The Bible can be a disconcertingly abrupt and frank book. It says things we would not say in polite society. Pat and I experienced this recently during our morning devotional reading. One of the assigned texts to read that day was Ephesians 4:17-24. At verse 18 we stopped for a moment, stunned at what the verse said: . . . excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them.
It is not usual for Pat or for me or for you to describe other people as “ignorant.” At least, that’s my suspicion. We may call them stubborn or rebellious or wacky or wrong-headed or you name it. Rarely do we call someone ignorant. Hence, we were shocked by that verse – even though we’ve surely read it hundreds of times.
The context of the verse is Paul telling the Christian community in Ephesus (and in Pennsylvania and in California and in Indiana and in all parts of the world) not to think and act like non-Jewish people. That’s right, not just non-Christian, but non-Jewish. Why is that?
Because the Jews are the ethnic group chosen by God to be the recipients of – and therefore the announcers of and bearers of – God’s Word. That Word came in the form of Law, Prophecy, and Wisdom Writings. You and I call those books the Old Testament. They tell how the universe came into existence; how we humans came into existence; what the rules for conduct are in this world; how the world came to be the way it is; and what the great promise of God is. Indeed, the great promise of God is so great and so unique that, as Jesus told the woman at the well in John 4:22, . . . salvation is from the Jews.
According to Ephesians 4:18 this ignorance is not a matter of small concern, but of great concern. Why? Because it’s an ignorance that causes non-Jewish people to be excluded from the life of God. That’s pretty severe! That means they’re excluded from salvation. That’s terminal ignorance. Hence, a confirmation of what Jesus told the woman at the well.
Without God’s Word humans can come up with all sorts of ways of thinking and doing, that is, of philosophies and ethics. And the history of the world demonstrates we’ve done just that! Peoples have worshiped animals and astronomical objects and a host of man-made idols. Peoples have justified child sacrifice and genocidal murder and stealing as much as one can get away with. All because they do not have God’s Word.
Ambrose Bierce was a life-long agnostic. Born in 1842 with family roots in America stretching back to the 1640s, he became a world-renown writer, cultural wit, and societal critic. He did not aspire to be a godly man, nor did he inspire godly thoughts. He was a bit like a 19th century Christopher Hitchens. But like Hitchens, he had some perspicacious insights that cut to the heart of the human dilemma. One of his works was titled The Devil’s Dictionary. Here’s his definition for Satan:
Satan, n. One of the Creator’s lamentable mistakes . . . instated as an
archangel, Satan made himself multifariously objectionable and was
finally expelled from Heaven. Halfway in his descent he paused, bent
his head in thought a moment, and at last went back. “There is one favor
that I should like to ask,” said he.
“Man, I understand, is about to be created. He will need laws.”
“What, wretch! you his appointed adversary, charged from the dawn of
eternity with hatred of his soul – you ask for the right to make his laws?”
“Pardon; what I have to ask is that he be permitted to make them himself.”
It was so ordered.
While there are some inaccuracies in the scene Bierce depicts, the definition does shed light on the darkness that covers the non-Jewish peoples of the world.
They make their own laws.
In so doing they delight the devil. It is as he would have it. Chaos, oppression, wretchedness, violence, corruption, hatred, exploitation, deception, betrayal, and a multitude of similarly evil outcomes ensue. Such is inevitable when people do not have the Word of God. There is a deep, dismal ignorance that overshadows them excluding them from the life of God.
As Pat and I read and reflected on Ephesians 4:18 we could not but think of our own land and culture. There is a vast and growing ignorance of God and His Word in our land. It is evidenced by the news we hear, by the entertainment we choose, by the laws we enact, by the behaviors we endorse, by the obvious errors we embrace.
This began as a turning from and denying of God and His Word, but it has become an ignorance of God and His Word. Bierce has another definition that seems apt. Here’s how The Devil’s Dictionary defines “conservative” and in so doing also defines “liberal:”
Conservative, n. A statesman [read “citizen”] who is enamored of existing evils,
as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.
