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Sunday, February 26, 2017

International Council of Community Churches

Reverend Don Ashmall will be our guest preacher next Sunday, the first Sunday. He is coming to town next weekend, March 2 through March 6, to visit with pastors and lay leaders in Ohio community churches. He will spend Friday and Saturday at the Aurora Community Church. Then he will return to Berea on Saturday and Sunday. The ICCC is undergoing significant leadership changes and financial difficulties. He is returning from retirement to assist the Council in bridging the gap in leadership within the Council and in restoring some financial health to the Council. Please join me next Sunday as we welcome him once again to our worship services.  

 

INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF COMMUNITY CHURCHES

The Board of Trustees

A STATEMENT OF CONCERN

 

‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them.

The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born.

Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt.

I am the Lord your God.’

Leviticus 19: 33-34 (NIV)

 

The International Council of Community Churches was formed in 1950 to champion justice and reconciliation as well as Christian unity. We recognize the need for realistic regulations among and within nations that support their need for public safety. We cannot and do not give our support to national regulations that automatically exclude or discriminate against people who are seeking a place of sanctuary because of their national origin, race, religious faith or other arbitrary markers. Such classifications deny the fact that God has created all people, and in so doing encourage bigotry and hatred while doing nothing to increase public safety.

 

We are saddened by the numerous conflicts that exist around this small planet, and we are further saddened that the violence and destruction of conflict have displaced large numbers of those who under God are our sisters and brothers. Our duty and privilege as followers of Him who was exiled as an infant to a foreign land, is to offer hospitality and refuge to those who have been made homeless. We are compelled by faith and love to be among those to whom our Lord will say at the last day,

 

‘I was hungry and you gave me food;

I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink;

I was a stranger and you welcomed me….

truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these

who are members of my family,

you did it to me.’

Matthew 25: 35-40 (NRSV)

 

We call upon all nations to turn away from the counsels of fear, and to show mercy to those who are in an hour of desperate need.

 

Adopted by the ICCC Board of Trustees and endorsed by the ICCC Board of Directors, February, 2017.

 

 

PCC will celebrate its 44rd Anniversary on Sunday, March 12, 2017

Part of our regular worship will be devoted to celebrating our anniversary. There will be a reading of the highlights of our church history. Also, our fellowship meal will be served at the end of worship in the fellowship hall.

 

Harvest for Hunger 2017

March 5th, 2017 through April 15th, 2017

When: 8:00am - 11:00pm

Customers can make monetary donations of $1, $5, or $10 at the register to the campaign. Food collections will also take place at local Giant Eagle, Heinen’s, Dave’s Market, Buehler’s, Fisher Foods locations.

Let your friends know about your support of the campaign on social media with a photo using #ICheckedOutHunger!

 

See more at: http://www.greaterclevelandfoodbank.org/events/2017/03/05/check-out-hunger-begins#sthash.eSzbPxc6.dpuf

Harvest for Hunger is an annual awareness campaign aimed at fighting hunger in 21 of Ohio’s counties. It is a joint effort of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley and Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio.”

 

 

Ash Wednesday Services – Wednesday, March 1, 7:00pm (No class)

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.

 

Education Forum, Sunday, March 12, 2017, at 9:45am

 Mr. William Young, CEO and president of Southwest General Health Center will be our guest and will update us about the Health Center and its services.

 

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.

 

Lent – March 1, 2017

Lent is a journey from ashes to palms and beyond. The Lenten season is one between Jesus’ transfiguration and our shouts of “Hosanna!” It is the time when Jesus meets us, and helps us to face our temptations on our journeys through the wilderness.

 

 

Upcoming Dates and Events

Ash Wednesday service, Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 7:00pm

Prayer Meeting resumes March 9, 2017 at noon in the Youth Center

Maundy Thursday Service, April 13 at 7:00pm

Good Friday Service, April 14 at 7:00pm

Easter Program, April 15 at 7:00pm

Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, Sunday School (9:00am), Christian Education Forum, (10:00am), and Worship at 10:30am

 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.
 

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!

 

NO! Prayer Meeting and Bible Study  Thursdays from noon until 1:00pm -

ON BREAK DURING JANUARY & FEB.

RESUMES ON THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017

 

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

ON BREAK FOR THE WINTER

 

DAILY BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK’S LESSON:

February 27 - March 5, 2017

 

 Mon. 1 John 3:11-18—Christ Died for Us.  

Tues. John 14:15-24—Jesus and the Father's Love.

Wed. 1 John 3:19-24—Believe in Jesus, Love One Another.

Thurs Psalm 40:1-10—Thankful for God's Steadfast Love.

Fri. 1 John 4:1-6—The Spirit of God Confesses Jesus.

 Sat.  1 John 4:7-19—Dwelling in God's Love.

Sun. 1 John 4:20--5:5—Loving God & Brothers & Sisters.

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

1 John 4:11, NIV

 

 

 

 

 

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