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Hello Church Family,

As you may recall, this last weekend we officially kicked off the "Advent" season during our services.  Every year as a church we celebrate the Advent season in preparation for Christmas.  The word "Advent" means "coming" and we see this tradition as a beautiful reminder for us to prepare our hearts, homes and church for a true celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  

During our services we have the Advent wreath on our stage which contains five candles.  Every week we will light a candle representing an aspect of what the coming of Jesus brought and continues to bring into our lives as we follow Him.  This last week we lit the 'hope' candle as we declared that Jesus Christ is the hope of the world.  Let me remind you of the beautiful lyrics from an old hymn written in 1834 "our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness."  When we put all of our hope in Christ we are not merely looking toward temporary things because what He came to bring is eternal.  This means that no matter what our tomorrow holds we will be okay, because we know the One who holds our tomorrow.  This is real Hope.  


Let me encourage you to watch some of the Bible Project videos regarding Advent.  I have been rather impressed with what they do and I think these videos are very helpful for learning.  Here is the Bible Project video for HOPE.

While we are talking about Christmas, let me remind you that we have 3 Christmas Eve services this year.  On December 24th we will have services at 3, 5, and 7pm.  I have found that Christmas Eve services are a great time to invite a friend or family member to church.  We all need community and so many around us are hurting even more because they are walking this life alone.  Let's pray for, invite and welcome new people into our community this Christmas as we celebrate the love of Jesus for us all.

I am looking forward to being with you this weekend as we worship Jesus, learn from His Word and minister to one another.  If I haven't met you then I truly look forward to doing so in person or feel free to send me a message in response to this email.  I am praying for your regularly with great expectation of what God will do in and through the people of Northwest Church.  God bless you!
 
"This is the day which the LORD has made; 
Let us rejoice and be glad in it." - Psalm 118:24


 
Pastor Ben Dixon 
ben.dixon@nwcfoursquare.org 
www.nwcfoursquare.org
 
CHECK OUT WHAT'S GOING ON AT NWC

BENEFIT CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCE
Friday, Dec. 6 | 7 pm | auditorium | free admission 

Bring your whole family to a FREE, light-hearted Christmas comedy production! The Youth of NWC are proudly hosting Taproot Theatre Company this Christmas season, performing Foolish Wiseman, as they bring a production to help fundraise for youth camps. An opportunity to give will be provided for those who would like to support our youth. Free dessert reception after the show!

IGNITE GATHERING
Wednesday, Dec. 11 | 7 pm | auditorium 

Join in our monthly gathering of worship, teaching, and Holy Spirit-led ministry. We are passionate about pursuing a life of Holy Spirit-filled love and power to give away to those around us. For this month, Pastor Ben will be teaching with a focus on prayer for healing. 

CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE
We provide gifts for children ages 0-14 from families in need. With your help and generosity, over 400 children will receive gifts that are purchased and prepared with love. Here are some ways you can be involved!  You can - purchase a gift for a child, bring in a new stuffed animal or join a wrapping party! The next wrapping party is Dec. 14 from 9 am - 1 pm.  If you want to get involved or have questions, please contact Pastor Susanne at susanne@nwcfoursquare.org.

WOMEN’S CHRISTMAS BANQUET
Sunday, Dec. 8 | 5 pm | $10 | room L1

Dear women of Northwest Church and guests, you are cordially invited to our Christmas banquet for the daughters of the King, in honor of His birthday! Please join us for a lovely dinner, scrumptious dessert, sweet fellowship, and worship led by Teresa Wills. Pastor Ben and Brigit Dixon will be speaking. Come and join the table! Register at nwcfoursquare.org/signups.
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