Upcoming Events

December 9-11:
Senior Youth Retreat at Wilderness

December 17 & 18:
Christmas Tonight and
Youth Bake Sale
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December 18:
Children's Christmas Program,
10:30 AM

December 24:
Christmas Eve Worship Services
3:00 PM
5:00 PM
7:00 PM Candlelight

December 25:
Christmas Day
9:30 AM

December 31:
NO Saturday Worship

January 1:
Worship – 8:00 & 9:30 AM

January 2:
WOMO Meeting

January 20-22:
Mount Olive Women’s Retreat

January 23:
Mount Olive Missions at Pizza Ranch

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Key Verse:

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14

 

The Call to Christmas
By Pastor Jon Haakana

(Excerpts from “The Call of Christmas” by the Skit Guys)

The Biblical stories concerning the birth of Christ all include encounters with angels: Zechariah, Mary, Joseph, the shepherds in the field watching their flock by night. Angelic encounters are not as unique as we might expect. From the first chapters of Genesis in the Garden of Eden to the final descriptions in Revelation and all throughout the pages of the Bible, there are hundreds of references where the activities of angels are recorded.

A recent Google search of “angel encounters” produces well over one million results in less than one second. Historical reviews of virtually all nations and cultures demonstrate some belief in angels and angelic beings. The ancient Egyptians constructed their tombs with ornate and extravagant furnishings because of their belief that angels would visit the place where the dead resided in the ages to come. Angels are prominent in art throughout the ages and a subject often seen in films and television scripts today. Volumes of stories every year are shared by people concerning angels active in present day situations.

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