Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,
On this coming Sunday we will again consider the subject of the Sanctity of Human Life.
You may remember that last year our Church began the tradition of using the third Sunday in January each year as a time to hear from God’s Word on this central Biblical doctrine. Along with many other Christians and Churches across our land, we will turn to the pages of Holy Scripture to discover the profound implications of being made in God’s image and likeness.
Our sermon this year will be based upon three texts from the Gospel of Matthew, 6:26, 10:29-31, and 12:12.
Each of these passages record the direct words of Jesus. And each shares a common theme, that of the incalculable worth of a human life.
As we probe these inspired words from our Savior, we will learn that being ‘pro-life’ extends far beyond our righteous opposition to abortion, for it touches every dimension of our lives and our relationships.
At this annual time of special reflection, we also want to increase our payers and support for one of our ministry partners, The Huntsville Pregnancy Resource Center. Praise the Lord for their sacrificial work and faithful witness to our city!
I hope you will carefully read these passages from Matthew, and pray not only for us as we gather around God’s Word, but also for our community and world that needs the grace mercy of our Lord.
Our current Adult Sunday School Class on Spiritual Warfare will conclude on February 2. Then on Sunday February 9, I will begin teaching a new class on The Origin of the Bible.
The central questions we will try to answer in this study are, 1) How did the 66 books of the Bible come to be regarded as the written Word of God? And 2) Why were only these 66 books included in the canon of the Old and New Testaments and not others?
I love you all, and always!
These are upcoming events and activities over the next few days at Christ Presbyterian Church.
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:
How Sweet To Wait Upon the Lord
He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought – Hymn 600 v.1,3-4
His Mercy Is More
The Mother’s study has resumed on Tuesdays at 9am at the church, studying “In All Things” by Melissa Kruger. The Women’s Night study is also on Tuesdays at 6pm at the church, studying “Sermon On The Mount” by Jen Wilkens. The Women’s Morning study has resumed on Wednesdays at 10am at the church studying “Sermon On The Mount” by Jen Wilken. Also, if anyone is interested, Nancy Guthrie will speak at Briarwood Presbyterian Church on February 1 at 8:30am-3:30pm. Standard registration ends January 25.
Baby Nursery Staff Member Need
Our precious Ms. Merlene, who has been with us more than 8 years, is leaving us in February. This leaves a big hole as she has faithfully served the babies and watched so many of our children grow up. If you know of a sweet woman who would like to work for us, please have them call or email me or Jack Cooper. The pay is very good, and there is opportunity to work more than just Sunday morning. Current need is Sunday morning from 8:45 to 12:15.
Baby Nursery Volunteer Sign-up
At the beginning of each semester, I send out this sign-up form for you to volunteer in our baby nursery each week. This class varies so much that it is vital that our members volunteer to rock babies or play with the little ones (up to age 2). Girls ages 12 and up are also welcome to volunteer. Please consider taking 1-2 dates.
Click HERE to volunteer.
Children’s Ministry Meeting
If you are interested in helping me map out our 2020 events, plan to join me on Sunday, 1/26, at 5 pm (church) for an hour long planning session. I would love input into our ministry (nursery to 5th grade) from various aged parents. Email me to let me know you’ll be there! I already have some awesome things set for our children this year!
The men are meeting at Panera at Bridge Street on Tuesdays at 6 AM to study Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion. If interested, email email@example.com
Resuming on January 12 at 5:30pm , the Career/Singles group will meet at the Daughtry’s house at 5726 Jones Valley Dr, 35802. Email them to get involved.
Transportation for Jean Terry to Worship
Steve Terry’s treatment, which will take place in Arkansas, will be a long process – 42 weeks. So, we as a church body have the opportunity to serve this sweet family during the difficult road ahead. One way we can serve and bless them is to provide transportation for Jean Terry, Steve’s mom, to and from worship service. A link is provided to sign up if you are able to help in this manner. Please contact Kim Fohrell if you have questions about serving. Click HERE to volunteer to drive Ms. Jean to and from worship service.
We will be helping RUF UAH with snacks for their large group meetings again this semester. They appreciate it so much! Our first opportunity will be Jan 27. Sign up will be next Sunday in the narthex. Look for the RUF logo! Judi Fikes will be there to answer any questions. We collect the items on the Sunday morning before and they are brought over to campus for the Monday meeting. Please finger foods only. There will be item needs on the sign up sheet. Thank you for your help! It is an opportunity to be a part of the fellowship for the students.
Second Sunday Lunches:
Many of you remarked to me that you’ve only been able to come to one or two lunches because of forgetting or making other plans – well let me encourage you to mark your calendars! 😉
We plan to continue each 2nd Sunday of the month from January through May. The May lunch will most likely move to the 3rd Sunday because of Mother’s Day.
February 9 is the next one coming up. Please make plans to join us in the Fellowship Hall after worship. And please welcome visitors to stay and join us to eat!
***A word of thanks to all the MANY helpers who prep, set out tables, serve the meals, bring food or dessert or tea, and those who linger to clean up – THANK YOU for making these lunches a great success. It is a pleasure to work alongside you and serve the church body this way.
Sincerely in Christ,
Healing: Please pray for the health of the following individuals: Suzi Jones, Sharon O’Neil, Jacky Haynes, Steve Terry, John Baxter, Bill Cowley, Larrabee Kirkland, Elizabeth Holton, Janet Chou, and Nolan Osmer.
Expecting: Please pray for the Brackins, expecting in March, and the Elliotts, expecting in May.
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 and Alaina Garcia (church plant in Canada); Dieter Paulson (church plant in Scottsboro, AL); The Huntsville Pregnancy Resource Center.
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