Today we celebrate the baptisms of Shawn Stantz, Melissia Perkins, Noah Taylor and Kylee Stantz. Baptism is a sacrament of God’s grace, a sign and seal of the covenant that God has initiated with us, and marks our beginning of a life-long journey as a disciple of Jesus. Baptism is a rite demonstrating the washing away of the guilt of original sin into which all people are born. To become Christian is to receive a new identity as a beloved child of God, in which Christ now claims you and instructs you. A Christian is one who has “put on Christ.” Baptism celebrates becoming that new person and our initiation and incorporation into the universal church of Jesus Christ and specifically our congregation. In both of our worship services, we will have a time to remember our baptisms for those who have previously received the sacrament of baptism.
If you did not have an opportunity to present your Commitment Card in worship last week for our Commitment Sunday, you are invited to do so today in worship. All congregation members are asked to pray about their financial commitment to giving in 2014, and present that on the Commitment Card in worship during our offering time. We pray that you will recognize the spiritual dimensions and necessity of giving, and do this as an act of worship, an offering to God. We encourage you to consider the Biblical expectation of the tithe, giving 10% of your income to Christ’s Church. Your tithe should be given to the general fund of the church to support our collective ministries. Giving to a designated cause is “second-mile” giving, over and above the tithe. If you think that you are not able to give the tithe, then we encourage you to give proportionally to your income and still make a commitment to giving. Regardless of what you give, we hope you will do it in a spirit of generosity that Jesus invites us to. For those unable to make the commitment today, you can turn it into the church office. What we do with our money is a sign of our trust in God.
Community Thanksgiving Worship Service, 7:00 pm, Wednesday, Nov. 27. We will not have our regular Wednesday evening activities.
Pastor Dan will be out of town with his family this week. In case of emergency, please contact our Lay Leader Tony Franklin at 423-335-0919.
A February 2014 trip to the Holy Land is being organized by our Holston Conference’s Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor for spiritual growth of new elders, such as our Pastor Dan. Pastors are encouraged to take their spouses along when possible. We are blessed to have Dan as our Pastor and Samantha as a member of our congregation leading our growing youth ministry. Dan has worked extremely hard since he has been with us making contributions with his background that few pastors in Holston Conference would be able to do. At a recent Church Council meeting, it was agreed that our congregation continue to support Dan and Samantha financially for this trip as much as possible. Funds presently available to Dan and Samantha toward a total cost of $5,800, are $4500 from the generosity of you, family, and friends as well as budget funds designated for Dan, and Conference support of $1,000. This leaves a balance of $1,300. You can make contributions toward the Holy Land trip by designating “Continuing Education for Pastor Dan.”
Christmas Fellowship Dinner will be held Sunday, December 1 at 12:00 Noon in the Fellowship Hall. It is potluck, so bring your favorite dish.
Family Promise of Greater Johnson City (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network) is currently selling tickets for its annual event, Songfest 2013. This event will be held at the Northeast State Community College Regional Center for the Performing Arts. The event will take place Sunday, December 1st from 3:00—5:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5.00 for children and students. Tickets my be purchased from Joan Williams. Trey Hensley will headline a great list of performers including Sunnyside, the ETSU Bluegrass Band, and Ed Snodderly. All proceeds from Songfest 2013 support the ministries provided by Family Promise to homeless families with children living in our community.
We thank God for all of you! May you be forever blessed for all your kindness.
Robinson Memorial AME Zion Church
Rev. Irving Greene, Pastor
December Birthdays and Anniversaries
3 Danny Ronquillo
12 Neal Hicks (missionary)
17 Donnie Rader, Jr., Mark Wright
19 Dan Perry
23 Pam Ryan, Josh Hodges
25 Tom Millhorn
26 Linda Rader
27 Phil Harkleroad
30 Hayden Finney
31 Scott McClelland, Frosty Sweet
7 Bill and Joyce Durham
21 Donnie and Linda Rader