2015 December 20 Announcements

Sign-up sheets are at the information center for the 2016 Winter Church Bible Study.  We will be studying the Sermon on the Mount. If you have any questions please see Bro. Kris and Sis. Heather Swords or Bro. Nate and Sis. Brittany Zeltwanger.

Starting January 5th thru the 16th we will be ready for a few weeks of increased numbers of volunteer help at the Fellowship Hall. Due to this we are planning to serve lunch during those 2 weeks. If you would be available to prepare and serve a meal please sign up on the sheet in the back hall at the message center, which has dates and further details.  If you have further questions contact Sisters Peg Rinkenberger or Jenise Wiegand.

There is a basket for Christmas cards for our missionary families. (Bro. Kurt and Sis. Joan and Family, Bro. Erik and Sis. Carrie and Family, and Sis. Erin Davis and Neiah)

There is an open house at the Eureka Home Sunday January 10th from 2-4pm. Everyone is welcome as they celebrate 50 years of loving care in the Spirit of Christ.

We are invited to a special singing at the Morton Church Sunday January 10th at 6:30pm. We are invited along with Peoria, Roanoke and Bradford. Morton is having a series of these singings in hopes of filling their sanctuary with praises as the old Church will be coming down later next year. Let’s make an effort to attend!

We will have our Christmas service this Friday at 10am. This will cancel Wednesday Evening services this week.

Note from Bro. Dave & Sis. Pat Kuntz:
Thanks to each of you in our church family for flowers, food and mostly the prayers as Bro. Dave lost his mother recently.

1 Pet 3:8
Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
Five key elements that should characterize any group of believers:
 
1.  Harmony (“be ye all of one mind”)
Rom 15:5-6
Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Cor 13:11
Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
Phil 2:2
Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

2.  Sympathy (“compassion”) being responsive to others needs
Ps 86:15
But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.
Matt 9:35-38
And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

3.  Love –seeing one another as brothers and sisters
I Jn 2:5
But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
1 Pet 1:22
Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
I Jn 3:14
We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

4.  Tender hearts (“pitiful”) being affectionately sensitive
Eph 4:32
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
James 5:11
Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

5.  Humble minds (“courteous”) being willing to encourage on another and rejoice in each other’s successes.
Isa 57:15
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
Matt 18:4
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
James 4:10
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
1 Pet 5:5
Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
These five qualities go a long way toward helping believers serve God effectively.