North Cleveland Baptist Church
Where Love is Alive
What’s happening this week?
- Sunday’s Sermon Outline: Reasons to Have Hope
- WE ARE HOSTING FAMILY PROMISE December 4-10. If you are able to help with meals during this week, please contact the church office.
- CHRISTMAS SERMON SERIES Join us Sunday mornings, December 4-17th as Dr Jay presents “Good News,” “Great Joy,” and “Peace on Earth” in both morning services.
- WOMEN ON MISSION will NOT be meeting in December. The next meeting will take place on Monday, January 9th at 4:30 PM in the Annex.
- YOUTH CHRISTMAS CAROLING will take the place of regular youth activities on Wednesday, December 7th. See Jake, Emery, or Alyssa for additional information.
- LOTTIE MOON CHRISTMAS OFFERING to support international missions is our focus in December. Our church goal is $27,500. You can give using the envelopes in the pew racks or you can use the Lottie Moon Post Office in the Welcome Center to “mail” Christmas cards. Simply donate the amount you would have spent to actually mail them to church friends.
- JOYFUL! Come celebrate and worship with our intergenerational choir on December 11th during both morning worship services!
- DISCIPLESHIP CLASSES will begin again in January. Class lists will be available soon. See Bart Starr for more information.
Join us Sunday Mornings
8:30 AM – Worship
9:45 AM – Bible Study
11 AM – Worship
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THE GOSPEL AND GOD’S RESOURCES
Watch Livestream of Sunday Worship
- My NCBC Story: Dr. Jay McCluskeyI witnessed the providence of God guiding our church in a series of church decisions made between 1997 and 2000. In the late 1990’s the… Continue reading My NCBC Story: Dr. Jay McCluskey
- My NCBC Story: Jeff MoweryI remember when the sanctuary was most recently remodeled. Before new carpet was applied, we had the opportunity to write our favorite scriptures on the… Continue reading My NCBC Story: Jeff Mowery
- My NCBC Story: Anita BatesAs a “lifer”, one of my first vivid memories of North Cleveland Baptist is of a bright day when the men and ladies were working… Continue reading My NCBC Story: Anita Bates
- PRESCHOOL SUNDAY SCHOOL teachers and helpers needed for preschool classes.
Contact: Holly Cox
- MEDIA SHOUT – We need volunteers to run the computer on a rotating basis during the Sunday morning worship services.
Contact: Lanny Green
- LIVESTREAM – We need volunteers to run the livestream during both services on a rotating basis during the Sunday morning worship services.
Contact: Lanny Green
- COMPASSION CARE MINISTRY – Serving and attending to temporary needs of the elderly/homebound members of our congregation. Additional info at the entrances to the sanctuary.
Contact: Jean Tucker
NCBC is hiring!
WEEKDAY CHILDCARE MINISTRY IS HIRING! If you or someone you know enjoys working with babies through pre-kindergarten age children, please call 472-4172 to learn more or to get an application.
Weekly Words from the Staff
A word from Holly Cox…
One favorite activity our kids enjoyed while growing up was watching old video tapes of themselves when they were small. It was so funny seeing them watching their younger selves. They would reminisce on events like the time Joel and I surprised them with the news of our first Disney trip or when they rode their first bikes with training wheels that were given to them for Christmas. So many wonderful and fun memories came back as we would watch them just being little kids.
There is a certain video that would always stand out in my mind, which was one Christmas Eve when the kids were younger preschoolers. It was our usual Cox Christmas with family and friends, where we were all gathered in the same room opening gifts. The kids were tearing open their presents and squealing with delight when they saw what was inside, and all the attention was pretty much focused on them. As the camera scanned the room on that night, we saw ourselves and other family members with a little less wrinkles and gray hair. We also saw two precious family members who have gone on to be with the Lord. It was truly a bittersweet moment. As I reflected on the laughter and joy we had that evening, I was so thankful that we were able to be truly present in those moments while they were happening. No one was on a cell phone or in front of a television, there were no distractions at all! We were all focused on enjoying each other’s company and soaking in the beauty of the moment.
Now, the Christmas season has begun, and oftentimes with it comes lots of things on our to do list. We want the meals to be beautifully presented and tasty. We want the gifts to be perfectly chosen and wrapped. We want the decorations to be like those we see on Hallmark movies. But, as I watched it all happening again on video, I didn’t even notice the decorations. The beautiful paper got ripped to shreds, and there was no food to be seen. I couldn’t even tell you what we ate that evening. (If I had to make a guess, it was probably ham, and I’m fairly certain there was fudge!) What I did see were the people, the precious grandmother and great uncle who are now celebrating Christmases in Heaven. I saw younger versions of family members and little kids who are young adults now. I just noticed a room full of family members being present.
I know as parents, especially of younger children, the closer Christmas gets, the more exhausting it is. I remember those days! By Christmas morning I felt as if I had run a marathon. It can be hard, and all you want to do is curl up in those Christmas pajamas and take a nice, long winter’s nap! But please remember this…all too quickly those Hot Wheels and Tonka trucks become real Chevys and Fords, and those princess dresses become prom gowns and wedding dresses. The loved ones who share holidays with us now might not physically be with us by the next holiday. Take time to be present now! It’s okay if the mac and cheese at Christmas dinner is from a box, or your three-year-old has rearranged the ornaments on the tree and partially unwrapped the gifts. Enjoy it…be present! Soak it all in, because one day those will make the most precious memories. The Bible tells us in Ecclesiastes that “to everything there is a season.” I encourage you to be present, not just in the Christmas season, but in every season.
Christmas blessings to you and yours,
Where are we located?
2815 North Ocoee Street
Cleveland, Tennessee 37312
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