Winter is in full swing. Last week we had the ice come and in the past, before COVID, it would have meant many would not have been able to worship with us at Tom's Creek. Instead we had over 100 people watch us online along with the brave souls who came out to the 8am service (and Holly rocked the music)! This week it looks like the snow/ice will not hit until late on Sunday so it will not effect worship or the ability for people to join us in worship! And this week we are going to be looking at the passage where Jesus performs his first miracle, turning water into wine! Spoiler Alert: It is about sooooo much more than making sure a wedding didn't run out of wine! At Tom's Creek we try to unwrap the Bible and the stories of Jesus because there are gems in there for our life today BUT you have to fully comprehend the story for the full power of it to be unleashed in your life.
The bulletin for this Sunday is attached for you to look at. Remember that in the bulletin we have announcements, a prayer list, church attendance, the amount of offering that has come in that support our ministries, along with the outline of the service. We attach it weekly so that those of who can't be with us can keep up with the church. We appreciate everyone who continues to worship and be a part of our community even if they can not come to the church building. While we always prefer to see people in person as we try to build community, we also love those who join us from afar and we are blessed to have you as part of our worshipping community!!
We are live-streaming on our Facebook page or our YouTube channel. For those that are watching when we live-stream we do have a person that can see the comments posted if there are sound issues. While we don't want to fixate on every little sound issue we do want to know when something is way off and affects your ability to be able to enter into worship. I will warn those watch on Facebook they sometimes mute the video clips I use after the livestream. Unless you are watching worship when it is live I would recommend watching on the YouTube channel because the quality is MUCH better.
We are not passing offering plates so the wooden boxes are available to put your offering in. The 2022 offering envelopes are in church mailboxes for those that continue to use them for their offering. Of course you can also give online, use text to give (844-406-0358), or mail the offering to church. The new offering envelopes have some envelopes that have Capital Campaign printed on them and the purpose is to increase the amount of money we have to keep the building in good shape in the years to come. Most of the funds will be invested as part of the Jimmy Hill Enduring Legacy Fund so that we are prepared for the future!
We will be collecting prayers in the prayer box on the table in the parlor. Also, if you have announcement that you need to be shared please write them down and give them to me before the service. This will be an ongoing practice for prayers and announcements to help ensure that they are heard and understood by all (especially those worshipping with us virtually).
So let us get ready to have some mighty and powerful worship this Sunday before we are all snowed in! I must warn you that your pastor is in the mood for a good ol' snow storm where for a day most people have to sit inside while they wait for the snow to stop and the the plows to do their job! It may or may not happen but if Jesus can turn water into wine, I can only hope that we can get a foot or more of snow! Remind me that I wanted the snow when I am shoveling out (: