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West Lynchburg Baptist Church

December 23, 2012 Volume 2, Issue 51

The church with heart in the heart of the city.

Just Around The Corner...

The Blessedness of Receiving St. Paul reminded some visiting friends from Ephesus that Jesus said, It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35, NRSV). Apparently, Jesus did not say that receiving was not blessed. He just said the greater blessing comes from giving. Jesus was one who both gave and received. Jesus was often the recipient of gifts, invitations and acts of kindness. He enjoyed attending weddings, being an overnight guest in someones home or being a guest for a meal. He allowed Mary to anoint his feet with costly perfume, and did not object when she wiped his feet with her hair (John 12:2-3, NRSV). He even asked for and received a drink of water from the Samaritan woman, although Jews and Samaritans usually had nothing to do with one another (John 4:7, NRSV).

In this issue:
Just Around The Corner The Week at a Glance

1 2 3
4 5 6

Music, Members and Missions

A Radical Experiment Deacon of the Week +

Staff Info

Staff Member on Call Dec 2123 Randy Kent 434.665.6880

The bottom line is this: Be a giver, but also be a grateful and happy receiver. Giving and receiving both bring blessings. We have a good example of both in the One whom we follow and serve. The Newsletter Newsletter

The next E-Bulletin will be out on Jan. 2, 2013.

Wednesday MENU

Next Supper will be Jan. 2, 2013.

The Week at a Glance

Grrr Did you ever consider that the word grudge starts with the letters gr? Mean animals often grrr and so do some mean-spirited people at least by their nasty demeanor. In order to have the Christmas spirit, our grudges and our grrrs are going to have to be eliminated.

Opportunities for the Week Sunday, December 23 9:00 AM Instrumental Ensemble 9:15 AM Library Open 9:45 AM Sunday School for all ages 11:00 AM KIDS in Worship: The Gift is Shared 11:00 AM Worship 4:15 PM NO Sanctuary Bells 5:30 PM NO Kingdom Kids Chimes NO Kingdom Kids Bells 6:15 PM NO TeamKIDS.Gr. 1-6 6:30 PM NO EDGE Student Worship 6:30 PM NO Evening Worship Monday, December 24 OFFICE CLOSED 12:00 PM Christmas Eve Service 11:30 PM Christmas Eve Service Tuesday, December 25 OFFICE CLOSEDMERRY CHRISTMAS! 11:30 AM NO S.W.A.T. 1:30 PM NO Amazing Grace Fellowship Wednesday, December 26 5:15 PM NO Family Night Supper 6:00 PM NO Preschl Music Time 4yr-Kin. NO Childrens Choir Gr. 16 6:30 PM NO EDGE Gr. 712 6:30 PM NO Bible Study/Prayer Meeting 6:45 PM NO Mission Friends..Ages 4 & 5 NO Royal Ambassadors..Gr. 1-6 NO Girls in Action...Gr. 1-6 6:50 PM NO Highest Praise 7:30 PM NO Sanctuary Choir 8:50 PM NO Praise Team Rehearsal Saturday, December 29 7:00 PM NO iMPACT until January 19, 2013

A Special Note To: EDGE Students We have a fun time coming up on New Years Eve...dont miss it! Be here at the church by 4:30pm.

Come to our Noon or 11:30pm

...and 1 celebrate the anniversary of our Saviors birth!

Memory Verse, Members and Missions


Sunday School
Memory Verse

Please extend prayer & sympathy to: The family of Ruth Wilkes May 20, 1926Dec. 14, 2012 Gloria Thomas & family in the passing of her sister, Sandra Marsh The family of Claudia Bradley April 4, 1921Dec. 18, 2012

The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.
Welcome someone into your home this Christmas Season, that would usually be alone. Matthew 4:16 (NIV)

Lynchburg General: NONE Virginia Baptist: NONE

1 John 3:8 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and truth.

Dont Miss Your Chance to Bless and Be Blessed...The Needs are Many WLBC Praying for SOUTH ASIAN HINDU FESTIVALS
Thank you for continuing to give!

