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December 9-15, 2016

Christmas Worship

I don't understand the incarnation. I hate to admit that, while good theology will help you, things like the Ecumenical Councils and the Chalcedon Confession, they will only take you so far. They cannot dispel the mystery. Those confessions are there to keep you out of the ditch of heresy. 

But think about Jesus in Mary's womb. There he is, the Son of God, as an embryo. How does that work, exactly? Could He communicate with the Father then? What is it like for God to be a toddler? To have His diaper changed? How did Joseph correct Jesus as he learned the trade? Did Jesus have any reflux and exasperate Mary by crying all night? Did he ever get sick? Did Joseph want to whip Jesus when he went missing for three days in the Temple? 

How does the infinite, Almighty God join to finite human flesh? I know that Jesus is both human and divine, yet these two natures combine in one person, not two. There is no "God person" Jesus and "human person" Jesus, as though he had two wills. He is one person, but both God and man. He is not a mixture, either. He is solidly both, and yet one person. It is amazing to think about. 

The contrast between the Almighty and the frailty of humanity is seen most clearly in the manger in Bethlehem. There is the Almighty, All-Powerful God, wrapped in swaddling clothes. He is utterly dependent on Joseph and Mary. If they don't feed him, he'll starve. If they don't provide shelter and clothing, he'll die of exposure. God is an impotent baby? This really happened?

Yes, it did. And it happened so that you and I might be saved. It happened so that we might inherit his kingdom. Meditate on this good news this season. Think on it until your heart is filled with joy, and then go share this good news with others.

Yours in Christ,

Bro. Brad

Announcements:
  • Check out the welcome table for upcoming events and sign ups.
  • Children's Ministry: Anyone currently serving or interested in serving as a teacher or on nursery rotation please take a job description form from the welcome table. We need 1 extra teacher on Wednesday nights and 2 extra Sunday School teachers to add to the rotation. Please see Regina if you can be available for any of those.
  • Nursery Teacher Needed on Wednesday nights starting in January.
  • Children's Choir Musical will be this Sundy, December 11th at 6 pm! Children in the musical need to be at the church by 5:30pm! Anyone who can bring baked goods as part of our bake sale 'props' would be greatly appreciated. We will have a baked goods fellowship immediately following the musical. Please see Beth Ann if you have any questions.
  • Parents and children meet at 5pm at the church on Wednesday, Dec. 14th, to bake cookies and pass them out to employees at the Crossroads mall.
  • There will be a family meeting on Sunday night, December 18th. We will have a soup and sandwich fellowship meal prior to the meeting. Please bring soup, sandwiches, and/or desserts for the meal. The church will provide drinks.
  • Student Ministry: Winter Breakaway is coming up! Remaining balances are now past due. See David if you haven't paid!
    The annual Youth Scavenger Hunt is Dec. 9th from 6 to 11 p.m. This will be a city-wide hunt, so we will need about 4 adult drivers. The team to complete the most tasks before time runs out wins and gets the pick of the best prizes. Door prizes will be awarded to the most creative task.
    You are invited to David and Holly's house on Wednesday night (6 pm), Dec. 14th, for our Christmas party! Bring an inexpensive gift to play "Dirty Santa," and wear your most hideous Christmas sweater for fun. We'll have snacks and hot chocolate too!
  • Women's Community Bible Study is at 2 locations this year! Lisa is teaching through the Gospel of Mark. The bible study is being hosted by Grace Fellowship on Tuesday mornings at 10 AM (childcare provided) and by NCBC on Tuesday evenings at 7 PM (no child care provided).
  • Please continue to fill up the baby bottles for Real Life Pregnancy Center and return them to the basket in the sanctuary.

Dates to Mark on Your Calendar:
December 9 - Youth Scavenger Hunt
December 11 - Children's Christmas Musical
December 14 - Youth Christmas Party
Dec. 28-Jan. 1 - Breakaway Student Conference

Praise/Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for all the benevolence cases we work with on a weekly basis. Most of them are unchurched. Pray the gospel takes root and praise God for all the provision we have to be able to do this ministry.