We call “conservative” those who want to keep up the existing evils, while “liberals” want even more decadent and exotic evils! Bierce nailed it.
But what does God want? He doesn’t want “conservative” keeping of the status quo, nor does He desire “liberal” progressivism. God wants repentance and restoration. He wants us to turn back to Him and seek to have His Word order the way we think and the way we live. Here’s how Paul describes it in Ephesians 4:22-24: . . . lay aside the old man which is being corrupted . . . be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new man . . . created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
Thanks be to God that He calls us to truth rather than ignorance. And He provides the means for it to happen:
The law of the Lord is perfecting, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. [Psalm 19:7,8]
As we enter the season of Thanksgiving, let us thank God for the light-giving and life-giving gift of His Word. May we feast on it this season and each season of the year.
In the Joy of the Lord,
John H.C. Niederhaus
November Pulpit Schedule
5th – Identity Crises – Matthew 16:13-20; Luke 22:31-34, 54-62; 2 Peter 1:1
This Lord’s Day we will begin working our way through Second Peter. Written just prior to his rapidly approaching martyrdom, it is the last word we have from this man Jesus called a rock of the Church. Peter had repeated identity crises in the course of his life. While Jesus called him a rock, Jesus also said called him Satan and said Peter would deny knowing Him. Jesus also told Peter Satan was out to get him. Finally, Jesus repeatedly asked Peter if he loved Him. At the end of his life, how does Peter identify himself: with a bold humility that comes from true faith.
12th – Promises – Luke 12:22-34; Hebrews 11:23-29; 2 Peter 1:2-4
There is a great contest that goes on all the time in all the world around us. It is a contest between promises: which will we believe? Moses grew up in royal splendor as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He had the promise of the treasures of Egypt at his disposal. In the end, he turned aside from all that for better promises. In much the same way, the apostle Peter exhorts the early church to be aware of the precious and magnificent promises that reveal the love and care of God and the Lord Jesus. It’s those promises that bring deliverance from worldly lusts.
19th – Useful and Fruitful – Deuteronomy 34:4-7; Matthew 7:15-20; 2 Peter 1:5-8
Have you ever intentionally thought it would be best if you were useless and unfruitful? While this is an odd question, the answer is generally straightforward. People tend to want to be useful and fruitful. People tend to want their lives to have some consequence. Peter discusses how Christians might grow in their faith so that they would not be useless and unfruitful. He helps us understand the relationships between our being called by God, our efforts, and our fruitfulness in life. Let us then make every effort powered by the Spirit toward fruitfulness!
22nd – Eyes Wide Open – Psalm 119:1-8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-10; 2 Peter 1:9-11
One thing we want to have as we approach Thanksgiving is eyes wide open to the work of God. Without wide open eyes in that regard, on what basis can we give thanks to God? We should be aware of God’s work in our lives. There are means by which we can measure ourselves to see if He is indeed working; or, if we’re following Him as faithfully as we ought. Peter indicates not to do so is to be woefully short-sighted. We’re not called to compare ourselves with anyone, but we are called to compare ourselves with ourselves. Are we changing?
26th – Leaving a Legacy – Deuteronomy 4:9-14; Philippians 1:3-11; 2 Peter 1:12-15
Moses, Peter, and Paul. We know those names. Each was an outstanding man of God in his day. We know something of the lives they lived. In the course of those lives each had ample experiences of human failure – failures on their own part and failures on the part of others. As each faces the fact that his death will be sooner rather than later, each has the same impulse: leave a legacy. They were not looking for places to be named after them, or for statues to be erected in their memory. Nope, what they wanted was a living legacy in the lives of others.
From the Pastor to Youth & Children
The B-I-B-L-E. Yes, that’s the book for me.
I stand alone on the Word of God, the B-I-B-L-E.
This instantly recognizable lyric is one of my favorites. Perhaps because I am not much of a singer, I love the brevity. More than that, I love the clarity of the message. I will stand on the Word of God, and I will not stand on anything else.
