I suggest that starting the new year is a great time to start a new practice like joining a small group or beginning a practice of Bible reading and prayer. I have placed some Daily Bread reading booklets on the table in the lobby for you to take and start your Bible reading.

Each new year has many opportunities and challenges, some of which we anticipate.  Others we can’t begin to anticipate as the year begins.  What does this new year hold for us as a church family?  My prayer is that we will see more grace, more blessing, more growth, more ministry, more opportunities to minister to many lives-more than ever before here at Community. Let’s work hard together this year to be the church God calls us to be, all He wants every church to be, and to be what He wants us specifically to be-right here-right now.

We looked at Scriptures on December 27 explaining Jesus as the Good Shepherd. The picture of Jesus that I shared was done by artist, Simon Dewey.

Our message today is a Scripture to take with you in 2016. Kyle Cherryholmes and Pastor Richard and Tim Ramos each shared an important Scripture passage.

Offering envelopes for 2016 are being handed out. See Mrs. Peak to obtain yours. If you have not had offering envelopes in the past, you may also speak with Mrs. Peak.

Claudia and I will be heading out of town at the end of this week for a little R&R. See you soon.

Do you remember the four groups of people that led us in the five advent candle lightings this most recent Christmas season? 

This might be the year that Jesus returns,

Pastor Richard