Context is Key

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be looking at the Book of Haggai. I am looking forward to opening this portion of Scripture with you and seeing what God has to teach us. Please take a moment before Sunday to read through the first chapter of Haggai and familiarize yourself with the passage. As you do, note your feelings about the People of God and their failure along with God’s faithfulness to what appears to be an unconcerned people. It’s easy to note the sins of Israel as we read Scripture. We often wonder why they don’t get it.

Several years ago, the Schrage’s were traveling between South Texas and Indianapolis (something we did a couple times a year) and we regularly made a stop at a Books-A-Million in Texarkana, TX. I took Max into the restroom and was talking to him in the stall. At some point, the door to the restroom opened and I heard the voice of a woman talking. It was made more strange because she seemed to be trying to start a conversation with Max. I told her there was someone in the restroom and we would be out shortly. We left the stall, washed our hands, and left the bathroom. Shannon was standing in the hallway with the girls and this woman was standing there talking to Shannon. It suddenly became clear to me that the woman suspected something nefarious was going on in the Men’s Room. She was attempting to talk to Max, so that he could ask for help. I was angry, I turned away from that woman, and didn’t say a word.

This story has become my illustration on CONTEXT. This woman wasn’t aware of the context of a Dad taking his son to the restroom. Sidenote: I often wonder what her conclusions communicate about the world we live in, when her first through is not, Dad taking son to the bathroom.

As we read through the first chapter of Haggai, we can jump to conclusions about God’s People and make assumptions about their spiritual lives and dedication. We self-righteously think, “I would never have left the Lord’s house in ruins.” On Sunday, we will consider the context of this passage, see why Israel was thinking the way they were, and see how this passage of Scriptures is relevant to our own spiritual lives and growth in grace.

Jeff Schrage


“The Confronting Event of God’s Word” Text: Haggai 1
Pastor Jeff Schrage

FALL FESTIVAL – Tomorrow! 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! Please send your RSVP to Roger.Golden@goldenengineering.com

CONGRATULATIONS! JEFF & SHANNON SCHRAGE on the birth of their son, Reece Myron Schrage born September 30, 2017 at 11:08pm, weighing 7lbs 11.9 ounces. 20 inches

CONGRATULATIONS! KIT & LAUREN JOOS on the birth their daughter, Kate Adley Joos born October 2nd, 2017 weighing 7lbs 1oz and 18inches long.

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

SUNDAY SCHOOL – For all ages! Adult classes: “In Touch” This class is led by Elder Jim Roszell & today’s column from Touchstone Magazine is titled “No Dead Man’s Prayer” it concerns the suffering of faith and the paradox of Psalm 88. Our second is a video class from the Ligonier 2017 National Conference “The Next 500 Years” - the class focuses 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.

INSPIRE – Meets at the church on Thursday, October 12th from 6:45pm - 8:45pm. Lori Fowler will be sharing about opportunities for community service and Judy Hall will be sharing part of her story.

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 7pm, 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.

JEFF’S ORDINATION SERVICE will be on Friday, October 27th at 6:00PM. Everyone is Welcome! The service will likely be about 45 minutes. There will be a reception in the lobby following the service. Come and meet Jeff’s friends and the pastor’s that have mentored and supported Jeff through this journey to ordination. It is a celebration of the completion of a journey that began in August 2001!

SIERRA LEONE MISSION TRIP – The Sierra Leone mission trip 2018 is scheduled for February 15 thru 26. If interested in going please see Jim Roszell.

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

CPC Song of the Month

"The Lord is My Salvation" by Keith and Kristyn Getty

The grace of God has reached for me And pulled me from the raging sea And I am safe on this solid ground The Lord is my salvation

I will not fear when darkness falls
His strength will help me scale these walls I'll see the dawn of the rising sun
The Lord is my salvation

Who is like the Lord our God Strong to save faithful in love My debt is paid and the victory won The Lord is my salvation

My hope is hidden in the Lord
He flow'rs each promise of His Word When winter fades I know spring will come The Lord is my salvation

In times of waiting times of need When I know loss when I am weak
I know His grace will renew these days The Lord is my salvation


And when I reach my final day He will not leave me in the grave But I will rise He will call me home The Lord is my salvation


Glory be to God the Father Glory be to God the Son Glory be to God the Spirit The Lord is our salvation


The Lord is our salvation The Lord is our salvation

If you would like to listen and follow along the lyrics of our song that we will be learning in October, just click on the link below. The video includes the lyrics. It's a wonderful song for your personal time and for our corporate worship together. Let's learn it together!

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! THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD ! Release of Christians Imprisoned for Praying

Source(s): World Watch Monitor 05 October 2017

After praying for a mentally ill woman, four Nepali Christians were sentenced in December 2016 to five years in prison for alleged "violence and witchcraft." Thankfully, their sentences were recently overturned and they have all been released. Lali Pun, Bimkali Budha, Ruplal Pariyar and his wife Ganga, were initially found guilty at the District Court in Salyan -- a district in western Nepal -- even though the woman had testified in court that their prayer had ultimately resulted in her healing. A fifth Christian, Rupa Thapa, was found not guilty.

The five had been imprisoned since July 2016 for "witchcraft, forceful imprisonment and violence," despite the presentation of an additional testimony from the healed woman's husband confirming their innocence. Along with being interrogated for these charges, the believers were further questioned at each court hearing to determine if they had made any attempts to convert their alleged victim -- an issue that was not listed on the charge sheet.

The mentally ill woman, Seti, had been sent by her father-in-law, a former Christian, to a local church for prayer with concerns that she was "possessed by demons." Witnesses reported that Seti left the church before the conclusion of the prayer service, and was later found shouting and inflicting harm to herself in a nearby forest.

More than a month later, a local businessman gave an account of the incident to the local media. On the basis of that media report, a complaint was filed against the five Christians, who were then arrested and subsequently sentenced under Nepal's new constitution which outlaws proselytism. Local church leaders announced at the time that they believed the five had been targeted because they were minority Christians.

While we can thank the Lord for the recent release of these imprisoned believers, please join us in praying that they will be strengthened as they recover from the ordeal. Although Christianity is considered a minority religion in their country, we can be assured from God's Word that these believers will be further unified and strengthened through the power of prayer. Despite any threats they may receive from those who oppose their faith, pray that they will continue to be courageous in their ministry service, and that their 'labour of love' will be mightily used to extend God's Kingdom in Nepal.


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.


1 Sharon Foust

  1. 4  Melissa Owens
  2. 5  Bill Stackhouse
  1. 8  Barbara Koditek
  2. 9  Shannon Schrage
  1. 11  Richard Anderson
  2. 12  Karissa Owens
  1. 16  Jim McKinney
  2. 17  Sam Steinfort
  3. 18  Josiah Moore
  4. 19  Marilyn Geiling
  1. 21  Jonathan Golden
  2. 22  Luke Miller

24 Darrell Watt
27 Debbie Higgs
29 Diana Kehlenbrink 31 Jane Arnold

16 Quentin & Ruth Williamson 14 Dan & Lori Staifer
24 Mike & Susan Cougill

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