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September 22, 2017 - The Cupola Express

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Whose voice(s) do you listen to in your life?  Is it a spouse?  Is it a parent?  Maybe it’s a friend or even better, a pastor! What kind of power do they have in your life?  More importantly do they lead you towards Christ or away from him?  As we continue our study in Colossians, we look at Colossians 2:16-19, where the Apostle Paul is challenging the voices the Colossians have been listening to.  Voices that have led them away from the truth of the gospel to a false one.  We’ll see how Christ is both the substance of the Christian faith (not legalism) and the source of growth in the Christian life (not mysticism). 

Reading: Colossians 2:16-19, Hebrews 10:1-10, Ephesians 4:11-16 and Westminster Shorter Catechism #33, #36.

As we gather to worship our Savior, we will join our hearts in song, singing the Hymn of Praise “I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art”, the Acclamation of Praise “My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less”, and the Hymn of Response “In Christ Alone”.  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!

If you’re going to be out of town this Sunday, let me encourage you to listen to the sermon online (usually posted by Monday afternoon) or you can download the REPC podcast, which will be delivered to your mobile device.


Announcements

SEPTEMBER 26 – DAWN PATROL

Join us this Tuesday, September 26th at 6:30 am in the Fellowship Hall for Dawn Patrol Men’s Bible Study.  We are studying the book of Hebrews where we learn to run with endurance while looking to Jesus!  Breakfast and coffee will be provided.

SEPTEMBER 27 – RIVERMONT FELLOWSHIP NIGHT

Rivermont Fellowship Night is our midweek gathering where we enjoy fellowship and experience growth in Christ.  Cost for the meal is $5 per person (9 and older); $3 for children (8 and under) with a maximum cost to a family of $22.  The menu for September 27th is Sloppy Joe's.  Make your reservations online atwww.rivermont.org, fill out the re

servation 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, September 25th.


Information

SUNDAY SCHOOL SWITCH!

Starting this Sunday, September 24, the “Why The Reformation Still Matters and the “Acts” Sunday School classes will be switching places. 

“Why The Reformation Still Matters” will meet in the Chapel and “Acts” will meet in Room 206.

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

Mark your calendar now for our annual blood drive which will be held on Tuesday, November 14th from 12:00 - 6:00 pm right here at REPC! 

60 PLUS/MINUS PROGRAM

Our 60+- program, which will be held on October 18th at 12:00 pm, will be on Reformation 500!  REPC members and friends commemorated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by traveling this June to sites made famous by Reformers Martin Luther and John Calvin.  Bruce Bell, who led the Reformation tour, will share some of the highlights of the Reformation, its causes and effects, and what it means to us Reformed believers today.  Margaret Smith will share her photos from the trip.

60 plus/minus is a program for all church seniors and visitors!  You are invited the third Wednesday of each month for fabulous food, fun and fellowship. The luncheons begin at noon in the Fellowship Hall, followed by a variety of interesting and informative programs by members of the church or community. Program titles include: What's New in Space, Bats-Be Aware, Being a POW in Vietnam, K-9 Dogs (along with a canine), Living on a Submarine. Each luncheon provides opportunity to visit with our pastors and friends as well as meet and make new friends. This is the fun-loving group - guaranteed! 

Make sure to call and reserve your spot for the 60+- program and luncheon no later than Monday, October 16th by noon.

 

YOUTH NEWS

SNL: All 7th-12th grade students are invited to Peaks View Park tonight for a special Ultimate Frisbee SaturdayNight Lights! We will meet at 5:30 pm at the tennis court entrance and we’ll play until 7 pm. 

636: All high school girls are invited for a time of early morning fellowship this Tuesday, September 26th. 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, September 27th, at 6:30 pm in the Quinlan Room. 

CLUB 56

Why are events that happened 500 years ago so important to me and you today? Come and find out at Club 56 this Wednesday, September 27th, 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!

FOOD DRIIVE

We are having a food drive for the month of September to replenish the food pantry. Please bring non-perishable food items (with expiration date of one year or less) and place them in the bins located in the Church near the Library or downstairs near the Fellowship Hall.  The following items are needed:  peanut butter, jelly, canned vegetables, canned soups, canned fruit, macaroni and cheese, canned tuna or canned chicken, crackers, cereal, pasta sauce, snacks for children such as fruit cups, small bags of chips, etc.  Thank you for supporting this Program.

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!

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Save the date for VBS!  June 25th – 29th, 2018!  The theme will be "The King Is Coming" with Great Commission Publications.  You may go to gcp.org to see the peek preview for our week!

ATTENTION PARENTS OF STRING PLAYERS

We are planning for our Rivermont Youth String Players to participate in a special prelude and postlude at our Hanging of the Greens service that will take place on Sunday evening, December 3rd. Ginger Paris will be leading the group.  If you are the parent of a youth who plays the violin, viola, or cello and is interested in participating, please contact Peggy Bettcher at peggy@rivermont.org.  All ages and levels are welcome!