Pastor Update 

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Pastor Update  
December 1st, 2017  
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED on this Saturday, December 2nd from 9:00-12:00 noon, to help decorate our church. Please show up during the suggested time. We would like to get as much done as quickly as possible since the funeral home will be arriving around 12:30 with the body of Bill Gebhard.  

Bill Gebhard Funeral:
Bill Gebhard traveled to his home in heaven early Wednesday afternoon. He had been a patient at the Villages Hospital and at Shand's hospital. A funeral service will be held at Open Bible on Saturday, December 2nd at 2:00 P.M. Bill will lie in state from 1:00-2:00 P.M. During that time period, you will be able to visit with his sons Mark and David. Pastor Schulz will conduct the liturgy for the service and Pastor Roger Dale will give the message. Following the service, some snacks and beverages will be served in the Fellowship Hall.  

Open Bible experimented with visual technology at its first Mid-week Advent service on November 29th. The service began with a 3 minute video dealing with the sending of Christmas cards. So many cards really don’t focus in on the 'Reason for the Season'. But there are some that send a message of Peace. This peace is an internal peace that Christ won for us with his life and death on the cross. God is again our friend and we are his people. May we send this peace to others this Christmas.  

Advent Wednesday Night Services
begin at 5:30 PM
Soup/Salad Supper begins at 4:30 PM
Come join the Christmas fellowship. It's important.  

December 6thShare Joy
(Zephaniah 3:14-20) In this time when we share cookies and other treats with one another, we share joy with those around us that they might taste and see that the Lord is good to us through the birth of his Son.
December 13th:  Wrap in Love
(1 John 4:7- 12) In this season of hustle and bustle, we move from wrapping presents to wrapping people in love, as Mary wrapped the Christ Child so lovingly in swaddling clothes.
Over 250 people attended the Harp recital by Elizabeth Hainen on November 26th. Comments were extremely positive as the audience gave Elizabeth a standing ovation. 12 people came up to Pastor Schulz after the concert and thanked Open Bible for hosting this recital. 75 percent of the audience were guests of Open Bible. Brochures about Open Bible and Meditations were available on the Friendship table. Elizabeth praised Open Bible for its Biblical teaching and fine music program mid concert and a lot of people stayed for refreshments afterwards. Great Concert and Great Outreach! Thank you to Elizabeth and all involved in making this happen. 

5 Years ago Pastor Schulz lost 50 pounds and managed to get a picture with the Diva of Weight Watchers, Florine Marks. Now he can go to heaven soon because he has a picture with the Diva of Harps, Elizabeth Hainen.  
As David soothed the evil spirit in King Saul with his harp music, so Pastor Schulz relaxed after hearing the music from Elizabeth’s harp. Go Harpists!

On Sunday, December 3rd at 6:00 P.M., our women will be celebrating the 6th annual Advent by Candlelight service. It is a way to prepare your hearts for the coming Savior at Christmas. The lights will be turned down, the candles on the decorated tables lit, and a wonderful dessert will be enjoyed, shared by your hostess. After dessert you will move into the church for a special Advent service which will encourage you to prepare for the coming holiday. This year's theme is: "Take Me To The Manger." 
If you would still like to come, you can sign up at church this Sunday. 
DID YOU KNOW? Pastor Dale plans to begin serving 10 hours a week at Open Bible beginning in the month of December 2017? He will be serving 10 hours a week for 9 months in 2018, taking off the months of June, July and August. Our long range planning committee, and Voters' had already approved the adding of a part-time pastor when it would be possible to do.
Pastor Dale will be spending 3-4 hours a week visiting, sharing God's Word, and bringing communion to those homebound, or at a rehab center. He will also oversee our SPLASH, Caregiver Support Group, 466A BIble study, lead worship services twice a month at Carriage House, and conduct devotional studies at Buffalo Crossing and at the Willows.
Mike Villemure and his wife Linda are moving back to the Mid-west to be near family in April 2018. Mike will be helping Pastor Dale break in to his new responsibilities at Open Bible. Welcome back Pastor Dale! And thanks Mike for your dedicated service to Jesus and opening the new worship avenues at the neighboring assisted living homes. You definitely created a great ongoing mission field. Again, thank you Mike. 
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