Christmas Eve Services

Just in case you might have missed it, our Christmas Eve services are at 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and signups that were meant ot help us know how many to expect in Moffat Hall have filled us to the point where we have moved the services to the Auditorium.  You will enjoy the music and spoken word, prepared with the whole family in mind.  Hope to see you there!

Published in: on December 23, 2007 at 6:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Elisha Blair is with the Lord

At 7:25 p.m., Eastern Time, Elisha Blair passed from this life into the presence of Jesus, following complications related to his recent surgery and his genetic disease afflicting his connective tissues.  Today he awoke with a severe headache, and a CT scan revealed bleeding in the brain.  It proved to be an aneurysm that could not be repaired.  Elisha’s heart failed, and he could not be resuscitated.  Laurie, his mom, was there, while his dad, Brian, was with the other children in Alaska at their home.  As arrangements are made related to the funeral, they will be relayed through the church office.

Pray for the Blairs.  This is not the answer for which we had hoped, but it was God’s better answer for Elisha’s greatest happiness. 

Published in: on December 13, 2007 at 11:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Pray for Elisha

Elisha BlairMany of you know that Elisha Blair, youngest son of missionaries Brian and Laurie Blair, had major surgery to repair an aneurysm in his aorta last month.  That surgery was successful, but the graft of the repair section to the pulmonary artery is leaking and requires very difficult surgery, and the doctors do not give a high probability of success. This link goes to his website if you would like more details.

Surgery is scheduled for today in Seattle. Please be in prayer for him, and for his family–Laurie is with him, while Brian is with the other four children in their home in Nenana, Alaska, where they serve Voice for Christ radio ministries to the interior of Alaska.

UPDATE:  as of 9:40 p.m., Elisha is out of surgery, the surgeon believes that he made the repair needed to the coronary artery’s graft to the dacron replacement section, and the family is cautiously optimistic, and thankful to God for this result and for all the prayers.

Published in: on December 6, 2007 at 9:49 am  Leave a Comment  

Advent Reading Schedule

In case you need a guide for daily readings for Advent, here is a basic listing–use them on the appropriate days listed.  This is the first week.

Advent Scripture Readings 

Scripture Readings for the First Week in Advent:  Hope Sunday Jeremiah 31:31-40
Monday Jeremiah 33:14-26
Tuesday Isaiah 40:1-11
Wednesday Psalm 33
Thursday Psalm 130
Friday  Romans 5:1-11
Saturday  1 Thessalonians 4:13—5:11
 Scripture Readings for the Second Week in Advent:  PeaceSunday Isaiah 2:1-5
Monday Isaiah 11:1-9
Tuesday Isaiah 54:11-17
Wednesday Ezekiel 34:11-31
Thursday Zechariah 8:9-17
Friday  Psalm 85
Saturday  1 Thessalonians 5:12-28 

Scripture Readings for the Third Week in Advent:  Joy Sunday Luke 3:7-18
Monday Isaiah 12:1-6
Tuesday Isaiah 52:1-12
Wednesday Psalm 126
Thursday Zechariah 9:9-17
Friday  Zephaniah 3:14-20
Saturday  Philippians 4:4-9
Scripture Readings for the Fourth Week in Advent:  LoveSunday Luke 1:26-38
Monday Luke 1:39-56
Tuesday Luke 1:57-80
Wednesday Matthew 1:18-25
Thursday John 1:1-18
Friday  Titus 2:11-14
Saturday  Psalm 98
Christmas Eve:  Luke 2:1-20

Published in: on December 4, 2007 at 4:43 pm  Comments (1)  

Reaching other nations without traveling…

I have a good friend named Dennis Baker who is always sending me good stuff to think about.  Here is his latest resource for me, that I now give to you…


Here’s a little excerpt from friend, Jay Bell’s newsletter…  He is Grace Brethren

 Recently we conducted our workshop (on reaching other cultures in America) in the Richmond, VA. Grace Brethren Church. The chairman of their Mission Commission is a police captain named Hal Moser. On the Monday after the workshop Hal routinely stopped by his favorite up-scale grocery story to get a cup of his favorite up-scale coffee. But this time he walked into the store with a different set of lenses. For the first time he saw an Asian working behind the sushi counter. Hal thought, “I wonder if the material Jay & Jan shared really works?” He decided to give it a try. He walked up to the sushi-maker, said good morning and asked the gentleman his name and where he was from. Hal learned his name was Win, and that he was from Burma and that he’s been in the U.S. for three years. Hal proceeded to ask Win if anyone had welcomed him to America. Win looked at him with a quizzical look on his face and said, “No! Not at all. No one.” Hal then reached his hand over the counter to shake Win’s hand and said, “Then that gives me the privilege to be the first to welcome you to the United States. Welcome Win.” And then Hal hurried off to work.
The next day Hal stopped to see Win and to get his coffee. Upon seeing Hal, Win walked around the sushi counter taking off his protective gloves. He grasped both of Hal’s hands and asked him to come to his home for dinner. Now that must have been quite a scene. Hal is about 6-2 and Win is short. Hal was in his uniform with captain bars on his collars and Win was in his apron.
The following week Hal and Shelly went to Win’s home. Over dinner Hal asked Win how many friends he has made in his three years in America. Win responded, “You are my best friend.”
Hal and Shelly are now off-and-running in a cross-cultural ministry with a Buddhist family from an unreached people group (Burmese) that is listed on the Joshua Project website as 0.07% Christian.
Reaching the unreached right at home. No plane fare necessary, no U.S. passport necessary, no inoculation shots necessary.
And this is just one story among a ton of others!

Blessings on you as you “cross the street” this week!

Published in: on December 4, 2007 at 2:22 pm  Comments (2)  

Israel Tour, 2007

Our tour group on the Mt. of Olives, with Jerusalem in the background
OK, just to make a few of you jealous, here is a picture of our tour group standing on the Mount of Olives, with Jerusalem in the background. Our recently completed trip was an incredible experience, and I would encourage you to ask any of us about it when you have an opportunity. Now, back to life in the ‘Ville!

Published in: on December 1, 2007 at 12:39 pm  Comments (2)