It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Last week ended with a little snow in Charlotte, though we didn’t get as much as many others in the southern states. However, it was nice to look out the window and see the flakes coming down and at least think about what a white Christmas might look like!
Around the office, decorations have gone up and, as I shared last week, we enjoyed our Christmas gathering. For those of our staff who do not live near their hometowns, Christmas means taking a trip to visit family, while others enjoy living with multiple generations in the same community. For Karen and me, Christmas has always involved visiting someone. This year will be a quick trip, since I have travel plans to visit the Holy Land the first of January. Needless to say, I am watching the political atmosphere of the world closely as I consider my trip. The hope of visiting the birth place of Jesus and the countryside where he walked during his earthly life gives me a new view on Christmas. This trip has been on my bucket list for a long time, and I plan to soak in all of the biblical experience I can while I am there. Please join me in praying for the people who live in this part of the world and the day-to-day struggles they face.
Chaplain Doug Williams has received the 2017 Dr. Richard C. Cabot, MD, award for excellence in clinical pastoral education. He is one of our ACGC chaplains with the Missouri Valley Conference and a member of the Bristow Advent Christian Church where Russell Carle ministers. Below is the full announcement.
ADVENT CHRISTIAN VILLAGE – 5TH SUNDAY PRAYER AND OFFERING
“Make each 5th Sunday of the month the greatest day yet for our aged workers and helpless children. The 5th Sunday Prayer and Offering plan will not only build and equip the institution, but it will maintain it for all time,” Rev. Burr A. L. Bixler.
Fifth Sunday offerings have been so important to this ministry ever since its earliest days. We at Advent Christian Village are deeply grateful that our partnership with Advent Christian churches continues. Your prayers and financial support are still needed because there are still many lives that need to be touched.
Won’t you continue what our forefathers began by sending your generous gift today?
December 31 is this month’s 5th Sunday. Click here to download the 5th Sunday bulletin insert.
Jefferson & Penny Vann, Dr. Yoriaki Oshikata and His Family
News from Asia/Pacific Area Directors Jefferson & Penny Vann
His name is Dr. Yoriaki Oshikata, but we’ve always known him as Oscar. Oscar is an old man now, in a wheelchair, with his daughter and granddaughter assisting him. He met with Penny and me (Jefferson Vann) in our hotel while we were visiting in Japan, and told us his story. The story shows how one person can make a difference in another person’s life.
It was shortly after the end of the war in Japan. Oscar was one of 90 people chosen to be a part of an English interpreter school. Wanting to learn English from native speakers, he and a fellow student got a job working with the Occupational Forces during their summer break. They were given the task of filling a water tank that would then be mixed with chlorine to sterilize the water.
From time to time, we come across some great resources for families that are written by those in our own network. This week, I’d like to feature one of those resources, written and developed by Pastor Andy Rice and the team at Faith Evangelical (AC) Church in Melrose, Massachusetts. This Advent family devotional guide is a wonderful and creative resource designed to get the families in your church more deeply immersed into this important season of the church calendar. We hope you’ll be able to take advantage of this great resource; since Advent season is about half over, maybe utilizing it with your church families next year.