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Sunday Morning Service

December 22, 2019

Prelude: The orchestra played ‘What Child Is This?” and “We Three Kings.” The choir, accompanied by the orchestra, followed by singing “The Sounds of Christmas Medley.”

First Special: A ladies’ sextet sang “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly.”

Scripture Reading: Dave Lambert read from John 1:1-14.

Last Special: The choir (pictured above) sang “God Speaking,” accompanied by the orchestra.

Sermon: Darrel Lee preached from John 1:6-9, stating that the Apostle John came bearing witness of the Light (Jesus), and Jesus Christ enlightens...

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Tuesday Evening Youth Service

December 17, 2019

Prelude: The brass played “How Great Our Joy.” The choir followed by singing a Christmas medley including “How Great Our Joy,” “Angels We Have Heard on High, “The First Noel” and “Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne.”

Featured Testimonies: Hunter Cripps testified how he had injured his neck while sleeping, but was grateful the Lord took the pain away. Savannah Lee gave thanks that she was saved when she was young and for how the...

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Christmas on the Campground

December 15, 2019

Christmas on the Campground is a delight every year, yet somehow each year seems even better than the last. From the moment guests stepped onto the campground they were greeted with cheerful music and thousands of dazzling lights illuminating the front lawn. Two notable additions this year were the giant decorated trees near the west chapel. One of them is over fifty-five feet tall, with lights strung all the way up to the top!...

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Beginner Christmas Program

December 15, 2019

On December 15, the Beginner Department opened the Sunday morning service with their Christmas program, once again bringing smiles to every face in the congregation. Dressed in lovely Christmas attire, they filled three risers at the center of the sanctuary, many of them greeting friends and family members with a tiny wave as they entered the room.

The title of their program was “Glory Story,” and it began with a recitation by Charlie Ivany:...

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Tuesday Evening Service

December 10, 2019

Prelude: Graham Calhoun played a trumpet solo, and then Ava Calhoun sang “Silent Night.” Both were accompanied by their grandmother, Janice Calhoun, on the piano.

Featured Testimonies: Deanna Moen shared detail from her recent trip to India, and rejoiced that ten individuals decided to be water baptized during the trip. She explained that this is a miracle because of the persecution people often endure when they take that step. Roth Mom spoke of how his...

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Sunday Evening Service

December 8, 2019

Prelude: A youth string quartet played “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” Then the choir sang “Good Christians All, Rejoice!”

First Special: Shelby Warberg, Michael McCarville, and Imelda Nedelcu sang “Go, Tell It on the Mountain.”

Featured Testimonies: Shelby Warberg said she is thankful for a Christian family, and that working with younger people who are not Christians reminds her of what God has saved her from. Austin Baltzell testified...

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Sunday Morning Service

December 8, 2019

Prelude: The orchestra played “Silent Night” and “Overture of Joy.” Then the choir sang “Adoration Suite” with accompaniment orchestra.

First Special: A ladies’ quartet (pictured above) sang “I Call Him Lord” with Cheryl Paulsen playing harp accompaniment.

Scripture Reading: Clark Wolfe read Luke 2:8-20.

Last Special: Caleb Copko sang “Joseph’s Lullaby” with Luke Copko playing cello accompaniment.

Sermon: Dave Lambert read Luke 2:8-11 for his text, bringing out that just as the shepherds responded quickly to the news of Jesus’ birth, God is...

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Friday Evening Service

December 6, 2019

Prelude: Emmaline Worthington played “Coventry Carol” and “Go Tell It on the Mountain” on the oboe.

Featured Testimonies: Barry Morgan (pictured above) shared that he was facing a spiritual battle this past summer, but when he asked for prayer, it made a difference, and he is thankful for the support of the family of God. Donovan Ewers said he is thankful for Christmas on the Campground, and that he can be a part. Matt...

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Senior Christmas Luncheon

December 3, 2019

The seniors of the congregation were invited to a special Christmas luncheon in the Fellowship Lodge, hosted by Dave and Rosie Lambert on Tuesday, December 3. Upon arrival at the campground, Chet King offered the most festive shuttle service in the city—train rides to the lodge entrance! It was a fun way to start the event, and Brother Chet seemed to be having the most fun of all as the conductor.

Over one hundred guests...

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Sunday Evening Service

December 1, 2019

Prelude: The brass played “Lu Lay Thou Little Tiny Child” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” The choir then sang “Glad Tidings.”

Featured Testimonies: Julia Rael thanked God for saving her last October, and said that this year at camp meeting, He sanctified her. Natalie Rael told how she was saved one year ago, and said that God’s forgiveness is the greatest gift she ever received. Shawn Worthington shared that one time at work ...

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