This simple verse communicates a seemingly simple message. Sadly, it is one that our world has rejected. From the time of Adam and Eve we humans have consistently not stood alone on the Word of God; instead, we have listened to nearly every other word from every other being.
The result for Adam and Eve and their descendants [us!] was that sin entered the world and death came with it. When we continue not following the Word of God, sin increases in us. Just as previous generations have found ways to reject the Word of God, so too the current age seems hell-bent on denying the truth of the Scriptures. The world around us describes the Bible with words like outdated, culturally insensitive, and myth. In truth the Bible is none of these things. The Bible is the very Word of God and we need to listen to it.
In the first Psalm the Word of God is described in significantly different ways than our world describes it. What’s described is what happens in the life of an individual who mediates on the Law of God: He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither, and in whatever he does, he prospers. The Bible is not a myth or outdated. The Bible is the source of life for the Christian who meditates upon it.
This does not mean that Christians are to worship the Bible. This does mean that in the pages of the Scripture, the Lord has revealed Himself and His will. As a result, when we go to meditate upon the pages of Scripture we learn about the God who created all things from nothing, about the God who redeemed His people from the power of sin and death, and about how we can grow in our personal relationship with God.
Studying upon the Word of God is not popular, and it is not easy. Again, this world has continually rejected the Word of God from the very beginning. In our centers of higher learning, there are all kinds of -isms taught which deny the truth of the Bible and deny the existence of God. As Christians, we need to realize that the same God who created all things from nothing also revealed Himself in the Scriptures. This means that we do not need to fear. Instead, when we are confronted with ideas and individuals that do not accept the Word of God, we need to lovingly engage with them. Though we might have to work through very complicated ideas to communicate the truth of God’s Word to unbelievers, we will be successful by God’s grace.
As we continually meditate upon God’s Word, we will find answers for those who deny the truths of the Scriptures. We might find at the end of the day that we finish right where we began: namely, singing,
The B-I-B-L-E. Yes, that’s the book for me.
I stand alone on the Word of God, the B-I-B-L-E.
To the Praise of His Glory,
In Case You’re Wondering – the Answer is “Yes”
Even in case you’re not wondering, the answer still is “yes.” Yes, we are having a Doubling Your Dollars challenge in 2017. The challenge amount is $150,000. The timeframe is November and December. The focus is the Leidy’s Church Building Fund. The result is that every dollar given to the Building Fund in November and December will be matched until we max out the $150,000 challenge.
This will mark the 26th consecutive year of a Doubling Your Dollars challenge. It was 1991 when the first challenge came. It was in the amount of $15,000. At that time we had a mortgage of about $900,000. We had just finished a building project that included a Fellowship Hall, a brand new spacious kitchen, new classrooms, moving the parsonage to a new location, a new office suite, and a fancy but functional Conference Room. Our monthly mortgage payment was $9,650 on a 15 year mortgage.
Over the course of these 26 years a total of $1,340,500 has been put forward in challenge dollars. The challenge wasn’t met every year, but it was met the vast majority of the years. And there were years when the challenge was met and then some!
What a blessing this has been. Every segment of our congregation was challenged, from children and youth to families to folk on fixed incomes. And all responded to the challenge. Our thoughts were shifted from how daunting our mortgage seemed to how we were going to help bring it down rapidly. And it did come down rapidly; it was paid off in less than half the time allotted.
When we began the most recent building project our projected mortgage was in the $3 million dollar range. When we took occupation of the building our mortgage was less than half that amount. Doubling Your Dollars challenges were crucial in making that happen.
We still have a mortgage. Right now it is $893,965. We would be glad if it disappeared sooner rather than later! This brings us back to this year’s Doubling Your Dollars challenge. Our mortgage will not disappear by magic, but by the faithful giving of all segments of our congregation. Each nickel gift is helpful and each thousand dollar gift is helpful.
