Life Lessons We’re Learning From Harvey

The list of adjectives used to describe the affects of Houston’s Harvey are growing daily – and appropriately so! The devastation has been unequaled in the recorded history of our country. The impact of Harvey has even reached families in our community and church. Given all that has transpired since Harvey’s landfall, I thought I would take a moment today to reflect on a few lessons we’ve learned over the last week. Or, perhaps better put, maybe what we need to remember! (a brief disclaimer - in no way is this meant to be an exhaustive list or explanation)

First, the wind and water of Harvey have once again affirmed that we live in a world completely under the control of a Sovereign God; incredibly powerful and mighty God.

The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring. Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the Lord on high is mighty! Psalm 93:3,4

Second, life is precious and fragile. Our efforts to protect from danger and destruction are again dependent upon the eternal purpose and will of the Lord. Our only hope, regardless of danger or enemy is the Lord.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
For He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,

nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

Psalm 91:1-6

Third, it is time to help to those in need – our neighbor, no matter the zip code or time zone. We are compelled by the Love of Christ to show compassion for those hurting.

Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”
Luke 10:36,37

Fourth, the witness of the great mercy and promise of our covenant-making God; even in the floodwaters of Harvey.

I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be
a flood to destroy the earth.”
Genesis 9:11

And last, Harvey, along with other world events, remind us that this world is winding down and a New Heavens and Earth are coming. And, as a result, we are called to live for Christ!

Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people
ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming
of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved,
and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! But according to His promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
2 Peter 3:11-13

Harvey is call to us as the redeemed to remember and respond to the Grace and Mercy of our Great God and Savior to those in the world – be it flood or famine. It is a time to recognize our responsibility to “let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” (I John 3:18)

The need revealed by Harvey is not unique to Texas or Louisiana – it is the need of the world. The need revealed by Harvey is not ultimately a physical need – it is a spiritual need of every soul in every place. The loss resulting from Harvey will never compare to the loss resulting from Hell. The need revealed by Harvey is revealed in the Person and Work of Jesus Christ and the call to His Church to love the world He came to save.

In the Mercy of God,



“Are You Building In Vain?” Text: Psalm 127
Pastor Bob Clark

SUNDAY SCHOOL – Next week we begin a new year in our Sunday School calendar. We will have classes for all grades and ages. For the adults we are offering two classes. “In Touch” - a class that will focus on articles taken from Touchstone Magazine. This class will be led by Elder Jim Roszell. Our second class will be a video class from the Ligonier 2017 National Conference “The Next 500 Years” - the class will focus on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the challenge before the church to live faithfully to the Word of God in the world. Pastor Bob Clark will serve as a facilitator for this class.

CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED – The church office will be closed on Monday, September 4th in observance of Labor Day.

CHOIR REHEARSAL – The choir will meet Wednesday, September 6th for rehearsal at 7:00pm. High schoolers and older are welcome to come! Contact Mindy Deckard for more information 765.993.8387

MEN’S PRAYER BREAKFAST – The men’s prayer breakfast will be held at the church on Saturday, September 9th at 8:00am

DEACONS’ FUND OFFERING – Next Sunday, September 10th, we will be collecting the Deacons’ Fund Offering for the Mercy Ministries of the Church

BABY SHOWER – Baby Shower celebrating baby Schrage - Thursday, September 14th 7-8:30pm at the Harrington home (12 Parkway Ln). If you plan to attend, please send your RSVP to Emily Fredrick at emilharr12@gmail.com or call 977-5363. Shannon is registered on Amazon and at Target.

BABY SHOWER – Baby shower/prayer time for Lauren Joos, who is due at the end of September. We are going to meet Sunday, September 17th after Sunday school (around noon). We will serve a light lunch, have a fellowship time, and then pray for Lauren and her growing family. Text or email Lori Fowler if you are able to attend and for the link for the registry. 765-914-5560 or lorifowler77@gmail.com

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

WOMENS MINISTRY KICKOFF BRUNCH – Kickoff brunch for all the women of our church September 23rd from 9:30am-11am. Come for a time of fellowship and to hear about the plans for this coming year. Please RSVP to Kari by text or phone 765-977-3660.

FALL FESTIVAL – Saturday, October 7th at 4:00 p.m. at the Golden's. Grab some friends and come enjoy food, fun, and fellowship until sundown and games for all ages! Mark your calendars!

ANNUAL LADIES ADVENT TEA – will be held Wednesday evening December 6th More details coming soon.


Women’s Ministry Kickoff Brunch Kickoff brunch for all the women of our church September 23rd from 9:30am-11am. Come for a time of fellowship and to hear about the plans for this coming year. Please RSVP to Kari by text or phone 765-977-3660.

Inspire – October 12th from 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.

Annual Ladies Advent Tea will be held Tuesday evening December 6th More details coming soon.



As a missions-minded church in Atlanta, Georgia, that has sent and supported missionaries around the world for decades (and continues to do so!), Westminster Presbyterian Church has been blessed by recent opportunities to minister to the nations in our city. Only seven miles from our doors is Clarkston, a refugee resettlement city, where there are more people groups represented in one square mile than anywhere else in the world. The nations have come to us!

Over the last 10 years, our local outreach identity has transformed, blending with our global mission identity as we welcome and care for our new neighbors—the nations—in the name of Christ and for the sake of the gospel.

Our refugee ministry has taken on various forms and is still growing and maturing. Partnerships have been key to enabling and providing opportunities for our members to get involved. In fact, the roots go back 10 years to when we first partnered with a local refugee ministry to help run a week-long summer camp for refugee children. We have continued that to this day, every year bringing over 100 refugee children to our church camp, Camp Westminster, where 30–40 of our adult members and youth spend a week with the kids, enjoying the activities, developing relationships, and sharing our hope in Christ.

Being the Body of Christ
In recent years, we have also partnered with the MTW Clarkston team, assisting in various ways from teaching ESL, to supporting families, to helping with weekly Bible story time in different apartment complexes in Clarkston. Several of our church families have also “adopted” refugee families and help them with tutoring and job searches, as well as caring for them in other ways as needs arise. The needs are many, and members who are not able to be involved because of other commitments or life situations still help through financial support or by donating clothes, food, or blankets.

Through these ministries and partnerships, we’ve experienced both the giving and the receiving of blessings that Paul talks about in Philippians. As we’ve poured out our energy, time, and love to our neighbors from around the world, we have received blessings from them that have in many ways far outweighed our investment. These have come through new friendships, sharing joys and sorrows, listening to stories of hope and hardship, being encouraged, and seeing hearts and minds transformed by the gospel. This receiving is not what we necessarily expected, but it has deepened our hearts for missions and fueled more desire, passion, and love for the lost from all tribes, tongues, and nations, whether next door or around the world.

Rev. Erik Veerman is the director of ministries for Westminster Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia.




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

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