December 22, 2017





Title:  “Let’s Go!”

Text:   Luke 2:8-19

Pastor Bob Clark


SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR ALL AGES – There will be no Sunday School classes this week or next

RED POINSETTIA PLANTS – Thank you to those who purchased a poinsettia plant in memory or in honor of someone special. See today’s insert for the list of names. You may take your Poinsettias home Christmas Eve following Worship


OFFICE HOURS – The Church office will be closed on December 25th & 26th in observance of Christmas

ROCK SOLID MEAL MINISTRYmeets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 4:15pm at Rock Solid. This month, we meet on December 26th. Please see Aaron and Emily Fredrick if you would like to help with this ministry

Youth Christmas Overnight – Thursday, December 28th the Youth Group will meet at the church at 6pm. We will see the new Star Wars movie, have a gift exchange, and play lots of games. Breakfast will be at 7am and pick up will be from 7:30am until 8am. See Jeff if you have any questions.

YEAR END GIVING – If you would like to receive tax-credit for a year-end gift please be sure to have your donation postmarked by December 31, 2017. You may also drop off your contribution to the church office by that date

ROCK SOLID QUARTERLY OFFERING – Sunday, December 31st, we will be collecting the Rock Solid Quarterly Offering




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.

Ladies Exodus Bible Studies – There are two opportunities to study this book of the Bible with the ladies of the church. The first study of Exodus meets at Lori Fowler’s home (3800 Delwood Lane) from 6:30-8pm on Mondays. Please RSVP to Lori Fowler if you would like to join this study. Mindy Deckard is also facilitating the study on Wednesday afternoons. This study meets at 12noon at Kari Harrington’s home (12 Parkway Lane) Bring a lunch. Please RSVP to Kari Harrington if you would like to attend.

Inspire – The Next INSPIRE meeting will be held 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. All ladies of the church in high school or older are invited to attend the INSPIRE events.



Many of you probably are familiar with Aaron Shust, who is a prominent Christian music artist.  Prior to his gaining a high profile in Christian music, he was a church worship leader and he actually led the music at some of the PCA camps and youth retreats up in the Chicago area, which many of our youth in the past attended.  He has done some nice original Christmas music, but also some fresh arrangements to familiar carols.


This month we will be learning his arrangement to "Good Christian Men, Rejoice".  The lyrics of the verses are familiar; the basic melody is familiar; however, Aaron has added a new, uplifting refrain, and the overall tone of the arrangement will hopefully cause us as a body to 




Below is the link to listen and the lyrics!





“Rejoice” (Song of the Month)


Good Christian men rejoice

With heart and soul and voice

Give ye heed to what we say

Jesus Christ is born today

Ox and lamb before Him bow

He is in the manger now

Christ is born today

Christ is born today


So rejoice O rejoice

Hallelujah Christ has come

So rejoice lift your voice

Sing Emmanuel with us

O rejoice


Good Christian men rejoice

With heart and soul and voice

Now ye hear of endless bliss

Jesus Christ was born for this

He has opened heaven's door

And man is blessed forevermore

Christ was born for this

Christ was born for this



So rejoice O rejoice

Hallelujah Christ has come

So rejoice lift your voice

Sing Emmanuel with us

O rejoice 


Good Christian men rejoice

With heart and soul and voice

Now ye need not fear the grave

Jesus Christ was born to save

Calls you one and calls you all

To gain His everlasting hall

Christ was born to save

Christ was born to save


So rejoice O rejoice

Hallelujah Christ has come

So rejoice lift your voice

Sing Emmanuel with us

So rejoice O rejoice

Hallelujah Christ has come

So rejoice lift your voice

Sing Emmanuel with us

O rejoice O rejoice O rejoice








Jenny*, a missionary in Europe, collected these stories of faith from three refugees that she's gotten to know personally through her work there.


God Must Be Jesus’s Father (Refugee #1)
I came to faith through studying the virgin birth. I wrestled with the idea of it and came to the realization that all the other prophets had a physical father whereas Jesus had no physical father. This father must be God which would make Jesus the son of God! I also realized that I had been worshiping idols, prophets, Mohammed. It was as if I was praying to a wall. There was never any answer. … But now I worship Jesus, the living God! I had started to seek Jesus in [my home country in the Middle East] but didn't have a Bible, so I used the internet as a way to find out more information about Him. God brought me here so that I might find Jesus. But the truth is that Jesus found me. Now I understand that God has forgiven my sins through Jesus’ death on the cross and I have a new life in Him.


Islam Couldn’t Fill the Hole in My Heart (Refugee #2)
I was interested in the miracles I had heard Jesus performed and did some research online as well. I realized that only the true God could do such miracles which meant that Jesus had to be God. I was seeking God through Islam but never found Him there. I had a huge hole in my heart that Islam couldn't fill. I knew only Jesus could and he has filled it now. There is no real love or forgiveness in Islam. But through the Bible study, I learned that Jesus forgave all my sins on the cross granting me access to God. God brought me here to discover Jesus and learn how to follow him in peace!


My Wife Was Secretly Going to Church (Refugee #3)
My wife was in a house church in [my home country in the Middle East] and I didn’t even know about it! She used to be so anxious about everything but now she had such a peace! She had changed so much that I knew something was happening with her that was supernatural. I asked her and she told me about Jesus so it piqued my interest.


Eventually my wife got into trouble in court because she was visiting a house church. That's when we fled. When we arrived in Europe back in the fall, my Christian friend Jenny gave me a Farsi Bible. I have read it twice from cover to cover since then. Two things stuck out to me while reading the Bible. One was that Jesus gives a purpose to my suffering. I love the book of Job. God confronts Job with the fact that he wasn’t there at the foundation of the earth. The other was the use of the law and how Jesus rebuked the Pharisees with trusting the law for their salvation instead of trusting Him. It is not about outwardly keeping the law but about the heart. Through reading the Bible, God lifted the veil from my eyes to see Jesus as the only way to God. I want to live my life for Jesus, body, heart, mind, and soul. Life without Jesus is not worth living anymore. God had a plan to bring me here so I could find Jesus. Now I am 100 percent convinced that I want to live for Jesus. God is now giving me endurance to suffer like Job. We have found joy even though life is so hard here.


Please pray for these and other refugees who are finding faith in a new homeland. 

*Name has been changed. 

JENNY* in EUROPE-MUSLIM on Dec 21, 2017




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 Please add your family’s special dates to our list by sending them to the church office

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1                         Anna Golden

3                        Jean Azbell

6                        Opal Stackhouse

11                        Arden Davis

13                        Ben Anderson

13                        Quentin Williamson

19                        Aaron Cook

21                        Samantha Dungan

23                        Garrett Anderson

23                        Ian Staifer

24                        Sara Rhodes

25                        Bethany Anderson

29                        Roger Arnold








11            Brian & Twana Cheek           

22            Lance & Lori Fowler         

22            Mark & Kari Harrington           

28            Bill & Opal Stackhouse

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