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October 20, 2017 - Cupola Express

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Preparing for the Lord's Day

Union with Christ is short hand for describing the relationship that Christians have with their savior. It means that we have been so joined to Christ that we have a new identity, that we have been forgiven and that we have spiritual life that all flows from our Savior.  As a result of this union, whatever Christ does, affects us.  If He dies, we die.  If He lives, we live.  If He is blessed, we are blessed.  If He has been raised, we too will be raised.  Everything that Jesus does has a direct effect on the life of a Christian. This week, we will conclude our three-week study of union with Christ as found in Colossians 3:1-4.  Our focus will be our union with Christ in His future work, namely our union with Christ at His second coming.  To come prepared for the sermon, take time this week to read and to meditate upon Colossians 3:1-4, 1 John 3:1-3, Ephesians 5:27 and Westminster Confession of Faith 32.2-3. 

As we gather to worship our Coming Lord, we will join our hearts in song, singing the Hymn of Praise “All Creatures of Our God and King”, the Acclamation of Praise “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less”, and the Hymn of Response “The Sands of Time Are Sinking”.  Let us come to worship this Sunday prepared to hear God’s Word, to receive it in faith, to love and treasure it in our hearts, and to practice it in our lives that we may continue to glorify and enjoy Him!


Announcements

OCTOBER 25 – RIVERMONT FELLOWSHIP NIGHT

The menu for our RFN dinner on October 25th is Teriyaki Chicken.  Make your reservations online, fill out the reservation card and place it in the offering plate, email donna@rivermont.org, or call the church office: 846-3441.  Reservations are mandatory and should be made by noon on Monday, October 23rd.


Information

YOUTH NEWS

SNL: All 7th – 12th grade students are invited to Peaks View Park on October 22nd for a special Ultimate Frisbee Sunday Night Live!  We will meet at 5:00 pm at the tennis court entrance and we’ll play until 6:30 pm.

636: All high school girls are invited for a time of early morning fellowship this Tuesday, October 24th. The girls will join Ciera at Panera on Old Forest Road at 6:36 am. See you there!

RFN:  Come out and hear how Elijah and Elisha, biblical prophets and men of God, faced the same pressures and weaknesses we do, this Wednesday, October 25th, at 6:30 pm in the Quinlan Room.

CLUB 56

Club 56 RFN:  Join us  at Club 56 this Wednesday, October 25th, at 6:30 pm in the Club 56 Room as we learn about “The Five Solas of the Reformation” and five courageous men who stood up for the Gospel they believed in!

Reformation Party: Our study of the Reformation will culminate in a party on Saturday, October 28th!  All 5thand 6th grade students are invited and encouraged to dress up as a reformer or other historical figure.  We will have Reformation-themed games and snacks and the event will take place from 2:00 - 5:00 pm in the REPC Fellowship Hall.

REFORMATION MOVIE NIGHT

Come join us on Saturday, November 4th at 7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall to see the beginnings of the Reformation through the story of Martin Luther.  We will watch the 2003 movie "Luther".  This movie is rated PG-13, (language and violence) so use viewer discretion.

TWENTY SOMETHINGS

Twenty Somethings will gather every 2nd and 4th Sunday in Country Gardens behind the church.  We are studying a video series called For the Life of the World, learning how God wants to shape us and use us as a life-giving influence in the broader culture.

REFORMATION MOVIE NIGHT 

Come join us on Saturday, November 4th at 7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall to see the beginnings of the Reformation through the story of Martin Luther.  We will watch the 2003 movie "Luther".  This movie is rated PG-13, (language and violence) so use discretion as to who comes.

SAVE THE DATE:  ANNUAL THANKSGIVING COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Join members from other No Walls partner churches for a joint worship service and dinner on Sunday, November 12th at All Nations Community Church at 5:00 pm.  David Weber will be preaching at the worship service.

PRAISE AND PREPARATION

We praise God that Mike Palombo and Shane Whelan are approaching ordination and Pastor Weber will soon be installed as our Senior Pastor.  In preparation for a tremendous celebration for our church, look forward to a full day of worship and fellowship on Reformation Sunday, October 29th. Beyond the blessings of morning worship, we’ll enjoy a reception in the afternoon (4:00-5:45 pm), and three of our ministry partners will be ordained and/or installed during worship at 6:00 pm.  Please be in prayer and mark your calendars!

ORGAN CHAMBER WALL REPAIR

A group of dedicated members and specialists have been testing the integrity of the organ chamber wall.  The consensus of the team is that repairs on the inner chamber wall will be complete by mid-October.  Lord willing, the organ will be ready for service by Reformation Sunday (October 29)!  A final phase of repair will include the architectural rebuild of the outer brick wall and Nursery Commons entrance.  We're praying that we’ll be done in early January.

FLOWER CALENDAR

For those who wish to donate flowers for the Sanctuary, please sign up on the bulletin board beside the Library.  If you have a special date in mind, be sure to place your name by your preferred date while it is available!

ANNUAL RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE

It's almost time for our annual blood drive and we need volunteers! If you would like to help, please contact Alisha Meador at alisha.meador@gmail.com or call 434-426-0787.

The Red Cross is always in need of blood donations, and they can, quite literally, save a life!  Mark your calendars for the afternoon of November 14th. Sign up after the service on October 22nd, or go online athttp://www.redcrossblood.org/rcbmobile/drive/chooseDonationTime.jsp.