The Gordonsville Herald
Volume XXXVIV, Issue 12 December 1, 2020
THINK IT OVER . . .
It’s Hard to Believe . . .
That Christmas is almost upon us. By now folks are thinking about what gifts they are going to give and what gifts they anticipant getting. As you read this, you have most likely made a list or at least dropped a few hints of what you want for Christmas. We all do it, even if we say there’s nothing we want. Deep down, we all want something, and we think if we get it, certainly it will make us happy and content.
Now There’s a Word . . .
We don’t hear too often at Christmas – “contentment.” What does it mean? Retailers would have us believe that contentment is a state of happiness based on things . . . all you need is more “stuff.” But does more stuff really lead us to contentment? Think it over . . . with our closets full, attics full, and basements full of stuff; a whole new and growing industry is booming. The industry? “Mini-storage Units.” They are everywhere. I’m not knocking this industry, but I write to say they are a sign of the times. We are searching for contentment in life in all the wrong places. It will never come through things.
Contentment . . .
Is a state of the heart in which you are at peace because of a relationship with the Lord. You are secure in Him and satisfied with what He has given you in life, even if He gives you nothing more than what you already have. In Philippians 4:11, Paul writes, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances” (NIV). Can you say that about your life? From shipwrecks, to beatings, to prison – Paul had learned the secret to peace and contentment in life. The secret? A close walk with Jesus Christ (Philippians 4:13). Check it out!
Think It Over . . .
Why not add to your Christmas “wish list” this word, contentment. There is not anything I need at Christmas, but there are some things I want. But more than anything, I desire to have the contentment that only Jesus Christ can bring. Christmas is usually the season of more, more, and more. This year, let it be “MORE” – more about Jesus; more about His love, His joy and His peace.
Merry Christmas to All,
REMINDER: At the September 11, 2019 Church Business Meeting, it was moved and approved that at the conclusion of the 2019 year “The Gordonsville Herald” will no longer be mailed out. Due to COVID19, we started mailing the newsletter so members would have a prayer list and “current events.” Starting January, 2021, the newsletter will no longer be mailed. Copies of the newsletter will be placed on the table as you Exit the sanctuary, and it will continue to be posted on our church website: gordonsvillebaptistchurch.org
Excerpts from Minutes of November 11 Business Meeting:
- Ministry Action Budget for 2021 was presented and approved. (Copies available on sanctuary entrance tables.)
Want a voice in the workings of your church? Attend the next Business Meeting on January 12 at 7 PM.
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS/THE LOTTIE MOON OFFERING
November 29—December 6, 2020 GOAL $ 2,500
Our church family donated 156 shoe boxes to Operation Christmas Child!
We have also collected $ 485.00 for Global Hunger Relief.
God bless all who contributed to these ministries! PTL!
VIRTUAL Community Christmas Eve Deacon-Led Candlelight Service
Wednesday, December 24 7 PM
COMING IN JANUARY
WINTER BIBLE STUDY BEGINS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2021 AT 7 PM
(Fellowship Hall with social distancing)
“Living With Assurance”
Study Books will be available for a Free-Will Donation.
Please call the church office (832-2075) if you would like a study book.
May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope;
The spirit of Christmas which is peace;
The heart of Christmas which is love.