January 2016 Newsletter

Pastor’s Column

            Ready or not, here I come! That’s the sound I hear coming from the year 2016. How about you, are you ready to launch into 2016? I don’t know if I can recall a year so filled with prospects for good and ill as is 2016. Two items demonstrate what I mean.
            First, the address for Leidy’s Church will change in 2016. Back in the 1960s our address changed from Rural Route 1, Souderton, to 276 W. Cherry Lane, Souderton. That change did not raise many eyebrows, nor did it stir many souls. Changing our address from 276 W. Cherry Lane to 273 W. Cherry Lane is a steed of a different hue! This change is not a mere matter of numbers and words of an address, but reflect an entirely different physical location and an entirely new building. This is a change that has lots of room for good and for ill.
            Second, our nation will elect a new president in 2016. Already in 2015 the political temperature rose several degrees and it will only rise more as 2016 rolls along. Both political parties have contested primary races that will culminate in political conventions. All that is only prelude to the general election which promises to be rigorously disputed and highly partisan, further demonstrating the divided character of our populace. Again, lots of room for good and ill.
            I find my soul careening between exhilarating anticipation, nerve-jangling anxiety, over-looming gloom, and confident expectation. Perhaps you can identify with me! In any event, we need to have some biblical truth to provide ballast as we go through these turbulent times, or, at least I do.
            How about if we start with some ballast for our nation? There’s a verse from Amos worthy of our consideration. The last part of Amos 6:6 says, Yet they have not grieved over the ruin of Joseph. [Note: Amos uses the name “Joseph” to refer to “Israel” in this particular verse.] The immediate context of this verse is the Lord’s denunciation of those who are at ease in Zion, folk who recline on beds of ivory . . . eat lambs from the flock . . . and anoint themselves with the finest of oils among other things. In other words, folk who are enjoying the good life and giving no attention to the spiritual and moral decay all around them.
            Those words from Amos 6:6 comfort me a great deal. By nature, I’m an optimistic person. Usually I can see the silver lining in every dark cloud. When it comes to our nation, however, the dark clouds can be overwhelming to me. It seems as though our nation is in a race to see how rapidly it can throw off all moral guidelines and embrace whatever is the latest and greatest debauchery that comes down the pike. And we’re winning the race!
            When I read Amos’s description of what life was like in Israel in his day he could be describing us! We’re not in Zion, but we are in our family rooms and on our couches enjoying unparalleled material prosperity. The U.S. is still the wealthiest, most productive, safest, and most desirable country in which to live. So how in the world can I get overwhelmed with those dark clouds?
            That’s where Amos comforts me. Through Amos God says not only is it appropriate to grieve over one’s land when society is going downhill rapidly, it is blameworthy not to grieve! We don’t have to ignore or pretend not to see what’s happening in our land; we can be honest in our appraisal and ask God to be merciful and change us. Our hope as a nation must be in the work of God among us.
            Even the coming presidential election can be used by God to bring issues before us that ordinarily we ignore or push aside – as we’ve already seen. That can be for good or for ill. Whomever is elected President is likely to appoint two or three Supreme Court justices during his or her first term. That can be for good or for ill.
            During 2016 let us not be like the folk in the days of Amos. They were a lot like the Roman emperor Nero, famous for fiddling while Rome burned. This is a time to grieve before God and ask Him to change the course of our land. What might such prayers look like? Here are some verses from Psalm 67 that provide insight and ballast for us:
            God be gracious to us and bless us, And cause His face to shine upon us – That Your way may be known on the earth, Your salvation among all nations . . . Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; For You will judge the peoples with uprightness, And guide the nations on the earth.
            With regard to our change of address, are you, like me, beginning to wonder if it will ever happen?! And when it does happen – as it surely shall in 2016 – what’s it going to be like? We don’t know for certain, the only sure thing is that it will be different from where we are now. The hymnals will be different. Instead of two services there will be only one. There will be a different organ, a different piano, and a different A/V system. There will be no multi-purpose room, rather a Fellowship Hall and a gymnasium. An elevator will be available.
            But it will still be Leidy’s Church. It will still be us. Will you think everything is fine and dandy? I suspect most of us will have some “Why did they do it this way?” and “How come I don’t see one of those?” types of moments. Or worse. That’s part of the “for ill” aspect I mentioned at the outset. Those little things can escalate into major disruptions.
            So I have some ballast for those sorts of storms. Here’s Colossians 3:12ff: So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Those verses make a great prayer to hold before the Lord on our behalf.
            On the first Sunday of July in 1985 I preached a sermon in which I said it did not matter to me if the congregation chose to paint the interior of the church in mint green and festoon it with silver dollar size polka dots of garish purple. I could live with that so long as we were faithful to the Scriptures, seeking to be led by the Holy Spirit, and committed to supporting and encouraging one another in the things of God. That is still true.
            It will be interesting to see where everyone “settles” in the new sanctuary. What will it be like to preach in there? Will the congregation be too far away or will I still be able to look folk in the eye? I’m excited and scared at the same time!
            Well, we cannot know all what God intends to do with us over at 273 W. Cherry Lane. We look forward to it, but we wonder if we’ll be up to it. Ah, we need a little more ballast to carry us through. Here’s the last verse of Psalm 138: The Lord will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
            May the Lord Jesus bless you and your household with a joyful, prosperous, and healthy 2016.
                                                                                    In the Joy of the Lord,
                                                                                    John H.C. Niederhaus