Yes, we’ve got a challenge, thanks to faithful visionaries who also are very generous! Ask the Lord Jesus how you might help us meet this challenge this year.
Hallelujah, Not This Year!
It was just one year ago that all the turbulence of one of the most raucous election cycles in history was playing out. Not this year, though. Tuesday, November 7th is the date for this year’s election and it promises to be much calmer. But do note the date and get out to vote.
Leidy’s Church is a polling place for two precincts, so precedence will be given to voters on that day. The Fellowship Hall and the Kitchen areas are reserved for voting and voting preparations from mid afternoon on Monday the 6th through the closing of the polls and tabulation of the results on the 7th.
If you’re at the church during voting hours on the 7th, please park farther away in our parking lot so those who come to vote have access to the closest and most convenient parking slots.
Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
Are you thankful? To whom are you thankful? For what are you thankful? Our Thanksgiving Eve service of worship is for those folk who have good reason to give thanks, know such to be the case, and are intent on doing so in a corporate service of worship. If you are among those folk, then you are invited to come to Leidy’s Church on Thanksgiving Eve to join in giving thanks to God. The service of worship begins at 7 pm.
At that service of worship, traditional songs appropriate to Thanksgiving Day will be sung, some stirring testimonies will be shared, prayers of gratitude and intercession will be lifted to Almighty God, and the gospel of Jesus Christ will be heard.
Ordinarily this is one of the more informal services we have during the course of a year, but it is a good and solemn and joyful service nonetheless. The intent is to have folk on their respective ways by 8:00 so that everyone has plenty of time to go home and get ready for the big events scheduled for the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving Day.
As the article title states it, Come, Ye Thankful People, Come.
Craft & Gift Show
Before you stuff yourself at Thanksgiving or hit the crowds at the mall, come and explore all the unique gifts at our Christmas Craft & Gift sale on Saturday, November 18th from 9-2. There will be lots of homemade goods and crafts for anyone on your gift list. Even if your shopping is done by then . . . Come out and show support for our vendors and enjoy lunch and baked goods from the famous Ladies of Leidy’s bakers!
Zion Choral Concert
It’s another first time event for Leidy’s Church. Zion Choral Society will be presenting one of their masterful musical concerts in our sanctuary. The date is Sunday, November 12th. Starting time is 3 pm, but you may want to get here a good bit earlier to get a seat. In fact, prelude music featuring organ and piano will begin at 2:30.
Zion Choral Society is a 120 voice choir made up of men and women, young and old, from a variety of denominations, but all of whom delight in singing praises to God. Their concerts are intended to be worship experiences and will include some congregational singing.
There is no charge to attend the concert, but a free will offering will be taken. Invite someone to come with you and come to delight in the greatness of God and the salvation He’s provided through the Lord Jesus.
New Members to be Received
Leidy’s Church will be receiving new members soon. Those who have been through the Inquirer’s Class recently – that is within the past couple of years – and would like to join the congregation officially, should contact the church office and/or Pastor Niederhaus.
The date for receiving new members is November 19th. If you have questions, please speak with Pastor Niederhaus.
Operation Christmas Child
A project sponsored by the Mission Committee [but really the labor of love by Velva and Ken Stevenson] is the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes through Samaritan’s Purse. Boxes are available in the entryway and on a special display table in the narthex. Just pick a box, take it home, fill it, and bring it back.
Inside each box is a label where you can indicate if your box is for a boy or a girl. That same label allows you to designate the age range for which the contents are intended, from 2 to 4 years old, 5 to 9 years old, or 10 to 14 years old. On that same table where you get the boxes, you’ll find gift suggestion lists and other helpful and informative materials.
The shoeboxes represent more than encouragement and good wishes. They become gospel opportunities that open doors to share the love of Jesus Christ. Though we don’t know exactly where our shoeboxes will go, Samaritan’s Purse shoeboxes will be shared with children and their family all around the globe and may be the only Christmas they receive.
