Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This coming Lord’s Day is the Second Sunday of Advent. Our sermon text will be taken from John 7:37-40, and the message is entitled “The Promises of Christmas: Living Water.”
As you spend time in prayer this weekend for our corporate worship, let me encourage you to reflect upon the larger context of our sermon passage, which is John 7:1-36.
As we see in the words of John 7:37-40, one of the major symbols of salvation to be found in both the Old and New Testaments is water. Correspondingly, thirst is a Biblical symbol of man’s alienation from God due to our sin.
In this episode from our Lord’s life, both of these images are beautifully joined to form another one of the great promises of Christmas. I can’t wait to discover it with you this Sunday!
I love you all, and pray for you always!
Christmas Hymn Sing:
We will be singing seasonal festive songs at the church on the evening of December 5th at 6 PM. Please come prepared to sing about the birth of our Savior King! Afterwards please join us for a light supper featuring pies. To sign up to bring a sweet and/or savory pie, use the link below:
Girls Craft Night:
Our youth girls are invited to a Christmas cookie decorating party, Monday, December 6 from 6 to 8 at the Schnorrenberg’s home. No dinner will be served this time so eat before you come and bring your sweet tooth! Please RSVP to Amy (256-655-4870) soon so we can have plenty of supplies!
Fall Youth Calendar
December 5th – Youth Group
December 12th – Christmas Party
*All dates are Sunday evenings. Youth group is from 4:30 to 6:30.
The CARE Center:
We will collect Christmas gifts and pantry food items for the CARE Center on Sundays, Dec 5 and Dec 12. Gifts are requested by Dec 5. Place the donations in the labelled tubs in the Narthex. Lists of suggested items are available in a handout on the table in the Narthex.
Spring Supper Club:
We are continuing our Christ Pres Supper Club groups this spring! The groups will be reassigned for the spring so that you will get to fellowship with different people. Anyone can sign up, whether you participated in the fall groups or not.
What is a Supper Club Group?
- It is Christ Pres adults, assigned to a group of 4 couples/singles, who will meet together once a month, 4 times in the spring, from Jan. to Apr.
- One couple/single in each group is responsible to host their group one of these times. You can host the way you feel most comfortable–in your home, at a restaurant, meet for a picnic, etc. Potluck works well so that everyone pitches in with the meal.
- The assigned lead will communicate with the group to coordinate monthly hosts. From there, each month’s host will arrange the specific date and location for the gathering with other members of the group.
- The hope is that you will enjoy fellowship and get to know one another on a deeper, more personal level. It’s such a blessing to know our church family, to share meals together, and to be involved in each other’s lives.
Please sign up by Monday, Dec. 20, at the following link:
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Carol Cummings at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256-508-4477.
The next Senior Fellows Breakfast and Bible Study will be be at 9 AM on December 7. Church members and visitors are invited to attend. If coming for breakfast, please notify Senior Fellows at: email@example.com
The Christmas Dinner will be Tuesday, December 7 at 6 pm at the Huntsville Country Club on Oakwood Avenue near the Pulaski Intersection. The cost is $25 per person for the sit down plated meal.
Payment can be handed to Denise Scrip at church Sunday
If by check: make payable to Christ pres and put womens dinner in memo line
Bring raffle items to the dinner UNWRAPPED, please
Monthly Lunch: Our next monthly luncheon will be on January 6 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 are ongoing! The Tuesday study for mothers meets at 9:30 AM at the church. Contact Amy Schnorrenberg for more info. The Wednesday studies meet at 10 AM and 6 PM at the church. Contact Denise Scrip for more info.
Bible Study: 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 (to attend via Zoom, contact Senior Fellows at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 matthew@christpreshamptoncove.
Sunday, December 5, 6:00 – Christmas Hymn Sing at the church
Monday, December 6, 5:30 – Supper Night (Restaurant to be determined) AND Movie at the Daughtrys – “It’s a Wonderful Life”
Friday, December 10 – Christmas Party at DJ Alhorn’s home
Sunday, December 12 – Winterlude Concert
Healing: Please pray for the health of the following individuals: Stirling McNeese, Glen Mettler, Jean Terry, 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 Elliotts, expecting in March.
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); Marcus and Jessica Nobles (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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288 Old Highway 431
Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763