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Beloved Concordia Family,

Happy Veterans’ Day!

What a powerful statement it was to have the veterans stand in worship yesterday and to see them all throughout our congregation.  Thank you to all the veterans, and to the families of our veterans who also sacrifice a great deal for the defense of our nation and freedoms.  We are grateful to and for you!

This weekend, at each of the Sunday services, the Adult and Children’s Choirs led us in recognizing and honoring our veterans for their service.  What a beautiful blessing to see the blending of those two talented groups.  Thank you to both choirs for serving our beloved Concordia all morning.  You were GREAT!

 

STARS

This past weekend we also welcomed home our men from our annual STARS Retreat.  Once again, they had a wonderful, encouraging time.  Many told me it was the best weekend they remember in a LONG time.  I hope you’ll make a “note to self” and plan to be a part of our STARS Retreat next year.  You’ll be glad you did!

 

Celebrate Forward!

Please don’t forget to look for and seize opportunities to celebrate the gifts and talents of the people around you this week.  You will have the opportunity to make someone’s day.  Recently I read a quote.  Someone was quoting his or her dad – I’m sorry I don’t remember where I read it, but it was great.  If it was you, thank you! – and said, “When you say something to make someone’s day, you’ll discover you’ve made your day, too!”  Make it a point, before another hour goes by, to celebrate someone around you.  It’s simple: a conversation, an email, a text message, a Facebook post … You get the idea.  Celebrate someone NOW! 🙂

 

10th Annual Drive-Thru Nativity – December 7 & 8

Just in case you haven’t heard of our Drive-Thru Nativity, let me give you a brief overview.  As you come onto the Concordia Campus (in your vehicle), you’ll be given an audio CD. The audio CD will provide music and narration as you drive-thru our campus and view ten stations that tell the story of Christmas. You’ll see beautiful sets, real animals, and real actors! It’s a memorable and fun Christmas activity for the whole family.

It takes 500 people to put on our Drive-Thru Nativity.  Over the years, we have had thousands and thousands of people see and hear the Gospel story of God’s love for the world through this amazing presentation.  We still need some help.  Will you click this link (Drive-Thru Signup) and register to be a part?  You’ll be glad you did!

 

Jesus Christ, M.D.

Here are some notes from the message on Sunday about faith …

Series Theme Verse:  Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases … Psalm 103:2-3

Three things we can learn from the Canaanite Woman:

1. She models Humility and Kindness!

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.  (Philippians 2:3-4)

2. Courage and Humility mix well!

Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  (Joshua 1:9)

3. A Positive Self-Image means knowing YOU matter to Jesus!

“Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7b)

 

Three things we learn about Jesus:

1. Jesus didn’t come to make friends … He came to bring salvation!

“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.”  (Matthew 15:8-9)

2. Jesus tests our faith

Temptations vs Testing:

– Temptation is what the devil does to bring about our failure. (Rebellion)

– Testing is what God/Jesus does to bring about our success. (Faith)

3. Jesus celebrates our faith

“Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” (Matthew 15:28)

Jesus doesn’t care WHEN or HOW we come to HIM! 

Jesus doesn’t care where you are from or where you live or what other people think about you … all that matters is you are with HIM!

 

2013 Voters’ Meeting – December 3 at 7 PM

We are preparing for our 2013 Voters’ Meeting on December 3 at 7 PM in the Sanctuary.  An important task for the Voters’ is to elect the Church Council, Elders, and School Board for the coming year.  If you are interested in nominating someone to serve, please pick up a nomination form from the Information Center (before or after worship services) or from the reception desk in the Administration Building.  They are due on Monday, November 25, at 9 AM.  

The Church Council will also present a budget for 2014 and ask the Voters to approve it.  We build the budget based upon the pledges we receive from our congregation through Loyalty Sunday commitments.  If you’ve made a Faith Promise (pledge) for 2014, thank you.  If you haven’t, please consider doing so today.  You can do that right now by following this link (Loyalty Sunday Pledge), or send an email to our Business Manager, Jesse Martinez (jessem@concordia.cc).

 

I hope this week is filled with celebrations, faith, and constant reminders of God’s grace and work in your life!

 

Your pastor loves you!

Pastor Bill

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