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October 14, 2018
Series: Spiritual Success
Message: “You Are What You Eat”
Rev. Ralph Prinkey
1 Peter 2:1-7a (NKJV)

Our Inheritance Through Christ’s Blood

2 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow [a]thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

The Chosen Stone and His Chosen People

Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture,

“Behold, I lay in Zion
A chief cornerstone, elect, precious,
And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”

Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious;

Service: 

PRELUDE         “All the Way My Savior Leads me”     Lowry
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP                                          Kathy Stewart
* HYMN          “We Have Come into His House”                  588
*INVOCATION & LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
Amen
CHILDRENS MOMENT
OFFERTORY           “Jesus, Lover of my Soul”           Marsh
*DOXOLOGY & PRAYER                                                     625
HYMN                       “Take Time to Be Holy”                          441
PASTORAL PRAYER
SCRIPTURE LESSON          1 Peter 2:1-7a (NKJV)
MESSAGE     “You Are What You Eat”  Rev. Ralph Prinkey
Part 1 of 2 parts series “Spiritual Success”
*HYMN         “Take the Name of Jesus with You”      116
*BENEDICTION    
POSTLUDE     “He Will Hold Me Fast”              Harkness

Announcements:

Pastor Will’s Recuperation
Pastor Will is doing well since his surgery and plans to return October 28th.  If there are any emergencies please feel free to contact the Deacons.   Those wishing to send cards can send them to the church and we will make sure to forward them on to Pastor Will.  Blessings and prayers to Pastor Will and his family.

World Mission Offering—October
For the month of October.  You are the Salt of the Earth. Matthew 5:13
This years focus, Health and Wellness, Abolishing Global Slavery, and Economic and Community Development.  Give generously to the WMO.

Women’s Bible Study
We will have Women’s Bible Study on Tuesdays at 6:00pm.  Except on Board meeting Night.  The topic is “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World”.

Men’s Prayer Breakfast
Saturday, October 27, 2018 we will have our morning Men’s Prayer Breakfast at 10:00am in the Pastor’s Office.  Hope to see you here for Fellowship & Prayer.

Lost & Found
We have found an approx. 3 inch silver cross in the parking lot.  It may be   from a necklace or keychain.  If you have lost a cross or know who has, it can  be found on the table outside the church office.

Opportunities For The Week:

Tuesday ~ Board Meetings: CE—6:00pm, Trustees—7:00pm
Wednesday ~ 6:30-8:00pm—Kid’s Klub
Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School
10:45am—Morning Worship

October 7, 2018
Message: “The Way…The Truth…The Life”
Rev. Ralph Prinkey
John 14:1-7 (NKJV)

The Way, the Truth, and the Life

14 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

The Father Revealed
“If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”

Service: 

PRELUDE         “O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go”        Peace
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP                                    Nancy Sherbondy
* HYMN       “God, Our Father, We Adore Thee”                  268
*INVOCATION & LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
Amen
CHILDRENS MOMENT
OFFERTORY           “More About Jesus”                  Sweney
*DOXOLOGY & PRAYER                                                     625
SPECIAL MUSIC         “Any Other Man”  Pastor Ralph
HYMN                       “Footsteps of Jesus”                    470
PASTORAL PRAYER
SCRIPTURE LESSON            John 14:1-7 (NKJV)
MESSAGE               “The Way…The Truth…The Life”
*HYMN                     “Cleanse Me”                                           438
COMMUNION SERVICE
            Invitation To The Lord’s Table
Responsive Reading   “The Lord’s Supper”            647
The Blessing of the Elements
Taking the Bread and the Cup
*HYMN “God Be with You”   (Stanza 1)                 602
*BENEDICTION    
POSTLUDE     “Hallelujah, What a Savior”                Bliss

Announcements:

Pastor Will’s Recuperation
Pastor Will has had his surgery and plans to return October 28th.  If there are any emergencies please feel free to contact the Deacons.   Those wishing to send cards can send them to the church and we will make sure to forward them on to Pastor Will.  Blessing and prayers to Pastor Will and his family.

World Mission Offering—October
For the month of October. You are the Salt of the Earth. Matthew 5:13             This years focus, Health and Wellness, Abolishing Global Slavery, and Economic and Community Development. Give generously to the WMO.

Board Meetings
The Church Boards will meet on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Christian Ed at 6;00pm, Deacons at 6:30pm, and Trustees at 7:00pm.

Women’s Bible Study
We will have Women’s Bible Study on Tuesdays at 6:00pm. The topic is “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World”.

Friendship Tea
Any ladies who would be interested in meeting at Valley Dairy for a tea or coffee with Martha Scheller, please see Carol Shaffer.

Pray Connellsville
City Church of Connellsville sponsors an annual event to pray for the Connellsville Community. See the insert for more information on how to participate.

Opportunities For The Week:

Tuesday ~ 6:00pm—Women’s Bible Study
Wednesday ~ 6:30-8:00pm—Kid’s Klub
Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School
10:45am—Morning Worship

September 30, 2018
Series: The Different Faces of Prayer
Message: “It’s In There”
Matthew 6:12-13 (NIV)

12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.

Service: 

PRELUDE                 “Jesus Paid It All”                               Hall
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP                                                 Jeff Stewart
* HYMN        “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”                 2
*INVOCATION & LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,
 On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors;
 And lead us not into temptation,
 But deliver us from evil.
 For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
Amen
CHILDRENS MOMENT
OFFERTORY           “What Can I Bring”           Jeremy Riddle
*DOXOLOGY & PRAYER                                                            625
PASTORAL PRAYER
SCRIPTURE LESSON            Matthew 6:12, 13 
MESSAGE               “Yeah, It’s In There”
*HYMN                     “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus”           477
*BENEDICTION    
POSTLUDE     “Lord, I’m Coming Home”               Kirkpatrick

Announcements:

5th Sunday
Today, September 30th is a 5th Sunday of the month of September.  We will have a special offering to benefit the Connellsville Community Ministries.  Please help our neighbors in need.

Sunday Evening Bible Study
Please join us for Sunday evening Bible study Tonight September 30th at 6:00pm as we reflect upon the topic, “Body Life; the Power of Christian Fellowship and What it’s All About.”   All are welcomed.

Women’s Bible Study
We will have Women’s Bible Study on Tuesdays at 6:00pm.  The topic is “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World”.

October Worship Committee
The Worship Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 2nd at 10:00am in the Pastor’s office.

Friendship Tea
Any ladies who would be interested in meeting at Valley Dairy for a tea or coffee with Martha Scheller, please see Carol Shaffer.

Pastor Will’s Recuperation Plans
October 5th—21st, Pastor Will will be off due to surgery.  If there are any emergencies please feel free to contact the Deacons.

World Mission Offering—October
Coming in the month of October.  You are the Salt of the Earth. Matthew 5:13     This years focus, Health and Wellness, Abolishing Global Slavery, and Economic and Community Development.  Give generously to the WMO.

Pray Connellsville
City Church of Connellsville sponsors an annual event to pray for the Connellsville Community.  This year participants will gather at City Church on Saturday, October 13th at 9:30am for registration and zone assignments with prayers from 11:00am until noon.  To reach all of   Connellsville City, 7 sections are marked on assigned maps to make it possible for the 1 hour of prayers to cover the city.

Opportunities For The Week:

Tonight ~ 6:00pm—Bible Study, “Body Life”
Tuesday ~ 10:00am—Worship Committee Meeting
.                       6:00pm—Women’s Bible Study
Wednesday ~ 6:30-8:00pm—Kid’s Klub
Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School
10:45am—Morning Worship

September 23, 2018
Series: The Different Faces of Prayer
Message: “Make Your Requests known”
Matthew 6:10, 11 (NIV)

10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.

Service: 

PRELUDE            “A Charge to Keep”                                       Mason
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP                                                              Joe Lee
TIME OF PRAISE
          * HYMN             “Thou Art Worthy”   (2 x’s)                         73
Testimonies of Praise
          * HYMN             “I Love You, Lord”   (2 x’s)                         80
*INVOCATION & LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
Amen
CHILDRENS MOMENT
OFFERTORY         “Oh, How I Love Jesus”                            Lowry
*DOXOLOGY & PRAYER                                                          625
SPECIAL MUSIC            “Prayer For a Friend”     Annette & Ruth
PASTORAL PRAYER
SCRIPTURE LESSON             Matthew 6:10, 11
MESSAGE                   “Make Your Requests Known”
*HYMN               “God Will Take Care of You”                              47
*BENEDICTION    
POSTLUDE     “We Test our Lives by Thine”                      Wallace

Announcements:

Sunday Evening Bible Study
Please join us for Sunday evening Bible study Tonight September 23, & 30 at 6:00pm as we reflect upon the topic, “Body Life; the Power of Christian Fellowship and What it’s All About.”   All are welcomed.

Women’s Bible Study
We will resume Women’s Bible Study on this Tuesday, September 25th at 6:00pm.  The topic is “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World”.

October Newsletter Deadline
Please have your October 2018 Newsletter announcements or articles to the church office before 10:00am, Thursday, September 27th.

Men’s Prayer Breakfast
The Men’s Prayer Breakfast will resume.  The first meeting will be on Saturday, September 29th at 10:00am in the Fellowship Hall.  Hope to see you here for fellowship and prayer.

5th Sunday This Month
Sunday, September 30th will be a 5th Sunday of the month of September.  We will have a special offering to benefit the Connellsville Community Ministries.  Please help our neighbors in need.

October Worship Committee
 The Worship Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 2nd at 10:00am in the Pastor’s office.

Pastor Will’s Recuperation Plans
October 5th—21st, Pastor Will will be off due to surgery.  If there are any emergencies please feel free to contact the Deacons.

Pray Connellsville
City Church of Connellsville sponsors an annual event to pray for the Connellsville Community.  This year participants will gather at City Church on Saturday, October 13th at 9:30am for registration and zone assignments with prayers from 11:00am until noon.  To reach all of   Connellsville City, 7 sections are marked on assigned maps to make it possible for the 1 hour of prayers to cover the city.

Opportunities For The Week:

Tonight ~ 6:00pm—Bible Study, “Body Life”
Tuesday ~ 6:00pm—Women’s Bible Study
Wednesday ~ 6:30-8:00pm—Kid’s Klub
Saturday ~ 10:00am—Men’s Prayer Breakfast
Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School
10:45am—Morning Worship
6:00pm—Bible Study, “Body Life”

September 16, 2018
Series: The Different Faces of Prayer
Message: “The Prayer of Praise”
Matthew 6:9 (NIV)
“This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Service

PRELUDE              “Just Where I Am”                            Harkness
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP                                Margaret Coughenour
*HYMN                  “Praise Him! Praise Him!”                         106
*INVOCATION & LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
Amen
CHILDRENS MOMENT
OFFERTORY        “Fade Each Earthly Joy”                        Perkins
*DOXOLOGY & PRAYER                                                       625
HYMN Peoples Choice                                              
PASTORAL PRAYER
SCRIPTURE LESSON      Matthew 6:9; I Thessalonians 5:16-18
MESSAGE        “The Prayer of Praise”
*HYMN       “Count Your Blessings”                                          563
*BENEDICTION    
POSTLUDE                “He Follows in His Train”                   Cutler

Announcements: 

Preaching Series
Starting this morning Pastor Will will be beginning a new preaching series on Prayer entitled, “The Different Faces of Prayer”.

Sunday Evening Bible Study
Please join us for Sunday evening Bible study Tonight September 16, 23, & 30 at 6:00pm as we reflect upon the topic, “Body Life; the Power of Christian Fellowship and What it’s All About.”   All are welcomed.

Board Meetings
The Church Boards will meet on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. Deacons at 6:30pm, and Trustees at 7:00pm.  The Christian Board of Education will not meet.

Church Office Hours
On Thursday, September 20th, Lisa will be working in the afternoon   instead of the morning.

Women’s Bible Study
We will resume Tuesday evening Women’s Bible Study on Tuesday, September 25th at 6:00pm.

October Newsletter Deadline
Please have your October 2018 Newsletter announcements or articles to the church office before 10:00am, Thursday, September 27th.

Opportunities For The Week:

Tonight ~ 6:00pm—Bible Study, “Body Life”
Tuesday ~ Board Meetings: Deacons – 6:30pm & Trustee – 7:00pm
Wednesday ~ 6:30-8:00pm—Kid’s Klub
Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School
10:45am—Morning Worship
6:00pm—Bible Study, “Body Life”

September 9, 2018
Occasion: Teacher Appreciation Sunday
Message: “The ABC’s of a Good Teacher”
Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)

Start children off on the way they should go,
and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

Service

PRELUDE                      “Close to Thee”                                                 Vail
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP   “A Teacher’s Prayer”       Nathaniel Heinbaugh

Teacher’s Prayer 
God grant me wisdom, creativity, and love.
With wisdom, I may look to the future and see the effect that my teaching will have on these children, and thus adapt my methods to fit the needs of each one.
With creativity,  I can prepare new and interesting projects that can challenge my students and expand their minds to set higher goals and dream loftier dreams.
With love, I can praise my students for jobs well done and encourage them to get up and go on when they fail, Lord reveal yourself through me.
Amen.

*HYMN                  “O for a Thousand Tongues”                                    76
*INVOCATION & LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread; 
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors;

 And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil. 
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. 
Amen

TEACHER RECOGNITION
*HYMN   “Jesus Loves the Little Children” (2 times)           580
OFFERTORY        “Cleansing Wave”                                  Knapp
*DOXOLOGY & PRAYER                                                    625
HYMN            “Jesus Loves Me”                                               579
PASTORAL PRAYER
SCRIPTURE LESSON       Proverbs 22:6
MESSAGE           “The ABC’s of a Good Teacher”
*HYMN             “Love Lifted Me”                                             505
*BENEDICTION    
POSTLUDE          “How Firma Foundation”                     Steele

Announcements: 

Teacher’s Appreciation Day
Today, September 9, 2018 we honor teachers past and present.  We will have a special worship service for teachers and light refreshments will be served after service.

Kid’s Klub Returns
Kid’s Klub will have our first meeting on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, from 6:30pm-8:00pm here at the church.  All youngsters, beginning at age 4, are invited.  Story time, crafts, snacks and more!

Board Meetings
The Church Boards will meet on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. Christian Ed at 6:00pm, Deacons at 6:30pm, and Trustees at 7:00pm.

Sunday Evening Bible Study
Please join us for Sunday evening Bible study Tonight September 9, 16, 23, & 30 at 6:00pm as we reflect upon the topic, “Body Life; the Power of Christian Fellowship and What it’s All About.”   All are welcomed.

Women’s Bible Study
We will resume Tuesday evening Women’s Bible Study on Tuesday, September 25th at 6:00pm.

Opportunities For The Week: 

Tonight ~ 6:00pm—Bible Study, “Body Life”
Wednesday ~ 6:30-8:00pm—Kid’s Klub…Welcome Back!
Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School
10:45am—Morning Worship
6:00pm—Bible Study, “Body Life”

September 2, 2018
Occasion: Labor Day Sunday
Message: “The Power of The Sabbath”
Exodus 20:8-11 (NIV)

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Announcements: 

Worship Committee
Worship Committee will meet on Tuesday, September 4th at 10:00am in the Pastor’s office.

Teacher’s Appreciation Day
Next Sunday, September 9, 2018 come honor teachers past and present.  We will have a special worship service for teachers and light refreshments will be served after service.

Kid’s Klub Returns
Kid’s Klub will have our first meeting on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, from 6:30pm-8:00pm here at the church.  All youngsters, beginning at age 4, are invited.  Story time, crafts, snacks and more!

Board Meetings
The Church Boards will meet on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. Christian Ed at 6:00pm, Deacons at 6:30pm, and Trustees at 7:00pm.

Sunday Evening Bible Study
 Please join us for Sunday evening Bible study on September 9, 16, 23, & 30 at 6:00pm as we reflect upon the topic, “Body Life; the Power of Christian Fellowship and What it’s All About.”   All are welcomed.

Women’s Bible Study
We will resume Tuesday evening Women’s Bible Study on Tuesday,    September 25th at 6:00pm.

Opportunities For The Week: 

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School
10:45am—Morning Worship—Teacher Appreciation
Light Refreshments after Service

August 26, 2018

Guest Speaker Gideon Anthony Cesare

Announcements: 

Worship Committee
Worship Committee will meet on Tuesday, September 4th at 10:00am in the Pastor’s office.

Teacher’s Appreciation Day
Sunday, September 9, 2018 come honor teachers past and present.  We will have a special worship service for teachers and light refreshments will be served after service.

Women’s Bible Study
We will resume Tuesday evening Women’s Bible Study on Tuesday,    September 25th at 6:00pm.

Opportunities For The Week: 

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School
10:45am—Morning Worship

August 19, 2018
Series:  Heroes of The Old Testament
Message: “A Cupbearer’s Valuable Lessons on Prayer”
Nehemiah 1:1-4, 11 (NIV)

Nehemiah’s Prayer

1 The words of Nehemiah son of Hakaliah:

In the month of Kislev in the twentieth year, while I was in the citadel of Susa, Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem.

They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.”

When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.

11 Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.”

I was cupbearer to the king.

Announcements: 

Our Annual Church Picnic!
We will be having our annual picnic Today at 1:00pm at Yough River Park in the Historical Society Pavilion.  Always Good food, Fellowship and Fun for all ages.  Electric available and restrooms are close by.

See you there!

Teacher’s Appreciation Day
Sunday, September 9, 2018 come honor teachers past and present.  We will have a special worship service for teachers and light refreshments will be served after service.

Women’s Bible Study
We will resume Tuesday evening Women’s Bible Study on Tuesday,    September 25th at 6:00pm.

Thank you
Carol & Wayne Shaffer wish to thank everyone for the memorial offering for Harold Shaffer that will be used toward the windows.

Opportunities For The Week: 

Today ~ 1:00pm—Annual Church Picnic at Yough River Park
Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School
10:45am—Morning Worship

August 12, 2018
Series:  Heroes of The Old Testament
Message: “Facing Life’s Fiery Trials”
Daniel 3:19-21, 24-28 (NIV)

19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual 20 and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. 21 So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace.

24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?”

They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.”

25 He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”

26 Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!”

So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, 27 and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.

28 Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.

Announcements:

Meetings
 There will be a short Christian Ed meeting today after worship.
Also the Worship Committee will meet on Tuesday, August 14th at 10:00am.

Our Annual Church Picnic!
We will be having our annual picnic is Next Sunday, August 19th at 1:00pm at Yough River Park in the Historical Society Pavilion.  Always Good food, Fellowship and Fun for all ages.  Electric available and restrooms are close by.  See your insert to let us know if you plan on coming.  See you there!

Opportunities For The Week: 

Tuesday ~ 10:00am—Worship Committee Meeting
Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School
10:45am—Morning Worship

August 5, 2018
Series:  Heroes of The Old Testament
Message: “Daring to Be a Daniel 101”
Daniel 1:8-17 (NIV)

But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel, 10 but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.”

11 Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, 12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” 14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.

15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. 16 So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.

17 To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.

Announcements: 

Meetings
There will be a short Christian Ed meeting after worship next Sunday, August 12th.
Also the Worship Committee will meet on Tuesday, August 14th at 10:00am.

Our Annual Church Picnic!
We will be having our annual picnic on Sunday, August 19th at 1:00pm at Yough River Park in the Historical Society Pavilion.  Always Good food, Fellowship and Fun for all ages.  Electric available and restrooms are close by.  See your insert to let us know if you plan on coming.  See you there!

Prayers for a Friend
 Please keep Lorraine Miner in your prayers, she is very ill.  If you would like to send her a card her address is 918 Rockridge Road, Connellsville, PA 15425

Opportunities For The Week: 

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School
10:45am—Morning Worship
CE Meeting after worship

July 29, 2018
Series:  Heroes of The Old Testament
Message: “Just Do It”
1 Samuel 24:1-4, 8-11 (NIV)

David Spares Saul’s Life

24 After Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, “David is in the Desert of En Gedi.” So Saul took three thousand able young men from all Israel and set out to look for David and his men near the Crags of the Wild Goats.

He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave. The men said, “This is the day the Lord spoke of when he said to you, ‘I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.’” Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.

Then David went out of the cave and called out to Saul, “My lord the king!” When Saul looked behind him, David bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground. He said to Saul, “Why do you listen when men say, ‘David is bent on harming you’? 10 This day you have seen with your own eyes how the Lord delivered you into my hands in the cave. Some urged me to kill you, but I spared you; I said, ‘I will not lay my hand on my lord, because he is the Lord’s anointed.’ 11 See, my father, look at this piece of your robe in my hand! I cut off the corner of your robe but did not kill you. See that there is nothing in my hand to indicate that I am guilty of wrongdoing or rebellion. I have not wronged you, but you are hunting me down to take my life.

Announcements: 

5th Sunday
Today is the 5th Sunday in the month of July.  We will have a special offering to benefit the Connellsville Community Ministries.  Please help our neighbors in need.

