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       Christmas Comes Early ??????????or does it??????????

Halloween is over and the Christmas Season begins. What happened to Thanksgiving? I know Christmas is very important but how soon do we begin to celebrate? At the Blackburn house it begins on Saturday after Thanksgiving. We could and should celebrate Christmas every day of the year for it is our Savior’s birth and thus very important (just as is His Resurrection)! God’s plans are always best. He knows what needs to happen. It bothers me that Christmas has become a money making project rather than a celebration of the birth of our Savior.  A day or week off from work to celebrate Christmas is very special. The emphasis is right where it should be, on Jesus! I believe the month of December is when we celebrate Christmas, not November or October. The world needs to know that Christmas is for everyone one, every nation, every denomination, big or small, rich or poor, educated or uneducated. The world needs to “see” the true meaning of Christmas. The month of December is perfect for Christians to share the love of Jesus.  Should Christians celebrate Christmas and how should a Christian celebrate Christmas? These are questions of concern for many sincere believers. In fact, many believers dislike the season and have refused to celebrate it at all.  A number of reasons are given and while I might agree with some of their concerns and some of the reasons offered I do not agree with their conclusions. Everywhere we go during the season, the signs of Christmas are everywhere with all the glitter, tinsel, lights, greenery, cards, festivities, carols, bells, Santas, manger scenes, angels, trees and presents--and the push by Madison Avenue with the gimmicks of the retailers. (The Christmas season either makes or breaks many businesses.) Should we play the part of Scrooge and say, "bah humbug!"?  Colossians 2:16 and 17 in no way forbids believers from commemorating the birth of Christ if it is done in love, devotion, and the joy the season gives when used as a way of focusing on the Savior and His birth, not as a religious duty. The issue is not the observance, but the reason, the attitudes and the spirit in which it is done. Furthermore, I believe there is scriptural precedent for commemorating and remembering the birth of Christ, keeping the events that occurred around the time of Christ's birth in perspective. Does Christmas come early for you?  Celebrate Christmas and share what Christmas is all about with folks. Support the local church and celebrate with them. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy, just don't do it too early!  

 Merry Christmas, Your Servant, David

 

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            ~ Current Announcements ~

Ashe Baptist Campground Donations are to be sent to Ashe Baptist Association PO Box 850 Jefferson, NC 28640.  Mrs. Amy Walker is the new treasurer. She is a member of the Friendship Baptist Church. Please send funds for the campground to Ashe Baptist Association PO Box 850 Jefferson, NC 28640. 


Ashe Baptist Association Office and Ashe Really Cares will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, 23 and Friday 24th. Will reopen Monday 27th. Happy Thanksgiving !


Ashe County Children's Christmas Project has 50 names left out of 1000. Thank you to all who have taken a child's name. If you have not got one come by M-F 9-4 at Ashe Baptist Associational Office to get yours!!


 Iwant to encourage all   Ashe Baptist Association Ministers, wife, family and staff  to attend the Annual Ashe Baptist Christmas Dinner for Ministers, wife, family and staff at Friendship Baptist Church Family Life Center on Thursday, December 7th beginning at 6:30 PM. It is a time to relax, enjoy a great meal prepared by Smokey Mountain BBQ paid for by Ashe County Ford (Rev. Jeff and Amy Dollar), meet other workers in the field, sing Christmas Carols, hear our special singers  and if you have been good perhaps a gift for you! Please RSVP by November 28 for your seat at the table.


Big Flatts Baptist Church announces that Rev. Billy Norris was elected pastor by a vote of 100% vote.. We welcome Brother Billy sand look forward to working with him at Big Flatts Baptist Church.


Rev. John Crawford has been elected pastor of Buffalo Baptist Church, We welcome Brother John and his wife Sandee to the Ashe Baptist Association and look forward to working with them.


​The Hope for the Mt. Prayer Team invites you to come and pray each Tuesday at 8:00 AM  at the Midway Baptist Church in West Jefferson across from Wal-Mart

​​When you pray please remember Bristol Baptist Church  They are currently in search of another pastor for their church.  .
   


The Happy Trails Cowboy Church of Ashe have moved  to a new location at Jefferson Station in West Jefferson. They invite you to attend there Worship Services in Monday nights with Fellowship at 6:30 and Worship at 7:00.Pastor, Rev. Roger Blevins and the congregation invites you to attend.


Bald Mountain Baptist Church in you to join them this Christmas Season for a Bible-Based study that examines the important truths discovered in the First Christmas! THE CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE by Kyle Idleman ---Full feature film (85 minutes) to introduce the study will be shown on Sunday Evening,  November 19, at 6 pm. Then Six Video Study sessions will follow:

Sunday, November 26; 6:00 PM                           At the Right Time

Wednesday, November 29; 6:30 PM                    Favored One

Sunday, December 3; 6:00 PM                             Faithful One

Sunday, December 10; 6:00 PM                           This is God’s Plan

Wednesday, December 13; 6:30 PM                    Immanuel

Wednesday, December 20; 6:30 PM                    Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh

The miraculous events of Christmas come alive through Kyle Idleman’s dramatic storytelling and challenging teaching!  From the moment the angel tells Mary “You are highly favored” to the visit of the Magi, this in-depth study will help us discover anew God’s plan to restore humanity to Himself.

