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December 21st 2008

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I heard a story about a woman who was doing her last-minute
Christmas shopping at a crowded mall. She was tired of fighting
the crowds. She was tired of standing in lines. She was tired of
fighting her way down long aisles looking for a gift that had sold
out days before. Her arms were full of bulky packages when the
Elevator door opened. It was full.

The occupants of the Elevator grudgingly tightened ranks to allow


a small space for her and her load. As the doors closed she blurted
out, “Whoever is responsible for this whole Christmas thing ought
to be arrested, strung up, and shot!” A few others nodded their
heads or grunted in agreement. Then, from somewhere in the back
of the elevator came a single voice that said, “Don’t worry. They al-
ready crucified him.”

We need to remember who is responsible for the whole Christmas


thing. It is all about how God so loved the world that He gave his
one and only Son so that who ever believes in Him might have eter-
nal life. (John 3:16)
K. Edward Skidmore
OVERSIGHT TEAM:
Pastor Shane & Glenda Whitbourn
Dwayne & Cynthia Alexander Services: Sundays @ 10am
Fawthrop Community Centre Hood St, Portland
ELECTRONIC To direct deposit or Internet bank your giving : Pr. Shane Whitbourn Ph: 0417509516
GIVING South West Community Church BSB 033656 A/C 128710 www.swccportland.com
today@church
9.30am Prayer meeting ….please join us!
10am Service: Praise & Worship, Communion & then a
message from Pr. Shane.
If you are visiting with us this morning, Welcome! Please stay
after the service and enjoy some morning tea with us.

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Please note that we will NOT be holding a service on Christmas Day.
However, there are a number of other churches in town holding services if Why not visit our website
you would like to attend. See Friday’s Observer (Church News) for details.
www.swccportland.com
Morning Today: (Dec 21): Victoria Nash’s Team Check out what’s happening, the latest newsletter,
Tea Next week ….(Dec 28): Cynthia Alexander’s Team view photos and videos, and download sermon mp3’s

this week
Home Groups Prayer Chain Family Camp
Robin Hill’s study We are looking for someone to be a February 13 – 15
at Sue McVickers’ home will take co-ordinator for the prayer chain
a break for the next 2 weeks (not a big job)
Bridgewater Lakes campsite
(resuming Tuesday Jan 6 @ 7.30) If would like to know more, please A great FREE weekend for the whole family (food
call Lesley Holmes on 55211958 also provided!). Tent camping with kitchen,
shower and toilet facilities.
We would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas, and we Activities include watersports,
look forward to another great year serving alongside walks, campfire and great fel-
you all again in 2009. We love you! lowship. Put it in your diary,
and ….don’t miss it!!
Pr. Shane & Glenda Whitbourn