Get Ready! Our Picnic is in August!
See your bulletin insert to let us know if you will attend our Annual Church Picnic on August 19th at Yough River Park.

Sympathy and Prayers
Prayers of sympathy for the Shaffer family at the loss of Harold Shaffer this past week.
The Shaffer family wishes to thank all who prayed and supported them in this difficult time.

Opportunities For The Week: 

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School
10:45am—Morning Worship

July 22, 2018
Series:  Heroes of The Old Testament
Message: “The Believers Remedy for the Blues”
1 Kings 19:1-9, 15-18 (NIV)

Elijah Flees to Horeb
19 Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.”

Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.

All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.

The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. There he went into a cave and spent the night.

The Lord Appears to Elijah
And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

15 The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. 16 Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. 17 Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu. 18 Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”

Announcements: 

Next Sunday 5th Sunday
Next Sunday we will have a special offering to benefit the Connellsville Community Ministries.

August Newsletter Deadline
Please have your August 2018 Newsletter announcements or articles to the church office before Thursday, July 26th.

Get Ready! Our Picnic is in August!
See your bulletin insert to let us know if you will attend our Annual Church Picnic on August 19th at Yough River Park. 

Camp Carmel 2018 Summer Registration
See the Bulletin Board for Camp Carmel Options this Summer!  Remember we have financial assistance to those who may need help to go to camp.  Registration forms are available in the church office (724-628-1240) or on the Camp Carmel website http://www.campcarmel.com/.

Opportunities For The Week: 

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School
10:45am—Morning Worship

July 15, 2018
Series:  Heroes of The Old Testament
Message: “If Not Me, Who?  If Not Now, When?”
Judges 4:4-9 (NIV)

Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time. She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to her to have their disputes decided. She sent for Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, “The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you: ‘Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead them up to Mount Tabor. I will lead Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and give him into your hands.’”

Barak said to her, “If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.”

“Certainly I will go with you,” said Deborah. “But because of the course you are taking, the honor will not be yours, for the Lord will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman.” So Deborah went with Barak to Kedesh.

Announcements: 

Grill Cook Out Today
Join us today after worship for a Grill Cook Out in the Fellowship Hall.  All Welcome!

Vacation Bible School Follow-up Meeting
On Thursday, July 19th at 6:30pm there will be a follow-up meeting at the Presbyterian church.

Summer Church Office Hours
The Safari Kids Education Summer Camp has ended early. Lisa will   resume her regular office hours Monday, July 16th.  Lisa’s Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 9:00am until Noon.  Pastor Will’s hours have not change and are as posted.

Connellsville Block Party
Connellsville Area Ministerial Association will be hosting its Annual Block Party on July 21, 2018 from 10:00am until 8:00pm at the Yough River Park. Family Food & Fun for All!

August Newsletter Deadline
Please have your August 2018 Newsletter announcements or articles to the church office before Thursday, July 26th.

Camp Carmel 2018 Summer Registration
See the Bulletin Board for Camp Carmel Options this Summer!  Remember we have financial assistance to those who may need help to go to camp.  Registration forms are available in the church office (724-628-1240) or on the Camp Carmel website http://www.campcarmel.com/.

Opportunities For The Week: 

Today ~ Grill Cook Out after worship
Saturday ~ 10:00am until 8:00pm, Connellsville Block Party
Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School
10:45am—Morning Worship

July 8, 2018
Series:  Heroes of The Old Testament
Message: “Joshua’s Timely Message”
Joshua 24:14, 15 (NIV) 

14 “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Announcements: 

Graduation Honor
Today we honor Nathaniel Heinbaugh for his High School Graduation.  Good job Nathaniel!  Nathaniel’s future plans are undecided at this time.  Good luck and God’s blessing in whatever   the future may bring.  A personalized study Bible will be presented during the service today.

Faith & Family Night with The Wild Things
 See you at the Ball park tonight!  If you are attending tonight’s Wild Things event and need driving directions to the Washington Wild Things ballpark. Directions are available at the rear of the sanctuary or outside the church office.

Grill Cook Out in July
We are planning a Grill Cook Out after worship next Sunday,  July 15, 2018 in the Fellowship Hall.  Please bring your favorite casserole etc. to share.  Hotdogs, hamburgers & buns will be provided. There will be a time for fellowship and maybe some games.  Plan on joining us for an enjoyable afternoon.  See the bulletin insert to let us know how many will be attending.

Summer Church Office Hours
This summer there will be a Safari Kids Education Summer Camp run by local teachers using our Fellowship Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am until 1pm, during the week starting June 19th until July 26th. Lisa’s office hours during this time (6 weeks) will change to accommodate the Camp building use.  Lisa will be in the office Monday 9am until noon, Tuesday & Thursday 8:45am until 1:15pm.  Lisa will be off on Fridays.  Please leave a message on the voicemail and your call will returned as soon as possible.

Camp Carmel 2018 Summer Registration
See the Bulletin Board for Camp Carmel Options this Summer!  Remember we have financial assistance to those who may need help to go to camp.  Registration forms are available in the church office (724-628-1240) or on the Camp Carmel website http://www.campcarmel.com/.

Camp Carmel Cereal Drive
Today is the last day for cereal donation.  Thank you to all of your help feeding our campers!

Thank You Vacation Bible School Volunteers
Many hands make light work and everyone worked hard to make Vacation Bible School a success!  We want to also thank Trinity Lutheran and the Presbyterian churches for their cooperation in helping to make this past week’s many blessings.

Opportunities For The Week: 

Tonight ~ 3:30pm—Faith & Family Night with The Washington Wild things

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

Grill Cook Out after Worship in Fellowship Hall

July 1, 2018
Series:  Heroes of The Old Testament
Message: “When Facing Obstacles”
Exodus 14:13-16, 21, 22 (CSB)

13 But Moses said to the people, “Don’t be afraid. Stand firm and see the Lord’s salvation that he will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians you see today, you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you must be quiet.”

Escape through the Red Sea

15 The Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to break camp. 16 As for you, lift up your staff, stretch out your hand over the sea, and divide it so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.

21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord drove the sea back with a powerful east wind all that night and turned the sea into dry land. So the waters were divided, 22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with the waters like a wall to them on their right and their left.

Announcements: 

Faith & Family Night with The Wild Things
Our group is set! If you are attending the July 8th event and need driving directions to the Washington Wild Things ballpark. Directions are available at the rear of the sanctuary or in the church office.

Summer Church Office Hours
This summer there will be a Safari Kids Education Summer Camp run by local teachers using our Fellowship Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am until 1pm, during the week starting June 19th until July 26th. Lisa’s office hours during this time (6 weeks) will change to accommodate the Camp building use.  Lisa will be in the office Monday 9am until noon, Tuesday & Thursday 8:45am until 1:15pm.  Lisa will be off on Fridays.  Please leave a message on the voicemail and your call will returned as soon as possible.

Grill Cook Out in July
We are planning a Grill Cook Out after worship on Sunday,  July 15, 2018 in the Fellowship Hall.  Please bring your favorite casserole etc. to share.  Hotdogs, hamburgers & buns will be provided. There will be a time for fellowship and maybe some games.  Plan on joining us for an enjoyable afternoon.  See the bulletin insert to let us know how many will be attending.

Camp Carmel 2018 Summer Registration
See the Bulletin Board for Camp Carmel Options this Summer!  Remember we have financial assistance to those who may need help to go to camp.  Registration forms are available in the church office (724-628-1240) or on the Camp Carmel website http://www.campcarmel.com/.

Camp Carmel Cereal Drive Begins
As we have in the past, you can help us feed the campers at Camp Carmel this summer.  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and with your help we can provide a good start.  Please bring boxed cereals to the church and we will make sure it gets to Camp Carmel in time for the summer camps.

Opportunities For The Week: 

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

June 24, 2018
Series:  Heroes of The Old Testament
Message: “Lessons on Faith from the Parents of the Faithfull”
Genesis 15:1-5; 16:1-4 (NIV)

 The Lord’s Covenant With Abram
15 After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:
“Do not be afraid, Abram.
I am your shield,
your very great reward.”
But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”
Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”

Hagar and Ishmael
16 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; so she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.”
Abram agreed to what Sarai said. So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. He slept with Hagar, and she conceived.
When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress.

Announcements: 

Happy Founder’s Day!
First Baptist Church celebrates its 222nd year on Tuesday, June 26th. Blessings!

Vacation Bible School Registration
Please find a Vacation Bible School insert in today’s bulletin.  If you cannot register on-line you can use the back of the insert for your registration info to speed things up on Sunday, June 24th when you come to Bible School.

Faith & Family Night with The Wild Things
We have enough adults to qualify for the group discount! Cost will be $8 per adult.  Please have your money to Pastor Will or any Worship Committee member by June 24th to reserve your tickets.  Driving instructions will be available if anyone needs them.

Summer Church Office Hours
This summer there will be a Safari Kids Education Summer Camp run by local teachers using our Fellowship Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am until 1pm, during the week starting June 19th until July 26th. Lisa’s office hours during this time (6 weeks) will change to accommodate the Camp building use.  Lisa will be in the office Monday 9am until noon, Tuesday & Thursday 8:45am until 1:15pm.  Lisa will be off on Fridays.  Please leave a message on the voicemail and your call will returned as soon as possible.

One Great Hour of Sharing
During the month of June we will be collecting for One Great Hour of Sharing.  This year’s theme is More Than We Can Imagine.  Sharing resources through One Great Hour of Sharing is an invitation to imagination!  Through our sharing, we get a taste of the generosity of God, who does “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.”  And when we contribute to One Great Hour of Sharing, we are part of God’s work in the world.

Grill Cook Out in July
We are planning a Grill Cook Out after worship on Sunday,  July 15, 2018 in the Fellowship Hall.  Please bring your favorite casserole etc. to share.  Hotdogs, hamburgers & buns will be provided. There will be a time for fellowship and maybe some games.  Plan on joining us for an enjoyable afternoon.  See the bulletin insert to let us know how many will be attending.

Camp Carmel 2018 Summer Registration
See the Bulletin Board for Camp Carmel Options this Summer!  Remember we have financial assistance to those who may need help to go to camp.  Registration forms are available in the church office (724-628-1240) or on the Camp Carmel website http://www.campcarmel.com/.

Camp Carmel Cereal Drive Begins
As we have in the past, you can help us feed the campers at Camp Carmel this summer.  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and with your help we can provide a good start.  Please bring boxed cereals to the church and we will make sure it gets to Camp Carmel in time for the summer camps.

Opportunities For The Week:

Tonight thru Thursday ~ 6:00-8:00pm, Vacation Bible School. Shipwrecked—Rescued  by Jesus at the Presbyterian Church

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

June 17, 2018
Series:  Heroes of The Old Testament
Message: “Noah; The Story of Salvation”
Genesis 6:11-14, 17-19 (NIV)

11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. 12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. 13 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. 14 So make yourself an ark of cypress[a] wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.

17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. 19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you.

Announcements: 

Happy Father’s Day
Wishing all Father’s a Happy Day today! 

Vacation Bible School Registration
Please find a Vacation Bible School insert in today’s bulletin.  If you cannot register on-line you can use the back of the insert for your registration info to speed things up on Sunday, June 24th when you come to Bible School.

Board Meetings   ** Correction **
On Tuesday June 19, 2018 Christian Ed Board will meet at 6:00pm, Deacons and Trustees will not meet again until September. Apologies for the confusion last week.

One Great Hour of Sharing
During the month of June we will be collecting for One Great Hour of Sharing.  This year’s theme is More Than We Can Imagine.  Sharing resources through One Great Hour of Sharing is an invitation to imagination!  Through our sharing, we get a taste of the generosity of God, who does “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.”  And when we contribute to One Great Hour of Sharing, we are part of God’s work in the world.

Summer Church Office Hours
This summer there will be an Education Summer Camp run by local teachers using our Fellowship Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am until 1pm, during the week starting June 19th until July 26th. Lisa’s office hours during this time (6 weeks) will change to accommodate the Camp building use.  Lisa will be in the office Monday 9am until noon, Tuesday & Thursday 8:45am until 1:15pm.  Lisa will be off on Fridays.  Please leave a message on the voicemail and your call will returned as soon as possible.                                  

July Newsletter Deadline
Please have your July 2018 Newsletter announcements or articles to the church office before Thursday, June 21st.

Faith & Family Night with The Wild Things
 We have enough adults to qualify for the group discount!  Cost will be $8 per adult.  Please have your money to Pastor Will or any Worship Committee member by June 24th to reserve your tickets.  Driving instructions will be available if anyone needs them.

Camp Carmel 2018 Summer Registration
See the Bulletin Board for Camp Carmel Options this Summer!  Remember we have financial assistance to those who may need help to go to camp.  Registration forms are available in the church office (724-628-1240) or on the Camp Carmel website http://www.campcarmel.com/.

Camp Carmel Cereal Drive Begins
As we have in the past, you can help us feed the campers at Camp Carmel this summer.  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and with your help we can provide a good start.  Please bring boxed cereals to the church and we will make sure it gets to Camp Carmel in time for the summer camps.

Opportunities For The Week: 

Tuesday ~ 6:00pm—CE Board Meeting

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

June 10, 2018
Series:  Heroes of The Old Testament
Message: “A Faith Which Cries Out”
Genesis 4:1-10 (CSB)

Cain Murders Abel

4 The man was intimate with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain. She said, “I have had a male child with the Lord’s help.” She also gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel became a shepherd of flocks, but Cain worked the ground. In the course of time Cain presented some of the land’s produce as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also presented an offering—some of the firstborn of his flock and their fat portions. The Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but he did not have regard for Cain and his offering. Cain was furious, and he looked despondent.
Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you furious? And why do you look despondent? If you do what is right, won’t you be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”
Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.
Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”
“I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s guardian?”
10 Then he said, “What have you done? Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground!

Hebrews 11:4 (CSB)

By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was approved as a righteous man, because God approved his gifts, and even though he is dead, he still speaks through his faith.

Announcements:

Sunday Evening Bible Study
Concluding tonight, June 10th at 6:00pm Pastor Will’s Sunday Evening Bible Study Series “Jesus in Genesis”.    The series will conclude on June 10, 2018. All are Welcome!  Hope to see you here.

Preaching Series
Starting today, Pastor Will begins a summer series entitled. “Heroes of The Old Testament” in which we will be looking at the lives of both men and women Heroes of the Old Testament.

Board Meetings
On Tuesday June 12, 2018 Christian Ed Board will meet at 6:00pm, Deacons and Trustees will not meet again until September.                                            

One Great Hour of Sharing
During the month of June we will be collecting for One Great Hour of Sharing.  This year’s theme is More Than We Can Imagine.  Sharing resources through One Great Hour of Sharing is an invitation to imagination!  Through our sharing, we get a taste of the generosity of God, who does “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.”  And when we contribute to One Great Hour of Sharing, we are part of God’s work in the world.

Summer Church Office Hours
This summer there will be an Education Summer Camp run by local teachers using our Fellowship Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am until 1pm, during the week starting June 19th until July 26th. Lisa’s office hours during this time (6 weeks) will change to accommodate the Camp building use.  Lisa will be in the office Monday 9am until noon, Tuesday & Thursday 8:45am until 1:15pm.  Lisa will be off on Fridays.  Please leave a message on the voicemail and your call will returned as soon as possible.                                  

Vacation Bible School
Would you like to help with Vacation Bible School but can’t be there?  We have a solution.   There are VBS offering cans at each entrance of the sanctuary.  Any monetary donations will go toward the purchase of pizza and chicken nuggets and mac & cheese for dinners given to the kids before VBS Sunday & Monday nights.  Lori will have more details during Sunday morning announcements.

Have You Ever Been Shipwrecked?
This year’s Vacation Bible School theme is Group’s “Shipwrecked—Rescued by Jesus”.
If your child wants to attend VBS, you can pre-register them by going to the website http://connellsville-epc.org/vacation-bible-school.
VBS will be held     Sunday, June 24th through Thursday, June 28th.
Believe it or not, Bible School is only about 6 weeks away!!
If you have any questions, please see Lori Shearer. (724)628-2912

Camp Carmel 2018 Summer Registration
See the Bulletin Board for Camp Carmel Options this Summer!  Remember we have financial assistance to those who may need help to go to camp.  Registration forms are available in the church office (724-628-1240) or on the Camp Carmel website http://www.campcarmel.com/.

Camp Carmel Cereal Drive Begins
As we have in the past, you can help us feed the campers at Camp Carmel this summer.  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and with your help we can provide a good start.  Please bring boxed cereals to the church and we will make sure it gets to Camp Carmel in time for the summer camps.

Opportunities For The Week:

Tuesday ~ 6:00pm—CE Board Meeting

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

June 3, 2018
Series:  The Disciples Who Turned the World Upside Down
Message: “The Power of Christian Fellowship”
Mark 3:13-15 (NIV)

Jesus Appoints the Twelve

13 Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. 14 He appointed twelve[a] that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach 15 and to have authority to drive out demons.

Announcements:

Sunday Evening Bible Study
Continuing tonight, June 3rd at 6:00pm Pastor Will’s Sunday Evening Bible Study Series  “Jesus in Genesis”.   The series will conclude on June 10, 2018. All are Welcome!  Hope to see you here.

Bible Study Group
Our Tuesday Bible Study Group will be taking a summer break.  See you again in September!

Vacation Bible School
Would you like to help with Vacation Bible School but can’t be there?  We have a solution.   There are VBS offering cans at each entrance of the sanctuary.  Any monetary donations will go toward the purchase of pizza and chicken nuggets and mac & cheese for dinners given to the kids before VBS Sunday & Monday nights.  Lori will have more details during Sunday morning announcements.

Have You Ever Been Shipwrecked?
This year’s Vacation Bible School theme is Group’s “Shipwrecked—Rescued by Jesus”.
If your child wants to attend VBS, you can pre-register them by going to the website http://connellsville-epc.org/vacation-bible-school.
VBS will be held     Sunday, June 24th through Thursday, June 28th.
Believe it or not, Bible School is only about 6 weeks away!!
If you have any questions, please see Lori Shearer. (724)628-2912

Camp Carmel 2018 Summer Registration
See the Bulletin Board for Camp Carmel Options this Summer!  Remember we have financial assistance to those who may need help to go to camp.  Registration forms are available in the church office (724-628-1240) or on the Camp Carmel website http://www.campcarmel.com/.

Camp Carmel Cereal Drive Begins
As we have in the past, you can help us feed the campers at Camp Carmel this summer.  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and with your help we can provide a good start.  Please bring boxed cereals to the church and we will make sure it gets to Camp Carmel in time for the summer camps.

Window Restoration Work
The Glass City crew has finished!!!  We still need your help!  Maintaining our unique building is    challenging.  Watch the special section on the back of your bulletin or on the Photo Page of our Website http://connellsvillefirstbaptist.com/ to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain our lovely sanctuary.

Opportunities For The Week:

 Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

6:00pm—Evening Bible Study, “Jesus in Genesis”

May 27, 2018
Series:  The Disciples Who Turned the World Upside Down
Message: “Rebounding From Spiritual Failure”
Matthew 27:1-5 (NIV)

Judas Hangs Himself

27 Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed. So they bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate the governor.
When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.”
“What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”
So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.

John 21:15-19 (NIV)

Jesus Reinstates Peter

15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”

Announcements:

Sunday Evening Bible Study
Continuing tonight, May 27th at 6:00pm Pastor Will’s Sunday Evening Bible Study Series “Jesus in Genesis”.   The series will conclude June 3, 2018.  All are Welcome!  Hope to see you here.

Bible Study Group
Our Tuesday Bible Study Group meets on Tuesdays at 6:00pm (except on Board Meeting night).   Series: “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World”.  Pastor Will’s Tuesday office hours are Noon to 7:00pm.

Church Office Hours
The Church Office will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018 for Memorial Day.  Please leave a message on the voicemail and your call will be returned as soon as possible.  (724-628-1240)

Vacation Bible School
Would you like to help with Vacation Bible School but can’t be there?  We have a solution.    There are VBS offering cans at each entrance of the sanctuary.  Any monetary donations will go toward the purchase of pizza and chicken nuggets and mac & cheese for dinners given to the kids before VBS Sunday & Monday nights.  Lori will have more details during Sunday morning      announcements.

Have You Ever Been Shipwrecked?
This year’s Vacation Bible School theme is Group’s “Shipwrecked—Rescued by Jesus”.
If your child wants to attend VBS, you can pre-register them by going to the website http://connellsville-epc.org/vacation-bible-school.
VBS will be held Sunday, June 24th through Thursday, June 28th.
Believe it or not, Bible School is only about 6 weeks away!!
If you have any questions, please see Lori Shearer. (724)628-2912

Camp Carmel 2018 Summer Registration
See the Bulletin Board for Camp Carmel Options this Summer!  Remember we have financial assistance to those who may need help to go to camp.  Registration forms are available in the church office (724-628-1240) or on the Camp Carmel website http://www.campcarmel.com/.

