I wanted to take just a moment to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. This Thanksgiving Day we have so much to be thankful for, I’m afraid that we often take for granted the many blessings that God has bestowed upon us. I’m thankful for my wife, my children, my family, friends, and a church family at Shoreline Community Church that we love very much and know that you love us. You are simply the best. Even at that, I’m most thankful for God and the incredible love He demonstrated for us by sending His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins. By grace through faith in Him, we can be forgiven of our sins and spend eternity in heaven with Him. (Eph. 2:8-9) Thank you Lord!
Coming This Sunday
This Sunday I am beginning a two-part series on “The Day Of Pentecost.” The first message will be, “The Day Of Pentecost (Part I)” from Acts 2:1-21. This will be a very special teaching, I hope you will invite family, friends, and people you meet to come along to church with you. Please read through the attached “Digging Deeper” Bible Study notes before Sunday to get the most out of the message. Special thanks to Pastor Phil Jeffery for filling in for me last week so that I could attend training in Seattle for the Coast Guard.
Bible Studies Cancelled This Week
Our Thursday Bible studies will be cancelled this week because of Thanksgiving Day. My Friday “Foundations Class” will also be cancelled this week only. Have a Happy Thanksgiving Day weekend.
Frank DeSpain informed the elders that 20 Thanksgiving boxes were handed out this Thanksgiving. The deacons included a $25.00 Safeway gift card in each basket. Frank said the deacons could have easily handed out 10 additional baskets if we had them. Thank you to the many people who participated by donating your time and finances to bless so many families.
Way To Go Deacons
In my 26-years of fulltime ministry, I’ve never seen a deacon board operate like our current board. They are everywhere, doing exactly what deacons within the body of Christ should be doing. More people are being helped then you will ever know because they do so much ministry behind the scenes. Please be sure to thank your deacons when you see them for the great job they are doing in helping many, many people.
Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Numbers
This year Shoreline Community Church attendees brought in 105 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes – PTL! The local Coast Guard stations turned in an additional 27 shoeboxes to us as well. Thank you Judy Tjaarda for all your hard work and for taking 132 shoeboxes to the distribution center for us last Sunday.
Thank You Smokey Reynolds
Special thanks to Smokey Reynolds who has volunteered to be our new church van driver on Sundays. If you need a ride to church or know of someone who does, please call the church office at 541-808-0902.
A Special Thank You!
As I’ve said many times, I don’t know who gives what to the church financially, but I’ve got to say, I am amazed at what is happening. Thank you to everyone who has been donating so generously to the Lord’s work at Shoreline, this month we have had some of the highest offerings that I can remember during my time in ministry. May God bless you for your generosity, thank you for putting us in a position where we can continue to move forward and expand in ministry!
May God bless you with a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend as you walk closely with Him!
In Christian Love,
Michael J. Barnard
Teaching God’s Word, loving the people!