Pastor's Desk

Pastor's Letter May 26, 2019

By CJ Harkness
Memorial Day is a wonderful opportunity to remember those loved ones who are no longer with us and thank God for all of that He has established through their lives. For some, this is a difficult task as the pain of physical separation affects each of us in a unique way. Let's all be encouraged, however, at the fact that God is with us and will always sustain us. Remember the promise in Psalm 126:5 "Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!" Keep sowing and continue to expect your harvest!

Sunday, May 26, 2019

 

Greetings in the name of our Lord!

 

I hope that all of you have had a chance to enjoy the holiday weekend thus far.  Memorial Day is a wonderful opportunity to remember those loved ones who are no longer with us and thank God for all of that He has established through their lives.   For some, this is a difficult task as the pain of physical separation affects each of us in a unique way.  Let's all be encouraged, however, at the fact that God is with us and will always sustain us.  Remember the promise in Psalm 126:5 "Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!"  Keep sowing and continue to expect your harvest!

Thank you for making Sunday worship a priority in the midst of all of your coming and going.  It can be easy when plans with family and friends, activities for our children, household chores and community events overwhelm our time to give ourselves a pass on worship and the fellowship we have with one another.  While I understand and do not begrudge anyone for not making it to church on a given Sunday, I challenge us to see attendance, even in the summer months, as a part of our sacrificial living for Christ. You can be blessed in His presence and your presence can be a blessing to someone else.

To this end, I ask that we never allow what we have to wear to be a hindrance to church attendance.  This is, of course, true throughout the year but can be a real challenge during the summer months.  While we ask that everyone respect our church culture and refrain from clothing that could be distracting to others, I welcome you to be comfortable and most importantly, present in the summer months.  No matter what you wear, the most important thing is that we all come with hearts ready to worship God, learn more about His plan for us and share love one with another!

This week our sermon will challenge us to consider our resolve as it relates to our ability to truly seek the wholeness we desire in Christ.  The provocative question asked by Christ to a crippled man "Do you want to be made well" is one that we must have the capacity to answer truthfully even if they question itself seems offensive.  Far too many times we are so focused on our problems that we fail to reach out and embrace the solutions.  Let's all ask God to challenge us to pick up our beds and walk!

 

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

 

Your Pastor,

 

 CJ

 

 

 

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Church Announcements—May 26, 2019

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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.

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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

May 27, through June 2, 2019

 

Mon:   Deuteronomy 16:1-8—The Original Passover Celebration.

Tue:  Mark 11:1-10—The Triumphal Entry Into Jerusalem.

Wed:  Mark 14:12-16—Preparation for the Passover Meal.

Thurs. Jeremiah 31:31-34—The Heart-Centered New Covenant.

Fri:     Luke 22:14-23—The Lord's Super Shared With Disciples.

Sat:   John 13:2-7—Clean Feet, Clean Hearts.

Sun:    Mark 14:17-24; Hebrews 8:6-7, 10-12—Jesus Institutes the New Covenant.

 

But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is the mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.

 

--Hebrews 8:6 NIV

 

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