06/01/18

CPC THIS WEEK
THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH June 1, 2018

Yes - There are Outsiders, and they’re Listening!

Insiders. Outsiders. These are words that have been used for years to designate, well, those on the inside and those on the outside. Perhaps some of you have even read the coming of age novel about this very life dynamic - “The Outsiders.” I would imagine that most, if not all of us, have at some time in our lives felt that we were in one of these groups – by design or default. And this isn’t lost on the Bible as well. On five occasions in his writings, the Apostle Paul refers to unbelievers as “outsiders” - literally, “the ones outside.” For Paul’s purposes; those living outside of Christ. I would like to look at one of those passages today – Colossians 4:5,6.

5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.
6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

There are two brief observations I would like to share with you today about the “Outsider.” In short, our Walk and our Talk.

First, Paul seems to be telling us that we need to be discerning and discriminating about our use of time with outsiders. Paul knows only to well that the lives of “insiders and outsiders” will, and must, intersect. But, Paul offers a word of caution about our walk – it must be a walk in wisdom. And, that wisdom leads to how we use our time with those not of faith. There’s a balance here, isn’t there. Paul doesn’t say to exclude unbelievers/outsiders from our lives, only that we would make it our aim that it would result in the BEST use of our time. What great counsel both his day and ours.

The Second, in with good connection, our Talk; Paul writes “speech.” (Let me also say here that while I think these two observations are related most directly to outsiders, there is room for application toward the insider as well.) It’s reached the point that we seemingly hear something every day about someone’s “speech” – most recently, our thanks for examples go out to Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee. Paul tells us that the “talk” of believers should have a distinctive quality – gracious and seasoned with salt. That’s convicting. In his letter to the Ephesians he says it this way – and this is one of those examples of speech between “insiders.”

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Eph 4:29

Ouch – that’s really convicting! We live in a world of talk and tweets that is quickly denigrating into daily attacks of antagonism and aggression. This cannot be true of the “insider.” The use of our tongue, for both the outsider and insider, should display a consistency between our words and the WORD – the words that come outside should congruous with the work done inside.

Next time you’re in a restaurant ask one of the servers if you can have a salt packet. If they ask why, tell them you want to place it in a pocket as a reminder of who you are. And, by the way, let’s all remember that we were once outsiders, too!

For our walk and talk, 

PB

CPC MINISTRY INFORMATION

SUNDAY'S SERMON
Title:
“Let Me Introduce You To...” Text: Ephesians 1:1,2
Pastor Bob Clark

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

RESOURCES AT THE WELCOME COUNTER – At the Welcome Counter in the church foyer, you will find the CPC Weekly Prayer list, Monthly Memory Verse cards and holders, Church Directories, as well as copies of the Monthly Church Calendar. To add events to the calendar please contact the church office

CAMPOUT AT GOLDEN FARM – Families with school aged children are invited to a campout at Golden Farm on Friday, June 8th at 5:30pm until Saturday morning. If you plan to attend, RSVP to LaTonya Todd latonyatodd@gmail.com or call or text 765.865.9726

VBS WORKDAY – 10am-1pm on Saturday, June 9th at the church. See Jeff Schrage for more information

TWO BIBLE STUDY OPPORTUNITIES – This is a nine week study of 1Peter using resources by Jen Wilkin. The cost of the book is $13. Pat James is leading the study at Judy Biltz's house (325 S. 32nd Street, Richmond) on Monday evenings at 7pm. They started last week. Please see Pat James to join this study

Kari Harrington will lead the study in her home (12 Parkway Lane) on Monday mornings from 9:30- 11:30am with babysitting available if needed. This study starts June 18th. Please contact Kari if you would like to attend

PASSPORT TO PERU VBS – Passport to Peru VBS will be held at CPC July 23rd – 27th. Mark your calendars now. Register your children now at https://vbspro.events/p/cpc-vbs2018 or fill out a registration form located at the Welcome Counter in the church foyer. For more information see Jeff Schrage

YOU ARE INVITED

Please Join Us To Celebrate at Jacob Kehlenbrink’ s Graduation Open House! June 9th, 2018 6pm - ??? Kehlenbrink Home 1546 Idlewild Drive. Please RSVP Email: kehlenbrink1546@gmail.com or Text: 765- 277-1590

COMMUNITY EVENTS
For a list of local events and festivals, follow this link: http://visitrichmond.org

Interfaith Mission Center, Inc., d.b.a. Community Food Pantry
“For I was hungry and you gave me food.” Matthew 25:35

MEIJER SIMPLY GIVE -- May 13 - June 17

Great news! Our pantry was selected to participate in Meijer's SIMPLY GIVE campaign.

