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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Weekly Prayer Meeting

Prayer meeting and Bible study at noon on Thursdays are postponed until further notice.

 

 

First Quarter Business Meeting

Please hold Sunday, February 25 for our business meeting that will follow morning worship.

Christian Education Forum

King: Man of Peace in Time of War “A rare TV interview with Martin Luther King Jr., is the centerpiece of this tribute. Exclusive interviews with Jesse Jackson and Colin Powell provide fresh insight into the life and personality of the inspirational civil rights leader.” I began showing this film last Sunday morning and will continue with it at each week during my Christian Education Forum at 10:00am.

Black History Presentations - Month of February at 10:00am

During the month of February, the Library Committee provides presentations that address the history of African Americans. These presentations have proven to be of great interest to us and they are scheduled to be held each Sunday morning at the Education Forum. They are free and open to all. You are invited to attend these sessions.

 

End-of-the-Year Contribution Statements:

We thank you for your 2017 tithes and offerings. Your contributions resulted in the church completing many very important projects throughout last year. Paid off the property located at 645 North Rocky River Drive, replaced gutters on the entire church, repaired leaks in the basement and other locations, installed a new dishwasher in the kitchen of the church, purchased two new computers, updated the bandwidth of the church computer, installed new mechanical doors for the mechanical room, and others.

Though Almighty God blessed the church to complete these projects, we are requesting you to continue giving your tithes and offerings.

So, we thank God for his many blessings. These blessings consisted of your generous financial contributions and donations, your commitment of service, time, and devotion to God, and your outstanding volunteerism. Thanks so much for all you do to be a light for Almighty God here at PCC.

Note: Brother Don Williams, Trustee Board Chair, will be providing you with your contribution statements. Giving them to you here following worship saves us from paying to mail them. I hope you will make every effort to be present to receive them. 

 

Ash Wednesday Services – Wednesday, March 14, 7:00pm

Our service will be held here at the church at 7:00pm. This service is a wonderful opportunity for you to assess how you are doing with your spiritual life and to seek to grow even more spiritual in your private devotions, service to others for our Lord, tolerance to practice a forgiving spirit, and agape love for God’s people. As you know from attending past Ash Wednesday services, we do not put ashes on the foreheads of attendees. Our reason is to encourage you to focus inwardly on your spiritual growth and not to even hint that outward symbols (the imposition of ashes) are ways to do that. This statement is not meant to question those that use ashes. Without question, many find the ashes helpful and desirable. Notwithstanding this difference, I am certain you will find this service without the use of ashes just as meaningful, if not more so. Please see a list of additional services planned for Lent below. Also, plan to join us.

Upcoming Dates for Special Worship Services:

·       Ash Wednesday – February 14 at 7:00pm here at the church

·       Palm Sunday – March 25, Sunday School at 9:00, Christian Education Forum at 10:00, and worship at 10:30am

·       Maundy Thursday – Thursday, March 29 at 7:00pm here at the church

·       Good Friday – Friday, March 30 at noon Good Friday walk at Ohio Guidestone and here at the church at 7:00pm

·       Easter Program – Saturday, March 31 at 7:00pm here at the church

·       Easter Sunday – April 1, Sunday School at 9:00, Christian Education Forum at 10:00, and worship at 10:30am

Requesting Prayers and Using Prayer Cards

Please remember when you make a prayer request to obtain a prayer card from an usher or from the rear of the pew chair. We need you to complete all sections of the prayer card. It is important that you estimate the time period you are requesting the church family to pray for your request. If your estimate of time changes, you are encouraged to update your request by completing another prayer card and giving it to an usher. Also, remember we use short and long-term prayer lists to maintain all prayer requests. The long-term prayer list in on the ushers’ table. Please help us to better manage the number of prayer requests and the space requirements in the pastor’s letter.

 

Also, you can download and use the PCC APP to submit your prayer requests. If you have questions about the PCC App, please contact a deacon or trustee for assistance.

Holding Hands

Since we are now into flu and the common cold seasons, we request that you make good use of the hand sanitizers in your pew seats and wash your hands frequently to prevent germs. If you choose not to hold hands during our congregational prayers we understand and respect your decision and action. We are taking these and others to prevent to the greatest extent possible the spread of germs. This change doesn’t prevent you at any time from any personal greetings you wish to make with others that welcome them. Thank you for your cooperation on this matter.

 

Box on Ushers’ Table for Invitations

As you continue to invite people to church, please use one of the forms on the ushers’ table, include the name of your invitee, and place the form in the box. Also, please keep in mind we are extending our invitations to people who don’t attend church. Also, we will keep your invitees lifted up in prayer.

 

 

Weather Alert

When weather conditions are such that we decide it is for your safety to cancel church or some other church meetings, we post an Information ALERT on the church APP and the church’s webpage. This step will give you easy and quick access to the information. Deacon Ed Napoleon will describe how this new procedure will work during the offering time slot on Sunday. Also, for those who do not use smart phones and/or the computer, we will continue to make telephone calls to inform them of the Weather Alert. NOTE: At times, we will use one or more of the local television stations to make our closure announcements.

