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Welcome to Atholton
Answering God’s call often costs something.
The incarnation of the Son of God carried risks
of monumental proportions and cost heaven
everything. Accepting God’s call to give birth
to the baby Jesus came with a price to Mary.
And the call on Joseph to take responsibility for
Jesus and His mother came with a cost. God
does not use people as accessories for merely
achieving some end. Our teaching this week
will show how in all things God is building His
character in us as agents of His power and
grace. Welcome to Atholton!
Each week after the service, a complimentary
vegetarian luncheon is provided downstairs
in the gymnasium for guests. This Sabbath’s
menu is loaf, salad, vegetables, rolls, fruits
& desserts. Next Sabbath’s meal is an open
Thank you to our hospitality teams for faithfully
providing and preparing delicious meals for our
guests! This is a big commitment of time and
personal expense. Members who participate
are encouraged to support by bringing food to
share and by offering assistance during or after
meals. Your support is greatly appreciated. It
makes a big difference!
On behalf of Cradlerock Elementary School
we would like to thank you for providing
Thanksgiving baskets to the Cradlerock School
and Community. You helped feed 28 families.
We value our 15 year partnership with you
and greatly appreciate your generosity and
commitment to making a difference in the
lives of our students and staff. Thank you from
Cradlerock Elementary School.
Limited Financial Assistance is available for
those entering the 11th/12th grade in the
2019/2020 school year. Students must be
attending an academy in the Columbia Union.
Only online applications will be accepted
through the FACTS portal that can be accessed
only through our church website (http://www.
atholton.org). Criteria and more detailed
information is available under “Resources”
at our church website. The deadline for
applications is March 1, 2019.
The December Stewpot
The December 2018 edition of the Chesapeake
Conference Stewardship Ministries’ The Stewpot
is available in the church lobby.
Adventist Community Services Offering Today
Adventist Community Services (ACS) is an
outreach ministry for the Seventh-day Adventist
Church in the North American Division. ACS
serves communities by providing assistance
to people affected by flooding, fire, and other
disasters to touch one heart and transform our
communities. Today’s offering will help ACS
continue this important work. Learn more or
donate at comunityservices.org.
Atholton Church Security
The security of our church is every member’s
responsibility. Please help us keep our church
safe and secure by ensuring that doors properly
latch after you have used them, especially
exterior doors. Also, keep track of your personal
items (purses, cell phones, and tablets) as we
frequently have them left behind or in cars
which makes them easy targets for thieves.
One final reminder and that is that our children
are our most precious and valuable items at
our church and we must ensure their safety so
please keep your children with you unless you
know they are being supervised by an adult
you trust. NEVER let your children wander the
building without adult supervision!
SENIOR MINISTRIES wishes to express its
thanks to the Adventurers for their participation
in the new Adopt-a-Senior program. And to the
deaconesses for being involved and for their
cards that have meant a lot.
We would like to make a list of area notaries
to share with the church. If you are a notary
public would you please contact Ingrid Lemon
at (410) 672-2435 and let her know. Thank
December Senior Nugget
December’s Senior Nugget (publication for all
ages) features How To Simplify Your Life - Get
Read more in this month’s Senior Nugget.
Copies may be obtained on the foyer counter or
viewed on Atholton’s website.
Publication Distribution Report for November 2018
In December 2011 the Growing In Faith
Together Sabbath School Class established
the Literature Distribution Project (donation
basket is located in foyer). Since that time,
thousands of Adventist Reviews, World Reports,
Liberty magazines, quarterlies, Junior Guides,
children’s material, miscellaneous pamphlets,
and books have been given and distributed.
Recipients include: veteran centers, National
Children’s Center, shelters, hospitals, clinics,
prison ministries and other locations. Thanks
for your generous recycling assistance. Now all
types of greeting cards (front of card only) are
being accepted. Please remember to remove
your personal information labels from all donated
NOVEMBER DISTRIBUTION 2018
Adventist Reviews 12
Sabbath School Quarterlies 9
Children’s Material 62
Greeting Cards 15
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and
His righteousness;And all these things will be
added unto you. (Matthew 6:33, KJV)
Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative,
Don’t worry about missing out.
You’ll find all your everyday human concerns
will be met. (Matthew 6:33, The Message)
Vernard Eller’s The Simple Life: The Christian
Stance Toward Possessions(Eerdmans, 1973)
examines this verse and all of its ramifications.
Don’t be put off by the publication date; it’s as
fresh today as when it rolled off the presses.
Eller explains how Jesus distinguishes
between “the first” (absolute loyalty to
God) and “the rest.” Simplicity, therefore, is
looking at the world through the mind(set) of
Christ (Philippians 2:5): It is a unique type of
hedonism, of enjoyment. We are not asked to
engage in asceticism--denial of the material
world—or dissociation from society in order
to remain “spiritual.” At the same time as we
enjoy all that he has made, Jesus asks us
to work for social justice and for a safe and
beautiful earth. This will never happen, Eller
explains, if we are so busy lighting our lanterns
that we forget to look up to the stars. Ultimately,
simplicity lies in the throwing away of anxiety as
we open our eyes and hearts to “the first,” the
loving embrace of Jesus.
I’m reminded of a joke in which a rich man
arrives at the gates of heaven carrying a
suitcase heavy with gold bars. “Hey!” he
exclaims to St. Peter. “You really cantake it
with you!” St. Peter responds, “What do you
mean? We use them to pave the streets here.”
I enjoy this story because it neither dismisses
the value of gold on earth nor its utter
worthlessness in heaven.
Check out The Simple Lifeat your Atholton
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