God always keeps His promises.  For all of us that find ourselves feeling like it is always winter and never Christmas, we often feel distanced from God.  Through this study, and the story of Christmas, we find we can ALWAYS trust God’s timing.  This year we invite you to truly EXPERIENCE CHRISTMAS. Pastor John Elledge and the congregation welcome you.


Bristol Baptist Church announces will be the guest speaker Sunday ,  26 - Neal Hatfield  at the 11:00 hour . SS at 10 the congregation invites you to attend.


​Friendly Grove Baptist Church announces that Sunday, December 3rd at the 11:00 AM service Generation Excellent will be performing “The Word Became Flesh” . Pastor Kevin York and the congregation invite you to join them for this special time of worship. Friendly Grove is located at 444 Buck Mountain Road.


I want to encourage all Ashe Baptist Association Ministers, wife, family and staff   to attend the Annual Ashe Baptist Christmas Dinner for Ministers, wife, family and staff at Friendship Baptist Church Family Life Center on Thursday, December 7th beginning at 6:30PM. It is a time to relax, enjoy a great meal prepared by Smokey Mountain BBQ paid for by Ashe County Ford (Rev. Jeff and Amy Dollar), meet other workers in the field, sing Christmas Carols, hear our special singers  and if you have been good perhaps a gift for you! Please RSVP by November 28 for your seat at the table.


Friendship Baptist Church announces Special Bible Study, “Lord Change my Attitude” by James McDonald Tuesday Afternoons 12:30-1:30 pm at  Friendship Baptist Church  891 Friendship Baptist Church Rd  Jefferson, NC  (336) 982-2080. Still time to join.Also at Friendship Baptist Power in the Blood- Blood Drive, Thursday, November 30 from 2until 6:30 pm. Call 1-800—Red Cross to schedule an appointment Enter “Friendship Baptist”. Mike and Debbie McClure welcomes everyone-- walk in welcome.  Rev. Russell Hart and congregation invite you to attend

  


NEWS RELEASE FOR ASHE COUNTY CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROJECT


50 Names left!! Come get yours today

We are again sharing the love of Jesus and celebrate His birthday by reaching others with a gift at Christmas time.  More than a 1,000 children are in need and we believe that Matthew 25:40 teaches that we are to help the “least of these.”  Those 1000 children’s names have already been chosen.  Please consider being apart of this year’s Christmas Project by:  1)  praying for these folks in need, 2)  buying gifts for them (beginning November 3), 3)  helping to wrap the gifts at Family Central (Nov. 27th-Dec. 2th) as an individual or as a group, or 4) giving money to buy needed items.  A call to Ashe Baptist Association (336-846-5631 or an email to domdblackburn@gmail.com will answer all your questions and sign you up to help.

In addition to the call for our Ashe County churches and organizations to send volunteers to sort and wrap Christmas presents for our children this year, we also can use help providing snacks and drinks for all volunteers!  If your group is unable to help with the physical labor, perhaps some may be willing to sign up to bring light refreshments for one day of the Project (Nov. 27th-Dec.2th).  This generous contribution would be for approximately 20-25 people.  We would need you to bring the refreshments to the cafeteria at Family Central around mid-morning.
Many thanks to all who make this incredible ministry possible!


Mount Olive Baptist Church announces Christmas Play, “Prosperity Lane”, December 16 at 6:00, and then refreshments in the Fellowship Hall. Pastor Rev. Derrick Hodges and the congregation invite you to attend.


Liberty Grove Baptist Church in Fleetwood will present their Christmas Cantata,” O Little Town of Bethlehem” at the 11:00 service on December 17.  Rev. Toby Oliver and congregation invite you to attend.


Special Announcements:


Beaver Creek Christian Church announces Season of Hope,  a meal and musical entertainment on December 17 at 4-6 at Family Central for the homeless and needy in our community. This is not necessarily "a church thing". Our church has started it but several agencies are jumping on board.

We are looking to prepare for 100-200 people a meal of soup and sandwiches. The Sharing Center is putting together bags with some food to take home. Safe Home, BROC, Ashe Really Cares and other agencies have been invited and are welcome to put up a display table with resources or to give out items to the needy.

We didn't want this to be about BCCC - it's a doing it for Jesus thing! Several of our church members are jumping on to fix food and to serve as well as do music. We want to allow other people from the congregations and agencies to jump on and help too. 

What we need besides people to fix food and serve are vans and drivers to pick up and return people who are interested in coming. We also need to get the word out to as many agencies and churches that we can.  

The success or failure of this program depends on getting the needy to Family Central and having enough food, volunteers, and resources available for them. For transportation call 336-846-3795 or 336-877-1657. 

We were wondering if you would be willing to help spread the word. Especially about getting church vans and drivers for pick-up.

Pastor Loren Lung


Friends of Youth: Is this you? spend two hours each week with a youth from the middle school outside of the school day.  Volunteers must complete a volunteer application (which includes a background check), attend a training and have a heart and time for spending time We willing to come speak to any groups or churches if anyone wants more information. Thank you!! Contact for more info;Jamie Little, Student Services Coordinator  Ashe County Schools 336-246-7175












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