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THE  ARLINGTONIAN
August-November  2022


TABLE OF CONTENTS
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NEWSLETTER DEADLINE
QUESTION ABOUT THE ARLINGTONIAN
ALL SAINTS SUNDAY
FINANCIAL INFORMATION
MINISTER'S MESSAGE:  GIVING THANKS
IT’S POINSETTIA TIME
   
   
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NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

The deadline for the December issue of The Arlingtonian is November 21.  Please e-mail articles to the church office or to Brother Lee.

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QUESTION ABOUT THE ARLINGTONIAN

It has been four months since I mailed the last issue of The Arlingtonian.  In that four months, only one person asked if I had mailed and e-mailed a particular issue.  (He thought he had deleted it.)

This lack of inquiry leads me to ask the question, "Is The Arlingtonian something you want?"  No, I do not plan to stop sending them.  I am just curious.  Please let me know.

Brother Lee

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ALL SAINTS SUNDAY

Sunday, November 6, was All Saints Sunday.  This year we celebrated the lives of three of our saints:  John McCoy, Cathy Hunt, and Kay Stivers.  We gave thanks for their time on Earth and for the influence they had and continue to have on our congregation.

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FINANCIAL INFORMATION

It is hard to believe, but now is the time to work on a budget for 2023.  A Congregation meeting will be announced to discuss and vote on a budget.

If you follow the summaries of offering versus expenses, our situation looks bleak.  But we have rental income from Hope, ITN, and various other groups that use our building to help fill in the holes.  Plus our building is serving an important role in the lives of others.

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MINISTER'S MESSAGE:  GIVING THANKS

It is that time of year.  College football is in full swing.  More leaves are on the ground than on the trees.  Christmas decorations are taking up large areas of many stores.  Campaign signs are in many yards.  Cooks are hunting up recipes for Thanksgiving meals.

People all over are getting themselves prepared to be thankful.  Even Christians are getting themselves prepared to be thankful.  Let that soak in for a minute.  Do you see something wrong here?  We are preparing ourselves to be thankful.  That’s a good thing.  BUT it shouldn’t be something different about November.  WE should be always prepared to give thanks - and - in a constant state of giving thanks.

Psalm 106:1  "Praise the Lord.  Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever."

1 Chronicles 16:8  "Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!"

1 Thessalonians 5:18  Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

Throughout The Bible, God’s people are reminded that thankfulness toward God should not be based on how the current situation of your life finds you.  Our thanksgiving should be for all that we have, even when it seems to be too little.

I believe that need for constant thankfulness goes for churches too.  Whether we are big or small, growing or shrinking, rich or poor, God deserves our thanks that we exist.

Our church has seen days of higher membership numbers (you may not like bigger churches), and larger finances (you may see more money as a burden).  But, even as a smaller church, we still are a good church that has a lot of faith (I think that is good).  I pray we are a thankful church, celebrating that God is blessing us.  We are better off than many churches that are a lot bigger and a lot wealthier.

As much of a curse as technology can be at times, we are using it to reach out beyond the four walls of the sanctuary.  When I first recorded our worship services for on-line posting, I was the only one in the sanctuary.  Do you remember the Covid shutdown?  I/we have continued to post our worship videos on the Arlington Face Book page.  It is partially for our members who cannot attend services, but we have others who have never been in our building who watch at least part of them.  We should be thankful God gave some people enough intelligence and vision to develop the system that allows us to do that.

Be thankful in all that you have and do, not just in November, but at all times.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Brother Lee

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IT’S POINSETTIA TIME

The price has actually gone down this year to $8.00.  There is an order form following.  The deadline to order is December 2.  The tree will go up December 17 and should remain up until after Epiphany.  Thank you.
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2022 Poinsettia Order Form

Ordered By_________________________________________________________________ (Name, Address, and Phone)

Quantity________

In Honor/ or Memory of______________________________________________
(please circle one)

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(please circle one)

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(please circle one)

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(please circle one)

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(please circle one)

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(please circle one)

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(please circle one)

Cost is $8.00 each • Payment Method:  Cash  Check

Make checks payable to "Arlington Christian Church".  Please fill out this form and turn it in to the church office along with your check or cash.  You may also mail this form along with a check to:

Arlington Christian Church
1206 N. Limestone Street
Lexington, KY 40505

ALL ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2022.

Note:  The poinsettia tree is going up Saturday, December 17, 2022.

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