Christmas Eve The Christ Candle
"ONLINE ONLY" Worship Service Sunday December 27th.
Be sure to catch us on Facebook Live @ 11am for a special end-of-year word from
Pastor Jerry & Debb.
A Note from Pastor Jerry!
It's almost here! The exhiliration of Christmas festivities is now at our doorstep! Only thing is... it's just not what we had hoped for, imagined, or thought it would be, in 2020.
Most of us, if not all of us, had not a single thought that by December 25th, of this year, we'd be looking at our celebrations, gatherings, comings and goings any differently than we have in years past. But here we are.
My family has chosen to stay at a distance from Mom, who'll be 84, on Jan. 3rd, 2021. Protecting here from a silent & unseeable advisary and the possible consequences of being confronted by it, seems to be the only plausible reality. It'll be a very quiet Christmas for her, and for my sisters. It makes my heart sad for them, and for me.
There isn't even the beauty of a fresh fallen blanket of snow in our forecast, let alone a single snowflake, for Christmas Day. What is going on?
Maybe, just maybe, in all of the trappings of what we have made Christmas to be, Jesus is calling. Whispering to our hearts, "for so long you have missed the true meaning. Listen closely. You might REDISCOVER CHRISTMAS. You might hear the angels singing about the reason for the season." Maybe, just maybe, we are being afforded a more quiet Christmas so we can hear him calling out to us, "peace, be still."
I saw this statement the other day. "Christmas was the day that forgiveness was born." Isn't that an amazing statement? The day our world should be celebrating the, "heaven came down," the embodiment of forgiveness in the birth of Jesus, we've exchanged it for trinkets and bobbles, for glitter and lights, for the distraction from our true need. The gift of salvation, through Jesus. The "Enemy" of God's forgiveness has perfected the redirect. ALMOST.
In the disappointment of families not gathering as they have always done... in the undoing of many peoples' traditions... in the uncharted waters of a pandemic Christmas, Jesus is STILL waiting to be celebrated. HE HAS NOT CHANGED! HIS PURPOSE FOR COMING INTO THE WORLD HAS NOT MOVED! WE CAN HAVE A JOYOUS CHRISTMAS! He will not shout out to us. That's what the ENEMY of our souls does with distraction and stress, with more not less. We must use this time to quiet ourselves and hear Jesus' voice, quietly calling to us this Christmas. "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." (Matt. 11:28-29)
Something inside of me yearns more for that than any gift under an artificial tree. Not a new sweater or wrist-watch, another power tool, or even a fresh box of 9mm ammo, can give me the Joy and Peace that Jesus brings!
Are you with me?
Christmas Blessings to you~
OPEN FOR WORSHIP IN-PERSON & ONLINE!
We want to assure you that we are remaining open for in-person worship, taking precautions and making sure the facility continues to be sanitized after our Sunday worship. We want to remind all who would attend of these important guidelines:
1. Attend ONLY if you are NOT experiencing signs of illness-
(i.e. - fever, persistent/active cough, unusual tiredness or fatigue, shortness of breath, muscle aches, chills, sore throat, runny nose, headache)
2. If you've been directly exposed to someone within the last 48 hrs who has tested Covid positive, have had a recent loss of taste, or just not sure you should be around others, please follow the CDC's guidelines for self-quarentining. You may not have it, but we'd rather you miss a Sunday than to cause someone else to become ill.
3. Minimize your risk by using hand sanitizer, being contientious of the space you give others and yourself, wear a mask, limit touching your eyes and nose, or simply stay at home. You can watch the Sunday message on FB Live by going to New Horizons Community Church's Facebook page.
We want to be sure to remind our church family to be diligent in their self-protection & others-protection. We want to encourage folks to spread out in our large worship area and know that you won't be crowded. If it is too uncomfortable or the risk is too high for you to be around others for worship who may not be wearing a face covering, we understand. We love you and want to see you stay healthy so we can see you again at New Horizons when this crazy season of life is done.
Be in prayer about testimonies of God's Faithfulness to you in 2020.
Prepare to share with your Church Family!
Praises & Prayers
Darling's Granddaughter- Gracie is doing much better. Praise God! Thank you for your prayers.
Dora Capello - Please be in prayer for healing and strength for Dora. Her back is in lots of pain.
Pastor Phil-Bone scan came back with NO cancer! PRAISE GOD!
CT scan last Monday, came back negative. A mass will be getting tested for cancer, no matter the results he will be having surgery. Pray for protection and healing for Phil and strength for Penny.
Guy Wertz-Is off the ventailator, Thank you God! Pray for continued healing and strength for Dee.
Betty Gauze- has a kidney infection and is in a lot of pain. Pray for healing and relief
Guy & Dee Wertz Sons - Ryan has COVID and might be in quarantine for another 90 days. Wade has shingles. Pray for healing and protection.
Sharon Ransom's Grandson & Cindy Curl's son, Chad - Praise God Chad's surgery went well! Pray for Brian as he is having shoulder surgery in January.
Franco's - Pray for Ed, as he has cancer, and needs to stay Covid free.
Carol Sercombe's boyfriend, Phil Rowlson- Has cancer. Pray for healing and strength and for God to soften his heart.
Betty Curry's friend's Family -Betty's friend Norma passed away. Please be in prayer for her family and friends.
Betty Curry's friend Sharon - She has cancer. Pray for healing and strength.
Charlie Barnum - Dianne Barnum passed away September 13th. Be in prayer for her family, especially Charlie, as he experiences another holiday without her.
Brandon & Branda Grobaski - Pray for a healthy pregnancy and blessings on their marriage.
Jeff Whitney -Pray for good health and strength. Pray especially for night time.
Jackie Arnold - Please be in prayer for Dick's wife/Sonya's mom. She has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Pray for comfort for Jackie and strength for her family. (Seeking non-chemo treatments).
Greg Walker - Many health concerns, but his faith sustains him!
Please be in prayer for our Church leadership as they seek God's will for His Church as we move forward in, "Helping People Find Their Way [Back] to God!" on in to 2021!
NHCC Weekly Ministries
Caring Through Prayer- 9:30 am Sunday Mornings -Please join us in the Gathering room as we make calls and pray for our Church family.
Bible Study with Rick Tripp - 6pm Sundays online on our Facebook page or Zoom.
Devoted Prayer - 7pm on Saturdays In person prayer @ NHCC. Join the prayer team as we pray for our Church family, leaders, and Gods will in our Church.
NHCC Special Events
-Christmas Eve Service - Thursday, December 24th at 5pm
-Blessing Service - Sunday, January 3rd at 10:45 am
Ushers and Greeters
December 27th: NO IN-PERSON WORSHIP SERVICE TODAY
If you would like to volunteer as a Greeter please contact Carl Price.
December 27th: NO IN-PERSON WORSHIP SERVICE TODAY
If you could help out in the Nursery contact Wendy Bilby and let her know.
NHCC Life Groups currently meeting -
6pm Sundays - Bible Study with Rick Tripp, on Facebook Live and Zoom.
6 pm Wednesdays - Moffitt Life group at Phil & Denise Moffitt's Home
10 am Thursdays - Ladies Study, Wendy Bilby leading @ NHCC
8 pm Thursday - Ladies Study, Andrea Roberts leading @ Alex Wellman's Home
See you This Thursday, December 24th at 5pm.
Remember Sunday December 27th at 10:45 am is ONLINE ONLY!