Published 10:29 am Friday, November 9, 2018

By Scena Ann Petrey

Sunday, Nov. 11 will be Veteran’s Day. Let us remember all those men and women who so unselfishly gave their time, limbs, and lives to preserve the freedom we so often take for granted. Let us also remember our Jesus who so humbly laid His life down so we could be free of our sins. Please do not take Him for granted either!

Sunday, Nov. 3’s message was from 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10, and the message was entitled “Waiting Well.” Bro. Kyle began his message by saying, “Life is so short; eternity is so long.” William Shakespeare also commented on the brevity of life in the play “Macbeth”.

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Too often we spend time worrying and fretting about life instead of preparing for eternity – heaven or hell. Hell has no exit door; it also has a great chasm between heaven and hell separating the two places. Hell was meant for Satan and his angels – not fit for human beings. However, we have a choice to make; whom do we serve? That is the preparation all of us have to make – heaven or hell.

Jesus tells us that He is the ONLY way to the Father and eternity in heaven. It is only through a relationship with Him that we come to our heavenly Father. Jesus also told us in John that He was going to prepare a place for us and He would come again to receive us.

Christian believers cannot sit idly by. We, like Jesus, have to be about our Father’s business; we do this by witnessing by deed and words. While sharing our faith is a privilege, it is also a great responsibility.

Following the morning message, Joseph Hampton baptized Kayla Spencer. Welcome to our church family!

Pleasant View is an OCC Shoebox Drop-off for the week of Nov. 12-19 at the Shelter. This will be available for two hours each day.

A church-wide Thanksgiving meal will be served Sunday, Nov. 18 following the 11 a.m. service. The church will provide the honey baked ham, rolls, and drinks. Please bring a side, salad, or dessert.

Our church will observe the Hanging of the Greens on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. If you have never witnessed the service, please join us for that beautiful experience.

Dates to remember: Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. – Ladies’ annual gift exchange; Nov. 11 – Christmas shoebox dedication at 6 p.m.; Nov. 14 – Senior adult Thanksgiving dinner; Dec. 14-16 –Mission trip to Boone, N.C.; Dec. 29-31 – Winter Xtreme for youth in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Thought for the week: “Too busy adding up your troubles to count your blessings?”