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Last week of school this year! Hard to believe when they come back it’ll be 2023. Hope they all have a good Christmas/New Year’s holidays. This week will be tests and parties as they wind up the semester.
From all the reports, Rockford had a good turnout for their activities, ending with the parade on Saturday evening.
The Richville Volunteer Fire Department thanks everyone that came out for bingo. Next one will be in the next year!
Please be in prayer for us at Providence Baptist Church as we say goodbye to our pastor and his family this Sunday. We wish them the best as they head to South Carolina to a new church there.
Concord Baptist Church welcomes Lee Wilder back as their new pastor. They resumed regular services last week with Sunday School at 10 and worship service at 11.
Sardis Baptist Church children will be singing this Sunday during their worship service. They will have fellowship with finger foods after the service. On Christmas Day they plan regular service with the choir presenting special music.
The four weeks leading up to Christmas are called the Advent Season. It is the focus on remembering and celebrating the arrival or “advent” of Jesus, the long-awaited Messiah and King.
This year it is observed beginning four Sundays before Christmas, November 27, and ends on Christmas Day. Many churches and people light advent candles focusing each week on a different topic (hope, peace, joy, and love) using different scriptures.
I apologize for being off a Sunday. I realized last week that somehow I was a week behind, but I’ll continue through the four topics even if they are “after the fact.”
The third topic is joy so this week the Bible passage to share is Philippians 4:4-5. It reads, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.’’
The New Testament reading reminds us of the joy that we know because of Jesus’ birth and as a reminder that He will return. This is a time for us to prepare our hearts for the celebration of Jesus’ birth, which is the true meaning of Christmas. Next week, we’ll look at the fourth topic.
Continue to be in prayer for those that have recently lost their loved one regardless of circumstances. This time of year especially is hard for families. There are several in our community that are not feeling well, so please pray for their healing in God’s will, as well. God knows their names and needs. Until next week, take care and be joyful!
Organizations in the area, as well as churches, I need your events! If your family has some news or an event to share, please contact me. I would prefer text to 334-414-7147 or emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, but phone calls will be fine, too. If you don’t get me when you call, be sure to leave a message.