the beginning)
2. Patriarchs (early Old Testament)
3. Prophets (later Old Testament)
4. The church (New Testament to the present)
5. The time to come

Creation
The first stanza starts with the beginning of the chapter–By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible (11:2)–and then introduces the roll call of faithful lives that follows.

By faith we see the hand of God
In the light of creation’s grand design,
In the lives of those who prove His faithfulness,
Who walk by faith and not by sight.

Patriarchs
The second stanza is taken from verses 13-16 of the chapter, which comes after the examples of Adam, Abel, Enoch, and Noah and sets up the next examples of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses. These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.

By faith our fathers roamed the earth
With the power of His promise in their hearts
Of a holy city built by God’s own hand,
A place where peace and justice reign.

Prophets
Stanza three is about the Old Testament prophets–who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens (verses 33-34). Even through all of that, they remained faithful, bringing God’s message of the Savior to come.

By faith the prophets saw a day
When the longed-for Messiah would appear
With the power to break the chains of sin and death
And rise triumphant from the grave.

This last line is the bridging line–here the old covenant ends and the new covenant begins, and it brings the song to our present day.

The church
The fourth stanza calls us to follow all these examples of faith as we fulfill our calling as the church–ecclesia, the called-out ones.

By faith the church was called to go
In the power of the spirit to the lost
To deliver captives and to preach good news
In every corner of the earth.

The time to come
Just as the patriarchs looked forward to the holy city, so do we. The last stanza looks ahead to the time when the gospel shall prevail and we can claim God’s promise, and references Jesus’ own words about faith in Matthew 17:20: “For assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

By faith this mountain shall be moved,
And the power of the gospel shall prevail,
For we know in Christ all things are possible
For all who call upon His name.

Children of the promise
By Faith also has a chorus between the stanzas, and its last line sums up the song: We’ll walk by faith and not by sight. These words come from II Corinthians 5:7, and also refer to the first verse of this chapter, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Hebrews 12 begins with “therefore,” which means it’s continuing the discussion from the previous chapter, and it gets to the point: follow these great examples. Walk by faith. Run with endurance. Finish the race. Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (12:1-2).

We will stand as children of the promise;
We will fix our eyes on Him, our soul’s reward,
Till the race is finished and the work is done,
We’ll walk by faith and not by sight.

By Faith: words by Keith and Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend. Copyright 2009 Thankyou Music.

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