Camp Carmel Cereal Drive Begins
As we have in the past, you can help us feed the campers at Camp Carmel this summer.  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and with your help we can provide a good start.  Please bring boxed cereals to the church and we will make sure it gets to Camp Carmel in time for the summer camps.

Window Restoration Work
The Glass City crew has finished!!!  We still need your help!  Maintaining our unique building is    challenging.  Watch the special section on the back of your bulletin or on the Photo Page of our Website http://connellsvillefirstbaptist.com/ to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain our lovely sanctuary.

Opportunities For The Week:

Tuesday ~ 6:00pm—Bible Study Group

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

6:00pm—Evening Bible Study, “Jesus in Genesis”

May 20, 2018
Series:  The Disciples Who Turned the World Upside Down
Message: “Answering the Skeptic”
John 1:43-49 (NIV)

Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael

43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”
44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.
“Come and see,” said Philip.
47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”
48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.
Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”
49 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”

Announcements:

Sunday Evening Bible Study
Continuing tonight, May 20th at 6:00pm Pastor Will’s Sunday Evening Bible Study Series “Jesus in Genesis”.   The series will continue on May 27 and June 3, 2018.  All are Welcome!  Hope to see you here.

Bible Study Group
Our Tuesday Bible Study Group meets on Tuesdays at 6:00pm (except on Board Meeting night).   Series: “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World”.  Pastor Will’s Tuesday office hours are Noon to 7:00pm.

Geranium Festival Booth
Visit our Booth!  First Baptist Church of Connellsville will participate with a booth with free candy bars and information about our activities.  14th Annual Connellsville Geranium Festival Saturday, May 26, 2018 * 9am—3pm                                                

Men’s Prayer Breakfast
Saturday, May 26, 2018 we will have our morning Men’s Prayer Breakfast at 10:00am in the Fellowship Hall.  Hope to see you here for Fellowship & Prayer.

Have You Ever Been Shipwrecked?
This year’s Vacation Bible School theme is Group’s “Shipwrecked—Rescued by Jesus”.

If your child wants to attend VBS, you can pre-register them by going to the website http://connellsville-epc.org/vacation-bible-school.
VBS will be held     Sunday, June 24th through Thursday, June 28th.
Believe it or not, Bible School is only about 6 weeks away!!
If you have any questions, please see Lori Shearer. (724)628-2912

June Newsletter Deadline
Please have your June 2018 Newsletter announcements or articles to the church office before Thursday, May 24th.

Camp Carmel Cereal Drive Begins
As we have in the past, you can help us feed the campers at Camp Carmel this summer.  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and with your help we can provide a good start.  Please bring boxed cereals to the church and we will make sure it gets to Camp Carmel in time for the summer camps.

Window Restoration Work
The Glass City crew has finished!!!  We still need your help!  Maintaining our unique building is    challenging.  Watch the special section on the back of your bulletin or on the Photo Page of our Website http://connellsvillefirstbaptist.com/ to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain our lovely sanctuary.

Opportunities For The Week:

Tuesday ~ 6:00pm—Bible Study Group

Saturday ~ 9:00am to 3:00pm—Geranium Festival Booth

10:00am—Men’s Prayer Breakfast

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

6:00pm—Evening Bible Study, “Jesus in Genesis”

May 13, 2018
Series:  The Disciples Who Turned the World Upside Down
Message: “The Gifted Servant”
John 1:35-42 (NIV)

John’s Disciples Follow Jesus

35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”
37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”
They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”
39 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”
So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.
40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter).

Announcements:

Sunday Evening Bible Study
Continuing Next Sunday, May 20th at 6:00pm Pastor Will’s Sunday Evening Bible Study Series “Jesus in Genesis” .    The series will continue on May 27 and June 3, 2018.  All are Welcome!  Hope to see you here.

Family Night Out
Please join us here Friday, May 18th at 6:00pm.  Movies, Pizza, Pop and Fellowship.  This event is open to all in the community!  All Welcome!

Geranium Festival Booth
Visit our Booth!  First Baptist Church of Connellsville will participate  with a booth with free  candy bars and information about our activities.  14th Annual Connellsville Geranium Festival Saturday, May 26, 2018 * 9am—3pm                                                

Men’s Prayer Breakfast
Saturday, May 26, 2018 we will have our morning Men’s Prayer Breakfast at 10:00am in the     Fellowship Hall.  Hope to see you here for Fellowship & Prayer.

Have You Ever Been Shipwrecked?
This year’s Vacation Bible School theme is Group’s “Shipwrecked—Rescued by Jesus”.
If your child wants to attend VBS, you can pre-register them by going to the website  http://connellsville-epc.org/vacation-bible-school.
VBS will be held Sunday, June 24th through Thursday, June 28th.
Believe it or not, Bible School is only about 6 weeks away!!
If you have any questions, please see Lori Shearer.  (724)628-2912

Board Meetings
The Church Boards will meet on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.  Christian Ed at 6;00pm, Deacons at 6;30pm, and Trustees at 7:00pm.  The Worship Committee will have a meeting on Thursday, May 17, 2018, time to be announced.                                                            

June Newsletter Deadline
Please have your June 2018 Newsletter announcements or articles to the church office before Thursday, May 24th.

Camp Carmel Cereal Drive Begins
As we have in the past, you can help us feed the campers at Camp Carmel this summer.  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and with your help we can provide a good start.  Please bring boxed cereals to the church and we will make sure it gets to Camp Carmel in time for the summer camps.

Window Restoration Work
The Glass City crew has finished!!!  We still need your help!  Maintaining our unique building is    challenging.  Watch  the  special section on the back of your bulletin or on the Photo Page of our Website http://connellsvillefirstbaptist.com/ to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can  take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain our lovely sanctuary.

Opportunities For The Week:

Tuesday ~ Board Meetings, CE—6:00pm, Deacons—6:30pm, Trustees—7:00pm

Wednesday ~ 6:30-8:00pm—Kids Klub (Last for this school year)

Thursday ~ Worship Committee Meeting

Friday ~ 6:00pm—Family Night Out, Movie, Pizza, pop, Fun & Fellowship!

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

6:00pm—Evening Bible Study, “Jesus in Genesis”

May 6, 2018
Series:  The Disciples Who Turned the World Upside Down
Message: “A Brand New Creation”
Mark 3:13-16a, 17 (NIV)

Jesus Appoints the Twelve

13 Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. 14 He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach 15 and to have authority to drive out demons. 16 These are the twelve he appointed…

17 James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means “sons of thunder”),

Luke 9:51-55 (NIV)

Samaritan Opposition

51 As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; 53 but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. 54 When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” 55 But Jesus turned and rebuked them.

Announcements:

Sunday Evening Bible Study
Starting Sunday, May 6th at 6:00pm Pastor Will begins a Sunday Evening Bible Study Series “Jesus in Genesis” .  The series will continue on May 20, May 27, and June 3, 2018.  All are Welcome!  Hope to see you here.

Family Night Out
Please join us here Friday, May 18th at 6:00pm.  Movies, Pizza, Pop and Fellowship.  This event is open to all in the community!  All Welcome!                                                                              

Have You Ever Been Shipwrecked?
This year’s Vacation Bible School theme is Group’s “Shipwrecked—Rescued by Jesus”.
If you would like to help with Vacation Bible School—Mark your  calendars.
There will be a VBS Staff Training Meeting on Thursday, May 10th at 6:30pm at the   Presbyterian Church in Connellsville.
If you want to help with VBS by working as a Crew leader or helping with an activity, please plan to attend this meeting.
If your child wants to attend VBS, you can pre-register them by going to the website   Connellsville.vbs.org . VBS will be held     Sunday, June 24th through Thursday, June 28th.
Believe it or not, Bible School is only about 6 weeks away!!
If you have any questions, please see Lori Shearer.

Board Meetings
The Church Boards will meet on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.  Christian Ed at 6;00pm, Deacons at 6;30pm, and Trustees at 7:00pm.  The Worship Committee will have a meeting on Thursday, May 17, 2018, time to be announced.                                                           

Bible Study Group
Our Tuesday Bible Study Group meets on Tuesdays at 6:00pm (except on Board Meeting night).   Series: “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World”.  Pastor Will’s Tuesday office  hours are Noon to 7:00pm.

Window Restoration Work
The Glass City crew has returned!  Please excuse the temporary mess.  They are in the last sections   of our project and will soon be finished.  You can help!  Watch  the  special section on the back of your bulletin or on the Photo Page of our Website http://connellsvillefirstbaptist.com/ to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can  take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain our lovely sanctuary.

Opportunities For The Week:

Tuesday ~  6:00pm—Bible Study Group

Wednesday ~ 6:30-8:00pm—Kids Klub

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

April 29, 2018
Series:  The Disciples Who Turned the World Upside Down
Message: “How to Handle Doubt”
John 20:24-29 (NIV)

Jesus Appears to Thomas

24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Announcements:

Bible Study Group
Our Tuesday Bible Study Group meets on Tuesdays at 6:00pm (except on Board Meeting night).   Series: “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World”.  Pastor Will’s Tuesday office  hours are Noon to 7:00pm.

5th Sunday
Today, April 29th is a 5th Sunday in the month of April.  We are having a special offering to benefit the Connellsville Community Ministries.

National Day of Prayer
Please join the Connellsville Community on Thursday, May 3rd at 7:00pm at the Lion’s Square.   All Welcome!                                                                                                                    

Family Night Out
Please join us here Friday, May 18th at 6:00pm.  Movies, Pizza, Pop and Fellowship.  This event is open to all in the community!  All Welcome!                                                                              

Sunday Evening Bible Study
Starting Sunday, May 6th at 6:00pm Pastor Will begins a Sunday Evening Bible Study Series “Jesus in Genesis” .    The series will continue on May 20, May 27, and June 3, 2018.  All are Welcome!  Hope to see you here.

Have You Ever Been Shipwrecked?
This year’s Vacation Bible School theme is Group’s “Shipwrecked—Rescued by Jesus”.

We are having VBS June 24th – 28th from 6:00-8:30pm at the Presbyterian Church. Yes, you read that right—the Presbyterian Church at the corner of S. Pittsburgh and E. Green Streets.

We are pooling the resources of the Presbyterian Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, and First Baptist Church to make VBS more exciting than ever and allow us to reach more boys and girls for Jesus.
But that doesn’t mean we can sit back and relax… Having more children means we need more helpers.       We are looking for volunteers—any older teen through adult who would like to share the love of Jesus.
We need helpers in various places: leading a group of 5 children from place to place, helping with snacks, crafts, etc.     If you can help, please let Lori Shearer know.  She is the liaison for the First Baptist Church.

Window Restoration Work
The Glass City crew has returned!  Please excuse the temporary mess.  They are in the last sections   of our project and will soon be finished.  You can help!  Watch  the  special section on the back of your bulletin or on the Photo Page of our Website http://connellsvillefirstbaptist.com/ to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can  take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain our lovely sanctuary.

Opportunities For The Week:

Tuesday ~  6:00pm—Bible Study Group

Wednesday ~ 6:30-8:00pm—Kids Klub

Thursday ~ 7:00pm—National Day of Prayer, Lion’s Square

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

April 22, 2018
Series:  The Disciples Who Turned the World Upside Down
Message: “You Never Know”
Matthew 9:9-13 (NIV)

The Calling of Matthew

As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.

10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Announcements:

Bible Study Group
Our Tuesday Bible Study Group meets on Tuesdays at 6:00pm (except on Board Meeting night).   Series: “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World”.  Pastor Will’s Tuesday office  hours are Noon to 7:00pm.

Window Restoration Work
The Glass City crew has returned!  Please excuse the temporary mess.  They are in the last sections   of our project and will soon be finished.  You can help!  Watch  the  special section on the back of your bulletin or on the Photo Page of our Website http://connellsvillefirstbaptist.com/ to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can  take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain our lovely sanctuary.

The Cordell’s—Special Music
Thank you to The Cordell’s for sharing special music during the worship service today.

May Newsletter Deadline
Please have your May 2018 Newsletter announcements or articles to the church office before Thursday, April 26th.

Men’s Prayer Breakfast
Saturday, April 28, 2018 we will have our morning Men’s Prayer Breakfast at 10:00am in the    Fellowship Hall.  Hope to see you here for Fellowship & Prayer.

5th Sunday Next Week
Next Sunday, April 29th will be a 5th Sunday in the month of April.  We will have a special offering to benefit the Connellsville Community Ministries.

Sunday Evening Bible Study
Starting Sunday, May 6th at 6:00pm Pastor Will begins a Sunday Evening Bible Study Series “Jesus in Genesis” .    The series will continue on May 20, May 27, and June 3, 2018.  All are Welcome!  Hope to see you here.

Opportunities For The Week:

Tuesday ~  6:00pm—Bible Study Group

Wednesday ~ 6:30-8:00pm—Kids Klub

Saturday ~ 10:00am—Men’s Prayer Breakfast

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

April 15, 2018
Series:  The Disciples Who Turned the World Upside Down
Message: “Less Is More”
Luke 6:12, 13, 15b, 16a (CSB)

The Twelve Apostles

12 During those days he went out to the mountain to pray and spent all night in prayer to God. 13 When daylight came, he summoned his disciples, and he chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles: 15 Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called the Zealot; 16 Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

Announcements:

Board Meetings ** Deacon’s meeting canceled
The Church Boards will meet on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.  Christian Ed will meet at 6:00pm and Trustees at 7:00pm.  The Deacon’s will not meet in April.

Bible Study Group
Our Tuesday Bible Study Group meets on Tuesdays at 6:00pm (except on Board Meeting night).  New Series: “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World”.    See Insert this week.  Pastor Will’s Tuesday office hours are Noon to 7:00pm.

Window Restoration Work
The Glass City crew has returned!  Please excuse the temporary mess.  They are in last sections   of our project and will soon be finished.  You can help!  Watch the special section on the back of your bulletin or on the Photo Page of our Website http://connellsvillefirstbaptist.com/ to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain our lovely sanctuary.

Monongahela Baptist Association—Spring Into Praise
On Sunday, April 15, 2018 all are invited to attend the Monongahela Baptist Association, 186th Gathering, – “Spring Into Praise”.  See the insert for more information.

The Cordell’s—Special Music
Sunday, April 22, 2018, The Cordell’s will be sharing special music during the worship service.  Please come and be blessed.

May Newsletter Deadline
Please have your May 2018 Newsletter announcements or articles to the church office before Thursday, April 26th.

Men’s Prayer Breakfast
Saturday, April 28, 2018 we will have our morning Men’s Prayer Breakfast at 10:00am in the    Fellowship Hall.  Hope to see you here for Fellowship & Prayer.

Sympathy
Prayers of sympathy for friends and family of Samantha (Sammie) Gallentine.  Samantha went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 which was also her birthday.  She will be sadly missed.

Opportunities For The Week:

Tuesday ~  Board Meetings—CE-6:00pm,  Trustees-7:00pm

Wednesday ~ 6:30-8:00pm—Kids Klub

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

April 8, 2018
Series:  The Disciples Who Turned the World Upside Down
Message: “Called To Be Disciples”
Matthew 10:1-4 (NIV)

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve

10 Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.
These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

Announcements:

Board Meetings
The Church Boards will meet on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.  Christian Ed will meet at 6:00pm, Deacons will meet at 6:30pm and Trustees at 7:00pm.

Bible Study Group
Our Tuesday Bible Study Group meets on Tuesdays at 6:00pm (except on Board Meeting night).  New Series: “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World”.    See Insert this week.  Pastor Will’s Tuesday office hours are Noon to 7:00pm.

Window Restoration Work
The Glass City crew has returned!  Please excuse the temporary mess.  They are in last sections   of our project and will soon be finished.  You can help!  Watch the special section on the back of your bulletin or on the Photo Page of our Website http://connellsvillefirstbaptist.com/ to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain our lovely sanctuary.

Monongahela Baptist Association—Spring Into Praise
On Sunday, April 15, 2018 all are invited to attend the Monongahela Baptist Association, 186th Gathering, – “Spring Into Praise”.  See the insert for more information.

Lost & Found
On Easter Sunday a pair of glasses with black frames was lost by someone and found near the front entrance of the church.  If you lost your glasses please see Pastor Will, we have them in the church office.

Opportunities For The Week:

Tuesday ~  6:00pm—Bible Study Group

Wednesday ~ 6:30-8:00pm—Kids Klub

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

April 1, 2018
Resurrection Sunday
Message: “Resurrection Transformation”
Matthew 26:69-75 (NIV)

Peter Disowns Jesus

69 Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said.  70 But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said.  71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.”  72 He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!”  73 After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.”  74 Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!”  Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.

Acts 2:36 (NIV)

36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”

Announcements:

Worship Committee
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 the Worship Committee will meet at 10:00am.

Bible Study Group
Our Tuesday Bible Study Group will take a break and restart on Tuesday, April 3rd at 6:00pm.   We will then meet on Tuesdays at 6:00pm (except on Board Meeting night).  New Series: “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World”.  Pastor Will’s Tuesday office hours are Noon to 7:00pm.

Board Meetings
The Church Boards will meet on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.  Christian Ed will meet at 6:00pm, Deacons will meet at 6:30pm and Trustees at 7:00pm.

Window Restoration Work
The Glass City crew will return on Monday, April 2nd to continue work on our windows.   You can help!  Watch the special section on the back of your bulletin or on the Photo Page of our Website http://connellsvillefirstbaptist.com/ to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may  want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain our lovely sanctuary.

Thank You
Thank you for your America For Christ contributions in the month of March.  The total offering this year for America For Christ was $231.00.

Opportunities For The Week:

Tuesday ~  10:00am—Worship Committee Meeting

6:00pm—Bible Study Group

Wednesday ~ 6:30-8:00pm—Kids Klub

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

March 29, 2018
Maundy Thursday
Message: “A Question Worth Pondering”
Matthew 16:24-25 (NIV)

24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.

Quiet Thoughts:

“At the Cross God wrapped His heart in flesh and blood and let it be nailed to the Cross for our redemption.”
~ E. Stanley Jones

“God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, “I Love You.”
~ Billy Graham

He Became Sin For Us
 O the mystery of His mercy!
Unguessed depths of matchless grace,
Christ became that which He hated,
While God turned away His face.
Turned in wrath from His Beloved,
Hanging there upon the tree,
Strangely changed, and strangely bearing
All the sins of you and me.
Angels dared not look upon Him,
But averted stricken eyes,
Seeing, not the Lord of glory,
But a bleeding Sacrifice.
Through the circling, endless ages
Such a sight had never been;
He, the spotless Lamb of Heaven,
Christ the Lord, becoming sin!
 ~ Martha Snell Nicholson

March 25, 2018
Palm Sunday
Message: “Laying Aside Those Keys”
John 12:12-15 (CSB)

The Triumphal Entry

12 The next day, when the large crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 they took palm branches and went out to meet him. They kept shouting:

Hosanna!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord—the King of Israel!”

14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written:

15 Do not be afraid,
Daughter Zion. Look, your King is coming,
sitting on a donkey’s colt.

Bulletin Announcements:

March America For Christ Offering
In March we will hold the America For Christ Offering.  These gifts have a life-changing impact through ministries and resources that revitalize congregations and communities across the United States and Puerto Rico with the hope of Jesus Christ.  Watch for your Bulletin insert.

Board Meeting
Trustee meeting will be Tuesday, March 27th at 7:00pm.

Maundy Thursday Service
All are welcome to attend our Maundy Thursday service here at First Baptist on Thursday, March 29th at 7:00pm.

Lenten Community Service
All are welcome to attend the Connellsville Community Lenten Service.  The Good Friday Service, March 30th, will be held at Calvary Assembly of God noon to 1:30pm.

Easter Sunday Children’s Program
We are planning a short Children’s program on Easter Sunday about the Passion of Christ.  All welcome to celebrate Easter!

Worship Committee
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 the Worship Committee will meet at 10:00am.

Bible Study Group
Our Tuesday Bible Study Group will take a break and restart on Tuesday, April 3rd at 6:00pm.   We will then meet on Tuesdays at 6:00pm (except on Board Meeting night).  New Series: “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World”.  Pastor Will’s Tuesday office hours are Noon to 7:00pm.

Baby Blessings
Welcome baby boy, Roderick Curtis Kemp, born on February 26, 2018 to Trevor and Jennifer Kemp.  Grandparents Curtis and Debra Kemp and Mike and Patty Durfee.  Congratulations!

Window Restoration Work
You can help!  Watch the special section on the back of your bulletin or on the Photo Page of our Website http://connellsvillefirstbaptist.com/ to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may   want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain    our lovely sanctuary.

