02/17/17

CPC THIS WEEK
THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH February17, 2017

Leaving The Duct Tape Life Behind

While watching a home improvement show last week I was treated to a rather interesting commercial about Duct Tape. Well, it wasn’t the usual duct tape – it was a newer brand – something like duct tape on steroids! Let me set the scene for you – though some of you may have seen this commercial as well.

The ladder to a young boy’s tree house is broken - one of the wooden rungs has snapped in half. But “Super Dad” shows up with his roll of the newest generation of duct tape and begins the repair. Sure enough, within minutes a grown man is standing on the repaired rung to prove the trustworthiness of his work. The ladder is fixed and all is right with the world – well, the tree-house world. That is, until the next time. By the way if you look closely you’ll see that dad isn’t standing on the “quack” covered by tape. His feet are hugging the edge of the board near the rope. Ah, duct tape!

First of all, I commend the commercial for the interaction of the dad and his son. It’s sadly missed in our world today. But I couldn’t help but feel a little sad as well by the end of the commercial. You see, at least in my mind, some valuable lessons we’re actually covered over by the duct tape.

It’s hard to believe that the same dad who apparently built the tree house would resort to a duct tape repair – it didn’t make any sense to me. Instead, I would think that the dad would get a new piece of treated wood and thread the rope through newly drilled holes. And by the way – if one of the rungs has broken, maybe it’s time to look at the whole ladder! Regrettable, by the end of the commercial the lesson taught is that duct tape can fix anything! The interesting thing about duct tape is that very few “in-the-field” techs use it for ducts at all!

Yes, the duct tape was a quick repair – and may well last for a while. But eventually, it will need to be replaced with a proper fix. A fix, I would add, that would have been a better investment of time between a dad and his son that would last for years to come – maybe even generationally!

I know, I know, I’m probably being a little too critical! But, it seems to me that many of us – okay, ME - take the duct tape approach with number of issues confronting us in life. We see the brokenness, but take the quick-fix repair as opposed to the long-term restoration that is needed. Perhaps I sense this more acutely because I’ve had to learn the hard way.

God looks at my life and sees the brokenness resulting from sin. My quick fix will never do. There isn’t enough duct tape in the world for that! Instead, He restores my brokenness through the power of the cross and empty tomb of His Son – every day! The Father restores the brokenness and allows me to return to serve, and even play, in a garden that will, one day, be fully restored, too!

(Shhh...don’t tell anyone, but until then, I’ll still keep a roll or two of duct tape around the house – even some super glue!)

Because of Grace,

PB

CPC MINISTRY INFORMATION

SUNDAY'S SERMON
Title:
“Surrendered to Surrounded Sovereignty” Text: Psalm 139
Pastor Bob Clark

SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR ALL AGES (Pre-K through Adult): Combined Adult Class: The 2014 Ligonier National Conference Video Series, Welcome To The Machine by Dr. Al Mohler, led by Bob Clark. We also have Youth Classes for the following ages: Pre-K/K; 1st – 3rd Grade; 4th-6th Grade; Jr/Sr High.

NEXT WEEK – Jeff Schrage will continue our sermon series, preaching on The Wisdom of God

TABLE TALK MAGAZINE – For those with paid subscriptions, your March issue of Table Talk is available at the Welcome Desk. To subscribe to Table Talk, please contact the church office 765.966.4017

LIFE MATES LIFE GROUP Meets at noon Sunday at the Harrington’s. See Mark or Kari Harrington for more information

YOU NEVER STOP BEING A PARENT LIFE GOUP meets Tuesday, the 21st at 7pm at the church. See Pastor Bob Clark for more information

YOUNG MARRIED LIFE GROUP meets Wednesday the 22nd from 6-7:30pm at the church for a Timothy Keller study on the book of Acts. For more information see Lance or Lori Fowler

CHOIR REHEARSAL Choir will rehearse on Wednesday, the 23rd at 7pm

THURSDAY MORNING “SOUL KEEPING” This weekly book study meets at 9am in the home of Kari Harrington

SHORT STACKS FOR A CAUSE – You’re invited to an Applebee®’s Flapjack Fundraiser Event to support Good News Habitat for Humanity. Saturday, March 18th 8am-10am. To purchase tickets, contact Shana Lewis 765.962.5988 lewissk21@gmail.com. Tickets are $8.00 each and are also available at the door

CPC OFFICER NOMINATIONS –The Session will be receiving nominations for the offices of Elder and Deacon until Sunday, March 12th. The nominee must be a male member of the church (or would have become a member prior to election) 18 years or older. To submit a name for nomination, you must be a communicant member of the church. Also, prior to submitting your nomination you should speak with the individual to be sure he would be willing to both serve, if elected, and participate in an officer training class. Nomination forms are at the Welcome Desk

VICTORY LANE CAMP We all want to experience the joy of serving others and to share that joy with the next generation. See how Victory Lane Camp can give you the opportunity to do that through a local summer camp. Read one family’s story below.

http://victorylanecamp.org/brewster-blessings/
Learn how to sign up for camp by visiting www.VictoryLaneCamp.org/serve.

WOMEN’S MINISTRY
Tuesday Morning Ladies’ Bible Study, Old Testament overview, led by Pastor Bob Clark, meets Tuesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. in the fireplace area at the church.

THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD 

Pastor Sentenced to Prison

Source(s): Christian Solidarity Worldwide, China Aid 16 February 2017

On January 5, 2017, Pastor Yang Hua of Living Stone Church in Guizhou was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison. The day of his trial, police blocked the road in front of the court, and members of the public were barred from entering. Also, Yang's wife, Wang Hongwu, was "forcibly escorted" back to her apartment by officials who patrolled outside her home for the rest of the day.

Pastor Yang, also known as Li Guozhi, was formally arrested more than a year ago on suspicion of "divulging state secrets." (Charges relating to "state secrets," often levelled at activists and dissidents, can entail certain restrictions, such as family members not being allowed to attend the trial.) Wang says her husband plans to appeal the recent sentence.

The imprisoned pastor had previously been placed in administrative detention in December 2015 for "obstructing justice" and "gathering a crowd to disturb social order" before being put into criminal detention for "illegally holding state secrets." Church members perceive this as part of an attempt by the authorities to pressure the church into registering with the state or face closure. Currently, the circumstances in which legal stipulations are carried out eradicate all churches not controlled by the government, as was the case for the Living Stone Church.

Additionally, authorities imposed a fine that accrued to 110,296 Yuan ($20,956 CAD) between November 22nd and December 8th, 2016. They alleged that the church's members deviated from the approved use of their building, even though the Christians consistently reported all activities. For past reports on Pastor Yang's situation, visit this page.

Please uphold Pastor Yang and his family, praying that they will not be discouraged. Rather, may they rest in God's great love and mercy, knowing that His higher purposes will be fulfilled. Ask the Lord to also be with the church members as they move forward, seeking direction regarding a place to worship and how they can support one another. May they receive divine wisdom, direction and the empowerment to faithfully continue serving Him. Pray that the flames of God's Spirit will move all across China -- transforming the hearts of many!

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BIRTHDAYS!

February

1 Ed Gallo

3  Kris Hubbell

4  Mindy Deckard

4 Tom Deckard

8  Jane Robinson

9  Mike Luker

11  Kim Pratt

12  Jon Pfeil

13  Kayla Owens

14  Bill Kehlenbrink

18 Michael Gifford 

18 Ruth Williamson

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21  Olivia Pfeil

22  Diane Angilella

26  Amanda Nelson

27  Mike Cougill

29 Ed Soots 

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