11/10/17

CPC THIS WEEK

THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

November 10, 2017

 

A Better Day is Coming

Like some of you I was watching TV last Sunday when the breaking news of the mass shooting in Texas swept across the bottom of my screen.  I immediately turned to a news station for more information.  And like all of you, what I learned as the story developed broke my heart and grieved my soul.  

Since that time, I have also discovered another emotion stirring in my heart – it is one of anger.  However, in honesty, it is a mixed anger – one that both righteous, but in other moments, unrighteous.   It is a righteous anger in that I truly believe that the evil displayed last Sunday angers a holy, just, and loving God.  Regrettably, though, my anger has moments that reflect my own personal feelings as I process the ignorance and arrogance of those who, while waxing eloquent about the misapplied sentiment of prayer and its effectiveness, have little to no understanding about the Sovereignty of God or the truth of His Word.  But then I stop and think – why would they?

The heart-breaking reality of last Sunday is this.  We yet live in world where the domain of darkness is daily on display through the sinful acts of men and women.  And were it not for the grace of God in our lives, our names would be added to the list of those who perform such awful deeds – on this the scripture is clear without equivocation.  We must also admit that even with the welcomed intrusion of God’s Spirit in our hearts we, too, struggle daily with the diminishing presence and power of sin in our lives.  We’ll be examining this very thing from the Lord’s Prayer on Sunday.  Please pray for me as I continue to prepare for that sermon.

Life – life that includes horrific events like last week - was never supposed to be like this.  Death, natural or unnatural, wasn’t part of Eden’s paradise.  God presented to Adam and Eve a life with two alternatives - Obedience with Blessing; or Rebellion with Misery.  They chose the later.  The deceitfulness of evil persuaded the crown of creation to believe a lie.  And the darkness of death, not the light of life, became the deciding sway in all that God had made.  It wasn’t supposed to be that way.

But God, in His great mercy and love, sent His Son as the true light to overcome the darkness!  The selfless love of Christ for the Father and His Glory paved every step to the foot of His cross that completely satisfied God’s righteous anger against sin – our sin!

Because of that day, and that which followed with the removal of the stone three days later, we have hope for a better day.  A better day coming when all the unrighteous deeds of those who live in darkness will be exposed and righteously judged in the light of our Risen Savior – this is our promise in His Word.  Tears that have been shed for the incomprehensible and unspeakable loss of last week will be wiped away forever.  A better day is coming when our limited understanding will fully grasp and glorify the God who knows the beginning to the end – the one who is Himself the Alpha and the Omega! 

So, until that better day, we will offer prayer.  In the face of those who both mock God and indispensability of prayer, we will fervently intercede for those in Texas; and anywhere else Satan has been granted sovereign permission to prowl and pillage.  We will offer prayer in the name of Jesus; with the help of His Spirit to understand that prayer was never meant to change the perfect will of Our Father in Heaven.  But rather to change the imperfect will and work of those on earth whom He loves.  And not only will we pray, but we will work.  We will commit ourselves to tirelessly bring the glorious gospel, in both word and deed, to our desperate and sin-sick world.  All shared in the love and compassion of Christ. 

Beloved, don’t let the eyes of the flesh fail you.  Look up in faith - there is a better day coming!  Lord Jesus, may it be sooner than we think!!!

With you,

PB   

CPC MINISTRY INFORMATION

 

SUNDAY'S SERMON

Title:  “Are You Really Out of Debt?”  

Text:   Matthew 6:12           

Pastor Bob Clark

   

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

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

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

DEACONS’ FUND OFFERING – Sunday, we will be collecting the Deacons’ Fund Offering for the Mercy Ministries of the Church

 ATTENTION LADIES! – We have a collection of dishes that may belong to you! If you have dishes in the church kitchen, please pick them up on Sunday.

THURSDAY NIGHT LADIES STUDYThis 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.

CIRLE U – We have food pantry at Circle U on Saturday, November 18th 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 Mindy Deckard. Tickets will available soon for $10 each

ROCK SOLID THANKSGIVING BASKET DONATIONS ­– Today is the final day to join us in making contributions to the Rock Solid Thanksgiving Basket Give Away.  All donations may be placed in the box in the church foyer. 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 Join us next Sunday, November 19th at 6:30pm  for a Thanksgiving service with communion followed by dessert. If you are able to bring a dessert to share, please let us know by filling out the insert in Sunday’s bulletin or by contacting the church office at 765.966.4017 or office@knowingchrist.net

ANNUAL LADIES ADVENT TEA – This year’s Ladies’ Advent Tea, “Unwrapping The Wonder” Wednesday evening December 6th. Tickets are $7.00 each will be available to purchase this Sunday, November 12th thru next week November 19th.  Please contact Jodi McKinney for more information.


SAVE THE DATE

 

CPC FAMILY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION Sunday Evening, December 17t at 6pm, a time of fellowship, food and a musical drama for the entire family. More information coming soon.


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

 

 

WOMEN’S MINISTRY

 

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.

Annual Ladies Advent Tea Join us on Wednesday evening December 6th for our Annual Ladies Advent Tea, “Unwrapping the Wonder”! Ladies, mark your calendars! Tickets will be $7.00 and will be available beginning Sunday November 12th through the 19th. See Jodi McKinney for more information.

Inspire – The Next INSPIRE meeting will be on January 11th 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.

 

THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD

 

 

FROM THE COORDINATOR: CREATING A HEALTHY CHURCH-PLANTING ECOSYSTEM

 

Since moving to Georgia, I’ve been learning a lot about Bermuda grass and how to make it thrive. I didn’t realize that having earthworms is good for breaking up hard, compacted clay soil; it’s better to water deep and less frequently for strong roots; a lot of sunlight is needed; and too much fertilizer will burn the grass.

 My big takeaway is that it’s not just one thing that makes a lawn healthy and green, but a whole healthy ecosystem is necessary for grass to flourish.

 I can’t help but see this as an analogy for church planting on the mission field. Because we are on the front lines and our focus is on conversion growth, creating an ecosystem for church planting is vital. What would be those things that make a healthy church-planting ecosystem?

 ·               We need natural, regular evangelistic points of contact with the people we are trying to reach. It is for this reason we rejoice when evangelistic laypeople join our church-planting teams to care for the sick, minister to the poor, teach English, and disciple medical students, artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, etc. Through these discipleship relationships and acts of mercy, we are breaking up hard, compacted soil. 

·               We also need well-trained and seasoned pastors who can not only lead church plants, but also train and mentor others to plant churches. They need the skills and experience to go deep with this training, not only theologically, but missiologically and pastorally so that these new churches can have deep roots. 

·               All those who serve as missionaries need the attractive, winsome light of Christ that shows itself in repentance, graciousness, humility, teachability, and love. It is the light of the gospel shining in and through us that draws people to Jesus. 

·               And of course, too much fertilizer will also burn the Church. Pride and pretense have no place in church planting.  Open, honest, and authentic servants are needed to create a beautiful environment for healthy, thriving, flourishing church planting on the mission field.

 Though we trust that God alone is the One who gives growth, we also recognize that He chooses to use the whole body of Christ in all its diversity to work in harmony in creating healthy church-planting ecosystems. Could God be calling you to join one of these teams for kingdom growth and advancement?  

LLOYD KIM on Nov 7, 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                           

 

 

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