Pastor's Desk

Pastor's Letter March 10, 2019

By CJ Harkness
During this Lenten season, I am seeking God's presence and the discipline to dwell in it without diversion. I have times when I am so exhausted from the trials of life that I find it hard to carry out even the simplest of tasks that God has set before me. Too often I have "slept" on my daily communion with the Lord in the weakness of my flesh. I am therefore committing myself in these coming weeks to the disciple of prayer and fasting that I may seek His face and avoid temptation. If you have found yourself also, at times, spiritually sleeping on the job, I ask that you join faith with me in "Watching and Praying" that we might accomplish what the Lord has set before us.

Sunday March 10, 2019

 

Greetings in the Name of our Lord!

During this Lenten season, I am seeking God's presence and the discipline to dwell in it without diversion.  When Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matt 26) he found the disciples multiple times sleeping on the job.  His admonition to them  "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." rings true for me.  I have times when I am so exhausted from the trials of life that I find it hard to carry out even the simplest of tasks that God has set before me.  Too often I have "slept" on my daily communion with the Lord in the weakness of my flesh.  I am therefore committing myself in these coming weeks to the disciple of prayer and fasting that I may seek His face and avoid temptation. If you have found yourself also, at times, spiritually sleeping on the job, I ask that you join faith with me in "Watching and Praying" that we might accomplish what the Lord has set before us. 

 

I mentioned last week that I would like to enter into weekly prayer during the Lenten season and I have secured a line for a call in and/or video chat at noon beginning this Wednesday and continuing through the Lenten season.  We will also email these instructions and hope that you will be able to join us for 15 minutes of reflection and prayer!  Please consider a mid-week power-up session with us.

 

This week we will continue in our series, "Her Story" as we celebrate Women's History Month by highlighting some of the women of faith who challenge us and give us inspiration for our journey.  Today, we will take a different lens on a familiar passage as we lift up Martha! We all know that the most important thing is to focus on Christ.  Someone, however, has to take care of business as well.  Stay tuned!

 

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

 

Your Pastor,

 

 CJ

 

To join the PCC prayer line during Lent:

 

Option # 1

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

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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Church Announcements—March 10, 2019

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

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FELLOWSHIP MEAL

Please join us for the Fellowship Meal on TODAY, March 10th in honor of the Church's 46th  anniversary. Sign-up sheets are on the usher's table if you would like to bring a food dish or beverage for the meal.  All are welcome.

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The Women's Prayer Share Ministry announces a new campaign drive for the PCC Food Pantry. We are requesting donations for Feminine Sanitary Products (Pads/Tampons) as the Greater Cleveland Food Bank does not offer these basic personal items for purchase. The last day to participate in this drive is TODAY, March 10. Thank you. WPS

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To all PCC women and friends,

The Women's Prayer Share ministry is women coming together sharing God's word using the Bible, study guides and prayer.  Our current study is 'Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World'.  We meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, March. 12th. You are always welcome to come 'share' in a meeting with us.  Please contact Sis. Ilona Hudson if you have questions.

The Women's Prayer Share ministry.

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Mark your calendar for the 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

March 11 through March 17, 2018

 

Mon:  Ephesians 2:1-10—Transformed by Christ into New Life.

Tue:  Ezekiel 34:11-16—God Seeks the Scattered People.

Wed:  Hosea 11:1-9—God's Compassion for Straying People.

Thurs. Luke 3:12-13; 5:27-32—Calling Sinners to Repentance.

Fri:     Luke 15:1-10—Finding the Lost Sheep and Coin.

Sat:    Luke 15 Luke 15:25-32—Plea for Understanding and Recognition.

    Luke 15:11-24—Family Members, Forgiven and Reconciled.

 

"But the father said to his servants, "Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate."

--Luke 14:11, NIV

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