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New Elder!

We are pleased to introduce, Michael Hutchison our newest elder to the community. Mike was confirmed by our congregation this past Sunday. If you haven't gotten to know him yet, make sure you do. Below is a brief biography. Thanks for serving us, brother! Mike Hutchison, Elder Mike grew up in a really small town (Pratt, 660 people) in rural West Virginia and came to fa...

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Is He worthy?

Last year I had the privilege of attending the Sing! Conference. At one point, Andrew Peterson came to the stage to sing his song 'Is He Worthy?' from his album, Resurrection Letters, Vol. 1. If you are unfamiliar with the song, it is a confession of call and response from the congregation. The song begins with an admission that we live in a broken world and we are compl...

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Eric Geiger’s 10 Commandments for College Students

Many of us have children that are headed back to college. Eric Geiger is one of my favorite authors and researchers. He sent out a list this past week that shows a practical use of the Ten Commandments for college students. I shared this with my daughters and thought I would share it with you. http://ericgeiger.com/2019/08/10-commandments-for-college-students/ By the...

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And we are off …

We broke ground for our new education building last Sunday. It was a wonderful evening or prayer, fellowship and celebration with delicious Handel's ice cream. Psalm 127:1-5 (ESV) 1Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. 2 It is in vain that you rise up early and go ...

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A Time to Rejoice

Ecclesiastes 3:1 'For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. It seems appropriate to acknowledge the wisdom literature of the scriptures as we celebrate our ground-breaking this Sunday evening. God is so good to us. The education ministry of Providence is a primary tool that we use to make disciples. Jesus instructed that Christians s...

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Work, Leadership and Making Disciples

I have been contemplating this past Sunday's sermon and I wonder if I made the connection between leadership and disciple making strong enough. I said that the call to make disciples automatically puts us into the 'leadership' category because we are leading others to Christ. Too often, the thought of making disciples is regulated to evangelism or an initial gospel prese...

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The Move is On!

This week marks a new challenge in the life of our church. First the good news: The portables are gone!!!! Second, the bad news, the portables are gone. That means over the next six to eight months all of our adult Sunday School classes and youth classes will be meeting in the sanctuary and all of our children's classes will be scattered throughout the main building. Our ...

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What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (from April 2019 through June 2019)

Allison, C. Fitzsimons Allison. Trust in an Age of Arrogance. Eugene, OR: Wipf Stock, 2010. Allison is the former Episcopal Bishop of the diocese of South Carolina. He is a rare conservative voice in the Episcopal Church USA (In fact, I am not sure he has remained within his own organization at this point). He has written only a few books. They appear maybe once ever...

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A Note From the Education Building Team

Presented by Barbara Ellen Smartt on behalf of the Education Building Team at the Quarterly Update on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Dear Church Family, Along with the written recommendation you have from the Education Building Team Committee we thought it might be helpful to make a quick summary statement as to how we got here today and how this proposed education space wit...

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Opening eyes and hearts to help the poor

In my sermon this past week, I said I would recommend some resources to assist you in the best ways to help the poor. Why do we keep doing the same wrong things over and over again? Why do we expect different results from using those same old methods? This is what we must be challenged in doing. I am going to recommend five books that will change the way you view the poor ...

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