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CPC THIS WEEK
THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH November 3, 2017

FALL BACK! - More Than Just Setting The Clock

Well, it’s here. The night we’ve all been waiting for since March 12. It’s time to “fall back” and get even! That’s right - your elusive hour asleep awaits you this Sunday, November 6, at 2 a.m. But remember, you only get it back if you go to bed on time.

And, along with the time change we’re also encouraged to coordinate another activity with its arrival; a safety-check in our home. For both the Spring and Fall observance of daylight savings we’re supposed to check/change our smoke alarm batteries; a very good idea. One that grants some peace of mind that makes that extra hour of sleep a little more peaceful. But if you want to take that peace of mind to the next level here are few PB suggestions that may help you make it to “Spring Forward.”

- Replace the carbon-monoxide detector batteries. If you don’t have one, get one!
- Replace the furnace filter, and be sure that you have enough to get through the winter. (If you haven’t had your furnace service lately you may want to consider scheduling a service call – that whole “ounce

of prevention” thing)
- If you didn’t get to it yet, fix that drafty door or window.
- Cover you outdoor faucets with an insulated cover – yes, even if they’re frost-proof.
- Get your sidewalk and driveway de-icer now. (If you have lots of faith, get a small bag!)
- Sorry, time to be sure you know where that shovel is! (maybe even a backup)
- Check the condition of the wipers on your car. For a little more money invest in winter blades; you’ll be

extremely happy that you did.
- Make sure you have a good windshield scraper and brush.
- If you can’t do it yourself, have someone check all the fluid levels in your car – especially anti-freeze. If

you’re a DIY person, make sure you use the correct fluids. If you’re at a garage have them check the tire pressure for you as well; especially the SPARE. And while we’re talking about the spare – do you have a working jack?

- Okay, one more thing on tires, it may also be a good time for a rotation. Remember, front wheel drive vehicles are harder on the front tires.

- If you haven’t had your oil changed in a while this would be a good thing to check off the list.
- Many auto part stores will check your battery for free – take them up on it! By the way, they will replace

wiper blades for free as well.
- Oh yeah, when was the last time you check the condition of your battery jumper cables?
- Put an extra pair of gloves in your car – along with a few hand-warmer packets. If you don’t have a

flashlight in your car, this is a great time to get one!
- While you’re at it, a blanket is a good thing to have handy in the car.
- If you don’t keep a phone charge cord in your car you may want to pick one up with all that other stuff

you’ll be getting.
- Since we’re talking about stuff – flares can really be a help (plus, they’re cool), or reflective roadside

warning triangles.
- A spray can of lock de-icer isn’t a bad idea.
- And, whatever you do, have a spare key available.

And after you’ve done all of that; after you’ve done all that you should to be as prepared as you can be...memorize Psalm 4:8

In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
for You alone, O L
ORD, make me dwell in safety.

We do what we can to provide some peace of mind regarding our homes and vehicles. But only the Lord can ultimately extend the peace and safety that we need for that extra-hour; and every hour of every single day! Allow these verses to soothe your heart and mind.

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in You. O Lord, You will ordain peace for us, for You have indeed done for us all our works. Isaiah 26:3,12

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6,7

Enjoy Your Fall Back Respite - Peacefully! PB

ps – If there are any husbands or dads out there that need a few extra points(like me) – take good a look at the list above, this is your chance :{)

CPC MINISTRY INFORMATION

SUNDAY'S SERMON
Title:
“The Extraordinary Blessing of Basic Needs ” Text: Matthew 6:11
Pastor Bob Clark

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!

ATTENTION CPC LADIES! If you have dishes in the church kitchen, please pick them up before you leave today. Thank you

SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR ALL AGES (Pre-K through Adult): Following Morning Worship.

ROSZELL LIFE GROUP – Roszell Life Group will meet Sunday, November 5th at 6:30pm at Hunt's home. Study is "Is Jesus the only way?" by John Piper.

ADVENT TEA HOSTESSES – Dessert this coming Tuesday, November 7th, at 7pm @Kari Harrington's home for all women hosting tables for the Christmas Tea. Please RSVP 977-3660 (Kari).

WOMEN’S INSPIRE – All ladies high school age and above are invited to come fellowship, connect and be inspired. Cindy Cook will be talking about coloring and coping and Casey Zimmer will share part of her story on Thursday, November 9th at the church from 6:45pm - 8:45pm.

