08/25/17

CPC THIS WEEK

THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

August 25, 2017

 

 

A Preaching Preview

Pray for me, please.  I have decided to preach this Sunday regarding recent events in our country that have focused on racial unrest.  It is my prayer that I will be able, by God’s grace and wisdom, to bring a biblical perspective on a problem that continues to plague not only our nation, but is yet, in varying degree, a “weed” that remains in the body of Christ. 

As most of us readily know – and have perhaps experienced – sin, while clearly not a respecter of persons, has no respect for the color of our skin.  In fact, the evil one feeds with delight upon the sin of prejudice in any form.  Skin color is simply one of the more obvious manifestations and is, therefore, an easier target.  Unfortunately, I have a vivid memory of prejudice in my own family and life.  And I am not alone in this experience.

The Cross of Christ ended all prejudice for all time.  Regrettably, that reality has not always been the banner of the Christ’s body.  The Church of Jesus Christ has, at different times, been on the wrong side of this time-transcending truth during our collective redemptive history.  We have not always expressed the same grace and mercy to all sinners as extended by God, the Maker of all mankind.  Rather than being colorblind to the need of compassion and kindness we have simply been blind – but not just to color; prejudice goes far beyond that.  Prejudice, in any form, is the close cousin to the sin of pride.

Are the racial tensions in our country as bad as news outlets make them out to be?  That may be difficult to truly ascertain.  There are areas in America where people of different color have made an intentional decision to live peaceably together.  Still, I think we can all agree that prejudice remains a problem – and one that has not escaped the Church.  

So, I ask you to pray not only for me, but also for our church, as God’s Inerrant Word sheds truth and light on this important issue.  I am a sinner saved by grace and sins of prejudice have visited the threshold of my own heart – particularly in younger years.  By God’s grace, I will continue to grow in my acceptance of those not like me.  By that same grace I would understand so deeply in my soul that I have been delivered from the greatest prejudice that ever existed – that of a sinner who hated a Holy God.  Only to find that a Holy God could love that sinner through the life of His Son.

Reconciled to a Holy God,

PB

CPC MINISTRY INFORMATION

 

SUNDAY'S SERMON

Title:  “The True CROSS–Cultural Church”

Text:    Ephesians 2:11-22

Pastor Bob Clark

 

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – CIRCLE U FOOD DELIVERY - If you would be interested in being part of a CPC Ministry Team that would assist Circle U with the distribution of food one Saturday a quarter please contact Lance Fowler at 765.914.1145 or lance@mats.org.  Please plan to arrive at 1:30 p.m. in order to distribute the food from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 26th

SUNDAY SCHOOL – we are taking a summer break from Sunday School classes and will resume Sunday, September 10

TABLE TALK MAGAZINE – If you are a paid subscriber to Table Talk Magazine, your next issue is available at the Welcome Counter.

COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY VOLUNTEERS – Richmond Community Food Pantry, 306 N.19th St. is looking for volunteers to help the 3rd Monday of each month from 1-3pm. If you would be interested in helping or if you have any questions, please contact Deb Gentry at debbieg400@gmail.com or call 765.935.1833

BABY SHOWER – Baby Shower celebrating baby Schrage will be held on Thursday, September 14th 7-8:30pm at the Harrington’s home, 12 Parkway Lane. If you plan to attend, please send your RSVP to Emily Fredrick at emillharr12@gmail.com or call 977-5363. Shannon is registered on Amazon and at Target.

THANK YOU –­ From the Mission's Committee:  thanks for your support of the ice cream social. We raised more than $3,600.00 for the orphanage in Haiti.

 


THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD 

 

MENDERS: HOW THE UGANDAN CHURCH IS HELPING S. SUDANESE REFUGEES TO THRIVE

 

There are 480 names on Jeremy Martin’s list. Young and old, men and women, Nuer and Dinka and Acholi. Different tribes, same fear. But for the grace of God, a few trucks, and the Ugandan army, 480 lives could have been snuffed out like so many candles.

 

In July 2016, South Sudan’s fragile peace was shattered in a hail of gunfire as shooting broke out once again between government troops and rebels in Juba, the capital city of the newest country in the world. As the violence escalated, reports of ethnic killings and atrocities from both sides filtered across the airwaves, and thousands fled the cities and towns to hide out in the bush or seek shelter across the Ugandan border to the south.

 

A call to action
That’s when missionary Jeremy Martin and MTW’s team in Kampala, Uganda, got the call—people were trapped between Juba and the Ugandan border. They needed help. The call came from Rev. James Bab Manyol, a South Sudanese graduate of Westminster Christian Institute Uganda, the Bible school run by the Presbyterian Church of Uganda and at which a number of MTW missionaries teach. He saw his people in crisis and was determined to offer aide.

