Volume 32 Number 50

A Viewpoint of Angels…

“Can’t anyone tell me the meaning of Christmas!” Charlie Brown cries out in desperation. “I can Charlie Brown,” replies Linus and recites the words of the angels to the shepherds in Luke 2:8-14.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:8-14).

Have you ever wondered what the angels were thinking? Well you don’t have too because this verse spells it out.

“Do not be afraid”—Easier said than done considering the reactions most people had upon seeing angels. However, maybe there was more to it than, “Do not be afraid I’m not going to hurt you.” Maybe it also included, “Do not be afraid—because God just showed up in person” or “Do not be afraid—because Satan’s hold on you has come to an end.”

“I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people”—I want you to think of your best day ever, multiply it by a billion and even then your experience will fall short compared to this day.

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”—A Savior has been born! Ever since Adam and Eve, Satan thought he was running the show. He scoffed at sacrifices, laughed at the weaknesses of man, and sneered at attempts by man to overcome him. Yet, now things have changed, “A Savior has been born!” God has sent His own Son to tip the scales, no longer will sin have its hold. “A Savior has been born!”

Of course, the viewpoint of the angels holds no less truth and power today.

Wade McKnight, Southern Oaks Church of Christ, Chickasha, OK

News & Notes

THE SHORES: Last Sunday at The Shores we had 11 from Grandview and 15 from the retirement center. Thanks to everyone who came to help out.

TEENS: The teens are invited to the Folding Sunday evening (Dec 20) for sub sandwiches. Please bring a $5 gift to exchange. Teens bring chips and beverage.

SERVICE OPPORTUNITY: We would like to get a number of people to rotate doing the sign outside the building. You can put up a verse or display something that relates to an activity that is going on. Please let Sandy know if you are interested.

Joe Longfellow is looking for someone to help construct the worship roster. If you are interested Please contact Joe.

GRADUATION: Meredith South graduated from Freed Hardeman University on December 18 with a Bachelor of Science in Merchandising and Interiors. Congratulations, Meredith!

NEW YEARS EVE: Come to the building at about 8:00 pm and bring a snack and a favorite game and spend time ringing in the New Year.

THANK YOU: Rachel Johnson and Meredith Bretion both sent thank you notes for the care packages. They were grateful to have them in time for finals study!

Prayer Requests

Brian Hiskey asks for prayers for the family of Dan Wright a high school friend.  Dan was into drugs in high school but had become a successful business owner and a great friend.  He passed away from a drug overdose. His family can use all the prayers they can get.  Thank you very much,  Brian Hiskey

Joe Longfellow requested prayers concerning his relationship with this father.

Galen Duckstein’s father is doing better and is in a nursing facility. He is not keep his arm immobile like he is supposed to in order to facilitate faster healing. Please continue to pray for the family during this time as they deal with continuing conflicts that have arisen.

Michael  Watson’s fiance, Stephanie Pounders who is suffering from insomnia.  Please pray that this passes quickly and that stress is reduced in her life.

Brian Hiskey’s grandmother was hospitalized with heart palpitations they are not sure what is causing the difficulty; his friend Jaylee decided to abort her baby last Friday. She has a court appointment were she will have her remaining child taken away from her. She is 16 years old.; and pray for his co-worker Mike as he has been temporarily laid off from work and he usually handles these situations poorly.  Also, Brian’s friend, Jeff Ward has received word that his turmor has spread to his brain.

Dot, Beth and Jeannie’s step-mother has wide spread cancer in the abdomen but  will be on medication.

Clint Mongan is now recovering at home.

Elaine’s daughter Jennifer that has parvo virus.

Pray for our nation and all the challenges facing it.

Dan Nitz, Marnie Walker’s father for chest pains.

Those looking for employment:  David and Frank Colton, Floyd West (Susie Easter’s brother), Kyle and Deborah Wallis, Michelle Parker (Potter’s daughter).

Martha Winkelman’s (a friend of Phyllis Mort) cancer has spread throughout her body.

Ronnie Harrison’s sister, Sharon, is doing better but still struggling with her appetite.

Nick Lacina who has leukemia and worships at the Center Street Church of Christ in Marshalltown.

Expectant mothers:  Sarah Mongan, Dawn White, Dora Crocker, Anne Ogle

Missions:  Richardsons; Emilee Flaherty – medical missions in Zambia; Bob and Marla Housby—Italy

Caleb Guillo has had three lung collapses in the past 4 months for no apparent reason. Docs at Mayo have decided surgery would not be in Caleb’s best interest at this time. We will wait for genetic testing results which will take several weeks, but current tests look really good. Caleb has also been diagnosed with a genetic connective tissue disorder that could impact healing. He and his parents have been at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN where they specialize in dealing with kids like him.  (Caleb is a friend of the Baileys)

Please pray for Deb Kuper  and the children.

Louise Gordon’s tests came back positive and she is cancer free.

Jim Mort will be having cataract surgery on the 21st of December.

Michelle Parker is looking for work.

Shane Siegle’s sister, Cherrie Hubbard has now learned her cancer has spread to her bones.

Mike Mazak received word that he will be medically discharged from the Service in approximately 3 months. Please pray for the Mazak’s as they transition out of the service and into whatever God has waiting for them.

Anne Ogle’s grandfather, Earnest Kughl, is still in the hospital. They were unable to operate on his leg and his health is rapidly deteriorating.

Marnie Walker and the girls in Des Moines with the house for sale while Philip is in Alabama.

Josh White (son-in-law of a member of the church in Council Bluffs) had a stroke and is in Mercy hospital. Additionally, his family has requested prayers that both he and his wife Kaylla come to the decision to be restored in their relationship with God. They are living in Polk City for the next week and then will be moving to Ankeny.

Calendar of Events

  • Dec 31 – New Years Eve Get Together
  • Jan 3 – AM Potluck
  • Jan 22 – All Church Birthday Party!
  • Feb 20 – Jess Mort and Jerod Flaherty wedding

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