Happy Christmas – Good News of Great Joy
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: True happiness comes from realizing fulfilled promises.
- Zechariah receives God’s promise for a better future.
- Zechariah receives God’s fulfillment of a better future.
- Zechariah’s happiness a mix of promise and fulfillment.
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: This series is entitled “Happy Christmas.” For many, Christmas may be the opposite of happy…why?
- What do you know about Zechariah? In what ways have he and his wife experienced loss? How did his need and loss become an occasion for happiness and joy? How may your need and loss become an occasion for the same?
- Zechariah receives God’s promise for a better future. Review this promise. In what way is it true that an expectation of promise for a better future is vital to happiness? How is this the case with Zechariah? What general promises are given to all believers in Jesus Christ?
- Zechariah receives a fulfillment of God’s promise for a better future. Review this fulfillment. In what way is it true that a fulfillment of promise is vital to happiness? What fulfillment has been realized in the present for all believers in Jesus Christ?
Taking It Home: Zechariah bursts out in poetic happiness with a song. He has an assurance that his child will be a prominent figure in God’s salvation program. Is there a poem to write, a song to sing, a prayer to say or a thanksgiving to offer for the joy that may be found in God? Decide today.
We want to extend a special welcome to visitors and guests, and we invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. Please visit the Welcome Center, where you can meet with Pastor Jeff, get church information and receive a special gift when you turn in a Communication Card.
The first weekend of each month is our opportunity to contribute to our benevolent fund. This is an important ministry of Aspen Ridge and has been used for our church family, as well as community members. You can give your gift to a member of leadership or mark your check accordingly. We have had significant requests over the last few months and appreciate your support.
In the lobby, this weekend through Christmas, you will notice a display of Christmas trees with various paper tags on them. This year, we are partnering with Life’s Options, to purchase gift cards and such that can be presented throughout the year in times of need, rather than a slew of toys at Christmas. Would you take a tag (or several) and consider giving in this very real and practical way to benefit these families? We want these families and individuals to feel Christ’s love in this season and beyond! We have also provided envelopes on the table by the trees so that you may return your gifts through the offering or directly to Paula in the church office.
Opportunity: A dependable person wanting to make upwards of $20 per hour shoveling the snow off the sidewalks at the church. This will require you to have the walks cleared by 7:30 AM each time we receive snow. Please contact our head of Properties Ministry, John Briley, at [email protected] or 832.466.2214.
Our website upgrades are almost complete and should be launching this coming week. The password for access to our online directory has changed. If you would like the new password, please indicate such on a Communication Card or contact the church office. CHURCH OFFICE HOURS Please note that our church office will be closed on Friday, December 7. We will re-open for regular hours on Tuesday, December 11. We apologize for any inconvenience.
CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
Please note that our church office will be closed on Friday, December 7. We will re-open for regular hours on Tuesday, December 11. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Our next baptism weekend is scheduled for January 19/20. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact the church office to discuss scheduling your pre-baptism interview. Interviews will be held at 4:00 PM on Saturday, January 5 and 12 and 3:00 PM on Sunday, January 6 and 13. You are only asked to attend one of these sessions.
WINTER FUN GROUPS
Are you into winter sports? Do you pray for snow? Have you felt a nudge from God to lead a fun small group this winter? Skiing, ice-skating and snowshoeing are a few ideas. Please talk to Eric Krajewski, our Director of Small Groups, about your idea!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Dinner is served at 5:30 PM on Wednesday nights, this week, our menu includes lasagna, garlic bread, green salad and dessert for $2.50/person or $10/family. All are welcome.
CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICES
Our Christmas Eve Candlelight services will be offered at 3:30 PM and 5:00 PM, with childcare available in the nursery for ages 0-2. We would love to celebrate this special time with old and new friends. This is a great weekend to invite neighbors to find a home in Christ together!
Barry Strickland – his ministry works in our prison systems here in America. He is asking for prayer in a prison that has changed schedules and made it more difficult, in general, to work with the men who are wanting to be in his program. A new warden is coming soon, and he is praying this man will have an open heart to his ministry.
Eric and Kara Coe (Russia) – sent a very sweet message of thanks to all their supporters and those who take the time to pray for them, their family and their growing ministry to the Russian people.