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Pastor's Update 

Dear ones,                                                                                 May 7, 2011
Tomorrow is Mother's Day, and we hope you can start your day with us at Chinese Church.

Tomorrow our texts to learn from are:

Matthew 5:6
 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
   for they will be filled.

Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character  Proverbs 31:10-31 10 [c] A wife of noble character who can find?
   She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
   and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
   all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
   and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
   bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still dark;
   she provides food for her family
   and portions for her servant girls.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
   out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
   her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
   and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
   and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
   and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
   for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
   she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
   where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
   and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
   she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
   and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
   and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
   her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
   but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
   but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Give her the reward she has earned,
   and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
We hope to see you tomorrow at Chinese Church, and remember,
Love in Christ,
Pastor Scott


Dear Friends,                                                                 Dec. 30, 2010
Happy New Year!
We hear and say this a lot. But how does a person really have a "happy new year"? One way is to quit living in the past and instead focus on the present. I am a teacher of history, and I know that studying the past is important, but someone said: "Learn from the past, but don't live there."
Interestingly, the Bible also tells us to not "live in the past." God is a creative God, Who is always opening new paths. As we enter 2011, may we ask God to do a new work in our lives, our families, the Roanke Chinese Church, and the World.
We missed seeing you last Sunday because of the snow, but with God's help, I hope to see you this Sunday, January 2, at 9:00 a.m. Chinese Church (on the Cave Spring Baptist Church campus). What a great way to start the new year: meeting at church to study God's word!

Isaiah 43:18-19 
16This is what the LORD says— (...)
18 “Forget the former things;
   do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
   Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
   and streams in the wasteland.

Philippians 3:12-14 
12-14I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don't get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back. 
God bless you in 2011 and always,
Pastor Scott

Dear Friends,                                            Dec. 15, 2010
This snow is making it look a lot like Christmas!
If you have children, they are getting an earlier-than-expected Christmas holiday. Try to enjoy your extra time with them.
If you have been attending the Friday night discipleship group, please check with Michael before attending on Friday, because they are still calling for some more snow and ice.
We have our annual Christmas dinner scheduled for this Saturday, Dec. 18, at 6:00 at Cave Spring Baptist Church. Please bring a dish and drink to share. Also, please bring some canned or other non-perishable food items or household items (like paper towels) for the "pounding" for the Wheelers to welcome their newest son, Jacob.
In this case too, please watch the weather. I hope the roads will be clear by Saturday night, but if in doubt, please check the church's website, www.roanokechinesechurch.org.  IF we cancel the dinner, the announcement will be posted there.
For normal Sunday worship services, in case of snow or ice, we will follow the Cave Spring Baptist schedule; you can find that on the TV.
Did you know many people do not know the Christmas story? We need to tell our friends and relatives this wonderful news, so they can know it!
We plan to learn more about the Christmas story and what it means to us, this Saturday night at the 6:00 dinner and again at church on Sunday morning at 9:00. In our dark, troubled, lost-its-way world, we need this news, and we need to tell others!

Luke 2

The Birth of Jesus
 1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
   and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

 21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.
Hope to see you Saturday night and again on Sunday morning!
Pastor Scott



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