MEN’S PRAYER BREAKFAST – The men’s prayer breakfast will be held at the church on Saturday, November 11th at 8:00am

OFFICER TRAINING MEETINGS Meet November 11th from 9am-noon following the Men’s Prayer Breakfast as well as Sunday the 12th from 2pm-5pm at the church

DEACONS’ FUND OFFERING – We will be collecting the Deacons’ Fund Offering for the Mercy Ministries of the Church next Sunday, November 12th

CIRLE U – We have food pantry at Circle U on Saturday, November 18 from 1:40-4pm. Mark your calendar. Bring some friends and come and help! Contact Lori Fowler if you can make it or need more information.

CPC YOUTH EVENT CIRCLE U AND THE JUSTICE LEAGUE MOVIE NIGHT – Sat, November 18th We will serve the community at Circle U from 1:30-4pm followed by a bite to eat ($5-10) and then head to the theater to see The Justice League at 5:00PM but it is 3D, so tickets will be $8.99. It releases the night before, so be patient and DON'T GO SEE IT ON FRIDAY :) The running time is one minute short of two hours, so pick up will be a little after 7PM at AMC.

HOPE HOUSE FUNDRAISER – “The Real Meaning of Christmas” Friday, December 8th Hosted by CPC. To get involved and volunteer to help in any way please see this week’s bulletin insert. Tickets will available soon for $10 each

ROCK SOLID THANKSGIVING BASKET DONATIONS – Please join jus in making contributions to the Rock Solid Thanksgiving Basket Give Away. 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

THANKSGIVING EVENING SERVICE – Sunday, November 19th at 6 pm

ANNUAL LADIES ADVENT TEA – This year’s Ladies’ Advent Tea, “Unwrapping The Wonder” Wednesday evening December 6th. Tickets will be $7.00 and will be available beginning Sunday November 12th

SAVE THE DATE: CPC FAMILY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION – Sunday Evening, December 17th. More information coming soon.

WOMEN’S MINISTRY

Women’s Getaway – Ladies, you are invited to attend a Women’s Getaway hosted by Kari Harrington from 5pm today, November 3rd until 5pm tomorrow, 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

Tuesday Morning Ladies’ Bible Study, Old Testament overview, led by Pastor Bob Clark, meets 8:30-10:00 a.m. in the church fireplace area.

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

SONG OF THE MONTH

The new song we will be singing in worship at CPC this month is called "O Lord My Rock and My Redeemer". This is a song on a new album to be released on November 17th by Sovereign Grace Music. If you go to Sovereign Grace Music online you will see this album featured.
If you want to listen to the song...well, right now it's so new that the only recording on YouTube is the one made at the Sing! Worship Conference held in Nashville TN in September - a live congregation learning it! Below is the link and the lyrics!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwkgUKtmpXc

“O Lord My Rock And My Redeemer”

O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer Greatest treasure of my longing soul My God, like You there is no other True delight is found in You alone Your grace, a well too deep to fathom Your love, exceeds the heavens' reach Your truth, a fount of perfect wisdom My highest good and my unending need

O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer Strong defender of my weary heart My sword to fight the cruel deceiver And my shield against his hateful darts My song, when enemies surround me My hope, when tides of sorrow rise My joy, when trials are abounding Your faithfulness, my refuge in the night

O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer Gracious Savior of my ruined life
My guilt and cross laid on Your shoulders In my place, You suffered bled and died You rose, the grave and death are conquered You broke my bonds of sin and shame You rose, the grave and death are conquered You broke my bonds of sin and shame
O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer May all my days, bring glory to Your Name May all my days, bring glory to Your Name

! THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD !

HOW TO BUILD A DENOMINATION: BLAZING THE TRAIL FOR REFORMED CHURCHES IN URUGUAY
Church planting is tough—no two ways about it. There’s no playbook guaranteeing success, no easy formula or secret sauce. It’s an often painstakingly slow process of patience and faithful obedience, building up a core group, discipling new believers, and working through the Presbyterian nitty gritty of selecting elders and moving towards particularization.

How much more challenging then, is starting an entire denomination from scratch on a foreign mission field? Yet that is exactly what one MTW team is doing in the South American nation of Uruguay.

“Uruguay is the most secular place in all of Latin America,” said MTW missionary Ray Call. “Many people do not believe in God, or if they do they think that the church is unnecessary and they can believe whatever they want. So there’s a great need to share the gospel of Jesus.”

The complexities of pioneering After Ray completed seminary in St. Louis, he and his wife Michele served with MTW in Mexico for a number of years. Then, feeling a call to South America, they began to look at church-planting opportunities in Uruguay. MTW did not have a team there at the time, so the Calls ended up partnering with a family from the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) and another from the Brazilian Presbyterian Church who had already planted a church in country.

But with no Presbyterian or Reformed denomination in existence in the entire country of Uruguay, the Calls’ task is bigger than starting a single church plant. They have to build an entire denomination.

