December 29, 2017


God Of The New


Did you receive some new “things” on Christmas?  Sure, we all did!  Christmas is all about something that is “new” – our new relationship with the Father through His Son applied by the Spirit.  In so many ways the close connection between Christmas and the New Year is very fitting.  We focus so intently on the incarnation of Jesus and then turn quickly to the prospect of living out the New Year in our new life – with incarnational truth!


The Bible is full of new things.  From the newness of the first creation in Genesis to the re-creation of the New Heavens and Earth in Revelation, the scriptures showcase the wonder of God’s work in new things.  Paul certainly captures that for us in 2 Corinthians 5:17


“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.

The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”


Anyone in Christ is a new creation – we need to let that soak in!  In Christ, with Christ, we have a new life!  And we have this further assurance from the same Apostle:


And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you

will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 1:6



As we enter the 2018, our New Year, we enter as new creatures in Christ with the promise and prospect of that new life growing more and more in Christ-likeness.  And every day of this New Year we have this promise from God’s treasure of truth:  


The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
    “therefore I will hope in Him.”

Lamentations 3:22-24


Our God of new things provides the grace to grow into those new things.  Look again at the passage above.


In this New Year God’s Love for you will not cease; it will not falter or fail.


In this New Year God’s mercies will be new for you every morning.  Beginning January 1 and for the next 364 days after that, you and I have the promise of unending mercies that will be new for us every day!


And lastly, in this New Year God, will be enough!  Maybe I should say that again for all of us.  God will be enough!!! No matter what this New Year brings, it must first pass through the very throne room of our Sovereign Lord who is our portion and our hope.


Will we have Happy New Year?  In Christ, in His love and mercies, how can we not?!  Does that mean that 2018 will be free of cares and concerns?  No, even Jesus taught us that every day has enough trouble of its own (Matt 6:34).  But, as new creatures in Christ, surrounded by His love and mercies we can all look forward to another year of living by grace to glory of our Great God.


I wonder what new things He has in store for you this year!!!


Embracing the New Life and all that is New in it!







Title:   “Reality Sets In”

Text:   Haggai 2:10-19

Pastor Jeff Schrage


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

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

RED POINSETTIA PLANTS – Thank you to those who purchased a poinsettia plant in memory or in honor of someone special. If you have not yet taken your plants home, please do so following Sunday Morning Worship

ATTENTION LADIES There is a collection of dishes in the church kitchen that may belong to you. If you have left dishes in the church kitchen, please pick them up today following Worship. Unclaimed dishes may be donated

YEAR END GIVING – If you would like to receive tax-credit for a year-end gift please be sure to have your donation to the church office by December 31, 2017.

OFFICE HOURS – The Church office will be closed on January 1st & 2nd in observance of the New Year

THANK YOU!  The Clark’s are very grateful for your overwhelming Christmas gift.  We have been blessed by the Lord through you!



INSPIRE – Thursday, January 11th at the church from 6:45pm - 8:45pm. Ladies, mark your calendars!

CHOIR REHEARSALS – The choir will rehearse in January on Wednesday the 10th and 24th at 7pm at the church




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.






Years ago, at the height of World War II, British coal miners were threatening to go on strike—an act which would have dramatically hurt the war effort. Winston Churchill came to the coal miners and gave a speech to encourage them. At one point in his speech, the ever-eloquent Churchill said:


“We will be victorious. We will preserve our freedom. And years from now when our freedom is secure and peace reigns, your children and your children’s children will say to you, ‘What did you do to win the freedom of World War II?’ One will say, ‘I marched for the 8th Army.’ Another will say, ‘I was a fighter pilot,’ another ‘I was in the submarine service.’ And you, in your turn, will say with equal pride and equal right, ‘I cut the coal that fueled the ships, that moved the supplies. That’s what I did: I cut the coal.’”

We too are in the midst of a great struggle, though for the kingdom of heaven. And each of us has a part to play. Some of us are called to go as missionaries, some are called to send, supporting missionaries financially or relationally, and some are called to lead our churches to be passionate supporters of global missions. Each of us who follow our call, whether to the middle of Africa or to the suburbs of Atlanta, can say with equal right, “This is missions.”


Some, like George,* seem called to just about everything.


Born in Latin America, George attended a private school and served in the army before his spiritual journey began. After coming to Christ under the discipleship of a Christian missionary, he moved to the U.S. to attend a Christian college, completing his master’s degree and launching a career as a teacher in California.


During his time as a teacher, a number of things happened. First, George was providentially able to acquire an apartment building, which provided him a supplementary income for over 30 years. Secondly, he became very involved in the missions program of his local church, supporting up to 30 missionaries at a time out of his combined income from the apartment building 
and teaching.


After retiring from his teaching career, George felt called to serve as a missionary himself. He and his wife moved back 
to the country of his birth, working with indigenous, unreached people groups in the jungle for over 15 years, even writing an authoritative book about the tribal people groups they encountered. When his wife eventually became ill, they moved back to the U.S. and lived in George’s apartment building until her death. Even as George grew older, every winter he returned to his home country to spread the good news of the gospel.


When his own health finally began to deteriorate, George had to move out of his apartment building and into a senior living center. He needed to provide for his own care, but also wanted to continue to support the advancement of the gospel through missions. The logical thing to do was to sell the apartment building, but George realized that if he sold the building outright, a great deal of the proceeds would go to the federal and state government in capital gains taxes, reducing both the amount he could keep to care for himself, and the amount that could go to support his missionaries.


George turned to MTW’s Center for Estate and Gift Planning for assistance, and together they came up with a plan—a zero tax sale. The building was sold, and George kept one part of the proceeds for himself, while another part went into a charitable trust. The tax deduction for 
the amount put into the trust offset the capital gains tax, providing cash 
for George with no tax depletion, and allowing him to buy into a residential care facility. Simultaneously, quarterly income from the trust now provides for more than his needs and still continues to support 14 missionaries. At George’s death, the trust will go into a fund that will continue to provide support for these missionaries for the entire term of their service.


Over the course of his 97 years, George has served in the struggle for the kingdom of God in multiple ways. He has been 
the soldier on the front lines, translating the Bible in the jungle to reach the unreached. And he has been the man “cutting the coal,” supplying the fuel—the funds that enable many others to advance the gospel across the globe. His life has been a well-lived testimony of faithful stewardship to the many calls 
of missions. 


MTW has resources available for donors interested in long-term planning. Visit MTW’s Center for Estate and Gift Planning to learn more.  

*Name has been changed to preserve privacy.  




We would like to recognize your birthdays and anniversaries.

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

office@knowingchrist.net or call 765.966.4017




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



2                        Gideon Pfeil

5                        John Hitch

6                        Joel Deckard

15                        Kari Harrington

16                        Gabrielle Todd

18                        Samuel Allen

18                        Paul Higgs

24                        Ross Harrington

25                        Bill Trew

26                        Twana Cheek

26                        Amanda Nelson

27                        Mike Cougill

29                        Ed Soots




11            Brian & Twana Cheek           

22            Lance & Lori Fowler         

22            Mark & Kari Harrington           

28            Bill & Opal Stackhouse



29            Paul & Debbie Higgs           


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