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Church News THE JOURNAL, Thursday, December 23, 2010 - C3 Christian Church of Perkins By Ralph Martin Sunday, our Guest Speaker, Gordon Van Zile, brought a message"Snapshot of Baby Jesus" from Luke 2:1-40. Today's society loves to take pictures. We can't stop time or tum it back, but with pictures we can capture an important moment for a lifetime. Topping the list of subjects is the birth of a child - as it should be. We instantly fall in love with this beauti- ful bundle of innocence, blind trust, and total dependence. How could we not? We are in the Christmas Holidays now and there will be many pictures taken at the gatherings of family and friends. Pray we remember to invite Christ to these parties - after all, it is his birthday. This is a time to look beyond the bright lights, decorations, gifts, music, and food. Let's turn our mind's eye into our camera and try to capture the real meaning of Christ- mas. Let's vicariously take a picture of the greatest event in the history of the world - the birth of the Messiah. God's plan was for Jesus to be a symbol of humility. Jesus would be born on a dark, dirty cave that served as a stable and had feeding troughs (mangers) dug into the walls. There were zero royal trappings. Jesus had come this time in the role of a servant - here to save man. He would come again to judge man's faith. We picture the birth announcement to the shepherds. Ter- rified at first, their fears tamed to joy as the angels announced the Messiah's birth. God had chosen plain, ordinary shep- herds as the first to see the Lamb of God and spread the news to others. These were the first evangelists and possibly the first "Christmas rash". And we can picture Joseph and Mary taking Jesus to the temple for the required dedication to God ceremony. Here they would meet Simeon, and old devout man who, much to their amazement, said Jesus was a gift from God and was the long awaited Messiah. He would be a light for the entire world. Simeon said God had promised him that he would not die before he saw the Messiah. Simeon held the child and thanked God for letting him die in peace. Our mind's eye can take any picture of the birth, death, resur- rection, and ascension of Christ and superimpose the word "Salvation" across it. We are located at 121 E. Stumbo In Perkins, OK. 405- 547-2004. Sunday school 09:30 A.M. Worship 10:45 A.M. Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 P.M. Nursery available. Perkins Church of Christ What is precious to you? The word precious appears in the Bible about 48 times, and it often has to do with gold. Precious is defined in the dictionary as something that is held in honor and is esteemed as that which is especially dear to us. With possible hard times ahead, more and more prominent hawkers are urging usto diversify our finances and buy gold. Considering the shrinking value of our dollars, that might be a worthwhile option, but considering what the Bible says about gold and those who lust for it, those advertisements always turn me off. We are warned of a lot of danger in treasuring that stuff. Look at all of the things the Bible teaches about things that are far more precious than gold. Leah said her children were precious gifts from God. I can really identify with that. In Psalms 19:10 David said the ordinances of the Lord are more precious than much gold. Psalms 116:15 tells us that the death of his saints is precious to God. Psalms 119:72 says God's laws are more precious than thousands of pieces of gold and silver. It is interesting that the writer mentioned silver along with gold because it is more available. I'm told that two Olympic sized swimming pools would hold all of the gold ever found on earth. In Psalms 139:1 7 David said that God's thoughts were very precious to him. In Proverbs, 3:15 Solomon said that wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing that we desire can compare With it. Ecclesiastes 7:15 tells us that a good reputation is precious. Peter says Jesus, the living comer stone chosen by God, is precious, and the blood he shed for hs is precious to those who believe in him, as are God's promises to us. Let me ask again, what is precious to us? If it is not what is mentioned in the preceding scriptures, we might want to start thinking about our place in the Kingdom of GOd. We invite you to come meet with us and see if those things are precious to us. We meet on Lover's Lane. Perkins First United Methodist Church Tuesday night marked a special night here at FUMC Perkins, for that night we were able to pass out approxi- mately 110 Christmas boxes of food to those in need. No one should be without food on their table at any time in this land of plenty, but at Christmas it is especially disheart- ening, and we are so thankful that we have the resources and support to be able to carry on with this vital ministry of assistance. Quite a few of our members are involved in making this ministry happen, as well as people outside our congregation. For instance, we have been especially blessed to have members of the local Girl Scouts to help recently. And we all look forward to those evenings we can open the doors of the fellowship hail and send people away with something that will help sustain them in these financially oppressing times. If you need help feeding yourself or your family, please contact us and let us see if we can help you. The Neighborhood Ministries Food Bank is open on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 6 -7:00. Please call our church office Monday through Friday 9-12:00 if you have questions. Want to make this Christmas a special one? Why not join us on Christmas Eve for two special worship services? On Christmas Eve, we will celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ, through singing, special