05/05/17

CPC THIS WEEK
THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH May 5, 2017

15 Minutes That Changed Everything

“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?”

On May 5, 1961 at 9:34 a.m. a Mercury-Atlas rocket propelled Alan Shepard and his Freedom 7 capsule into a sub-orbital 15-minute space flight from Cape Canaveral. It is recorded that an estimated 45 million television viewers watched this brief historic flight. And I was one of them – a wide-eyed, 8 year-old who dreamed of going into space. Since that time, well actually from the beginning of Mercury 7, I have been in love with space. It may have also been the start of my back-burner love with the Navy.

Like King David, I am in awe of all that lifts our eyes upward – especially in the night sky. That has been reinforced in my life on several occasions but perhaps never as much as when our Submarine Tender would cruise the Mediterranean Sea. It was as if God flipped the switch on the midnight sky. I know some of you have had similar experiences.

Since that first flight I have followed with great interest every launch and splash down – and landings – of our space-program. I list myself among the hopefuls that we will yet continue to explore the incredible universe that our creator God has made for His Glory and our good. Who doesn’t want a Tang 2.0!!!

Also like David, I am amazed that the God who created “the moon and the stars” takes an interest in me – in us! But look closely, God just doesn’t notice us – He cares for us!!! How much does He care? His care grows out of eternity past and will last throughout the ages. His eternal, marvelous love reaches down from heaven to our greatest need; a Savior. From above the moon and stars and all that lights the universe, there is a God who knows the “very hairs on my head” and is “intimately acquainted with all my ways.”

It would be little over ten years after Shepard’s flight that another 15 minutes changed everything. By God’s grace, the heart that loved space would finally come face-to-face with its creator. And, not unlike you, it changed everything!

By God’s grace I have been able to experience one of my two childhood loves – that of the sea. From that love I have come to know the unknowable depths of God love and care for me. I now wait expectantly for the fulfillment of my love for space when I will be hurled into heaven and into the presence of my Savior. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why I have always enjoyed the final verse of the hymn “Abide with Me.”

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes; Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies; Heav’n’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee; In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

Pointed toward the Skies,

CPC MINISTRY INFORMATION

SUNDAY'S SERMON
Title:
“The Soil of Wasted Love” Text: 1 John 2:15,16
Pastor Bob Clark

WELCOME! We are pleased to welcome Mr. Ernie Highway to our worship this Sunday. Ernie represents the Gideons International.

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.

OFFICER NOMINATIONS – Any additional nominations for church officer will be accepted Sunday, May 7th. Any male CPC member 18 years or older may be nominated for the offices of Elder or Deacon.

ROSZELL LIFE GROUP – will have a pitch-in meal Sunday May 7th at 6:30 pm at the Hunt's home. INSPIRE – Thursday, May 11th from 6:45-8:45 pm at the church. Sadira Steinfort will share on special

needs children and Beth Allen will share her story.

YOUNG MARRIED LIFE GROUP meets Thursday, May 11th from 6-7:30pm at the Schrage’s home for a study on the book of Acts. For more information see Jeff and Shannon Schrage

CENTRAL INDIANA PRESBYTERY – CPC will host the May Central Indiana Presbytery Mtg. on Friday, May 12th from 8:30am-4pm

DEACONS’ FUND OFFERING – We will be collecting the Deacons’ Fund Offering for the Mercy Ministries of the Church next week.

CHOIR REHEARSAL – The Choir will rehearse Wednesday, May 17th at 7pm at the church

BRIDAL SHOWER – A Bridal Dessert has been planned for Emily Swartzwelder (Mindy Deckard's future daughter-in-law) on Thursday, May 18th at 7pm at the Harrington's Home (12 Parkway Lane). Please RSVP to Beth Allen at bethallen87@gmail.com or Beth (765-969-0656). Emily is registered at Kohls, Target and Zola.

MEN’S PRAYER BREAKFAST – meets Saturday, May 20h at 8am at the church
BREIF CORPORATION MEETING – immediately following Sunday Worship on May 21st

BRIDAL SHOWER – A Bridal Brunch has been planned for Kayla Owens Saturday, May 27th at 10am at the church foyer. RSVP to Kariharr12@aol.com or to Kari (765-977-3660). Kayla is registered at Zola.

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 – May 11th at 6:45pm -8:45pm in the CPC foyer (350 Henley Rd. Richmond, IN) Dessert & 2 speakers: Sadira Steinfort will share on special needs children and Beth Allen will share her story.

Fellowship, Connect, Discuss, Pray.