January Pulpit Schedule

3rd – Resolution(s) – Jeremiah 12:5; Micah 7:7,8; Mark 14:51,52; Acts 13:13
            It’s the first Sunday of the New Year, hence a good time to address New Year’s resolutions. All of us have experienced the sad disillusionment of failed resolutions made earlier with whole-hearted conviction. John Mark, the son of the Mary to whose home Peter went after the angel sprung him from prison, has similar problems. Also a cousin to Barnabas, John Mark accompanies Barnabas and Paul on their missionary endeavors. Except that he bails on them. He loses his resolution. John Mark is a fellow we can and should identify with. He’s a resolute man.
10th – A Grounded Gospel – 1 Corinthians 15:3-11; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Acts 13:14-43
            A major theological endeavor of the twentieth century was the demythologizing of the Bible, that is, figuring out what was myth and what was historical fact. Though a misguided effort from the outset, it remains a major force to be reckoned with. One doesn’t have to be a theologian, though, to set out on that quest. We’ve all heard folk near us question the historical accuracy of the Bible. Today we’ll hear the first recorded sermon of Paul in the NT. It is a message grounded in history. Like Peter, he’s not following cleverly devised tales about Jesus.
17th – The Gospel: Imminent Conflicts, Eternal Effects – Isaiah 49:1-7; 1 Cor. 1:17-25; Acts 13:44-52
            No one likes conflict, but conflict is inevitable. We live in a society where opinions and beliefs run the gamut from A to Z. Many of those beliefs are not consistent with biblical truth. As our present society turns further away from the truth of the Bible and replaces it with opinions and beliefs contrary to it, Christians should expect their witness for Jesus Christ will be contradicted. Today we will look at the Apostle Paul’s ministry. He too lived in time of imminent conflict with his contemporaries, and those conflicts had eternal effects.
24th – Gospel Turbulence – Psalm 67; 2 Timothy 3:10-17; Acts 14:1-20
            We tend to forget that one of the regular features of Paul’s apostolic ministry is his being run out of town on the threat of death. At Lystra his opponents think they have killed him. On the other hand, Paul and Barnabas are objects of adulation. It is only with difficulty that they are able to restrain the crowds from offering sacrifices to them, as though they were gods! Meteorological turbulence happens when weather fronts collide. When the gospel of Jesus Christ is introduced it results in spiritual, intellectual, and moral turbulence – whether in Paul’s day or in ours.
31st – An Environment for Growth – John 12:24-26; Romans 8:31-39; Acts 14:19-28
            The Church belongs to Jesus. He instituted it and ordained that there be elders to govern it. His desire is that we grow together as one body and continue in the faith. Our mission has a simple focus: to preach the gospel, and make disciples. But we live in a world of suffering, and a world of hostility toward the good news of Jesus Christ. We will be persecuted, and we will have trouble, but our sovereign God is totally in control of all things and will ensure that His Church grows and advances no matter how hostile her enemies. Today, we’ll see this in Paul’s ministry.

