I trust you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration and are looking forward to heading into Christmas—what incredible times of the year! Both holidays highlight two important facets of our faith: 1) Thanks. We have so much to be thankful for. As I shared with the NewPointe staff, I might not have everything I want, but I have so much more than I need or deserve. If we don’t live with a sense of gratitude, we end up taking people for granted and feeling entitled to things we should feel grateful for—which inevitably leads to chaos in our relationships. 2) Giving. God has blessed us with so much. And out of our gratitude to Him, our attitude should be one of generosity.
Be sure to join us this Christmas Eve for “Home for Christmas,” where we’ll be discussing how to deal with the chaos and dysfunction of being home for the holidays. You won’t want to miss it! This Christmas Eve service is a great invest and invite opportunity, as 3 out of 4 people have said that if someone were to invite them to church at Christmastime, they would come. And what better time than Christmas to introduce someone to Christ!
Christmas Eve service times are:
- Canton—2, 4 & 6 p.m.
- Coshocton—5 p.m. (at Coshocton High School)
- Dover—12, 2, 4 & 6 p.m.
- Millersburg—2, 4 & 6 p.m.
Due to our Christmas Eve service on December 24, there will be no services on Sunday, December 22. We also will not hold services on Sunday, December 29, in honor of the hundreds of volunteers who faithfully serve week in and week out. (We will, however, have an online service available for you to watch, beginning at 9 a.m.). A special thanks to each and every one of our volunteers for your continual love and support. We couldn’t do what we do without you!
I want to encourage you to consider giving a year-end gift to the ministry of NewPointe. God is continually opening doors for us to reach people for Christ. I know I have said this many, many times, but I don’t know of a greater investment than in the local church. It truly is the hope of the world living and teaching the truth of Jesus Christ.
I invite you to join us for a new two-part series kicking off on January 5. It’s called “Necessary Endings.” Knowing when and how to let go when something or someone isn’t working—whether it’s a personal relationship, a job, or a business venture—is essential for happiness and success in life. The end of the year is a natural time when we stop, reflect, and consider what we want to take from 2013 into 2014. Do we really want to carry the burden of our failures, mistakes, or drained resources into a new year? Or would we rather begin 2014 anew—free from the burdens that kept us from advancing as far as we’d hoped in 2013? As this year draws to a close, be thinking about which habits, thoughts, and actions—those “Necessary Endings”—you must let go of in order to achieve your goals for 2014. I hope to see you on January 5. I guarantee you won’t want to miss it!
Have a blessed Christmas!