Pastor's Desk

Pastor's Letter June 9, 2019

By CJ Harkness
This week many churches celebrate or acknowledge Pentecost. There is much to reflect on as we consider the fulfillment of Christ's promise that a "Comforter" would come after he departed from this world. Another aspect that we should consider is the diversity of people from many nations who came together and were united in the common experience of the move of the Holy Spirit (read Acts Chapter 2).

I pray that God will send a revival and that we who are believers in this fellowship and others would be united in a fresh and miraculous way for the upbuilding of His kingdom. As the elders would say when I was growing up "Lord send a revival, and let it begin with me!"

Sunday, June 9, 2019

 

Greetings in the name of our Lord!

I write this week's letter having just finished our weekly prayer call.  I mention this as today a praise report from one of our members was central to the call and prayer.  In short, the member shared a praise report of God's protection for her daughter who had been directly confronted with violence in the workplace.  So often we hear about tragedies and the horrific trauma that follows for those who are the victims of the unfettered violence in our world.  While it is important that lift those who have been affected in prayer, we must also lift the testimonies of those whom God's hand of mercy protected.  Let us be encouraged to share God's good works with each other more often so that we can remain encouraged in the face of a world that is consumed with gloom and doubt!

This praise report/prayer request also gave me pause to remember those who are vulnerable to those who have been consumed with the toxic mix of desperation and anger.  Health care workers, schoolteachers and even government workers at times find themselves in the crosshairs of the violence that plagues our society.  We must remain diligent in prayer and in checking in on the wellbeing of those who are exposed to these stressors on a day to day basis.  We must also individually and collectively work to address the societal realities that form the cauldron in which the anger and hopelessness come to a boiling point.  If any among us are not safe, none of us are.  May we pray and act in a way that is reflective of the God we serve in response to violence.

This week many churches celebrate or acknowledge Pentecost.  There is much to reflect on as we consider the fulfillment of Christ's promise that a "Comforter" would come after he departed from this world.  Another aspect that we should consider is the diversity of people from many nations who came together and were united in the common experience of the move of the Holy Spirit (read Acts Chapter 2).  I pray that God will send a revival and that we who are believers in this fellowship and others would be united in a fresh and miraculous way for the upbuilding of His kingdom.  As the elders would say when I was growing up "Lord send a revival, and let it begin with me!"

 

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

 

Your Pastor,

 

 CJ

 

 

 

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Church Announcements—June 9, 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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Feed the Kids Program begins Monday, June 10 and continues through Friday, August 16, 2019.

Lunches are served at two locations-People's Community Church and St. Mary's in Berea. Time of serving is from noon until 1:00 pm. The week for PCC to provide the lunches is July 22. If you are able to help prepare the lunches or serve, please contact Sister Erma Albergottie.

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Save the Date: Sunday, June 16, 2019

Father's Day Fellowship Meal immediately following Worship Service. You are welcome to bring a dish to share. Please be sure to bring your dessert or food dish ready to serve in a disposable container. Thank You. Women's Prayer Share Ministry

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Thursday noon Bible Study is taking a break in the month of July! Bible Study will resume on Thursday, August 1, 2019.

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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

June 10, through June 16, 2019

 

Mon:  Exodus 24:3-8—The Peoples Promise to Obey.

Tue:  Leviticus 16:11-19—Aaron Performs the Atoning Sin Sacrifice.

Wed:  Titus 2:11-15—Redeemed and Purified.

Thurs. Hebrews 10:19-25—Entering the Sanctuary By Jesus' Blood.

Fri:    Hebrews 9:1-10—The Time Has Come.

Sat:   Hebrews 9:23-28—Christ, the Final Sacrifice for Sin.

Sun:  Hebrews 9:11-22—Christ, Mediator of the New Covenant.

 

In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.

 

--Hebrews 9:22 NIV

 

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