Here are your Good Shepherd OPC announcements and worship helps for the week of October 6-12, 2014.
8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, 9 who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10 and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11 for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, 12 which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me. 13 Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. (2Timothy 1:8-13)
A Call to Prayer (Wednesday, October 8, 2014; 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 (October 12, 2014)
Deacon Brian Hopson continues a study on the Book of Ecclesiastes.
On November 23, Mr. Chris Crandall will give his testimony and sense of call and teach on praying in faith. The following week, November 30, Mr. Marius Pienaar will give his testimony and sense of call and teach on Covenant Theology. Both of these men have been nominated for elder and are currently in a training class.
There are two children’s classes; both use the Great Commission Publications curriculum.
There is an Inquirer’s Class for anyone desiring to know more about Good Shepherd – who we are, what we believe, how we worship, etc. Covenant children interested in making a profession of faith are welcome.
For preparation to hear God’s Word:
WLC 160 What is required of those that hear the word preached?
A. It is required of those that hear the word preached, that they attend upon it with diligence, preparation, and prayer; examine what they hear by the scriptures; receive the truth with faith, love, meekness, and readiness of mind, as the word of God; meditate, and confer of it; hide it in their hearts, and bring forth the fruit of it in their lives.
We continue our study of the short epistle of Jude. Most Christians may only be familiar with one verse in Jude, verse 3 about contending for the faith. That is where we are in this part of the study. We get to see that Jude wanted to write one kind of letter, but circumstances in the church forced him to write another kind. Join us as we learn what “the faith” is and how we contend for it. The title is “Contending, Not Contentious” from Jude 3-4. The Old Testament lesson is Leviticus 19:19-37. We will sing Psalm 150A this week.
Having completed a brief study of the Ten Commandments, the Shorter Catechism recognizes man’s problem by asking the obvious question, “Can any man keep these commands?” We’ll explore the Bible’s answer to this question under the title, “There is None Righteous” from Psalm 14.
WSC 82 Is any man able perfectly to keep the commandments of God?
A. No mere man since the fall is able in this life perfectly to keep the commandments of God, but doth daily break them in thought, word, and deed.
Wednesday Prayer at 7 PM, each Wednesday.
Evening Lord’s Day worship each Sunday evening at 6 PM. If you have a hymn or psalm request, please send it to me for our hymn sing.
The next fellowship lunch is Sunday, November 2, immediately after morning worship. The first Sunday is a good time to invite a friend and have him or her remain for lunch.
The Women's Bible Study is every Tuesday at 10 AM at the church. All women are welcome.
The Men’s Study and Breakfast will have their next meeting on Saturday, November 8, at 8 am at the Tri-County Panera Bread. We will cover chapters 11 “Men in Friendship” from The Masculine Mandate. All men are invited.
Pastor Chris is teaching an eight week Inquirer's Class beginning Sunday September 7 and running through October 26. We’ll meet during the Sunday School hour. If you would like to learn more about the church, being Reformed, our doctrine and practices, please join us for the class. Although it is a precursor to membership, one need not be interested in membership to come.
Officer Training continues on Tuesday, October 7 at 7 pm at the Crandall’s house. All of the men of the church are invited to attend the ten week course.
Mr. George Johnston is seeking a replacement as Financial Secretary for the church. If you would like to volunteer, please see George.
Session will hold a joint meeting with the deacons on Thursday, October 9 to discuss and plan the 2015 budget.
The Presbytery of Ohio (POH) will hold its regularly Stated Meeting on October 17-18 hosted by the Pittsburgh churches and held at The Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh.
The Presbytery of Ohio women’s retreat will be at Camp Akita (29746 Logan-Hornsmill Rd., Logan, OH) on October 24-25. It is for ages 16 and up. The speaker, Lorianne Merritt, will speak on Hospitality with a Heart for Jesus. For more information, contact: Harleen Dizer firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-912-5046. To register visit www.daytonopc.org.
Redeemer OPC has invited us to join them for their Reformation Day evening service on Sunday, October 26 at 6 pm. The evening service at Good Shepherd will be canceled that evening so that we may attend Redeemer.
On October 31 from 6:00-8:30 pm we will host a Harvest party for the community. We will have the party overlapping with the Trick-or-Treat time with the intention of drawing in community members. We will have some games, light food, and candy treats for all. If someone would like to coordinate this effort, it would be much appreciated.