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It feels like winter, at least our version of the season, outside. They are beginning to play Christmas music on the radio. I heard a Country and Western song yesterday called, “Somebody Snitched On Me,” the idea being that every time the girl did something wrong, and she did a lot of things wrong, somebody ‘snitched’ on her to her parents. And that meant she was not going to get anything from Santa for Christmas. Near the end of the song she sang something like, “I’d turn over a new leaf now, but it’s too late for this year, so who cares?” We have spent quite a while to this point in Romans and two basic themes keep coming through in this book: We are forgiven and we are empowered (be- ing ‘In Christ’ we are gifted with the Holy Spirit’s presence and power) so that we can glorify God in all aspects of our lives.

My favorite football team, the Saint Louis Rams (L.A. Rams before that) seems to be having great difficulty winning this year. They have two wins and eight losses. Sigh, maybe next year. Regardless of how our favorite team is doing, if we are ‘In Christ’ then we are on the winning team! Often people who ‘win’ at games have a completely different at- titude than when they lose. Our attitude, being on the winning team, should be one of excitement – and so much so that we want to tell everyone about the win! The Christmas decorations are already up in many parts of town, the parade is this Saturday, and lots of the excite- ment of the season is being seen. In the coming weeks I want to encourage all of us to let people know about the possibility of being on the ‘winning team,’ after all that is exactly what Jesus came to do – make us all winners for eternity.

As we say, “Merry Christmas,” let’s remind (gently please) that Jesus is the reason for the season.

Love in Christ,

Bro Rick

Christmas Eve Worship Celebration ServiceDecember 24th at 6:30 p.m.

Are you longing for the simpler times of Christmas past, when it was truly about family, friends and cherished traditions?  Come join us at Central Coast Baptist Church to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas for you and your whole family.     153 South 9th Street, Grover Beach, California 93433

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

The 2011 theme is “His heart, His voice, His hands – I am Southern Baptist missions.” It reminds us that as followers of Jesus, we – the Church – are called to be the body of Christ. We are His heart, His hands and His voice in the midst of a world filled with unreached peoples. We are part of the task to fulfill the Great Commission. And although we Southern Baptists have been praying, giving and going for 160 years, the task is far from finished.

When you give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions you are an extension of the hand of Christ as the 5,000 missionaries this offering supports are reaching out to the billions who remain unreached. Last year missionaries reported 360,876 baptism and 29,237 new churches. This year’s national goal for the offering is 175 million. That was also the goal for 2010 and 2009, but receipts for those years totaled $145.6 million and $148.9 million, respectively. These offering shortfalls have resulted in restriction of new missionaries being appointed. Our church goal is $1,700.00. The Great Commission was given to all of us and with all of us giving we can exceed this goal.

Everyone Loves a Parade

Tis the season for the Grover Beach Holiday Parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 3rd. Join us on the corner of Grand and 9th St. and cheer for our float.

Supporting Missionaries

What is the average cost to support an individual missionary?

$46,700 per year $3,890 per month

$900 per week

$128 per day

$5.30 per hour

$.09 per minute

Our $1,700 offering goal will support one missionary for almost 2 weeks or 13.28 days. How long will your gift support a missionary? (Support includes housing, salary, children’s education, medical expenses, retirement and more.)

Christmas Schedule

Join us for a Christmas Eve Service at 6:30 p.m. and on Christmas Day at 10:30 a.m. for worship. No Sunday School on Christmas Day.

Old-Fashioned Christmas Feeling

Leave your cell phone, ipods and ipads at home and join us on Sunday, December 11th at 6 p.m. for a simple time of enjoying being together and remembering what’s really important at Christmas. We’ll be reminiscing and perhaps starting a new tradition. Everyone in the family is welcome and bring friends along with you as we sing Christmas songs, sample tasty treats and enjoy other activities to get that Old-Fashioned Christmas Feeling.

Pack & Wrap Update

Tables piled high with school sup- plies, toys, children’s clothing, toiletries plus tall towers of shoeboxes greeted those who attended the Pack & Wrap on November 20th. At the end of the night 129 boxes were ready for delivery. Pray for the children and families in Mexico who will receive shoeboxes for Christ- mas and for those who will be delivering them. Thanks to everyone for helping with this yearlong project. Purchase things now for next year so we can send more than this year.

Weekly Schedule

Sunday

9:15 a.m. Bible Study for All Ages

10:30 a.m. Worship & Praise Service

Wednesday

1:00 p.m. Adult Bible Study

6:00 p.m. Praise Team Practice

Friday

1:00 p.m. Mom’s Bible Study

Contact Us

Central Coast Baptist Church

153 South 9th Street, Grover Beach, California 93433

Pastor Rick Bennett

Church Phone Number: (805) 489-2150

Office Manager Hours: Tues – Wed 8:30 am - 3:30 pm.  Thurs 8:30 am - 4 pm

centralcoastbapt@sbcglobal.net