Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,
This coming Lord’s Day we will be privileged to have Matthew Elliott in our pulpit. Matthew will be preaching from Luke 18:9-14, the account of our Lord’s parable of the Pharisee and the tax-collector. As you may remember, this beloved parable was told by Jesus not only to instruct His disciples concerning prayer, but also to teach them how sinners are able to stand before the Lord, despite their sins. In fact, Jesus will speak here of being “justified” before God (v. 14), and this forms the heart of the Gospel message which is developed later by Paul, most prominently in Romans.
Please lift up Matthew in your prayers, and take some time to reacquaint yourself with this passage. I look forward to leading our worship and sitting under the preaching of God’s Word!
Officer Elections on May 5
As we announced a couple of weeks ago, we will be having elections for the offices of Ruling Elder and Deacon on Sunday May 5th following our morning worship. Next week, I will be introducing you to the candidates that have been nominated by the Church, trained and approved by the Session, and whose names will appear on the ballot. Please pray fervently for this process as we seek God’s will concerning our Church leaders.
Church Picnic This Sunday Afternoon!
Finally, I hope to see you all at our annual Church Picnic this Sunday afternoon at 4:00 PM at Monte Sano State Park. We are looking forward to a blessed time of fellowship together, and please invite guests to come as well!
I love you all and can’t wait to worship our Lord with you this Sunday!
April 26, 5:30 PM – Parents Night Out
April 28, 4 PM – Church Picnic at Monte Sano State Park
May 2, 11:30 AM – Women’s Monthly Lunch at Timbers Edge Clubhouse
May 5, 4:30 PM – Youth Group
May 7, 9 AM – Senior Fellows Breakfast
May 7, 11:15 AM – Senior Fellows Team B Downtown Rescue Mission feeding
May 10, 11:15 AM – Senior Fellows Team A Downtown Rescue Mission feeding
May 11, 10 AM – Gibson Wedding with Reception at Church
May 15, 6 PM – Deacons Meeting
May 19, 5 PM – End of School Cookout at Church House
May 29, 10 AM – Senior Fellows visit Model Train Enthusiast
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:
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty – Hymn 53, vs 1,3-5
Come Ye Souls By Sin Afflicted
Abide With Me
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing – Hymn 457, all 3 verses
Church Picnic: We cannot wait to celebrate spring with a family fun day at Monte Sano State Park THIS Sunday, April 28th. Thanks to the amazing Matthew Elliott and Al Bart, we have a new game for all to try (Nine Square). There will also be corn hull for those who want to try their hand at that! For the competitive types, check out those two set-ups when you arrive.
Senior Fellows: On Tuesday, May 7 at 9 AM the Senior Fellows will enjoy breakfast, fellowship and a devotional at the Church. Guests are welcome. The Senior Fellows have also formed two teams for feedings at the Downtown Rescue Mission. Each team will meet at 11:15 AM and start feeding at 11:30 AM. Carpools will leave the church at 10:30. Team B will serve on Tuesday, May 7. Team A will serve on Friday, May 10. Finally, on Tuesday, May 29 at 10 AM the Senior Fellows will visit Dave Roesler’s backyard G-scale model train layout at 2605 Spicewood Trail NE, Huntsville (in the Saddlewood area). Carpools will leave the church at 9:30 AM. Kids and grand kids are welcome.
Youth Group: Youth Group for ages 13-18 meets for the final time this year on May 5 at the church at 4:30 PM.
Parents Night Out: We are excited to be having a Parent’s Night Out on Friday, April 26th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. 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.
Please use this link to VOLUNTEER or RSVP your children: http://evite.me/
Email Meghan directly w/ questions. It’s going to be a BLAST!
VBS: It is THAT time! I have the signup LIVE for VBS 2019: Summer Seaquest! We will study Jonah and his journey from rebellion to repentance – it’s going to be so great! As always, I need lots of folks willing to step into leadership roles. I cannot do this without you. Last year, we had 70+ kids. Please pray about this! A few reminders about our set-up:
*The age groups are “completed grade,” so for example, preK group is “completed preK” aged children.
*Grade level leaders do NOT have to teach. You are more like a crew leader, taking your group around to the various centers.
*Storytellers stay in one room, dress in costume, and tell one aspect of the bible story each day. They are like “eye witnesses” to give the children a perspective from our story/theme.
We will hold a leadership meeting in May.
Signup for a leadership role here:
Healing: Please pray for the health of the following individuals: Jim Garner, Pat Galecki, Bill Cowley, Larrabee Kirkland, Katie Dyer, 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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