Here are your Good Shepherd OPC announcements and worship helps for the week of May 25-31, 2015.
A Call to Prayer (Wednesdays at 7 pm)
Join us for an hour of prayer this and every Wednesday evening from 7-8 pm. This is a good chance to minister to one another in love through prayer. If you have a prayer request, please forward it to Pastor Chris by Wednesday afternoon to be included in the prayer meeting.
The Lord’s Day (May 31)
Pastor Chris will explain and host a discussion in regards to the newly approved Child Safety Policy. Copies will be available. Beginning June 7, RE Marius Pienaar will teach two classes on prayer (June 21 is the other). Pastor Chris will make a General Assembly update on June 14. After Mr. Pienaar’s class, RE Chris Crandall will teach a three week class on three biblical characters.
There are two children’s classes; both use the Great Commission Publications curriculum, Show Me Jesus.
We pick up our study of the Book of Amos by looking at Amos 7:1-6, “The Necessity of an Intercessor.” The last three chapters of Amos are a series of five visions that begin with words like, “This is what the Lord showed me.” This distinguishes the earlier prophecies which the Lord declared or spoke. The first two visions are brief and will be considered together. The second two have appendixes and will be considered separately (7:7-17 and 8:1-14). Chapter 9 contains the fifth vision (9:1-10) and the concluding oracles (9:11-15). The New Testament reading is Romans 9:14-29.
We continue our study through 1 Thessalonians with 2:1-6, The Preacher’s Motives. The apostle Paul begins a defense of his ministry among the Thessalonians, possibly in response to charges levied against him. We’ll break Paul’s defense, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-16, into several parts.
Wednesday Prayer at 7 PM, each Wednesday.
Sunday Evening worship is at 6 pm. If you have a psalm or hymn request, please forward it to Pastor Chris. We’ll meet for fellowship at 5 pm with Redeemer OPC joining us.
The Women's Bible Study is on hiatus for the summer.
A special announcement: Please refrain from wearing colognes and perfumes at church. We have not reminded you in some time, but these kinds of scents trigger Amy Eppstein’s reactions. The Eppsteins would very much appreciate your help and cooperation in keeping Good Shepherd scent free. Thank you very much.
On Sunday evening May 31, we will have a joint service with Redeemer OPC (Beavercreek) at our building. Please bring a finger food at 5 pm to share. The service will be at 6 pm.
The next fellowship lunch is scheduled for Sunday, June 7, immediately after morning worship. The theme is picnic foods. Evening worship begins at 2 pm.
The session will meet on Tuesday, May 26 at 6:30 pm.
We will host a community picnic on Saturday evening, June 13. Like last year, we will provide food and games for all participants with the goal of inviting the community to church and to register children for VBS.
The General Assembly is the governing body of the whole church and the highest court of appeal in judicial matters. It consists of approximately 150 voting commissioners, including the moderator and stated clerk of the previous assembly and such ministers and ruling elders as are commissioned by their respective presbyteries. The 82nd GA is called to meet at Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa, from June 3–9, 2015. You may find more information at the Orthodox Presbyterian Church website (www.opc.org/ga.html).
Good Shepherd OPC will host our second annual Vacation Bible School June 22-26. The theme is Summer Seaquest. From the publisher’s website: Summer Seaquest anchors VBS Sea Explorers in God's Word as they follow the famous fleeing prophet Jonah, tracing his roundabout route to repentance to discover life-changing truths about the Savior he points to. We’ll be asking for volunteers to help in this ministry.
Mark your calendars for July 13-18, 2015 Presbytery of Ohio Youth Camp at 4-H Camp Piedmont! For the senior High, the speaker, Rev. Dr. Carl Trueman, Professor of church history, Westminster Theological Seminary and pastor, Cornerstone OPC Ambler PA will be presenting messages from “The Book of Judges.” For the Junior High, the speaker, Mr. Danny Priano, youth director, Providence PCA Pittsburgh PA will lead class sessions on “Fighting the Deceiver with the Full Armor of God” using Scripture and catechism curriculum produced by Children’s Ministries International.