Two upcoming events for the women of the church as we celebrate God's faithfulness!

A Bridal Dessert has been planned for Emily Swartzwelder (Mindy Deckard's future daughter-in-law) on Thursday, May 18th at 7pm at the Harrington's Home (12 Parkway Lane). Please RSVP to Beth Allen at bethallen87@gmail.com or Beth (765-969-0656). Emily is registered at Kohls, Target and Zola.

A Bridal Brunch has been planned for Kayla Owens Saturday, May 27th at 10am at the church foyer. RSVP to Kariharr12@aol.com or to Kari (765-977-3660). Kayla is registered at Zola.

THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD 

Central Asia: Endless Harassment

The family huddled at the train station as they tried to sleep on the hard floor. It was their second night sleeping there, because they had nowhere else to go. They were restless among the steady stream and busyness of travelers passing through the station.

“Andrei” watched his two-year-old son shift in his sleep, and wondered again if he’d heard God right. “Move to this strange village where we know no one? Move my family away from what is familiar? Is this really what you want, Lord?” he prayed.

A Church in Hostile Land

In the morning, an old woman took pity on the family of three sleeping in the train station and invited them to stay with her. Every day, Andrei and his wife passed out New Testaments in the village. It was tough ground. The area they had been called to was particularly committed to Islam. The Muslim leaders were resistant to a foreign religion encroaching on their territory.

Little by little, a small band of those who believed in Jesus grew, and a church was established. Andrei completed the complicated legal process to have his congregation officially registered, so they could operate legally. More than 15 years ago, that was possible. Today, although laws officially permit freedom of religion, registration and censorship laws have closed many churches. Openly sharing your faith is illegal, and punishable by years in prison.

In spite of his official status, Andrei has endured endless harassment in ministry. He’s a particular threat because his congregation worships in the language of the majority ethnic group rather than in the regionally accepted and widely used Russian language. His car tires have been slashed. His windows have been smashed. During church services, strangers have recorded the license plate numbers of those attending the church.

Three years ago while Andrei was in his car, a stranger suddenly got in and threatened him. Another time, two men assaulted his son and threatened to break his arms and legs. After Andrei filed a police report, the attackers told the police it was all a joke, and the charge was dropped.

In June of 2015, the church was raided by masked police after someone had falsely accused the church of being a terrorist organization. Officials swept through the church, rounded up the church members, confiscated cell phones and made everyone produce identity papers. The Central Asian governments are hyper-sensitive to the threat of radical Islam and any religious extremism. After more than an hour of interrogations, the police were finally convinced that Christians weren’t plotting a terror attack. But the problems have scared some believers away.

The attack last Easter was the worst yet for the church. As the congregation celebrated the Resurrection, a stranger dressed in a suit and wearing running shoes entered, asked for the pastor and was ushered to a back pew. Uneasy, several of the ushers kept an eye on him, but they had no time to react when he did something strange. He pulled out two medical bottles and hurled them one after the other toward the front of the church, creating a chemical explosion that released a lot of smoke.

As the congregation reacted in shock, the attacker ran from the building. Police were called, but it took them more than two hours to respond. Seven people had to be treated after inhaling the gasses.

God at Work

More than 15 years of attacks have not derailed Andrei’s commitment to follow God’s calling to share Jesus and pastor his church. He knew it would be difficult from the moment they arrived in the train station that first night. “All these years... we’ve seen evidence of God at work,” he told VOM workers.

He’s thankful for the support of Christians around the world. VOM is supplying him with Bibles for the church to reach out to the Muslim population around them. Christian brothers and sisters in South Korea and England have also helped the church.

And in spite of everything that has happened, he sees the hand of God guiding them. They now own both the church building and the land it’s built on. The church has grown to about 50 members and is able to support four staff members with simple salaries. “In all these years [here],” he said, “My wife and I have seen so many evidences of God taking care of us.”

Posted: April 25, 2017
Source: VOM Sources Posted: April 4, 2017
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CONGRATULATIONS!!!

BIRTHDAYS!

May

4 Owen Fowler
6 Brenda Miller
8 Kurt Steinfort
14 Doug Miller
20 Jared McKinney
20 Rebecca Van Tilburg

 24 Jim Price

24  Jim Roszell

25  Janelle Price

29 Judy Hall

ANNIVERSARIES!

May

1  Roger & Jane Arnold

2  Butch & Angie Bowen

22 Dave & Judy Hall
22 Bill & Laura Kehelnbrink

 26 Jesse & Melissa Owens 

29 Chris & V al Moore 

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