Volunteers for this week:

Sunday Morning Childcare:
Bed Babies through 2's - Cindy Ham, Leigh Ellen, Steve Hellums
3 through 4 year olds - Marsha Garrison and Jessica Gevers

Last Week’s Statistics:

Budget Receipts this Week: $5,923.00
Budget Needs Weekly: $4,254.42
Budget Receipts YTD: $184,813.20
Budget Needs YTD: $208,466.73
Budget (Deficit)/Surplus ($23,653.53)
Building Fund this Week: $250.00
Building Fund YTD: $8,842.00
Attendance: 77

Benevolence                                                $574.00
Missions                                                     $150.00

New Covenant Baptist Church – www.DiscoverNewCovenant.com
912 E. Main Street, P.O. Box 131- Albertville, AL 35950
256-849-2454
Pastor – Brad Williams    
Family Pastor -- David Porch
Sunday:
9:30am – Sunday School
10:30am - Worship Service
6:00pm – Community Groups
Wednesday:
6:00pm - Children/Student Activities
6:00pm – Adult Bible Study
Our mission and passion at New Covenant Baptist Church is to glorify God by becoming a community that  fosters the love of God with all of the heart, soul, mind and strength, and by learning to love one another as Christ Jesus has loved us.The answer to every heart's need and the satisfaction of all our longing is found in Jesus Christ our Lord, who is Himself the very image of Almighty God. We exist to adore Him, and to spread the knowledge of His greatness to the ends of the earth.

 

December 2-8, 2016

Opportunities, tragedies, and the constancy of God's love

It was my intention to write to you today simply to encourage you with stories of those going and serving in missions and that their stories might provoke you in your own God-given mission. That is still my intention, but I received a curve ball to the gut this morning which has slightly redirected my message today.

My friend Joey Braswell and I experienced the call to missions about the same time in our lives, our early 20's. He and I were connected to a ministry in the Auburn area called Harvest Evangelism with which we worked on many mission projects and short-term trips, especially to Mexico. While there we served the most impoverished people I had ever seen, even to this day. We shared the gospel door-to-door in dirt floor shacks to many a Mexican family. We passed out food, clothes, and shoes from the local churches in each town we visited.

Another Auburn area ministry through the university partnering with Texas A&M, namely, Reformed University Fellowship, has given our own Carter Spence the opportunity to go to Greece from Dec. 30th to Jan. 7th. While there, he and a team of about 15 others will be serving through local churches in Athens to reach out to Syrian refugees there. Carter's simple hope is to spread the kingdom of God through their outreach efforts, just as mine and Joey's was. Please consider supporting Carter definitely through prayer but also by giving. His trip is going to cost about $2,100. To donate, go to https://givetoruf.org and select "Specific Campus Missions Trip." Then type "Texas A&M University Mission Account." Be sure to write Carter's name as the student you are sponsoring. OR simply write a check and hand it or mail it to the Spences at 124 Lake Creek Dr., Guntersville, AL 35976. Carter gives his love and thanks in advance.

On another occasion, Joey and I went with Harvest Evangelism to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Beer bottles and curse words were hurled at us as we each took our turn to open-air preach on Bourbon Street. Reflecting on it afterwards, we both recounted that we had rarely experienced such joy as when we were slandered for the sake of Christ and His gospel. Joey and I went on to bible college and then seminary separately and lost contact with each other since 2007. I try not to be surprised when news of an unexpected death occurs, but when I saw the news this morning that Joey had shot and killed himself I reacted vehemently. The bodily sensations are what I felt first: cold hands, heat in my chest, tunnel vision, hot eyes. Then came the emotions: grief, hurt, anger at him; anger at death; anger at injustice.

Carter is going to Athens because it is just to serve the refugees and love them with the gospel. Death can no longer separate us from the Love of God because justice was done through the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus our Lord. A godly man acquainted with grief and loss was absolutely convinced of this truth:
"Who can bring an accusation against God's elect? God is the One who justifies.
Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the One who died, but even more, has been raised; He also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
As it is written: 'Because of You we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered.'
No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us.
For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, hostile powers,
height or depth, or any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!"
--Romans 8:33-39.

