Donna Burghy has a slight fracture in her back. Skip Gooch will be having back surgery next month. Ruth Jeffers (Tina Hayes’ mother) was taken to the hospital via ambulance Wednesday, with a potential stroke. Steve Lattocha is having respiratory problems. Kaleb McDiffitt suffered a concussion in a basketball game last week. Jennifer Wheeler (Amy Nestor’s mom & Maureen McBride’s sister) has pneumonia. Darla Yozembeck is fighting a sinus infection. Bertha Kettlewell has been receiving chemotherapy, but she remains in good spirits and little pain.

     Please continue your prayers for those for whom prayer has been requested recently: Kate Bain,  Gail Bigler (back surgery), Joe Bine (Pat Rice’s brother), Hobert Bunner (Chris’s dad, cancer), Gunner Dudzik (friend of Jodi Frye, 3 1/2 years old), Dr. Patrick Dunster (co-worker of Janet Lallathin, cancer), Martha Glasgow (Amber Hope’s grand mother, broken arm), Harold Hudson, Kelly Hupp (friend of Kay Sowinski, surgery 12/27), Judy Hutson (recovering from surgery), Karen Jones (mother of Leslie Huffman’s co-worker, brain cancer), Scott Kalany (Kevin’s cousin, leukemia is in remission), Judy Kinemond (Mary Donna Wodarcyk’s daughter-in-law, cancer), Arlene Kopyar, Matthew Mead (John Burghy’s nephew), June Metcalf  (Amy Games’ mother – dementia), Ruth Ann Miller (Nancy Miller’s sister, Parkinson’s), Margaret Noling, Suzanne Matz O’Leary, (a friend of Jan Ehni, aneurism), Wayne Patton, Vera Perry, Albert “Sonny” Phillips, Amy Gray’s brother (Heartland Nursing Home), Mia Rathe, a 3-year old friend of the Dukes), Kristen Pierce-Rice (Bill Rice’s great niece, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma), Sarah (Atkinson) Shuman (stroke, waiting for heart transplant), Peg Spielvogel, Kay Sowinski, Rick Sowinski (John’s brother), Colten Strauss (spleen injury), Jimmy Thrash (hearing), Angel Vilano (pneumonia) and Sarah Zink (mono).

     Please keep our expectant mother in your prayers: Jena Frye… (May).

Please continue to pray and encourage those who are no longer able to worship with us…Evelyn Barker, Ella Bell, Bill & Sue Daley, Mae Deller, Wilda Freeland, Bertha Kettlewell, Bill Kopyar, Joyce Orzolek, Alice Shunk, Leon & June Smith, Jim Thrash, Marlene Trisolene and Joanne Wallner.


Please continue to pray for those who are serving in the military…C.J. Arnold (Eddie’s brother, Afghanistan), Jason Harris (Bill & Pat Rice’s son-in-law), Chad Huggins,  Bill Randolph (Matt’s father), Nathan Rodak (Jay & Rhonda’s son, in California) and Joey Stenger (Joe & Karen’s son).


The mid-week bible studies for the next two weeks with be on Thursdays (Dec 26th and Jan 2nd). This week we will have a devotional together. Everyone will meet in the auditorium.


Congratulations to Travis and Stacy Sharpe at the birth of their son, Bennett Allen on Dec. 8th.  Travis and Stacy also have two daughters.  Travis was a youth minister here and is now the minister for a Chattanooga, TN. church.


There will be a brief congregational meeting following evening services on Dec. 29th, during which the budget for 2014 will be presented.


Newly updated Care Group Calling Chains are available in the rack by the main entrance. Please make sure you have the up-to-date information, especially as winter weather nears.


The teens will be headed to Gatlinburg, TN for Winterfest, February 14-16. All teens in grade 7 and up are encouraged to come. We will need chaperones as well. The deadline to register with Brad is Jan 5th.


There are several copies of the most recent edition of “Heart to Heart”(which we mail around the community) and “Gospel Minutes” available on the table by the main entrance and in the hallway across from the preacher’s office. Please take them to use and distribute as you can.


Brad will be out of the office this week, as he spends time resting and praying, and enjoys his family. He plans to be back in the office on Monday, December 30th.


Hope is as necessary to the soul as oxygen is to the body.  The Lord Jesus came into the world that we might have hope.  Our hope in Jesus Christ is living and will not put us to shame.  Let us hope in Him.

Next week’s lesson by Phil Sanders is, “Hope”.  The program can be seen locally every Sunday, 7:30a.m. on WTRF-TV, Ch. 7.


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