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    Hope for the Holidays

    Luke 2:8–18 (NASB95) — 8 In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 “This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”

    Most of us love the Christmas season. It is a time for family and friends. We give and receive gifts. We eat together and have get-togethers where we eat cookies and sweets and big meals.

    All of this sounds good but when we go below the surface of the holiday season, the realities of our lives have a way of pushing the holiday trimmings to the side and replacing them with the underlying struggles in our lives. We don’t like to talk about the pain we experience. In fact, we'd like to push those thoughts aside and pretend they aren't happening.

    Broken relationships

    Even during the Christmas holidays, relationships remain one of our biggest challenges. They sometimes break and cause our hearts to shatter. Or they can be repaired and restored when we learn we can lean on Christ for the needed assistance.

    Failing marriages

    Marriages continue to be the most important relationships in the church. When the couples walk in-Christ, they can be a testimony of the difference He can make in their relationship. At the same time, many marriages still struggle, falter and crack apart leaving broken and stunned bodies in the wake of that splitting.

    Spiraling Finances

    Christ-centered families can find stability in their finances when they realize everything is His including their finances. However, other families who try to go-it-alone can find themselves facing earthquake-like struggles when they focus finances on their own will and wants.

    Internal Struggles

    Our walk with Christ can be such a blessing during the holidays. It can give us encouragement and hope to work on those personal struggles and character flaws that cause us pain and problems. But, when those bad behaviors are left unaddressed, they can cause destructive ripples through the relationships, circumstances and events in all areas of our lives.

    Loss of a Loved One

    Death still crashes in on us destroying the very relationships we cherish. But for those of us who are Christ-followers, we mourn like everyone does, however our mourning is not the same as those who have no hope. Christ is our hope. He comforts our mourning hearts. And we find additional hope in the new life we see in the birth of babies. Just like that scene around the manger where those shepherds found hope for the future in Christ Jesus.

    Feelings of Hopelessness

    When I read the passage above the shepherds were living and working in the darkness of the night. That reminds me of how we can live in darkness of our world when Christ is not at the center of our lives. Darkness has a way of confusing us and robbing us of our hope in the midst of that darkness. Darkness makes it difficult for us to see life clearly and find our direction.

    There is Hope

    But something happened to the shepherds that night long ago. The glory of the Lord lit up the skies and their lives. As we move forward in these holidays, difficulties and struggles will continue to shatter lives. People will continue to face all of the struggles the world throws at us. And, like the shepherds we will be faced with the choice of darkness versus the light found in a personal relationship with Jesus. The choice is ours to make. We can face life on our own, seeking our own will and trying to fulfill every need our hearts and minds can think of. Or, we can surrender our lives to Him and walk in-Him daily. We can find help, healing and hope in Him. He can allow Christ to change our pain into joy and our failures into hopefulness.

    My prayer for each of us this Christmas season is that like the shepherds we run to the Savior and let Him make the difference in our lives that He made in the lives of the shepherds. All it takes is taking that first step. Life will go on and we will have difficulties and struggles, but Jesus can be our hope no matter what we face.

    Merry Christmas in-Him,

    Pastor Ray


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    Christmas at Severns Valley

    Sunday, December 16, 2018
    9:00 am & 10:45 am

    Come join us as we celebrate the grand opening of our new Worship Center with Christmas at Severns Valley! Our Worship Arts Community will come together to help us prepare our hearts for this busy season. Click here to invite a friend! 

  • Tree Lighting and Coffee


    Ring in the Christmas Season on the lawn! 

    We hope you're planning on joining us THIS SUNDAY for the lighting of the Christmas Tree! Come out for some family fun and leave with a free sample size of our house roast from HNF Coffee - making a difference here, near, and far! 

    Christmas Tree Lighting

    Sunday, December 2
    4:30 - 6pm

    • FREE coffee and hot cocoa
    • a craft table
    • a classic Charlie Brown Christmas movie
    • and then we will light the 38' tall Christmas Tree!

    Click here to invite a friend! 

    See you Sunday!


