Chestnut Ridge Church
Keep Calm and Say No
The holidays are coming. What’s supposed to be a season of joy and celebration, often is not. We find ourselves distracted by preparations, overwhelmed by expectations, or depressed by our own circumstances. Let’s learn how we can make the holidays enjoyable and meaningful! We’ll discover how to take a biblical approach to the holidays, and explore how we can be present, keep calm, and survive the season.
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  • Chestnut Ridge Church [CRC]
    2223 Cheat Rd, Morgantown, WV 26508, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM


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Live Again, Worthy of Your Name, Death Was Arrested Today, November 3–You’re welcome to a new Sunday night bible study! Pastor Tim Haring is leading the study group through an in-depth exploration of the book of Revelation. Together, we’ll examine and discuss the first part of the final book of the New Testament. If you missed the first week, it's not too late to join us! We will gather on Sunday evenings for seven more weeks at 5pm at The Ridge. This Sunday, November 3–If you’re a college-age single adult, and you’d like to connect with others, you’re welcome to Sunday Lunch today at 12:30pm! Ridge College meets following the 11am service for a fun event with free food and good friends—join us today! Now through November 10–You can make a difference this holiday season by bringing in new or gently used coats, and winter accessories to share with those in need in our community. Drop off your items for donation in the lobby now through November 10th. We are accepting items for children and adults. Now through November 24—The amazing journey of a Christmas shoebox begins with you. Operation Christmas Child boxes are available in the lobby. It’s easy to make a difference! Simply pack a box with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies for children in countries affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease—each box comes with a set of instructions. You’ll be able to return your filled shoeboxes to The Ridge any time before November 24th.

Keep Calm & Say No—Josh Rhodes

Problem: We miss time with Jesus during the holiday season because we overcommit, overdo it, and overspend.
Solution: Give yourself permission to say no to anything that might keep you from being with Jesus this holiday season.
I am...
• Exhausted
• Distracted
• Stressed
I am...
• Rested
• Present
• Calm
Mary of Bethany
• Luke 10:38-42
• John 11:1-44
• John 12:1-8
“People normally sat on chairs or, at banquets, reclined on couches; but disciples sat at the feet of their teachers. Mary’s posture and eagerness to absorb Jesus’ teaching at the expense of a more traditional womanly role would have shocked most Jewish men.” –C. S. Keener, The IVP Bible background commentary: New Testament
This time of year we’re asked to do “many things.”
What are your “many things” going to be?
The first way to Keep Calm this holiday season is to give yourself permission to say no to some of the many things so you don’t miss the one thing that is truly necessary—Jesus.
“The need to establish boundaries is a mathematical necessity. With far too many demands and expectations upon us, we could not possibly fulfill them all even should we desire to do so. We, then, must respond with grace, with sensitivity, yet with firmness: “I’m sorry, but I can’t.” To be able to say no without guilt is to be freed from one of the biggest monsters in our overburdened lives. If we decline, not out of self-serving laziness but for God-honoring balance and health, then this level of control will not only protect our emotional margin but will actually increase it.” –Margin by Richard A. Swenson, M.D.
This is what Mary did and Jesus said she made the right choice:
• Luke 10:39 Mary sat at the Lord’s feet
• John 11:32 Mary fell at His feet
• John 12:3 Mary anointed Jesus’ feet
The More I Seek You
I want to sit at Your feet
Drink from the cup in Your hand
Lay back against You and breathe,
feel Your heartbeat
This love is so deep,
it's more than I can stand
I melt in Your peace,
it's overwhelming

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