09/08/17

CPC THIS WEEK
THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH September 8, 2017

A NEW YEAR FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL AT CPC

Where did the Summer go? It just doesn’t seem that long ago that we began our summer break from Sunday School! Though swimming pools may have closed with Labor Day’s arrival, Sunday School is open at CPC! Beginning this Sunday, following our Worship and Fellowship time, we will regularly meet for Sunday School; for all ages.

Next to Worship, growing in our faith through regular Bible Study is the most important activity that should occupy our time. Let me also add a caveat to that statement. It’s my personal conviction from the scripture that the responsibility for that growth – whether personally or in families - falls squarely on the individual or parents. Now let me add a qualifier to THAT statement. In either situation it is the call of the local church to come alongside its members to assist and help them in that growth – with both training and material.

There are a number of excellent reasons to attend Sunday School – may I share just a few with you?

  • -  We Grow in Love: Attending Sunday School provides the opportunity to deepen personal fellowship with those in their covenant community of faith – the church! Interaction in a smaller setting promotes caring relationships through discussion and discovery. It can be place of belonging - for young and old alike.
  • -  We Grow in Faith: Attending Sunday School provides a more user–friendly atmosphere and environment to learn about God’s Word and how your church/denomination understands and applies that truth in real-life situations.
  • -  We Grown in Hope: Attending Sunday School often allows us to hear the stories and witness the lives of those who are progressing in their faith through both trial and triumph. And along with those in your own class we also hear real accounts of how the church is faring in the world.

I could offer a couple of more reasons to attend Sunday School but I’m afraid it might be perceived as “the pastoral guilt trip!” And that’s never a reason to attend!

So, I would like to personally encourage you to seriously consider attending Sunday School this year. Hey, I’m the first to realize that many of you have several options when it comes to growing in your faith and that of your family through activities both within and outside CPC. Additionally, I know many of you are actively engaged in “training up a child” within your homes. Still, the life-faith stories of many believers – even many that you may listen to regularly for study – would have a chapter with the title “What I Learned in Sunday School.” This is certainly true of my life and I would suspect many of you. And while it may be true that there isn’t a specific “ command verse” to attend Sunday School, there are many verses that extend a warm invitation!

Hope to See You,

PB

CPC MINISTRY INFORMATION

SUNDAY'S SERMON
Title:
“Our Father In Heaven” 

Text: Matthew 6:1-15

Pastor Bob Clark

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

SUNDAY SCHOOL – This Sunday 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.

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

CPC DIRECTORY – Draft copies for the New Directory will be on the counter Sunday morning for review of your current listing – or new additions. If possible, please make corrections or changes before leaving church. Special note to Parents of College Students or recently Married Children: Please check your/their entry for the current address/phone information. Thank you for your help. We will print new church directories in October.

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. Click here to access Shannon's Amazon registry or here to access her Target registry.

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 Click here to access Lauren's registry.

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!

INSPIRE – Thursday, October 12th at the church from 6:45pm - 8:45pm. Ladies, mark your calendars!

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

THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD

Disaster Site Updates

Hurricane Irma Heading to US

Hurricane Irma has already made history before making landfall in the US. This storm has sustained a Category 5 rating longer than any Atlantic basin hurricane in history. With sustained winds of over 185 mph this is one amazingly strong storm. The storm is making its way to the US and is expected to possibly make landfall early Sunday.

MNA Disaster Response is in contact with local PCA leadership as well as other responding agencies in preparation for this disaster. IF YOU LIVE IN THE PROJECTED PATH OF THIS STORM PLEASE TAKE PRECAUTIONS NOW!! DO NOT DELAY!!

Hurricane Harvey – TX and LA Flooding

Hurricane Harvey has come and gone and left major flooding in its wake. There are at least 66 confirmed deaths due to this storm. Major rainfall in amounts up to 52 inches in some areas has left major flood damage. Flooding is ongoing in the greater Houston metro area.

MNA Disaster Response is working with local PCA leadership to help establish Volunteer Staging Sites and determine the best strategy for helping those who have been impacted by this event. Once the Volunteer Staging Sites are in place we will begin to mobilize volunteers to go and serve; we anticipate that these sites will be setup very soon. When they are in place we will announce that information on this website.

ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST REGISTER WITH MNA DISASTER RESPONSE FOR MOBILIZATION. This is to ensure that local churches in the impact zone are not overwhelmed and that proper lodging and work orders are in place for volunteers.

For now, please do the following to support your denominational relief efforts:
Pray for relief from the storm and for those being rescued and affected by this storm.
Give generously.
Click here to support efforts financially. Funds will be used for assessment, mobilization,

relief grants for flooded PCA families and churches, to purchase needed supplies and equipment, to

construct Sheds of Hope, and to setup and operate flood recovery sites.
Send relief supplies & equipment. For a list of needed supplies, including FLOOD BUCKETS,
click here. Prepare to GO. Click here to register your intent to serve.

Ongoing Need for Flood Buckets

Major flood events have been happening at a record pace over the past year and are continuing. MNA Disaster Response is requesting your help in being prepared to help those who are impacted by floods. Flood buckets are needed by the hundreds when a flood occurs. The MNA Disaster Response warehouse provides a place to store these buckets so that they can be shipped immediately when needed. For more information, please click here. Click here to view a video about flood bucket assembly.

For information about completed disaster response missions, click here.

PCA MNA | Donations Only: PO Box 890233 Charlotte, NC 28289-0233 | Office: 1700 N. Brown Road, Suite 101 Lawrenceville, GA 30043-8143| Email: mna@pcanet.org

WOMEN’S MINISTRY

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 Wednesday evening December 6th! Ladies, mark your calendars! More details coming soon.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

BIRTHDAYS! 

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

 Christ Presbyterian Church  -  (765).966.4017  -  350 Henley Rd. Richmond, IN 47374  -  Office@KnowingChrist.net