Opportunities for the Week:

Thursday ~ 7:00pm—Maundy Thursday Service

Good Friday ~ Noon-1:30pm, Good Friday Community Service at Calvary Assembly of God

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Easter Morning Worship

March 18, 2018
Series:  Laying Aside Excess Baggage
Message: “The Burden of Envy”
Proverbs 14:30 (NIV)

 30 A heart at peace gives life to the body,
but envy rots the bones.

Bulletin Announcements:

March America For Christ Offering
In March we will hold the America For Christ Offering.  These gifts have a life-changing impact through ministries and resources that revitalize congregations and communities across the United States and Puerto Rico with the hope of Jesus Christ.  Watch for your Bulletin insert.

Lenten Community Services
All are welcome to attend the Connellsville Community Lenten Services.  The last Annual Lenten Luncheons will be held Tuesday Mar. 20th at Noon at the Presbyterian Church.    The Good Friday Service, March 30th, will be held at Calvary Assembly of God noon to 1:30pm.

Maundy Thursday Service
All are welcome to attend our Maundy Thursday service here at First Baptist on Thursday, March 29th at 7:00pm.

Easter Flowers
Easter Flower order deadline Today!  Demuth florist will be providing flowers this year.  Please see the insert for selection and pricing.

*** Board Meetings Rescheduled ***
The Church Board Meetings are rescheduled. Christian Ed will discuss meeting  & Easter Egg hiding date & time today.  Trustee meeting will be Tuesday, March 27th at 7:00pm.  Deacons will not meet in March.

Easter Egg Hunt
 The First Baptist Church Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday. March 24th at 11:00am in our building.  This event is for children 12 and under.  Refreshments will be provided.  All Welcome!  This event is open to all in the community!

April Newsletter Deadline
Correction from posting date in March Newsletter, please have your April 2018 Newsletter   announcements to the church office before Thursday, March 22nd.

Bible Study Group
 Our Tuesday Bible Study Group will take a break and restart on Tuesday, April 3rd at 6:00pm.   We will then meet on Tuesdays at 6:00pm (except on Board Meeting night).  New Series: “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World”.  Pastor Will’s Tuesday office  hours are Noon to 7:00pm.

Sympathy & Prayers
Prayers and sympathy to friends and family of Donald M. Small, who passed away on Monday, March 12, 2018.  Don was a loved member of First Baptist Church serving in official positions and enjoyed participating in many church activities during his lifetime.  He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.  A Memorial Celebration of Don’s life will be held at Brooks Funeral Home in Connellsville on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 6-8pm.

Opportunities for the Week:

Tuesday ~ Noon—Last Lenten Luncheon, Presbyterian Church

Wednesday ~ 6:30-8:00pm—Kids Klub

Saturday ~ 11:00am—Easter Egg Hunt

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

March 11, 2018
Series:  Laying Aside Excess Baggage
Message: “The Burden of Guilt”
Psalm 51:9 (CSB)

Turn your face away from my sins
and blot out all my guilt.

Bulletin Announcements:

March America For Christ Offering
In March we will hold the America For Christ Offering.  These gifts have a life-changing impact through ministries and resources that revitalize congregations and communities across the United States and Puerto Rico with the hope of Jesus Christ.  Watch for your Bulletin insert.

Lenten Community Services
All are welcome to attend the Connellsville Community Lenten Services.  The Annual Lenten Luncheons will be held Tuesdays, Mar. 13, 20th at Noon at the Presbyterian Church.    The Good Friday Service, March 30th, will be held at Calvary Assembly of God noon to 1:30pm.

Easter Flowers
Easter Flower orders being accepted now!  Demuth florist will be providing flowers this year.  Please see the insert for selection and pricing.  Order deadline March 18, 2018.

Board Meetings
The Church Boards will meet on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Christian Ed will meet at 6:00pm and Trustees at 7:00pm.  Deacons will not meet in March.  Easter Eggs will be hidden at 6:30pm.

April Newsletter Deadline
Correction from posting date in March Newsletter, please have your April 2018 Newsletter   announcements to the church office before Thursday, March 22nd.

Bible Study Group
Join us Tuesdays at 6:00pm (except on Board Meeting night) as we continue our Bible Study group. New Series: “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World”.  Pastor Will’s Tuesday office hours are Noon to 7:00pm.

Help with the Easter Egg Hunt
The CE Board is asking for anyone that can help by purchasing and filling eggs with candy.  Please deliver  the eggs to the church by Sunday, March 18th.  We also need help hiding the eggs on Tuesday, March 20th   at 6:30pm.  The Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday. March 24th at 11:00am.  All Welcome!  This event is open to all in the community!

Camp Carmel Youth Retreat
March 16-18, 2018, Camp Carmel will have a Youth Retreat for grades 7 thru 12.  Registration deadline is March 11, 2018.  See bulletin boards or call the church office (724-628-1240) for more info.

Special Music?
Would you or someone you know like to provide Special Music for our Worship Service?  Please contact the church office to help us find individuals who would like to sing or play an instrument during a service.  Please allow 3 weeks notice to include in the bulletin. Office phone 724-628-1240, leave a voicemail if no answer.                                                                                                  

Opportunities for the Week:

Tuesday ~  Noon—Lenten Luncheon Presbyterian Church

6:00pm—Bible Study Group

Wednesday ~ 6:30-8:00pm—Kids Klub

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

March 4, 2018
Series:  Laying Aside Excess Baggage
Message: “The Burden of UnForgiveness”
Luke 23:34

34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.

Ephesians 4:32

32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Bulletin Announcements:

 March America For Christ Offering
In March we will hold the America For Christ Offering.  These gifts have a life-changing impact through ministries and resources that revitalize congregations and communities across the United States and Puerto Rico with the hope of Jesus Christ.  Watch for your Bulletin insert.

Lenten Community Services
All are welcome to attend the Connellsville Community Lenten Services.  The Annual Lenten Luncheons will be held Tuesdays, Feb. 27, Mar. 6, 13, 20th at Noon at the Presbyterian Church.    The Good Friday Service, March 30th, will be held at Calvary Assembly of God noon to 1:30pm.

Easter Flowers
Easter Flower orders being accepted now!  Demuth florist will be providing flowers this year.  Please see the insert for selection and pricing.  Order deadline March 18, 2018.

Baptism Classes
Thru March 11th during Sunday School time Pastor Will will be holding classes for baptism. See Pastor Will if interested.  Baptisms will be conducted on Palm Sunday, March 25th.

Worship Committee
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 the Worship Committee will meet at 10:00am.

Board Meetings
The Church Boards will meet on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Christian Ed will meet at 6:00pm and Trustees at 7:00pm.  Deacons will not meet in March.

Help with the Easter Egg Hunt
The CE Board is asking for anyone that can help by purchasing and filling eggs with candy.  Please deliver  the eggs to the church by Sunday, March 18th.  We also need help hiding the eggs on Tuesday, March 20th   at 6:30pm.  The Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday. March 24th at 11:00am.  All Welcome!  This event is open to all in the community!

Camp Carmel Youth Retreat
March 16-18, 2018, Camp Carmel will have a Youth Retreat for grades 7 thru 12.  Registration deadline is March 11, 2018.  See bulletin boards or call the church office (724-628-1240) for more info.

Daylight Savings Time Starts
Remember to SPRING forward on Saturday, March 10th, before you go to bed, set your clocks ahead 1 hour!

Opportunities for the Week:

Tuesday ~ 10:00am—Worship Committee meeting

Noon—Lenten Luncheon Presbyterian Church

6:00pm—Bible Study Group

Wednesday ~ 6:30-8:00pm—Kids Klub

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

February 25, 2018
Series:  Laying Aside Excess Baggage
Message: “The Burden of Worry”
Matthew 6:25-34 (CSB)

The Cure for Anxiety

25 “Therefore I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Consider the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? 27 Can any of you add one moment to his life-span by worrying? 28 And why do you worry about clothes? Observe how the wildflowers of the field grow: They don’t labor or spin thread. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these. 30 If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t he do much more for you—you of little faith? 31 So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. 34 Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Bulletin Announcements:

2018 Annual Reports
The First Baptist Church Annual reports are now available on the table outside the Church Office.  If     additional copies are needed please contact the office.

Lenten Community Services
All are welcome to attend the Connellsville Community Lenten Services.  The Annual Lenten Luncheons will be held Tuesdays, Feb. 27, Mar. 6, 13, 20th at Noon at the Presbyterian Church.    The Good Friday Service, March 30th, will be held at Calvary Assembly of God noon to 1:30pm.

Easter Flowers
Easter Flower orders being accepted now!  Demuth florist will be providing flowers this year.  Please see the insert for selection and pricing.  Order deadline March 18, 2018.

Baptism Classes
Starting Today thru March 11th during Sunday School time Pastor Will will be holding classes for baptism. See Pastor Will if interested.  Baptisms will be conducted on Palm Sunday, March 25th.

Worship Committee
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 the Worship Committee will meet at 10:00am.

Help with the Easter Egg Hunt
The CE Board is asking for anyone that can help by purchasing and filling eggs with candy.  Please deliver  the eggs to the church by Sunday, March 18th.  We also need help hiding the eggs on Tuesday, March 20th   at 6:30pm.  The Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday. March 24th at 11:00am.  All Welcome!  This event is open to all in the community!

Coming in March, America For Christ Offering
In March we will hold the America For Christ Offering.  These gifts have a life-changing impact through ministries and resources that revitalize congregations and communities across the United States and Puerto Rico with the hope of Jesus Christ.  Watch for your Bulletin insert.

Sunday School Classes every Sunday…9:30am
Our weekly Sunday School Classes start at 9:30am every Sunday.  Kindergarten to 3rd grade study with Lori Shearer.  4th, 5th and 6th grades study with Kathy Stewart.  7th to 12th grades study with Pastor Will or Annette Hough.   We also have two classes for Adults  with Mark Jordan & Curtis Kemp.   Come explore God’s teachings.  All Welcome!

Camp Carmel Youth Retreat
March 16-18, 2018, Camp Carmel will have a Youth Retreat for grades 7 thru 12.  Registration deadline is March 11, 2018.  See bulletin boards or call the church office (724-628-1240) for more info.

Special Music?
Would you or someone you know like to provide Special Music for our Worship Service?  Please contact the church office to help us find individuals who would like to sing or play an instrument during a service.  Please allow 3 weeks notice to include in the bulletin. Office phone 724-628-1240, leave a voicemail if no answer.                                                                                                    

Opportunities for the Week:

Tuesday ~  6:00pm Bible Study Group

Wednesday ~ 6:30-8:00pm—Kids Klub

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

February 18, 2018
Series:  The Church, God’s Gift to You and Me
Message: “God’s Lamp”
Revelation 1:12-13, 20 (CSB)

12 Then I turned to see whose voice it was that spoke to me. When I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and among the lampstands was one like the Son of Man, dressed in a robe and with a golden sash wrapped around his chest.

 20 The mystery of the seven stars you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Bulletin Announcements:

 2018 Annual Reports
The First Baptist Church Annual reports are now available on the table outside the Church Office.  If additional copies are needed please contact the office.

Special Music
Thank you to Wayne Shaffer of Kecksburg for sharing Special Music today.

Board Meetings
The Church Boards will meet on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.  Christian Ed will meet at 6:00pm, Deacons at 6:30pm, and Trustees at 7:00pm.

March Newsletter Deadline
Please have your March 2018 Newsletter announcements to the church office if possible before Thursday, February 22nd.

Men’s Prayer Breakfast
Saturday, February 24, 2018 we will have our morning Men’s Prayer Breakfast at 10:00am in the   Fellowship Hall.  Hope to see you here for Fellowship & Prayer.

Easter Flowers
Easter Flower orders being accepted now!  Demuth florist will be providing flowers this year.  Please see the insert for selection and pricing.  Order deadline March 18, 2018.

Baptism Classes
Starting Sunday, February 25th thru March 11th during Sunday School time Pastor Will will be holding classes for baptism. See Pastor Will if interested.  Baptisms will be conducted on Palm Sunday, March 25th.

Sunday School Classes every Sunday…9:30am
Our weekly Sunday School Classes start at 9:30am every Sunday.  Kindergarten to 3rd grade study with Lori Shearer.  4th, 5th and 6th grades study with Kathy Stewart.  7th to 12th grades study with Pastor Will or Annette Hough.   We also have two classes for Adults with Mark Jordan & Curtis Kemp.   Come explore God’s teachings.  All Welcome!

Camp Carmel Youth Retreat
March 16-18, 2018, Camp Carmel will have a Youth Retreat for grades 7 thru 12.  Registration deadline is March 11, 2018.  See bulletin boards or call the church office (724-628-1240) for more info.

Special Music?
Would you or someone you know like to provide Special Music for our Worship Service?  Please contact the church office to help us find individuals who would like to sing or play an instrument during a service.  Please allow 3 weeks notice to include in the bulletin. Office phone 724-628-1240, leave a voicemail if no answer.                                                                                                  

Opportunities for the Week:

Tuesday ~ Board Meetings—CE-6:00pm, Deacons-6:30pm, Trustees-7:00pm

Wednesday ~ 6:30-8:00pm—Kids Klub

Saturday ~ 10:00am—Men’s Prayer Breakfast

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

February 11, 2018
Series:  The Church, God’s Gift to You and Me
Message: “The Bride of Christ”

Ephesians 5:25-27 (CSB)

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her with the washing of water by the word. 27 He did this to present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless.

Revelation 21:9 (CSB)

The New Jerusalem

Then one of the seven angels, who had held the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues, came and spoke with me: “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”

Bulletin Announcements:

 Valentine Soup Social
Today after worship we will have a Valentine Soup Social in the Fellowship Hall.  Chicken      Noodle, Beef Noodle & Chili will be provided along with crackers etc.  Join us to share the Love!

Bible Study Group
Join us Tuesdays at 6:00pm (except on Board Meeting night) as we continue our Bible Study group.  We are studying the Book of Revelation.  Pastor Will’s Tuesday office hours are Noon to 7:00pm.

Board Meetings
The Church Boards will meet on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.  Christian Ed will meet at 6:00pm, Deacons at 6:30pm, and Trustees at 7:00pm.

March Newsletter Deadline
Please have your March 2018 Newsletter announcements to the church office if possible before Thursday, February 22nd.

Men’s Prayer Breakfast
Saturday, February 24, 2018 we will have our morning Men’s Prayer Breakfast at 10:00am in the   Fellowship Hall.  Hope to see you here for Fellowship & Prayer.

Sunday School Classes every Sunday…9:30am
Our weekly Sunday School Classes start at 9:30am every Sunday.  Kindergarten to 3rd grade study with Lori Shearer.  4th, 5th and 6th grades study with Kathy Stewart.  7th to 12th grades study with Pastor Will or Annette Hough.   We also have two classes for Adults  with Mark Jordan & Curtis Kemp.   Come explore God’s teachings.  All Welcome!

Camp Carmel Youth Retreat
March 16-18, 2018, Camp Carmel will have a Youth Retreat for grades 7 thru 12.  Registration deadline is March 11, 2018.  See bulletin boards or call the church office (724-628-1240) for more info.

Special Music?
Would you or someone you know like to provide Special Music for our Worship Service?  Please contact the church office to help us find individuals who would like to sing or play an instrument during a service. Office phone 724-628-1240, leave a voicemail if no answer.                                                                                                    

Window Restoration Work
You can help!  Watch  the  special section on the back of your bulletin or on the Photo Page of our Website http://connellsvillefirstbaptist.com/ to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may   want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can  take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain    our lovely sanctuary.

Opportunities for the Week:

Tuesday ~ 6:00pm—Bible Study

Wednesday ~ 6:30-8:00pm—Kids Klub

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

February  4, 2018
Series:  The Church, God’s Gift to You and Me
Message: “The Family of God”

John 1:12-13 (CSB)

12 But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name, 13 who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.

Bulletin Announcements

Worship Committee
 Tuesday, February 6, 2018 the Worship Committee will meet at 4:00pm.

Bible Study Group
Join us Tuesdays at 6:00pm (except on Board Meeting night) as we continue our Bible Study group. We are studying the Book of Revelation.  Pastor Will’s Tuesday office hours are Noon to 7:00pm.

Valentine Soup Social
Sunday, February 11th, after worship we will have a Valentine Soup Social in the Fellowship Hall.  If you wish bring soup or a dessert, but not required.  Chicken Noodle, Beef Noodle & Chili will be provided along with crackers etc.  Join us to share the Love!

Special Music?
Would you or someone you know like to provide Special Music for our Worship Service?  Please contact the church office to help us find individuals who would like to sing or play an instrument during a service. Office phone 724-628-1240, leave a voicemail if no answer.                                                                                                  

Window Restoration Work
You can help!  Watch the special section on the back of your bulletin or on the Photo Page of our Website http://connellsvillefirstbaptist.com/ to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may   want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain    our lovely sanctuary.

Opportunities for the Week:

Tuesday ~  4:00pm—Worship Committee Meeting

6:00pm—Bible Study

Wednesday ~ 6:30-8:00pm—Kids Klub

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

Valentine Soup Social in Fellowship Hall

 

January 21, 2018
Series:  The Church, God’s Gift to You and Me
Message: “The Flock of God”

Ezekiel 34:15 (NIV)

15 I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign Lord.

1 Peter 5:2-3 (NIV)

Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.

Bulletin Announcements:

Special Music?
Would you or someone you know like to provide Special Music for our Worship Service?  Please contact the church office to help us find individuals who would like to sing or play an instrument during a service. Office phone 724-628-1240, leave a voicemail if no answer.                                                                                                  

2017 Contribution Statements
2017 Contribution Statements are now available for those who had envelopes in 2017.  Please check the rear of the sanctuary for your statement.  Statements will be mailed after January 28th.                                                                                          

New High School Sunday School Class
Starting today we have added a High School Sunday School Class on Sunday mornings at 9:30am.  Pastor Will and Annette will be leading the class.  Hope to see you here!

Bible Study Group
Join us Tuesdays at 6:00pm (except on Board Meeting night) as we continue our Bible Study group. We are studying the Book of Revelation.  Pastor Will’s Tuesday office hours are Noon to 7:00pm.

February Newsletter Deadline
Please have your February 2018 Newsletter announcements to the church office if possible before Thursday, January 25th.

Men’s Prayer Breakfast
Saturday, January 27, 2018 we will have our morning Men’s Prayer Breakfast at 10:00am in the   Fellowship Hall.  Hope to see you here for Fellowship & Prayer.

First Baptist Church 2018 Business Meeting
Sunday, January 28, 2018, immediately following Worship service, we will conduct our Annual Business Meeting.                                                                                         

Window Restoration Work
You can help!  Watch the special section on the back of your bulletin or on the Photo Page of our Website http://connellsvillefirstbaptist.com/ to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may   want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain    our lovely sanctuary.

Worship Cancelation Notification
Please tune to WPXI channel 11, TV or visit the WPXI website when weather may force a cancellation of Worship or other Church event.  Kids Klub follows Connellsville School District—No School—No Kids Klub.

Opportunities for the Week:

Tuesday ~  6:00pm—Bible Study

Wednesday ~ 6:30-8:00pm—Kids Klub

Saturday ~ 10:00am—Men’s Prayer Breakfast

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

** Business Meeting after Worship **

January 14, 2018
Series:  The Church, God’s Gift to You and Me
Message: “The Hip Bone is Connected to the Leg Bone…”
1 Corinthians 12:12-14 (NIV)

Unity and Diversity in the Body

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

Bulletin Announcements:

 Preaching Series
Starting today Pastor Will begins a preaching series entitled. “The Church, God’s Gift to You and Me.”

New High School Sunday School Class
Starting Sunday, January 21, 2018 we will add a High School Sunday School Class on Sunday mornings at 9:30am.  Pastor Will and Annette will be leading the class.  Hope to see you here!

Board Meetings
The Church Boards will meet on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Christian Ed will meet at 6:00pm, Deacons at 6:30pm, and Trustees at 7:00pm.

Bible Study Group
 Join us Tuesdays at 6:00pm (except on Board Meeting night) as we continue our Bible Study group. We are studying the Book of Revelation.  Pastor Will’s Tuesday office hours are Noon to 7:00pm.

February Newsletter Deadline
Please have your February 2018 Newsletter announcements to the church office if possible before Thursday, January 25th.

Men’s Prayer Breakfast
Saturday, January 27, 2018 we will have our morning Men’s Prayer Breakfast at 10:00am in the   Fellowship Hall.  Hope to see you here for Fellowship & Prayer.

First Baptist Church 2018 Business Meeting
Sunday, January 28, 2018, immediately following Worship service, we will conduct our Annual Business Meeting.                                                                                       

Window Restoration Work
You can help!  Watch the special section on the back of your bulletin or on the Photo Page of our Website http://connellsvillefirstbaptist.com/ to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may   want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain    our lovely sanctuary.

Worship Cancelation Notification
Please tune to WPXI channel 11, TV or visit the WPXI website when weather may force a cancellation of Worship or other Church event.  Kids Klub follows Connellsville School District—No School—No Kids Klub.