From the Youth Pastor

Happy New Fear!
            As 2015 comes to a close and we celebrate a new calendar year we can be tempted to do so with fear and anxiety. It’s fear of the “unknown” that is most prevalent, and maybe that’s why Jesus said, … do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. [Matthew 6:34] We shouldn’t worry about the next day of our life let alone the next year of our life. The Bible often says to “fear not” (74 times in NKJV), but at times I find it hard not to fear.
            I worry about 2016 being like 2015. Will it have the same shocking surprises? Will I physically/emotionally face a greater challenge that I did last February when I was diagnosed with glaucoma. I remember hearing the word “blindness” and it was emotionally crippling. What was more debilitating than blindness was the fear of becoming blind. Early on, after I heard the news, I just longed for sleep to escape. What happened then was that I had fear riddled nights. I spent hours awake and feeling alone. That was the great lie: that all this would lead to me being alone. I would sometimes wake Ann up from deep slumber just to tell her that I loved her, but really I was just terrified of the dark and needed someone. For me in those moments it was the fear of a possible permanent darkness that swarmed my heart and mind. This was an anxiety like I had never experienced before, and it caused an ache in me so strong that at times I couldn’t cry, I would groan and struggle to breathe naturally. Fear crippled me and left me gasping for breath. Over and over in my mind I would question: How would I provide? How would I parent? How would I pastor? Would I see my daughters’ weddings? Would I remember the face of my wife? How would I shave? How would I drive a car? How would I live when I feel like I’m dying?
            I was scared of the dark and I was gasping to breathe.
            The devil and his spiritual attack is often a mind game. Paul writes that our struggle is …against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. [Ephesians 6:12] I think the dark prince wants us to spend our present moments thinking and pondering possibilities that may never happen. For me last February was riddled with wasted days in dark that God had given me to live.
            As I reflect on 2015, it’s tragedies and triumphs, I realize God has graced me with one of the greatest years of my life thus far. He flips what was intended for evil and uses it for good. Because of the depth of wounding/suffering that I have gone through I now praise Him in a richer way. I have been able to drink deeply of His mercy. Instead of gasping to breathe (on my own and all alone) I’ve learnt how to live grasping for God. What cut through the fearful nights was the truth that a blind person can always see and touch Jesus. I now rest in the truth that I will always be able to grasp on to God, because He already was grasping me (even when I was blind to see it).
            Well I’m still scared of the dark and thoughts about “permanent blindness” can rise up every now again, but most of the time I choose not to think about what may not be a possibility. Today has enough reality for me to be concerned with, and I have enough light to take the next step in front of me today. [Psalm 119:105] I don’t need to waste today on what may never be, or waste time thinking about it before it comes to be! If a day of permanent physical blindness is what God has for me down the road, I will continue to grasp on to Him who will be my ever-present hope in that day. [Psalm 41:6] So, under God, I can’t faithfully live in the fear of a dark tomorrow and neither can you! Why? Because we get to live in the light of today. Blessings to you and yours. Amen.
                                                                                    In Christ,
                                                                                    Andrew Edmonds