Church Goal: $20,000 Collected by Dec. 16: $11, 190

Amayavasa is the Indian word for new moon. Traditionally, every new-moon day is an auspicious day for worshipping the forefathers and special poojas (prayers) are made. Religious Hindus are not supposed to work and are to concentrate instead on the rites of Amayavasa, which includes offering black sesame and water as oblation to departed forefathers. As Hindus in South Asia focus on discarding the old and embracing the new, pray that God will reveal the new life He has promised to them in Christ Jesus, who is the only way, truth and life (see John 14:6).

The Radical Experiment A group of us recently completed a study of the book Radical. with a challenge that we have decided to accept. 2013. The Radical Experiment is a year-long commitment to five specific challenges: Pray for the entire world Using the resources provided by Operation World, pray together for the entire world over the course of a year. Read through the entire Word Using a chronological Bible Reading plan, read through the entire Bible. Sacrifice your money for a specific purpose For the next year, look at all of your expenses as a church, as individuals and as families through the lens of specific needs in the world. Work to set a cap on your lifestyle so that you can free up as much of your resources as possible for the sake of the glory of Christ in His church, among the lost, and among the poor. Spend your time in another context As you are making disciples in your community, commit, as individuals and families, to give 2% (one week) of your time in Gospel ministry outside of your community for the sake of Gods glory in all the world. Commit your life to multiplying community Commit yourself wholeheartedly to the local church. But even deeper than that, commit yourself to a small group that is intentionally sharing, showing, and teaching the Word while serving the world together. The book ends

We invite you to join with us in

Are you willing to commit one year of your life to radically alter the remainder of your life? Please call Russ Minerich at 665-8557 if you are interested in taking part in this Radical Experiment.

Serving, Laughing, Playing & PrayingBecause WLBC Members Live Life With Hope

Deacon of the Week: Winston Mead 434.239.9971

Winstons Deacon Families Lewis & Martha Ayers Doris Chapin Jean Crickenberger Glenna Davis Naomi Foster Jerry & Barbara Gallagher Joanne Garnett John Harrison Jonathan & Nancy Henline Frances Hudson Doris Meeks Steve, Jackie & Keeley Sarver Dan & Beth Schmucker David Williams Joyce Williams

Many times we are asked, Who is my deacon? To help you, we will list the Deacon of the Week and his list of families in the WLBC Bulletin ENewsletter. There will be a complete list posted on the bulletin board near the church office. This complete list is alphabetical by your last name. We hope this will help you know who your deacon is for the year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the church office.

Bible Quiz
The gospel of Luke tells about Joseph and Mary taking the baby Jesus to the temple to present him to the Lord (Luke 2:22, NRSV). An old man approached and said the Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he wouldnt die before he saw the Messiah. Seeing Jesus and being moved by the Holy Spirit, this man proclaimed that the baby was indeed the Messiah. What was the mans name? A. Simeon; B. Simon; C. Phanuel; D. Zechariah (See Luke 2:25.) Now That's Punishment It was the day after Christmas. Dad was trying to take a nap, but his young son kept finding ways to interrupt his siesta. Finally, the father lost his patience and said, Go to my room, and go now! Hearing this, the boy's mother asked, Why did you tell him to go to your room and not his? Are you kidding? the father replied. Did you see all those Christmas presents he received? In his room, he has a TV, a stereo, a computer, eight new CDs and three new video games. If we want to punish him, we have to send him to our room.
Pray for Missionaries: The Knight Family (Japan)

On mission to reach people for the family of God.


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Dr. Robert Putt, Pastor Cell Phone: 434.841.6886 845.4600 EXT 15

Rev. Randy Kent, Minister of Music & Senior Adults Cell Phone: 434.665.6880 845.4600 EXT 13

Vance Matthews, Minister of students Cell Phone: 910.814.7200 845.4600 EXT 14

Pam Anderson (Financial) Nancy Johnson (Administrative) Phyllis Lane (Organist) Jeanne Kent (Pianist)

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