Pastor Ken Reporting – Dec 14, 2016

What a busy time of year! I hope you are choosing to truly soak in and enjoy it rather than simply rush through it.

One Big Thing: “Christ Has Come” Concert
Please invite your friends and family to our Christmas Concert, “Christ Has Come,” this Friday night. Daniel Bondaczuk, our church minister of music, has put together a wonderful program featuring many of our Madison Campus groups. I know you will be blessed by what you will hear Friday evening at 7 p.m. It will be a wonderful way to celebrate the season and also to welcome in the Sabbath. Admission is free so bring your friends and neighbors!

News & Announcements
Christmas Caroling
We would like to encourage church members to open up their homes on December 24 to have potlucks and then go caroling in your neighborhoods. Its as simple as inviting your friends over to your house for potluck. If you are willing to also host visitors, please notify me so that I can make your information available to visitors on Sabbath, December 24. The church also will provide flyers that you can hand out to your neighbors telling them about Madison Campus Church for those who want them.

Christmas Eve Concert and Sing-a-Long
Don and Debbie Morgan will be leading their annual Christmas Eve Concert and Sing-a-Long in the church sanctuary at 6:30 p.m. What a great way to begin celebrating Christmas!

Send A Card to a Shut-in
For your convenience, cards and labels with shut-ins’ names can be found in the church lobby. Please simply write a message in the card for the shut-in, put a label on the envelope and place the envelope in the box provided. What a great thing to do while you wait for the service to begin. You will absolutely make someone’s day better!

Church Budget
Thanks to your generosity we have seen significant offerings turned in for our church budget. We are still needing further significant offerings to help meet our 2016 budget. The church budget covers upkeep of our facility, heating/cooling, significant financial assistance for Madison Campus Elementary, help for Madison Academy, support for the 403 Center, funding for outreach and evangelism, and of course a host of other necessary ministries and programs. Thank you for what you have done to help and for prayerfully considering what you can do to further help our church financially.

Office Hours
The church office is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Friday it is opened from 8 am to noon. To schedule an appointment with any of the pastoral staff please either contact them directly or contact the church office.

Devotional Thought
When I went as a student missionary to New Zealand I was told to take as many pictures as possible the first month I was there. The reason was because after the first month everything would seem normal and lose its wonder. New Zealand is one of the most beautiful places on earth but I found the advice was still true. After a little while the beauty became common place.

Is this possible with Christmas? Have we heard the story so often that it has lost its wonder? New Zealand regained its wonder for me every time I had a visitor from the States that I had an opportunity to show around. Through their eyes I saw it all again for the first time. If Jesus has lost His wonder for you, perhaps the antidote is to share His story with someone who isn’t as familiar with it. You would be surprised how many people have very little knowledge of the Gospel’s account of Jesus’ birth and even far less knowledge of the reason for His birth. If you want to regain the wonder this Christmas, tell the story to someone else and be awed all over again at God’s love for you.

Many thanks to my church family who has been so kind to me as I am recovering from surgery on my Achilles tendon. My recovery is going very well and I know it is because of your prayers!

Please don’t forget this holiday season to live our church mission: Love God, Love People, and Serve the World!

God’s blessings,

Ken Wetmore
Senior Pastor

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