The Gift of Jesus

Christmas is about remembering the best gift of all – God sending His son Jesus to this earth in the form of a tiny baby. There is a song called “A Baby Changes Everything”. That is true in the natural and the spiritual. Jesus changed everything, when he was born that first advent. He changed the calendar – how we keep track of years. He changed how we relate to God – not through a list of rules and regulations, but through a relationship with him. He changed how we can attain eternal life. He opened the portals of heaven to anyone who accepts his gift of forgiveness of sins.

Why don’t you take a few moments this Christmas time to consider how you are letting the Christ child change your life? Share that with your loved ones – let the importance of this season be known!  
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Top Reasons to Give before the end of the year!

Paying it forward! Taking some of what you have and giving to those less fortunate is a great way to pay it forward and give back to your community.

Setting an example! Charitable giving sets a positive example for children, co-workers, family and friends.

Supporting a cause! Giving to causes you’re passionate about is a great way to be a part of the bigger picture and actively aide an organization in fulfilling their mission.

Tax deductions! When you make a charitable donation, it is tax deductible. What a win-win situation, since you are helping someone else and saving on your own personal income taxes.

Leaving a legacy! You will be building a legacy to leave behind that others will remember you for the differences you made in the lives of others through your charitable giving.
Announcements
Hope Not Handcuffs was just launched in Yale on December 20th! Port Huron Police Department will launch the first of the year.
This is the ninth year the Peace Billboard at this time of Christmas, and into the celebration of Martin Luther King Day, is up in our community. This year it will be an electronic billboard rotating at various places in our community as below. Thanks to our local church and community members for ongoing support.
12/23/19-12/29/19 - I-94, N of BLUE WATER BRIDGE, Facing N
12/30/19-01/05/20 - 10TH STREET, N of LAPEER, Facing S
01/06/20-01/12/20 - M-25, S of CARRIGAN, Facing S
01/13/20-01/19/20 - LAPEER AVE. E of 24TH STREET, Facing W
New Events Submitted this Week
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CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES

Light of Christ Lutheran @ 6:00 pm

Blue Water Church of the Nazarene (Marine City) @ 5:00 pm

Westminster Church of Port Huron @ 6:00 pm

New Covenant Church of God @ 7:00 pm
GriefShare is a support group held at Colonial Woods Christian Counseling Center for those who are grieving a loss due to death. The next session will meet on Mondays from 7:00 – 8:30 pm for 15 weeks, beginning February 3, 2020 and can be joined at any time. To register or for more information, please call the Counseling Center at 810-984-5575. (No child care provided). Cost is a $ 30.00 one time fee for attendance and materials.
Upcoming Events
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DIVORCE CARE is a support group held at Colonial Woods Missionary Church geared to helping individuals work through the emotions that go along with divorce. Whether the separation be recent or from the past, it’s never to early or late to begin healing. The next session will meet on Wednesdays from 6:45 pm to 8:00 pm, for 10 weeks beginning January 8, 2020 and can be joined at any time. To register or for more information, please call the Counseling Center at 810-984-5575. (Child care is provided). Cost is a $30.00 one time fee for attendance and materials.
New Life Christian Academy is hosting a  Spaghetti Dinner  on Friday, January 10 th  at the school (located at the corner of Griswold and Wadhams Roads in Kimball Twp). There are two serving times, 5:30 and 6:30 PM. Tickets are available at the school office or at the door. Adults - $10.00 Students - $7.00 and children four and under are FREE.  Cost for a Family is $35.00 For additional information, please call the school (810) 367-3770 ext. 100.
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