12-09-18 @North Heartland: "A Christmas Carol"

Good chilly morning family and friends of North Heartland,

Wow, didn't our building look fabulous last Sunday? Thanks to all the "elves" who spent many hours last week literally "decking the halls" inside and out so that the first week of Christmas at the Movies could look and feel like Christmas.

And a big "way to go" to those of you who took the risk of inviting friends and family who are "outsiders" to the faith. At least a few must have said "yes" because we had the highest attendance in seven months! (If you missed the service, you can see the Christmas Vacation message here for a limited time. Note that it is not available on our website or app because of copyright restrictions).

As for the person I invited, he and his family did not show up but I'm going to invite him again this week. Who knows? Maybe this time he will come. 

If he does, he'll be in for a treat because not only will we have some seriously fabulous music, we'll also be looking at my favorite Christmas movie of all, A Christmas Carol. I'll be using my favorite version, too, the 1999 rendition staring Patrick Stewart. I'll warn you in advance that my eyes will probably be a little red because every time I watch this movie, I cry like a baby. 🙂 It's such a tremendous illustration of what we who follow Jesus have come to know as ... well, you'll just have to be there or watching via livestream.

If you want to see it in advance, you can get the DVD from Amazon, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, etc. It also appears to be available on demand from most TV providers (Spectrum & DIRECTV). If you can't get that version, any of the dramatic remakes - for example, the George C. Scott and the Alistair Sim classics - will communicate the story line. 

Finally, in last Sunday's message, I said that one way to give attention to the spiritual dimension of Christmas is to put Jesus on your Christmas shopping list. I gave several practical examples of how to do that including giving to our HOPEful Blessing Project which helps out North Heartlanders who need assistance with rent, utilities, medical bills and the like. Our goal is $15,000. As of today we've received about $2,000, so we've still got a ways to go.

If you want to contribute by cash or check, be sure to note HOPE Fund on the envelope or memo line. You can also give online here or at one of our giving kiosks (again, be sure to select the HOPE Fund).

That's all for now - see you Sunday!

Rick

*******  Stats from last Sunday ******

Attendance    
    
09:30    489
11:00    361
Total    850
    
LiveStream IPs    48
    
Ministry & Operations Fund
    
Offering    $27,806
Goal    $30,000
YTD    $1,277,023
Goal    $1,292,500
Status    -$15,477

Rick McGinniss