06/02/17

CPC THIS WEEK
THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH June 2, 2017

Sunrise, Sunset

Is this the little girl I carried? Is this the little boy at play? I don't remember growing older, When did they?

When did she get to be a beauty? When did he grow to be so tall? Wasn't it yesterday when they were small?

Sunrise sunset, sunrise, sunset, Swiftly flow the days, Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers, Blossoming even as they gaze

Over the next five weeks three of CPC’s former Covenant Children will take vows to become Covenant Partners in Marriage. Many of us will shake our heads and ask the same questions posed by Tevye and Golde – “Wasn’t it yesterday when they were small? No, it wasn’t yesterday – it just feels like it was!

Watching the entrance of the next generation into marriage is an incredible, and yet humbling experience. Years filled with lessons of love, life, and laughter find their culmination in the God-ordained, one-flesh relationship of mutual love and respect – a beautiful gospel picture of Christ and His Church. Still, the all too familiar lyrics ring in our ears, “I don't remember growing older, When did they?”

Haley & Garrett, Adam & Emily, and Kayla & Grant are now in the final days as they make preparations for their Wedding Day. As they continue to work through the details with their family and friends there is something all of us can do to help in the process – PRAY!

Those of us who are married can remember with some degree of clarity the home stretch to our own wedding day. The prelude to that day is filled with memorable decisions from dresses to tuxes, rehearsals to receptions, guest lists to gift lists – why, it’s a virtual wedding whirlwind! And what will help those newly weds to-be get through these days – along with their parents? A lot of patience, and a lot of prayer!

So, for those of us who played in the church nursery with these soon-to-be wives and a husband, for those of us who taught them in Sunday School, for those of us who watched them mature into excellent babysitters, for those of us who watched them play sports or enjoyed their talents in our worship, bring all of those wonderful memories and hope for a joyful marriage under the covering of covenant prayer. And not just for them, but for their parents as well - Jesse & Melissa, Tom & Mindy.

There will be many wonderful gifts that these young couples will open together in their new home. But the greatest gift you can give them is the gift of God’s grace in prayer. Pray that the Lord will not only greatly bless their day – but all their days...for the rest of their lives!

Sunrise sunset, sunrise, sunset! Swiftly fly the years,
One season following another, Laden with happiness and tears

For the God who joins together!

PB

CPC MINISTRY INFORMATION

SUNDAY'S SERMON
Title:
“The War Against Your Soul” Text: 1 Peter 2:9-12
Pastor Bob Clark

CONGRATULATIONS AND HONOR

TO OUR CPC 2017 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES!

MADELINE STEINFORT – Kurt and Lia Steinfort celebrated Madeline's high school graduation on Friday, June 2nd

GARRETT ANDERSON – Come help us celebrate Garrett's graduation from high school. Join us Sunday, June 4th here at CPC from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. Many thanks to everyone who has spiritually invested in Garrett over the years. We are very grateful. Rich and Kathy Anderson

NATHAN CHEEK – Join Brian and Twana Cheek as they celebrate Nathan’s graduation from high school on Sunday, June 4th from 6-8 pm at their home at 2640 Delucio Blvd., Centerville, IN

SUNDAY SCHOOL – we will be taking a Summer break from Sunday School classes and will resume in the Fall

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

LIFEMATES LIFE GROUP – will be meeting this Sunday, June 4th at the Harrington’s at noon. See Mark or Kari Harrington for more information

SUMMER LADIES BIBLE STUDY – Join us for a Ladies DVD Bible Study this Summer on 1 Peter - the teacher is Jen Wilkin. We will begin in the Church Lobby on Tuesday, June 6, at 12:00 pm. The study will meet at noon in with the hope that those who are working during the day can still come. The study book is available online for about $13. If you are interested, you can contact Gwinn Gibbs at ggibbs@rcs.k12.in.us

YOUNG MARRIED LIFE GROUP meets Thursday, June 8th 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

THURSDAY NIGHT BOOK GROUP – “The Thursday night group is starting a new study on Thursday, June 8th, at the church office from 6:30-7:30 p.m. It is a DVD series by R. C. Sproul entitled "Angel and Demons." If you are interested in attending, please contact Maureen Bradley (935-5806 or bradley.maureen@gmail.com) for the study guide."

SAVE THE DATE! – Lifemates Life Group will have their 2nd event June 24th from 7-9pm. It will be "Sweet", in more ways than one! Details to follow!