 

PUSHPAY:

As we continue to unfold this new way of giving and staying connected with our church we thank you for responding to our request to use PUSHPAY. You are helping us to implement this new way for you and other members and friends/ to stay connected to our church even when they are out of the state or absent from worship.

 

Also, you are now able to use the church App, People’s Community Church (PCC) that is part of PUSHPAY. You can now access my written sermons on this APP. We are presently working to make the sermons audible on your smart phone.

 

Additionally, you can now submit prayer requests using the PCC App. Your prayer requests are confidential, come directly to the church office, and are not accessible from the website. So please start using this new App as an additional way to share your prayer requests.

 

Further, you can access an updated calendar of events and activities happening here at the church. Of course, there are other features of interest to you and others on the church’s new App. I hope you will use PUSHPAY so you can see the positive benefits of this new tool.

 

As you know, we have been informing you about Pushpay for the last 90 days. Our plan is to create a user-friendly way so members and friends can stay connected with the church. Toward that end, assuming you have a smart phone, I request you use it to send the church $1.00 or a little more (This is only a test and to make sure you know how Pushpay works). For your convenience, the steps to follow with your smart phone are listed below. Will you use PUSHPAY now? In addition, I have sent this message to you and others using e-mail addresses of members and friends. I am thanking you in advance for helping us implement this new way of connecting with our members. Should you have questions, please contact any trustee member.

 

                   

 

PUSHPAY APP

·      Open your cell phone’s app store and search for the Pushpay app

·       Open and install the Pushpay app

·       Select People’s Community Church (verify by the address and logo)

·       Enter the amount of your gift and if it is a one time or recurring gift

·       Select the giving type (tithe, etc.)

·       Enter your Touch ID or pass code to confirm your give

·       Select the Give button

ONLINE – PCC Website

·       Go to the PCC website: www.peoplescommunity.org

·       Select the Links tab

·       Select Give (Pushpay) under To Make a Donation/Tithe/Pledge

·       In Pushpay, use the Search box to search for People’s Community Church

·       Select People’s Community Church (verify by the address and logo)

·       Login to Pushpay with your cell phone (or email) and password

·       Enter the amount of your gift and if it is a one time or recurring gift

·       Select the giving type (tithe, etc.)

·       Confirm your gift

TEXT GIVING

·     Text PCCBEREA to 77977 (message and data rates may apply)

·     You will receive a text reply that says:  Thank you for your generosity.  Click the link to give https://pushpay.com/pay/peoplescommunity

·    Click on the link and it will take you to Pushpay.com and the page for People’s Community Church

·       Download the Pushpay app

·       Enter your details:

o      Enter the amount of your gift and if it is a one time or recurring gift

o      Select the giving type (tithe, etc.)

o      Enter your full name, email address and cell phone number

o      Select the ‘next’ button

·      Enter your credit card or bank account information and give

 

Please keep in mind you can keep giving with checks, cash, and through your bank. This is just another way our people can now give. This additional way of giving will enable us to reach members and friends that don’t attend church on a regular basis during the summer months when they are traveling and are on vacation. Also, this new option will help us to remove all obstacles that may prevent inactive members from giving as well.

 

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Requesting Prayers and Using Prayer Cards

Please remember when you make a prayer request, to obtain a prayer card from an usher or from the rear of the pew chair. We need you to complete all sections of the prayer card. It is important that you estimate the time period you are requesting the church family to pray for your request. If your estimate of time changes, you are encouraged to update your request by completing another prayer card and giving it to an usher. With your help we will be able to better manage the number of prayer requests at any given time and the space requirements in the pastor’s letter. Thanking you anticipatively!

Visitors:

If you are visiting with us today, I warmly and gladly welcome you. Thank you for choosing to worship with us. Please take a minute and fill out the visitor’s card and return it to one of our ushers or deposit it in the offering tray. We welcome you to come again to worship with us or to attend some of our program offerings to the community. We are indeed glad to have you, and if we can do anything to make your visit more spiritual or meaningful, please inform one of our members or me.

Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!!

Thursdays from noon - 1:00pm

Located in the Youth House at 634 Wesley Dr.

DAILY BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK’S LESSON:

January 22  -  January 28, 2018

 Mon. Genesis 46:1-7—A Vision Sends Jacob to Egypt.  

Tues. Joshua 1:1-9—Joshua, Be Strong & Courageous.

Wed.  Ezekiel 1:25—2:8—Ezekiel, Called to Speak To Israel.

ThursEzekiel 1:25—2:8—Ezekiel, Called to Speak To Israel.

Fri. Daniel 10:19—Daniel Sees a Vision.

 Sat.  Daniel 10:10-19—Be Strong & Courageous.

Sun.  Daniel 12:8-13—The Time of the End.

“Do not be afraid, O man highly esteemed,” he said. “Peace! Be strong now; be strong.” When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Speak, my lord, since you have given me strength.”

Daniel 10:19, NIV

 

 

 

 

 

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