10/20/17

CPC THIS WEEK

THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

October 20, 2017

 

 

It’s What’s Inside That Counts

 

I have a new hip!  I haven’t seen the x-ray yet, but I know it’s in there.  And, so far, things seem to working pretty well.  My surgeon did a great job - they tell me I’m making good progress and by all accounts should have a full recovery.  Yes, there will be limitations along the way, but the prognosis looks good - especially if I remain patient and do what I’m supposed to do!  Until I “cross over Jordan” every step I take will be with the assistance of a replacement part.  Without that replacement part, the quality of life wasn’t looking very bright. Truly, it is an amazing time to be alive. But I’m dependent on more than just a new hip for this life.

 

Years ago, the Lord replaced a heart of stone with a heart of flesh; He replaced an old nature with a new nature.  And in doing so He placed within me something I would need for the rest of my life – His Holy Spirit.  There’s no x-ray to confirm His presence, but I know He’s there.  More importantly, I know that I need Him every day to get through this life.  As Jesus said, I can do nothing without Him.

 

Three days a week I go for physical therapy to rehab my hip.  In addition to that, I have sheets of exercises that I do every day to strengthen my new joint.  I need rest, I need nourishment, I need encouragement.  And the same thing is true of the Spirit within.  In the Spirit’s strength I need to do my “spiritual exercises” every day to strengthen this new life; to grow in my new nature and name – a child of God. 

 

My prayer is that the Lord will allow me to be strengthened in both the outer and inner man for His service and glory.  In so many ways, I’m a “rehab” in progress – but a redeemed rehab!  I’m grateful for every step I take with my new hip and I’m eternally indebted for every step I take with His Spirit! 

 

An additional word of thanks.  We’ve had a couple of interesting weeks in the Clark family.  I want to thank all of you for “holding our family up” through both your prayers and acts of kindness.  We deeply appreciate your friendship and love – and help.  The church is no different than our bodies – Truly, it’s what’s inside that counts!

 

Blessed to be Healed and Healing,

 

Bob

CPC MINISTRY INFORMATION

 

SUNDAY'S SERMON

Title:  “Willingly Under His Will”  

Text:   Matthew 6:10            

Pastor             Bob Clark

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL – For all ages! Adult classes:  “In Touch” This class is led by Elder Jim Roszell.  Our second is a video class from the Ligonier 2017 National Conference “The Next 500 Years” - the class focuses on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the challenge before the church to live faithfully to the Word of God in the world.  Pastor Bob Clark serves as a facilitator for this class.

ROCK SOLID MEAL MINISTRYmeets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 4:15pm at Rock Solid. This month, we meet on October 24th. Please see Aaron and Emily Fredrick if you would like to help with this ministry

LADIES WEDNESDAY EXODUS STUDY – Mindy Deckard will facilitate a Bible study on Exodus by Jen Wilkin Wednesdays at 12 noon at the Harrington's home (12 Parkway Lane). Bring a lunch and will eat while we study the scripture. Please RSVP to Kari Harrington (977-3660) if you plan to attend and a workbook will be printed for you. Thank you!

JEFF’S ORDINATION SERVICE will be on Friday, October 27th at 7:00PM. Everyone is Welcome! The service will likely be about 45 minutes. There will be a reception in the lobby following the service. Come and meet Jeff’s friends and the pastor’s that have mentored and supported Jeff through this journey to ordination. It is a celebration of the completion of a journey that began in August 2001!  (Note: this is a time change)

BABY SHOWER – Ladies, You are invited to a Baby Shower celebrating Arden and baby boy Davis: Saturday, October 28th, 10am-12noon at the church.  This is a joint family and church shower given by her sister, Aarin Sanford, and her mother, Nedra Clark. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Nedra Clark at nedraclark@msn.com or call/text (765) 277-3342 no later than Monday, October 23rd. Arden is registered on Amazon and at Kohl’s. If you are interested in contributing to a group gift please indicate so with your RSVP.

