An Interesting Christmas Season . . .

We are excited and ready . . . to have Rusty Eason join our staff. Last Sunday was the first day for Rusty to lead our worship as our new Minister of Music. He and Matt Durand make a great team as they seek to provide music to bless and inspire. They have a big challenge to try and mix music styles and worship preferences. Pray for them as they seek to honor God in a creative way.

I appreciate the music team that helped us through the interim time. Randy Martin volunteered to lead the choir for several months, Matt took on organizing the services and Amy Musgrove helped coordinate all the music activities. They did a great job, but all three are ready to get back to following Rusty’s lead. I look forward to great days ahead as we start off this holiday season.

This will be . . . an interesting Christmas season. Both Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on Sunday this year. We will come together on both of those Sundays with a 10:00 am worship (about 45 minutes) and no Bible Study. I know there are many family events on these days, but I encourage you to find your place in worship on the Lord’s Day.

We are moving our “Lighting of the Green” service to Sunday morning, Nov. 27. We will still begin the holiday season with great Christmas music, the lighting of the first Advent Candle and a focus on the manger. Join us as we “kick off” the Christmas season.

As we move . . . towards the Thanksgiving season, I want to express my love for you! Being a pastor or staff member can be challenging and sometimes exhausting, but I really love what I do and I really love being your pastor. You have been so good and kind to me and my family. You have been encouraging, patient, and ready to serve. You bring much joy to my life. I thank God for every remembrance of you!

What about all those stakes . . . on our property on Old Brownsville Road? The state is doing the preliminary work to start road construction to enlarge Old Brownsville Road to four lanes from Austin Peay to Kirby Whitten. Eventually plans include going all the way to Germantown. We will be on the main road that will cross the northern part of our county. I hope it will provide more and more opportunities for us to be involved in our community and reach new people. These are exciting days at Bartlett Hills.

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