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Pastor Tom & Shayla Welcome a Healthy Baby Boy

Henry Thomas was born last night, March 17, at 11:25pm. He is healthy and weighs 5lbs 10oz.  Shayla is doing very well.  Praise God for the wonderful gift of a healthy baby boy.  Please continue to keep Pastor Tom, Shayla, and Henry in your prayers.

In God’s Service,

Pastor Bill


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Sermon Surprise

Check out the surprise during Pastor Bill’s sermon on Wednesday, March 9th.


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Surprise at Worship

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Wednesday, March 9, we plan to do something special in our Midweek Lenten worship service that we have never done in worship in the past.  We would like to invite you to join us on Wednesday evening at 7:00pm for this special worship service as you will see

the Word of God come alive in a new way right before your eyes.  We will focus on the Parable of the Sower and the Seed from Matthew 13 and we think you will enjoy this special event.
God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill and Pastor Tom

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Mite Madness

In the spirit of the NCAA college basketball tournament that takes place every year, known as “March Madness,” our LWML (Lutheran Women’s Missionary League) would like for our church to look at the month of March as “Mite Madness.”  On the last Sunday of every month many of the ladies, children, and families in our church bring their small “Mite Box” to church, filled with pennies and loose change, and empty it into a large container.  The money that is collected goes to a variety of mission projects in our country and around the world. Each week during the month of March we would like everyone to participate in the gathering of mites.  (The term “mites” comes from a story in the Bible where a poor woman gave all that she had – “two mites” – as an offering to Jesus.)  The plan for the month will be as follows:

March 6“Ladies’ Sunday”  The ladies will bring their Mite boxes to church. March 13“Men’s Sunday”  The men will bring their Mite boxes to church. March 20“Children’s Sunday”  The children will bring their Mite boxes to church. March 27“Easter Sunday”

The regular monthly collection of Mites from everyone. Last year we raised about $1500 in our mite collections that supported a variety of different mission projects.  This year our LWML has set a goal of $3000.  It is amazing how a small box of pennies or loose change can really add up to a significant amount when everyone participates.  If you do not have a Mite Box, there should be some available for you this Sunday.  For more information please see page 2 of our March newsletter.  Everyone is invited to support our “March Mite Madness” this month.
In God’s Service,
Pastor Bill and Pastor Tom

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Lenten Worship

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Just a reminder that we will continue our sermon series on “The Parables of Lent” tonight in our Wednesday evening Lenten worship service at 7:00pm.  We will look at the parable of the Workers in the Vineyard in Matthew 20:1-16.  Dinner will be served from 5:45pm – 6:30pm.  We look forward to seeing you.
God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill and Pastor Tom

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Ash Wednesday

The season of Lent begins tomorrow,
February 10, with Ash Wednesday.  Lent is a time of prayer and self-denial in which God renews His people in faith.  Ash Wednesday worship will take place at 5:00pm and 7:00pm, with dinner being served from 5:45pm – 6:30pm.  Ashes will be placed on our foreheads (for those desiring to receive them) to remind us of our sins, but they will be in the shape of the cross to remind us that through Jesus there is forgiveness.  We will be looking at Jesus’ parables during our Wednesday evening Lenten worship services, considering the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector from Luke 18 tomorrow night.  This particular parable is actually what Lent is all about.
Bible study classes for adults, youth, and children will not meet on Wednesdays during Lent as we would like everyone to be in worship together on Wednesday evenings.  However, our nursery will be staffed and available for infants and younger children on Wednesday nights during worship from 7:00pm – 7:30pm.
Finally, our choir will begin rehearsals again starting tonight at 7:30pm.  If you are interested in singing with the choir, please join us for rehearsal or contact our director, Joyce Moore, at jmoore029@nc.rr.com.
We look forward to seeing you in worship tomorrow night and throughout the season of Lent.
In God’s Service,
Pastor Bill and Pastor Tom

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Christian Education

With 2016 now here, it is time to resume our Christian Education classes on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings.  Our Sunday School will begin again on Sunday, January 10. Our Wednesday evening “Family Night” ministries will begin again this Wednesday, January 6.  Listed below are the new Adult Bible Study classes for Wednesdays and Sundays:

New Adult Bible StudiesStarting Wednesday, January 6

“The Intersection of Church & State”

– Some would argue from history that there should be a “wall of separation” between Church and State.  Others maintain co-existence is not only necessary and inevitable, but can lead to positive results.  In this study we will see how Church & State do intersect, and the importance of avoiding a collision.

