Creek's End Family & Friends,
You can have Christmas without Santa, without Frosty, and without Rudolph. You can have Christmas without the Grinch, Mr. Potter, Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim. But you cannot have a real Christmas without Jesus. Otherwise, it’s a fake Christmas.
Believe me, I love Christmas. But the problem is that we have made Christmas almost too beautiful with our horse-drawn carriages, snow, crackling fireplaces and hot cocoa. We have bathed the Nativity story in blue light with music swelling in the background. It’s all wonderful, but sometimes I think we’ve missed the raw power of the story by making it almost sentimental.
We have romanticized Christmas, I’m afraid; taking the real edge off the story that God Almighty came down from heaven to be born on the floor of a stable. To think that God did all this for us is more powerful than any romanticized version of Christmas. Really, when you look at the life of Christ, it is not a rags-to-riches story; it is a riches-to-rags story. Jesus went from being a sovereign to being a servant, from the glory of Heaven to a stable for animals. And all of that He did for us.
So I challenge you this Christmas to KEEP IT REAL. Think of what He did for us. Think of all He gave for us. The Bible tells us in Philippians 4:6-7, “Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being”. You have a choice this year: Either you can have a real Christmas, or you can have a fake Christmas. Either you can have the fake version, or you can have the real version with Christ himself living inside of you. It’s your choice.
Here is what is happening at Creek’s End…
LIGHT OF THE WORLD SERIES CONTINUES
God knows what you need. He sent Jesus into the world for you, to meet your greatest need. The Christmas story is personal. Here's how to make it your story, and come out of the shadows into the light. Join us Sunday for Out Of The Shadows.
To date we have raised over $125,000 of the $150,000 needed to complete our projects. Take a look around and see the progress of the new building and the prayer garden. We will continue to leave this fund open until we raise the needed money to finish. You can still use the REACHING envelopes on Sundays or give at the Giving Kiosk or online.
AWANA is on Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8:00 PM.
It is for children ages 2 years to 5th Grade.
We continue to grow each week.
For more information you can contact
Online sign-up and payment is available.
Our mentoring efforts have expanded to two high schools
COMING SOON IN LIGHT OF THE WORLD
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year . . . but not because of all the things associated with the season. In this 4-part series, I will remind you that the Christmas story —like your story— is complicated. But Jesus, the Light of the World, ultimately overcomes the darkness of anger, shame, and disappointment. Here is the remaining schedule…
DECEMBER 24 – Light Of The World
Join us for our annual Christmas Eve service. We will celebrate the fact that the source of our light is outside of us. It’s why He came. He came to bring Light to our darkness. He is the Light of the World.
CHRISTMAS AT CREEK’S END
Make plans now to invite your family, neighbors and friends to our Christmas services. This is a time of year when many people will accept the invitation to worship during the season. Our 3 identical Christmas Eve services last about 45-50 minutes and include candlelight, carols, and communion. Service times are 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, & 12:30 PM. Wee World will be available but all other age groups can enjoy the service.
YEAR END GIVING
The final Sunday for on campus giving is December 31. To insure that your year-end tithes and offerings are reflected on your 2017 contribution statements, please make sure they are postmarked by Sunday, December 31, or take advantage of our Online Giving option. We want to thank each and every one of you who have given this year. We cannot do what we do in our community and our world without your generosity. We are never more like Christ when we give, and we pray you will keep His purposes in your plans for giving in 2018.
HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS
Our Church offices will be closed December 25 – January 1. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 2.
A MESSAGE FOR THE NEW YEAR
How will you start the New Year? With gratitude?
Or with grumbling? On Sunday, December 31
Student Pastor Jesse Hicks will show us how
to start 2018 with a thankful attitude. Don’t miss
GRATITUDE OR GRUMBLING?
NEW SERMON SERIES BEGINS NEXT YEAR
Good Samaritans. The world needs more of them – people who won’t ignore or pass up the needs of those hurting – but those who get off their donkey and do something. In this four part series, we will talk about the responsibility of Christ followers when it comes to social justice. Get ready for the series GET OFF YOUR DONKEY (and do something!) Watch for details about the following schedule…
JANUARY 7 - "What The World Needs Now”
JANUARY 14 - "Red, Yellow, Black, & White”
JANUARY 21 - "The Big Picture”
JANUARY 28 - “Jezi Renmen Timoun Piti Yo”
See you this weekend,