Announcements and Order of Worship – September 13 2019

Sermon Preview

Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

Before I give you a preview of this Sunday’s message, let me remind you that one week from tonight, next Friday September 20, is our Marriage Conference with Pastor Nate Shurden.

Nate is the Senior Minister of the Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennessee. Nate is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS. While in seminary, Nate served at First Presbyterian Church Jackson in the Christian Education Dept. and as Assistant Editor for reformation21, the online magazine of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. Upon graduation, Nate was called to be Minister of Discipleship and Young Adults at First Presbyterian Church Jackson where he served for three years. In 2010, Nate accepted a new call to Franklin, TN to help plant Cornerstone Presbyterian Church. Nate is married to Christy, and they have four young children.

Please be in prayer for this evening and for Pastor Shurden as he prepares to come and speak to us.

Now, let me tell you about this week’s message from God’s Word.

Once again, our text will be Genesis 1:26-27. We will be looking carefully at how the Bible describes our creation as human beings in the “image” and “likeness” of God, and how these two words are also related to our being created as “male and female.”

This very simple declaration, that God as made us according to His very “likeness” as “male and female,” has massive implications for our lives in many ways! And we will be especially careful to examine these implications as they concern: 1) what a human being really is, 2) the uniqueness of being human, 3) the connection between the “image of God” and our physical bodies, and 4) the “image of God” and our sexual differences.

While this might initially sound somewhat obscure, or overly theological rather than practical, we should understand that these matters form the very epicenter of the current controversy in the broader Evangelical Church concerning the issues of sexuality, gender, marriage, and salvation itself!

On Sunday, we will once again open the Word of God, our only infallible and inspired authority, and see what our Lord has declared to be true about our humanity, and how our souls and our bodies have been created for His glory.

I love you all so dearly!


Counselor’s Corner:

On occasion someone will ask me what books I might give to someone struggling with grief and loss.  This is certainly not a bad question at all.  After all, there are a myriad of resources on the issue, many of them having the potential to greatly encourage, describe expectations and provide helpful guidance in the midst of pain. Yet, it is also good for us to consider what books I ought to read as I consider helping those struggling with grief and loss.  In this post, we describe three resources that you might consider reading as you approach family and friends dealing with the pain of loss.

Upcoming Events:

September 17, 9 AM – Mother’s Morning Bible Study
September 17, 6 PM – Women’s Evening Bible Study
September 18, 10 AM – Women’s Morning Bible Study
September 18, 6 PM – Deacons Meeting
September 20, 6 PM – Marriage Enrichment Evening and Dinner
September 21, 8 AM – Church Work Day
September 22, 4:30 PM – Middle and High School Youth Study
September 22, 5:30 PM – Singles Fellowship at Daughtry home
September 29, 2 PM – New Members and Inquirers Class
October 3, 11:30 AM – Women’s Potluck Lunch at Timbers Edge Clubhouse
October 13, 12 PM – Second Sunday Fellowship Lunch
October 17, 6 PM – Women’s Potluck Dinner at home of Carol Calvert

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:

I Sing The Almighty Power of God – Hymn 119, vs 1-3
My Help, My God (based on Psalm 42)
My Jesus, I Love Thee – Hymn 648, 1,2 4
Nothing But the Blood – Hymn 307, vs 1-4


Children’s Ministry Notes:

For anyone who would like to volunteer in our baby nursery, our Fall semester sign-up is now live. Please click HERE and sign up for a couple of dates for the fall and winter months. Older teens are welcome to serve as well!

Thank you to all our members who will be teaching in some capacity this coming year. If you are interested in being a helper in a classroom, please email Ashley. We would love to have some additional adults in our rooms, learning and growing with our students. Ms. Ollie Burton set an amazing example for us when she served in our 1st and 2nd grade class.

  • Toddler Class (2s and 3s): Amanda Dean, Leah Johnson, Shelley Lancaster
  • preK/Kinder: Stanley and Penny Gibson (Faithann and Sarah)
  • 1st/2nd: Nikki and Steve Profozich
  • 3rd/4th/5th: John and Heather Dragash, Paul and Rachel Matheny

Save the date for the Reformation Celebration on Sunday, October 27th from 3 to 7 pm. We are partnering with Cornerstone Pres to make this a really exciting event and get to hang out with our PCA neighbors! See our event page for the Save the Date. More details to come, but contact Amy Drown if you’d like to be involved in the planning. We will need lots of folks to man tables, lead games, and help with the dinner.