ROCK SOLID QUARTERLY OFFERING – Next Sunday, October 29th, we will be collecting the Rock Solid Quarterly Offering

CPC WOMEN’S GETAWAYLadies, you are invited to attend a Women’s Getaway hosted by Kari Harrington from 5pm on Friday, November 3rd until 5pm on Saturday the 4th in her home (12 Parkway Lane). Join the CPC Ladies for a 24–hour getaway, including Dinner on Friday as well as Breakfast and Lunch on Saturday. Whether you can attend the entire event or just a portion of it, you are welcome to come and be refreshed as you connect with the ladies of your church. Please RSVP to Kari Harrington at (765) 977-3660. A sign-up sheet will also be available Sunday in the church foyer.

VICTORY LANE CAMP TALENT SHOW! – You are invited to attend a Talent Show Starring Victory Kids and Friends from 7–8:30pm on Saturday, November 4th at First Baptist Family Life Center, 709 S. Memorial Dr. in New Castle. This is a Fundraiser Event. Limited Festival Seating Available Reserve your seat now at Victorylanecamp.org/stars.php. Watch the Stars Shine!

ANNUAL LADIES ADVENT TEA – will be held Wednesday evening December 6th More details coming soon.

SIERRA LEONE MISSION TRIP – The Sierra Leone mission trip 2018 is scheduled for February 15 thru 26. If interested in going please see Jim Roszell.

THANK YOU FROM BIRTHRIGHT – Sincere gratitude to all who walked; worked; donated; baked cookies and prayed for the Birthright Walk for Life. We love you! Our moms and their precious babies thank you for your support.

CPC Song of the Month

 

"The Lord is My Salvation" by Keith and Kristyn Getty

 

The grace of God has reached for me

And pulled me from the raging sea

And I am safe on this solid ground

The Lord is my salvation

 

I will not fear when darkness falls

His strength will help me scale these walls

I'll see the dawn of the rising sun

The Lord is my salvation

 

Who is like the Lord our God

Strong to save faithful in love

My debt is paid and the victory won

The Lord is my salvation

 

My hope is hidden in the Lord

He flow'rs each promise of His Word

When winter fades I know spring will come

The Lord is my salvation

 

In times of waiting times of need

When I know loss when I am weak

I know His grace will renew these days

The Lord is my salvation

 Chorus

 

And when I reach my final day

He will not leave me in the grave

But I will rise He will call me home

The Lord is my salvation

 Chorus

 

Glory be to God the Father

Glory be to God the Son

Glory be to God the Spirit

The Lord is our salvation

 (Repeat)

 

The Lord is our salvation

The Lord is our salvation

 

If you would like to listen and follow along the lyrics of our song that we will be learning in October, just click on the link below.  The video includes the lyrics.  It's a wonderful song for your personal time and for our corporate worship together. Let's learn it together!

 

Here's the link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjOGX5zT8KU

 THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD

 

 

Dear Praying Friends, this is long, but it’s Karen’s reflections from her time with the women at the retreat in Transnistria.  I thought you would enjoy hearing directly from her.  Thanks for praying for us.   

 

Eric

 

 

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,

which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

 

My confidence in this verse grew stronger as the weekend progressed.  Thank you for praying! God answered in these ways:

·       The unexpected gift of preparation time with my translator.

·       Clarity as I spoke.  I do better as an improvisational speaker.  I was aware of the Spirit's tuning inside me as I spoke.  Still it was great to have the outline prepared and gone over ahead of time.

·       Reliance on Jesus when the participants' questions were out of my depth.

·       Rejoice in these women who were moved as they understood more deeply about Christ's righteousness as a  gift.

·       Great fellowship and prayer with my friend Carrie who's been ministering to folks in this country for many years. 

·       Seeing the expression of Christ's love in this society: so much encouragement among the women to open their homes and adopt the orphans in their city, as several already had done.