Opportunities for the Week:

Tuesday ~ Board Meetings, CE—6:00pm, Deacons—6:30pm, Trustees—7:00pm

Wednesday ~ 6:30-8:00pm—Kids Klub

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

January 7, 2018
Message: “A Royal Lesson on Community”
Matthew 2:1-12 (NIV)

The Magi Visit the Messiah

2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

Bulletin Announcements:

New High School Sunday School Class
Starting Sunday, January 21, 2018 we will add a High School Sunday School Class on Sunday mornings at 9:30am.  Pastor Will and Annette will be leading the class.  Hope to see you here!

Worship Committee
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 the Worship Committee will meet at 4:00pm.

Board Meetings
The Church Boards will meet on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Christian Ed will meet at 6:00pm, Deacons at 6:30pm, and Trustees at 7:00pm.

Bible Study Group
Join us Tuesdays at 6:00pm as we continue our Bible Study group.  We are studying the Book of Revelation.  Pastor Will’s Tuesday office hours are Noon to 7:00pm.

Window Restoration Work
You can help!  Watch  the  special section on the back of your bulletin or on the Photo Page of our Website http://connellsvillefirstbaptist.com/ to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may   want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can  take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain    our lovely sanctuary.

Worship Cancelation Notification
Please tune to WPXI channel 11, TV or visit the WPXI website when weather may force a cancellation of Worship or other Church event.

Opportunities for the Week:

Tuesday ~ 4:00pm—Worship Committee Meeting

6:00pm—Bible Study Group

Wednesday ~ 6:30-8:00pm—Kids Klub

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

 

December 31, 2017
The Richter’s Vocal Group
Music Worship

Bulletin Announcements:

 December RMMO Offering – Generous Congregations
RMMO provides financial support for the retired ministers, missionaries and widowed spouses who have helped build our churches.  Through RMMO, American Baptist Churches have an   opportunity to highlight their congregation’s love for all the ways that spiritual leaders have      contributed to their lives.

But generous people plan to do what is generous, and they stand firm in their generosity” ~ Isaiah 32:8

The Richter’s Vocal Trio
The Richter’s are here for a concert service this morning as they fill-in for our Pastor Will.

5th Sunday
Today is a 5th Sunday in the month of December.  We will have a special offering to benefit the Connellsville Area Community  Ministries.  Please help our neighbors in need.

Worship Committee
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 the Worship Committee will meet at 4:00pm.

Bible Study Group
Join us Tuesdays at 6:00pm as we continue our Bible Study group.  We are studying the Book of Revelation.  We will resume after the New Year on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.  If you need transportation please see Pastor Will.  Pastor Will’s Tuesday office hours are Noon to 7:00pm.

Kids Klub
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 we will be having Kids Klub.  Happy New Year!

Thank You
Thank you for the prayers, cards and visits during my recent illness.                       ~Edison                                                                                

Window Restoration Work
You can help!  Watch  the  special section on the back of your bulletin or on the Photo Page of our Website http://connellsvillefirstbaptist.com/ to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may   want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can  take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain    our lovely sanctuary.

Worship Cancelation Notification
 Please tune to WPXI channel 11, TV or visit the WPXI website when weather may force a cancellation of Worship or other Church event.

 

Opportunities for the Week:

Tuesday ~ 6:00pm—Bible Study Group

Wednesday ~ 6:30-8:00pm—Kids Klub

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

December 24, 2017
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Morning Worship Children’s Nativity
7:00pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Bulletin Announcements:

Christmas Eve
This year is special as Christmas Eve falls on Sunday.  During our morning 10:45am Worship the Children will provide a Christmas Program of the Nativity.  Later in the evening at 7:00pm please join us for our traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.  All Welcome!

January Newsletter Deadline
Please have your January 2018 Newsletter announcements to the church office if possible before Thursday, December 28th. Happy New Year!

The Richter’s Vocal Trio
The Richter’s will be here next Sunday, December 31st, for a concert service as they fill-in for our Pastor Will.

Christmas Gift Thank You
Pastor Will, Mark Jordan, Cindy Ghost, Lisa Walters, Carol Matheny and Josh Lind wish to thank The First Baptist Church for their gifts this Christmas.

Opportunities for the Week:

Tonight ~ 7:00pm—Christmas Eve Candlelight Service… All Welcome!

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School
10:45am—Morning Worship…The Richter’s Vocal Group

December 17, 2017
Third Sunday of Advent
Series:  The Herald Angels
Message: “The DNA of a Godly Servant”
Matthew 1:18-25 (NIV)

Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

 

Bulletin Announcements:

December RMMO Offering – Generous Congregations
RMMO provides financial support for the retired ministers, missionaries and widowed spouses who have helped build our churches. Through RMMO, American Baptist Churches have an opportunity to highlight their congregation’s love for all the ways that spiritual leaders have contributed to their lives.

But generous people plan to do what is generous, and they stand firm in their generosity”          ~ Isaiah 32:8

Caroling After Worship
Today after worship we would like to have some people to go to sing Christmas carols for Don Small.

Bible Study Group
Join us Tuesdays at 6:00pm as we continue our Bible Study group. We are studying the Book of Revelation.  Our last meeting for 2017 will be on December 19th, meetings will resume after the New Year.  If you need transportation please see Pastor Will.  Pastor Will’s Tuesday office hours are Noon to 7:00pm.

Church Office Hours
Lisa will be working on Wednesday, December 20th, 9:00am till noon and be off on Thursday, December 21st..  Please leave a message on the church voicemail and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Christmas Eve
This year is special as Christmas Eve falls on Sunday.  During our morning 10:45am Worship the Children will provide a Christmas Program of the Nativity.  Later in the evening at 7:00pm please join us for our traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.  All Welcome!

January Newsletter Deadline
Please have your January 2018 Newsletter announcements to the church office if possible before Thursday, December 28th. Happy New Year!

Window Restoration Work
You can help!  Watch the special section on the back of your bulletin or on the Photo Page of our Website http://connellsvillefirstbaptist.com/ to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may   want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain    our lovely sanctuary.

Worship Cancelation Notification
Please tune to WPXI channel 11, TV or visit the WPXI website when weather may force a cancellation of Worship or other Church event.

Opportunities for the Week:

Tuesday ~ 6:00pm—Bible Study Group      

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship…Children’s Program

7:00pm—Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

December 10, 2017
Second Sunday of Advent
Series:  The Herald Angels
Message: “Mission Impossible? Not With God”
Luke 1:26-38 (NIV)

The Birth of Jesus Foretold

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

 

Bulletin Announcements:

December RMMO Offering – Generous Congregations
RMMO provides financial support for the retired ministers, missionaries and widowed spouses who have helped build our churches. Through RMMO, American Baptist Churches have an   opportunity to highlight their congregation’s love for all the ways that spiritual leaders have      contributed to their lives.

But generous people plan to do what is generous, and they stand firm in their generosity”          ~ Isaiah 32:8

Church Office Hours
Lisa will be working in the afternoon on Monday, December 11th.  Please leave a message on the church voicemail and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Kids Klub
Wednesday, December 13th will be the last Kids Klub meeting until after the New Year!    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Christmas Eve
This year is special as Christmas Eve falls on Sunday.  During our morning 10:45am Worship the Children will provide a Christmas Program of the Nativity.  Later in the evening at 7:00pm please join us for our traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.  All Welcome!

January Newsletter Deadline
Please have your January 2018 Newsletter announcements to the church office if possible before Thursday, December 28th. Happy New Year!

Martha Scheller Address
Anyone interested in sending cards or notes to Martha, her address is available by calling the Church Office, 724-628-1240.

Offering Envelopes
If you don’t already have an assigned offering envelope and would like to receive them for 2018, please let Cindy Ghost know to add you to the list.

Bible Study Group
Join us Tuesdays at 6:00pm as we continue our Bible Study group. We are studying the Book of Revelation.  Our last meeting for 2017 will be on December 19th, meetings will resume after the New Year.  If you need transportation please see Pastor Will.  Pastor Will’s Tuesday office hours are Noon to 7:00pm.

Window Restoration Work
You can help!  Watch the special section on the back of your bulletin or on the Photo Page of our Website http://connellsvillefirstbaptist.com/ to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may   want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain    our lovely sanctuary.

Worship Cancelation Notification
Please tune to WPXI channel 11, TV or visit the WPXI website when weather may force a cancellation of Worship or other Church event.

Opportunities for the Week:

Tuesday ~ 6:00pm—Bible Study Group     

Wednesday ~ 6:30pm-8:00pm—Kids Klub (Last Meeting till after New Year!)

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

December 3, 2017
First Sunday of Advent
Series:  The Herald Angels
Message: “Paving The Way”
Luke 1:11-17 (NIV)

11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. 16 He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

Bulletin Announcements:

December RMMO Offering – Generous Congregations
RMMO provides financial support for the retired ministers, missionaries and widowed spouses who have helped build our churches. Through RMMO, American Baptist Churches have an opportunity to highlight their congregation’s love for all the ways that spiritual leaders have contributed to their lives.

But generous people plan to do what is generous, and they stand firm in their generosity”          ~ Isaiah 32:8
Preaching Series

This morning Pastor Will starts his Advent Series, “The Herald Angels”.

Martha Scheller Address
Anyone interested in sending cards or notes to Martha, her address is available by calling the Church Office, 724-628-1240.

Church Office Hours
Lisa will not be in the office on Monday, December 4th.  Please leave a message on the church voicemail and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Offering Envelopes
If you don’t already have an assigned offering envelope and would like to receive them for 2018, please let Cindy Ghost know to add you to the list.

Bible Study Group
Join us Tuesdays at 6:00pm as we continue our Bible Study group. We are studying the Book of Revelation.  If you need transportation please see Pastor Will.  Pastor Will’s Tuesday office hours are Noon to 7:00pm.

Window Restoration Work
You can help!  Watch the special section on the back of your bulletin or on the Photo Page of our Website http://connellsvillefirstbaptist.com/ to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may   want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain    our lovely sanctuary.

Worship Cancelation Notification
Please tune to WPXI channel 11, TV or visit the WPXI website when weather may force a cancellation of Worship or other Church event.

Opportunities for the Week:

Tuesday ~ 6:00pm—Bible Study Group      

Wednesday ~ 6:30pm-8:00pm—Kids Klub

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

November 26, 2017
Message: “Trusting In God’s Unseen Hand of Providence”

Malachi 4:5-6 (NIV)

“See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”

Luke 1:8-17 (NIV)

 Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.

11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. 16 He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

 

Bulletin Announcements:

Church Office Hours
 Lisa will not be in the office on Monday, November 27th & December 4th.  Please leave a message on the church voicemail and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Seasonal Bulletin Inserts
Please see the inserts regarding Christmas Flower Sale, Advent Dinner and Scripture Reader Update.

Offering Envelopes
If you don’t already have an assigned offering envelope and would like to receive them for 2018, please let Cindy Ghost know to add you to the list.

Advent Dinner & Decorating
If you haven’t already, please let us know if you will be coming to our Advent dinner, see your bulletin insert.  Hope to see you all here on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 5:00pm.  Dinner,  Fellowship & decorating for Christmas!

Salvation Army Hat & Scarf Drive
Each year the Salvation Army collects hats, gloves & scarves for the needy children in their  Treasures for Children program.  We ask that if you would like to offer some warmth to our  community’s needy children please bring your items during the month of November.  The     Salvation Army needs them by Dec. 6th –11th so they can sort and ready them for distribution.

Bible Study Group
Join us Tuesdays at 6:00pm as we continue our Bible Study group. We are studying the Book of Revelation.  If you need transportation please see Pastor Will.  Pastor Will’s Tuesday office hours are Noon to 7:00pm.

Window Restoration Work
You can help!  Watch the special section on the back of your bulletin or on the Photo Page of our Website http://connellsvillefirstbaptist.com/ to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may   want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain    our lovely sanctuary.

Word FM 101.5fm
Looking for Christian Radio for the car or around the house? Tune in to Word FM 101.5fm for Christian discussions and music.

Worship Cancelation Notification
Please tune to WPXI channel 11, TV or visit the WPXI website when weather may force a cancellation of Worship or other Church event.

Opportunities for the Week:

Tuesday ~ 6:00pm—Bible Study Group      

Wednesday ~ 6:30pm-8:00pm—Kids Klub

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

November 19, 2017
Thanksgiving Service
Message: “The Prayer of Thanksgiving: God’s Gift to Us”
Psalm 92:1-4 (NIV)

A psalm. A song. For the Sabbath day.

It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High,
proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night,
to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp.
For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord; I sing for joy at what your hands have done.

Bulletin Announcements:

 Board & Committee Meetings
Today after worship the Nominating Committee will have a short meeting.  On Tuesday, November 21st the Trustee Board will meet at 6:30pm.

CE Board Request for New Members
See Patti Pritts, Lucille Carnes or any CE Board member to let them know you are interested in becoming a Board member. This is a fulfilling way to help take part in our activities.

Office Hours Change
Pastor Will will be in the office on Monday, Nov. 20th, 9:00am till 1:00pm.  Pastor Will will not be in on Tuesday.  Lisa’s office hours on Wednesday, November 22nd will be 9:00am till noon.  The Office will be closed on Thursday for Thanksgiving.

Seasonal Bulletin Inserts
Please see the inserts regarding Christmas Flower Sale, Advent Dinner and Scripture Reader Update.

Offering Envelopes
If you don’t already have an assigned offering envelope and would like to receive them for 2018, please let Cindy Ghost know to add you to the list.

Salvation Army Hat & Scarf Drive
Each year the Salvation Army collects hats, gloves & scarves for the needy children in their  Treasures for Children program.  We ask that if you would like to offer some warmth to our  community’s needy children please bring your items during the month of November.  The     Salvation Army needs them by Dec. 6th –11th so they can sort and ready them for distribution.

Bible Study Group
Join us Tuesdays (Except Board Meeting Nov. 21st) at 6:00pm as we continue our Bible Study group. We are studying the Book of Revelation.  If you need transportation please see Pastor Will.  Pastor Will’s Tuesday office hours are Noon to 7:00pm.

December Newsletter Deadline
Please have your December Newsletter announcements to the church office by Tuesday, November 21th.

Window Restoration Work
You can help!  Watch the special section on the back of your bulletin or on the Photo Page of our Website http://connellsvillefirstbaptist.com/ to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain our lovely sanctuary.

Word FM 101.5fm
Looking for Christian Radio for the car or around the house? Tune in to Word FM 101.5fm for Christian discussions and music.

Worship Cancelation Notification
Please tune to WPXI channel 11, TV or visit the WPXI website when weather may force a cancellation of Worship or other Church event.

Opportunities for the Week:

Tuesday ~ 6:30pm—Trustee Board Meeting

Wednesday ~ 6:30pm-8:00pm—Kids Klub

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

November 12, 2017
Series: Prayer’s Most Powerful One-Two Punch
Message: “Unexpected Answers”
2 Corinthians 12:6-9 (NIV)

Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

 

Bulletin Announcements:

Fall Sunday Evening Bible Study
Join us tonight at 6:00pm until Sunday, November 12, 2017 join us as we explore “A Tale of the Feasts”. All Welcome!

Board & Committee Meetings
On Tuesday, November 14th the Worship Committee will meet at 9:30am and the Christian Ed at 6:00pm. Please correct your Newsletter Calendar.
On Tuesday, November 21st the Trustee Board will meet at 6:30pm.

CE Board Request for New Members
See Patti Pritts, Lucille Carnes or any CE Board member to let them know you are interested in becoming a Board member. This is a fulfilling way to help take part in our activities.

Office Hours Change
Lisa’s office hours on Thursday, November 16th will be later, around noon till 3:00pm.

Seasonal Bulletin Inserts
Please see the inserts regarding Casting Crowns Concert, Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes, Christmas Flower Sale, Advent Dinner and Scripture Reader Update.

Offering Envelopes
If you don’t already have an assigned offering envelope and would like to receive them for 2018, please let Cindy Ghost know to add you to the list.

Salvation Army Hat & Scarf Drive
Each year the Salvation Army collects hats, gloves & scarves for the needy children in their  Treasures for Children program.  We ask that if you would like to offer some warmth to our  community’s needy children please bring your items during the month of November.  The     Salvation Army needs them by Dec. 6th –11th so they can sort and ready them for distribution.

Bible Study Group
Join us Tuesdays (Except Board Meeting Nov. 21st) at 6:00pm as we continue our Bible Study group. We are studying the Book of Revelation.  If you need transportation please see Pastor Will.  Pastor Will’s Tuesday office hours are Noon to 7:00pm.

December Newsletter Deadline
Please have your December Newsletter announcements to the church office by Tuesday, November 21th.

Window Restoration Work
You can help!  Watch the special section on the back of your bulletin or on the Photo Page of our Website http://connellsvillefirstbaptist.com/ to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may   want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain    our lovely sanctuary.

Word FM 101.5fm
Looking for Christian Radio for the car or around the house? Tune in to Word FM 101.5fm for Christian discussions and music.

Opportunities for the Week:

Tonight ~ 6:00pm Evening Bible Study

Tuesday ~ 9:30am—Worship Committee Meeting

6:00pm—Bible Study Group

6:00pm—CE Board Meeting

Wednesday ~ 6:30pm-8:00pm—Kids Klub

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

November 5, 2017
Message: “Courage to Stand for The Truth”
Ephesians 6:19-20 (NIV)

19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Bulletin Announcements:

Fall Sunday Evening Bible Study
Join us tonight at 6:00pm until Sunday, November 12, 2017 join us as we explore “A Tale of the Feasts”. All Welcome!

Dunamis Project 1
Hands-on experience in what the Holy Spirit is doing, November 8-11, 2017 at Bishop Connare Center, Greensburg, PA. This Conference is by Presbyterian Reformed Ministries International.  Please find more information and Brochures at the back of the sanctuary.

Board & Committee Meetings
On Tuesday, November 14th the Worship Committee will meet at 9:30am and the Christian Ed at 6:00pm. Please correct your Newsletter Calendar.  On Tuesday, November 21st the Trustee Board will meet at 6:30pm.

CE Board Request for New Members
See Patti Pritts, Lucille Carnes or any CE Board member to let them know you are interested in becoming a Board member. This is a fulfilling way to help take part in our activities.

Seasonal Bulletin Inserts
Please see the inserts regarding Casting Crowns Concert, Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes, Christmas Flower Sale, Advent Dinner and Scripture Reader Update.

Salvation Army Hat & Scarf Drive
Each year the Salvation Army collects hats, gloves & scarves for the needy children in their  Treasures for Children program.  We ask that if you would like to offer some warmth to our  community’s needy children please bring your items during the month of November.  The Salvation Army needs them by Dec. 6th –11th so they can sort and ready them for distribution.

Bible Study Group
Join us Tuesdays (Except Board Meeting Nov. 21st) at 6:00pm as we continue our Bible Study group. We are studying the Book of Revelation.  If you need transportation please see Pastor Will.  Pastor Will’s Tuesday office hours are Noon to 7:00pm.

Window Restoration Work
You can help!  Watch  the  special section on the back of your bulletin or on the Photo Page of our Website http://connellsvillefirstbaptist.com/ to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may   want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can  take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain    our lovely sanctuary.

Opportunities for the Week:

Tonight ~ 6:00pm Evening Bible Study

Tuesday ~ 6:00pm—Bible Study Group

Wednesday ~ 6:30pm-8:00pm—Kids Klub

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

6:00pm—Fall Evening Bible Study

October 29, 2017
Occasion: Reformation Sunday
Message: “Faith Alone, The Key to Salvation”
Romans 1:16, 17 (NIV)

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

Bulletin Announcements:

5th Sunday 
Today is a 5th Sunday in the month of October.  We will have a special offering to benefit the Connellsville Area Community Ministries.  Please help our neighbors in need.

Fall Sunday Evening Bible Study
Join us tonight at 6:00pm until Sunday, November 12, 2017 join us as we explore “A Tale of the Feasts”. All Welcome!

World Mission Offering
World Mission Offering in the month of October. Discipleship: Come Follow Me Mark 1:17.  This year’s focus, Peace and Justice, Abolishing Global Slavery, and Economic and Community Development: Give generously to the WMO.

Salvation Army Hat & Scarf Drive
Each year the Salvation Army collects hats, gloves & scarves for the needy children in their  Treasures for Children program.  We ask that if you would like to offer some warmth to our  community’s needy children please bring your items during the month of November.  The     Salvation Army needs them by Dec. 6th –11th so they can sort and ready them for distribution.

Seasonal Bulletin Inserts
Please see the inserts regarding City Church Thanksgiving dinner, Casting Crowns    Concert, Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes, Christmas Flower Sale and Scripture Reader Update.

Daylight Savings Time Ends
Please remember to set your clocks back 1 hour his coming Saturday/Sunday night November 4th/5th! Daylight Savings Time ends.

Bible Study Group
Join us Tuesdays at 6:00pm as we continue our Bible Study group. We are studying the Book of Revelation.  If you need transportation please see Pastor Will.  Pastor Will’s Tuesday office hours are Noon to 7:00pm.