music, the proclamation of his birth, Holy Communion, and a candlelight service. These services are open to any and all who wish to join with ias in celebration and at the table of Christ. There is no better way to celebrate Christmas than through worship with the body of Christ, the Church. We look forward to you joining with us in this special celebra- tion of the most important birth in the history of the world! Come! Celebrate Jesus the Christ with us this Christmas Eve! Services are at 7:00 and 11:00. Lost Creek United Methodist Church By the time you read this, Christmas 2010 will almost be herel What a season of rejoicing this has been at Lost Creek! This past Saturday morning, very early-- 1:00 a.m. to be exact-- 40 people traveled from Lost Creek by chartered bus to Dallas for Operation Care. Beginning at 7:00 am., thousands of volunteers were on hand to hand out gift and food items and provide ministry and holiday cheer to multitudes of homeless in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. This 20 hour mission trip was the first time several of our group have been part of a mission team. They brought back reports of an awesome day and are already looking toward a return trip next year! On Sunday morning at the 11:00 service, the Lost Creek children presented their Christmas musical "Starry Night, Noisy Night". After weeks of preparation, thirty kids told their version of the Christmas story. The service ended with a visit from Santa. Besides the usual goodies for everyone, he carried a very special gift-- a beautiful diamond ring presented to BethanyBrock by Logan Hail! Congratulations to this newly engaged couple! Our Christmas season will culminate with one of the most beautiful services of our year which is the Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion service beginning at 6:00 p.m. Join us for this peaceful prelude to the busy day of Christmas! To learn more about Lost Creek, see our website at www.lostcreekumc.org, call the church office at 405-377-0659 or check us out on Facebook. Worship times each Sunday are 8:30 and 11:00 with classes at 9:45. Lost Creek is located halfway between Perkins and Stillwater on 80th Street one mile west of Hwy. 177. We'd love to have you join us any time! First Baptist Church of Perkins Last Sunday, Pastor Marry brought the message from 1 Samuel 14; 1 - 14 on Courageous Faith. Courage faith has four elements that believers must have to become Jonathan's, as in the story recorded in 1 Samuel. 1. We have to get in the game. In other word's be active and not passive in our faith. Johnathan activated his faith and moved on it. 2. We have to play to win! Just as Johnathan did. He was out to win the battle, not to just engage in it. He had in mind that he would be victorious with God's help. 3. We have to take some risks. Johnathan took a risk and God showed up in his circumstance. We as believers are to live by faith, not fear. Courageous faith is sometimes risky business. 4" We have to trust God with the results.Things may not turn out in our lives as we think they should, but God is in control. We are told in Scripture that "All things work together for Good for those who love God and are called according to his purposes." (See Romans 8:28) Our God is trustworthy. May Jonathan's courageous faith in Almighty God encour- age and inspire you to active your faith. God is looking for courageous men and women to believe HIM. This week First Baptist Church wishes you and your family a very Merry Christmas. May the Christ, the babe in the manger, the man on the cross, and the King that is yet to come, be the See CHURCH, page C4 HARRIS ELECTRIC , : : :: Churehofthe rst Born Perkins * 547-5406 Eden Chapel United Methodist 2 mi. east of Perkins on SH 33 & 2 mi. north 547-1179 *John Curtis, Pastor Sunday worship..9:30 a.m. Sunday School..11 aan. Lo Creek United Methodist 8002 S. Washington * (405) 377;0927 www.lostemekume.org Minister: Max Rudd 3 mi. north of SH 33 on US 177 and I mile: west Stmday Sehool.,,9:45:.m.Moming W0rshiV.10:45 a.m. James Kitchen, Pastor Evening Woripii 6 p.ra.*Wed, WOihii::.7 p.n Sunday School...lO am., Worship_.t0:4S a !laptist Church Sunday evening 6 p.m., Wed. 7 p.m. 5OO E, Kmip Street, Perkins. 5474494 St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Wednesday GAs, RAs, MiFs YonthCap..6:30-7 p.m. Praise and Prayer Time...6:30 p.m.,Bible Study..7 p.m. The Christian Church of Perkins 1:I9 E. Stumbo, Perkins * 54%2004 6 S. West St., Stillwater. 372-6886 Father Ken Harder. J. C. L Seventh Day Adventist 213 S.W. Second, Perkias, 37733 Pastor Stanley Bucaster .......... Wednesday: Evening;.7 p, : ....... saturday Services be#nat 3 p.m. d News Community C Tryon of God Church ComerofThirdandKirk 302S. Main 918-374-2683 747 Pastor Lore Starling Worship & children s church.., 10 a.m, Sunday Sehoo1...9:45 a.m., Worship Services 10'.45 a.m. Immanuel Baptist Church Children's Cheli .11 a.m..Sunday Evening, 6:30 p, Weclnesday..7 p,m. You Can 246 S. Main. 547.2414 Steve & Kelley Myers See you in church Sunday SNB ,::: :: : Mehan Union Church Mehan Road, 372=4544 Rev: : Eslinger United Methodist Church t005 E. KirL Perkins, 547-2481 Sunday Evening.. 6:30 p:m. Wednesday., 7 p.m. Greater Vision Christlan Worship Canter 1104 Pogue St,; Perkins Sunday SehooL.9:45 a.m. Morning Woiip, i 10:45 a.m. Wednesday You&:AduttBible dy..7:30 pm; : : Kip Heatley, Pastor Sunday Schoo1:,.9:30 a.m., Sunday Fellowship.:. i0r30 am Lily Chlmeh Sunday Worship...tI axa. ...... : ...... " !09:SM:SLPerkins Wednesda Y0uthi, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday choir... 7:30 p,m Sunday SchonL:,9t:m:, Claurzh ServiCe 10:30am,: Sunday Night Seice:;6:00 pat,Wed Bible Study,,7 p,n PERKINS BUILDERS SUPPLY Open Mon.-Fri. 7:30-5:30 p.m. & Sat. 8-Noon Sadler Road & Hwy. 33-Perkins 547-5333