The CARE Center:

The CARE Center in New Hope is seeking volunteers to serve as school day tutors and/or Lunch Buddies. If you would like more information, please contact Norman Dean or Molly Mullinax at

Singles Fellowship:

There will be a fellowship, Bible study, and round table discussion of various spiritual and theological topics on Sunday, September 22 at 5:30 at the home of Jim and Sharon Daughtry.

Second Sunday Lunches:

October 13 will continue our Fall series of after church lunches, scheduled for the second Sunday of each month from September through December.  If you would like to help or have questions please email or text Denise Brown: (256) 698-0475

Marriage Evening Conference:

Dear CPC Congregation, You are invited to join us for a Marriage Evening Conference on Friday, September 20th!  Our evening will include several large group seminars as well as an optional dinner for those interested.  Our hope is that the evening will be a time of fellowship with others as well as refreshment for you personally and in your marriage.  Registration for the event opens on August 1st and concludes August 31st.

Speaker: Our speaker is Pastor Nate Shurden.  He is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS. While in seminary, Nate served at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson in Christian education ministry and as Assistant Editor for reformation21, the online magazine of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.  Upon graduation, Nate was called to be Minister of Discipleship and Young Adults at FPC Jackson where he served for three years. In 2010, Nate accepted a call to Franklin, TN to help plant Cornerstone Presbyterian Church. Nate is married to Christy, and they have four young children.

Dinner: We would invite you to join us for dinner!  Catered by Carrabbas, we will begin serving around 5:45 and conclude our meal around 6:45.  There is no cost for the sessions of the conference.  However, for those attending dinner, a $10 per person donation is appreciated in order to mitigate some of the costs of the food.  Given the limited amount of space, we are currently reserving the dinner portion of the event for members of Christ Presbyterian Church.  Please feel free to invite friends and family to join you for the sessions starting at 7pm!


Christ Presbyterian Church
Friday September 20th, 2019
Dinner: 5:45 – 6:45**
Session One: 7:00 – 7:45*
Coffee Break: 7:45 – 8:00
Session Two: 8:00 – 8:45

*No cost for the sessions
**A donation of $10 for the dinner is appreciated

Childcare: There will not be any childcare provided at the church during the event.  However, if childcare is an obstacle for your attendance, please indicate as such on the RSVP in the registration link provided in this email and we will contact you for assistance.

How Do I Sign Up? To sign up online, please follow the link provided here to register for the event!  Please click here. 

Questions: Do you have questions?  Please feel free to email Matthew Elliott at

Women’s Fellowship Opportunities:

The women will continue their “First Thursday” monthly luncheons on October 13th. They start at 11:30 am at Timbers’ Edge Clubhouse. Other dates this semester are 11/7, and 10/5.

Our quarterly potluck is on Thursday, October 17th, at 6 pm at the home of Carol Calvert. Anyone is welcome. Bring a dish to share if you are able! Or drop in last minute for fellowship.

The Christmas Brunch for the weekly bible studies is December 4th.

The annual Ladies’ Christmas Dinner is Tuesday, December 10th, at 6 pm at Huntsville Country Club.

Mark your calendars for these fellowship opportunities. Contact Denise Scrip for any questions.

Church Work Day:

Church Work Day will be at 8 AM, Saturday, September 21.  We will do landscaping, window/mirror washing and other clean up and improvement jobs. We need lots of helpers (men, women, youth) and some tools. A sign up for both will be in the narthex. A lite breakfast will be served. Don’t miss this opportunity to help beautify our church and enjoy great fellowship.

Senior Fellows:

Check this space for future events.

New Member’s and Inquirer’s Class:

The next class will be held Sunday September 29, from 2-6 PM with dinner following. It is for all who are interested in Church membership at CPC. Taking the class does not obligate you to join, but is required for membership. Sign up in the Narthex.

Prayer Requests:

Healing: Please pray for the health of the following individuals: Steve Terry, Jose Luis Rodriguez, John Baxter, Bill Cowley, Larrabee Kirkland, Chris Smotherman, Elizabeth Holton, Janet Chou, Ramona Edwards, and Nolan Osmer.
Expecting: Please pray for the Thoms, expecting in November, and the Staffords, expecting in March.
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).


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