CE Board Request for New Members
See Patti Pritts, Lucille Carnes or any CE Board member to let them know you are interested in becoming a Board member. This is a fulfilling way to help take part in our activities.

Window Restoration Work
 Glass City continues work on Monday, Oct. 30th.  Please excuse the mess.  You can help!  Watch the special section on the back of your bulletin or on the Photo Page of our Website http://connellsvillefirstbaptist.com/ to keep track of funds raised for our  windows.  Anything you may want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain our lovely sanctuary.

Dunamis Project 1
Hands-on experience in what the Holy Spirit is doing, November 8-11, 2017 at Bishop Connare Center, Greensburg, PA. This Conference is by Presbyterian Reformed Ministries International.  Please find more information and Brochures at the back of the sanctuary.

Opportunities for the Week:

Tonight ~ 6:00pm Evening Bible Study

Tuesday ~ 6:00pm—Bible Study Group

Wednesday ~ 6:30pm-8:00pm—Kids Klub

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

6:00pm—Fall Evening Bible Study

October 22, 2017
Series:  A Picture Paints a Thousand Words
Message: “An Audience of One”
Matthew 11:16-19 (NIV)

16 “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:

17 “‘We played the pipe for you,     and you did not dance; we sang a dirge,     and you did not mourn.’

18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”

Bulletin Announcements:

Thanksgiving Dinner—City Church
Please see the insert for the City Church Thanksgiving Dinner. If you would like to participate, please have your slips turned into the offering plate by October 29th.  This dinner has become a tradition and is successful thanks to volunteer help.

World Mission Offering
World Mission Offering in the month of October. Discipleship: Come Follow Me Mark 1:17.  This year’s focus, Peace and Justice, Abolishing Global Slavery, and Economic and Community Development: Give generously to the WMO.

Fall Sunday Evening Bible Study
Join us tonight at 6:00pm until Sunday, November 12, 2017 join us as we explore “A Tale of the Feasts”. All Welcome!

 Bible Study Group
Join us Tuesdays at 6:00pm as we continue our Bible Study group. We are studying the Book of Revelation.  If you need transportation please see Pastor Will.  Pastor Will’s Tuesday office hours are Noon to 7:00pm.

November Newsletter Deadline
Please have your November Newsletter announcements to the church office by Thursday, October 26th.

Men’s Prayer Breakfast
Saturday, October 28th we will have our morning Men’s Prayer Breakfast at 10:00am in the   Fellowship Hall.  Hope to see you here for Fellowship & Prayer.

5th Sunday
Next Sunday will be a 5th Sunday in the month of October.  We will have a special offering to benefit the Connellsville Area Community  Ministries.  Please help our neighbors in need.

CE Board Request for New Members
See Patti Pritts, Lucille Carnes or any CE Board member to let them know you are interested in becoming a Board member. This is a fulfilling way to help take part in our activities.

Window Restoration Work
Glass City has returned!  Please excuse the mess.  They expect to be working until October 27th.  You can help!  Watch the  special section on the back of your bulletin to keep track of funds raised for our  windows.  Anything you may want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain our lovely sanctuary.

Dunamis Project 1
Hands-on experience in what the Holy Spirit is doing, November 8-11, 2017 at Bishop Connare Center, Greensburg, PA. This Conference is by Presbyterian Reformed Ministries International.  Please find more information and Brochures at the back of the sanctuary.

Opportunities for the Week:

Tonight ~ 6:00pm Evening Bible Study

Tuesday ~ 6:00pm—Bible Study Group

Wednesday ~ 6:30pm-8:00pm—Kids Klub

Saturday ~ 10:00am—Men’s Prayer Breakfast

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

6:00pm—Fall Evening Bible Study

October 15, 2017
Series:  A Picture Paints a Thousand Words
Message: “The One You Can Count on 100% Guaranteed”
Luke 15:11-31 (NIV)

The Parable of the Lost Son

11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.

Bulletin Announcements:

World Mission Offering
World Mission Offering in the month of October. Discipleship: Come Follow Me Mark 1:17.  This year’s focus, Peace and Justice, Abolishing Global Slavery, and Economic and Community Development: Give generously to the WMO.

Bible Study Group
Join us Tuesdays at 6:00pm as we continue our Bible Study group. We are studying the Book of Revelation.  If you need transportation please see Pastor Will.  Pastor Will’s Tuesday office hours are Noon to 7:00pm.

Fall Sunday Evening Bible Study
Join us tonight at 6:00pm until Sunday, November 5, 2017 join us as we explore “A Tale of the Feasts”. All Welcome!

Window Restoration Work
Glass City will return on October 16, 2017 to return the current work and remove the next sets. They expect to be working until October 27th.  You can help!  Watch the special section on the back of your bulletin to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain our lovely sanctuary.

Board Meetings
The Church Boards will meet on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.   Christian Ed at 6:00pm, Deacons at 6:30pm and Trustees at 7:00pm.

November Newsletter Deadline
Please have your November Newsletter announcements to the church office by Thursday, October 26th.

Dunamis Project 1
Hands-on experience in what the Holy Spirit is doing, November 8-11, 2017 at Bishop Connare Center, Greensburg, PA. This Conference is by Presbyterian Reformed Ministries International.  Please find more information and Brochures at the back of the sanctuary.

Thank you
Sincere thank you for your prayers and the gift from the church for Ruth during this time of concern for Ruth’s health.  Blessings, Pastor Will, Annette and Ruth.

Opportunities for the Week:

Tuesday ~ Board Meetings, CE-6:00pm, Deacons-6:30pm, Trustees-7:00pm

Wednesday ~ 6:30pm-8:00pm—Kids Klub

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

6:00pm—Fall Evening Bible Study

October 8, 2017
Series:  A Picture Paints a Thousand Words
Message: “Lost and Found”
Luke 15:1-10 (NIV)

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

15 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

The Parable of the Lost Coin

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Bulletin Announcements:

World Mission Offering
World Mission Offering in the month of October. Discipleship: Come Follow Me Mark 1:17.  This year’s focus, Peace and Justice, Abolishing Global Slavery, and Economic and Community Development: Give generously to the WMO.

Bible Study Group
Join us Tuesdays at 6:00pm as we continue our Bible Study group. We are studying the Book of Revelation.  If you need transportation please see Pastor Will.  Pastor Will’s Tuesday office hours are Noon to 7:00pm.

Fall Sunday Evening Bible Study
Join us tonight at 6:00pm until Sunday, November 5, 2017 join us as we explore “A Tale of the Feasts”. All Welcome!

Window Restoration Work
Glass City will return on October 16, 2017 to return the current work and remove the next sets. They expect to be working until October 27th.  You can help!  Watch the special section on the back of your bulletin to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain our lovely sanctuary.

Board Meetings
The Church Boards will meet on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.   Christian Ed at 6:00pm, Deacons at 6:30pm and Trustees at 7:00pm.

November Newsletter Deadline
Please have your November Newsletter announcements to the church office by Thursday, October 26th.

Dunamis Project 1
Hands-on experience in what the Holy Spirit is doing, November 8-11, 2017 at Bishop Connare Center, Greensburg, PA. This Conference is by Presbyterian Reformed Ministries International.  Please find more information and Brochures at the back of the sanctuary.

Apologies
Please excuse the errors in last week’s bulletin. Every effort is made to provide accurate     announcements and still sometimes things get missed!  I also welcome any announcements you may wish to add to your weekly bulletins & newsletters. Please do not hesitate to let me know when errors occur or about an event you may want people to know about … call the office of slip a note under my door!           Lisa, Office Secretary

Opportunities for the Week:

Tuesday ~ 6:00pm—Bible Study Group

Wednesday ~ 6:30pm-8:00pm—Kids Klub

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

6:00pm—Fall Evening Bible Study

October 1, 2017
Series:  A Picture Paints a Thousand Words
Message: “What a Bargain”
Matthew 13:44-46 (NIV)

The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl

44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

Bulletin Announcements:

World Mission Offering
World Mission Offering in the month of October.  Discipleship: Come Follow Me Mark 1:17  This years focus, Peace and Justice, Abolishing Global Slavery, and Economic and Community Development: Give generously to the WMO.

Pray Connellsville
October 7, 2017 10:00am at Connellsville City Hall.  Join others in praying over every family, business, and organization in the great city of Connellsville.  We will pray for 15 minutes at the square at City Hall then go in teams of two to pray and walk every street of our city.  We will pray for favor, healing, a return to the Lord.

Window Restoration Work
Glass City will return on October 16, 2017 to return the current work and remove the next sets.  They expect to be working until October 27th.  You can help!  Watch the  special section on the back of your bulletin to keep track of funds raised for our  windows.  Anything you may want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain our lovely sanctuary.

Fall Sunday Evening Bible Study
Join us tonight at 6:00pm until Sunday, November 5, 2017 join us as we explore “A Tale of the Feasts”.  All Welcome!

Bible Study Group
Join us Tuesdays at 6:00pm as we continue our Bible Study group.  We are studying the Book of Revelation.  If you need transportation please see Pastor Will.  Pastor Will’s Tuesday office hours are Noon to 7:00pm.

Men’s Prayer Breakfast Resumes
Saturday, September 30th we will have our morning Men’s Prayer Breakfast at 10:00am in the Fellowship Hall.  Hope to see you here for Fellowship & Prayer.

Thrive: Flourishing in Faith
Saturday, September 30th, 2017, Inspiration & Fellowship Event.  Southwest Region, Fall Retreat sponsored by American Baptist Women’s Ministries of ABCOPAD.  See Bulletin Boards for more information.

Opportunities for the Week

Tuesday ~ 6:00pm—Bible Study Group

Wednesday ~ 6:30pm-8:00pm—Kids Klub

Saturday ~ 10:00am—Pray Connellsville, In Front of City Hall

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

6:00pm—Fall Evening Bible Study

September 24, 2017
Series:  A Picture Paints a Thousand Words
Message: “The Story of the Sown Word”
Matthew 13:1-9 (NIV)

The Parable of the Sower

13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

Matthew 13:18-23 (NIV)

18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

Bulletin Announcements:

Preaching Series
Starting Today and for the next several weeks the Pastor will be preaching a series on the parables of Jesus, “A Picture Paints a Thousand Words”.

Fall Sunday Evening Bible Study
Starting Tonight, September 24, 2017 at 6:00pm until Sunday, November 5, 2017 join us as we explore “A Tale of the Feasts”. All Welcome!

Bible Study Group New Day/Time
Join us Tuesdays at 6:00pm as we continue our Bible Study group. We are studying the Book of Revelation.  If you need transportation please see Pastor Will.

Men’s Prayer Breakfast Resumes
Saturday, September 30th we will have our morning Men’s Prayer Breakfast at 10:00am in the Fellowship Hall. Hope to see you here for Fellowship & Prayer.

Thrive: Flourishing in Faith
Saturday, September 30th, 2017, Inspiration & Fellowship Event.  Southwest Region, Fall Retreat sponsored by American Baptist Women’s Ministries of ABCOPAD.  See Bulletin Boards for more information.

World Mission Offering
Coming in the month of October. Discipleship: Come Follow Me Mark 1:17.   This year’s focus, Peace and Justice, Abolishing Global Slavery, and Economic and Community Development: Give generously to the WMO.

Window Restoration Work
Glass City work continues at the workshop.  You can help! Watch the special section on the back of your bulletin to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain our lovely sanctuary.

Opportunities for the Week

Tuesday ~ 6:00pm—Bible Study Group

Wednesday ~ 6:30pm-8:00pm—Kids Klub

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School

10:45am—Morning Worship

6:00pm—Fall Evening Bible Study

September 17, 2017
Guest: Rev. Dr. Jeffrey A. Johnson
Message: “The Four Houses of Revelation”
Revelation 1:1-3 (NIV)

Prologue

1 The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.

Bulletin Announcements:

Guest Speaker
We welcome today to our pulpit the Rev. Dr. Jeffrey A. Johnson, Regional Pastor with Congregations of ABCOPAD.

Board Meetings
The Church Boards will meet on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.   Deacons at 6:30pm and  Trustees at 7:00pm.  No Christian Ed meeting this month.

Kids Klub….Can It Be September….Already?!!
September means it’s time for school—and for Kids Klub!  Kids Klub will have our first meeting on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, from 6:30p.m. until 8:00p.m. here at the church.  All youngsters, beginning at age 4, are invited.  We will have story time, crafts, snacks, and—if time allows—we’ll play games. If you have any questions, please see Miss Kathy or Miss Lori.  We’ll look   forward to seeing you there!

Bible Study Group New Day/Time

Join us Thursdays starting Sept. 21st at 6:30pm as we continue our Bible Study group. We are studying the Book of Revelation.  If you need transportation please see Pastor Will.

October Newsletter Deadline
Please have your October Newsletter announcements to the church office by   Thursday, September 21st.

Fall Sunday Evening Bible Study
Starting Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 6:00pm until Sunday, November 5, 2017 join us as we explore “A Tale of the Feasts”. All Welcome!

Men’s Prayer Breakfast Resumes
Saturday, September 30th we will have our morning Men’s Prayer Breakfast at 10:00am in the Fellowship Hall. Hope to see you here for Fellowship & Prayer.

Thrive: Flourishing in Faith
Saturday, September 30th, 2017, Inspiration & Fellowship Event. Southwest Region, Fall Retreat sponsored by American Baptist Women’s Ministries of ABCOPAD.  See Bulletin Boards for more information.

Window Restoration Work
Glass City work continues at the workshop.  You can help!  Watch the special section on the back of your bulletin to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain our lovely sanctuary.

September 10, 2017
Series:  Psalm Insights
Message: “The God Who Grants Courage”
Psalm 27:1-3 (NIV)

Psalm 27 Of David.

The Lord is my light and my salvation—     whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—     of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked advance against me     to devour[a] me, it is my enemies and my foes     who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me,     my heart will not fear; though war break out against me,     even then I will be confident.

Bulletin Announcements:

Happy Anniversary 
Happy 60th Anniversary to Bob & Louise Shearer on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017. The flowers in the front were given with love by Lori, Lisa, Joel, Jonathan, Greg, and Owen.

Parking Lot Restoration
Starting Monday, September 11, 2017 and for most of this week we will have a   company doing coating and line painting in our parking lot.  Please use caution when    visiting the church.

Tuesday Bible Study Group
Join us Tuesday, Sept. 12th at 6:00pm as we continue our Bible Study group. If you need transportation please see Pastor Will.

Board Meetings 
The Church Boards will meet on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.   Deacons at 6:30pm and Trustees at 7:00pm.  No Christian Ed meeting this month.

Kids Klub….Can It Be September….Already?!!
September means it’s time for school—and for Kids Klub! Kids Klub will have our first meeting on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, from 6:30p.m. until 8:00p.m. here at the church.  All youngsters, beginning at age 4, are invited.  We will have story time, crafts, snacks, and—if time allows—we’ll play games. If you have any questions, please see Miss Kathy or Miss Lori.  We’ll look   forward to seeing you there!

Fall Sunday Evening Bible Study 
Starting Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 6:00pm until Sunday, November 5, 2017 join us as we explore “A Tale of the Feasts”. All Welcome!

Men’s Prayer Breakfast Resumes
Saturday, September 30th we will have our morning Men’s Prayer Breakfast at 10:00am in the Fellowship Hall. Hope to see you here for Fellowship & Prayer.

Prayer Circle
Please see the Prayer Circle insert. We need more members to make our  Prayer Circle Group strong.  Participation is as easy as receiving a prayer need, praying, and passing the message on to the next on the call list.  It is comforting to families to know others will be praying and reaching out to God for His blessing and guidance.  See Carol Shaffer if you have questions.

Thrive: Flourishing in Faith
Saturday, September 30th, 2017, Inspiration & Fellowship Event. Southwest Region, Fall Retreat sponsored by American Baptist Women’s Ministries of ABCOPAD.  See Bulletin Boards for more information.

Window Restoration Work
Glass City work continues at the workshop.  You can help!  Watch the special section on the back of your bulletin to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain our lovely sanctuary.

September 3, 2017
Series:  Psalm Insights
Message: “The God Worth Proclaiming”
Psalm 71:15-24 (NIV)

15 My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds, of your saving acts all day long— though I know not how to relate them all.
16 I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign Lord; I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone.
17 Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.
18 Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.
19 Your righteousness, God, reaches to the heavens, you who have done great things. Who is like you, God?
20 Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.
21 You will increase my honor and comfort me once more.
22 I will praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, my God; I will sing praise to you with the lyre, Holy One of Israel.
23 My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you— I whom you have delivered.
24 My tongue will tell of your righteous acts all day long, for those who wanted to harm me have been put to shame and confusion.

Bulletin Announcements:

Holiday Church Office Hours
The Church Office will be closed on Monday, September 4th for Labor Day! Please leave a message on the Church voicemail and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Tuesday Bible Study Group
Join us Tuesday, Sept. 12th at 6:00pm as we continue our Bible Study group. If you need transportation please see Pastor Will.

Kids Klub….Can It Be September….Already?!!
September means it’s time for school—and for Kids Klub! Kids Klub will have our first meeting on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, from 6:30p.m. until 8:00p.m. here at the church.  All youngsters, beginning at age 4, are invited.  We will have story time, crafts, snacks, and—if time allows—we’ll play games. If you have any questions, please see Miss Kathy or Miss Lori.  We’ll look   forward to seeing you there!

Board Meetings
The Church Boards will meet on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.   Deacons at 6:30pm and Trustees at 7:00pm.  No Christian Ed meeting this month.

Fall Sunday Evening Bible Study
Starting Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 6:00pm until Sunday, November 5, 2017 join us as we explore “A Tale of the Feasts”. All Welcome!

Men’s Prayer Breakfast Resumes
Saturday, September 30th we will have our morning Men’s Prayer Breakfast at 10:00am in the Fellowship Hall. Hope to see you here for Fellowship & Prayer.

Prayer Circle
Please see the Prayer Circle insert. We need more members to make our  Prayer Circle Group strong.  Participation is as easy as receiving a prayer need, praying, and passing the message on to the next on the call list.  It is comforting to families to know others will be praying and reaching out to God for His blessing and guidance.  See Carol Shaffer if you have questions.

Thrive: Flourishing in Faith
Saturday, September 30th, 2017, Inspiration & Fellowship Event. Southwest Region, Fall Retreat sponsored by American Baptist Women’s Ministries of ABCOPAD.  See Bulletin Boards for more information.

Window Restoration Work
Glass City work continues at the workshop.  You can help!  Watch the special section on the back of your bulletin to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain our lovely sanctuary.

August 27, 2017
Series:  Psalm Insights
Message: “The God Who Guides”
Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV)

A psalm of David.

 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

Bulletin Announcements:

Children’s Message Break for August
The Children’s Message will return in September.  Please have children go to Junior Church during the Hymn after the Lord’s Prayer.

Prayer Circle
Please see the Prayer Circle insert. We need more members to make our  Prayer Circle Group strong.  Participation is as easy as receiving a prayer need, praying, and passing the message on to the next on the call list.  It is comforting to families to know others will be praying and reaching out to God for His blessing and guidance.  See Carol Shaffer if you have questions.

Can It Be September….Already?!!
September means it’s time for school—and for Kids Klub!

Kids Klub will have our first meeting on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, from 6:30p.m. until 8:00p.m. here at the church. All youngsters, beginning at age 4, are invited.

We will have story time, crafts, snacks, and—if time allows—we’ll play games.

If you have any questions, please see Miss Kathy or Miss Lori.

We’ll look forward to seeing you there!

Thrive: Flourishing in Faith
Saturday, September 30th, 2017, Inspiration & Fellowship Event. Southwest Region, Fall Retreat sponsored by American Baptist Women’s Ministries of ABCOPAD.  See Bulletin Boards for more information.

Window Restoration Work
Glass City work continues at the workshop.  You can help!  Watch the special section on the back of your bulletin to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain our lovely sanctuary.

August 20, 2017
Series:  Psalm Insights
Message: “The God Who Guides”
Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV)

A psalm of David.

 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

Bulletin Announcements:

Children’s Message Break for August
The Children’s Message will return in September.  Please have children go to Junior Church during the Hymn after the Lord’s Prayer.

Annual Church Picnic
Today is our Annual Church Picnic. Hope to see you all there!

September Newsletter Deadline
Please have your September Newsletter announcements to the church office by Thursday, August 24th.

Prayer Circle
Please see the Prayer Circle insert. We need more members to make our Prayer Circle Group strong.  Participation is as easy as receiving a prayer need, praying, and passing the message on to the next on the call list.  It is comforting to families to know others will be praying and reaching out to God for His blessing and guidance.  See Carol Shaffer if you have questions.

Thrive: Flourishing in Faith
Saturday, September 30th, 2017, Inspiration & Fellowship Event. Southwest Region, Fall Retreat sponsored by American Baptist Women’s Ministries of ABCOPAD.  See Bulletin Boards for more information.

