by Rick and Cindy Truesdail
Are we the only ones who think time is passing by so quickly? 2021 is almost gone and Christmas is just around the corner. It is an exciting time of the year, getting our holiday decorations in place, lights glittering down our streets and in our towns, and sales promotions everywhere we turn. It’s so easy to get caught up in the excitement of buying gifts for others, making cookies and fudge, and celebrating the season with family and friends. But as Christians, we all know that the “reason for the season” is to be thankful and remember that Jesus came to this earth for our salvation – and for others. Let’s keep on mission to tell others about Him! We are so thankful for each of you and wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! As we plan for 2022, we are anxious to see what God has in store for each of you. We hope you will work a few of our activities into your schedule and keep involved with MI COM. This ministry is a blessing to many people, so many that we do not even meet or will not know how we have touched their lives until we are in Heaven. We have worked at camps and on houses in low-income neighbors. We have taught youth skills that have boosted their self confidence and given them ideas how they can move forward in adult life when it comes their way. And we have touched each other’s lives as we have come to work together and bond in the sweet fellowship of Christ Jesus.
May God richly bless you!
Sharing Christ as We Go,
Rick and Cindy
Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 1:00-4:00pm
New Haven Baptist Church
1477 E. Bristol Road
Burton, MI 48529
Tickets are $12.00 each
Special Speaker • Special Singers • Group Singing
Bring and ornament for exchange.
Dinner will include Roast Beef and Baked Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, and all the fixings.
2022 COM National Rally
June 7-9, 2022
North Florida Fairgrounds
This will be the Golden 50th Anniversary of Campers on Mission. "Renew in 2022" will be the theme. Mark your calendars, start saving your money for travel, and be ready to register when it's available. More information will follow as we get it over the next few months.
Ladies Sewing Event
November 13, 2021
Article from our MI COM Member
Christmas, it's what God did
by Larry Allen
I spent last Christmas in the hospital. I don’t recommend it. My daughters flew in to Texas that day so they could be with me. My prognosis was very grim. This Christmas Mary and I will be flying off to Minnesota to celebrate with our daughters. We’ll be celebrating what God has done.
If we are not careful as we celebrate Christmas, we get so caught up in all the trappings and traditions that we forget what it’s really about. Don’t get me wrong, I love all the trappings and traditions. I embrace them fully. But I also don’t lose my focus on what God did. I love how Paul put it in his letter to the Philippian Church. Speaking of Jesus, he said:
“Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. “(Philippians 2:6-8 NLT)
This year God gave me life and I’ll be celebrating that all season long and beyond. Fifty-one years ago, He gave me eternal life. I’ll be celebrating that forever!
So, this Christmas embrace your traditions. Sing the songs, watch the movies, eat all the goodies, and give and receive gifts. But allow every aspect of your celebration be a reminder of what God has done for you. Christmas is about what God did and continues to do in our lives every day.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Larry Allen is a retired pastor is still very busy working for the Lord, especially sharing his testimony of how God brought him through a double transplant. He and Mary are full-time RVers and an inspiration to all of us. Check out Larry and Mary’s blog at: www.secondchancevagabonds.com
Symbols are a part of life. And it is nothing less than yet another blessing from God that we can neither escape them, nor do without them. They are throughout all of creation, if only we will see with our eyes (Romans 1:20); they are everywhere in our Bibles, if only we will read with our minds (Psalm 119:18); and they are everywhere at Christmas time, if only we will look with our hearts.
The Lights remind us that that Jesus, the Son of God came from Heaven as the Son of Man and Light of the World, the Tree that His light shown brightest at Calvary, the Wreath that on the cross there He purchased eternal life for us, the crimson red Poinsettia that it was with His precious and spotless blood that the transaction was made.
So, brothers and sisters, during this Christmas season may our lives themselves be radiant symbols pointing to the Savior who came to die for us and ...
To the Praise of His Glory,
Prayer Requests & Praise Reports
Pray for MI COM often! We seek God’s guidance and will for what we do in 2022!
Pray for one another!
Praise God for Tim and Gayle Jones recovery from Covid.
Rick and Cindy both have dealt with heart problems, and each thank God for healing and His hand upon the doctors.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NIV
If you have a prayer request or a praise report, please share it with us and we will post it on the website and include it in our monthly newsletters.
MI COM Tees & Hats
We have fun things and essentials for you to let others know you are a MI COMer!!!
We encourage you to wear the tees whenever you are working or on a COM event.
Tees are printed on the front and the back
Patches are iron-on or easy to sew onto your shirts or jackets
Key Chains are plastic on metal holder
Hand-held fan is paper on wooden handle
Hats are gray with embroidered logo, adjustable
Lapel Pins are easily attached to a suit jacket or coat.
Stickers to put on notebooks, computers, etc.
Pens to accent your writing
Contact Cindy for your purchase.
MI COM Officers & Executive Board
Presidents/Project Coordinator: Rick & Cindy Truesdail
Vice-President/Project: Tony Morningstar
Hospitality/Food Coordinator: Kim Norrington & Maria Hannuksela
Sewing Project Coordinator: Cindy Truesdail & Terry Simmons Cleaning & Beautification Coordinator: Sharon Hessling & Ruth Farwell
Secretary: Brandy Dyke Treasurer: Gary Hannuksela Chaplain: Pastor Chip Collins Historian: Cindy Truesdail
Disaster Relief Liaison: Warren Hessling
Keep checking at our online Website and Facebook for announcements!
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For more information, contact: Rick & Cindy Truesdail Phone: (810) 869-4716