Good News & Updates: December 16, 2021

1. Safety Alert: The preschool uses the back entrance of the church by the playground and does a car line for pick up and drop off. Drop off and pick up times are 8:55am, Noon, and 3pm. If you see the cars lined up at any of these times do not go around them. The preschoolers will be getting in and out of their stopped vehicles. Our number one priority is the safety of not just our preschoolers, but their parents as well. The back parking lot is not very big as it is and squeezing cars going both ways during drop off and pick up times is unsafe. If you are in the back parking lot at drop off or pick up times, wait until the car line is done to move your vehicle and make sure to exit going towards 21st street.

2. From Staff Parish Relations Committee: This time of year we stop and think about those we love and care about. Our staff ministers to us and serves us in so many ways; this is an opportunity to express our gratitude and love for them during the Christmas season. Love Gift envelopes for our Old Bethel staff are in this morning’s worship bulletin. You may place them in the offering plate. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

3. The Celebration Puppeteers will present Three Wise Men and a Baby Friday, December 17, at 7pm. Invite your friends, family and neighbors to join in the fun!

4. Joyful Sound, a community handbell choir under the direction of June Hannah, will present a Christmas Concert at Old Bethel on Sunday, December 19, at 1:30 pm. Come and enjoy the music of this beautiful season. Doors open at 1:00. A freewill offering will be collected.

5. The Youth Group’s New Year’s Eve will be a little different this year. Instead of staying overnight, they will be enjoying food, fun and games from 4-10pm on New Year’s Eve, December 31st. If your student is interested please contact Pastor Tonya.

6. We still need volunteer receptionist for several shifts. The morning shift is 9am-12:30pm. The afternoon shift is 12:304pm. You can work each week or every other week. OR you might like to be a sub and serve when others are on vacation. Building traffic is slowly increasing and having receptionists to answer the phone is a GREAT help to our administrative staff! Contact Administrative Assistant Lynda Preston at or 317-359-9651, extension 131.

7. This Sunday’s message notes are below. December 19, the Fourth Sunday of Advent: A Glimpse of Eternity

_________ was a virgin engaged to be married.

“Greetings favored woman, the Lord is with you!" (Luke 1:28)

God chose to enter an __________ life in an _____________________ way.

“Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. "Don't be frightened, Mary," the angel told her, "for God has decided to bless you! You will become pregnant and have a son, and you are to name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!" Mary asked the angel, "But how can I have a baby? I am a virgin." The angel replied, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby born to you will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. (Luke 1:29-35)

Mary never had to wonder about Jesus, the__________ told her before He was even born, who and what He would be. ("He will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.")

There are many names for God in the Bible, but the angel identified Jesus, the coming Messiah, as the Son of El Elyon—the ______ - ________ God.

“What's more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she's already in her sixth month.” (Luke 1:36)

"For nothing is impossible with God." (Luke 1:37)

You and I answer the question of whether we believe this or not by ___________ it (or not)!

Mary’s greatest qualification for being chosen as the mother of God’s Son was her ___________ in God.

Mary gives us the perfect example of how to say “______” to God.

“’I am the Lord's servant, and I am willing to accept whatever he wants. May everything you have said come true.’ And then the angel left.” (Luke 1:38)

Mary heard God’s _________, she accepted the ___________, and she was included in God’s _________.

Have I said “Yes” to the promise of real life in _________ ___________?

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