“Regrets, Reality, Restoration”

– Who among us wouldn’t like to redo or undo something from our past?  In this study you will hear heartfelt stories from people who experienced regret in deep and profound ways, but through God’s love found hope in the midst of darkness and despair.

 

New Adult Bible StudiesStarting Sunday, January 10

“Boundaries With Kids”

– This DVD based study is designed to enable parents to raise their children to take responsibility for their actions, attitudes, and emotions.  Learn how to set limits and still be a loving parent, bring control to an out-of-control family life, as well as define appropriate boundaries and consequences for your kids.

“The Value of Faith in the Family”

– How do you apply your faith in the midst of hardship?  How can our faith move us to love our neighbors?  In this study, based on the books of 1&2 Timothy, Titus, and Philemon, we will see how to put our faith into action in everyday life.

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Events This Week

Our Children’s Christmas Service will take place tomorrow night, Wednesday, December 16, at 7:00pm.  Everyone is invited to join us for dinner (Beef Pot Pie) tomorrow night from 5:45pm – 6:30pm, followed by the Children’s Service at 7:00pm.
Also, the Me Fine gift wrapping party will take place on Saturday, December 19, at 9:00am at the Princeton Church of God, located at 6085 US Highway 70 East.  If you would like to attend, please let Nancy Burgart know by tomorrow, Wednesday, December 16.  You can email her at nlburgart@gmail.com or call or text her at 919-649-5476.
God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill and Pastor Tom

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Cookie Walk

There will be a “Cookie Walk” at church this Saturday, December 5, from 10:00am – 2:00pm.  There will be a nice assortment of cookies, breads, and candies available.  Instead of spending time a lot of time baking during this Advent season, come to church this Saturday to get some of your favorite Christmas treats.  There will also be crafts available for purchase at the Cookie Walk, as well as a hot dog luncheon.  Please join us for this special event.
God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill and Pastor Tom

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Advent Services

Dear Family:
Family Night will take place again tonight with dinner from 5:45pm – 6:30pm.  Our elementary school aged children will practice for the Children’s Christmas Service from 6:45pm – 7:30pm, and since the season of Advent has started we will have worship for our confirmation students, high school youth, and adults in the sanctuary from 7:00pm – 7:30pm.  The word “Advent” means “coming” and we know that Jesus is coming to be our Savior and King.  Therefore, since we prepare our homes for the celebration of the birth of King Jesus, it is very important to prepare our hearts for this special event.  Therefore, one of the best ways to prepare ourselves spiritually for this celebration is to gather with family and friends for worship.  We invite you to join us for worship tonight and for the following midweek Advent worship services over the next few weeks:
Wednesday, Dec. 2: “The King is Coming: Waiting With Worship” – 7:00pm
Wednesday, Dec. 9: “The King is Coming: Waiting With Prayer” – 7:00pm
Wednesday, Dec. 16: “The King is Coming: Joy To The World” – 7:00pm (This is the Children’s Christmas Service)
We look forward to seeing you tonight as we prepare to welcome King Jesus into our hearts and our homes.
In God’s Service,
Pastor Bill and Pastor Tom

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Thanksgiving Worship

Dear Family:

As you prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, we would like to invite you to a special Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service tonight at 7:00pm. In particular, you will hear an amazing story tonight about the power of prayer and the importance of giving thanks to God every day for the many blessings He gives to us. We are excited for you to hear this story and we look forward to seeing you tonight.

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill and Pastor Tom


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