Congregational Dinner & Business Meeting

            Last year we speculated the 2016 Congregational Dinner would take place at 273 W. Cherry Lane rather than 276 W. Cherry Lane. We were wrong! Instead, the annual Congregational Dinner and Business meeting takes place in our current Fellowship Hall on Saturday, January 9th. It begins at 6 pm with the dinner, and the business meeting follows. There will be childcare available during the business meeting for children under twelve years of age.
            Three major items are on the agenda for the business meeting. The first, of course, is to review all our finances for 2015, and then review the proposed budget for 2016. Dana Gehman will lead us through that process and, we trust, we will adopt a 2016 budget. A copy of the proposed budget will be posted on the narthex wall.
            The second major agenda item will be a review of the building project. Up-to-date financial data will be shared as well as construction progress. Time will be allotted for questions and answers. Someone has said that 90% of the effort is expended in completing the last 10% of any church building project. We’ll find out where our efforts are most needed.
            The third major agenda item is the revising of our Constitution. All of our members have received via mail a copy of the current Constitution and a copy of the revised version that is being proposed by Consistory and Spiritual Council. If you have misplaced your copy, extra copies may be obtained from the church office.
            Many folk are interested in what this article has yet to address: the menu for the dinner! Well, various groups are lobbying for their favorite candidate. Some are pushing for good old meat loaf and mashed potatoes. Others think ham is the way to go as it’s very easy to fix and eat. There are those who think a spaghetti and meat ball dinner would be a good change of pace. If you have an opinion, let Francis Weiss know since he’s the Consistory representative to the Kitchen Committee.
            Please fill out a registration form or call the church office to let us know you’re planning on attending.

Within the Fellowship

                        Congratulations to Dave & Maxine Parfitt at the dedication of their son, Atticus William Albert, and to Kevin & Crista Weber at the birth of a daughter, Shelby Madison.
            Our sincere Christian sympathy to John Niederhaus & family at the death of his mother, to Bill Benner & family at the death of his son, & to Jim Foote and Dave Reich at the death of their fathers. May God be with these families at this difficult time.
            On Sunday, December 20th we welcomed new members. They are: Barbara Frederick, Dave & Carol Lynn Mininger, James Mylin, & Stan & Joan Radcliff. Be sure to get to know these new members and make them feel a part of the Leidy’s Church family.

March for Life – Still a Necessity

            2015 will go down as a crucial year in our land with regard to the issue of life. The videos released by the Center for Medical Progress made the issue of abortion and the sale of body parts a feature of our national conversation. Individual consciences were brought back to reconsider exactly what takes place in an abortion. That was all to the good.
            Those videos demonstrate the necessity for ongoing, faithful events like the annual March for Life. With the nation’s conscience still tender from what those videos disclosed, the 2016 March for Life is an opportunity to reinforce the truth that God is the One who gives life and we ought not be so presumptuous as to think we have the prerogative to take such life away.
            As has been noted in previous Newsletters, Leidy’s Church will have a Perkiomen coach taking folk down to the March for Life. Cost is $12 per person and includes the Metro-Rail fare. Departure time is 6 am from our parking lot. The bus usually pulls back into the parking lot between 8:30 and 9 pm. The date for the 2016 March for Life is Friday, January 22nd.
            It was on January 22, 1973 that the infamous Roe v. Wade decision was handed down. Every year since then on January 22nd a growing cadre of faithful folk have marched for life in our nation’s capital. How about you – ready to take a day and march for life? We hope so.
            The sign-up sheet is on the narthex wall. Invite a friend or two to consider going also.

Doubling Your Dollars Report

            There’s good news to report and some challenging news to report on the Doubling Your Dollars front. Last month we reported that $34,095 had been received through the first three weeks of November towards the $200,000 matching challenge. The good news is that with one Sunday still to go in December that number has more than doubled. We’re right at $94,300 as this article is written. That’s the good news.
            The challenging news is that we still have a long ways to go to reach the $200,000 challenge! In fact, it seems pretty insurmountable at the moment. That’s why it’s good to remember two very important words that we find repeatedly in the Bible. Which words are they? These: But God . . . We can never rule out what God may do, whose heart He will touch, whose giving He will stimulate.
            The theme for this year’s Doubling Your Dollar campaign is Bringing It Down. That has reference to the anticipated mortgage. At the moment a mortgage of some $1.6 million is projected. We want to bring that number down. How far? To zero.
            By the way, Thank You to all the participants in the Doubling Your Dollars project. Certainly thanks to those who challenge us, but also hearty thanks to all who have responded to the challenge. Thanks be to God for His many blessings to us.

