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A Word from Wade
Dear Church Family,
I trust everyone had a great Thanksgiving, and if you are our guests during our Sunday morning worship services, we hope you will enjoy our time together in worship. After the service, we’d love to have you join us at the “I am new” center in the foyer behind the auditorium. We’d love to get to know you better and tell you more about the church.
We continue in our study in Luke today as I share with the last two services (9:00 and 11:15) the message I was prepared to give before I had my shoulder separation between the first and second services two weeks ago (“Whew!). Our early service 8:00 - will have a one-off where we discuss some things that will help me in our ministries at Emmanuel.
The JOY Project begins Wednesday night! There will be a free meal (5:00 pm), and service projects follow. Hope to see you there.
The Glory of Christmas is our Christmas Series for 2017, and I’ll be staring this series next Sunday. Brian Sallee And our production team will have our auditorium decorated for Christmas next Sunday, and we will spend out Sunday worship times tracing the glory of God throughout the Scriptures, culminating in the Christmas message that God came to earth as Emmanuel.
This Sunday in our Bridge service, we are singing the hymn "Victory in Jesus." This song was written by Eugene M. Bartlett, a prolific Christian songwriter who lived in the early 1900's. This song, which speaks of the conquering power of Jesus for the believer, was written on Eugene's deathbed. A serious stroke had rendered Eugene partially paralyzed and unable to travel or perform. The picture of a songwriter, unable to move parts of his body, knowing he is near death, penning the words "somehow Jesus came and brought to me the victory," is by far one of the most powerful images I have personally come across. It is an amazing hymn and an incredible message, and I pray that it speaks to you as deeply as it has spoken to me.
“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
- 1 Thessalonians 5:18
How can we be thankful in all circumstances? There are many ways or reasons but here are a few: First, we know from Scripture that God is working things for good (Romans 8:28). Second, we know that Jesus is preparing a place for us in heaven (John 14:1-3).
Also, notice Paul wrote as we are being thankful in all circumstances, “this is God’s will for (us).” Have you ever thought that God’s will for your life includes being thankful and not just where you work or what you do?
So, I know Thanksgiving Day is over, but don’t let your thanks giving be over.
This week let's get our children a piece of paper rolled up in a rubber band to easily carry around. They can make their thankful lists and bring them to share with their small groups on Sunday.
Here is a verse to encourage all of our families as we meditate on thankfulness.
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
- 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Emmanuel Enid Family,
The month of November is special for Emmanuel missions. We are highlighting missions that our church supports locally and worldwide. We have seen the impact that Forgotten Ministries is making in the community of Enid. We will see the amazing ministries taking place in Poland, Guatemala, and Niger. The teams we send each year to these countries are making a great impact in sharing the Gospel with the locals. Your support of Emmanuel missions is making a huge impact around the world, and we want to thank you for your generosity and support.
Our goal for the World Mission offering is $75,000. We have raised $52,812 up to this point. We need your help to reach our goal. Please prayerfully consider giving to our World Mission fund in the month of November!
Emmanuel's Singles group helps singles CONNECT with each other, GROW in their faith, SERVE others in love, REACH their world for Jesus, and HONOR God with their life.
We are multiple communities of single men and single women in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s, who are actively pursuing a relationship with Jesus by living out God’s purpose for our lives. Whether you’ve never been married, you are divorced, widowed, or a single parent, this is the place for you.
God doesn’t want you to live in isolation. Psalm 68:6 tells us, “God places the lonely in families...” That’s us! Emmanuel Singles is a family where you can know others and be known. Regardless of where you are on your spiritual journey, our family is open to you. We look forward to meeting you!
We have a special class coming on Thursday, November 30th, at 6 pm in our Conference Room. “Surviving the Holidays” by GriefShare will be offered this one time for Women & Men, and will be led by Cindy Burnham Crain.
In the coming days, you are going to be facing some tough emotions with Thanksgiving & Christmas. We believe this class may help lessen the emotional impact by knowing what to expect and being prepared.
In this class, you will watch a video, be part of a discussion group, and receive a Survival Guide with daily encouragement and helpful exercises.
God is our Great Comforter, and He wants to walk alongside you during this difficult time. We would love to help, and we hope you’ll join us for this class on November 30th.
In His Strength,
We are called to lead in our homes, jobs, and communities. To become a great leader, you must build trust through listening. Here are four benefits to listening.