 

Jeremy asked MTW for help, and received funding from the PCA Compassion Fund to get as many of the refugees out of South Sudan as they could manage. Initially Jeremy and his team estimated that with the available funding James would be able to transport 250 people out of harm’s way, but when the MTW and Presbyterian Church of South Sudan team sent vehicles north to the rescue, they fell in with a Ugandan military convoy of large trucks that was also heading into South Sudan. With the army’s assistance, James and his team were able to transport 480 South Sudanese safely into the Kiryandongo refugee settlement across the border—nearly twice as many as they had thought possible.

 

“They were protected the whole way,” said Jeremy. “It’s been breathtaking at times to see how the Lord is providing for His people.”

 

Since then, Jeremy has been working in the Kiryandongo refugee settlement in central Uganda in partnership with the leadership of the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan and the South Sudan Christian International Fund for Refugees (SSCIFR). What began simply as emergency financial support has evolved to address the long-term needs of the refugees in Kiryandongo.

 

“The Lord really started working on my heart while we were in the camp,” Jeremy said. “One of the passages that has been on my heart is Deuteronomy 10:19: ‘Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.’ We started exploring possibilities. ‘What can we bring? How can we come alongside and love these people the way the Lord commanded us to?’”

 

The Church and sustainable farming
The U.N. offers security and basic supplies for the 62,000 South Sudanese refugees who have materialized in Kiryandongo since conflict first broke out in 2013. As Jeremy initially took stock of the camp’s surroundings and began asking questions, he noted several things. First, two of the refugees’ major problems were food security and a lack of means to generate income. Second, Kiryandongo is set in a fertile area ripe for farming and with ample room to do so. While the refugees had access to the land and were farming it to some extent, they weren’t utilizing its full potential.

 

To address these needs, Jeremy partnered with missionaries from World Gospel Mission to put on classes in Farming God’s Way (FGW). These sessions combine training in sound, sustainable agricultural techniques with biblical teaching.

 

“We had 47 participants in the last training,” Jeremy said. “About 30 of them were women and they were very enthusiastic. … They’re striving for their families and their kids. It was really exciting to hear them asking, ‘How are you going to take this to everybody else in the camp?’”

 

Tribal reconciliation among believers
In building these programs, Jeremy has been working with the leadership of the South Sudanese Presbyterian Church in conjunction with community leaders of various tribes represented in the camp. Back in South Sudan, the civil war has pitted primarily Dinka government troops against primarily Nuer rebels, with other tribes being caught up in the crossfire. Despite this root conflict, Jeremy has witnessed reconciliation between tribes as they come together under the umbrella of the Church.

 

“When I went to meet with the leaders, most are Nuer, but I’m sitting next to Dinka, Moru, Kuku. You name the tribe, they’re there,” said Jeremy. “It’s exciting to see Dinka community leaders embracing Nuer community leaders with a hug of friendship. I think you’re seeing very clear evidence of tribal relations being rebuilt.”

 

And that’s the power of Christ and the gospel: tribes and nations fracture and fly at each other’s throats, yet Jesus can mend even rifts wrought in bloodshed and hate.

 

In South Sudan, the conflict and atrocities continue, but God remembers every name on Jeremy’s list. In a refugee camp in central Uganda, God is working through the Church to care for the physical and spiritual needs of the fatherless, the widow, and the refugee, to mend relationships broken by war, and to draw many into the lasting hope offered in Christ.

 

Help support refugees in Uganda by donating to the South Sudanese Refuge Project. 

CONGRATULATIONS!!!


 

BIRTHDAYS!

August    

4                        John Gentry

9                        Mike Allen

9                        Mark Scheffler

10                      Jessica Luker

12                      Sadira Steinfort

13                      Raymona Gallo

19                      Brian Todd

19                      Norah Staifer

20                      Cindy Cook

20                      Ada Fowler

23                      Brynna Cheek

24                      Pat James

27                      Maureen Bradley

27                      Sarah Pfeil           

September

4                        Helen Morgan

5                        Janice Scheffler

5                        Kim Soots

10                        Don Hale

17                        Kathy Anderson

17                        Hartmut Scheffler

21                        Laura Kehlenbrink

22                        Jodi McKinney

22                        Jesse Owens

23                        Gabriel Cook

25                        Marcia McIntosh  

26                        Eric Gibbs

29                        Kathy Roszell

  

 

ANNIVERSARIES!

August

14            Doug & Brenda Miller            

 

22            Michael & Beth Allen            

 

26            Ed & Kim Soots                    

 

30            Jon & Judy Ford       

 

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