January 2022 - In This Issue:
  • DON'T WORRY BE HAPPY
  • CARTOONS
  • DID YOU KNOW?
  • CHRISTMAS AT THE ORPHANAGE
  • CHRISTMAS FUN
  • CALENDAR
  • YOUTH EVENT
DON'T WORRY BE HAPPY
In 1988 Bobby McFerrin won three Grammy Awards for a simple song that repeated one single phrase over 20 times – “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”
It was a simple song yet it swept the country by storm. Why, because worry and anxiety are at the core of human existence. 
Everyone is looking for an answer to help them overcome their anxiety and experience true joy in life. Everyone would love to be able to know how not worry and be happy. 
    
Several years ago Richard Dreyfuss was being interviewed by Barbara Walters on ABC’s 20/20. Near the end of the interview she asked him the question: “If you could have one wish, and wish for anything in the world, what would it be?” Without hesitation, Richard Dreyfuss looked into the camera and said: “Every time I have a birthday; every time I blow out candles; every time I see a shooting star, I wish for the same thing. I wish for peace”.

We are a nation and a world at wit’s end. The statistics are staggering concerning: Drug & Alcohol Addictions, Domestic Homicide, Nervous Breakdowns, and Suicide.
We can’t build rehabilitation centers fast enough. We can’t build prisons fast enough. We can’t provide counselors fast enough. We go into a New Year with the hope that things will be better. But if they are better it won’t be because of resolutions or wishes but because we have found the answer in Jesus Christ.

Corrie Ten Boom said:
When I look at the world, I get depressed.
When I look at myself, I get distressed.
When I look at others, I get oppressed.
But when I look at Jesus, I am at rest!

Jesus Christ is the answer and the hope that we have today and in this coming year.
DID YOU KNOW...
The 8th most common New Year's resolution is to improve a relationship. Getting along better with someone else is a worthy goal for the New Year.

What’s the number one New Year’s resolution?
Weight loss (duh).
January is named after a god with two faces. The Roman god the month is named after, Janus, was described as having two faces. When depicted in ancient Roman art, one of Janus' faces looks forward, while the other looks back. It describes what we do every New Year.
Baby New Year is actually really old. It has been a symbol of the holiday since around 600 B.C., starting in ancient Greece when an infant was paraded around in a basket in celebration of Dionysus, the god of fertility and wine. The baby represents a rebirth that occurs at the start of each new year.
CHRISTMAS AT THE ORPHANAGE
A special thank you to all of you who contributed gifts and monetary gifts to the Church of God Children’s Home this past Christmas. We were overwhelmed at the generosity of our congregation in giving hundreds of dollars in gifts and want to say thank you for being wonderful! The youth enjoyed spending time at the home and delivering the gifts. Our hearts were touched with the stories we heard from the kids and we want you to know you made a difference for them during Christmas. God will truly bless you for your kindness and the love you showed. Thank you Matthews Church of God, you made us proud!

James 1:27. “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

With Gratitude,
Ed & Beth Baker and Impact Student Ministries
CHRISTMAS FUN!

YOUTH EVENT
Please make plans to join us for this powerful service as we worship Jesus together!

We will be interceding for our students and their families as we start 2022.

If we’ve ever needed to get into the presence of God and pursue Him, it’s NOW!
Matthews Church of God
517 E John St.
Matthews, NC 28105
704-847-5625
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