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Volume XXVIII Issue 12




Pastor’s Points ~ “With Christmas in View” - Luke 2:14



Dec./Jan. Ushers Ben Firebaugh Mike McCreary

Ed Miller Cody Montgomery

Ben Olsen Kelvin Questel Randy Tobias









Sunday School 9:00 AM

Sunday Worship

10:15 AM &

6:00 PM

Wednesday 7:00 PM


2020 Church Verse “Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”

~Philippians 2:3-4


December is here, and

Christmas is about to be. I do not like everything that has

come to be Christmas today, but I do like Christmas. There is much to moan and groan about the commercialization of Christ- mas but not here! This is why I like Christmas.

I like Christmas when it is a celebration of Christ. Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will

toward men.” Whether or not the date of December 25th is

correct, we do not know. What others do or have done we can- not control or correct. But, we can do our very best to honor

the Savior of the world on spe- cial days when much of the world is paying attention. At Christmas and at Easter, the eyes of the multitudes are at

least watching. What we do while they watch should always reflect a high view of and a

strong allegiance to the Lord Jesus Christ.





  • Men’s Ministry 2020 Event Father/Daughter Banquet at the Amish Door has been cancelled.

  • Please pray for Roger Barn- hart and doctors’ wisdom.

  • Dean Ramseyer will be having knee replacement surgery on his other knee on December 1st. Please keep him in your prayers.


I like Christmas when we get

the message right! Luke

2:10 - “And the angels said unto them, Fear not; for be- hold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be

to all people.” The message is not centered upon the North Pole, giving of gifts, and Christmas decorations. It is easy to leave Christ out of Christmas in the hustle and bustle of activity. Christ truly is the Reason for the Season; do not leave Christ out of Christmas. You and I know the truth—we ought

to be committed to getting it right.

I like preaching Christ- mas. Though it is the “old, old story”, it is the truth that never grows old--Emmanuel, God with us! It is a message that  is especially relevant for this year. Remember

I Corinthians 1:23, 24 - “But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling- block and unto the Greeks


View for News

  • Dave and Ann Tschantz’s grandson, Milo, was born on Thanksgiving Day. Please pray for him as he will have to undergo heart surgery. He was prema-

ture and doesn’t quite weigh three pounds so pray for growth, strength and God’s protection.

  • PHBC’s Ladies’ Ministries will be collecting new mit-


foolishness; But unto them

which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”

I like Christmas music! The music of Christmas is so elegant, so enriching, so en- joyable it is a shame that we limit it to one season. I have it at home, I listen to it in the car, and in my study. When at church, we sing Christmas carols. The choir, orchestra, brass and musicians minister at Christmas. It is just a spe- cial time and all are blessed by it.

I like the Christmas spirit!

As Christmas nears, many people demonstrate what is commonly called “the Christ- mas spirit”. They are kind, more cheerful, and generally nicer. They may give to vari- ous charities when they do not give at any other time.

Saying “Merry Christmas” will

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“I Think I Shall Never See”

I think that I shall never see

A church that’s all it ought to be, A church whose members never stray

Beyond the Straight and Narrow Way.

A church that has no empty pews, Whose pastor never has the “blues”. A church whose deacons always deak

And none is proud and all are meek, Where gossips never peddle lies

Or make complaints or criticize, Where all are always sweet and kind And all to other’s faults are blind. Such perfect churches there may be, But none of them are known to me. But still we’ll work and pray and plan To make our own the best we can!

Pastor’s Points (continued from page 1)

often be met with, “and a Merry Christmas to you”. It is that spirit that is the spirit of Christmas.

I like the fellowship of Christmas! Though it may be limited somewhat this year, family get-togethers are an important part of Christmas. Church events are also plentiful and delightful in December. Musical events, chil- dren’s programs, cookie exchanges, special Christmas services and Christ- mas Eve services are all an important part of honoring Christ at Christmas. In all of these activities, we are talking about sweet, rich, blessed fellow- ship.

I like giving at Christmas!  Not the shopping part (I leave that to oth-

ers), but the ability to put others first and give encouragement, support; a material blessing is a wonderful privilege. Gifts can be given for a lot of

reasons—love, appreciation, honor, helpfulness, or needs—but whatever the reason, at Christmas we give in the name of Christ.

So with Christmas in view, let’s review our approach to it. You and I

can get Christmas done right if we just avoid things that should be avoid- ed and give ourselves to the things deserving our love and loyalty and

keep Christ first.


We are endeavoring to maintain our traditional Christmas Services at PHBC. We are planning our Christmas Sunday to be on December 20th with our Sunday School Program at 9:00 AM, Morning Worship at 10:15, and our Christmas Musicale at 6:00 PM. Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service will be on Thursday, December 24th at 7:00 PM. We will let you know if cancellations are necessary. ~Pastor Olsen



Maintaining a property the size of our building is a job performed with MANY hands. I would like to thank those who have worked diligently this year to maintain what the Lord has entrusted to us. Our weekly cleaning crews work hard each week to ensure that we have a clean facility. They put in many hours behind the scenes cleaning, vacuuming, mopping, straightening chairs, cleaning restrooms and more. They are the weekly “hands” doing the work allowing the rest of the body to worship in comfort. Thank you, Sue Anne Few, Cait Olsen and Melissa Wiles for your hard work. I would also like to recognize our Trus- tees this year. These men have worked together as a team this year and have served the body well. Perhaps the biggest job added to their responsibilities this year was the weekly disinfecting of the church between services due to the Covid-19 virus. While the weekly cleaning crew had the building ready before each service, the trustees had the duty to disinfect the church between services. The trustees disinfected the necessary children’s Sunday School rooms between classes along with spray-

ing down door handles, restrooms, coat racks, sanctuary pews and so forth before and after Sunday morning worship services. Thank you, men, for all your work (Ryan Bankston, Abram Fuller, Joel Moine, Jared Raines, Lepear Smith and Andy Stands).

~Mark Armstrong