EXPEDITION NORWAY VBS – Expedition Norway VBS will be July 10th–14th from 9am –noon. Please sign up at the Welcome Counter. See Jeff Schrage or Emily Fredrick if you have any questions.

WOMEN’S MINISTRY

Tuesday Morning Ladies’ Bible Study, Old Testament overview, Led by Pastor Bob Clark, We will conclude our study in the Book of Judges this Tuesday morning, June 6th at 8:30 am. We will then take a Summer break and resume our Old Testament Survey after the new school year begins.

Summer Ladies Bible Study Join us for a Ladies DVD Bible Study this Summer on 1 Peter - the teacher is Jen Wilkin. We will begin in the Church Lobby on Tuesday, June 6, at 12:00 pm. The study will meet at noon in with the hope that those who are working during the day can still come. The study book is available online for about $13. If you are interested, you can contact Gwinn Gibbs at ggibbs@rcs.k12.in.us

  THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD  Colombia: Death Threats & Ministry

Starting a new church from scratch is never easy. But it’s even more difficult when you have to do it amid death threats.

Death threats have been a standard part of ministry life for “Xavier Gonzalez,” a church planter working one of Colombia’s most dangerous regions: a poor, rural area currently ruled by paramilitaries.
Before he moved into ministry, Xavier had a successful career in broadcasting. But in 2009, God directed him to begin a church in one of Colombia’s poorest cities. Even his coworkers warned him, saying, “That’s a violent place. There are paramilitaries there, and they are going to kill you.”

But Xavier couldn’t deny the call from God. “God gave me an order and I have to go,” he told them. “Even I have to die for Jesus, I will go.”

In the 12 years since he yielded to the call, Xavier says God has kept him through everything. He’s been threatened by guerrillas, paramilitary members and even street gangs. His wife was robbed at gunpoint, and the robbers told her, “If you see us again, pretend you’ve never seen us before. If not, we’ll kill you.”

Near the beginning of his ministry, a leftist guerrilla told him the reason why the armed groups fighting against the government hate Christians. The man told Xavier, “My boss hates Christians because Christians make people not want to join our ranks.”

And though he and his church of about 130 are hated, they chose to offer love to their enemies. “We preach about love and forgiving others and they don’t want to forgive. They don’t want this to be preached... [but] we treat them well. We give them food, we give them soda and serve them in any way we can,” Xavier said. Though the threats are constant, the actions of the Christians are making a difference. One believer was summoned to meet the paramilitaries, which almost always means you’ll be killed. He said goodbye to his wife, and the church began to pray for him.

When he reached the paramilitary camp deep in the jungle, he was greeted by a tall, black woman. He shook her hand firmly to show that he wasn’t afraid. “How can I help you?” he asked the woman.

She looked surprised. “What do you mean? Everyone who comes here wants something from me.”
“I can help you,” he said, “because I have God and you don’t. I know that God can do things in your life.”

The woman began to cry. “That’s why I asked for you,” she said. She revealed she had cancer and asked for prayer. The Christian man prayed for her and headed home. Three months later the paramilitary woman called him to tell him the cancer was gone.

The strength of the church members’ testimonies and interactions like this have given Xavier and the other believers a measure of respect in the community, but the danger remains constant. Though recent news from Colombia is all about a peace process between the government and the rebels, in Xavier’s area, nothing changed. “In our region, all they did was put the uniform away,” he said. “But there are still weapons and they are still issuing threats.” He said the paramilitary groups have done the same thing.

Their hope is not in a government-negotiated peace process. “We are putting our hope in the lasting peace that God can give,” he said.

Xaveir’s request to his brothers and sisters is for prayer for protection. He said prayer will allow them to continue to preach, to grow and to overcome every problem. “Every threat we take as a challenge because we want to win these people for the Lord. That is all we want.”

Posted: May 15, 2017 Updated: May 18, 2017

Source: VOM Sources Posted: April 4, 2017 ©2017 The Voice of the Martyrs. All rights reserved. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

BIRTHDAYS!

June

1  Dan Staifer

2  Madeline Steinfort

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

ANNIVERSARIES!

June

7 Jim & Kathy Roszell
10 Hartmut & Janice Scheffler 

13 Ed and Raymona Gallo
22 Roger & Anna Golden
25 Andrew & Casey Zimmer 

30 Tim & Rebekah Robbins

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