 

Those are the main points. If you want more details, read on...

 

The week before the retreat, I was still trying to hammer out the talks into a unifying message. Too many ideas bubbling in my mind.  I asked Eric to take a look at my notes with all the various ideas and he helped me to pare them down to main points for the 5 talks.  I'm so thankful for his gift of organizing!  I felt calm inside.  Yet the night before leaving, rather than sleeping, I was back at the idea board, scribbling new ideas.  What am I like?!!?

 

After a smooth flight, I stepped off the plane into Moldova, into a totally different world. There I met up with my long-time friend from childhood, Carrie.  She’s the one who had invited me to speak at the weekend retreat.  We marveled at the thought, that when Jesus watched us play dolls as little girls, perhaps He was smiling, thinking about this day when we'd be traveling together to the ends of the earth, ministering together in His name.  We were driven across the border, given permission slips to enter the country and then onto the capitol, Tiraspol.

 

The next day I was given a tour around the city before joining the planning committee at the retreat centre. They’re hosting their first ever women's retreat, so everything was a 'trial run'.  The centre was built to be an orphanage but that didn't work out.  Now it’s being used for retreats. The previously mild weather turned cold that week, and the heating would not be turned on (by the government) until mid-October. Surprisingly, the main meetings held in the semi-basement hall were warmed up by all the women were gathered.  Meals were eaten outside under a large tent. The food was warm, tasty & hearty.  My favourite was borscht soup, with sour cream of course.

 

The small planning committee had some anxiety about the denominational differences of the group. This turned out not to be a problem. There was a palpable unity among the 70+ women from the different churches. What united them? The message of Jesus’ righteousness, the lively worship music, and not least of all, a ‘Zumba’ class we did together!  There was even a make-shift ‘spa’ to pamper the women with massages, manicures and facials.  One woman was overwhelmed by the treatment that made her feel like a princess.

 

I asked you to pray for me to rest in Christ and for clarity as I spoke.  Here's how He graciously answered.  That afternoon, while the committee made ready the centre, I was able to sit with my translator, who listened to all 5 of my talks. She has a good command of the language and tracked with the theme, emotions and humour of what I shared. We discussed concepts and cultural application. This time helped me immensely to edit and clarify the main themes of each talk. We also had several ‘aha’ moments from the Holy Spirit, as something I said would resonate with her life. This led her to confess sin in her life. I believe this was in part due to hearing my story of confession and repentance.  So we prayed together right then.

 

Translation requires fast on-the-spot thinking. So, this preparation time with my translator was a gift both of us.  For me, the opportunity to practice ahead of time was invaluable.  For the translator, it was a time to absorb the message for herself and know the direction of each talk.

 

I wove the five topics of the talks with each of our five senses.

·       Sight: God loves you. Sharing my testimony and the illustration of the dirty shirt vs clean shirt (both of which I wore)

            to illustrate the great exchange: Christ's righteousness for our unrighteousness.

·       Smell: We are the fragrance of Christ from II Corinthians 2.

·       Hearing: Repentance. To whom are we listening? Make no agreement with the enemy of your soul.

·       Touch: Jesus' restoration of Peter after failure gives us great hope.

·       Taste: We are invited to the wedding banquet of the Lamb. We invite others to taste and see.

 

The last talk was the least developed, and to my amazement, the Holy Spirit was teaching me even as I was speaking, particularly about the adornment of the bride.  (That’s a story for another time!) I also led 3 workshops: one on parenting and two on 'Creativity and Faith'. I asked the women to share how they reflect God's creativity. It was intriguing to hear from their answers.

 

The women were very gracious and welcoming. There were always a few women with questions –all in Russian- after most of the talks. I was aware of my weakness to understand the context of their situations and the complexity of their questions. The translator would relate to me their very difficult life circumstances and each seemed to need to unburden their story. I was keenly aware that I could not 'fix' them with an answer. But I listened and always would pray, as Jesus knows exactly what they need.

