Cancellation Information for Inclement Weather Events
When it is necessary to cancel services or adjust scheduled activities due to inclement weather, we will notify the following radio and television stations:
WANTED: MYSTERY DISCIPLE
If you would like to serve as our Mystery Disciple in a Sunday morning worship service, please contact Lisa. Our children will be introducing themselves to you in the welcome time during our Advent services and searching for the "mystery disciple" who will offer them a special item that we will be discussing during Children's Chapel. (The items will be provided for you to give to the children.) Don't miss this opportunity to be a special witness to our younger Immanuelites. You will receive a blessing!
WANTED: Your Stories of Immanuel's History
Next year (2011) our church will observe its 50th anniversary. The Booklet Team will be creating a celebration booklet of God With Us in our past, present, and future. We hope you will share YOUR memories of past mission trips, special services, or ministries with us as we begin preparation for next year's events. We want our commemorative events to be meaningful times of acknowledging God's presence among us over the past 50 years. When a member of the Booklet Team asks you to spend a few moments with them reminiscing, be prepared to say, "Yes!" or feel free to contact one of the members yourself. Booklet Team members are Lisa Wood, Anna Mayne, Mac Stivers, Susie Stivers, Becky Tippett, Roberta Shannon, and Alice True. Co-chairs of the Celebration Team are Doug and Becky Bishop.
Banner Team at Work
Our Banner Team is busily creating two beautiful banners for IBC's upcoming 50th Anniversary Celebration. Join us on Tuesdays at 9:15 a.m. if you'd like to help.
Open Craft Night - Friday, November 19, 6:00 p.m.
If you want to get a head start on your crafting for the holidays, join us for Open Craft Night. Bring your knitting, crocheting, beading, or scrapbooking and card-making supplies and enjoy the fellowship! You're welcome to bring a friend, but let Lisa know so we'll be sure to have plenty of work space.
Rainbow Ringers' Holiday Tour
Our children's handbell choir will be ringing their Christmas repertoire at various places throughout Frankfort during the holiday season. Parents, please be sure to have your children at the next two rehearsals. (We won't be practicing on November 24th due to the Thanksgiving holiday.) We're "ringin' loud and ringin' proud" and want to be at our best as we help celebrate the season of Jesus' birth.
Our Sanctuary Choir has begun rehearsing Winter's Grace
A Christmas cantata by Joe Martin. Join us on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. as we prepare this and other music for our Thanksgiving and Advent services.
Gourd-ament Clinic Rescheduled for Sunday, November 21, 4:00 p.m.
Our younger children will be providing a "live" nativity in the lobby each Sunday of Advent following the morning worship services. We will begin with Mary and the Angel on November 28 and characters of the Christmas story will be added each Sunday throughout December. If your child would like to take part in this, please see Lisa. All children are invited to participate, but younger ones seem to enjoy this more.
Children to GattiPizza Sunday, November 7
All children are invited to go with Lisa to GattiPizza for lunch this Sunday following worship. Food and drinks will be paid by the church and children may bring their own money for games. We'll have fun visiting together and return to the church at 1:00. Parents are invited to come. If your child needs a ride home, just let Lisa know.
18th Annual Hanging of the Green - Sunday, November 28, 6:00 p.m.
Featuring our Children's Choir, Rainbow Ringers and carols by candlelight followed by a Christmas Fellowship. Everyone is invited to bring a favorite Christmas appetizer or dessert. Hot and cold beverages will be provided.
Fellowship Suppers at 6:00 p.m.
November 3 - Lasagna, salad, bread, dessert
November 10 - Chicken, macaroni & cheese, green beans, biscuits, dessert
November 17 - Pizza, veggies & dip, dessert
Once again your generous spirits have touched many in our community. In the July-September quarter, we served 54 families (52% of whom were new to the IRC). Sixty-two children were served with 62 packages of diapers, 729 cloth goods items, 246 infant supply items (was, lotion, bottles, etc.), 19 cans of formula and 9 cribs and mattresses. We seem to be seeing more families that have never before sought any type of assistance services. (In the same quarter last year, we served 37 families and 43 children.) In the first nine months of this year, we have served 90 families and 106 children. You continue to be very generous with this ministry in giving of your time, efforts and financial support. From the grateful responses of those who receive these services, I can honestly tell you that you are making a big difference in the lives of many who find themselves in difficult times. On their behalf and mine, thanks again for all you do.
