These are your Good Shepherd OPC announcements and worship helps for the week of August 29 – September 4, 2016.
If you have a prayer request, please forward it to Pastor Chris to be included in the congregational prayer on Sunday morning or evening.
The Lord’s Day (September 4)
We begin a new Fall class called “The Promise of the Future.” Our study will focus on the doctrine of last things or more formally, eschatology. We will distinguish between personal and cosmic eschatology, examine the Old and New Testament’s teachings on last things, look at different millennial views, and learn of Jesus’s teaching in Matthew 24 and its parallels Mark and Luke. We’ll begin with an introduction to map our studies’ scope and sequence, define terms, and grasp the practical application of this study.
There are two children’s classes which use Great Commission Publications curriculum.
Acts 12:19b-25, God Is Not Mocked
In the evening sermons, we’ll pick up with the Sermon on the Mount study. Our text and title this week is Matthew 6:9-10, Kingdom Prayer.
Our evening worship is at 6:00 pm. Please invite a friend.
A special two day seminar for the church: Spiritual Foundations for Biblical Church Health, featuring Rev. Lynn Downing of Briarwood PCA in Birmingham AL. Please join us on September 17-18 for this seminar as it lays the groundwork for encouraging every member of Good Shepherd OPC to intentionally pursue biblical church health and vitality so that the church body can do the same. It’s time to go back to the basics, focusing on Christ, His grace, and our relationship to the church. There will be a catered lunch on Saturday and a covered dish lunch on Sunday. Please sign up in the church lobby.
Please join us at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary (7418 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA) for the “Westminster Confession into the 21st Century” conference. This conference will be held Friday evening and Saturday morning, September 9 and 10. Speakers include Dr. Rick Gamble, Rev. Tom Reid, Dr. George Scipione, Dr. C. J. Williams, and Rev. Barry York. This year’s event will focus on “The Comfort of the Church: God’s Most Wise and Holy Providence”. You will find that this year’s theme on the doctrine of providence has rich applications for the people of God. You may register online at www.rpts.edu/news.html and under “Events” go to “Westminster Conference”. Cost is $20 for an individual and $35 per couple. If you have any questions, please email Kim Backensto at firstname.lastname@example.org
The deacons have called for a work day on September 24 beginning at 8 am. Please look for more information on projects in the coming weeks.
Don’t miss the Presbytery of Ohio Women’s Retreat on September 30-October 1, 2016 at Camp Akita in Logan, Ohio. We are excited this year to hear Rebecca Jones speak on the topic “God for All Seasons.” Talk to Annie Malamisuro for more information. Brochures are available on the kiosk in the lobby.
The 2016 Machen Singles Retreat (September 30-October 2) will include several speaking sessions by Jay Bennett on the topic "Marriage and the Image of God”. The registration fee of $65 includes lodging in a bunkhouse, all meals, and use of the main lodge facilities. Tent sites are also available if you would like to bring your own tent and sleep in it. Enjoy hiking and recreational activities of your choice. The deadline for registration is Friday, September 9. Please register at http://machen.org/events/2016-singles-retreat/ For any questions, please contact the singles retreat organizer, Tom Sills, at email@example.com
Please mark your church calendars for our annual joint-Reformation service on 30 October 2016 at 5:30 pm hosted by Redeemer OPC in Beaver Creek. There will be a time of refreshments and fellowship to follow. The topic is the “Five Solas” of the Reformation.