10/27/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH October 27, 2017

What Is Reformation Day All About?

As I have done in the past, I’m going to use an article from another writer to highlight a particular subject – the Reformation. This year marks the 500 Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, October 31, 1517. I hope you’ll take the time to read this article by Robert Rothwell that briefly explores the life and legacy of Luther. Our prayer should be that the rediscovery of the Gospel and its manifold truths in Luther’s day would ignite another movement in the Lord’s people today.

By Robert Rothwell - Oct 29, 2014

An Article from Ligonier Ministries

On October 31, much of the culture will be focused on candy and things that go bump in the night. Protestants, however, have something far more significant to celebrate on October 31. It’s Reformation day, which commemorates what was perhaps the greatest move of God’s Spirit since the days of the Apostles. But what is the significance of Reformation Day, and how should we consider the events it commemorates?

At the time, few would have suspected that the sound of a hammer striking the castle church door in Wittenberg, Germany, would soon be heard around the world and lead ultimately to the greatest transformation of Western society since the apostles first preached the Gospel throughout the Roman empire. Martin Luther’s nailing of his ninety-five theses to the church door on October 31, 1517, provoked a debate that culminated finally in what we now call the Protestant Reformation.

An heir of Bishop Augustine of Hippo, Martin Luther is one of the most significant figures God has raised up since that time. This law student turned Augustinian monk became the center of a great controversy after his theses were copied and distributed throughout Europe. Initially protesting the pope’s attempt to sell salvation, Luther’s study of Scripture soon led him to oppose the church of Rome on issues including the primacy of the Bible over church tradition and the means by which we are found righteous in the sight of God.

This last issue is probably Luther’s most significant contribution to Christian theology. Though preached clearly in the New Testament and found in the writings of many of the church fathers, the medieval bishops and priests had largely forgotten the truth that our own good works can by no means merit God’s favor. Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone, and good works result from our faith, they are not added to it as the grounds for our right standing in the Lord’s eyes (Eph. 2:8-10). Justification, God’s declaration that we are not guilty, forgiven of sin, and righteous in His sight comes because through our faith alone the Father imputes, or reckons to our account, the perfect righteousness of Christ (2 Cor. 5:21).

Martin Luther’s rediscovery of this truth led to a whole host of other church and societal reforms and much of what we take for granted in the West would have likely been impossible had he never graced the scene. Luther’s translation of the Bible into German put the Word of God in the hands of the people, and today Scripture is available in the vernacular language of many countries, enabling lay people to study it with profit. He reformed the Latin mass by putting the liturgy in the common tongue so that non-scholars could hear and understand the preached word of God and worship the Lord with clarity. Luther lifted the unbiblical ban on marriage for the clergy and by his own teaching and example radically transformed the institution

itself. He recaptured the biblical view of the priesthood of all believers, showing all people that their work had purpose and dignity because in it they can serve their Creator.

Today, Luther’s legacy lives on in the creeds and confessions of Protestant bodies worldwide. As we consider his importance this Reformation Day, let us equip ourselves to be knowledgeable proclaimers and defenders of biblical truth. May we be eager to preach the Gospel of God to the world and thereby spark a new reformation of church and culture.

CPC MINISTRY INFORMATION

SUNDAY'S SERMON Title: “Gospel Reformation” Text: Romans 1:16,17 Pastor Bob Clark

JEFF’S ORDINATION SERVICE Today, 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 – Tomorrow, You are invited to a Baby Shower celebrating Arden and baby boy Davis: Saturday, October 28th, 10am-12noon at the church. Brunch will be served. 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 – This Sunday, we will be collecting the Rock Solid Quarterly Offering

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.

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!

THURSDAY NIGHT LADIES STUDY This group will meet every other Thursday evening from 6:30- 7:30 pm at the church office. The study is a DVD by Sproul entitled "Dust to Glory." See Maureen Bradley for more information.

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!

ROCK SOLID THANKSGIVING BASKET DONATIONS – Please join jus in making contributions to

the Rock Solid Thanksgiving Basket Give Away. Items needed are: monetary donations, canned green beans, canned corn, canned cranberry sauce, mac n cheese and instant mashed potatoes. All donations may be placed in the box in the church foyer and need to be at the Church by November 12th. If you would like to help the day of the event please be at Rock Solid on Monday, November 20th at 9am and /or 1pm

THANKS FROM THE MKISSIONS COMMITTEE – The Fall Festival raised $3,315.00 and with help from the Deacon’s fund and the Pittsburgh Steeler's Camp we were able to send $4,715.00 to WHI for construction of latrines in Makoikoi.

