Creek's End Family & Friends,
With Christmas just around the corner, I thought I would share with you some gift ideas in the area of reading. Tomie DePaola, a great children’s book writer, once said, “Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything.” Did you know that we have book authors in our church, including yours truly? And there are both children and adult books they’ve written.
First of all, if you have children or grandchildren, I just had my first children’s book come out in October called Ginger Giraffe’s Watermelon Birthday Party. Inspired by my first granddaughter’s 6th birthday party (back in 2016), it’s about a giraffe who loves watermelon. Also, it is illustrated by our own talented Courtney Laird. It’s available in paperback and hard cover at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers. Also available on Kindle and Nook.
If you do the Christmas Elf on the Shelf, then you need to
check out How The Christmas Elf Was Saved by our own
Amy Green. It is an EBook that can be a companion to
Elf on the Shelf and helps share the real Christmas story.
It is available on Amazon Kindle.
For adults, our own Merilyn Marriot has written a novel called The Children of Main Street. Forced to choose between her husband and her career, Katie fights to hold onto both in order to save Bailey, a child who appears at the Main Street Mental Health Clinic. When her husband gives her an ultimatum, Katie finds the children of Main Street are not the only ones feeling outcast and lost. Marilyn’s book is available in paperback and EBook at Amazon & Barnes & Noble.
Also for adults, I’ve written a couple of devotional books that make great stocking stuffers. Morning Ride is a devotional book for motorcycle enthusiasts. Morning Round is a devotional book for golfing enthusiasts. They are available in paperback from Amazon & Barnes & Noble and other retailers, as well as Kindle and Nook.
Finally, I have an EBook called Christmas – A Season of Hope. It is a closer look at the Christmas story and the stories surrounding it that can make Christmas a season of hope. It is available on Kindle and Nook.
So there you have it. See, I’ve helped you do your Christmas shopping already! Seriously, I’m thankful that God has used some of our own to make a difference in the world of writing. Check out their work and encourage them to keep writing.
Here is what is happening at Creek’s End…
COMMUNITY IMPACT OPPORTUNITY
"THE DNA OF GRATITUDE CONCLUDES
Practicing gratitude will not erase the overdue bills, cure a common cold, or make those zoom meetings any easier but it will help you cope with those things. We are flawed beings. We all have scars, some more visible than others. Gratitude helps us heal those scars by focusing on what’s good. Join us on campus or Live Stream for Habitual Gratitude.
We hope you enjoy the time with family and friends after a tough 2020. There will be no weekend update next week so follow closely. The church offices will be closed November 25-27 in celebration of Thanksgiving. We are open Monday and Tuesday of next week from 9:00 to 4:00. There are no Wednesday activities. The will resume December 2. On Sunday, November 29, we will have 11:00 AM service only. No 9:30 activities. We will resume our regular schedule on Sunday, December 6.
NEW SERIES THE LYRICS OF CHRISTMAS STARTS NOVEMBER 29
Nothing can compare to the simplicity and devotion of Christmas carols. During what is usually the busiest season of the year, we’re all blessed to sing carols, whether in church or at an informal gathering in our homes. This messages in this series are based on the background and the text of various carols that are familiar to us all. You will be encouraged to go deeper in your own understanding and appreciation of the One who was born in Bethlehem. Here is the schedule…
NOVEMBER 29 – “O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM”
The story of Jesus began at a quaint little town called Bethlehem. What otherwise would have been an unheard of Palestinian town, shrouded in anonymity, has instead become the theme for poets, the subject for artists, and the goal for pilgrims. Why Bethlehem? Join us as we discover how God used a tiny town for an enormous purpose.
DECEMBER 6 – “WHAT CHILD IS THIS?”
700 years before Jesus Christ was even born, a prophet of God explained Christmas before anyone had even experienced Christmas. Seven centuries before that cradle rocked, the stars shown, the Wise Men gave and the angels sang, Isaiah dipped his prophetic pen into inspired ink and wrote what has become the centerpiece and cornerstone of Christmas prophecy. We will learn in terms no one can misunderstand, just what Child this was.
DECEMBER 13 – “WE THREE KINGS”
The wise men (and incidentally, we are not told they were kings, nor are we told there were only three) could have very easily faced ridicule and sarcasm for looking for the baby called Jesus. We live today in a world that still thinks it is foolish to worship some baby that was born in a lowly manger, to a humble carpenter, and a common woman. But in this message we will understand why wise men still seek Him.
DECEMBER 20 – “AWAY IN A MANGER”
Our view of the manger has become so become so clean and proper. But the real truth is that first century mangers were dirty and messy. The manger puts Jesus at the center of a mess, not a masterpiece. Jesus came to the manger because humanity needed to be rescued. Not rescued from a sanitized petting zoo, but from a filthy, dirty stable. It was a mess, just like us! In this message we find that Jesus didn’t mind the mess of the manger, and He doesn’t mind our mess, either.
FIRST WEDNESDAY PRAYER & FASTING
Fasting and prayer are a necessity for Christians, to enable them to seek the face of God wholly. We deny our carnal nature in order to fulfill the desires of God. Our next First Wednesday Fasting & Prayer day is December 2. We invite you to join us to fast and pray from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. A guide will be available online to take you through specific topics for which to pray.
LADIES HOLIDAY DINNER
HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Our “Hope For The Holidays” Christmas Offering is underway. You may give to this offering any time between now and December 31. Our goal is $10,000 and is dispersed into several areas. They are South Texas Children’s Home (STCH), Living Water International, Coreluv, and Local Families In Need. You may give online, at the Giving Kiosk, or with offering envelopes in the seat backs. Give generously, and be a part of bringing Hope for the Holidays to those in our community and around the world.
HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS MISSION TRIP
ONLINE RESOURCES FOR SUNDAY
On our website we have made it easy to access materials that are available for Sunday for those sho still cannot worship on campus. This link SUNDAY RESOURCES will take you to all the links you need – Sermon notes, Bible Study video, Live Stream, prayer requests, online giving and a Connection Card.
See you this weekend,