Here are your Good Shepherd OPC announcements and worship helps for the week of February 1-7, 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 (February 7)
This week we will have a Town Hall style meeting. The session has begun to evaluate our present ministries and consider other ones. Tied to these questions, a question regarding our location has arisen. The session would like to hear feedback from you during Sunday School. I hope you’ll be able to attend this week and help us as we consider these things. Here are three questions to get you brain juices flowing: 1) Consider our current outreaches (Angel Tree, VBS, marriage seminar, picnic, etc.); do you think these are proper for our goal to grow; would you dispose of any; would you have any replacement outreaches? 2) Consider our current ministries other than morning and evening worship (men’s study, women’s study, prayer meeting, conference, etc.); do you think these are helping you to grow; would you add any or replace any? 3) How do you think our outreaches are received in the church’s geographic community? Do you think we should be in another location?
We continue our study of Acts. We’ll look at Acts 4:23-31, “Christ-Centered Prayer” as the church’s response to the Sadducees’ shakedown of Peter and John.
The evening worship service begins at 2 pm. In our study of the Sermon on the Mount, we’ll look at the second antithesis in Matthew 5. Jesus is correcting Israel’s erroneous understanding of the law, teaching that it is not merely outward conformity. Here, we’ll look at Matthew 5:27-30, “Adultery and Lust.”
Join us for prayer each Wednesday evening from 7-8 pm. Please send Pastor Chris any requests that you would like us to pray for.
Please join us and tell others about our three week study, “The Intimate Marriage” featuring a video series by Dr. R.C. Sproul. Fliers will be sent via email attachment and some will be available at the church. Our three week study will be Friday evenings, February 5, 12, and 19 beginning at 6:30 pm with dinner. We’ll have food and fellowship along with discussion. Single adults are invited to participate with us. Childcare will be provided.
Our next monthly fellowship lunch is Sunday, February 7 immediately after the service. The theme is Soup or Bowl of Salad!
The evening service begins at 2 pm.
The session invites all members to a town hall meeting on February 7 during the Sunday School hour (9:30-10:30 am). We would like to have a discussion about our current ministries, future ministries, and to tie these together with a discussion about our location. The question of our location was raised at the congregational meeting in December and the session has begun to deal with the question. We would like to hear from you – all communicant and non-communicant members. I hope you’ll join us on February 7 at 9:30 am.
All College and Career aged members are invited to a ski weekend in West Virginia on February 12-14. Fliers are available at the church. The host is Pastor Jonathan Hutchison of Reformation OPC in Morgantown. You can join other folks similar in age for a fun-filled skiing weekend. There is some cost for lift ticket and ski rental, but the church will provide room and board. Past Montgomery has offered space in a van for travel to West Virginia; please contact him if you’re interested: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, there are other snow activities available besides ski/snowboarding...big hill tubing ($38) and ice skating ($17). Board Games in the ski lodge too (free!)
The men will meet on Saturday, February 13 at 8 am for study and breakfast. Read The Practice of Godliness chapter 6 (“Humility”) and bring something to share for breakfast.
The Session will meet again on Tuesday, February 16 at 6:30 pm.
The second annual Reformed in America conference will be Saturday, April 16. This year we’ll host URCNA pastor and co-host of the White Horse Inn radio show/podcast, the Rev. Dr. Kim Riddlebarger. He’ll present our topic, “Understanding the End Times” in three lectures and a Q & A, beginning at 9 am. The cost is free with an optional $10 catered lunch.
The scheduled week for the Presbytery of Ohio Youth Camp July 11-16. Posters and registration forms will be forthcoming in March.
Lobby beautification: The Deacons request volunteers to form a “decorating committee” for the lobby. The committee will have a modest budget to purchase some materials or supplies. The goal is to foster fellowship and make the area welcoming.