NOVEMBER 14, 2018
Greetings Good News family!
Here’s a few things you should know this week…
> TONIGHT! COLD WEATHER SHELTER TRAINING @ GNBC @ 7pm Don’t miss this opportunity to find out more about serving Jesus as a host at the Attleboro Emergency Homeless Shelter this winter. Come get your questions answered, and get the training you need to be part of a 3-person host team.
> GOD HAS A PLACE FOR YOU … The story of David, the shepherd boy who became a warrior and a king, has some important lessons for you this coming Sunday. Don’t miss it as Geddy Kohler brings us the word of God. Read ahead in The Story, chapter 11; read ahead in actual the scripture text: 1 Samuel 16-18; 24; 31; 2 Samuel 6; 21; 1 Chronicles 17; Pslam 59
> MISSED A SUNDAY? You can always get the sermon here — listen online or download the MP3 – plus that’s where you’ll find a PDF of the sermon notes, plus a PDF of the weekly Program with announcements, prayer page, gospel page, Global Reach Partners update, and the current Life-Group list, etc. All available each week here.
> THIS SUNDAY! NOVEMBER 18 – IS THE DEADLINE FOR OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD 2018 Make it a family project to make up a shoe box with small, simple, inexpensive gifts for a girl or a boy, and wrap your box (lid separately) in Christmas paper. Bring your box back to the Chapel by this Sunday, November 18. A gospel sheet will be added in the right language for a child — one of tens of thousands of kids around the world who will get an OCC gift this year! Make a $7 donation to cover shipping costs.
> THE NEWS CONNECTIONS PAD IS WORKING! The pad passed down the row to you each Sunday is turning out to be a great way for the elders (and a few elders –in-training) to know what is happening with you , to be able to pray for individuals and families, and to reach out and connect during the week. So Thank You for filling out the form each week, tucking it into the flap in the black folder, and staying connected!
> SAVE THE DATE FOR THE CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM Put it in your calendar now, Christmas Eve service, Monday night, December 24th at 5pm. Pray now about who you can invite to celebrate the birth of the Savior of the world!
> REMINDER: Pre-K + K KIDS EXIT EARLY – right after the first two songs in the 10:45 Celebration & Growth service on Sundays to have extended classroom time in Good News Kids.
> PRAYER & PRAISE…
– Praise God Ann Kepaa came through knee replacement surgery well. Pray for a speedy recovery/
– Praise God Rochelle Horsman came through her knee replacement surgery and is home doing the physical therapy!
– Pray for all the GNBC families gathering this Thursday for Thanksgiving. Pray for safe travels, and God’s blessings on those conversations.
> SOME CLARITY ON FINANCES AT GNBC In order to verify that GNBC is in compliance with the IRS for compensation to pastors and preachers, the elders and deacons conducted due diligence by consulting five accounting firms. Based on their responses, we have determined that we are and have been in compliance with IRS requirements for expense reimbursements (telephone, mileage, etc.) as well as housing allowances.
For the record, below is an excerpt from the formal opinion rendered by the Senior Tax Accountant at the accounting firm of Schwartz & Schwartz, LLC, located in Boston/Woburn:
“The income of housing allowances is reportable but not taxable. You noted that they are an employee so they will receive a W-2. I have seen it where the allowances are included in the W-2 and then backed out on the tax return, but mostly the W-2 wages do not include the housing allowances.
For reimbursements: the recipient should retain all receipts.”
If you have any questions about finances at GNBC, please feel free to ask any of the deacons: Dave Carter, Arthur Warner, or James Saylors.
> WOMEN & MEN – GET TRAINED TO MAKE DISCIPLES AT SPARK :: For women and men 18+y.o., Life Groups hosts and leaders, ministry team leaders, youth workers, grandparents, parents — anyone who wants to get equipped to make disciples. You’ll come home with your own personal plan of action. 6:30-10:30pm Friday, Dec 7, and 8:45am-10pm Saturday Dec 8 at Holiday Inn – Mansfield. Cost $75/ person. More information and registration online.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea …
The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
– Psalm 46:1, 2, 7 –
Only by grace,
[ PRINTED COPIES OF PAST MID-WEEK GNBC FAMILY NEWSLETTERS ARE POSTED ON THE MAIN HALLWAY BULLETIN BOARD IN THE LOWER END OF THE BUILDING FOR YOUR REVIEW. ]