NEWS & NOTES
Christmas Eve Service
There will be an in-person Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Thursday, December 24th at 6 PM. We are also planning an online service for Christmas Eve, which will premier at 6 PM on our Facebook page, facebook.com/parkavenuechurch. This is a great opportunity to invite family and friends to join, either in person or online, and share the joy that Jesus’ birth brings.
Our Covenant Sunday will be January 17th, 2021. Our focus will be “Fix your eyes on Jesus.” During service we will have a time for us to recommit ourselves to the Lord.
Thank you to the many volunteers, members of our youth group, and youth parents for helping with the gift bags delivered to our Senior Singles last week.
Congratulations to Amy Richards, the daughter of Sandy Richards and granddaughter of Arlene O’Malley, on the adoption of a daughter, Avery Tate Richards. Avery was born on July 30th, 2020, and adopted on December 11th.
We are looking for additional volunteers to assist in facilitating our online worship experience! If you are interested in running slides, operating cameras, or facilitating discussion on Facebook during the service, please contact Cina Catteau.
Betty Clark, James Hawk, Dewey Martin, Bob Corley, Sandra Aynes, June Washburn, Nancy Richard, Sarah Carroll
Jim & Jane Scroggins, Terry Waggoner, Pat Ardis, Kay Skelton, Lisa Cobble, Bobby & Peggy Slaughter, Sandra Thomas, Larry Long, Corky Armstrong, Judy Shelton, Mary Pope, Gene Stogner, Kimberly Pendergrass, Kaile Williams (Norris), Peggy Parkey
Barbara Corbett, Ray & Marsha Jones, Chris Keene, JD Huffman
Hammer & Dela Afakule (Togo), Mario “Pepe” Torre (Monterrey, Mexico)
Friends of Park Avenue
Rebekah Taylor (great niece of the Russells), Becky Sanchez (wife of Gil Sanchez, Director of orphanage in Mexico), Betty & Misty (family of Pat Chandler)
Good morning and welcome to our worship services. Today is the Sunday before Christmas, and oh how we need a celebration this year. There’s been so much bad news this year it’s about time we can celebrate some good news.
You know how someone will come up to and say, “I’ve got some bad news and I’ve got some good news. What do you want first?” Well, we’ve had all the bad news we can handle this year, so today let’s focus on the good news. That’s what the angels announce to the shepherds on the night that Jesus was born—“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord (Luke 2:10–11).
It’s this good news that brings us peace, hope, and joy in in the midst of all the bad news. May the good news of Jesus’ coming overshadow the chaos, despair, and sadness that seems to be all around us.
As we come to the end of 2020, let me thank all of you for your ongoing financial support of the work here at Park Avenue. It looks like we will meet our proposed budget for 2020, in spite of all the confusion brought on by the pandemic. When we shut down for 10 weeks that was a real concern for me, but you all proved faithful once again. As we enter 2021 let me encourage everyone to begin planning for their giving in the new year. The work of the church is vital to God’s purposes and the stewardship of all our gifts, including finances, is critical in the building up of the body. The elders will present the budget shortly after we begin the new year.
Please plan on joining us for our Christmas Eve service either in person or online. And invite your family and friends to join us as well. Share our posts on Facebook and help us get the word out. It will be a special night.
All of here at the church office wish you all a very Merry Christmas. It is truly a blessing to serve with you at this church. Your love, your servant heart, and your constant encouragement are gifts we can never thank you enough for.