All shoeboxes need to be returned no later than November 11th so don’t delay. And thank you for sharing Christ’s love by providing a shoebox.
Ladies of Leidy’s
All ladies of the congregation . . . Please join us at our next Ladies of Leidy’s meeting on Tuesday, November 7th at 7pm. We look forward to hearing from Ted and Wanda Brunner. They will speak to us regarding their work for and with FCA. Come hear what FCA is doing in our area. There is always lots to talk about at our business meeting that will follow.”
Symphonic Music Returns
On Saturday, December 16th, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Family Holiday Concert at Leidy’s Church. Starting time is 3 pm and tickets may be purchased in advance at www.spso.info.
Last year was the symphony’s first indoor concert in the Souderton area. It was held in our Fellowship Hall. This year the concert will take place in our sanctuary under the direction of Allan R. Scott.
This year will feature lots of Tchaikovsky music including Nutcracker selections. Also in the repertoire will be I’ll be Home for Christmas, A Canadian Brass Christmas, and lots more season favorites. Need more info? See Bob Bugge.
On Sunday, December 3rd, all members and friends of Leidy’s Church are invited to the annual Advent workshop sponsored by Ladies of Leidy’s. This is a family-friendly event, with different crafts being offered for all age and skill levels, followed by a shared meal of pizza and beverages. We ask each family that attends to bring a dessert to share.
Sometime in November a display table will be outside the Fellowship Hall with sample crafts and sign-up sheets. We ask that parents be sure the craft their child signs up to make is suitable for their age bracket. Those who are not “crafty” are welcome to sign up to share the meal. Helpers are always needed to assist the children with their projects.
Report from Mahiga Orphanage in Kenya
Through Chariots for Hope, Leidy’s Church helps support the ministry of the Mahiga Orphanage in Kenya. Here’s part of what is happening over there.
There were two sibling groups that were rescued into the home. The five Mwangi siblings came to Mahiga at the beginning of this year after their mom was imprisoned for drugs and their dad disappeared. They have adjusted well and needed to be officially part of the home so the orphanage could find a sponsor for them.
The three Wangui children were living alone after their mom abandoned them. She was a single mother who was renting a small room in town for them to live. When she was behind on rent, the landlord took off the lock and a piece of the roof to motivate her to pay, instead she disappeared. The names of the Mwangi children are: Charity, Jane, David, James, and John. The names of the Wangui children are: Salome, Esther, and Gerald.
A more difficult situation involved a student named James Wangechi. He has been a student at the Salvation Army School for the Blind while living at Mahiga. In addition to his blindness, he has some intellectual disabilities. The school asked him to leave after he made threats to do damage at the school. This happened after he made it clear that he did not want to be in school and learning anymore. In addition, it turns out he was sexually abused when younger, prior to going to Mahiga. He may have begun to do similar things to young boys at the school which is why he can no longer be there. He now is living with his grandfather where he is safe. David Mbigua, the Manager of Mahiga, has set up counseling for James. David is very committed to providing whatever care is needed for him to help him heal from the trauma of his past and making sure he is not a danger to himself or others.
We are encouraged to pray for James as he has a difficult road ahead of him. Likewise, we can thank God for the two groups of siblings who have found a haven at Mahiga and ask the Lord Jesus to help them adjust and be blessed in their new home.
Meet Me in Mahiga
Chariots for Hope is inviting a team of folk from Leidy’s Church to travel with them to Mahiga Orphanage in Kenya during March of 2018. The occasion is the dedication of a new dormitory. Departure date is March 20th and the return date is March 30th.
This is an opportunity to see and experience the work taking place at Mahiga, particularly to meet the children and staff of the orphanage. Four full days would be spent at Mahiga, including Sunday, March 25th, when the dedication takes place. Those who go will be able to choose from a variety of activities at the orphanage, from soccer to crafts to reading stories to hanging out.
The trip will conclude with a day and half of wild game driving/viewing with the Sweet Water Safari personnel.
