Throughout the month of December, we will be celebrating the joyous season of Christmas and the birth of our Savior, and it would be our honor and privilege for you to join us. Here’s an outline of the themes of Christmas messages:
Sunday, December 3, 10:45 a.m.: Christmas is Light
Sunday, December 10, 10:45 a.m.: Christmas is Peace
Sunday, December 17, 10:45 a.m.: Christmas is Joy
Sunday, December 24, 10:15 a.m. (note earlier time): Christmas is Music
Children’s Christmas play
On Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 6:30 p.m., please join TeamKID for a Christmas play. There’s nothing to get you into the Christmas spirit and the true meaning of Christmas than children telling the story of Jesus’ birth. We guarantee you will be blessed when you see it.
Change in Sunday School and Service times: Sunday, December 24
Because many families have their Christmas celebrations on Christmas Eve, we want to give you some extra time to celebrate with your family, so we’ve shortened our Sunday morning Bible study and worship time for December 24 only: Sunday School – 9:30 to 10 a.m. Worship Service – 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.
Another successful year for Operation Christmas Child
First Baptist Dayton prayed over, packed and shipped 154 shoeboxes full of gifts for children around the world as part of Operation Christmas Child this year. This amazing accomplishment was made possible by the many members who donated, shopped, wrapped and prayed for success. Thanks to everyone!
“Are You Ready?”
Are you ready for the second coming of Jesus? If He returned today are you ready? We are told that He is coming again. No one has any idea when, it could be in one minute, in one hour, today or sometime this year or next. No one knows when the time will be. Many wise men have predicted a date for the coming, but none of us can really know when the time will come.
If He returned tomorrow, would you be on the naughty or nice list? Would you be in line for entry into an eternal life shared in the company of our Maker or would you be in line pleading your case? Many may ask how do you prepare for such an event. The answer is to live everyday like it is Christmas Eve! Think of the anticipation we have as Christmas is approaching, the excitement, the happiness, reminding children, “You had better be good.” We are all a little happier, kinder, more loving to our neighbors, checking on each other and buying gifts for all our loved ones. We are so excited to watch the joy on the faces of those opening gifts. All this happiness tied up in one month of the year. What do we do the rest of the year?
We celebrate Christmas Day because it is deemed the birth of Jesus Christ, His first coming to Earth. We need to celebrate each other like everyday is Christmas. Show love, kindness, and caring everyday of the year to your neighbor, family, co-workers, and enemies. Then and only then will you be ready for the day that He returns. It is easy to get caught up in the stressors of life, but when judgement day comes which line will you be standing in?
All honor, glory, and praise be to God, now and forever more! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a very happy New Year to all of the members of our Dayton Community!
Submitted by: Melody Dilts
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