Women’s Sunday School

            The class which meets each Sunday in Room 19 will begin a study in January based on Lysa TerKeurst’s book entitled The Best Yes. The info posted at her web site concerning this topic states, “Are you living with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and aching with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul?” Lysa TerKeurst has learned that there is a big difference between saying yes to everyone and saying yes to God. In The Best Yes she will help you:
  • Cure the disease to please with a biblical understanding of the command to love.
  • Escape the guilt of disappointing others by learning the secret of the small no.
  • Overcome the agony of hard choices by embracing a wisdom based decision-    making process.
  • Rise above the rush of endless demands and discover your best yes today.
            All ladies are invited and welcome to attend. Please speak with Lorraine Kroesser if you have questions.

 

Ladies of Leidy’s

            The January meeting takes place on Tuesday, January 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the Conference Room. During the business portion of the meeting, plans will be discussed for the coming year as we welcome BJ Kulp as President for 2016.
            The featured program for January will be Joke Nite, a tradition started many years ago to start the coming year off with a shared laugh. All ladies are welcome to attend.

Keeping Up with Colleen

            Colleen Estes has been working with folk at Pikangikum for almost two decades now. Recently she sent out a newsletter highlighting some of the happenings up there this winter – yes, they are having winter in Pik!
            Among the many hats she wears, Colleen is the Sunday School taxi. Don’t tell anyone, but she has been known to get up to 20 kids at a time in her Suburban. Right now the Sunday School is averaging around 80 kids each week. Hooray!
            On Monday evenings she leads a Ladies Bible Study. It is an intergenerational event with moms, grandmas, high school students, and some in-betweeners attending. She says they have fun, but also are becoming good prayer warriors.
            Colleen is a good prayer warrior herself, and enlists others. Our Mission Committee was involved in an emergency prayer experience a month or so ago. A woman named Cynthia Quill, mother of 11, was hemorrhaging with no hope of being medivaced out – the weather simply would not permit it. Colleen sent out a prayer alert. Turned out Cynthia was transported out by police boat, then an ambulance on a minimum maintenance road, and finally on a Hercules plane. She received medical attention in Winnipeg and survived. It was miraculous.
            Colleen says to tell everyone thanks for the support and prayers she receives regularly from Leidy’s Church folk.

News from India

            Here are a couple of notes from church planting efforts in India. Please keep these matters as part of your prayer list.
  • The state of Odisha (formally known as Orissa) is known for its anti-Christian bias. Severe persecutions have taken place there in the past several years. Within the past month some of the persons involved in reaching one of the unreached people groups were targeted. Pulled from their homes, assaulted, and locked up for hours while being coerced to renounce their faith, they remained true to their confession. When released, they fled to the forests and hid for several days. Now they have returned to their homes, but are not permitted to hold worship services or draw water from local ponds. They live in fear.
  • In another locale the church planter – Mr. Daniel – began working in a village with about 2,000 tribal families. Due to opposition to Christianity, though, he could not conduct services on Sunday. He and his wife sold some gold jewelry they had acquired and were able to buy land located in a more remote place. Now they have over ten families joining them for worship, some of whom have taken the defining step of being baptized.
How might we pray? Here are some suggestion:
  •   That persecuted believers in Odisha/Orissa remain steadfast in the faith
  •   That current church planting workers will be protected and used by God
  •   That those who are violently opposed to Christianity would receive mercy from God
  •   That even those in remote and difficult areas would be reached with the gospel

Thinking Summer? Wait, Where’s Winter?

