It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Comin’!

Happy Friday, everyone!

I’m encouraged by the number of people who have expressed interest in our new Mercy Committee. It’s not too late to sign up for the informational lunch on February 28th. Please let us know that you’re coming by adding your name to the sign-up sheet on the bulletin table this Sunday.

This Sunday is the fifth Sunday of January and as is our practice, we’re asking you to make a special offering toward mercy ministries. It’s best to make that special offering in the form of a second check or offering envelop, in addition to your regular offerings.

This Sunday, we’ll also begin our Getting Ready Class. This class is for children who are too old for the nursery, but young enough that they may not understand everything that happens in our worship service. For eight weeks, January 31-March 20, we’ll dismiss the kids half-way through the service. They’ll learn about a part of our service each week and then rejoin their parents before communion.

Have a great weekend! I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday.

In Christ,

Eric Landry

It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Comin’!

Happy Friday, everyone!

Last week, I mentioned that the session asked our deacons to convene a “Mercy Committee” this year. The Mercy Committee will function like our Missions Committee: just like the Missions Committee is our church’s front line toward missions, the Mercy Committee will be our front line toward mercy in our church and for our community. If you are interested in assisting our deacons in this way, please plan on attending an informational lunch on February 28th at the Jenson home. Please let us know that you’re coming by adding your name to the sign-up sheet on the bulletin table this Sunday.

January is a five Sunday month and as is our practice, we’re asking you to make a special offering toward mercy ministries on the fifth Sunday of the month. It’s best to make that special offering in the form of a second check or offering envelop, in addition to your regular offerings.

On Sunday, January 31st, we’ll start up our Getting Ready Class. This class is for children who are too old for the nursery, but young enough that they may not understand everything that happens in our worship service. For eight weeks, January 31-March 20, we’ll dismiss the kids half-way through the service. They’ll learn about a part of our service each week and then rejoin their parents before communion. Please add your name and your child’s name to the sign-up sheet on the bulletin table this Sunday if you are interested in having your child participate in this short class.

Have a great weekend! I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday.

In Christ,

Eric Landry

It’s Saturday, but Sunday’s Comin’!

Happy Saturday, everyone!

This week, the session approved a new budget for 2016. As we prayed and talked through the budget, we were especially grateful for your generosity in 2015. Not only did we end the year “in the black,” we were able to spend above and beyond what we planned to spend in the important categories of diaconal aid/mercy ministry and missions giving. I really appreciate that outward focus and we hope to increase our outward focus by empowering our deacons to convene a “Mercy Committee” this year. The Mercy Committee will function like our Missions Committee: just like the Missions Committee is our church’s front line toward missions, the Mercy Committee will be our front line toward mercy in our church and for our community. If you are interested in assisting our deacons in this way, please plan on attending an informational lunch on February 21st. More information will be forthcoming.

Please remember that January is a five Sunday month and as is our practice, we’re asking you to make a special offering toward mercy ministries on the fifth Sunday of the month. It’s best to make that special offering in the form of a second check or offering envelop, in addition to your regular offerings.

Later this month, we’ll start up our Getting Ready Class. This class is for children who are too old for the nursery, but young enough that they may not understand everything that happens in our worship service. For eight weeks, starting January 31, we’ll dismiss the kids half-way through the service. They’ll learn about a part of our service each week and then rejoin their parents before communion. Please let us know if you are interested in having your child participate in this short class.

Have a great weekend! I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday.

In Christ,

Eric Landry

It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Comin’!

Happy Friday, everyone!

We’re kicking off the year with a new sermon series on spiritual warfare. If you missed the first sermon last week, I’d encourage you to “catch-up” and listen to it before we turn to the next big idea this Sunday, described below. You can listen to last week’s sermon or any other sermon in our sermon archive (http://christpca.net/sermons/) .

If one of your goals for the New Year is to systematically read through large sections of Scripture, I recommend that you review the different Bible reading plans that are available at the ESV website (http://www.esvbible.org) . Click the “plans” button in the top left corner of the homepage for a list of options. I’ve recently been using the ESV app on my phone to read and listen to the Bible. The audio recording is really good and a helpful way to spend additional time in the Word of God.

Our women’s prayer and Bible study groups resumed this week, as did our youth group. Our men’s study resumes on February 6. Please make a point of participating in these smaller gatherings of study and fellowship.

I hope that your “re-entry” into normal life after the holidays continues to go smoothly. Have a great weekend!

In Christ,
Eric Landry

It’s New Year’s Day, but Sunday’s Comin’!

Happy New Year (and happy Friday), everyone!

Do you like to make New Year’s resolutions?

Do you keep them? No, don’t answer that!

If you’re in the habit of making New Year’s resolutions, I have a suggestion for you: resolve this year to have at least three different people/families from the church over to your home. That breaks down to once every four months. Stretch yourself and reach out to people that you might not know well. It’s easy for us to fall into old habits of only talking to a small group of people, but this year try to expand your circle by getting to know more people in the church.

As your relationships depend, the bonds that bind us together as the body of Christ also grow stronger. Your willingness to show hospitality actually leads to spiritual fruit!

Have a great holiday weekend and I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday!

In Christ,
Eric Landry

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