The Christmas story is full of wonder—a virgin birth, angelic messengers, and mysterious visitors that travel hundreds of miles to worship a newborn baby. Amidst all of the unusual details of that night, some people simply didn’t care. Some even became hostile. The news of Jesus’ birth should’ve brought joy for everyone but, surprisingly, it didn’t.
Together, we’ll gain insight and learn lessons from the perplexing reactions by some key characters in the Bible’s most well-known story. Join us as we explore Christmas Portraits.
http://www.chestnutridgechurch.com/box Bring a little bit of the experience into your home this Christmas! If you’ll be tuning in and inviting loved ones to watch with you, the Christmas box will come in handy. You’ll receive invite cards, candles, and a few fun surprises—there’s enough for the whole family to enjoy! Find more info and reserve your box at the link.
http://www.chestnutridgechurch.com/meal If you and your family are experiencing hardship, we would like to offer you a blessing by providing the necessities to prepare a Christmas dinner at home. You will receive a ham, a 5lb bag of potatoes, a box of stuffing, two jars of gravy, two cans of corn, two cans of green beans, rolls, butter, cranberry sauce, a pie, and whipped cream. You will be able to pick up your Christmas dinner meal kit at Chestnut Ridge Church on Saturday, December 19th between the hours of 10am and noon. Request a meal at the link above.
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http://www.chestnutridgechurch.com/give During this season, your gifts to support what God is doing at The Ridge are more important than ever. You can continue to give online at theridge.church/give, by texting a dollar amount to 304-470-4078, or mailing your check or cash to 2223 Cheat Road, Morgantown, WV 26508. We appreciate your support and generosity!
"The question is still asked skeptically as to why these shepherds should have been selected for the angel’s announcement. The answer is as simple to the believer as it ever was: because God found them the kind of people to whom he could communicate such news." –Lenski
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