Back-to-School Supply Drive…

School Supplies Drive
 
Back-to-School Supplies Drive – In years past we have either run a back-to-school fair at O’Brien STEM Academy, hosted the event in our building, or volunteered at O’Brien with games and donations for the local community in need. For this year’s Back-to-School drive, we will be collecting school supplies for a local school to donate for the upcoming school year.
 
There are many items that children can use to start every school year, and we’ve listed the most popular ones below. Please bring any donations to the church by August 18th so that we can sort all we collect, and present to a school for their kids.
 
Items Needed:
  • Packs of pencils
  • Notebooks
  • Crayons
  • Erasers
  • Markers
  • Any other school supplies you can think of
 
We will be using the funds from our Bottle Drive this year to supplement any supply needs that we do not cover.
 
Again, please bring all donations to the church by August 18th.
If you have any questions, contact Jason Gaines
860-324-4689


Giving to Fill Needs…

With Christmas Comes Time To Give & Rejoice!

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Now that the Christmas season is here, we can start to celebrate the birth of Christ and all that he has done for us. What better way to celebrate that than to give to others. We have several ways to share the spirit of God’s love this year. Our Annual Angel Tree started this week, items are needed for Cornerstone as always, and we also need props for our upcoming Christmas Play. Read below and see where you can help out.
 

Deuteronomy 16:17 (KJV)

17 Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which he hath given thee.
 
ANGEL TREE
Our tree has been decorated with the Angel Tree tags. This is our annual Christmas tradition of gift giving within our church family and community around us. Each tag is a gift that you will purchase and bring back to church by December 17th. Please remember that any tag(s) you take need to be recorded on our Angel Tree sheets so we can ensure all gifts are accounted for by the 17th. See Debbie Apt or Michelle Gaines with any questions.
 

PROPS NEEDED for PLAY
Sue Winters is asking for help with props for our upcoming Christmas Play for Dec. 17th. Contact Sue if you would like to help with any items below.
What’s Needed:

  • TREE (SMALL-5 ft or so)
  • GARLAND
  • BOWS (red please-for tree)
  • SKELETON to be used for the bone song
  • CLIPBOARD
  • MANGER- that can be put on a table
  • WALKER
  • POINTER- that can be used to point to things like teachers use in the classrooms.
  • ROLLING CART
Sue Winters slwinters@nullhotmail.com
Call or text 860-478-3606
 
 

Sunday Bulletin

  • TODDLER PLAY GROUP – Mondays 9:30-11:30 a.m.
    The toddler play group is starting up again. If you are interested in
    joining in on the fun, please contact Samantha Lamarre at
    samantha_lamarre@nullyahoo.com
  • FOOD DRIVE FOR CORNERSTONE – We are starting up our fall food drive for Cornerstone. A list of needed items is on the bulletin
    board near the HUB. Please help by bringing in items listed.
  • 40 DAYS OF FAST AND PRAYER – Continues through Dec. 24th
  • CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE – Dec 24th 4:00 p.m.
    We will have our Christmas Eve service on Sunday the 24th. We
    will not have our regular service on this day.
  • CHRISTMAS PAGEANT – REHEARSALS: Sunday – 4:00 p.m. & Dec 16th at 4:00p.m., Dec 17 -10:00 a.m.
    Please join us for “Dr. Newheart’s Christmas Cure”
  • NIGHT TO SHINEFeb 9th, 2018 – Next Planning Mtg Dec. 10th after service. We still need team leaders and volunteers, please contact Jim Turney at jtet2310@nullgmail.com for more info. Volunteers can sign up at the HUB in church


Jumping to Conclusions

The other day I was helping my kids with there bible study and we were discussing Joshua 22:11-12.
 
11 And when the Israelites heard that they had built the altar on the border of Canaan at Geliloth near the Jordan on the Israelite side, 12 the whole assembly of Israel gathered at Shiloh to go to war against them.”
 
I don’t know if you can remember the story of what has been going on, but a couple of the tribes of Israel had moved to the east side of the river and built an altar.  The remaining tribes had jumped to the conclusion that this altar was for sacrifice to the Lord and became very upset.  Turns out, that wasn’t the intention at all, 
 
it is to be a witness between us and you and the generations that follow, that we will worship the Lord at his sanctuary” (vs 26).
 
