Pastor's Desk

Pastor's Letter April 28, 2019

By CJ Harkness
My encouragement to all of us this week is to be sure that, in good times and in bad, we remain connected to the source of our strength. Lent is over but I have discovered that we have never needed a time of prayer and fasting more than we do right now. Let us all remain committed to the spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting and scripture study that we might continue to find the strength to celebrate God in victory and trust God in the storms.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

 

Greetings in the name of our Lord!

Time is filled with swift transitions.  Last week was one of tear of joy and tear of pain.  As a fellowship, we came together to mourn, observe the greatest sacrifice on Good Friday and celebrate the Resurrection on Sunday.  Even our time of prayer has been filled with reports of serious prayer needs as well as reports of God's miraculous deliverance.  Our individual lives can also go through these ups and downs as we walk through this journey called life.  My encouragement to all of us this week is to be sure that, in good times and in bad, we remain connected to the source of our strength.  Lent is over but I have discovered that we have never needed a time of prayer and fasting more than we do right now.  Let us all remain committed to the spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting and scripture study that we might continue to find the strength to celebrate God in victory and trust God in the storms.

This week we will also formally welcome a new member to our congregation with the right hand of fellowship.  This should be a reminder that we must always continue to be intentional in welcoming each person who enters the door.  I challenge each of us to find someone in the church this week who we do not know well and greet them with the Peace of Christ.  You never know how your small display of love may impact the heart of someone who came to church hurting and in need. There is no need to think of profound things to say, simply see another human in God's creation and share a smile and warm greeting.  The Love that resides in us will do the rest!

Today we will follow up on last week's sermon, "Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places" with another message that plays off of the theme of a once popular song.  "Now That We've Found Love".  What should we be focused on after we have had a resurrection experience?  What is one to do when they realize that they have been born into a newness of life?  How should we go about the next chapter after God has raised us out of our troubles?  Most importantly, now that we have found God (Love) what are we going to do?

I love you, aint a thang you can do about it!

 

Your Pastor,

 

 CJ

 

 

 

 

 

One Church    One Family    One Community

 

Church Announcements—April 28, 2019

Please like us on Facebook – www.facebook.com/peoplescommunitychurchberea

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Prayer Line: We have been having a wonderful time in the Lord with our 15 minutes of power in prayer every Wednesday at noon.  If you can make the time, we would love for you to join us and be blessed! 

 

To join the PCC Wednesday prayer line see the following instructions:

 

Option # 1

Join Zoom Meeting on your computer or smartphone for video or audio chat by downloading the zoom app using the link below.

 

https://zoom.us/j/3475880718

 

Option # 2

One tap mobile (direct dial in from a smartphone)

+16465588656,,3475880718#

 

Option # 3

Traditional Conference Call Dial In

+1 646 558 8656

 

Meeting ID: 347 588 0718

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ICCC Spring Regional Meeting—May 18, 2019

Second Community Church-311 S. Highland Ave

Columbus OH 43223

Registration begins at 8:30 am--$10.00 ea.

People's Community Church will cover registration cost.

Sign Up Sheet is on Ushers' Table

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Heritage Congregational Church is pleased to formally announce their 50th Anniversary Celebration. The anniversary program and banquet are at 6:00 PM on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the Cleveland Airport Marriott Hotel. Please join them in the fifty years of blessing the Lord has bestowed upon them.

For information about obtaining an invitation to the anniversary banquet please reach out to any of the members listed below.

Mary Phelps, Chair   440-243-7094 or 440-243-3040

Bernadette Butler, Co-Chair 440-239-3686

Joan Veroche, Financial Secretary 440-243-3172

Margarette Key, Committee Member 440-625-0647 or 440-444-5249.

Deadline for purchasing tickets is May 15th!

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The Leon Dozier II Scholarship Applications are ready and on the Ushers' Table. The deadline for the completed application and associated documents including school transcripts is July 19, 2019.

 

 

 

ICCC Annual Conference

This year it is being held in Jacksonville, FL

July 15-July 18, 2019. Rev. Marvin McMickle Ph.D. will be the Bible Study lecturer at the conference.

Registration Forms are on the Ushers' Table.

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The Annual Fishing Foundation Event is scheduled for Saturday, September 14, 2019, at Coe Lake Pavilion. More information will be coming soon. Be sure to mark your calendar. It's a fun event for all ages.

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Bible Reading for Next Week's Lesson

April 29, through May 5, 2018

 

Mon:  Ecclesiastes 3:9-17—God-Given Task for Workers.

Tue:  John 10:11-18—The Shepherd Lays Down  His Life.

Wed:  Romans 7:7-12—The Value of the Law.

Thurs. Galatians 3:19-29—The Purpose of the Law.

Fri:     Romans 3:1-8—God Is Faithful and Fair.

Sat:   Romans 3:9-20—Jesus Brings True Justice.

Sun:    Romans 3:21-31—All Called to Righteousness.

 

And all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.

He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished.

 

--Romans 3:24-25  NIV

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