Window Restoration Work
Glass City work continues at the workshop.  You can help!  Watch the special section on the back of your bulletin to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain our lovely sanctuary.

August 13, 2017
Series:  Psalm Insights
Message: “The God Who Remembers”
Psalm 115:12-13 (NIV)

12 The Lord remembers us and will bless us: He will bless his people Israel, he will bless the house of Aaron,
13 he will bless those who fear the Lord— small and great alike.

Bulletin Announcements:

Children’s Message Break for August
The Children’s Message will return in September.  Please have children go to Junior Church during the Hymn after the Lord’s Prayer.

Annual Church Picnic
Sunday, August 20th is our Annual Church Picnic.  See your bulletin insert for attendance slips and more information.

Thrive: Flouring in Faith
Saturday, September 30th, 2017, Inspiration & Fellowship Event.  Southwest Region, Fall Retreat sponsored by American Baptist Women’s Ministries of ABCOPAD.  See Bulletin Boards for more information.

Window Restoration Work
Glass City work continues at the workshop.  You can help!  Watch the special section on the back of your bulletin to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain our lovely sanctuary.

August 6, 2017
Series:  Psalm Insights
Message: “The God Who Forgives”
Psalm 51:1-9 (NIV)

For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.

Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.

Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge.

Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.

Bulletin Announcements:

Children’s Message Break for August
The Children’s Message will return in September.  Please have children go to Junior Church during the Hymn after the Lord’s Prayer.

Board Meeting
The Christian Ed Board will meet on Sunday, August 13th for a short meeting after worship.

Thank You
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our church friends for all the beautiful cards and loving wishes sent during the passing of M. Grace Sherbondy.

May God’s blessings be upon you, Sincerely,
Tom & Nancy Sherbondy,  Mr. & Mrs. Todd Sherbondy & family

 Annual Church Picnic
Sunday, August 20th is our Annual Church Picnic.  See your bulletin insert for attendance slips and more information.

Window Restoration Work
Glass City work continues at the workshop.  You can help!  Watch the special section on the back of your bulletin to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain our lovely sanctuary.

July 30, 2017
Series:  Psalm Insights
Message: “The God Who Loves”
Psalm 136 (NIV)

 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever.

to him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever.

who by his understanding made the heavens, His love endures forever.

who spread out the earth upon the waters, His love endures forever.

who made the great lights— His love endures forever.

the sun to govern the day, His love endures forever.

the moon and stars to govern the night; His love endures forever.

10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt His love endures forever.

11 and brought Israel out from among them His love endures forever.

12 with a mighty hand and outstretched arm; His love endures forever.

13 to him who divided the Red Sea asunder His love endures forever.

14 and brought Israel through the midst of it, His love endures forever.

15 but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea; His love endures forever.

16 to him who led his people through the wilderness; His love endures forever.

17 to him who struck down great kings, His love endures forever.

18 and killed mighty kings— His love endures forever.

19 Sihon king of the Amorites His love endures forever.

20 and Og king of Bashan— His love endures forever.

21 and gave their land as an inheritance, His love endures forever.

22 an inheritance to his servant Israel. His love endures forever.

23 He remembered us in our low estate His love endures forever.

24 and freed us from our enemies. His love endures forever.

25 He gives food to every creature. His love endures forever.

26 Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.

Bulletin Announcements:

5th Sunday
Today is a 5th Sunday in the month of July.  We will have a special offering to benefit the Connellsville Area Community Ministries.  Please help our neighbors in need.

Camp Carmel Summer Schedule
Please see bulletin Boards or call the Church Office 724-628-1240 or Visit the Camp website at campcarmel.com for more information.  Fees are same as last year. Remember Financial Assistance is Available.

Window Restoration Work
Glass City work continues at the workshop.  You can help!  Watch the special section on the back of your bulletin to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain our lovely sanctuary.

July23, 2017
Series:  Psalm Insights
Message: “Who Is This God We Worship?”
Psalms 139:1-14 (NIV)

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

You have searched me, Lord,     and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise;     you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down;     you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue     you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before,     and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,     too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?     Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there;     if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn,     if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me,     your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me     and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;     the night will shine like the day,     for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;     you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;     your works are wonderful,     I know that full well.

Bulletin Announcements:

August Newsletter Deadline
Please have your August Newsletter announcements to the church office by Thursday, July 27th.

5th Sunday
July 30th, will be a 5th Sunday in the month of July.  We will have a special offering to benefit the Connellsville Area Community Ministries.  Please help our neighbors in need.

Camp Carmel Summer Schedule
Please see bulletin Boards or call the Church Office 724-628-1240 or Visit the Camp website at campcarmel.com for more information.  Fees are same as last year. Remember Financial Assistance is Available.

Window Restoration Work 
Glass City work continues at the workshop.  You can help!  Watch the special section on the back of your bulletin to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain our lovely sanctuary.

July16, 2017
Message: “The Keys to Effective Christian Service”
John 13:3-17 (NIV)

Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
“Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.
12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

Bulletin Announcements:

Board Meeting 
The Christian Ed Board will meet on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 6:00pm.

August Newsletter Deadline
Please have your August Newsletter announcements to the church office by Thursday, July 27th.

Camp Carmel Summer Schedule
Please see bulletin Boards or call the Church Office 724-628-1240 or Visit the Camp website at campcarmel.com for more information.  Fees are same as last year. Remember Financial Assistance is Available.

Window Restoration Work
Glass City work continues at the workshop.  You can help!  Watch the  special section on the back of your bulletin to keep track of funds raised for our  windows.  Anything you may want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain our lovely sanctuary.

July 9, 2017
Gideon James Sauereisen
Message: “Jesus Saves”

Isaiah 55:11 (NIV)

11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Habakkuk 2:14 (NIV)

 14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

Bulletin Announcements:

Vacation Bible School
Join us here for Camp Discovery! July 10-13, 2017, 6-8pm.  All Welcome for Bible lessons, stories, games, snacks & crafts.

Board Meeting 
The Christian Ed Board will meet on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 6:00pm.

Camp Carmel Summer Schedule 
Please see bulletin Boards or call the Church Office 724-628-1240 or Visit the Camp website at campcarmel.com for more information.  Fees are same as last year.  Remember Financial Assistance is Available.

Window Restoration Work 
Glass City work continues at the workshop.  You can help!  Watch the special section on the back of your bulletin to keep track of funds raised for our windows.  Anything you may want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain our lovely sanctuary.

June 25, 2017
Series:  Signs In The Wilderness
Message: “A Wilderness Lesson on Prayer”
Exodus 17:8-13 (NIV)

The Amalekites Defeated

The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”

10 So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. 11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12 When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. 13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.

Bulletin Announcements:

Church Office Holiday Hours
The Church office will be closed on July 4th for Independence Day. Please leave a message on the voicemail and your call will be returned as soon as possible. 724-628-1240

Vacation Bible School
Join us here for Camp Discovery! July 10-13, 2017 , 6-8pm. All Welcome for Bible lessons, stories, games, snacks & crafts.

Camp Carmel Summer Schedule 
Please see bulletin Boards or call the Church Office 724-628-1240 or Visit the Camp website at campcarmel.com for more information. Fees are same as last year. Remember Financial Assistance is Available.

Cereal Collection                                                                                        
It’s Camp Time! We are collecting boxes of cereal again to help feed the hungry campers at Camp Carmel. Please help the kids get a good breakfast.

Window Restoration Work 
Glass City work continues at the workshop. You can help! Watch the special section on the back of your bulletin to keep track of funds raised for our windows. Anything you may want to donate will be greatly appreciated and you can take satisfaction in knowing you helped maintain our lovely sanctuary.

Opportunities for the Week:

Next Sunday ~ 9:30am—Sunday School
10:45am—Morning Worship – The Gideons Visit

June 18, 2017
Series:  Signs In The Wilderness
Message: “A Riverside Lesson on Baptism”
Joshua 3:14-4:7 (NIV)

14 So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. 15 Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, 16 the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho. 17 The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stopped in the middle of the Jordan and stood on dry ground, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.

4 When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from right where the priests are standing, and carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.”

So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.”

June 11, 2017
Series:  Signs In The Wilderness
Message: “A Wilderness Lesson Upon The Cross”

Numbers 21:4-9 (NIV)

The Bronze Snake

They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!”

Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.

The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.

John 3:14, 15 (NIV)

14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

June 4, 2017
Message: “A Birthday Blue Print For The Church”
Acts 2:1-13 (NIV)

The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost

2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”

May 28, 2017
Series:  Signs In The Wilderness
Message: “Water For All; Water For the Asking”
Exodus 17:1-7 (NIV)

Water From the Rock

17 The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. So they quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.”

Moses replied, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the Lord to the test?”

But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?”

Then Moses cried out to the Lord, “What am I to do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me.”

The Lord answered Moses, “Go out in front of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.” So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel. And he called the place Massah and Meribah because the Israelites quarreled and because they tested the Lord saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”

May 21, 2017
Series:  Signs In The Wilderness
Message: “Bread From Heaven”
Exodus 16:2-4, 13-18 (NIV)

In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions.

13 That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14 When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. 15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was.

Moses said to them, “It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat. 16 This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Everyone is to gather as much as they need. Take an omer for each person you have in your tent.’”

17 The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little. 18 And when they measured it by the omer, the one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little. Everyone had gathered just as much as they needed.

May 14, 2017
Series:  Signs In The Wilderness
Message: “Bitter to Sweet”
Exodus 15:22-27 (NIV)

The Waters of Marah and Elim

22 Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water. 23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.) 24 So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?”

25 Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink.

There the Lord issued a ruling and instruction for them and put them to the test. 26 He said, “If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.”

27 Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.

May 7, 2017
Series:  Signs In The Wilderness
Message: “A Sure and Guiding Light”
Exodus 13:20-22(NIV)

20 After leaving Sukkoth they camped at Etham on the edge of the desert. 21 By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. 22 Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.

April 30, 2017
Series:  Signs In The Wilderness
Message: “A Sure and Guiding Light”
Exodus 13:20-22(NIV)

20 After leaving Sukkoth they camped at Etham on the edge of the desert. 21 By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. 22 Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.

April 23, 2017
Message: “Encore”
1 Thessalonians 5:1-5 (NIV)

The Day of the Lord

5 Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.

April 16, 2017
Resurrection Sunday
Message: “The Bedrock of Our Faith”
1 Corinthians 15:3-8 (NIV)

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

April 13, 2017
Maundy Thursday
Message: “A Maundy Thursday Reflection”

Isaiah 53:1-10 (NIV)

Who has believed our message     and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up before him like a tender shoot,     and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,     nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind,     a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces     he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain     and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God,     stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions,     he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him,     and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray,     each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him     the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted,     yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,     and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,     so he did not open his mouth. By oppression[a] and judgment he was taken away.     Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living;     for the transgression of my people he was punished.[b] He was assigned a grave with the wicked,     and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence,     nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,     and though the Lord makes[c] his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days,     and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.

Matthew 26:36-46 (NIV)

Gethsemane

36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.

45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

Luke 22:7-20 (NIV)

The Last Supper

Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.”

“Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked.

10 He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, 11 and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 12 He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there.”

13 They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.

14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”

17 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. 18 For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

April 9, 2017
Palm Sunday
Series:  Cross Examination
Message: “A Most Unusual Throne”
Matthew 27:27-37

 The Soldiers Mock Jesus
27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. 30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. 31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

The Crucifixion of Jesus
32 As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. 33 They came to a place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). 34 There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. 35 When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots. 36 And sitting down, they kept watch over him there. 37 Above his head they placed the written charge against him: This is Jesus, the king of the Jews.

April 2, 2017
Series:  Cross Examination
Message: “The Cross; A Message of Hope”
Romans 8:28

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

March 26, 2017
Series:  Cross Examination
Message: “The Cross; A Lesson on Obedience and It’s Power”
Hebrews 5:7-9

 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him,

March 19, 2017
Series:  Cross Examination
Message: “The Cross; God’s One Way Road Sign”
John 1:29

Behold, the Lamb of God

29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

March 12, 2017
Series:  Cross Examination
Message: “The Cross; God’s Show n Tell on Love”
Romans 5:6-8

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

March 5, 2017
Series:  Cross Examination
Message: “The Problem with Sin”
1 Corinthians 15:3

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,

February 26, 2017
Message: “The Ministry of Friendship”
Proverbs 17:17

 17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

February 19, 2017
Message: “The Tell Tale Marks of Love for God”
John 14:15
Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

John 21:15-17
Jesus and Peter
15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.

February 12, 2017
Message: “The Power of Love”
1 Corinthians 13:8-13

 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

February 5, 2017
Message: “Jesus Top Two Countdown”
Matthew 22:34-40

The Great Commandment

34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

January 29, 2017
Message: “God’s Holy Textbook”
II Timothy 3:16, 17

16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

January 22, 2017
Message: “Concerning God’s Promises”
Luke 17:11-19

Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers

11 On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13 and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14 When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; 16 and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

January 15, 2017
Message: “When Facing Life’s Goliaths”
1 Samuel 17:32-50 (ESV)

32 And David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” 33 And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth.” 34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, 35 I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him. 36 Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.” 37 And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”

38 Then Saul clothed David with his armor. He put a helmet of bronze on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail, 39 and David strapped his sword over his armor. And he tried in vain to go, for he had not tested them. Then David said to Saul, “I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them.” So David put them off. 40 Then he took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd’s pouch. His sling was in his hand, and he approached the Philistine.

41 And the Philistine moved forward and came near to David, with his shield-bearer in front of him. 42 And when the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him, for he was but a youth, ruddy and handsome in appearance. 43 And the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 The Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the field.” 45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47 and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hand.”

48 When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. 49 And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.

50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. There was no sword in the hand of David.

January 8, 2017
Message: “A Royal New Year’s Resolution Suggestion”
Matthew 2:1-12

The Visit of the Wise Men

1Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler     who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

January 1, 2017
Happy New Year
Guest Speaker: Joanne Walls
Message: “There is More”

Isaiah 9:6-7

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

Matthew 1:21

21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

John 14:1-3
I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life

1“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

December 25, 2016
Christmas Day
The Savior’s Dwelling Places
Message: “The Inn”
Luke 2:1-7

The Birth of Jesus Christ

2 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

December 24, 2016
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Message: “A Light Has Dawned”

Isaiah 9:2-7

The people who walked in darkness     have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,     on them has light shone. You have multiplied the nation;     you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you     as with joy at the harvest,     as they are glad when they divide the spoil. For the yoke of his burden,     and the staff for his shoulder,     the rod of his oppressor,     you have broken as on the day of Midian. For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult     and every garment rolled in blood     will be burned as fuel for the fire. For to us a child is born,     to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder,     and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,     Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace     there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom,     to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness     from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

Luke 2:8-20

The Shepherds and the Angels

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest,     and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

December 18, 2016
The Savior’s Dwelling Places
Message: “A Christmas Lesson Concerning Nazareth”

Matthew 2:19-23

The Return to Nazareth

19 But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.” 21 And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee. 23 And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, so that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, that he would be called a Nazarene.

John 1:43-46

Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael

43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

December 11, 2016
The Savior’s Dwelling Places
Message: “A Tale of Two Cities”
Matthew 2:7-15

Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

The Flight to Egypt

13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” 14 And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt 15 and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

December 4, 2016
The Savior’s Dwelling Places
Message: “Why Bethlehem”

Micah 5:2

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.

Luke 2:4-7

4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.  6And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth.  7And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

November 27, 2016
The Savior’s Dwelling Places
Message: “The Incarnation”
Luke 1:30-31 (NASB)

30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.

November 20, 2016
Answers From The Book
Message: “How to Give Praise When You Don’t Feel Like It”

I Thessalonians 5:16-18

16Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Acts 16:22-28

22The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods.  23And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely.  24Having received this order, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.
The Philippian Jailer Converted
25About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, 26and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken.  And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened.  27When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped.  28But Paul cried with a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.”

November 13, 2016
Answers From The Book
Message: “How to Give Away the Faith”
Psalm 96:2-4

2Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.  3Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all peoples!  4For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods.

October 30, 2016
Answers From The Book
Message: “How to Overcome Temptation”
I Corinthians 10:13

13No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man.  God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

October 23, 2016
Answers From The Book
Message: “How to Forgive the Unforgivable”
Matthew 18:21, 22

21Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?  As many as seven times?”  22Jesus said to him. “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.”

October 16, 2016
Answers From The Book
Message: “How to Grow In The Faith”
II Peter 3:18

18But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity.  Amen.

October 9, 2016
Answers From The Book
Message: “How to Pray More Effectively”
Matthew 6:9-13

9Pray then like this: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.  10You kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  11Give us this day our daily bread, 12and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

October 2, 2016
Answers From The Book
Message: “How to Know One Is Saved”
I John 5:13

13I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.

September 25, 2016
Mentors of the Faith
Message: “How’s Your Passing Game?”
Esther 4:12-14

12And they told Mordecai what Esther had said.  13Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews.   14For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish.  And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

September 18, 2016
Mentors of the Faith
Message: “Dare to be a Daniel”
Daniel 1:1-16

Daniel taken to Babylon
1In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it.  2And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God.  And he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god.  3Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility, 4youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king’s palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans.  5The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank.  They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king.  6Among these were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah.  7And the chief of the eunuchs gave them names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego.

Daniel’s Faithfulness
8But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king’s food, or the wine that he drank.  Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself.  9And God gave Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the chief of the eunuchs, 10and the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who assigned your food and your drink; for why should he see that you were in worse condition than the youths who are of your own age?  So you would endanger my head with the king?”  11Then Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had assigned over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 12“Test your servants for ten days; let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink.  13Then let our appearance and the appearance of the youths who eat the king’s food be observed by you, and deal with your servants according to what you see.”  14So he listened to them in this matter, and tested them for ten days.  15At the end of the ten days it was seen that they were better in appearance and fatter in flesh than all the youths who ate the king’s food.  16So the steward took away their food and the wine they were to drink, and gave them vegetables.

September 11, 2016
Message: “Being There”
Romans 12:15

15Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

September 4, 2016
Series:  Mentors Of The Faith
Message: “A Man After God’s Own Heart”
Acts 13:21, 22

21Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.  22And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, “I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.”

August 28, 2016
Series:  Mentors Of The Faith
Message: “A Faith Which Attracts”
Ruth 1:1-8, 15-20

Naomi Widowed
1In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land, and a man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons.  2The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion.  They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah.  They went into the country of Moab and remained there.  3But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons.  4These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth.  They lived there about ten years, 5and both Mahlon and Chilion died, so that the woman was left without her two sons and her husband.

Ruth’s Loyalty to Naomi
6Then she arose with her daughters-in-law to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the fields of Moab that the Lord had visited his people and given them food.  7So she set out from the place where she was with her two daughters-in-law, and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah.  8But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each of you to her mother’s house.  May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me.

15And she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.”  16But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you.  For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge.  Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.  17Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried.  May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.”  18And when Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more.

Naomi and Ruth Return
19So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem.  And when they came to Bethlehem, the whole town stirred because of them.  And the women said, “Is this Naomi?”  20She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.

August 21, 2016
Series:  Mentors Of The Faith
Message: “Abraham, Isaac and a Thing Called Faith”
Hebrews 11:17-19

17By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, 18of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.”  19He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.

August 7, 2016
Series:  Mentors Of The Faith
Message: “Umbrella Carrying Faith”
Hebrews 11:7

7By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household.  By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

July 31, 2016
Series:  Mentors Of The Faith
Message: “Umbrella Carrying Faith”
Hebrews 11:7

7By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household.  By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

July 24, 2016
Christmas In July
Message: “Why Can’t Everyday be like Christmas?”
Luke 2:8-20

The Shepherds and the Angels

8And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  9And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear.  10And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people.  11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  12And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”  13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God and saying, 14”Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”  15When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”  16And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.  17And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.  18And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.  19But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.  20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told to them.

July 17, 2016
Message: “Fishers of Men”
Matthew 4:19

19And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

July 3, 2016
Independence Day
Message: “The Lessons of the Firework”
Philippians 2:14-16

14Do all things without grumbling or questioning 15that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.

June 26, 2016
220th Founder’s Day
Message: “The Problem With Fear”
Matthew 6:25-34

Do Not Be Anxious

25Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on.  Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  26Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not of more value than they?  27And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?  28And why are you anxious about clothing?  Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  30But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?  31Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  32For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  33But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  34Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

June 19, 2016
Father’s Day
Message: “The Fatherhood of God”
Matthew 7:7-11

Ask, and It Will Be Given

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.  Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

June 12, 2016
Message: “The Great Commencement”
Matthew 28:16-20

The Great Commencement

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted.  And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

June 5, 2016
Message: “And All of God’s People Said, ‘Amen!’”
Revelation 22:20, 21

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!  The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all.  Amen.

