MESSAGE NOTES

Tell Me the Story – The First Christmas
Luke 2:1-7
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

The Big Idea: Tell the story of the birth of Jesus Christ.

  • Tell the time of the birth.
  • Tell the place of the birth.
  • Tell the occasion of the birth.
  • Tell the circumstances of the birth.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Quick Review: Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?

My Story: News broadcasters have become important figures in the 20th and 21st Centuries. What qualities mark the best news broadcasters?
 
Digging Deeper:

  1. What marks the book of Luke in general (1:1-4), and this passage in particular (2:1-7), as making note of events which really happened in history?
  2. What prevents Jesus’ being born at home in Nazareth (See also Micah 5:2)?
  3. What events of Jesus’ birth are apparently ordinary? What are extraordinary?

Taking it Home: If Christianity is real, and if you are indeed a genuine Christian, there ought to be evidence in your life. What evidence exists in your life that you are a follower of Jesus Christ? Who have you told recently about this evidence?

NEWCOMERS RECEPTION

If you are visiting, we want to extend a special welcome to you, and we invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. On Saturday, Pastor Jeff will be available in the Celebration Center, and on Sunday, he will meet you at the Welcome Center. 

 

SEARCH TEAM RECOMMENDATION

This weekend, we’ll hear from Ron Kilgore about the process that has led our search team to a recommendation for the Director of Student Ministries. During the weekend of January 14/15, we will have a candidate weekend, which will include opportunities to get to know our candidate, to pray for wisdom and direction and to allow for input from our church body. Following the candidate weekend, the elder board will decide on this recommended candidate. Thank you for your prayerful interest and participation in this process. You may forward questions directly to Ron Kilgore at [email protected] or 303.881.4348.

 

STAFF APPRECIATION: A NOTE FROM THE ELDER TEAM

As 2016 comes to a close, we reflect on the past year of ministry at Aspen Ridge Church, and we desire to remember those who unselfishly serve us week in and week out. We will be collecting a love offering during these last weeks of December and then will present a gift to the staff as an expression of our appreciation. Please note “Staff Gift” on your check and place it in the offering by December 25. Thank you.

 

 RENTAL OPPORTUNITY

The current tenants will be moving out of the “Parsonage” rental property that is owned by Aspen Ridge in mid-January. This property is a 2300 sqft, 3BR/3BA, house with a 2-car garage. It will be available for rent in February. If you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity, please contact Jeff Goodwin by phone at 303.679.1093 or email [email protected]

 

 LIVE IT OUT

Thanks to all who are contributing to Live It Out as we intentionally reach out to our community in practical and loving ways. To contribute, note “Live It Out” on or with your gift.

Gifts (pledged and unpledged) received to date:              $  57,634
Remaining pledged amount:                                              $  67,907

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Christmas Eve services will be held at 3:00 PM and 4:30 PM this year. We would love to celebrate this special time with old and new friends, rejoicing in the birth of Jesus and “telling the story.” Also, please note that on Christmas morning we will have one Family Christmas
Celebration beginning at 10:00 AM, and all children are invited to attend with their families. Kids can even come in their pajamas!

DV8 NEW YEAR’S EVE

DV8 will be meeting in the Student Center after the Saturday evening worship service on Saturday, December 31, for a New Year’s Eve celebration. More details will follow, but block this date out on your calendar and plan to join us!

UPCOMING BAPTISM WEEKEND

Our next Baptism Weekend is scheduled for January 7/8. If you are interested in participating, please contact the church office to sign up for an orientation meeting with Pastor Jeff. These meetings are offered for your convenience on December 18 at 8:00 AM, December 31 at 5:00 PM or January 3 at 3:00 PM, and you only need to attend one of them.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER

Please join us for our final Wednesday Night dinner for this year! We are serving pasta e fagioli, bread, salad and dessert for $2.50 per person or $10 per family, beginning at 5:30 PM. Meals will resume on January 11, and we hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a Happy
New Year!

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

 

 

 

 

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