Let’s be honest, we could all use a little comfort and hope this Christmas season. We are constantly bombarded with COVID-19, mask mandates, and post-election drama. This is heaped on top of internal struggles of not being able to see family, depression, loneliness, and a host of other emotional and spiritual issues. We need rest from our weariness.
We are starting a Christmas sermon series called Christmas Comfort in the Heart of Christ. Throughout the month of December, we will be looking at the heart of Christ and how his heart should encourage and comfort us. Hopefully, you will find comfort and rest in our gentle and lowly Savior.
SACPI THANKSGIVING OFFERING UPDATE
Last Sunday we took up and dedicated our entire offering to the Southern Africa Church Planting Initiative (SACPI). The total offering given was $6,893.50! Praise the Lord! This offering will go towards hunger and extreme poverty relief caused mainly by COVID-19 in some of the poorest regions of the world. Remember to pray for our African brothers and sisters in Christ who continue to struggle with daily needs and that God’s kingdom will continue to grow even in the midst of a pandemic.
COVENANT MEMBERS’ MEETING
If you are a covenant member of KCC, we are having a Covenant Members’ Meeting on this Sunday, December 6th after the worship gathering. Please proiritize attending as we will be approving the 2021 Money MAP (aka budget). We will not be having a meal or childcare, but we will get started shortly after the worship gathering. If you are sick or unable to attend the meeting, you can join via Zoom by clicking on the button below.
If you are interested in pursuing covenant membership, you can visit our Covenant Membership webpage or send us an email by clicking on the button below.
MALAWI CHRISTMAS GIVING DRIVE
The Christmas season is a time of giving, both to friends and family and to those in need. COVID has inconvenienced us in many ways that have been legitimately hard, but we must remember that many people are suffering in ways well beyond what we have experienced. Pastor Robert Manda reports that about 2.8 million people in Malawi are facing terrible hunger, in part, because of how the virus has crippled the economy. So throughout the month of December, we are encouraging over and above generosity to be directed to hunger alleviation for our brothers and sisters in Malawi.
Christmas Comfort IN the Heart of Christ
Christmas is a time where we sing and celebrate “good tidings of comfort and joy.” As a way of directing our hearts to Christ Himself we are encouraging the church to read “Gentle and Lowly: Christ’s Heart for Sinners and Suffers,” by Dane Ortland. It is 23 chapters, so try to read one a day. It is not a traditional Advent book that tells the story of Jesus’ birth and incarnation; rather, it demonstrates that the same gentle and lowly Jesus who entered the world as a baby is still gentle and lowly in His heart toward us. Gentle and Lowly is a deeply comforting and Christ-centered book. I like to describe it as the simplicity of the song “Jesus Loves Me,” combined with the orchestral majesty and complexity of “Handel’s Messiah.” In other words, Jesus really does love us, and that truth is profoundly deep and beautiful. If you’re not a reader, you can buy the audiobook, or listen to the 14-day short podcasts. Books are for sale for $10 in our Sunday worship gathering, or it is free if you cannot afford it.
PATH CENTER BLANKET DRIVE
As the weather gets colder, people need warmth. The PATH Center, our local homeless mission and shelter, is in need of blankets to give away to those in need. COVID-19 restrictions has made it more challenging to love our neighbors, but this is a practical way to do so. You can either donate NEW or CLEAN USED (please wash beforehand) blankets. You can drop blankets off at the Commons, take them directly to the PATH Center (though their open hours have changed due to COVID-19), or bring them to your GLG. Matt Parks or Robin Nofziger will collect them and deliver them to the PATH Center. For more information, send us a message.
SONGS OF HOPE: A TGC ADVENT CONCERT
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6TH
The Gospel Coalition is hosting a special advent concert on Sunday, December 6th at 8pm EST to offer hope, comfort, and joy in a season of weariness. There will be music featured from Keith and Kristyn Getty, Sandra McCracken, Josh Garrels, Shane & Shane, Sovereign Grace Music, and more. This free event can be viewed on TGC’s website, YouTube Live, and Facebook Live. For more information on the event, visit TGC’s website.
CURRENT PRAYER REQUEST:
Surgeries – Dean Andres, Rex Wreede, Marilyn Smith, and Maya Hogan have all recently gone through surgery and are in the process for recovery. Please pray for continued healing and strength.
Landy Retcher – Landy is at home and recovering from COVID-19. Please pray for the Lord to strengthen them in both body and spirit and to have a complete recovery.
Eron Mosier – Eron has been suffering from salmonella poisoning and appreciates your prayers for her recovery.
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