            As this article is being written – and it’s late in the month of December – according to Accu Weather the outside temperature in Souderton is 66! It’s hard to think of next summer when we’ve had no winter yet.
            Well, at the same time it was 66 in southeastern PA, it was 13 degrees in Pikangikum and an even 0 (that would be zero) in Sandy Lake. That means things are normal in the north country even if we’re a little mixed up in our part of PA.
            In order to avoid any further mix ups, we thought it would be good to let you know the proposed dates for the Stormer Lake Mission Trip in 2016. If all goes as planned, we would set out from Souderton on Thursday evening July 7th and return on Sunday the 17th of July. Now is the time to get your summer schedule set so that you’re free to head north at that time.
            Sign-ups for the SLMT ’16 do not begin until February, but now is the time to begin praying for, thinking about, and making arrangements for your participation in this mission outreach. It may feel like summer, but it really is winter, and time to think about summer plans.

First & Last!

            On January 16th the first Men’s Breakfast of 2016 will take place in the Fellowship Hall. It also is likely to be our last breakfast to take place in the Fellowship Hall. The starting time is 8 o’clock.
            Special speaker for the breakfast will be Gibson Largent. A native Oklahoman, Gibson grew up an unbeliever and progressed in his life to become an ardent atheist. But then God . . . got hold of him. He will explain how that happened and some of the consequences.
            In due time Gibson graduated from Southern Seminary in Louisville and became a church planting pastor within the Acts 29 network and the Southern Baptist Convention. Locally, he serves as Pastor of Ridgeline Community Church currently meeting in the Boys and Girls Club facility. Unfortunately, he’s still a fan of the Oklahoma Sooners.
            You know what to expect at a Leidy’s Church Men’s Breakfast: a good word from the Lord, good fellowship with other men, and good eatins! This event will meet your expectations.
            A sign-up sheet is on the Men’s Ministry board across from the drinking fountain. Or, talk to Dave Doran or Mario Guerreiro.

Consistory Notes

            The Consistory of Leidy’s Church met for the last time during the 2015 calendar year on December 9th. A lot of ground was covered, below is a summary of salient points.
  • Devotions were led by Dana Gehman who read the parable of the talents from Matt. 25. He reflected on the 54 years he’s been at Leidy’s Church, the expansion of the building, the growth of the congregation, and how God has abundantly poured out His blessings on this congregation. This led him to reflect on the new building. Are we burying our talent by putting it into materials that begin to deteriorate as soon as they’re in place? He thinks not. For we have spiritual goals. The two verses on the cornerstone of the new church encapsulate them: Jesus’ invitation to “Come unto Me, all that labor and are heavy laden,” and Jesus’ orders to “go . . . make disciples.” He closed by playing a hymn done by some Lee University students that had been the #1 downloaded song in all the nation recently. The song was Great is Thy Faithfulness.
  • Reviewed the proposed budget for 2016. The most uncertain part is the property section. We can only speculate on operating costs for the new facility. Likewise, we don’t know yet how much rental income our current facility will generate. Consequently, the property section does not reflect any income from the current facility and has an increase of $45,000. The final overall budget number is $1,024,483. To meet that budget will require a significant increase in giving.
  • Consistory officers for 2016 were elected: President – Glen Tyson; Vice President – Dave Walbrandt; Secretary – Stan Ott.
  • A brief overview of the building project indicated the most work remaining to be done is in the sanctuary. The finishing coat of macadam for the upper parking lot will not be installed until spring. At the moment, the anticipated mortgage amount is $1.6 million. An account has been established with the Univest Foundation for those who wish to contribute by giving stocks.
  • A Furnishings subcommittee is working on how to utilize the $80,000 in gifts given for that purpose. It is likely the amount given will not cover all that would be desired for the new building. Prioritization of items will allow these needs to be met over time.
  • A Donation subcommittee is working on a list of items that congregation members can contribute toward. Actual cost of most items has not been determined yet, so that will have to happen before the list is disseminated.
  • A Transition subcommittee is being formed under Francis Weiss’ leadership. Much needs to be done to determine what is being moved/transitioned over to the new facility, where it will go, and when it must or may be done. A complicated, heavy, and delicate task!
  • A Dedication Service subcommittee is working on details for that big day. Publicity and logistics are the committee’s current focus. They are thinking a Sunday in early April might be most feasible. Much remains to be determined.
  • The Care Committee had fifteen people helping with the float/display in this year’s Souderton Christmas parade. It was a good event.
  • In the midst of the meeting pizza and soda pop arrived! It was a welcome repast and done in recognition of John DiLenge’s six years of service on Consistory that conclude this month. Thanks John!
            After a time of directed intercessory prayer the meeting was adjourned by the unison praying of the Lord’s Prayer at 10:22 p.m.

