December 24, 2000
Volume 10, Number 52

Giving & Receiving

During this holiday season our nation emphasizes the spirit of giving. God has directed that this spirit of giving be multi-seasonal and not just confined to the last two months of the year. Paul reminded the Ephesian elders that Jesus had once said, "It is more blessed to give than receive" (Acts 20:35). This supreme beatitude is not only true with reference to exchanging gifts near the close of each year. Rather, this statement ought to characterize our thinking and behavior each minute of every hour of every day of every week of every month of every year!

We are often so wrapped up in our own problems and cares that we expect to receive everyone else's attention, sympathy and concern. Yet Paul cautions us,

"Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each one of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others" (Philippians 2:3-4).

Paul proceeded to point us to the example of Jesus who was more interested in giving than receiving. He emptied himself and gave the supreme sacrifice by humbling himself and becoming obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross (Philippians 2:5-8).

We must remember that it is more blessed to be a servant than it is to receive service.

"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life a ransom for many" (Mark 10:45).

To turn a phrase a little differently than it is normally quoted, we should ask not what the church can give us but what we can give the church. We should ask not what our brother or sister can give unto us but rather what can we give unto them. We should not only ask what God can give us but focus on what we can give the Lord.

As we rapidly approach the beginning of a new year, let us zero in on some acts of giving we can practice in 2001.

  1. I can give my time to God by attending every service, reading my Bible daily, praying regularly and telling others about the gospel (Hebrews 10:25; Matthew 6:33; 1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 2:15; Colossians 4:2; 2 Timothy 2:2).
  2. I can give the church my support by giving my time to build up it's programs of service. I can serve by giving my time to go out and visit and encourage those who are in need both physically and spiritually. I can build up the educational program by giving my time to teach God's word. I can give in every area of work where assistance is needed.
  3. I can give my brother and sisters a shoulder to lean on in time of trial (1 Corinthians 12:25; Romans 12:15). I can give them a pat on the back in time of joy (Romans 12:15).
  4. I can give the widowed and lonely some company.
  5. I can give my family the attention it deserves by being there for my spouse and children.

The list could literally go on and on. The marvelous truth about giving is that it blesses the giver with happiness and joy. Jesus gave when he washed the disciples feet. He admonished his disciples to perform similar acts of giving service.

Let us determine to be a servant in 2001 by giving to all who are in need around us as mush as we possibly can.

"If you know these things, happy are ye if you do them" (John 13:17).

B.J. Clarke

Three Levels of Giving

Waldo Weaning

Sunday Bible Study
“Attitudes Need in Congregational Work”
(Colossians 1:9-10).

Work for the Lord.

The work is hard, the hours are long, and the pay is low. But the retirement benefits are out of this world.

A Special Welcome to our Visitors

Please fill out a blue visitor card so that we might have a record of your visit. If needed, there is a nursery available at the rear of the auditorium. Bible classes for all ages are available Sundays at 10:00 am and Wednesdays at 6:30 PM. We hope that you will join us for these studies. Please come and worship with us again soon.

Remember in Prayers:

Stephanie Bennett - Leo & Dorothy Lednik - Mary Kaupila

Cathy Jenson - Naomi Morton - Virginia Law

Richard Treece - Leslie Johnson - Lillian Comiskey

Bill & Jeanne Sherman - Margaretta Burton - Viola Morinier

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Song Service: Next Sunday evening at 6:00 pm.

Sunday Adult Bible Class: "Attitudes Needed in Congregational Work" (10:00 am) This Sunday: Our Attitude Toward God.

Wednesday Adult Bible Class: "Jeremiah", chapters 33-34. (6:30 PM)

Thank You : We would like to thank Delbert & Frances for the get together they had in their home last evening.
Ladies Day: February 3, 2000. Guest speaker will be Rhonda Thompson from Montgomery, Alabama.

Sunday’s Lessons:

What About Christmas? (Matthew 1:18-25)

Dealing With Loneliness (Psalm 102:1-7)

Service Opportunities

Time of Services


Wayne Vowell



Walt Thompson

Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services


11:00 am

Bible Reading:

Carl Rigney

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm


Larry Jenson



Ted Wheeler

Ladies Bible Class:

11:00 am.

Closing Prayer:

Glen Law


Evening Services

Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Opening Prayer:

Clarence Riggenbach


Larry Jenson

Our Record - Last Week


Ted Wheeler

Closing Prayer:

Mike Weber



$ 1580.00
Dick Navarre
Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Ernest Bowker
Don Douglas
Weekly Average (yr):

Dale Schwartz

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