Thursday, November 09, 2006

Fasting & Study

As we enter into this time of year, it has become almost cliché to say “It’s my favorite time of the year!” In fact, we even have a song to remind us that it is the “most wonderful time of the year.” However, I can not deny that Advent and Christmas seasons are some of my favorite times of the year. I blame my parents – they have always been kind of crazy about Christmas.

If you are like me, don’t miss this next month as we charge head-long into the December which is to come. On November 19th we have a very special day in the life of our church. It is “Friends and Family” Sunday, and it will be the perfect opportunity to invite friends, family members, and co-workers to come and worship with us at Southwest Baptist Church. We will truly make this service a celebration of worship as we prepare for the season to come. In addition, we will be gathering on the same day for our annual Thanksgiving dinner. It would be best to just clear that day on your calendar now!

Before we get to November 19th, we also have a continuing opportunity on November 12th. At 5:30 pm on Sunday, November 12th we will have the third in our series of Christian Spiritual Practices. If you have not been a part of this discussion group and study, now is the perfect time to join us. We will be discussing Fasting and Study as spiritual practices. Wait! Don’t stop reading, yet! Our discussion never center on only the stereotypical aspects of these concepts. I have been really encouraged by how well our emphases on meditation, prayer, and hospitality have gone. This will truly be an opportunity that I believe those who miss will regret.

Do I still have you, or did I scare you off? If you are still here, let me encourage you to be looking for a new format for our newsletter, coming soon. And as we prepare for the coming season, I look forward to sharing with our church from the pulpit on November 5th and 12th.

Grace and peace,

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