I remember when I first saw the video on YouTube. March 29, 2020, John Krasinski, a well known actor, launched a news segment called "Some Good News." His first video explained that for years he wondered why there wasn't any news broadcasts highlighting all the good that goes on within our communities. Taking it upon himself, he began what has turned into a video series garnering millions of views on YouTube where he and friends share good news.
I remember thinking about my news intake and how largely most news broadcasts trended negatively with negative tones. Then I wondered what good news goes on in our backyards, within our communities. I liked the idea that John Krasinski was seeking to accomplish; simply share good news. As Christians we are entrusted in sharing the greatest news the world has ever seen. Paul summarizes this news in 1 Corinthians 15 this way, "Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you...For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep." (1 Corinthians 15:1-6).
The word Gospel just simply means good news and the good news is that Jesus came and conquered sin on our behalf! That is not just good news it is the ultimate news! It's the news that should change everything about our lives and energize us to share that news through word and deed.
Now 2020 has been a very tough year for many. Many have lost jobs, friends, family, and opportunities to celebrate life accomplishments. It almost feels like Christmas can't come soon enough so we can push through and get into 2021. I've even conceded in the household battle of when Christmas music should be played because this year has just seen too much bad. However with all the hardships comes opportunities as Christians to rise to the occasion and be the catalysts for good news happening in our communities. Several opportunities that our church has been afforded is building a relationship with Chasity Hogan and her family as well as partnering with school social workers to meet needs within our school communities.
Chasity Hogan is the mother of two children that lost her home due to a fire several months ago. We as church raised 1000$ to help her with immediate needs and Barbara Ratteree and I told her that our church would love to help out in any way we could for the holidays. She reached out to me 2 weeks ago asking for help, not knowing how she was going to make Christmas happen. We got her a Christmas tree but she shared that getting her kids some presents might be a challenge. Her kids are Mikey and Abby, 1st grade and Kindergarten. Mikey likes Dinosaurs and Avengers, Abby likes Frozen and Trolls. I'm wondering if we could adopt the Hogan family for Christmas to really help her have a better ending to her year. When I invited her to our Christmas concert December 5 she said she'd be there! I really think this is an opportunity to share the love of our Savior to a family without much of a community.
Another opportunity to participate in sharing the good news is by partnering with the local school system. We have been notified by the county social worker within the school system for these needs. Coats, lightly used clothes, shoes, and snacks for middle school and high school kids.
Here is an opportunity for us as a church to really be part of the good news going on in our community! Starting November 14 we will have a box in the lobby for coats, personal items, men's undergarments, and toys for Mikey and Abby. Let's be part of some good news!
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Prayer Line EVERY Night @ 8 pm: Phone 515-603-3162; Passcode 960362# (Send any prayer request to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nov 7: Pathfinder Hike @ Sawnee Mtn. 1:30-5 pm Nov 7: Vespers @ Sawnee Mtn. 5 pm Dec 5: Christmas Vespers Concert 6-8 pm Dec 12: Children's Christmas Play 11 am Dec 19: Church Christmas Party 7-9 pm
SAWNEE MOUNTAIN VESPERS TOMORROW
Vespers will be at 5:00 pm under the large pavilion when the Pathfinders return from their hike starting at 1:30 pm. We will have food, fun, a camp-style song service, and a devotional. Address is: 4075 Spot Rd, Cumming 30040
ATTENTION LADIES: We are putting together a women’s group for a special number in our Christmas program and would like all ladies who wish to participate to contact Carissa Steen. Practice will be Mondays.
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