May 29, 2016
Message: “Hedge of Protection”
Job 1:6-12

Satan Allowed to Test Job

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. The Lord said to Satan, “From where have you come?”  Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.”  And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?  Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason?  Have you not a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side?  You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.  But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.”  And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand.  Only against him do not stretch out your hand.”  So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.

May 22, 2016
Message: “Hallelujah; The Power of Praise”
Revelation 19:4-7

And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who was seated on the throne, saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!” And from the throne came a voice saying, “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, small and great.”  Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah!  For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.  Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has comb, and his Bride has made herself ready

May 15, 2016
Holy
I Peter 1:14-16

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

May 8, 2016
Mother’s Day
Message: “Mother’s Day Reflection”
Proverbs 31:10, 28-31

An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.

Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.  Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.

May 1, 2016
Message: “Born Again”
John 3:1-8

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.”  Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old?  Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”  Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’  The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes.  So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

April 17, 2016
Message: “The Sure Foundation of the Word of God”
II Timothy 3:16, 17

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

April 10, 2016
Message: “He Has Risen Indeed; 100% Guaranteed”
I Corinthians 15:3, 4, 12-20

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, …

Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.  And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.  We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised.  For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised.  And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.  Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.  If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.  But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

April 3, 2016
Message: “Wanted, Fools for Christ”
I Corinthians 1:20-25; 4:10

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe?  Where is the debater of this age?  Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?  For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.  For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong.  You are held in honor, but we in disrepute.

March 27, 2016
Easter
Message: “An Easter Lesson on Fear and It’s Cure”
Mark 16:1-8

The Resurrection

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb.  And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?”  And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back – it was very large.  And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed.  And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed.  You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.  He has risen; he is not here.  See the place where they laid him.  But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee.  There you will see him, just as he told you.”  And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

March 24, 2016
Maundy Thursday
Message: “A Maundy Thursday Meditation”
Matthew 26:47-50

While he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.”  And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!”  And he kissed him.  Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you came to do.”  Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him.

March 20, 2016
Palm Sunday
Message: “Some Kingly Information Concerning the King of Kings”
Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:1-11

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!  Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

The Triumphal Entry

Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me.  If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, “The Lord needs them, and he will send them at once.”  This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”  The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them.  They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them.  Most of the crowd spread the cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.  And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!  Hosanna in the highest!”  And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?”  And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”

March 13, 2016
Message: “The Marks of a Servants Heart”
Isaiah 52:13-53:9

He Was Wounded for Our Transgressions

Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted. As many were astonished at you – his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind – so shall he sprinkle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which has not been told them they see, and that which they have not heard they understand.

Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?  For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.  He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief, and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned – every one – to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people?  And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.

March 6, 2016
Message: “The Lessons of the Cross”
Psalm 22:1, 6-8, 11-18

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?

But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads; “He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”

Be not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help. Many bulls encompass me; strong bulls of Bashan surround me; they open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion.  I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast; my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death.  For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircle me; they have pierced my hands and feet —I can count all my bones—they stare and gloat over me; they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.

February 28, 2016
Message: “A Companion in Fiery Times”
Daniel 3:16-27

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.  But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”  Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with fury, and the expression of his face was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.  He ordered the furnace heated seven times more than it was usually heated.  And he ordered some of the mighty men of his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.  Then these men were bound in their cloaks, their tunics, their hats, and their other garments, and they were thrown into the burning fiery furnace.  Because the king’s order was urgent and the furnace overheated, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.  And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell bound into the burning fiery furnace.  Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up in haste.  He declared to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?”  They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.”  He answered and said, “But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.”  Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the door of the burning fiery furnace; he declared, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here!”  Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out from the fire.  And the satraps, the prefects, the governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together and saw that the fire had not had any power over the bodies of those men.  The hair of their heads was not singed, their cloaks were not harmed, and no smell of fire had come upon them.

February 21, 2016
Message: “The Messiah’s Job Description”
Genesis 14:17-20; Psalm 110:4

After his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). And Melchizedek king of Salem brought our bread and wine.  (He was priest of God Most High.)  And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!”

The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”

February 14, 2016
Message: “A Rose Among the Thorns; An Early Lesson on the Cross”
Genesis 3:13-15

Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”  The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.  I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

February 7, 2016
Message: “The Power of Repentance”
Matthew 4:12-17

Jesus Begins His Ministry

Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:  “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles – the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.”  From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

January 24, 2016
Message: “Three Facts Concerning Heaven”
Luke 16:19-31

The Rich Man and Lazarus

There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table.  Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores.  The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side.  The rich man also died and was buried, and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side.  And he called out, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.”  But Abraham said, “Child remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.  And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.”  And he said, “Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house – for I have five brothers – so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.”  But Abraham said, “They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.”  And he said, “No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.”  He said to him, “If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.”

January 17, 2016
Message: “When Is The Return Engagement”
Matthew 24:14

And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

January 10, 2016
Message: “What Jesus’ Return Has to Teach Us About Himself”
Acts 1:10, 11

And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

January 3, 2016
Message: “Three Facts Concerning Our Lord’s Return”
Revelation 22:20

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen.
Come, Lord Jesus!

December 24, 2015
Christmas Eve
Message: “The Magi’s Recommended Christmas Gift List”
Micah 5:1-5, Matthew 2:1-12

Now muster your troops, o daughter of troops; siege is laid against us; with a rod they strike the judge of Israel on the cheek. But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.  Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has given birth; then the rest of his brothers shall return to the people of Israel.  And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.  And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth.  And he shall be their peace.

The Visit of the Wise Men

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”  When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.  They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: “And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.”  Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared.  And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.”  After listening to the king, they went on their way.  And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was.  When the saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.  And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him.  Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.  And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

December 20, 2015
Message: “Christmas…What’s Love Got to Do with It?”
Luke 2:13, 14; John 3:16

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

December 13, 2015
Message: “Keys to Maintaining Joy”
Luke 2:8-20

The Shepherds and the Angels

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear.  And the angle said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”  When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”  And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.  And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.  And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.  But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.  And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told to them.

December 6, 2015
Message: “When Peace Is Elusive”
Isaiah 9:6; Luke 2:1-7

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, prince of Peace.

The Birth of Jesus Christ

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.  This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria.  And all went to be registered each to his own town.  And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.  And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth.  And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

November 29, 2015
Message: “When God Appears Silent”
Malachi 4:5, 6; Luke 1:5-17

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes.  And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.

In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah.  And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.  And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in the commandments and the statutes of the Lord.  But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years.  Now while he was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty, according to the custom of the priesthood, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense.  And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense.  And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.  And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him.  But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.  And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great before the Lord.  And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.  And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.”

November 22, 2015
Message: “A Thanksgiving Reflection”
Psalm 107:1-3

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!  Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.

November 15, 2015
Guest Speaker Rev. Geary Witt
Message: “Refresh My Heart”
Philemon 1-7

Greeting
Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon our beloved fellow worker and Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church in your house: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philemon’s Love and Faith
I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.  For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.

November 8, 2015
Message: “Who Are You Christian? Part Two”
Philippians 3:20; Romans 8:37; I Peter 2:9

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ…

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

November 1, 2015
Message: “Who Are You Christian?”
Ephesians 2:8-10

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is a gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

October 25, 2015
Message: “Prayer Boosters; Keys to Effective Prayer”
Ephesians 6:18; I Thessalonians 5:17, 18

…praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints…

…pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

October 18, 2015
Message: “The Power of Prayer and Healing”
James 5:13-16

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

October 11, 2015
Message: “The Power of Prayer and Revival”
2 Chronicles 7:14

…if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

October 4, 2015
Message: “Prayer and Spiritual Warfare”
Exodus 17:8-13

Then Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim. So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose for us men, and go out and fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword.

September 27, 2015
Message: “Prayer and Knowing God’s Will”
James 1:5-8

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

September 20, 2015
Message: “Prayer 101”
Acts 2:42; First Thessalonians 5:17

And they devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

pray without ceasing

September 13, 2015
Message: “When Grief Hits”
Job 1:13-22; 2:11-13

Satan Takes Job’s Property and Children

Now there was a day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, and there came a messenger to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, and the Sabeans fell upon them and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” While he was speaking, there came another and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “The Chaldeans formed three groups and made a raid on the camels and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” While he was speaking, there came another and said, “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, and behold, a great wind came across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young people, and they are dead, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.

Job’s Three Friends

Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that had come upon him, they came each from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Namathite. They made an appointment together to come to show him sympathy and comfort him. And when they saw him from a distance, they did not recognize him. And they raised their voices and wept, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads toward heaven. And they sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great.

September 6, 2015
Message: “The Gift of the Sabbath”
Mark 2:27

And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.

August 30, 2015
Message: “Do Your Homework; The Power of Study”
Proverbs 3:13-15; 8:10, 11; 16:16

Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her.

Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.

How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.

August 23, 2015
Message: “Jesus’ Resurrection and the Christian Life”
First Corinthians 15:12-20

Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

August 16, 2015
Message: “Who Is This Lord of the Resurrected Life?”
Luke 7:11-17

Jesus Raises a Widow’s Son

Soon afterward he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!” And this report about him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country.

August 9, 2015
Message: “The Believers Freedom”
John 11:38-44

Jesus Raises Lazarus

Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

August 2, 2015
Message: “Born to Follow”
Mark 10:28-31

Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

July 26, 2015
Message: “The Great Physician’s Memorable House Call”
Mark 5:21-24, 35-43

And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, fell at his feet and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” And he went with him.

While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John and the brother of James. They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, rise.” And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

July 19, 2015
Message: “Equipped to Serve”
First John 4:19

We love because he first loved us.

July 12, 2015
A Message from the Gideon’s

July 5, 2015
Guest Speaker: Geary Witt
Message: “How to Build a House”
Psalm 11

The Lord Is in His Holy Temple
To the Choirmaster.  Of David.

In the Lord I take refuge;
how can you say to my soul,
“Flee like a bird to your mountain,
for behold, the wicked bend the bow;
They have fitted their arrow to the string
to shoot on the dark at the upright in heart;
If the foundations are destroyed,
what can the righteous do?”
The Lord is in his holy temple;
the Lord’s throne is in heaven;
his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.
The Lord tests the righteous,
but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.
Let him rain coals on the wicked;
fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
For the Lord is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds;
the upright shall behold his face.

June 28, 2015
Message: “Commitment to a Higher Cause”
Luke 9:57-62

The Cost of Following Jesus

As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”  And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”  To another he said, “Follow me.”  But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”  And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead.  But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”  Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.”  Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

June 21, 2015
Father’s Day
Message: “The Father’s Most Important Job”
Deuteronomy 6:6-9

And these words that I command you today shall be in your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

June 14, 2015
Message: “A Picture Paints a Thousand Words”
First Corinthians 1:18

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

June 7, 2015
Message: “The Christians Answer to the Unanswerable”
Job 19:25-27

For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.  And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another.  My heart faints within me!

May 31, 2015
Message: “The Other Side of Persecution”
Matthew 5:10-12

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.  Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

May 24, 2015
Message: “Isn’t Every Day Memorial Day?”
1st Corinthians 11:23-26
Guest Speaker Joanne Walls

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.”  In the same way he also took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood.  Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”  For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

May 17, 2015
Message: “A Family Resemblance”
Matthew 5:8, 9

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.  Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

May 10, 2015
Mother’s Day
Message: “The Last Word on Motherhood”
John 19:25-27

…but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.  When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother. “Woman, behold your son!”  Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!”  And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

May 3, 2015
Message: “Mercy!”
Matthew 5:7

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

April 26, 2015
Message: “The Key to Spiritual Wealth”
Matthew 5:5, 6

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

April 19, 2015
Message: “The Secret of Obtaining and Maintaining Joy”
Matthew 5:1-4

Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.  And he opened his mouth and taught them saying:  Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.   Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

April 12, 2015
Message: “The God of the Second Act”
John 21:15-19

Jesus and Peter

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”  He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.”  He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”  He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”  He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.”  He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”  He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.”  Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.  Truly, Truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.”  (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.)  And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”

April 5, 2015
Easter Sunday
Message: “Resurrection Power”
John 20:19-23

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”  When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.  Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.  Jesus said to them again, “peace be with you.  As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”  And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”

April 2, 2015
Maundy Thursday
Message: “The Message of the Table”

Isaiah 53:1-9

Who has believed what he has heard from us?  And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?  For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.  He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.  But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned – every one – to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.  By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people?  And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.

First Corinthians 11:23-26

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.”  In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood.  Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”  For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

March 29, 2015
Palm Sunday
Message: “A Palm Sunday Lesson on Praise”
Luke 19:28-40

The Triumphal Entry

And when he said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.  When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat.  Untie it and bring it here.  If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’”  So those who were sent away and found it just as he had told them.  And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?”  And they said, “The Lord is in need of it.”  And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it.  And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road.  As he was drawing near – already on the way down the Mount of Olives – the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!  Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”  And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.”  He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

March 22, 2015
Message: “The Choice”
Joshua 24:14, 15

Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness.  Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.  And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell.  But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

March 15, 2015
Message: “Do You Believe In Miracles”
Joshua 10:12-14

At that time Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord gave the Amorites over to the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, “Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and moon, in the valley of Vijalon.”  And the Sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies.  Is this not written in the Book of Jashar?  The sun stopped in the midst of heaven and did not hurry to set for a whole day.  There has been no day like it before or since, when the Lord heeded the voice of a man, for the Lord fought for Israel.

March 8, 2015
Message: “The Secular and the Sacred”
Joshua 9:1-15

The Gibeonite Deception

As soon as all the kings who were beyond the Jordan in the hill country and in the lowland all among the coast of the Great Sea toward Lebanon, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, heard of this, they gathered together as one to fight against Joshua and Israel.  But when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and to Ai, they on their part acted with cunning and went and made ready provisions and took worn-out sacks for their donkeys, and wineskins, worn-out and torn and mended, with worn-out, patched sandals on their feet, and worn-out clothes.  And all their provisions were dry and crumbly.  And they went to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal and said to him and to the men of Israel, “We have come from a distant country, so now make a covenant with us.”  But the men of Israel said to the Hivites, “Perhaps you live among us; then how can we make a covenant with you?”  They said to Joshua, “We are your servants.”  And Joshua said to them, “Who are you?  And where do you come from?”  They said to him, “From a very distant country your servants have come, because of the name of the Lord you God.  For we have heard a report of him, and all that he did in Egypt, and all that he did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon the king of Heshbon, and to Og king of Basham, who lived in Ashtaroth.  So our elders and all the inhabitants of our country said to us, ‘Take provisions in your hand for the journey and go to meet them and say to them, “We are your servants.  Come now, make a covenant with us.”’  Here is our bread.  It was still warm when we took it from our houses as our food for the journey on the day we set out to come to you, but now behold, it is dry and crumbly.  These wineskins were new when we filled them, and behold, they have burst.  And these garments and sandals of ours are worn out from the very long journey.”  So the men took some of their provisions, but did not ask counsel from the Lord.  And Joshua made peace with them and made a covenant with them, to let them live, and the leaders of the congregation swore to them.

February 22, 2015
Message: “The Problem With Sin”
Joshua 7:1-5, 10-12, 16-22

But the people of Israel broke faith in regard to the devoted things, for “Achan the son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of the devoted things.  And the anger of the Lord burned against the people of Israel.  Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is near Beth-aven, east of Bethel, and said to them, “Go up and spy out the land.”  And the men went up and spied out Ai.  And they returned to Joshua and said to him, “Do not have all the people go up, but let about two or three thousand men go up and attack Ai.  Do not make the whole people toil up there, for they are few.”  So about 3,000 men went up there from the people.  And they fled before the men of Ai, and the men of Ai killed about thirty-six of their men and chased them before the gate as far as Shebarim and struck them at the descent.  And the hearts of the people melted and became as water.

The Lord said to Joshua, “Get up!  Why have you fallen on your face?  Israel has sinned; they have transgressed my covenant that I commanded them; they have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen and lied and put them among their own belongings.  Therefore the people of Israel cannot stand before their enemies.  They turn their backs before their enemies, because they have become devoted for destruction.  I will be with you no more, unless you destroy the devoted things from among you.”

So Joshua rose early in the morning and brought Israel near tribe by tribe, and the tribe of Judah was taken.  And he brought near the clan of the Zerahites man by man, and Zabdi was taken.  And he brought near his household man by man, and Achan the son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken.  Then Joshua said to Achan, “My son, give glory to the Lord God of Israel and give praise to him.  And tell me now what you have done; do not hide it from me.”  And Achan answered Joshua, “Truly I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel, and this is what I did: when I saw among the spoil a beautiful cloak from Shinar, and 200 shekels of silver, and a bar of gold weighing 50 shekels, then I coveted them and took them.  And see, they are hidden in the earth inside my tent, with the silver underneath.”  So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent; and behold, it was hidden in his tent with the silver underneath.

February 15, 2015
Message: “God’s Blueprint For Love”
John 13:34, 35

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

February 8, 2015
Message: “The Lesson of the Scarlet Cord”
Joshua 2:17-21; 6:22, 23, 25

The men said to her, “We will be guiltless with respect to this oath of yours that you have made us swear.  Behold, when we come into the land, you shall tie this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and you shall gather into your house your father and mother, your brothers, and all your father’s household.  Then if anyone goes out of the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his own head, and we shall be guiltless.  But if a hand is laid on anyone who is with you in the house, his blood shall be on our head.  But if you tell this business of ours, then we shall be guiltless with respect to your oath that you have made us swear.”  And she said, “According to your words, so be it.”  Then she sent them away, and they departed.  And she tied the scarlet cord in the window.

But to the two men who had spied out the land, Joshua said, “Go into the prostitute’s house and bring out from there the woman and all who belong to her, as you swore to her.”  So the young men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab and her father and mother and brothers and all who belonged to her.  And they brought all her relatives and put them outside the camp of Israel.

But Rahab the prostitute and her father’s household and all who belonged to her, Joshua saved alive.  And she has lived in Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

February 1, 2015
Message: “Halting Rivers and Toppling Walls”
Joshua 3:15-17; 6:12-17, 20

and as soon as those bearing the ark had come as far as the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the brink of the water (now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest), the waters coming down from above stood up and rose in a heap very far away, at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, and those flowing down toward the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were completely cut off.  And the people passed over opposite Jericho.  Now the priests bearing the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firmly on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan, and all Israel was passing over on dry ground until all the nation finished passing over the Jordan.

Then Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the Lord.  And the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord walked on, and they blew the trumpets continually.  And the armed men were walking before them, and the rear guard was walking after the ark of the Lord, while the trumpets blew continually.  And the second day they marched around the city once, and returned into the camp.  So they did for six days.  On the seventh day the rose early, at dawn of day, and marched around the city in the same manner seven times.  It was only on that day that they marched around the city seven times.  And at the seventh time, when the priests had blown the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, “Shout, for the Lord has given you the city.  And the city and all that is within it shall be devoted to the Lord for destruction.  Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall live, because she hid the messengers whom we sent.

So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown.  As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city.

January 25, 2015
Message: “God’s Grace and Second Chances”
Joshua 2:1-13

Rahab Hides the Spies

And Joshua the son of Nun sent two men secretly from Shittim as spies, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.”  And they went and came into the house of a prostitute whose name was Rahab and lodged there.  And it was told to the king of Jericho, “Behold, men of Israel have come here tonight to search out the land.”  Then the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, “Bring out the men who have come to you, who entered your house, for they have come to search out all the land.”  But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them.  And she said, “True, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from.  And when the gate was about to be closed at dark, the men went out.  I do not know where the men went.  Pursue them quickly, for you will overtake them.”  But she had brought them up to the roof and hid them with the stalks of flax that she had laid in order on the roof.  So the men pursued after them on the way to the Jordan as far as the fords.  And the gate was shut as soon as the pursuers had gone out.  Before the men lay down, she came up to them on the roof and said to the men, “I know that the Lord has given you the land, and that the fear of you has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land melt away before you.  For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you devoted to destruction.  And as soon as we heard it, our hearts melted, and there was no spirit left in any man because of you, for the Lord your God, he is God in the heavens above and on earth beneath.  Now then, please swear to me by the Lord that, as I have dealt kindly with you, you also will deal kindly with my father’s house, and give me a sure sign that you will save alive my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them, and deliver our lives from death.”

January 18, 2015
Message: “Keys to Spiritual Success”
Joshua 1:1-9

God Commissions Joshua

After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, “Moses my servant is dead.  Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving them, to the people of Israel.  Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses.  From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory.  No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life.  Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.  I will not leave you or forsake you.  Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them.  Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you.  Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.  This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.  For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.  Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

January 11, 2015
Message: “A Tale of Two Advents”
Acts 1:10, 11

And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven?  This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

January 4, 2015
Message: “The Lesson of the Magi”
Matthew 2:1-12

The Visit of the Wise Men

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews?  For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”  When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.  They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: “And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.”  Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared.  And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.”  After listening to the king, they went on their way.  And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was.  When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.  And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him.  Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.  And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.