“It feels like a really pioneering field,” said Ray. “We’re starting from the ground up—planting churches and trying to develop a denomination. We’re going to have to develop a Book of Church Order and church planting and theological education and mercy ministries and everything. Teaching English as a second language, Lord willing we’d like to see a university ministry. So there’s a lot to be done here.”

“It’s very difficult because it’s so multi-faceted,” Ray added. “We have to take it step by step.”

Wisdom from experience In order to better wrap our heads around all the factors involved, we wanted to talk to someone who knows a little about starting a denomination on the field. That led us to Clay Quarterman, a long-time MTW missionary and professor at the Evangelical Reformed Seminary of Ukraine. Over the course of his missionary career, Clay has been involved with starting Reformed denominations from scratch in both Portugal and Ukraine. He even wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on the subject.

But those years of training and equipping national leaders to plant churches and start Reformed denominations weren’t smooth or quick, far from it. Over and over the team Clay served with had false starts and changed strategies. They had team conflict, failure, and tragedy. Yet, through it all, God was in control. The connections they built with their national partners grew strong in the midst of adversity and failure. Strategies came and strategies went, but those relationships forged in struggle for the kingdom lasted and formed a foundation for the churches and denominations that followed.

“You don’t see much of [that progress] in the short term,” said Clay. “You must sit with [people], live with

them, watch their children grow up—just as they watch yours. Then, you can all see Jesus in your midst.”

So what does it take to start a denomination from scratch? According to Clay:
It takes a clear vision of what you’re there for—the Church.
It takes clarity about your bottom line—lives brought to Christ and enfolded into an ongoing local body.
It takes prayer. That is what clarifies vision and keeps us on track. What God will do is what counts.
It takes grace. Duty alone is not enough. And the grace we experience in our own families and teams

communicates volumes.
It takes a team with multiple skills and a unified vision.
It has to build on what God has done through the ages in that country. Good training in missiology and

history is essential.
It should build on what God is already doing there—cooperating with other churches and missions.

“The goal is not to establish your own church, but to lead others in establishing a Biblical church built fully on the Reformed historical foundation that brought the gospel to them,” said Quarterman. “This will mean teaching in humility and repentance. It will also lead to conflicts with some of the emerging leaders. It will mean discovering some wolves among the sheep (Acts 20:30), and defending the flock from wolves who attack from outside (Acts 20:29). In the end, it will mean letting go, as the Apostle Paul turned over the work to the Ephesian elders with tears, saying, ‘And now I commend you to God and the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified’ (Acts 20:32).”

Working toward the goal Back in Uruguay, the Calls and their OPC teammates are still quite a ways off from that point of letting go. For the moment, their focus is on just planting their first church and developing associated outreaches. They have a worship service every Sunday, a weekly prayer meeting, an annual VBS, and have started weekly English classes.

Though a Presbyterian denomination has yet to form, there are two other Reformed Presbyterian churches in Uruguay—one pastored by the Brazilian missionary, another a completely self-governing, self-supporting Uruguayan church. Over time, Ray hopes to build stronger bonds between these churches to form a Presbytery.

Ray’s church, for its part, is still in the early stages.

“I’m excited that we have five new members and two of them were baptized this past February,” said Ray. “It’s really slow going here so that’s huge for us ... We’re hoping it goes faster, but it’s all in the Lord’s hands.”

What God will do is what counts Church planting and denomination development in Uruguay is about playing the long game. It’s more about patience and faithfully following God’s call than about following a playbook for a quick and easy church or a quick and easy denomination.

“There’s no formula,” said Ray. “We want this to be a Uruguayan church. We want to see leaders raised up and see them plant other churches around Montevideo and the rest of Uruguay. Then we could step back and move into more of a helpful, coming-alongside type ministry.”

A full denomination may be a long way off, but Ray and his team labor on with faithful obedience—driven by grace, focused on the Church, confident that the Spirit is at work, and with their eyes on the prize. They’re on the right track, it seems. But in the end it is God who will build a church and a denomination in

Uruguay, using one little MTW team and Uruguayans for his purposes along the way. ANDREW SHAUGHNESSY in CHURCH PLANTING MONTEVIDEO URUGUAY on Nov 2, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS!!

BIRTHDAYS!

November

1 Daniel Golden

6 Adam Deckard 

11 Ryan Davis

13 Rebecca McClain

 15 Chris Moore

15  Sarah Moore

16  Sami Geiling

21 Jane Hunt

24 Michele Luker

26  Rebecca Adcock

27  Owen Todd

ANNIVERSARIES!

November

25 Les & Jane Hunt


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