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What Christmas is Really About! by Pastor John Lindsay Sadler, Jr.

What Christmas is Really About!

Matthew 1:21

And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus,

For He will save His people from their sins.

Sunday, I shared the following story. Years ago, a young boy wanted to go to the circus. His father told him to work for half the ticket and he would fund the rest. The little boy raked yards, earned his 50 cents and the dad paid the other half. The day of the circus the boy went downtown and he saw the lions, tigers, elephants, and the clowns. He was so excited. As a clown passed by he gave him his ticket. He rushed home to tell his dad what he had seen. His father was surprised to see him home so soon. Dad you wouldn’t have believed it, I saw tigers, lions, elephants and clowns all walking down the street. Son, I am so sorry. You missed the circus, you saw the parade.

The hurried Christmas season starts before your turkey and dressing have digested from Thanksgiving. We pull out all the decorations and adorn our homes with lights, a decorated tree, and stockings. And let’s be honest, Santa Claus is a huge symbol within our homes. Then we rush to buy our gifts, wrap them in colorful Christmas paper, sing the Christmas hymns, enjoy Christmas pageants, anticipate the opening of our gifts, watch football, and our taste buds are drooling for another Thanksgiving like meal.

I had a huge adjustment when I married into Lee’s family. Christmas morning the protocol for opening gifts was a gradual process starting with the youngest and finally ending with oldest in the family. After forty-three years, I’m now the next to the oldest. I have at least three cups of coffee before it is my turn. In my family growing up, it was a free for all. Each of the five children received their gifts, and then everyone opened their gifts at the same time. Christmas shouts filled the air, “wows” and “a thank you” could be heard through the flying Christmas wrappings. Lee had culture shock her first Sadler Christmas, and I had a “you gotta be kidding” moment my first Christmas with her family. I don’t know how you live out post-Thanksgiving preparations for Christmas, but for us and you begs the question, “Do we truly remember the reason for the season?” Sadly, most only experience the parade of Christmas.

The above text reveals the true meaning of Christmas. This winter season holiday is about the gift of Jesus Who forgives sin. Now compared to what has been described, makes Christmas sound like a real downer. We don’t want to think about our sin or have anyone remind us of our sin. Fifth Avenue has replaced the cross. Rejoicing that our sins have been forgiven has been drowned out by our expressions of joy over the gifts we have received. Today we hear “Happy Holidays,” instead of the traditional “Merry Christmas.”

The Apostle Paul reminds us of the greatest, most wonderful gift anyone can receive, Jesus. He writes, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift (II Corinthians 9:15)! How is Jesus indescribable?


1) Jesus is the infallible Gift or the perfect substitute to take away our sins (II Corinthians 5:21).

2) Jesus is the indwelling Gift (John 16:7) through the person of the Holy Spirit.

3) Jesus is the inseparable Gift (Romans 8:31-32).

4) Jesus is the inextinguishable Gift (John 1:9).

My dear beloved saints, this Christmas as you rush about preparing for Christmas, remember to keep Jesus in the forefront of all you do. It is by His grace that we are able to do what we do during Christmas. His grace calls us to wonder about how He could love us, and His grace motivates us to worship Him. He has more for us than a Christmas parade, He has given Himself to us, for He is the center piece of Christmas.

Grace2U and Merry Christmas,


Amissville Baptist Church
Awana Fall Schedule 2017

Dec 3rd- Angel Tree up

Dec 10th- Christmas Party! (Awana store Open)
Dec 17th- Chili Dinner and Christmas Caroling- TBA
Dec 24th- NO AWANA
Dec 31st- NO AWANA                                                 
Jan 7th- NO AWANA

Stay in the Loop...

The next Prayer and Bible Study will resume on Wed., Jan. 10th.

Seniors Luncheon: Seniors are invited to a Christmas luncheon at the Ruble’s on Wednesday, December 13th starting at noon. Please let Karen know what covered dish you will be bringing. The bus will leave the church promptly at 11:30 a.m.

Coffee Fellowship: Starting in January, Sunday school will start at 9 a.m., end at 10 a.m. with a half an hour of fellowship time with coffee and a few treats. Worship service will begin as usual at 10:30 a.m.

The next Communion Service will be held on January 7th, 2018.

Please join us for our Christmas Eve Service starting at 5:30 p.m. on the 24th.

Please note the Church offices will be closed on December 25, December 26, and January 1.

Offering envelopes will mailed out in 2018 to anyone who has regularly given in 2017 and to active members.  

Poinsettia Orders

We would like to thank the following for their Poinsettia orders in honor of their loved ones: Kenny and Elaine Hix, Dave and Sue Taylor, Sam and Karen Ruble, Nancy Petty, Frances Lawrence, Kay, Lee, C.G. and Dean, Cindy and Wayne Simpson, Norman and Bonnie Bower, Lew and Lisa Morrison.

December Card Ministry - If you know of someone that has been ill or you haven’t seen in a while, please let our December card ministry person - Peggy Griffith know, so that she can send them a card to let them know they are in our thoughts and prayers.


Week of Prayer for World Missions and Lottie Moon - offering starts Sunday, December 10th- December 31st. Our goal this year is $3,500. Also, please leave your Christmas cards for church members in the white mail box in the vestibule and utilize the little white church to put the money you would normally spend on postage for those cards.

THE WOMEN’S (and Young Ladies) CHRISTMAS DINNER is Saturday, December 9th starting at 4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Ladies, please bring a covered dish to be enjoyed by all. Please see Marcy Finney for details.

HOPE FOR APPALACHIA: During the month of December we are collecting hats, scarves and gloves and new or gently used coats for the Hope for Appalachia Team: Please consider donating to help Appalachian children keep warm during the winter. There will be a box in the church vestibule for the collection. Our items will be personally delivered by Pastor Mike Dodson.


Children’s Cantata - The 2017 Children’s Christmas program will take place Sunday, December 3rd during the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

Adult Cantata - the adult choir will perform Sunday, December 10th - during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. We hope you will join us in joyous song!

Dinner and Caroling: please join us for dinner and caroling on December 17th. Following the 10:30 morning service we will have soup and grilled cheese and go caroling in the community. 

Angel Tree

Please take an angel from our angel tree in the vestibule, don’t forget to sign-up with your corresponding angel on the bulletin board. Note: packages/gifts need to be returned to the church by the week of December 10th for delivery. Thank you so much for your generosity.

December 2017

Special Services and Events

December 3 - 10:30 a.m. - Worship and Children’s Cantata

December 4 - 12 - ? - Homemakers Christmas Luncheon

December 4 - 5:45 p.m. - Elder Meeting

December 6 - 7 p.m. - Women’s Missions Meeting

December 9 - 4 p.m.- Women’s Christmas Dinner

December 10 - 10:30 a.m. - Worship and Adult Cantata

December 10 - 6 p.m. - AWANA Christmas Party -  Store

December 17 - following 10:30 a.m. service - Soup, Grilled                                 cheese and Caroling

December 24 - 5:30 p.m. - Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

December 25 & 26 - Merry Christmas - Church offices closed

January 1st - Happy New Year! - Church offices closed