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Sunday, November 12, 2017

 

First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas

As we assemble and prepare for worship today, we are probably thinking a lot about the tragedy that occurred at the worship service last Sunday at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. The evil that showed its ugly presence and devastation in that house of worship last Sunday left God’s people a most bitter pill to swallow. In many ways, when I think and pray about that church’s horrific experience, I think of our church in terms of size, the connectedness and relationships of the families, their commitment to helping each other, and most importantly, their love for Almighty God.

 

My personal prayer this week has been for Almighty God to “deliver us from evil.” Unless God delivers us from such evil, we are doomed. This is the only sure answer to evil. I thank God that we gather each Sunday and pray this petition as part of the Lord’s prayer. Let us continue to pray this petition more and more. Let’s especially add this petition to our prayers and thoughts for the families and the entire membership of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

People’s Community Church’s Security Program

During announcements today, I have asked Deacon Ed Napoleon to update you on our security program here at the church.

Veterans Day

“On Veterans Day, we honor the men and women who have served this country in uniform, protecting our nation from harm while at war and acting as a deterrent in peace. These individuals have willingly stood the watch and endured hardship, separation and - for some - the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our freedom.” (Source: DFAS, Teresa McKay, Director)

 

Today, we join with others throughout our nation by recognizing our veterans. During our worship today, I will invite all veterans present to stand and state the name of the branch of military service they served, and I will ask you to join me in giving them a round of hearty applause for their service to our country.

Thanksgiving Collection continues today, and you have the opportunity to make cash donations. As you may recall, these donations are used to purchase gift cards that we give to needy families, so we assist others in having a blessed Thanksgiving. One of the deacons will again collect donations near the altar at the same time the regular tithes and offerings are collected in the service.

 

PCC Annual Meeting – Next Sunday

Sunday, November 19 following worship. A light meal will be served.  

Election Results for Issues 1 and 2

Ohio Issue 1 (Marsy's Law) Ohio Issue 2 (Drug Price Relief Act)

Yes, on Issue 1: Marsy's Law won voter support across the state. It places new guarantees for crime victims and their families in the state constitution. They include notice of court proceedings, input on plea deals and the ability for victims and their families to tell their story.

No on Issue 2: Ohio voters rejected a proposal that sought to curb prescription drug prices paid by the state for prisoners, injured workers and poor people while supporting a crime victims' rights amendment with no organized opposition. (Source the News)

Advent 2017 – Sunday December 3 through Sunday, December 24, 2017

“It is uncertain as to when exactly the celebration of Advent was first introduced in the Christian church. Some sources say that Advent began on November 11 (St Martin's Day) at some time in the fifth century in the form of a six-week fast leading to Christmas. Advent was reduced to its current length at some stage in the sixth century and the fasting was later no longer observed. Advent is originally a time to reflect and prepare for Christmas similarly to how Lent is in preparation for Easter. Advent has sometimes been referred to as the Winter Lent.  In recent times the restrictions that Advent brings to Christians have become more relaxed.

 

Advent traditions spread from Europe to the United States, especially the Advent calendar, which became very popular in the United States after World War II as American military personnel and their families who were stationed in Germany brought them home and made them a part of the pre-Christmas traditions. Some people credit President Dwight Eisenhower with helping the tradition of the Advent calendar spread in the United States during the 1950s.

 

Symbols

Purple is historically the main color used for Advent because it reflects penitence, fasting, and the color of royalty to welcome the Advent of the king (Jesus Christ). The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his first Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his second Advent. Some churches use other colors in recent times. For example, some churches mark the third Sunday of Advent with pink or rose, colors that represent joy. Many Protestant churches use blue to distinguish the Season of Advent from Lent.

The Advent season marks the beginning of the Christian year and its length varies from 22 to 28 days starting on Sunday, November 27, and concludes on Saturday, December 24. This is the time many churches celebrate the birth of Christ and prepare for his coming again to the earth. The altar committee will have an advent wreath on the altar each Sunday and will invite families to light candles and to read a selected reading. (Source, Internet)

 

Christmas Program and Christmas Eve Services

The Christmas Program will be on Saturday, December 23 at 7:00pm. The Christmas Eve service will be held on Sunday, December 24, at 7:00pm. You are invited to share in the many opportunities to celebrate our Lord’s birth. You will hear more about the scheduled practices for the Christmas Program.

 

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.

 

 

 

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

Thursdays from noon - 1:00pm

Located in the Youth House at 634 Wesley Dr.

 

DAILY BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK’S LESSON:

November 13  -  November 19, 2017

 

 Mon. Psalm 66:1-7—God’s Awesome Power.  

Tues. Matthew 5:1-12—Covenant Blessings.

Wed.  Deuteronomy 4:21-24—Keep Your Covenant With God.

ThursPsalm 66:16-20—Praise God for Answered Prayer.

Fri. Hebrews 9:11-15—Mediator of the New Covenant.

 Sat.  Hebrews 10:11-18—Everlasting Single Sacrifice For Sin.

Sun.  Hebrews 12:14-29—Receiving the Unshakable Kingdom.

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”

Hebrews 12:28-29, NIV

 

 

 

 

 

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