E-Note from Larry Patton, Sr. Pastor
Nov 30, 2017
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Advent devotional booklets are here–hot off the press–authored by both staff and members of our congregation.  Pick up yours at church ASAP.  There’s a devotional reflection for each day of Advent through Christmas Day.    First Sunday of Advent is this Sunday, December 3rd.

  

I am in process of leading the cub scouts of our church’s Pack 138 in the “God and Me” program for their religious emblem.  Our lesson themes are the gift of God’s creation, the gift of Jesus, the gift of prayer, and the gift of service to others.  At our meeting last night the theme was “God Created Me”, and we read together a number of passages from the Bibles I distributed.  Of the 24 boys present, I was struck by their spiritual hunger and eagerness to learn.  Though across America we are seeing a decline in church involvement, last night confirmed for me that spiritual hunger is still there–and I think on the rise, as recent surveys suggest.  The $64,000 question for the church is:  Will we grow in readiness to satisfy that hunger?

 

I was gratified to see the eyes of the cub scout boys light up as last night we read this song of praise to our Creator and Redeemer from the Prophet Isaiah, chapter 44, verse 23, “Sing, O heavens, for the Lord has done it; shout, O depths of the earth; break forth into singing, O mountains, O forest, and every tree in it!”  I told the boys:  Every created thing by its very existence sings praise to the Creator, for each created thing as such reflects the glory of the Creator.  As I spoke those words, I saw one little boy–with Matthew written on his name tag–go from an intensely fascinated facial countenance to one bearing a warm smile. So I say “Thank You” for giving me such opportunities to cherish in ministry!

 

Click here to access our Advent and Christmas calendar of events.  This Sunday evening, December 3rd, is the first installment of the children’s Christmas musical, “In a Galilee, Far, Far Away”.  Also, remember our Murphy-Harpst Methodist Children’s Home STOCKING STUFFER PROJECT for the approximately 100 foster children in their care up in Cedartown.  Pick up a stocking ornament on the office hallway bulletin board, each with gift ideas and complete instructions; Gifts are due back next Monday, December 4th.  
Larry