Beginning Sunday May 13, continuing through Sunday June 17th, Meijer customers are encouraged to purchase $10 Meijer Simply Give donation cards through in-store signage and promotion of the campaign. $10 will be added to your total bill and at the end of the campaign the money will be given to our pantry on Meijer Food Only Gift Cards. We will use the Gift Cards to purchase food for our pantry. This is a wonderful and fairly painless way to support our Community Food Pantry. Our goal for this year is $10,000.

FRIDAY, JUNE 1 WILL BE A SPECIAL DAY. During this day, Meijer will double match every customer's $10 Simply Give donation. This means for every $10 donation card purchased on June 1, Meijer will give $20 to our pantry, resulting in a total $30 donation.

Please note: 1. If a customer wishes to give more than $10, they do not need multiple cards. Just tell the cashier the total of the donation.

2. Some cashiers will keep the cards: some will give them back to the customer. Either way is OK.

3. Because the money goes first to Meijer, the donations are not tax deductible.

Meijer says, "The sole purpose of the Simply Give program is to help our food pantry partners feed the growing number of hungry families in the communities we serve. Meijer is working diligently to be good stewards of these generous donations, ensuring they are only used to purchase food to stock pantry shelves."

WOMEN’S MINISTRY

TWO BIBLE STUDY OPPORTUNITIES This is a nine week study of 1Peter using resources by Jen Wilkin. The cost of the book is $13. Pat James is leading the study at Judy Biltz's house (325 S. 32nd Street, Richmond) on Monday evenings at 7pm. This study is in progress. Please see Pat James to join this study

Kari Harrington will lead the study in her home (12 Parkway Lane) on Monday mornings from 9:30- 11:30am with babysitting available if needed. This study starts June 18th. Please contact Kari if you would like to attend

Tuesday Morning Ladies’ Bible Study, Old Testament overview, led by Pastor Bob Clark, meets every Tuesday morning at 8:30am in the church fireplace area

Thursday Evening Bible Study – This study will meet again on 14th at 6:30pm at the church office. We are viewing the DVD series "Dust to Glory: An Overview of the Bible" by R. C. Sproul. The study meets every other Thursday night.

 THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD 

THE SMELL OF SMOKE: THE AROMA OF CHRIST

Each year, we lead a two-week mission trip in the Muslim-majority city where we serve. During the trip, participants offer English conversation practice to Central Asian university students during their summer vacation. We spend most of the time in small groups—one or two members of the short-term team with six to eight local students.

One year nearly everyone in one of the small groups of students was interested in the gospel. The two team members told the group that they would really get down to some spiritual issues the next day. Aside from the one local student who wasn’t interested and didn’t come that day, all of the students in the group heard the gospel, and every one of them received Christ.

To mark this step, the team members told the group to write their past sins on a small piece of paper, crumple it up, and put it in a bowl on the table. Then a team member lit the pieces of paper on fire and burned them up. Smelling smoke, one of the college administrators poked her head in the classroom to see what was going on. “Oh, you’re practicing English. Go ahead,” she said, and walked away.

Indeed there was a fire, but not the kind the administrator was thinking of. God’s Spirit was at work, changing hearts and lives.

*Alexander Pierce is an MTW missionary serving among Muslims in Central Asia. His name has been changed for security reasons.Interested in serving among Muslims? Check out some of our opportunities to serve at mtw.org/serve.

ALEXANDER PIERCE* in CENTRAL ASIA MUSLIM on May 31, 2018

BIRTHDAYS!

June

1  Dan Staifer

2  Madeline Steinfort

2 Nathan Dungan

12  Deb Gentry

13  Susan Cougill

13 Sophia Pfeil

16 Annabella Pfeil

16 Connie Wooldridge 

 22 Isaac Cook

25 Eliana (Ellie) Moore

27 Jacob Kehlenbrink

CONGRATULATIONS!!

ANNIVERSARIES!

June

7 Jim & Kathy Roszell

10 Hartmut & Janice Scheffler 

 13 Ed and Raymona Gallo

22 Roger & Anna Golden

22 Jim & Jodi McKinney

25 Andrew & Casey Zimmer 

 30 Tim & Rebekah Robbins 

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