The Beauty of God’s Fall

Most of us have a favorite season of the year. Because of God’s incredible design and purpose we have four different seasons from which to choose – especially living Indiana. I’ll commit up front. For me it’s the Fall - hands down!!! When I think back many years to my time in San Diego while in the Navy, the season I missed most was the Fall.

Crisp nights, changing colors, falling leaves, the aroma of fires – what a super-sensory time of the year! Just thinking about the CPC Fall Festival in a couple of weeks makes me want to get out one of my favorite flannel shirts or a sweatshirt. If you’ve never been to one of these events you really need to make it one of your first stops as you travel through Fall!

But of all the blessings that come with the Fall – when God paints the earth from the color palette of heaven – is the unchanging truth that in our seasons of change, our God NEVER changes! It was a promise:

Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And when the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man's heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done. While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”

– Genesis 8:20-22

And, not unlike the earth fashioned by His hands, the same is true in the seasons of our lives – God never changes.

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in Him.”

– Lamentations 3:22-24

Fall, not unlike the other seasons will come and go – all too quickly. But with every red and orange leaf that falls; with every crisp wind that blows; with every laughing child that jumps into a stack of nicely raked leaves; let’s be sure to thank our creator for the beauty of the world that He has created, and for the beauty of the lives around us that He has re-created in Christ!

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

For the Beauty of the Earth!


– Hebrews 13:8


“Your Kingdom Come” Text: Matthew 6:1-15 Pastor Bob Clark

SUNDAY SCHOOL – 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 and begins Sunday. 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 serves as a facilitator for this class.

CPC DIRECTORY –Draft copies for the New Directory are on the counter this morning for review of current listing or new additions. Please make corrections or changes before leaving church Sundayor cantact the church office 765-966-4017 or office@knowingchrist.net. A special note to Parents of College Students or recently Married Children, please check their listings for current information. Please make all changes known by no later than Wednesday, September 26th. Thank you for your help.

A TIME TO LAUGH! – Open Arms Ministry of Richmond is hosting an evening with Michael Jr., a comedian and actor. As well as his TV appearances Michael Jr. also appeared in the movie “The War Room.” The show is Thursday evening, September 28th at 6 pm at the Richmond Civic Theater doors will open at 5:15. Tickets are available at Christ United Church or Eventbrite.com; advance tickets $25; $30 at the door. Proceeds benefit Open Arms Ministry.

BIRTHRIGHT WALK – Join in this celebration of God’s precious gift- The Gift of Life! Saturday, September 30th. Registration from 8-10 am at Community Christian School 500 Elks Road. For more information call Birthright at 962-7439

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!

BABY SHOWER – Ladies, You are invited to a Baby Shower celebrating Arden and baby boy Davis: Saturday, October 14th, 10am-12noon at the church. This is a joint family and church shower given by her sister, Aarin Sanford, and her mother, Nedra Clark. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Nedra Clark at nedraclark@msn.com or call/text (765) 277-3342 no later than Monday, October 9th. Arden is registered on Amazon and at Kohl’s. If you are interested in contributing to a group gift please indicate so with your RSVP .

MEETING WITH MAYOR SNOW – On Wednesday, Oct 18, at 7 pm, First Christian Church of Richmond is sponsoring an evening with Mayor Dave Snow regarding the Opioid Addiction Issue in our city and area. A Q & A will follow. Light refreshments will be serves following the presentation.

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


21 September 2017

A Finnish aid worker held hostage for nearly four months in Afghanistan was freed on 14 September. She had been kidnapped from an international guesthouse in Kabul, run by her employer, Operation Mercy, when it was attacked in May; her German female colleague and Afghan guard were killed. The unnamed woman was studying Dari, preparing for her first assignment.

The Swedish-based aid organisation said “It is with great joy that we confirm the release of our Finnish colleague, who was abducted on 20 May. The well-being of our colleague is being assessed at this time. We request privacy for our colleague and our colleague’s family.”

Finland’s foreign ministry confirmed she was “safe” but gave no further details.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, nor for holding her hostage.

The German woman had worked in Afghanistan for 13 years (with Operation Mercy since 2011) and headed a literacy project. “Both [women] were experienced and had a deep desire to serve the people of Afghanistan,” said the organisation in a statement shortly after the May attack.

The guard, who was beheaded, was employed directly by the residents of the compound, not by the aid agency.

Guesthouse neighbours told the German broadcaster ZDF that the perpetrators seemed to have slipped quietly into the guesthouse premises. Operation Mercy said they had broken into the women’s residence, and that other staff were not affected, nor were they aware of the incident as it unfolded.

After the incident, the Finnish foreign ministry, together with the Afghanistan National Directorate of Security, launched an investigation, urging “the immediate release of the kidnapped person.”

Operation Mercy has over 300 staff worldwide. Its work in Afghanistan includes projects helping to reduce infant mortality, provide leadership training and help to empower women.

Sources: World Watch Monitor, BBC

Thank the Lord for this answered prayer. Continue to pray for her as she overcomes her ordeal and considers her future.
Remember the family members still in mourning and pray these deaths will not be in vain but be used by the Lord for good.

Pray for the protection of others serving in ministry in Afghanistan so they can continue to assist many in need.


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.


BIRTHDAYS! September

  1. 4  Helen Morgan
  2. 5  Janice Scheffler

5 Kim Soots
10 Don Hale
17 Kathy Anderson 17 Hartmut Scheffler

  1. 21  Laura Kehlenbrink
  2. 22  Jodi McKinney
  1. 22  Jesse Owens
  2. 23  Gabriel Cook
  1. 25  Marcia McIntosh
  2. 26  Eric Gibbs

29 Kathy Roszell

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