Announcements – September 3 2021

Sermon Preview:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

Before I introduce our sermon for this coming Lord’s Day, I want to share some very exciting news with you.

As of September 1, Jack Cooper has assumed a new role as Church Finance Manager. After many years of serving faithfully as our full-time Church Administrator, Jack has stepped into this new part-time position. He will now oversee all of our finances, including such things as managing our bills, contributions, payroll, and insurance, and many other related duties.

Also as of September 1, Tim Cummings has taken the position of full-time Church Administrator. Tim has assumed all of the duties of administration which Jack has previously performed. In other words, everything that Jack did (with the exception of overseeing the financial operations of the Church) are now being carried out by Tim.

We are thrilled at how the Lord has brought such a wonderful team together!
I hope that you will express your appreciation to Jack for his years of service, and also welcome Tim to his new role. Please pray especially for Tim as he begins his duties.

Thirteen Sermons for the Price of Twelve!

This Lord’s Day we will take our sermon from the words of Romans 12:18-20. Following last week’s message (dealing with our response as believers to persecution from the enemies of the Gospel, vv. 14-17), I have sensed very strongly a need to add one more message to our series on this great twelfth chapter of Romans.

On Sunday I will try to deal with some of the practical questions we have that develop from Paul’s instructions. For example, is it ever justified for Christians to resist persecution, even to the point of using force against our adversaries? Are Christians allowed to arm themselves and, if so, when may deadly force be employed? Are believers permitted to defend their families, homes, and property? And what about our duty to protect others in our family, Church, an community?

Then, the Lord willing, on September 12 I will finish out our summer series with a look at Romans 12:18 and our duty to live peaceably in the world.

I really appreciate your prayers, especially for this Sunday’s message as we try to faithfully apply God’s inspired Word to some very complicated issues.

Finally, don’t forget that Sunday School begins at 9:30 AM on September 12.

Our Adults will be studying the Song of Solomon, and our main commentary will be The Song of Songs by Iain M. Duguid.

May our Lord richly bless and keep you, and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

I love you all,



Worship Time and Sunday School:

Starting next Sunday on September 12, we will be returning to our normal schedule, with Sunday School classes for all ages beginning at 9:30 AM, and our service of worship beginning at 10:30 AM.

Youth Group:

Fall Youth Calendar

September 12th – Youth Group
September 19th – Youth Group
September 26th – Youth Group
October 3rd – Cookout and College Care Packages
October 17th – Youth Group
October 24th – Youth Group
November 7th – Youth Group
November 21st – Youth Group
December 5th – Youth Group
December 12th – Christmas Party

*All dates are Sunday evenings. Youth group is from 4:30 to 6:30.

Sunday School
Youth Sunday school will meet at the church house each Sunday morning. The middle school will meet downstairs and the high schoolers will meet upstairs.

How can I help with youth this Fall?

1 – Middle Sunday School Teachers – I am still looking for several individuals (or couples) who might be willing to teach/facilitate our middle schoolers this school year. Are you interested in having an opportunity to teach and minister to our youth? You do not have to come up with the curriculum, just prepare and present. I aim to have several people share the teaching load so that it does not rest on one individual. Email if you are interested!

2 – Cookout and College Care Packages – We are looking for a family that might be willing to host our cookout and college care package night. The evening’s focus is on helping our youth learn to serve by helping those who have graduated and are away at school. We are in need of a home that could support a number of students and possibly have a bonfire (s’mores) and cookout. Let me know if you would be willing to open your home in this way!

3 – Additional Adult Supervision during Youth Nights – Some have expressed interest in being present with middle school during youth nights. I would love additional help for those evenings if you are a warm body and willing to be present for several youth meetings throughout the semester.

Take care …

Matthew K Elliott

Children’s Ministry:

We are now gearing up for fall programming at CPC!

We are looking for preK to 5th grade Sunday school teachers for fall. Please email Ashley to serve our children in this way. We can’t do it without support from the congregation!

Please register your children using the link below. This will allow us to see how to divide up our classes and how many volunteers we need.

Fall Programming Registration 2021

We have also updated the nursery volunteer sign up through the end of the year. As a reminder, we invite any Christ Pres woman, teenage and up, to serve our families with young children by volunteering in the nursery on Sunday mornings. Please consider helping us fill this need and see the sign up genius link below for further details. This is a huge blessing to our young families and a great opportunity for our church body to invest in the lives of our little ones.