Annual Silent Auction for Global Missions
On Sunday, December 5, at 2:00 p.m. all women and girls are invited to participate in our annual Silent Auction for Global Missions. Begin thinking about what item(s) you will bring. Do you have a craft you enjoy or a favorite recipe for some yummy candy or delectable baked good? Everyone is encouraged to make or buy crafts or baked goods to donate for sale at the auction. And, of course, we need plenty of "bidders" as we raise money for our Global Missions Offering.
Global Ministry Opportunities
Zambia School Roof Project
Our goal to collect $11,000 to "raise the roof" on the school in Namapande, Zambia, is in sight. To date, $9,315 has been donated. If you have not had an opportunity to donate to this project but would like to, or if you have already made a contribution but would like to give more, please make your check payable to Immanuel Baptist Church with write Partners in Development on the memo line.
Samuel Tanko has agreed to be our new coordinator for Immanuel's partnership with the church in Tangier. We will use the time during our regular missions committee meeting on Thursday, November 11, at 5:00 p.m. to brainstorm ideas to strengthen our partnership with the folks in Tangier. If you have an interest in this partnership, you are welcome to attend and contribute your thoughts.
In the Gospel of John Jesus told his disciples just prior to his death, "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:34-35). More
The command to love was in itself not a new command; it was at the heart of God's covenant with Israel. Jesus, however, in a new, fresh manner embodied God's love in a visible, tangible form-in the ways he moved and ministered among the people and challenged the powers that be. Jesus incarnated God's love and then commanded his disciples to love the way he loved.
This is not an option. It's more important than any doctrinal belief we may have about Jesus. Nor is it intended for only those who seem to have it all together. Jesus didn't say: When you get healed, love; or when you grow up, love; or when you get your life back together, love; or when you have dealt with all your issues, love. Love is what Jesus did and what he commands us to do-whoever we are, wherever in life we are, with whatever hang-ups and problems we have-we are commanded to love.
If we do not love, then we are not following Jesus, no matter what we believe or confess, or how often we engage in worship and religious activities. Christian education is primarily an education in learning how to love.
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Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:16-17)
(cont'd.) Any good philosophy of church music needs to encompass not only the heartfelt musical praise of the choir and congregation (ex. "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee"), but also the edification of God's people. The texts of the hymns/songs we sing during worship should be based on biblical truth-how else shall we "teach and admonish one another in all wisdom"?More
Some hymn texts contain direct biblical references (ex. "Search Me, O God" refers to Psalm 139:23, "Search me, O God, and know my heart"). Other hymn texts refer to events in Jesus' life and ministry (ex. "Tell me the Story of Jesus," "Away in a Manger," "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross").
Other hymn texts admonish us in our Christian walk (ex. "I Love Thee" contains the phrase, "...but how much I love Thee my actions will show"). Still other hymn texts inspire us to serve God through helping others (ex. "We Are Called to Be God's People").
Unfortunately, every hymnal/song book contains flaws. While the majority of the hymns and choruses may reflect the general beliefs of a congregation, there are always a few hymns/songs that contain "theological landmines" or imagery problems (ex. militancy) or gender-exclusive language.
Within reason, it is important to screen the texts we sing during corporate worship, mostly because the music helps us retain the words and concepts from the texts. One of the unique aspects of church music is that the music "stays with us" long after the service-and so does the text. (Even the secular world knows the tune and first stanza of "Amazing Grace," played by bagpipers everywhere.) Even if we sing glibly, not really thinking about the words of our favorite tune, the tune is coupled with text, and both affect us.
People may be able to quote small portions of a sermon or prayer or scripture reading after worship. But they will find themselves whistling or singing a favorite hymn/chorus/anthem for weeks on end. Worship texts must be chosen carefully to avoid internalizing flawed spiritual concepts. Fortunately, so many of our favorite church music tunes are wedded to some of the Church's most profound texts. (cont'd. )
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