 

After the last session, women stood up, one after another, to tell what God was showing them during the weekend. More than one woman expressed joy in a deeper understanding of what it means to be fully forgiven and have Christ's righteousness. Yes!

 

After I left the conference, Carrie texted me, "The ladies all agreed they learned a lot from your messages, easy to understand, and useful to their lives and would like you to come back next year." 

 

 

Thanks again for faithfully standing with us in prayer.  Here are a few more specifics:

 

*Eric has a series of field visits.  Thank the Lord for this opportunity to meet personally with these team leaders he supervises – to strengthen and encourage them in their faith and ministries (I Thess. 3:2; II Thess. 2:16-17).  Ask God to bless these times together.

>we leave today for Dublin-Ireland, 17-21 Oct.,

>Eric in Cluj-Romania, 23-25 Oct., doing strategic planning with the team,

>Eric in Prague-CZ, 3-5 Nov.

It’s a lot of travel over the next 3 weeks.  Pray!

 

*Eric is also one of the team of teachers, speaking at the New City Wien church retreat, 26-29 Oct.  The theme of the retreat is the five solas of the reformation.  Eric is speaking on By grace alone.  Pray for our fellowship together with our new church family.

 

*Thank the Lord for good progress in our Sonship mentoring with Simon & Dani.  Simon is the pastoral assistant at NCW, while Dani is a full-time mom of their two young boys.  Pray for this German couple, that the gospel would impact their daily living in fresh ways - experiencing freedom and joy to love well.  We’re in the last few lessons of the course.

 

*Karen’s next painting workshop is in November.  Ask the Spirit to lead her in her prep for this, and for the relational/creative connection with those who participate.

 

*Our next intensive course (A2.2) begins 6 Nov.  Pray for our progress – in hearing, thinking and speaking German.  Pray also for our time with our language partners: Karen/Camilla, Eric/Nick.  Thanks.

 

 

WOMEN’S MINISTRY

 

 Women’s Getaway – Ladies, you are invited to attend a Women’s Getaway hosted by Kari Harrington from 5pm on Friday, November 3rd until 5pm on Saturday the 4th in her home (12 Parkway Lane). Join the CPC Ladies for a 24–hour getaway, including Dinner on Friday as well as Breakfast and Lunch on Saturday. Whether you can attend the entire event or just a portion of it, you are welcome to come and be refreshed as you connect with the ladies of your church. Please RSVP to Kari Harrington at (765) 977-3660. A sign-up sheet will also be available Sunday in the church foyer.

Inspire – The Next INSPIRE meeting will be on November 9th from 6:45pm -8:45pm in the CPC foyer (350 Henley Rd. Richmond, IN) Dessert & 2 speakers: 1 sharing a Practical focus & 1 sharing part of "Her Story" a testimony of God's faithfulness in her life. Fellowship, Connect, Discuss, Pray.

Annual Ladies Advent Tea will be held Wednesday evening December 6th! Ladies, mark your calendars! More details coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS!!


 

BIRTHDAYS!

October

1                        Sharon Foust

4                        Melissa Owens

5                        Bill Stackhouse

8                        Barbara Koditek 

9                        Shannon Schrage

11                        Richard Anderson

12                        Karissa Owens

16                        Jim McKinney

17                         Sam Steinfort

18                        Josiah Moore

19                         Marilyn Geiling

21                        Jonathan Golden  

22                        Luke Miller

24                        Darrell Watt

27                        Debbie Higgs

29                        Diana Kehlenbrink

31                         Jane Arnold

 

 

ANNIVERSARIES!

October

16            Quentin & Ruth Williamson    

14            Dan & Lori Staifer                       

24            Mike & Susan Cougill

 Christ Presbyterian Church  -  (765).966.4017  -  350 Henley Rd. Richmond, IN 47374  -  Office@KnowingChrist.net