This Sunday we will celebrate God's love by lighting the 2nd Advent candle, the Candle of Love. Pay attention as Brad preaches on this grand subject from Genesis 22.

kept in His love,

David

Announcements:
  • Check out the welcome table for upcoming events and sign ups.
  • Children's Ministry: Anyone currently serving or interested in serving as a teacher or on nursery rotation please take a job description form from the welcome table. We need 1 extra teacher on Wednesday nights and 2 extra Sunday School teachers to add to the rotation. Please see Regina if you can be available for any of those.
  • Children's Choir Musical will be December 11th at 6 pm! Mark your calendars!
  • Student Ministry: Winter Breakaway is coming up! Remaining balances are due December 7th.
    The annual Youth Scavenger Hunt is Dec. 9th from 6 to 11 p.m. This will be a city-wide hunt, so we will need about 4 adult drivers. The team to complete the most tasks before time runs out wins and gets the pick of the best prizes. Door prizes will be awarded to the most creative task.
    You are invited to David and Holly's house on Wednesday night (6 pm), Dec. 14th, for our Christmas party! Bring an inexpensive gift to play "Dirty Santa," and wear your most hideous Christmas sweater for fun. We'll have snacks and hot chocolate too!
  • Ladies, mark your calendars for Monday, Dec. 5th at 6 pm. We will be having our Ladies Christmas fellowship.The address for the party is 1470 US Hwy 431, Suite 308, Boaz.
  • Women's Community Bible Study is at 2 locations this year! Lisa is teaching through the Gospel of Mark. The bible study is being hosted by Grace Fellowship on Tuesday mornings at 10 AM (childcare provided) and by NCBC on Tuesday evenings at 7 PM (no child care provided).
  • Please continue to fill up the baby bottles for Real Life Pregnancy Center and return them to the basket in the sanctuary.

Dates to Mark on Your Calendar:
December 5 - Ladies Christmas Fellowship
December 9 - Youth Scavenger Hunt
December 11 - Children's Christmas Musical
December 14 - Youth Christmas Party
Dec. 28-Jan. 1 - Breakaway Student Conference

Praise/Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for all the benevolence cases we work with on a weekly basis. Most of them are unchurched. Pray the gospel takes root and praise God for all the provision we have to be able to do this ministry.

Volunteers for this week:

Sunday Morning Childcare:
Bed Babies through 2's - Amy Williams, Randy Spence, Kevin Parnell
3 through 4 year olds - Amber Knight and Matt Colvin

Last Week’s Statistics:

Budget Receipts this Week: $2,225.00
Budget Needs Weekly: $4,254.42
Budget Receipts YTD: $178,890.20
Budget Needs YTD: $204,212.31
Budget (Deficit)/Surplus ($25,322.11)
Building Fund this Week: $100.00
Building Fund YTD: $8,592.00
Attendance: 57
New Covenant Baptist Church – www.DiscoverNewCovenant.com
912 E. Main Street, P.O. Box 131- Albertville, AL 35950
256-849-2454
Pastor – Brad Williams    
Family Pastor -- David Porch
Sunday:
9:30am – Sunday School
10:30am - Worship Service
6:00pm – Community Groups
Wednesday:
6:00pm - Children/Student Activities
6:00pm – Adult Bible Study
Our mission and passion at New Covenant Baptist Church is to glorify God by becoming a community that  fosters the love of God with all of the heart, soul, mind and strength, and by learning to love one another as Christ Jesus has loved us.The answer to every heart's need and the satisfaction of all our longing is found in Jesus Christ our Lord, who is Himself the very image of Almighty God. We exist to adore Him, and to spread the knowledge of His greatness to the ends of the earth.


Our mission and passion at New Covenant Baptist Church is to glorify God by becoming a community that  fosters the love of God
with all of the heart, soul, mind and strength, and by learning to love one another as Christ Jesus has loved us.
The answer to every heart's need and the satisfaction of all our longing is found in Jesus Christ our Lord, who is Himself, the very image of Almighty God. We exist to adore Him, and to spread the knowledge of His greatness to the ends of the earth.

 

Contact the church office :  (256) 660 0330