03/17/17

CPC THIS WEEK
THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH March 17, 2017

Closer Every Day

Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's all right

When you discuss the great songwriting teams of rock/pop music the names Lennon/McCartney dominate the charts – and with good reason. Well, at least if you’re a child of the 60’s and early 70’s. Their combined talent and success have few rivals. Yes, there’s the occasional entry by Ringo – mostly written with a little help from his friends. But the one Beatle who was often underestimated in his own rights was George Harrison. Of all the songs written by Harrison the one quoted above may be his best known and loved. I still remember the first time I played it on a twelve-string – all I needed was an agent. And clearly, a much better sense of reality.

“Here Comes the Sun” was written in the home of a friend, Eric Clapton, on a day when Harrison was growing weary of both the English winter and the increasing business demands of the Apple Studio. It wasn’t even his own guitar! I know, at this point you’re probably wondering where this is coming from and where is it headed!

Well, I heard it today(Thursday) and the words carried me to the coming of Spring. You remember, blue skies, green grass, car windows opened – sound familiar. So since appears that we’re having February weather in March, and March was in February, Harrison’s sing-along really hit the spot! Songs like this were especially appreciated when we suffered through the long, cold lonely winters of Chicago. We often waited a long time for gloom to turn to bloom.

But as I crested Backmeyer and the church came into view, “here comes the sun” took on different meaning – “Here Comes the Sun” became “Here Comes the SON!” Don’t worry; new lyrics won’t appear on Sunday in the form of a praise song - that may be something I’ll do on my own time. The point is simply this. One day the winter of our discontent with this world and sin will be over; Jesus - King Jesus – will return. That is our hope isn’t it? That as I preached last week, there is day coming when the Lord Jesus will return for the redeemed. A day when, like Harrison, the weariness of weather and work in this life will stir a song in our hearts longing for the coming of the Son. And that which was years will seem like only days, perhaps even hours. The seasons of this present world will be replaced with the wonder of new heavens and a new earth. Everything that was soiled by sin will pass away and brightness of eternity will shine in the face of our King! And we’re getting closer every day!

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen. Revelation 22:20,21

Here Comes the Son!

PB

CPC MINISTRY INFORMATION

SUNDAY'S SERMON
Title:
“The Goodness of God – My Portion Forever” Text: Psalm 73
Pastor Bob Clark

LIFEMATES LIFE GROUP EVENT! – Lifemates has been revived! Lifemates is a group for married couples of all ages! Our first of four events a year will be March 18th from 6-8:30pm at the Kehlenbrink's home. It will be a speed couple dating event where you meet with other couples to get to know them a little better. Heavy appetizers and dessert included. There is a 20 couple limit on this event so sign up ASAP! $5 per couple

SHORT STACKS FOR A CAUSE – Applebee®’s Flapjack Fundraiser Event to support Good News Habitat for Humanity. Saturday, March 18th 8am-10am. Contact Shana Lewis 765.962.5988 or lewissk21@gmail.com. Tickets are $8

SUNDAY SCHOOL – For all Ages (Pre-k through Adult) immediately following Worship. Adult Sunday School: “Who’s Who in the Church” a class on different church denominations begins Sunday, March 19.

The class will be led by Pastor Bob and last through the end of May.

CPC FAMILY GAME NIGHT – Please join us on Fri, Mar 24 for a Family Game Night at the church. The evening will also include a pizza dinner, games and fun for the entire family. Please see this week’s

bulletin insert to RSVP for this night of Family Fun!

JIM & KATHY ROSZELL leave this Friday (24/Mar/17) for Romania. Jim will be teaching a course titled "The Letters of Paul" at Maranatha Bible College in Campina, plus speaking at several churches. Please pray for traveling mercies and for the Lord to be honored and glorified in all things.

CHURCH INFORMATION CLASS – We are scheduling a weekend Church Information Class for the weekend of March 31 and April 1. The class will begin with a light dinner on Friday evening and conclude Saturday late afternoon. If you are interesting in attending this class that can lead to membership please contact the church office at 966.4017 or office@knowingchrist.net.

CONCERT IN THE LOBBY – Ali Deckard will be singing & playing in the CPC Lobby Fri, Apr7th at 7:30pm.

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

THANK YOU FROM GINGER SMITH & FAMILY – Thank you for opening your church and your hearts to my family and I. It was such a blessing to have our “after dinner” at your church. I can’t thank you enough so I am asking God to Bless you in a mighty way! You are precious in His sight and mine. Love in Jesus, Ginger Smith & family – A special thank you to all who helped, brought food & served!

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.

SAVE THE DATE!
CONCERT – Ali Deckard will be singing & playing in the CPC Lobby Fri, Apr7th at 7:30 pm

THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD

 Egypt: 7 Killed, Hundreds Flee

February was a deadly month for Christians living in Egypt’s North Sinai, as seven Christians were martyred in about a three-week period. While no one has claimed responsibility for the killings, many believe the attacks were carried out by an Egyptian affiliate of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) called Wilayat Sinai.

Nearly 120 families have fled the Sinai city of El-Arish as a result of the recent attacks, and many are now living in a refugee camp in Ismailia, 125 miles southwest of El-Arish. A VOM worker met with 50 families in late February, praying with them and distributing food, blankets and other emergency aid.

On Feb. 19, shortly after the fourth Christian was killed, ISIS released a video declaring its plans to intensify attacks on Egypt’s Coptic Christian population. Release of the video followed the bombing in December of a chapel connected to St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo, the heart of the Coptic Papacy. A masked man in the video, later reported to be the bomber, is heard saying, “Oh crusaders in Egypt, this attack that struck you in your temple is just the first with many more to come, God willing.” Twenty-nine people were killed in the bombing.

Kamel Yousef, a 40-year-old plumber in El-Arish, is the most recent victim of the deadly attacks on Christians. He was shot to death on Feb. 23, before militants set fire to the family’s house. Kamel’s wife and children escaped the attackers while they chased Kamel onto the roof of the house, where he attempted to hide.

The first Christian killed in the series of recent attacks, 35-year-old Wa’el Youssef, was shot to death in a market on Jan. 30.

Then, on Feb. 12, masked gunmen ambushed 40-year-old Bahgat Zakher as he was driving, forcing him to stop his car before shooting him in the head. A day later, 57-year-old day laborer Adel Shawqi also was shot in the head.

On Feb. 16, Gamal Girgis, a 45-year-old schoolteacher and shop owner, was murdered.
Less than a week later, on the morning of Feb. 22, the body of Saad Hakim Hanna, 65, was found in the

streets of El-Arish. He had been shot in the head. The charred remains of his son, 45-year-old Medhat, were found nearby on the same morning.

Orthodox Coptic Christians are the largest Christian community in the Middle East, and they compose about 10 percent of Egypt’s population of 90 million people. Roughly 1.4 million people live in Sinai, but the region’s Christian population is believed to be much smaller than 10 percent because Christians have been targeted in Sinai for the last several years.

VOM continues to meet with Coptic leaders in the region to discuss how we can best help families of martyrs and other Christians fleeing persecution.

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CONGRATULATIONS!!!

BIRTHDAYS!

March

3 Bob Clark

3  Shirley Morgan

4  Frank Koditek

14  Les Hunt

15  Nathaniel Cheek

15  Robert Foust

16  V al Moore

17  Sharon Watt

19 Calvin Pfeil

25  Grace Anderson

26  Jaimee Kreps

30 Gail Bratton

ANNIVERSARIES!

March

18 Bob & Nedra Clark
31 Tom & Mindy Deckard 

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