Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
On Sunday, we will continue our study of 2 Samuel 7 where we find the inspired record of the covenant that God made with David. As we get familiar with this passage, we will focus our attention upon verses 8-17 where the Lord responds to David’s desire to build a temple in Jerusalem. Through Nathan the prophet, the Lord first reminds David of the past grace He has bestowed upon the king. And then, God grants David the promise of future grace that will be provided. Here David will discover that before he does anything for the Lord, the Lord will do something for him! What a rich passage this is, culminating ultimately in the eternal kingship of our dear Lord and Savior! I can’t wait to walk through it with each of you this Lord’s Day!
New Adult Sunday School Class Begins on Sunday!
This Sunday we will begin a new semester of Adult Sunday School. Here’s the course description:
Scripture often reminds the church that while God has gifted his people with forgiveness and mercy, He has also given them a new identity. In the Epistle of Ephesians, Paul describes this new identity using down-to-earth metaphors, accessible pictures of both the individual Christian and the corporate church. These pictures not only describe the new status of the church based on what God has done in history, but they also carry with them implications for discipleship. Paul will call the believer a son, servant, solider and saint. He will also call the church a body, a building, and a bride.This series will focus on metaphors, both individual and corporate, that Paul uses for the church in Ephesians.
The class will be an eight-week study and the schedule is below:
Week One: Introduction:A Christian Perspective of Identity from Paul’s Letter to Ephesians
Week Two: The Saint and the Sanctifier (Ephesians 1:1)
Week Three: The Son and the Father (Ephesians 1:5, 2:2)
Week Four: The Servant and the Master (Ephesians 6)
Week Five: The Soldier and the Mighty Lord (Ephesians 6)
Week Six: The Body and the Head (Ephesians 4)
Week Seven: The Building and the Cornerstone (Ephesians 2)
Week Eight: The Bride and the Bridegroom (Ephesians 5)
Praise Report from the Session and Deacons
For those who could not be with us at worship last week, I want to repeat some blessed news that we presented to the congregation on Sunday.
Recently, the owner of the little white house next door (and the half acre it sits on) came to us with a desire to sell the house and the property to the Church. Our Session and Deacons prayerfully considered this offer, and then made the decision to purchase it. Last week, we closed on the sale! As stipulated in the contract, the previous owner will remove the house and clear the property at his expense (within the next couple of months).
What a blessing and answer to prayer this is! Once again, the Lord has been so faithful in providing all that we need in order to accomplish His will and His mission in our community!
The Session wants to express our profound appreciation for our Deacons and the leadership of Jeff Brown, Deacon Chairman. They have been excellent stewards of the Lord’s financial resources and blessings!
We would now ask that you pray for your Church Officers as we seek the Lord’s will regarding the best use of this additional property.
I love you all so very much, and can’t wait to see you this Lord’s Day!
March 29-30 – Men’s Retreat at Guntersville State Park
April 2, 9 AM – Senior Fellows Breakfast
April 2, 9 AM – Mother’s Morning Bible Study
April 2, 6 PM – Women’s Evening Bible Study at the Church
April 3, 10 AM – Women’s Morning Bible Study at the Church
April 4, 11:30 AM – Women’s Monthly Lunch at Timbers Edge Clubhouse
April 6, 10:30 AM – Bridal Shower for Bride of Juan Rodriguez at home of Ashley Turnbull
April 7, 4:30 PM – Youth Group
April 12, 11:15 AM – Senior Fellows Downtown Rescue Mission feeding
April 14, 12 PM – Fellowship Lunch
April 16, 8 AM – Senior Fellows fishing at Madison County Lake
April 17, 6 PM – Deacons Meeting
April 26, 5:30 PM – Parents Night Out
April 28, 4 PM – Church Picnic at Monte Sano State Park
May 11, 10 AM – Gibson Wedding with Reception at Church
May 19, 5 PM – End of School Cookout at Church House
Order of Worship:
You can access this week’s Order of Worship by clicking here
If you’d like to sing the songs with your family beforehand, the songs for this week are:
Be Unto Your Name
He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought – Hymn 600, vs 1,3-4
Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross – Hymn 264, all 4 verses
You Are My King (Amazing Love)
Church Picnic: Save the date, there will be a church picnic at Monte Sano State Park on April 28. More details coming soon.
HPRC: The Huntsville Pregnancy Resource Center 2019 Fundraising Banquet is Thursday, April 25th, from 6:30-8:30. Come hear Abby Johnson speak and learn how you can support the HPRC. There are a limited number of complimentary tickets. For more information and to reserve your spot, please see Loralee or Clay Davis.
Senior Fellows: On Tuesday, April 2 at 9 AM the Senior Fellows will enjoy breakfast, fellowship and a devotional at the Church. Guests are welcome. On Friday, April 12 the Senior Fellows will meet at Entrance 2 of the Downtown Rescue Mission at 11:15 AM and start feeding at 11:30 AM. Carpools will leave the church at 10:30. On Tuesday, April 16 at 8 AM the Senior Fellows will go fishing at Madison County Lake. Carpools will leave the church at 7:15 AM. Bring the kids and grand kids, and pack a lunch.
Youth Group: Youth Group for ages 13-18 meets April 7 at the church at 4:30 PM.
Women’s Bible Studies: This semester of Women’s Bible studies will be wrapping up soon. The last Mother’s morning study will be on April 9. The Tuesday evening study will wrap up April 2, and the Wednesday morning study will finish April 3.
Bridal Shower: Women of the church, you are invited to a bridal shower for Victoria, bride-elect of Juan Rodriguez, at the home of Ashley Turnbull on April 6 at 10:30 AM. RSVP HERE.
Parents Night Out: We are excited to be having a Parent’s Night Out on Friday, April 26th from 5:30 – 7:30pm. The event is a great time for our children to be together with their church family and will include games, crafts, dinner and short teaching on Christian life from Hebrews 12. We will send out a reminder email closer to the date but please consider participating or volunteering. We will need 12-15 volunteers and it’s a wonderful way for all ages (teen to retired) to get to know the children and serve our parents. The link to sign up is http://evite.me/R1k5weXa8z . You can also contact Meghan Elliott directly.
Healing: Please pray for the health of the following individuals: Clay Davis, Pat Galecki, Andy Trent, Bill Cowley, Larrabee Kirkland, Katie Dyer, Robin Holloway, Chris Smotherman, Elizabeth Holton, Janet Chou, Ramona Edwards, and Nolan Osmer.
Expecting: Please pray for the Bryant family, expecting in September.
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).
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