Senior Fellows:

The  9 AM, Tues, Sept 7 Breakfast and 10 AM Discussion on Issues Facing the PCA (led By Pastor Mike) are cancelled due to COVID concerns. The next Senior Fellows Breakfast will be 9 AM, Tues, Oct 5. The Discussion on Issues facing the PCA will now be 10 AM, Tues, Nov 9.

Women’s Ministry:

Monthly Lunch: Our next monthly luncheon will be on October 7 beginning at 11:30 at the Timbers Edge Clubhouse located at 1 Timbers Main, Brownsboro. It’s potluck – feel free to bring a dish or just yourself.

Fall Bible Studies:

The fall Bible studies will launch the week of September 6, meeting for 11 weeks through November 17.

The Tuesday study for mothers will be on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 AM. We will be watching a 10 week video series together by Nancy Guthrie on Saints and Scoundrels in the story of Jesus. I think it will be a very interesting study. You don’t have to purchase the book but if you would like to, here is the link.

We will of course have the most important group discussion and prayer time afterwards.

Let Amy Schnorrenberg know if you will be joining us and how many little ones you need nursery for.

The Wednesday studies will meet on Wednesdays at 10 AM and at 6 PM. I am thrilled to study the first 18 chapters of Exodus together, using the study guide God of Deliverance by Jen Wilkin. From the study promotion:

The exodus of the Israelites shapes our understanding of the whole Bible, its themes reverberating all the way to Revelation. Exodus is the birth narrative of a nation unmistakably guided by the Great Deliverer. In this 10-session verse-by-verse study of Exodus 1–18, Jen Wilkin shows us that Israel’s story is our story: the same God who delivered Israel also delivers all those He loves from slavery to sin and from service to the pharaohs of this world. He lifts our eyes to the promised land He has prepared where we dwell with I AM and worship Him as the one true God.

Please order your study guide before September 8. You may order from Lifeway ($15.99) and Amazon ($16.79). Click either link: Lifeway or Amazon. No preparation is required for the first meeting.

Lastly, please RSVP if you plan to participate in this study. You may email me at (for the morning study)

The skinny:
Wednesday Mornings from 10:00 – 11:30 am or Wednesday evenings from 6-7:30 pm in the fellowship room
First meeting: September 8
Order your book ASAP
RSVP to Mary Lee McKee
I PROMISE this will be an invigorating, worship-inspiring endeavor. I can’t wait! Thank you!

Men’s Ministry:

We would like to invite all CPC men to our Fall Bible study series!

Title – Knowing the Times: A Look at Contemporary Works on Race, Social Justice, Wokeness and Christianity

Description – The church has always grappled with competing worldviews, issues of race, and alternate systems of morality. In modern society, we acutely feel the shifts in our society with our increased accessibility to information at our fingertips at all hours of the day. We would like to invite our men to our Fall study on issues of CRT, wokeness, and the response of the evangelical church. Led and taught by Dr. Mike Calvert, we will take several contemporary Christian works as starting points for our study and discussion. Among these works include Voddie Baucham’s Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe and Owen Strachan’s Christianity and Wokeness: How the Social Justice Movement is Hijacking the Gospel.

Time – Friday from 11:30 to 12:30. Please bring a bag lunch to enjoy while we study and discuss.

Locale – Church fellowship hall

Schedule – We will meet a total of 10 sessions with our first meeting on Friday, September 24th. Our final meeting will be on Friday, December 10th. skipping Friday, October 8th for Fall break.

Please make plans to join us for this important study! If you have any questions, please contact Matthew Elliott at


The weekly bible study and fellowship for career/singles meets at 5:30 PM Sunday evenings at the home of Jim and Sharon Daughtry.

Prayer Requests:

Healing: Please pray for the health of the following individuals: Suzanne Nimon, Lincoln Ely, Dave Angotti, Zig and Virdia Jastrebski, Ramona Edwards, Bill Dent, Jacky Haynes, Steve Terry, Bill Cowley, and Elizabeth Holton.
Expecting: Please pray for the Prinzingers and Passeurs, both expecting in November.
Ministries: Please pray for the following missionaries and ministries: Seth and Jessica Lewis (Ireland); Steve and Rita Williams (New Zealand); Noah and Karleigh Stephens (Thailand); Vinnie and Molly Athey (RUF at UAH); Amos and Jessica Williams (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); Gannon Miles (seminary student); The Huntsville Pregnancy Resource Center.

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