- Builds trust
- Enables learning
- Facilitates understanding of needs
- Creates connections
“Lead by being led.”
BUSY, BUSY, BUSY!
This time of year seems to get extremely busy, hectic, and sometimes even frustrating. It's worth your time to take a breath and refocus yourself on Christ this holiday season. In the end, nothing that you might be getting worked up about matters as much as your steadfastness in Him. Lean on Him, and he will give you the energy to make it through this crazy holiday season!
Are you interested in getting involved in production here at Emmanuel? We are always looking for dedicated volunteers. If you want to get plugged in, we have open spots to run sound, lights, graphics, and cameras!
Senior Adult Ministry
It is important that we do not forget those in the past who contributed so much to Emmanuel over the years. Some of them are now homebound. Our goal is to bring some joy to our members who are limited in their abilities to leave their homes. We are asking families to sign up and make visits to these homes on these dates:
- Wednesday, November 29, 6:15-7:30 pm
- Wednesday, December 06, 6:15-7:30 pm
- Wednesday, December 13, 6:15-7:30 pm
- Simply sit and have a conversation—have them tell you “their story.”
- Bring them a special treat (we will let you know of any dietary restrictions).
- Ask if there are any little projects within the home that you could do for them (i.e., move boxes, put up Christmas decorations, etc.)
- But most important … connect with them.
God is faithful, and we are seeing His mercies every morning. We recently opened up the Mercy House, our emergency shelter, and it has been very peaceful so far. You can tell our guests desperately needed rest. It has been quite serene as well. Not a lot of chatter, but we know this is because they are just so thankful to have a warm meal, a warm bed, and people that love them. It is very hard to be homeless and live without stability and a healthy support system. We are just beyond grateful to have the shelter as the weather becomes cold and frigid.
Thank you all who came out to our recent fundraiser and for those that have given. I can assure you, your support does not go unnoticed, and our ministry couldn’t function without your love and encouragement.
If you are wanting to volunteer at the shelter and would like to get more information, call Sarah at (310) 658-0273.
Blessings to you all!
Emmanuel Christian School
Missions Month at ECS
November is mission’s month at Emmanuel Christian School. As such, the students are actively engaged in raising funds to support a variety of local and international missionary outreach programs. To make the fundraising more fun, the students take part in a series of challenges. Ultimately, the winners in each of the challenges are the various mission projects the school supports.
Last week we were reminded that the root of the word missionary is "mission." That each of us has a mission, and that mission was declared by Jesus when he told his disciples to “…..go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). Church family thank you for partnering with ECS as we strive to grow the next generation, and that they will be faithful to the call, to GO and TELL the good news of Christ Jesus.
Emmanuel Enid Library
Our church library is full of Christian books: Christian fiction, books for Christian growth, biographies, Bible studies, books for women or men, devotionals, books on prayer, books for parenting and marriage, audiobooks (CD’s), and DVD’s. Books are added to our collection every month. The library is located across from the nursery in room A106.
PRACTICAL LIFE – WOMEN
All Cracked Up: Experiencing God in The Broken Places by Patsy Clairmont. Before you start thinking that you need to clear a whole weekend for this do-it-yourself soul repair, be assured that you don’t need that kind of time! All that’s needed is a moment here and there. In All Cracked Up, Patsy Clairmont reminds us that though we’re all broken, in the hands of the Master Craftsman, we’re repairable, and sometimes, laughter makes the best glue.
FICTION – Joel C. Rosenberg
Joel C. Rosenberg has captured attention with his ability to pen masterful political thrillers that read as though they’ve been ripped from tomorrow’s headlines. An evangelical Christian from an Orthodox Jewish Heritage, Joel has an interesting and varied background as the producer of two documentaries, author of bestselling non-fiction and fiction titles and working as the communications advisor for a number of U.S. and Israeli leaders. Drawing on his heritage, depth of studies and political experience in the Middle East, Joel Rosenberg has crafted eight gripping thrillers including – ‘The Last Jihad’, ‘The Last Days’, ‘The Ezekiel Option’, ‘The Copper Scroll’, ‘Dead Heat’, ‘The Twelfth Imam’, ‘The Tehran Initiative’ and ‘The Damascus Countdown’.
Favorite Verse – Joel 2:11, “The Lord thunders at the head of His army, unlimited are His forces and mighty are those who obey His command.”