The Branch of Life Church is a Spirit-Filled, Contemporary, Non-Denominational Ministry with a family-like atmosphere. Our mission is to make disciple-makers who make disciple-makers. Everyone is invited to become part of our work for the Lord. If you would like to become part of our ministry as a Covenant Partner, contact the church office for a free information packet.
Our Senior Pastor Tony Cubello was recently honored to be interviewed by Pastor Resources Magazine and share his story about the death of his son Tony and the impact that it had on his ministry and the church. Click the following link and hear how God turned tragedy and sorrow into blessing by the power of the church.
ADULT BIBLE STUDY
We gather each Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM. to dig deep into God's Word to find purpose and meaning for our lives. We have a very laid-back Bible Study that is comfortable for everyone no matter where you are in your faith. Be with us for another exciting Bible Study Series! We are currently sharing study called "THE FINAL GENERATION" as we look at New Testament and End Time Prophecy."
“RECOVERY GOD’S WAY” BACK IN STOCK
We are happy to have additional copies of Pastor Tony’s book, “RECOVERY God’s WAY: Unlocking the Spiritual Side to The Recovery Process.” They are available for an offering of $6.00 or more to the work of our ministry. Share the gift of God’s love and healing with someone struggling with addiction, letting them know that God loves them and cares about what they are going through. While supplies last! Call the church office to get your copy!
SAVE YOUR LASER / INKJET CARTRIDGES & ELECTRONIC DEVICES!
Please continue to save your used inkjet/laser cartridges for us. For more information, click here, or call the church office. Thank you for your support!
FREE DAILY DEVOTIONALS AVAILABLE
We have a free monthly devotional available just for the asking. Stop by or contact the church office to receive your copy to encourage your spirit and build your faith.
NO NIGHT OF WORSHIP FOR DECEMBER
Due to the Christmas season, we will not be having a December Worship Night. We will resume again in the New Year. May God bless you and your family this Christmas and bring you joy and peace in the New Year! For more information, about our Nights of Worship please call the church office at 239-464-4803.
LARRY MCKINNEY MEMORIAL LIBRARY NOW OPEN
Our church library is now open and is filled with a lifetime of spiritual reading. Please come and visit us and check out a book or grab a cup of coffee, relax and grow spiritually. Library is open every morning, Sundays during worship and on Wednesday’s during Bible Study.
THE FOUNDATION OF HOPE
Christmas is the foundation of the world’s hope. It is not man’s best dream, not man reaching up, but God reaching down. It is the revelation that at the center of the universe is an undefeatable power of love on which men can rely and to which they can join their efforts. The Christmas faith and hope are all wrapped up in one word, Immanuel – God with us.
-Halford Luccock in Out of This World
We will be celebrating our Christmas Worship on Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 at our 10:30 AM. Service. Bring your family, friends and neighbors and share the joy of Christmas with us. We will be singing Christmas Songs and Pastor Tony will bring a special Christmas Message for all ages. We will also share the Lord's Table. For more information, call the church office at 239-464-4803. Hope to see you there.
It comes from two – Christ and mass, or Christ-mass. Christ is derived from the Greek word Christos, which means anointed, and refers to the long awaited Messiah whom the Jews believed would be a divine, imperial king who would rule the world. This person turned out to be the only perfect Son of God, the anointed of the Lord. The word mass, in the religious sense means to send or dismiss. It has been used for centuries by much of the church to designate worship or the celebration of worship. Therefore the word Christmas indicates the worship of the Lord’s Anointed One, or the celebration of the Lord’s Anointed.
THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE
It is said that for money you can have everything, but you cannot. You can buy food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; knowledge, but not wisdom; glitter but not beauty; fun, but not friends; servants, but not faithfulness; leisure, but not peace. You can have the husk of everything for money, but not the kernel.When I enter the beautiful city and the saints all around me appear, I hope that someone will tell me, “It was you who invited me here.”
-Arne Garborg in Women’s Health Initiative Newsletter
WHAT MAKES CHRISTMAS HAPPEN?
What makes Christmas happen for you? Where does the joy of the season come alive in you? Is it in the carols? The celebrations? The candlelight services? The music of the Advent Season? Perhaps you find it in shopping and gift-giving. Maybe you see the love of the season in the eyes of a child or in the hug of a loved one. Whatever it is, during this holiday season with all its frenzied activities, stop and remember that night in the stable, those mingled smells of animals and hay, that pain and subsequent joy in the birth of one small child. Breathe deep and feel with Mary, with joseph, the shepherds and the angels. Feel the birth of Jesus. What is it to experience such joy and peace? Verbally express to someone close to you what the birth of Christ means to you at this point in your life. Be joyful! Experience God’s love and peace! -Anonymous
22ND ANNUAL CHURCH CHRISTMAS PARTY
Join us on Wednesday, December 12th from 7:00 -9:00 PM., as we share the Christmas Spirit, fellowship and some great food. We will also be having Christmas music by The Branch of Life Praise Band. You’re not going to want to miss this! Everyone is invited. Bring your favorite dish to pass. RSVP by December 10th, to the church office at 239-464-4803. Hope to see you there.
FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK:
The True Meaning of Christmas …
It seems to me that as each year goes by, we lose a little bit more of the true meaning of Christmas. There is less and less peace on earth and not much good will toward men. As each Christmas quickly pass by, it’s becoming more and more important to keep up with the latest trends in gifts, camping out in front of stores to be the first one to own the latest electronics and gadgets. And the next generation is not learning the true meaning of why we celebrate this special time of year.
I guess it seems kind of corny and old fashioned to be speaking about “the real meaning” of Christmas in our relevant society, but we have a generation growing up without a clue about what the baby in the manger represents. Without understanding Jesus, you miss the entire, glorious point of why Christmas had to happen. And if we don’t teach this generation to understand and keep the spirit of Christmas alive, it may soon be lost forever!
We all know the Christmas story — the birth of Jesus. But that’s not all! Christmas is so much deeper, so much more. It’s more than a warm story about a baby that we faintly hear through the colored lights, the packages and the decorations. The real meaning of Christmas is found in Luke 4:16-21.And in it, Luke quotes Isaiah 61 and defines the ministry of the baby. And this is what it’s all about! Not just a birth story, but the celebration of one whose ministry sets people free!
Each year so many people just miss Christmas. They miss the point that Jesus is the focus and everything else is just fluff. Christmas should be a time when we remember that Jesus came to earth to save us from Adam’s sin. It’s a time when we recall that God voluntarily became lower than the angels to be born, live, suffer and die for us. Christmas is a time for us to remember that we as Christ-followers have an obligation to leave the comforts of our everyday life to help those in need, just as Jesus did for all of us. It’s time for us to answer the questions people are asking when they come to church this holiday season. Christmas is so much more than the superficial reasons the world gives to celebrate. It’s just so much more.
Jesus is what gives meaning to Christmas. Jesus who was God in flesh, perfect, pure, holy, and who died on the cross and rose from the dead, is the one who gives the true meaning to Christmas. No matter how you look at it, He truly is the “Reason for the Season!”
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
-Pastor Tony Cubello
MONTHLY SCRIPTURE: John 3:13
"For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."