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Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

This coming Sunday we will open the Word of the Lord once again to Paul’s letter to the Colossians. Our second message from this epistle—one of four New Testament letters known as the ‘prison epistles’ written by Paul while imprisoned in the imperial city of Rome—will come from verses 1-8 of the first chapter.

Last week we discovered that Paul wrote to the believers who were members of the little church, located in the now extinct city of Colossae, in order to warn them against falling prey to the seductive advances of a false teacher. And this teacher was an influential man who had been promoting a twisted message that he claimed was a better gospel than the one preached by Paul and embraced by the Colossian Christians. And yet, what this man was marketing, and some of the members of the church were attracted to, was no gospel at all! So, with pastoral affection and warm concern beating in his heart, Paul penned this inspired letter to them.

Having introduced the Epistle last week, our journey through this letter will start at the beginning. We will be particularly interested in the way Paul describes his Christian friends in Colossae—as “saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae” (v. 2). While this may appear to be common greeting found in many of Paul’s letters, it is anything but ordinary! Every word is full of rich doctrinal truth and practical encouragement! I look forward to digging deep in the Word with you this Lord’s Day!

Also, be sure to remember that there is no Sunday School until September 9th. Until then, we will meet for fellowship at 10:00 AM and for worship at 10:30 AM each Sunday morning throughout the summer.

I love you all so much!

Mike

Upcoming Events:

June 5, 9 AM – Senior Fellows Breakfast at Church House
June 7, 11:30 AM – Women’s Monthly Lunch
June 20, 6 PM – Diaconate Meeting
June 25, 6:30 PM – Senior Fellows Concert in the Park
July 16-19 – Vacation Bible School

Order of Worship:

You can access this week’s Order of Worship by clicking here

The songs for this week are:

The Precious Blood
My Jesus, I Love Thee (Hymn 648, 1,2 4)
Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross (Hymn 264, all 4 verses)
More Love To Thee (Hymn 649, vs 1, 2, 4)

Announcements:

Summer Schedule: As of Sunday May 27, Christ Presbyterian is on Summer Schedule. There will be no Sunday School, and regularly scheduled bible studies for men, women, and youth are on hiatus. Fellowship will be each Sunday at 10 AM, with worship beginning at 10:30 AM. Check this space for information regarding when the normal schedule will resume, including dates and times for specific studies and activities.

Women’s Monthly Lunch: The next Women’s Monthly Lunch is June 7 at 11:30 AM.

Men’s Whitewater Rafting Trip: Are you a man who likes moderately dangerous river-based team activities? If so, we have a compelling and rich opportunity for you. Adam Turnbull is planning our annual day trip to raft the Ocoee. We will meet at the church in the early morning, drive the 2 hours it takes to get there, raft, eat lunch, then be back by mid afternoon. You’ll need a bathing suit, water shoes that aren’t flip flops, and a change of clothes. Cost will probably be around $40. If you are interested, there will be a sign up sheet in the Narthex the next two Sundays to gauge interest and to determine which upcoming Saturday to go. Alternatively you can email Adam directly at turnbullaw@gmail.com and let him know your interest and availability for 6\16, 6\23, 7\14, 7\21, or 7\28. This is a great opportunity to get to know some of the other men in the church. Please sign up so we can make plans. Thanks!

Children’s Ministry Update: Our celebration this past Sunday was a huge success! We didn’t let the rain stop us, and the kids all had a great time. Who knew that gaga ball and fire trucks and snow cones would be such a hit? Special thanks to all our volunteers who helped, couldn’t have done it without any of them. Next up, VBS!! Let Ashley know if you’re interested in helping!

Senior Fellows June Activities: On Tuesday, June 5 at 9:00 AM the Senior Fellows will enjoy breakfast, fellowship and a devotional at the Church House. Guests are welcome. Also on Monday, June 25 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM the Senior Fellows will attend Music In The Park at Big Spring International Park (behind the Huntsville Museum of Art) to hear the US Army Materiel Command Bands. Bring chairs, picnic dinner, etc. Meet at the Kennedy Memorial Torch. Bring your spouse, kids, grand-kids and friends.

Prayer Requests:

Healing: Please pray for the health of the following individuals: Jeffery Daniels, Debbie Hill, Suzanne Nimon, Robin Holloway, Chris Smotherman, Elizabeth Holton, Janet Chou, Ramona Edwards, and Nolan Osmer.
Bereavement: Please pray for the family of Greg Hill, whose mother died this week.
Expecting: Please pray for the Elliott family, expecting in September, and the Ely family, expecting in November.
Ministries: Please pray for the following missionaries and ministries: Seth and Jessica Lewis (Ireland); Steve and Rita Williams (New Zealand); Vinnie and Molly Athey (RUF at UAH); RUF at Alabama A&M; Ken and Angie Burnett (FCA); Franky Garcia (seminary student).

Emails:

general inquiries: admin@christpreshamptoncove.org
benevolence needs and prayer: deacons@christpreshamptoncove.org
men’s ministry: men@christpreshamptoncove.org
women’s ministry: women@christpreshamptoncove.org
children’s ministry: children@christpreshamptoncove.org
youth ministry: youth@christpreshamptoncove.org
senior fellows: seniorfellows@christpreshamptoncove.org

Address:
288 Old Highway 431
Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763

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