December 2017

Do you have the heart of Christmas?  Every year, we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  We go to the parties, buy toys for children, sing carols, and light candles on Christmas Eve.  But do we really invite Jesus to take control of our hearts?

 

Can I offer you a challenge?  Make church a priority this Christmas and come to each service with a desire to give Jesus your heart.  The theme of each message, including the Christmas musical on December 17th, is “The Heart of Christmas.”

 

November 26

The Heart of Christmas

Part 1:  A Hard Heart

 

December 3

The Heart of Christmas

Part 2:  A Prepared Heart

 

December 10

The Heart of Christmas

Part 3:  A Loving Heart

 

December 17

The Heart of Christmas Musical

 

Dec. 24—Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

The Heart of Christmas

Part 4:  A Shining Heart

 

We have a normal schedule on Dec. 3rd with worship at 8:45 and 11 a.m., but only one worship service at 11 a.m. on Dec. 10th, 17th, and 24th.  We will also have Sunday School/Connection Groups at 9:45 a.m. every Sunday except Christmas Eve.  On Dec. 31st, we’ll be back to our regular schedule.

 

Don’t let Christmas come and go by “going through the motions.”  Be intentional about telling Jesus that He’s in charge of your life, and that you are ready to do ANYTHING He desires.  He brings lasting transformation to our lives because only Jesus can give us the heart of Christmas.

Merry Christmas!

Pastor Craig

 

 

 

November 2017

Dear Church Family,

 

   In this month of Thanksgiving, I want to say a special “Thank You!” to my church family for your faithfulness to the Lord.  We have some of the most dedicated Christians in all of Dallas who love the Lord and each other, grow together in their knowledge and application of God’s Word, serve the Lord with gladness, and share their faith with the lost.  As a result, our church is connecting people to Christ each month.

   But I am also thankful for our gifted servant-leaders we call “ministers.”  They also love the Lord and each other as they lead and equip our church family to do the work of ministry (Eph. 4:11-12).  Paul writes in 1 Timothy 5:17, “The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.”

   On Sunday, November 5th at 2:30 pm, we are honoring one of our servant-leaders, Joanna Jespersen, through a special worship service to bestow a license to the Gospel ministry.  The deacons and church have already voted to license Joanna, but we will give her a special blessing and commissioning that day.  Joanna has served Shiloh Terrace for over a year as Minister to Children and Families, and she is doing an excellent job in teaching us how to follow Christ.

   I know you will want to join me on Nov. 5th to show your love and support to Joanna, and during this month of Thanksgiving, be sure to tell all of our ministers and ministry assistants how thankful you are for them.

 

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Craig