Announcements and Order of Worship – October 18 2019

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Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

On Sunday we will return to our long-term sermon series on the ‘Great Events in the History of Redemption.’ And more specifically, we will continue our study of the life of king David, Israel’s greatest king.

Our text will be 2 Samuel 11:1-27. And here we encounter a very dark episode in David’s life and reign as Israel’s king.

Of course, I’m referring to his sin against Bathsheba, and the horrible aftermath that ensued and eventually bought ruin to David’s family and kingdom.  And notice that I deliberately said ‘against’ Bathsheba and not ‘with’ her.  As we will see, David’s sin is often referred to as adultery, and it surely was. But, as the facts of the situation will reveal, this sin was even more complex and heinous than that!

On Sunday, we will begin our investigation of this terrible episode in David’s life. And as we do, we will learn some very valuable lessons about our own lives as followers of Christ our Lord, especially those lessons concerning temptation and sin.

New Adult Sunday School Class Starts This Week!

This Lord’s Day, we will begin a new Adult Sunday School Class on the topic of Spiritual Warfare. Our textbook will be Spiritual Warfare: A Biblical and Balanced Perspective, by Brian Borgman and Rob Ventura. This week, I will provide an overview of the subject, and (based on the book’s introduction) discuss the true nature of this warfare as set forth in Scripture.

Our Fall Men’s ‘Stay At Home Retreat,’ Friday November 1 and Saturday November 2

All of our men and visitors are invited to our Fall Men’s Retreat. We will meet at the Church on Friday night, November 1, from 6:30-9:00 PM, and then again on Saturday morning, November 2, from 8:15-11:30 AM. I will be teaching on the topic of ‘A Man Under Authority, and Entrusted With Authority.’

The schedule for the retreat is below, and I hope you will plan to come and invite a friend!

Friday November 1

Food/Drink: Snacks and Water/Coffee

6:30 PM – Gather and Fellowship

6:45 PM – Session 1

7:45 PM Break

8:00 PM – Session 2

9:00 PM – Adjourn

Saturday November 2

Food/Drink: Catered Breakfast and Water/Coffee

8:15 AM – Gather and Fellowship

8:30 AM – Breakfast

9:15 AM – Session 3

10:15 AM – Break

10:30 AM – Session 4

11:30 AM – Adjourn

Missions Emphasis in Worship

For three Sundays this fall, we will be receiving a missions report in worship. This Lord’s Day we will hear from Noah Stevens about his work in Thailand with Mission to the World. On October 27, we will receive a report from Franky Garcia about his call to plant a church in Montreal with Mission to North America. And then on November 10, we will hear from our own Ken Burnett about the work of FCA here in North Alabama.

I love you all so much, and look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

With His grace,


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:

October 22, 9 AM – Mother’s Morning Bible Study
October 22, 6 PM – Women’s Evening Bible Study
October 23, 10 AM – Women’s Morning Bible Study
October 27, 4:30 PM – Middle and High School Youth Study
November 1, 6 PM – Men’s Retreat at Church – Session 1
November 2, 8 AM – Men’s Retreat at Church – Breakfast and Session 2
November 7, 11:30 AM – Women’s Potluck Lunch at Timbers Edge Clubhouse
November 10, 12 PM – Second Sunday Fellowship Lunch

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:

He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought – Hymn 600, vs 1,3-4
How Sweet To Wait Upon the Lord
Sweet Comfort
You Are My King (Amazing Love)


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!

Come join us in helping with another Reformation Celebration on Sunday, October 27th from 4:30 to 7:30 pm as we focus on the life and legacy of John Knox, the Scottish reformer. Through hands on activities, games and fellowship, we hope to teach about this man’s bold conviction to stand for the Word of God while leading the Scottish Covenanters in staying faithful to the truths of Scripture. Our volunteer sign-up is LIVE. Click HERE and volunteer to man a “table.” We still need some candy donations. Also, we invite all of you (any age) to join us that evening to see and hear all that we are learning. Activities will run through 6:45, and our singing/teaching time will begin shortly thereafter.

Men’s Morning Study:

Rise early. Drink coffee. Meet with brothers to discuss the Word of God using Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion. 6:00-7:15 AM, Panera – Bridge Street. Day TBD.  If interested, email

Men’s Retreat:

Men’s ‘Stay at Home Retreat,’ Friday November 1 and Saturday November 2 at the Church. All the men of the Church and visitors are invited. Schedule: Friday 6:30-9:00 PM, and Saturday 8:15-11:30 with breakfast included. Mike will be leading sessions on the subject, ‘A Man Under Authority, and Entrusted With Authority.’ See Mark Cooper with questions.

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

Youth Group:  

Youth Bible Study for Middle and High School is Sunday October 27, from 4:30-6:15 PM

Visitors and New Members Luncheon:

There will be lunch for visitors and new members at the home of Rich and Christina Bagdazian.on Sunday, Oct. 20th immediately following the church service.  This is your opportunity to get to know Mike and Carol Calvert as well as others in our congregation in a casual setting. You will find a sign up sheet at the Welcome desk in the Narthex. You can also contact Christina at 256.812.2442 or

Second Sunday Lunches:

November 3 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

Women’s Fellowship Opportunities:

The women will continue their “First Thursday” monthly luncheons on November 7. They start at 11:30 am at Timbers’ Edge Clubhouse. There will not be a Thursday Luncheon in December.

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.

Senior Fellows:

Here is a list of Senior Fellows events for October:
Nov 5 –  9 AM Senior Fellows Breakfast at the Church House
Nov 5 – 11:15 AM Team B lunch feeding at Downtown Rescue Mission (DRM)
Nov 8 – 11:15 AM Team A lunch feeding at DRM
Nov 13 – 6:30 PM Seniors Fellows & Wives Night Out at Luciano
Nov 19 – 10 AM Bags of Blessings Food Pickup at Sam’s

Roots Retreat:

Check this space for updates on the upcoming youth retreat for the teens in our presbytery. The Roots Retreat will be January 24-26, 2020. This year’s guest speaker is Daniel Hightower. Daniel is the RUF campus minister at Jacksonville State University (and former Youth Director at Grace Presbyterian Church in Fort Payne).

Prayer Requests:

Healing: Please pray for the health of the following individuals: Steve Terry, 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 Brackins, 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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