The Westminster Larger Catechism

            We’re at the point in the Westminster Larger Catechism which deals with the exaltation of Christ. Last month (last year!) we ended with Christ’s exaltation in His resurrection. He also is exalted in His ascension. What comes about as a result of His exaltation? Read on!
What Man Ought to Believe Concerning God
            Question 53: How was Christ exalted in his ascension?
            Answer: Christ was exalted in his ascension, in that having after his resurrection often appeared to and conversed with his apostles, speaking to them of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God, and giving them commission to preach the gospel to all nations, forty days after his resurrection, he, in our nature, and as our head, triumphing over enemies, visibly went up into the highest heaven, there to receive gifts for men, to raise up our affections thither, and to prepare a place for us, where he himself is, and shall continue till his second coming at the end of the world.
            Question 54: How is Christ exalted in his sitting at the right hand of God?
            Answer: Christ is exalted in his sitting at the right hand of God, in that as God-man he is advanced to the highest favor with God the Father, with all fullness of joy, glory, and power over all things in heaven and earth; and does gather and defend his church, and subdue their enemies; furnishes his ministers and people with gifts and graces, and makes intercession for them.
            Question 55: How does Christ make intercession?
            Answer: Christ makes intercession, by his appearing in our nature continually before the Father in heaven, in the merit of his obedience and sacrifice on earth, declaring his will to have it applied to all believers; answering all accusations against them, and procuring for them quiet of conscience, notwithstanding daily failings, access with boldness to the throne of grace, and acceptance of their persons and services.
            Question 56: How is Christ to be exalted in his coming again to judge the world?
            Answer: Christ is to be exalted in his coming again to judge the world, in that he, who was unjustly judged and condemned by wicked men, shall come again at the last day in great power, and in the full manifestation of his own glory, and of His Father’s, with all his holy angels, with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, to judge the world in righteousness.
            Question 57: What benefits has Christ procured by his mediation?
            Answer: Christ, by his mediation, has procured redemption, with all other benefits of the covenant of grace.
            Question 58: How do we come to be made partakers of the benefits which Christ has procured?
            Answer: We are made partakers of the benefits which Christ has procured, by the application of them to us, which is the work especially of the Holy Spirit.
            Question 59: Who are made partakers of redemption through Christ?
            Answer: Redemption is certainly applied, and effectually communicated, to all those for whom Christ has purchased it; who are in time by the Holy Spirit enabled to believe in Christ according to the gospel.

January Ministries

Lay Visitors:
3rd       Donna Moyer
10th     Bill & Wynne Parfitt
17th     Lori Maxwell
24th     Miriam Weigner
31st      Velva Stevenson
Tape Ministry:                        
3rd       Diane Weber
10th     Donna Weiss
17th     Mim Weigner
24th     Shirley Clemens
31st      Sandy Cressman
Greeters                     8:00                                                       10:45
3rd                   Gail Constanzer, Sandra Cressman        Sherman & Karen Focht
10th                 Andrew & Gwen Damiani                         Jim & Ginna Foote
17th                 John & Tara DiLenge                                 David & Vicki Freed
24th                 Barb DiLucia, Mabel Eisenhauer            George & Donna Frueh
31st                  Dave & Adine Doran                                   Leroy & Diane Gehman
Ushers:
8:00   Dave Doran, Captain; Jeremiah Rizzo, Ben Smith, Tim Leidy, Jim Kinney, Phil Shafer.
10:45    Ed Schmidt, Captain; John Caserta, Dave Freed, Derek Freed, Jimmy Mylin, Chris Tawney.
The A/V Booth technicians for January are Curt Lockman, Mario Guerreiro.
The Emergency Committee for January is Joe Sciacca.