Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,
On Sunday we will complete our sermon series entitled “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: Man In the Image of God.” And our subject will be “The Image of God Perfected.” Our focus will be upon a very familiar section of God’s Word, Romans 8:28-30. There, Paul says:
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
This passage contains what is commonly referred to as ‘The Golden Chain of Salvation,’ for it reveals the sequence of events, brought about by God alone, that leads to our salvation in its fullest expression. You can see that it includes foreknowledge, predestination, calling, justification, and glorification. But what is most interesting is that Paul declares that all of this is linked to God’s final purpose for each of us, that of our conformity “to the image of His Son.”
We will probe the meaning of this great passage on Sunday, and see how it answers the basic question, ‘What is a human being?’
Following our worship on Sunday, Carol and I will be departing for a week of vacation. Next Sunday, October 13, Rev. Jim Daughtry will be preaching for us in my absence. Please pray for Jim as he prepares to come and deliver God’s Word to us.
Also on Sunday October 13, our current Adult Sunday School class will conclude with a final lesson on the image of God and human sexuality.
Then, on Sunday October 20, the Session will be leading a new 10-week Adult Sunday School Class on the topic of Spiritual Warfare. Our textbook will be Spiritual Warfare: A Biblical and Balanced Perspective (Reformation Heritage Books, 2014), by Brian Borgman and Rob Ventura.
On that day I will also be resuming our long-term sermon series on ‘The Great Events in the History of Redemption.’ We will be continuing our study of the life of King David from 2 Samuel 11.
I look forward to seeing you on the Lord’s Day!
All my love and constant prayers,
October 6, 4:30 PM – Middle and High School Youth Study
October 8, 9 AM – Mother’s Morning Bible Study
October 8, 6 PM – Women’s Evening Bible Study
October 9, 10 AM – Women’s Morning Bible Study
October 11, 11:15 AM – Senior Fellows Team A lunch feeding at DRM
October 13, 12 PM – Second Sunday Fellowship Lunch
October 15, 10 AM – Bags of Blessings Food Pickup at Sam’s
October 17, 6 PM – Women’s Potluck Dinner at home of Carol Calvert
October 22, 12 PM – Senior Fellows Visit to Lynchburg, TN (arrive Miss Bobo’s Restaurant 12:45 PM)
November 7, 11:30 AM – Women’s Potluck Lunch at Timbers Edge Clubhouse
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:
O The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus – Hymn 535 v.1-3
O Help My Unbelief
My Help, My God
Why So Heavy
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.” Many of you did this last time, and it is very easy and fun. Amy Drown can provide some direction, but please go ahead and add your name to our volunteer list. Thanks in advance for your kingdom service. Soli Deo Gloria!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bags of Blessings:
Our church has volunteered to help October 15th with the Bags of Blessings ministry at the Care Center in New Hope. Packing begins at 6:00 PM and lasts around 1.5 hours. We need 25-30 volunteers. Sign up in the Narthex. Contact Norman Dean if you would like more information.
It is time for sign up for our church help with the large group snacks for RUF (Reformed University Fellowship) UAH October. There will be a sign up list in the narthex with the items needed so look for the UAH logo on the table there. Judi Fikes will be there to answer any questions you may have. We will collect the items Sunday morning October 6…to be brought over to the campus the next Monday evening. They appreciate this so much. Our participation is part of our support for this ministry.
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 email@example.com
Second Sunday Lunches:
Women’s Fellowship Opportunities:
The women will continue their “First Thursday” monthly luncheons on October 3. They start at 11:30 am at Timbers’ Edge Clubhouse. The November luncheon will be on the 7th. There will not be a Thursday Luncheon in December.
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.
Here is a list of Senior Fellows events for October:
Oct 11 – 11:15 AM Team A lunch feeding at DRM
Oct 15 – 10 AM Bags of Blessings Food Pickup at Sam’s
Oct 22 – Visit to Lynchburg, TN (arrive Miss Bobo’s Restaurant 12:45 PM)
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).
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.
Bereavement: Please pray for the family of Denise Sowell, whose mother died this week.
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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