  • Christmas Schedule

     

    As we celebrate this joyful season with family and friends we want to keep you informed on the top ministries, events and services on the church calendar over the next few weeks:

    December 23 - Playground Closed

    December 24 - Christmas Eve Service at 4:00 pm

    December 25 - Christmas Day Service at 10:45 am

    December 26-30 - Offices Closed (Christmas Break), Playground Closed

    December 26 - Celebrate Recovery, 6:00-8:00 pm

    December 30 - Financial Office Open, Playground Closed

    January 1, 2017 - New Year's Day Service at 10:45 am, child care available for babies – age 2 only, no Small Groups (Small Groups resume January 8th)

    January 2 - Offices Closed (New Year's Day Observance), Celebrate Recovery, 6:00-8:00 pm, Playground Closed

    January 3 - Offices on Regular Schedule, Playground Open Regular Hours

    January 4 - Student Ministry Parent Meeting, 6:00-7:00 pm

    January 8 - Cafe' serving breakfast & coffee, 7:30-11:00 am

    January 9 - Women's Prayer Time moves to Monday mornings, 9:30 in Room 215, Celebrate Recovery, 6:00-8:00 pm

     Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • An "Old Fashioned Christmas"


    Dear Women of Severns Valley,

    Greetings on this lovely fall morning! The holidays seems that much closer today, so Christmas music it is! I am very excited about our women’s Christmas event this year. It is something a bit different than what we have done in years past, and I believe it will be a special time for all who attend.

    Tickets are on sale at the registration kiosk after church services and online. The tickets are only $5. It is an “Old Fashioned Christmas” at the Historic State Theater in downtown Elizabethtown on December 1st from 6:00-9:00 p.m. The evening will consist of heavy hors d’oeuvres and plenty of homemade holiday desserts with time to mingle together while listening to our favorite Christmas music. We will have tons of giveaway gifts for you and a special old-fashioned treat that I decided to keep a surprise. You can’t miss this!

    We have rented the whole facility at the State Theater -- the gallery where we will serve the food and then on through the lobby leading to the beautiful theater where you can eat, mingle and enjoy the rest of the program. A side note … the theaters’ concession stand will be open, too, if you are a person who must have the traditional popcorn and coke with your movie. (This is not included in our cost. That price will be the usual theater prices.)

    Our feature film will be The Nativity. It is a beautiful movie we all decided would be a meaningful choice to begin the Christmas season focused on the actual story of the season. It is a gripping storyline told so wonderfully from Mary and Joseph’s perspective. I felt like I was literally transported to the scene where it all began. I was so moved as I viewed this movie, to not only hear the story as we usually do each year, but to also see how it truly might have been for the birth of our King. It was a very powerful experience, and I hope it will be as meaningful to you as it was for me. I can’t wait to see it again on the big movie screen.

    This year we wanted to give something back to women in our community. We are asking that you bring with you on the night of the event one nice lotion, soap or candle (from somewhere like Bath and Body works). We have 40 sweet women who are clients at Clarity Solutions For Women right now. This will be an easy way for us to bless other ladies who need to feel pampered.

    Bring a friend or family member and join us December 1st for an Old Fashioned Christmas.

    For any additional information needed, call the church office and ask for Marlinda.

    See you there!

    Sheri Langley


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    Christmas at Severns Valley

    Make plans to be with us on Sunday, December 11th at the 9:00 or 10:45 am service to join together with the Worship Arts team as we celebrate hope this Christmas season. No matter where we find ourselves in life, we have a hope, and that hope is everlasting, unfailing, and faithful! This will be a time to sing along with some old songs, learn some new, and just come together and rejoice that our Savior is born! 

    Andy Botts

  • Christmas Eve

     

    Bring your family and friends on Christmas Eve night as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. We'll have two candlelight services at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. Children are welcome in the services. Both services are the same.

    Send an invitation to Christmas Eve Candlelight Services on Facebook

     

  • Christmas At Severns Valley - A Night of Worship

    Light Has Come | Hope Is Born 

    The world can be a place of darkness, but we know that the Light has come. The world can seem so hopeless, but we know that we have a hope. We desire to come together as a church to celebrate the fact that Christ has come!

    Make plans to join us on December 13th at 6:00 pm as the SV Worship Teams lead us in a night of worship and celebration that Hope is born!

    -Andy Botts, Worship Pastor