04/07/17

CPC THIS WEEK

THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

April 7, 2017

 

 

 “The War to End All Wars (?)”

On this date, April 6, 1917, America entered the First World War under the presidency of Woodrow Wilson.  It was actually H.G. Wells who coined the popular phrase from his articles that finally found their way into a book “The War That Will End War” published in 1914.  America’s reluctant entrance into the War gave the allies the necessary economic and military support to overcome and end the war with Germany in 1918.  Yet, even with post-war efforts and institutions, many believe that the “war to end wars” planted the seeds that produced the next global conflict of WWII.

Simply put, war, any war, is a horrific occurrence.  Conversation with any veteran of war will more than validate that statement.  But, as horrific as war can be, it is, at times, necessary.  When all diplomatic resources have been exhausted, war is, regrettably the final step in resolving the conflict.  The Apostles Paul and Peter clearly understood the importance of warfare in the Christian life.  From attitude to armor, these dauntless disciples remind the followers of Christ that there is a conflict that rages from both within and without.

This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, - 1 Timothy 1:18

Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. – 1 Peter 2:11

For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.        – 2 Corinthians 10:4

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.  Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. – Ephesians 6:11 -13

During this next week, beginning Sunday with Palm Sunday, we will remember the Life and Love that gave us the ultimate victory in the Christian life; the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ!  And although we yet fight, we fight – as Paul reminds Timothy - the good fight!   In fact, Paul will use this metaphor to describe the very outcome of the spiritual struggle in his earthly life.  And since we yet fight, let us daily remember that we possess, even now, the victory of our fight and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.   It is His victory, and His victory alone, that gives motivation and meaning to every minute of every day in our lives. 

For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.  When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:53-58

Together in His Victory,

PB

CPC MINISTRY INFORMATION

SUNDAY'S SERMON

Title:   “Coronation On A Colt”

Text:     Luke 19:28-47

Pastor Bob Clark

 

INSPIRE – Tonight!! Thursday, April 6th at the church from 6:45pm - 8:45pm. Jane Hunt will talk about gardening and Angie Bowen will share her story.

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

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

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

LIFEMATES LIFE GROUP – will be meeting Sunday, April 9th at the Harrington’s at noon.  See Mark or Kari Harrington for more information

ROSZELL LIFE GROUP meets Sunday, April 9th at 6:30pm at the Hunt’s. For more information see Jim or Kathy Roszell

CHOIR REHEARSAL Choir will rehearse on Wednesday, April 12th at 7pm and Saturday, April 15th at 9am 

MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE Thursday, April 13th at 7:00 p.m.

GOOD FRIDAY PRAYER & MEDITAION the church will be open on Friday, April 14th from 12-3pm. Come and pray or meditate on the Lord during the time that He hung on the cross.

MEN’S PRAYER BREAKFAST Saturday, April 15th at 8am at the church

YOUTH CAR WASH – Saturday, April 15th from 10am – 2pm at the church, weather permitting

YOUNG MARRIED LIFE GROUP meets every Wednesday 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

EASTER SERVICE   Sunday, April 16th at 9:30 a.m.

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.

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.

Inspire – April 6 & May 11 at 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. Join us on April 6th as Jane Hunt will talk about gardening and Angie Bowen will share her story.

 

 THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD 

 

Egypt: Aid to Martyrs' Families

 

After seven Christians were martyred during a three-week period in Egypt’s North Sinai Peninsula, nearly 300 families fled the region.

 

The killings, conducted by Wilayat Sinai – the Egyptian affiliate of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS), have shaken the Christian community there.

 

A VOM worker recently met with families – including women who were widowed by the attacks. VOM provided food and blankets for 50 families living in the Evangelical church in Ismailia city.

 

To date, nearly 290 families or about 1,100 people, have fled Arish in Northern Sinai, spreading out to about 10 cities throughout Egypt. The largest group of displaced people – 176 families or 668 people – have fled to Ismailia.

 

The Egyptian government has promised to provide housing for each of the families. At the government’s request, Christians in the region are donating to help cover the housing needs of their brothers and sisters.

Those who fled to Ismalia faced community resistance at first, though the local Evangelical church offered help right away.

 

“People were excited while they were sharing with me about the love they found in the Evangelical church and told me that the leaders there are doing their best to make these families happy,” the VOM worker said.

New families continue to flee the Sinai region every day. VOM continues to meet with Christian leaders in Ismailia and elsewhere to determine how we can further help these families, especially the families of the seven martyrs.

 

The Seven Martyrs

Wa’el Yousef – martyred Jan. 30

Wa’el, 35, was the owner of a supermarket on a crowded street in Arish. On the day he was killed, Wa’el was at his market with his pregnant wife and one of their two sons. Suddenly, four masked, armed young men attacked his shop. The militants dragged Wa’el’s wife out of the shop by her hair and then shot Wa’el in the abdomen, shoulders and chest. Weeks after his death, Wa’el’s wife gave birth to their baby girl.

 

Adel Shawky – martyred Feb. 11

Adel, 57, lived in the El Samran area in Arish. He was shot in the head.

 

Dr. Bahgat Welliam – martyred Feb. 12

Dr. Bahget, 58, owned a veterinary clinic in Arish. He was in his pharmacy when masked young men entered and pulled him out to the street in front of the pharmacy and shot him in the head. Dr. Bahgat has a son, Marcos, 16, and a daughter, Demiana, 14.

 

Gamal Tawfik Gergis – martyred Feb. 16

Gamal, 45, was a teacher who also had a small business selling shoes and socks. Gamal, who has six children, was with his wife when he was killed in the market where he ran his business. Two young men met the couple as they walked through the market. After they asked Gamal what his name was and he confirmed his identity, they shot him in the head. The militants took the money out of Gamal’s pocket and warned bystanders in the market not to come closer to Gamal or to try help or save him.

Gamal and his wife have six children: Mary, 23; Youssef, 22; Sara, 17; Mena, 16; Ibrahim, 12; and Mariam, 6.

 

Saad Hakim Hanna and Medhat Saad Hakim – martyred Feb. 21

Saad, 65, and his son, Medhat, 45, were killed on the same day. Saad was shot several times in the head. His body was found in the streets of Arish. Medhat was abducted and burned alive.

 

Kamel Raoof Kamel – martyred Feb. 24

Kamel, 40, was a plumber. Armed men shot him in front of his wife and their five children. They also burned his house. Kamel’s wife and children escaped as the attackers chased Kamel onto the roof of his house, where he attempted to hide.

Posted: April 3, 2017

VOM sources, World Watch Monitor

Posted: March 24, 2017

©2017 The Voice of the Martyrs. All rights reserved.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!


 

BIRTHDAYS!

 

April

2                        Phil Bradley

5                        Beth Allen

6                        Gwinn Gibbs

7                        Nicole Scheffler

10                        Lori Staifer

11                        Titus Moore

13                        Brian Cheek

13                        Lance Fowler

13                        LaTonya Todd           

15                        Benjamin Harrington

16                        Emily Fredrick

17                        Lydia Golden

 

 

 

18                        Tim Soots

19                        Angie Bowen

19                        Dave Hall

20                        Caleb Cook

21                            Jennifer Luker

24                        Karin Price 

28                        Lori Fowler

29                        Lia Steinfort           

30                        Tony Angilella

 

ANNIVERSARIES!

 

April

15            Robert & Sharon Foust            

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