Due to severe allergies, the church and fellowship meals need to be free of any peanut products. Thank you for keeping this in mind as we prepare meals for potluck.
We plan, we shop, we decorate, we schedule, we prep, we wrap, we stress, we bake, and we celebrate one particular day in December called Christmas. A lot of time and energy goes into the big day. It is a festive, fun-filled time for all who participate, especially the children, and it is a day for the world to pause and remember the gift of Jesus.
But what happens when Christmas is over? Is life back to normal? Pretty soon, the storage boxes will come out, the decorations will be packed away for another year, the radio will stop playing seasonal favorites, and Christmas 2014 will be a memory for the picture books.
But does it have to be?
This Sabbath (Saturday) join us as Pastor Jon shares a special after-Christmas sermon about responding to the Christmas Gift we have all received.
At Christmas time we frequently hear stories of the angel star, wise men from the east and shepherds watching their flocks. We hear of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem, and of course the baby king born in a stable. But there are other parts of the story little known or seldom mentioned.
The place of Jesus birth and the circumstances around it were the ultimate sacrifice for God and his Son. For Jesus to give up his glory in heaven and His intimate relationship with the Father, to become one of us. God with us. God wrapped in skin. It was the greatest condescension of all time.
Join us this Sabbath at the UCA Church with speaker, Pastor Jim Kilmer, as we explore the mysterious surroundings of Christ’s birth and life. Expect some special guests from the animal kingdom for the children’s story. You might find this Sabbath to be the discovery of something that will change your view of the Christmas forever!
All wise men should consider attending the 2015 Christian Men’s Summit and bring a friend! Upper Columbia Conference’s Christian Men’s Summit happens at Camp MiVoden, February 6-8, 2015.
Pavel Goia, the keynote speaker, will share his personal testimony. Pavel is the pastor of the Lexington Seventh-day Adventist Church in Lexington, Kentucky. He will be sharing his amazing miracle story about how God helped him in one astounding experience after another in his life in communist Romania.
If you’re having a hard time in your life and you want direction and answers, the example of Pavel Goia’s dependence on God for everything will be an inspiration to you. The stories of how he got to the university, how he started businesses, and printed church-related materials in communist Romania will keep you on the edge of your seat and give you encouragement to follow God in your own life. Pavel is a popular speaker on the topic of prayer, and often shares about amazing miracles God has performed for him.
To register for the men’s summit, go to www.uccsda.org/men or call 509-242-0502. Earlybird registration before December 31 is $99. During January the cost jumps to $125 and after January 31 it climbs to $165.
This Sabbath (Saturday), December 13, join us as the Upper Columbia Academy Elementary School presents their annual Christmas Program for the worship service. The teachers and students have spent the last few weeks practicing and rehearsing for this special program. With a variety of instruments and musical talents, the students will be sharing the “True Meaning of Christmas.” This Sabbath is sure to be a blessing for all who attend.
Every parent has high hopes and dreams for their children. Some wish for doctors, sports heroes, great thinkers, or even famous musicians. No parent would ever wish for their child to be the leader of a rebellious political movement that would eventually have him executed.
As the angel Gabriel visited Mary and explained that she was to be the mother of Jesus Christ, did she really know what the future would hold? Did she know impact her son would make on the world?
This Sabbath (Saturday), as we look at this question of Mary’s knowledge, we have to ask ourselves the same: Do we know?
Join us this week for a special Christmas sermon, a time of praise and fellowship, and a chance to reconnect with God.Photo by jesuspictures.co