The Good News Dec. 20, 2018
Three week Edition
Christmas Eve Services
"The God Who Was and Is To Come" John 1:18

 4:30 p.m. Family friendly Candles & Carols

6:30 p.m. Communion, Candles & Carols

Nursery provided at 6:30 service
Advent Sermon Series, continues
 Sunday, Dec. 23
"Jesus Before Revelation" John 1:14-18
Sunday, Dec. 30
"Into the New" I Samuel 17
Dear Supporters of Longview EPC Youth,
    We, the youth of Longview Evangelical Presbyterian Church, want to thank you for your support of the Pumpkin Stomp and poinsettia sales. Our Lord provided beautiful weather for the Pumpkin Stomp. Everybody that participated had a great time playing games, shooting paintballs, taking hayrides, winning prizes, and enjoying Enoch’s beautiful scenery. Furthermore, we were able to sell over 200 poinsettias for this Christmas season. These poinsettia are on display in our church and in the homes of many people.
    The fundraisers were a huge success. We were able to raise over 12,000 dollars for missions. With the money raised from these events, we will be able to continue to go on mission trips and spread the good news of Jesus Christ. As we have been taught on these trips, it is our duty to be the “hands and feet” of Christ. We would not be able to do this without your continued help and support.
    Again, thank you for your financial support of the Pumpkin Stomp, poinsettia sales, and of the Youth of Longview Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
In God’s Service,
The Youth of Longview EPC
Finn Oliver Pyle was born on November 27th to Bryan and Katie Pyle. He weighed 6 lbs., 3 ounces. The proud grandparents are Larry and Deborah Pyle.
Thank yous
Dear Church Family, On behalf of the Howell Family I would like to extend our sincere appreciation of the acts of kindness, friendship, and love shown during the loss of our wife and mother this past week. The Love of God is certainly at work at EPC and your thoughtful acts of comfort will never be forgotten. Love, Bill, Andy & Bonnie, The Howell Family

A very special thank you to all our EPC family. We are so grateful for all the prayers, cards, calls and visits that you have sent our way over the last 16 months. We feel truly blessed. We know the prayers were answered in so many ways and we appreciated every card, call and visit. Your encouragement made this journey so much easier. We always felt your love and support. Lastly, we enjoyed all the delicious food that the women of the church provided for our family and we have a very large family so maybe a double thank you is in order. With heartfelt gratitude and love, Mary Jon Bass

What a nice surprise having a lovely poinsettia delivered to my new home! It just goes to show how much EPC cares about the older generation and keeps in touch with them through calls, visits and notes. With love and a thankful heart for my church family, Marge Smith

Dear Members of the Music Ministry,
Thank you, Choir and Praise Team members for the card, wonderful Christmas party and for your generosity to Ellen and me this past week. We are thankful for every one and thehard work you put in week after week to make worship and music a blessing. It has been and continues to be a privilege and a joy to serve Christ in the music ministry at Longview EPC. Merry Christmas! David Luna

Thank you so much for all of the prayers over the past 6 weeks! Thank you to ET for bringing me the beautiful poinsettia! I know that the prayers and care have helped me get this far. I'm thankful to be home and doing very well. Sincerely, Bettye Yater
Prayer Concerns:
Continued Need : Bettye Yater, Jan Kelly, John Dalton, Janice McVay, Richard & Marti Fuhrman, Joe & Barbara Steinbach.
Our Retired Community:
At Home: Frances Sample
Heritage Place - Bill Howell
Buckner - Felicia Grubbs, Martha Ellis, Dorothy Chandler, Elaine Beckett,
Jim & Lanette Yancey
Colonial Village - A. J. Luna
Treviso - Joanne Edwards
Whispering Pines - LaVern Byrd
Parkview - Marge Smith, Pat Willbanks
 Summer Meadows - Bettye Hill,
Gilmer - Charlotte Poole
Lindale- Dotty Rawlins
Henderson - Bob Bement, Marjorie Davis
Tyler - Richard Fuhrman
  Oklahoma - Jean Knight
Happy Birthday!
12/20: Anna Kate Metzler
12/22: Laura MitchelL, Allison Yost
12/24: Daniel Bond
12/25: Phyllis Shaw
12/26: Gideon Koegelenberg
12/28: Larry Carlton, Charlotte Poole
12/29: Andy Howell, Diana McMahon, Sharon Williams
12/31: Blaine Wright
1/1: Sam Taylor
1/5: Buck Otis
1/6: Pat Taylor
1/8: Mary Armstro ng, Tammy Moyes
1/9: Brenner Ratzlaff
1/10: Glenda Bays
1/11: Edwyna Testerman
1/13: Bob Linthicum
December 24: Christmas Eve Family Service with Candles 4:30 pm
Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service at 6:30 pm
Dec. 30 - Worship 9:30 am
Jan. 6, 2019 - Worship 9:30 am
January 13, 9 - Worship with Communion followed by Potluck
Men's Church Baskbetball Schedule
Dec. 20 8:00 pm vs #3 Commotion
Jan. 10 6:45 pm vs #5 - New Birth
Jan. 17 6:45 pm vs #6 - Challenger
Jan. 24 9:15 pm vs #2 - The Guardians
Jan. 31 9:15 pm vs #4 - LCC God Squad
Feb. 7 9:15 pm vs #3 - Commotion
All Games at Gym: PT PACE
Financial Report (click here) – The Finance Committee would like to express their appreciation of your generosity.  We are very thankful for your continued prayers, service and financial commitment. We continue to be encouraged by how God is creating a community of people committed to changing lives through His gospel. Please contact Finance Chair, Fred Irwin or Treasurer, Gordon Northcutt if you have any questions.
 Thank you for your pledges so far - we are still working on our 2019 Budget and would like to hear from all of our faith family members.
Sunday, December 23
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. at LeTourneau University
Come join us for an old-fashioned family Christmas Carol Sing at LeTourneau University.
  • Led by Dr. Jim Taylor, Director of Fine Arts,
  • LeTourneau University.
Absolutely free, song sheets provided.
  • For more information, contact Dr. Jim Taylor at or 903-233-3379. Click here to see flyer.
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Worship Service at 9:30 am each Sunday
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