So that got me thinking.  How many times in my life have I jumped to a conclusion and ended up with the wrong one.  It was surprising how many examples I was able to come up with.  So next time you are faced with evidence that seems to point in one direction, maybe you should dig a little deeper before going to war.  This could resolve a lot of conflict in this world.


Who needs Christmas?

Just wanted to post an excerpt from our last lesson and remind everyone we will be meeting Sunday night at 6:00 for youth group.  Hope to see you there.
 
When it comes to the birth of Jesus, there’s so much hardto-imagine stuff.  The Christmas story actually begins with God making an unbelievable, impossible promise.  The Lord said to Abram, “I want you to leave everything you know.” In other words, God said, “Abram, I’m involving myself in your story in an unstoppable way.” I sincerely don’t know how Abraham chose to trust God in that moment, but he did.
 
It seemed clear that God’s promises to Abraham were a cruel joke. About 1,000 years after God’s promises to Abraham, his descendants finally form the nation of Israel. For the first time, Abraham’s nation was in a position to do something significant in the world. David is followed as king by his son Solomon. 300 years later the northern kingdom, which held on to the name Israel, was invaded by Assyria. Then God sends another prophet, Malachi. Like Isaiah, his words seemed impossible. In every part of the globe where people worshiped, there would be a group of people who recognized the power of God. God’s promise to Abraham seemed as out of reach as it could possibly be.

When everyone had lost hope in God’s promises, God was ready to bless every nation. With no one expecting it, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee. Just like God’s promises to Abraham, what the Angel said next to Mary made no sense. In the end, God did exactly what He promised Abraham. The whole time, God was behind the scenes. He was getting ready for the thing He had planned from the moment sin entered the world and people needed a Rescuer.

So who needs Christmas? God decided that the entire world needs Christmas. Through Christmas—and the story of Abraham—we’re reminded that God is active, even when it seems like He’s not. God didn’t just send Jesus to be the Savior of the world. HE sent Jesus to be the Savior of you and your world.
 
Christmas is a reminder that even when circumstances seem hopeless, God can be trusted. The world needs hope. It needs Christmas! It needs a Savior and a light!
 
–“From Who Needs Christmas?” ©2017 The reThink Group. All rights reserved. www.ThinkOrange.com


ThankFULL…

 

Thanksgiving is Over, Christmas Season Begins! 

Thanksgiving is by us, and we pray you all had a blessed day with family and friends. We are finishing the second week of our 40 Day fast. If you have not made a commitment to give something up to spend more time with God, there is always time.
December brings many events for us to take part in at Colonial Point. The Christmas Play is set for Sunday, Dec. 17th at 10:00a.m., and will surely be a great event. The Cornerstone Foundation is always in need of help. We are currently running a food drive, with a list of items on the bulletin board at church. Feel free to donate needed items there, and please ask to find ways you can give back to those in our community.
 
Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the
Lord thy God which he hath given thee.  – Deuteronomy 16:17 (KJV)
 

Sunday Bulletin

  • WYLDLIFE AT JUMP OFF – Tonight at 4:00pm
    Tonight our middle schoolers will be joining the Wyldlife club at
    Jump off in Manchester. Cost is $22. Contact James Evans at
    james@nullmayrinckevans.com for more info.
  • WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY – Please help us plan for the future of our
    women’s bible study by filling out the insert and dropping it in the
    offering basket.
  • FOOD DRIVE FOR CORNERSTONE – We are starting up our fall food
    drive for Cornerstone. A list of needed items is on the bulletin
    board near the HUB. Please help by bringing in items listed.
  • 40 DAYS OF FAST AND PRAYER – Continues through December 24
  • CHRISTMAS PAGEANT – Dec 17, 10am, REHEARSALS – Today, 4:00pm
    Please join us for “Dr. Newheart’s Christmas Cure”
  • NIGHT TO SHINE – Feb 9th, 2018 – Next Planning Mtg Niv. 26th after service. We are in the early planning stages for the 2018 Night To Shine event. If you would like to help out please contact Jim Turney at jtet2310@nullgmail.com. Volunteers can sign up at the HUB.
For more information see our website 
page.