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Worship News and Directory for December 18th, 2013

First Baptist Church of Carolina Beach

409 N. Lake Park Blvd. • Carolina  Beach, NC 28428

From Pastor Shawn - The Advent Season (continued from last week)

In this Advent season, as we prepare for Christmas, that’s an important lesson for us to learn. It is very easy, just like the characters in Charlie Brown, to allow the trappings of the season to get in the way of the message God has for us. We get so caught up in the material aspect of it, like Sally and Lucy, that we can’t see straight. Or, we do what Charlie Brown tried to do, and we get so busy with all the pomp and traditions of the holiday that we don’t have time to hear the still, small voice of God.
There are decorations to put up, cards to write and address, presents to buy and wrap, and umpteen performances of “The Nutcracker” to attend. So it’s no wonder that we don’t get the message of Christmas. Our lives are too full. We’re too busy chasing after the things of this world to listen for what God might say to us.
So, God sends his message through someone who is in the wilderness, someone who is waiting for the word of the Lord: that person is John the Baptist, who says, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” Is that what we’re doing, preparing the way of the Lord? Or, are we too busy preparing for Christmas to prepare ourselves for Christ?
So, maybe you don’t get your lights up this week. God forbid you don’t get a Christmas tree until the week before—will your holiday be ruined? Maybe you don’t make it to the mall to get a picture of your kid on Santa’s lap. Is that really as important as giving your child some time to sit on your lap, while you read to them the real story of Christmas?
As we seek to find the true Spirit of this season, we shouldn’t be afraid to escape all the trappings that come with it and seek out a place in our own wilderness—at the beach, on a trail, or down by the river. Find an unexpected place where God can speak to you. Like John the Baptist and Charlie Brown, find your wilderness…and find the spirit of the season. This Sunday December 22 at both services, 8:30 and 11:00AM,  the children and youth of St. Paul's welcome all to see their presentation of “The Story of Christmas and on Christmas evening everyone is welcome to our annual Candlelight Communion Service at 7:00PM. A reminder on Sunday December 29 we will have only one service at 10:00AM.
In this spirit of this Advent season we are reminded of the following bible verse.
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)

Kure Memorial Lutheran Church

117 North 3rd Ave, (910)458-5266 • Kure Beach, NC 28449

Kure Memorial Lutheran Christmas Program

This past Wednesday Kure Memorial Preschool students performed their Christmas Program as a part of the Church’s Wednesday Advent Services. The show started with the four year old class presenting the “Nativity Story.” Following the stellar performance, the one, twos and three year old classes gathered dressed as angels and animals to perform seven songs including “It’s Jesus’ Birthday” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” all under the direction of the school’s music teacher Ms. Lisa Robinson.
This year performers are as follows: Siena as Mary, Hannah as Angel Gabriel, Anderson as Joseph, Beau as Donkey, Ella as the Innkeeper, Colby as a cow, Taya, Palyn, Natalie and Ryden all as Shepherds, Mia as a sheep and Lux, Mackenzie and Logan as Wise Men. Angel Choir and Animals: (1 yr old class) Autumn, Cooper, Olivia and Teagan. (2 yr old class) Zaine, Owen, Sundae, Michael, Stella, Taven, Savanna, Maddox, Harley and Van. (3 yr old class) Kaliyah, Leni, Chance, Aiden, Porter, Madeline, Elie, Ozzy, Keelan, Juliet, Seth and Serinity.  Classes at Kure Memorial Lutheran Preschool are affordable and scholarships are available.
For more information email kmlx.preschool@ gmail.com or call (910)409-5572.

A Christmas Eve Prayer

A Christmas Eve Prayer.  Forty-five years ago, in 1968, Frank Borman, on the Apollo 8 space mission, prayed this prayer for peace on earth:
"Give us, O God, the vision which can see Your love in the world in spite of human failure.  Give us the faith to trust Your goodness in spite of our ignorance and weakness.  Give us the knowledge that we may continue to pray with understanding hearts.  And show us what each one of us can do to set forward the coming of the day of universal peace."

Some Special Gifts You Can Give for Christmas
                                                             (Source Unknown)
a firm handshake to a shaky soul,
a kind word to a lonely person,
a warm smile to the disheartened,
a sincere concern for someone troubled,
a feeling of compassion for the neglected,
a comforting thought for the bereaved,
a respect for the dignity of others,
defense of the rights of individuals,
a word of witness to help a seeking soul,
a Merry Christmas to all.

Sunday Schedule
  9:00 Sunday School       10:00 Worship
11:00 Fellowship Time      4:00 Youth Group

Have you passed by Kure Memorial lately?  If so, you may have seen the sign inviting people to write their prayers on the sidewalk with chalk.  If you have a special concern or prayer and write it on the sidewalk, it will be incorporated into our Sunday prayers.  You can also call the church office with special prayer concerns.

A Word of Hope

A Word of Hope:  The Light Shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:5). During this time of preparation for Christmas, may the light and love of Jesus fill your hearts and your life!  Wherever you worship, may you be surrounded by a community of faith that is full of love and be blessed by God’s grace!  God’s blessings for a Blessed Christmas season!
Advent Schedule - Wednesday, Dec. 18 - 7:00 p.m. Holden Evening Prayer Service. Reflection: “Light of Hope”. The calming and lovely Holden Evening Prayer Service is a brief and beautiful service of music, prayer and reflection.  In a time of year that is often filled with very busy schedules and long to-do lists, we invite you to step into this tranquil, reflective space and prepare for Christ’s coming through worship and prayer.
• Tuesday, Dec. 24 - 7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Family Service (candlelight) and 11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
• Christmas Day - Traditional Christmas Dinner  - Meat will be provided; bring a side dish.  For planning purposes, call Anne (520-2710) to make a reservation or for more details.
• Sunday Schedule - 9:00 Sunday School       10:00 Worship and 11:00 Fellowship Time      4:00 Youth Group
Have you passed by Kure Memorial lately?  If so, you may have seen the sign inviting people to write their prayers on the sidewalk with chalk.  If you have a special concern or prayer and write it on the sidewalk, it will be incorporated into our Sunday prayers.  You can also call the church office with special prayer concerns.


The Advent wreath displayed in our sanctuary each year (as well as in many other Christian churches) is filled with symbolism. It is traditionally a circle of evergreens (representing eternal life) with four candles spaced evenly around it.  The candles can be blue or purple.  Traditionally, the first candle is lit on the first Sunday of Advent and additional candles are lit on the three following Sundays. The first candle is known as the Prophet Candle (sometimes, the Hope Candle) and represents the Jews’ hope for a Messiah.
The second candle, the Bethlehem Candle (sometimes, the Peace Candle), recalls how Christ was humbly born in the small town of Bethlehem.
The third candle, the Shepherd Candle (sometimes, the Joy Candle), represents the joy of the shepherds upon learning of the birth of Jesus.  This candle is sometimes pink or rose-colored. The 4th candle, the Angel Candle, recalls the Angel Gabriel’s message to Mary that she would bear God’s child and also the angels who announced Christ’s birth.
Sometimes a fifth candle is added, traditionally in the middle of the wreath, which is white and is called the Christ Candle.  It is lit during the Christmas Eve service or on Christmas Day.