Hal and Beth Hansen visiting

Sunday, December 2, we welcome Hal and Beth Hansen who are serving with New Tribes Mission in Thailand.  They will be introduced during the 9:30 am worship service and then share with us during the Sunday School hour.  Hal teaches at the Church Development for Missions school which assists tribal churches in developing teachers/leaders and better equipping them to teach God’s Word.  The graduates then return to their own areas to serve the Lord.  Beth home schooled Jane and Riley, who are now at Oklahoma Christian University.  She serves the school and the Thai church in many ways.  We are privileged and blessed to have them here.

Western Avenue Christmas Caroling

It’s time once again for Christmas Caroling with Western Avenue church.  We will be meeting Friday, December 21 from 6:15 pm to 8:00 pm at the South Toledo Community Center (on Broadway across from Taco Bell, between South and Western.)  Dress warmly and bring flashlights or decoratively-lit hats.  Everyone is welcome (but it can be a bit cold for small children).  We will organize the teams and pray from 6:15-6:30 pm.  Then caroling is from 6:30-7:30 pm.  It’s not about singing well, it’s about being willing to “spread glad tiding of great joy!!”  From 7:30-8:00 pm we will have hot cocoa, share and pray.  Contact Penny Goodman if you are able to donate cookies and/or candy by December 19 to fill goody bags.  Also let Penny know if you would be willing to pray between 6:30 and 7:30 that night.

Transport for Christ Christmas Party

Transport for Christ is having their Christmas Party on Saturday, December 8th at 5:00pm at Hospice of Northwest Ohio located at 30000 E. River Road in Perrysburg.  Please bring a covered dish to share and be prepared to sing and enjoy Christmas songs before helping us pack small cookie bags to give out to the drivers during the last week before Christmas.  If you would like to help make cookies for the drivers this year, please bring them to church this Sunday, December 2, or no later than Wednesday, December 5.  Better yet, bring them with you to the Christmas Party on Saturday, December 8.  Thank you for your help again this year.   –Chaplain Peter Fisher–

Christmas Caroling at Elizabeth Scott Rest Home

The Experienced Ones Small Group is planning to go to the Elizabeth Scott Rest Home for Christmas caroling on Saturday, December 15 at 6:30 pm.  The Leinbach family has agreed to lead the singing.  Everyone will meet at Christian Fellowship at 6:30 pm and then go by car to Elizabeth Scott.  We will be singing for everyone at the home but especially for our members Eileen Houck, Bina Delamater, and Joe Sahadi.  They are asking for more volunteers to lend their voices to make this a special time for everyone.  Please consider joining them.


New in the Library

The Discipline of Grace: God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges
We know we need grace.  Without it we’ll never come to Christ in the first place.  But being a Christian is more than just coming to Christ.  It’s about growing and becoming more like Jesus–it’s about pursuing holiness.  The pursuit of holiness is hard work, and that’s where we turn from grace to discipline–and often make a big mistake.  In The Discipline of Grace, Jerry Bridges offers a clear and thorough explanation of the gospel and what it means to the believer.  Explore how the same grace that brings us to faith in Christ also disciplines us in Christ.  It’s new in our Library this week!  Check it out!

tobyMac and Friends

Senior High Youth…don’t miss a chance to attend a tobyMac concert at the Huntington Center on Thursday, December 6 at 7:00 pm.  If you are interested, please see Larissa Kain for tickets.

Mission Sunday

November 18 is Mission Sunday at Christian Fellowship.  We are pleased to welcome David Brickner from Jews for Jesus as our speaker at the 9:30 am service.  He will also be bringing us up-to-date on this ministry during the Sunday School hour.  At 12:30 pm we will go down to the Fellowship Hall for an International Luncheon.  The Puffers will be providing an international main dish and we encourage you to consider bringing an international dish to share.  If your last name begins with A-M, bring a salad or side dish.  If your last name begins with N-Z, bring a dessert.  Come celebrate Mission Sunday with us.

Baby Shower

We are looking forward to a Baby Shower for Ruth Skiver on Sunday, December 9 at 12:30pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Please join us in celebrating with Ruth as she prepares for the arrival of her little “pink package”.  She is registered at Babies’ R Us.

Trunk or Treat

Trunk or Treat 2012

From Jean Priestap—Thanks to everyone who participated in the Trunk or Treat event for Pioneer Club from 5:00-7:00pm on Halloween night. Because of the rain, we had to move all the “trunks” indoors to tables but we still had 50 or 60 people join us for a wonderful night of sharing games, candy and our faith with those from our church and the surrounding neighborhood. Many thanks to our two pirates (Larissa Kain and Katie Puffer) who stood out front on Pilliod Road drawing people into the church. We were blessed to have 7 or 8 families from the neighborhood stop in and participate in the fun. Table themes included a safari table, a castle with princess, shepherds, Star Wars, and various Harvest tables. Free hot dogs, popcorn and hot chocolate were enjoyed by all. A big THANK YOU for everyone who donated candy for us to pass out.