CPC e-news for March 14, 2014


Romans 4:13-18 The Message

13-15 That famous promise God gave Abraham—that he and his children would possess the earth—was not given because of something Abraham did or would do. It was based on God’s decision to put everything together for him, which Abraham then entered when he believed. If those who get what God gives them only get it by doing everything they are told to do and filling out all the right forms properly signed, that eliminates personal trust completely and turns the promise into an ironclad contract! That’s not a holy promise; that’s a business deal. A contract drawn up by a hard-nosed lawyer and with plenty of fine print only makes sure that you will never be able to collect. But if there is no contract in the first place, simply a promise—and God’s promise at that—you can’t break it.

16 This is why the fulfillment of God’s promise depends entirely on trusting God and his way, and then simply embracing him and what he does. God’s promise arrives as pure gift. That’s the only way everyone can be sure to get in on it, those who keep the religious traditions and those who have never heard of them. For Abraham is father of us all. He is not our racial father—that’s reading the story backward. He is our faith father.

17-18 We call Abraham “father” not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody. Isn’t that what we’ve always read in Scripture, God saying to Abraham, “I set you up as father of many peoples”? Abraham was first named “father” and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing. When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw hecouldn’t do but on what God said he would do. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, “You’re going to have a big family, Abraham!”

Church Calendar for March 7 – 15, 2014

For full church calendar, go to:  https://www.thcpc.org

8:45 am Choir rehearsal
9:30 am Sunday School
10:30 am Worship, 2nd Sunday of Lent
11:30 am Fellowship Time – Milkshakes!
11:30 am High Ground rehearsal
5:00 pm Lent Supper begins; 7th Cents Youth Group
6:00 pm  Lent Worship
6:15 pm Lenten Series study                                                                                                                                                                 

12:00 pm Family Prayer Group at church     

4:30 pm Confirmation Class
5:15 pm T3EM Supper and Childcare
5:30 pm Worship Commission meets
5:30 pm Finance Commission meets
6:00 pm Mission Committee meets
6:30 pm Christian Nurture Commission meets
6:30 pm Facilities Commission meets
7:00 pm Church Life Church Action Commission meets                                                                                                                                                                                                           

7:00 pm Communications Commission meets


Lent devotions featuring readings by Henri Nouwen are available in the sanctuary and fellowship hall.

Sunday School classes meet each week at 9:30 am. Preschool – room 108; Younger Elementary (K-2nd) – room 202; Older Elementary (3rd – 5th) room 103; Middle School – room 200; High School – room 201; Adults and Young Adults: Coffee and Conversation – FH classroom A; History of Christianity – FH classroom B; Christian Parenting – FH Classroom C.

The Sunday School offering is money for milk at 14th and Chestnut.  Please give generously.  Sunday School Superintendent, Sandy Mead, is offering a challenge – if we get $35 (all classes) or more a week in offering, there will be a milkshake party each month! Thanks for your generous giving – MILKSHAKES ON MAR 16!

Surrell Scholarship Applications are available in the church office.  2014 High School Seniors and current college students (including non-traditional) who are part of the CPC family, whether by membership or church life participation, may apply.  The deadline to return the application is April 30 and none will be accepted after that date.  See Sandy Mead or Amanda Davis for more information.

2014 Lenten Series – The educational series continues each Sunday through April 13 from 5:00 to 7:30 pm.  Supper will be served from 5:00 to 6:00 followed by worship and classes.  The preschool and elementary children will be doing activities related to Peacemaking.  The youth group study is “A Journey with Jesus in the 21st Century” (they will meet in the Central Youth room each week).  Adults will have an interesting discussion using the study “Faithful Citizen: Living Responsibly in a Global Society” exploring how our individualism focus can faithfully respond to global issues.  Kevin Christ will lead the discussion of “Covenant for a New Economy.”  Breakfast for supper (sausage & pancakes, including gluten free) will be prepared by the Facilities and Finance Commission members.  Childcare will be provided for the youngest children.

PRAYER TREES FOR LENT – Have you noticed the six “trees” in Fellowship Hall?  These are prayer trees!  During Lent, add your specific prayers (forgiveness, thanksgiving, for the world, for patience, wisdom and praise) by writing them on the leaf attached to each tree, pin the leaf to the tree either showing your prayer or turned away as you prefer.  There is no limit to the prayers that you can add.  Let’s bring spring to the trees while focusing on prayer during Lent.

Dates for your planning calendar:

April 25-27 Family Retreat at Pyoca
June 22 – 26 VBS at Central  6:00 – 8:30 pm

KOINONIA PRAYER LIST:  In an effort to keep the prayer needs of our family and friends off of the website, you will be receiving a separate email with the Koinonia Prayer List.  The same distribution list is used for both mailings, so if you unsubscribe to one, you have for both.  Please be patient until we can find a better way to make this work.

Happy Birthday to:

Anna Spydell 3/14; J.P. Mellor 3/15; Diane Giltner, Min Seo 3/16; Peter Christ, Caroline Christ 3/17; Henry Darke 3/19; Simone Cline, Susan Powers, Shirley Slutz 3/20; Christopher Moulton 3/21

Lectionary readings for March 16

2nd Sunday in Lent, Gen. 12:1-4a; Psalm 121; Rom. 4:1-5, 13-17; John 3:1-17

Reminders for Sunday, March 16

Liturgist: Fred Haan
Children’s Moment: Amanda Davis
Greeter: Paul & Linda Shaw
Ushers: Bill & Joyce Cook, Robert Horneker, Susan Hoffman, Fred Simmons, Don Lowder
Hosts: Christ family
Session Open and Close:  Joyce Cook, Don Lowder

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Presbytery of Ohio Valley website: www.povpc.org


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