- Origin Church is Adopting Hooter’s Restaurant for service projects this holiday season
- Christmas Eve Eve Service on Wednesday December 23, 6:00 p.m.- A Night of Worship & Christmas @ The Ringgold Depot
- Our first Baptism, Sunday December 13, 10:30 a.m.
- Christmas parade service project this Friday, downtown Ringgold- Be there at 5:30 for organizational meeting
- Volunteer Appreciation Banquet
- “First Gift” entire month of December- Bringing our first gift to Jesus!
- Origin Church 2009 Christmas Catalog- www.originchurchchristmas.com
Archive for November, 2009
Tags: christmas, december, service projects
Tags: first gift at Christmas, Giving, money
Dear Origin Friends,
Thanksgiving is behind us, December is here and Christmas is around the corner. We’re entering into that festive, yet frantic time of the year–the holidays. We will be bombarded with Christmas advertisements, decorations everywhere and reminders that, “Tis the season to be jolly.” Most of us will respond to the season by giving presents to our loved ones.
And why not? It makes great sense to give during the holidays. After all, “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”–John 3:16
But too often we forget the real meaning of Christmas. We forget whose birthday it really is. We can easily forget that Jesus is the reason for the season.
This Christmas season I’d like to encourage you to keep in mind that it is Jesus’ birthday. Let’s all keep Christ as the center of Christmas. So, how can we do that? Instead of getting wrapped up in wrapping and baking and feasting and traveling, how can we keep Christ in the forefront at Christmas?
Here’s a suggestion. Let’s make our first gift this Christmas a gift to Jesus. It is His celebration. Let’s make sure we start off the holidays right by giving to Jesus first. If we do that, it will be a great indication that Jesus really is first in our lives, and it just might set the tone for a more spiritual season this year.
At Origin Church we’ll be taking a special “First Gift” offering this December. We’re going to try to give as Jesus gave. He gave sacrificially (He gave up heaven to become a man). He gave unselfishly (He was born in a humble stable). He gave to those who couldn’t give back (He came to seek and save the lost). And he gave first (We love because He first loved us).
At Origin we’ll be using the offering for several projects:
● Helping start a new church on the Las Vegas Strip- $1,200
● Continuing to upgrade our children’s ministries with new state of the art video/audio, and props – $2,000
● Upgrading the audio/video system for adult worship with some new speaker monitors (currently don’t have any)- $10,000
● Winter outreach, service projects, and experiences for January and February- $2,000
● Helping with a local homeless outreach (You can also help here by giving coats. blankets, socks, ramen noodles in the cup, and hot chocolate packets)- $2,000
You are welcome to send it in via mail to the church mailing address, or give online at http://www.originchurch.tv anytime during the month of December. Additionally, you can go to www.originchurchchristmas.com and view our 2009 Christmas catalog.
Regardless of how you give, let me encourage you to join Kim and me as we put Jesus at the top of our Christmas list this year. Thanks for responding to God’s gift by giving. And let me be the first to wish you an early Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
- Wednesday Night, December 23, 2009
- Ringgold Depot
- “A Night of Worship & Christmas”
- 6:00 p.m.
Bring a friend and some family for this exclusive night of festivity with Origin Church!
Tags: allen shamblin, miranda lambert
Songwriters in Nashville love to go hang and play at Puckett’s. Puckett’s has a location in Leiper’s Fork and downtown Franklin……..awesome purity in this place as songwriter’s share what they’ve written. This song is a true story and I get chills simply because we love this family and can literally feel every fiber of this song. I love Allen’s deep thinking.
Hi Shane & Jeff:
I’m Kathy Scheivelhud, (my daughter, Tonee Goff, is Kim’s hair stylist)… anyway, Today was my second visit to Origin and I truly feel as though I have found a church home to become an integral and vital part of. Folks seem so sincere and the atmosphere is as such that there is absolutely no competition as to whose got their act together the best, and so on as sometimes we tend to encounter within other organizations of worship. The young man (lead singer) in Nov. 8th’s service, I did not get his name, however I truly enjoyed his sincere songs of praise and afterward I mentioned to him about a song I requested he may research. I told him it is a song by “Hall n Oats”, ….but I was wrong,…. It is actually a song by Brooks n Dunn and it is entitled “Believe”. If you could pass this information along to the singer because he stated he would research it for me. Also, as you instructed, I listened to Miranda Lambert’s (The House the Built Me), written by Allen Shamblin, son of your friends in Franklin…. and you are correct, a very touching song as well. Makes us ‘stop’ and think about our roots and some of the smallest lessons which in fact were actually some of the larger lessons we learned intentionally or unintentionally. Anyway, just wanted to remark on these few thoughts and if you would be so kind as to ask the singer to research the Brooks n Dunn song “Believe’ . I would really appreciate it. Perhaps your computer/laptop guys may even be able to project the video that is ‘on line’ if you google it to this song. Thanks so much for all your hard work, thoughts, and prayers and following direction from God that are making Origin grow step by step, snowflake by snowflake.
Name: Laura Hicks
What did you notice first at Origin Church? The building and the branding.
What did you like best at Origin Church? My fiancee and I recently relocated to the area. He is from Chicago and regularly attended a fairly traditional Methodist church. I am also from Chicago, but moved here after spending four years in Kennesaw, GA. While in Kennesaw I located a church that really was my home, where I was meant to accept Christ for the first time in my adult life. It is called North Metro and it is different from any church I have ever attended. Since moving here I have been looking for something like it, I was growing nervous that this rural area was too conservative to foster the type of church I need in order to commit to going weekly and donate my time.
On Friday of last week I had decided that my best shot was a particular church in town, but I wasn’t thrilled about it. Then on my way home from lunch I noticed a tiny roadside sign that had an interesting logo on it. It didn’t say much and it was on the ground, so I was surprised that I noticed it; but it was enough to make me go home and google it. When we came in to the Depot this weekend I knew that I had found what I was looking for. The message was like it was tailored for me by God. I heard what I needed to, just like when I used to attend North Metro. I will be back, I will bring my children, and I will tell anyone who will listen about Origin.
Do you have any church background? (tell us about it) I was raised in the church but rejected it as a young adult until I found a church that felt like home. Now I am back!
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Tags: anthem church, chad clemons, Church Planting
Sometimes it may feel like all you do week in and week out is “block and tackle.” My good friend Chad Clemons, pastor at Anthem Church, Gainesville, FL, describes what has happened at Anthem over the last few weeks as such. “We were just doing blocking and tackling drills and all of a sudden we are now over 200.” It does often feel like that in a new church…same old thing, same old result UNTIL, something mysterious appears into the mix, and bumps your church up to the next level. Often times you don’t even know what you did or didn’t do or God did or didn’t do to make that happne….Now that gets fun! So, keep doing what you do, make it better each week, keep fundraising, keep loving people even with 30 and 40 and 50, keep trusting, “when you’re going through hell, keep on going” (as the song says), and stay with it. Hey, I like that for myself…I needed that, what about you?