He is the gift of our Salvation
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
Church calendar: Dec.14-Dec. 24
• Gospel singing featuring the Praise Singers, 6 p.m., Lighthouse Baptist Church, 1391 Gabbardtown Road, Berea.
• Christmas banquet, 6:30 p.m., Calvary Apostolic Church, 1382 Paint Lick Road, Berea.
• Christmas cantata, 9 a.m., First United Methodist Church Multi-ministry Center; mixture of choir and congregational singing accompanied by instrumentalists.
• Grace Chapel Wesleyan Church on Aspen Ave. will have a pot luck dinner after the 10:45 a.m. service. Please bring a dish and join us in food and fellowship.
• Second annual Community Holiday Music Festival, 3 p.m., EKU Center for the Arts. All singers, including groups and soloists, and instrumentalists invited to participate. To be part of the program, call the Rev. Howard Miller, 859-302-2899. Admission free.
• Candlelight service followed by potluck Christmas dinner, 5:30 p.m., Corinth Christian Church, Bogie Mill Road.
The gift of love is for us to give one another
Let us love one another, for love is of God, and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God, for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
(1 John 4:7-12)
St. Mark Christmas Bazaar Dec. 7
St. Mark's Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. One of the favorite items, the Cookie Trays, a glass plate filled with delicious homemade cookies and decorated with holiday flair will again be available as will tables of other baked goods including pies, cakes, coffeecakes, fruitbreads, candy, and homemade bread. Jams, jellies and pickles will add to the goodies that will tempt your palate. There will also be craft items and a silent auction of two wooden angels, nearly life-size and handcrafted by parishioner Don Fourre, that will be a bargain. What would be a better time than now to purchase them to decorate the front of your home.
Let the light in you shine for others to see
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
RAMA, MCHRC to host informational potluck
The Madison County Human Resource Council and the Richmond Area Ministerial Association (RAMA) are hosting an informational potluck luncheon Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Richmond.
Gathering time begins at 11:30 a.m. in the church’s Harper Multi-Ministry Center. Lunch is at noon.
Jesus is your deliverer
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that (spirit) of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.
(1 John 4:1-4)
Recalling ‘A Sweet Spirit’
I recently spent some time talking with Bill Strong and, of course, old times came into the conversation.
He spoke of his mother, Martha, who had been born in Breathitt County during the Depression years.
Union City Ruritan Halloween party Saturday
The annual Halloween party will be 7 to 8:30 p.m. this Saturday at Union City Ruritan. Donations of candy and baked goods will be needed. Volunteers also are needed. For more details, call Marty Sewell at 623-9369.
Union City Christian Churc’s annual fallfestival is 5 to 7:30 p.m. this Sunday. Trunk-or-treat will be one of the activities.
Birthday celebration at Halcomb Knob Farm on Friday
It’s a bright and beautiful Tuesday morning here in Paint Lick with a welcome sunshine after the cooler, rainy night, yet we will see an even stranger Wednesday as our weather will turn to freezing rain and maybe some snow!
I know that in my lifetime, I have never seen days like these! I thank my good Lord for all that He sends our way – even the strange stuff – because I do know that one day things will be better.
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