PASTOR'S PEN...            

   December was a very busy month for all of us.  The past couple of months have flown by and December is no exception.  We've gone through the Advent Season, and for me, it was like it just started yesterday.  It seems impossible to consider that we are starting the New Year already.  

          We had a good mission's trip.  Our group worked on a wide variety of projects.  We did flooring, ceiling tiles, plumbing, trim work, drywall finishing, and garbage hauling.  I believe that everyone had a good time on the trip.  Hopefully we can do another project in the near future.  We were blessed with travel mercies, and I believe the weather in Missouri was slightly better than it was back here.  Please ask someone that went on the trip how it went.  There was something for everyone to do.  We are going to present a slide show on the work that was done so everyone has an idea of what it would be like to go on a trip the next time one comes up. 

          We are going to start playing some volleyball at Shippensburg COB on Friday, January 12th at 7:00 pm.  We will just be playing some pick-up games, and there will not be any official teams.  I hope we have a good crowd come out to play and to support the people playing from both churches.  Depending on how it goes and the level of interest will dictate how many times we will play after the 12th. 

          We will start the New Year studying what it means to be a church member.  This is based off the book, "I am a church member", written by Thom Rainer.  The Wednesday night bible study group just completed it so now we will use it for the next six weeks for a sermon series.  We will also start a video series entitled, "Christian, It's Not What You Think."  Andy Stanley, the son of Charles Stanley, is the teacher for this video series. 

          I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s.  I will close with 1 Corinthians 12:12.  Paul wrote to the Corinthian church, "For as the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body - so also is Christ."  We cannot forget that church is about being the body of Christ.  We are called individually, but we are also called to be part of the body of Christ.  Too often we try to have church our own way.  We are willing to forsake the unity of the body so that our own needs are met.  We cannot forsake unity that we are supposed to have with our brothers and sisters. 

God's blessing for everyone, and may we grow as a body of believers. 

Pastor Leon