30 DAYS OF PRAYER WORLD MISSIONS – A monthly calendar with two prayer requests per day for MTW missionaries, with an emphasis on workers in regions hostile to Christianity.

ANNUAL LADIES ADVENT TEA – will be held Wednesday evening December 6th. Tickets will be $7.00 and will be available beginning Sunday November 12th

! THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD !

SEEING THEM AS DAUGHTERS

The Daughters of Bulgaria is an MTW ministry to women caught in human trafficking.

“Simon, ‘Do you see this woman?’” (Luke 7:44) Of course Simon saw her—a sinner, a woman of ill repute, someone to avoid. Jesus pushed Simon to see that his pride and external-focused religion were strangling his heart and blinding him from “seeing” the woman as He saw her. Jesus saw her heart. She was broken.

Totally unexpectedly, our team started hearing Jesus’ question: “Do you see these women?” Honestly, I didn’t want to see them, but the Lord was doing something we couldn’t ignore—I, as a man, couldn’t ignore. He opened my eyes not to see hookers and prostitutes, but to see with His eyes: to see daughters. Not just any daughter, but my own daughter.

Human trafficking and prostitution became real to us after a long-time “rescuer” from Germany shared how the Spirit’s nudge to network in Bulgaria became unrelenting. So many of the women she met on the streets there were from Bulgaria. We learned from her about our country, and its role as a “feeder” country for human trafficking. She shared but it really didn’t impact my heart—it was too big, too impersonal. What could we possibly do? We were a church planting team. But then she said, “These women on the streets are our mothers, sisters and daughters ... ”

I am a father—but not just a father, I’m Daddy, and my 16-year-old daughter was sitting next to me as these words jolted my core. Suddenly all those nameless, faceless girls we drove by on the streets—I trying not to notice as a Christian man—had faces, and not just any faces but those of my own two daughters.

I realize now, the Lord had to work first in my heart for our team to really “see” these women and prayerfully seek how the Father wanted us to respond. I was looking at the women like Simon—making an idol out of religious/moral purity and seeing these prostitutes only as sexual objects to be avoided and not as daughters needing to be loved.

As I drive our team members to the Ring Road for our weekly ministry visits with prostitutes there, I know I am but a man, weak and in need of God’s grace. I see much that could weaken my resolve towards purity,

but it helps to remember my two precious daughters. If one of them were to be enslaved as these Daughters of Bulgaria are, would not my prayer be, “Lord, please send someone to rescue my dear, dear daughter?”

Jesus asked, “Do you see this woman?” For every broken, enslaved, provocatively dressed prostitute on the Ring Road, my answer is, “Yes Lord I see her, and she’s just like my little girl.”

This was originally published in The Journey devotional. Dal Stanton serves with MTW in Bulgaria. DAL STANTON in SOFIA BULGARIA REFLECTION on Sep 5, 2017

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! Tickets will be $7.00 and will be available beginning Sunday November 12th

CONGRATULATIONS!!

BIRTHDAYS!
October
1 Sharon Foust

  1. 4  Melissa Owens
  2. 5  Bill Stackhouse
  1. 8  Barbara Koditek
  2. 9  Shannon Schrage
  1. 11  Richard Anderson
  2. 12  Karissa Owens
  1. 16  Jim McKinney
  2. 17  Sam Steinfort
  3. 18  Josiah Moore
  4. 19  Marilyn Geiling
  1. 21  Jonathan Golden
  2. 22  Luke Miller

24 Darrell Watt
27 Debbie Higgs
29 Diana Kehlenbrink 31 Jane Arnold

November

1 Daniel Golden
6 Adam Deckard 11 Ryan Davis
13 Rebecca McClain 15 Chris Moore

  1. 15  Sarah Moore
  2. 16  Sami Geiling

21 Jane Hunt
24 Michele Luker

  1. 26  Rebecca Adcock
  2. 27  Owen Todd

ANNIVERSARIES!
October
16 Quentin & Ruth Williamson 14 Dan & Lori Staifer
24 Mike & Susan Cougill

November

25 Les & Jane Hunt

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