Sound interesting, intriguing? Contact the church office or Pastor Niederhaus for more information.
Cookie Market Back in Business
The Leidy’s Church Cookie Market is the name given to the fund-raising arm of the Leidy’s Church Construction Crew [LCCC]. The Cookie Market takes place in December, but you may want to make some cookies over Thanksgiving and freeze them for December.
The dates for this annual fund-raiser are Friday afternoon December 15 and Saturday morning December 16. It all takes place on the gymnasium level of Leidy’s church. Cookies, breads, and assorted baked goods will be available to purchase for your Christmas celebrations.
The monies raised this way will help send the crew out on their next mission trip – the destination of which has yet to be decided.
So, the LCCC is asking the church family, both at Leidy’s and beyond, to whip up a dozen (or a dozen dozens) of their favorite holiday cookies and baked goods and bring them into Leidy’s Church just before or on the days of the market.
A sign up sheet will be provided in the Narthex so the LCCC guys will have some idea of how much to expect. As always, though, last minute contributions are appreciated as well since cookie inventory tends to run low by Saturday morning. Hence, reinforcements on the second day are welcomed.
The crew also will be looking for volunteers to staff the event on the same sign up sheet. Please spread the word about the event throughout your various spheres of influence as well!
Within the Fellowship
Congratulations to Shaun and Meghann Permar at the baptism of their daughter, Ava Grace, to Alex and Ally Hager at the dedication of their daughter, Navi Mae, and to Justin and Chrissie Lockman at the dedication of their son Felix James. May God be with them as they grow in Him.
Congratulations to Dustin and Ashley Doran at the birth of a son, Haven Joseph. May God be with them as they grow in Him.
Congratulations to Richard and Shirley (Clemens) Hedrick who were united in Christian marriage. May God be with them as they begin their life together in Him.
How Busy Would Jesus Be?
By Jerri Thompson
Things to do abound at Leidy’s Church. For the Thompson family we could do something nearly every day of the week. We all come to Sunday morning worship. The youth have weekly functions on Sunday evenings and Tuesday evenings. Monday nights is a women’s Bible study that Jerri attended one summer. Every Wednesday the youth could help out at iBlast, and Ruth often does the weekly choir practice. Every Thursday is Realm. Every other Friday, Jerri and Carl have their small group. Two Saturdays a month, there’s a prayer time at the church building. Then there are monthly committee meetings: Jerri has two, Carl one. Some seasons there are volleyball or softball for the boys. Finally there are special events like concerts, the Strawberry Festival, conferences, dinners, breakfasts, the Christmas Craft Show, the Advent Workshop, praying at Planned Parenthood, VBS, and the Stormer Lake trip.
Now I know we don’t have to do everything, but different Thompsons participate a lot in a lot of the activities at Leidy’s Church. However, I as the head scheduler/manager/coordinator want to hit the pause button. What happened to family times with a game or a movie, just visiting or taking a walk, an unhurried conversation? When are families supposed to be together to talk about Jesus, to see how each of us is doing in our faith walk?
Next questions: Which family member gives up which activity so this kind of family activity can happen? Is all the church activity good and appropriate? Is it more spiritual than the home activities? Could some of the church activities be consolidated to happen on the same night? In and of themselves all these activities seem important. However, taken all together, it seems we may be missing out on getting to know Jesus better at our house. Maybe at other houses too?
The bottom line questions: Where does Jesus want us to be so we can know Him best and show Him to others best? Where would He be? I don’t have an answer yet, but I am seeking and praying about this. Stay tuned. [Jerri forgot to mention writing occasional articles for the Newsletter J]
Men’s Breakfast Happens
It’s time for the men of Leidy’s Church to gather for food and fellowship. The Men’s Breakfast on Saturday the 11th of November will be for those very reasons. Starting time is 8 am and males twelve and older who want to come should sign up on the sheet posted on the wall between the kitchen doors and the entrance to the Fellowship Hall.
Special speaker for the occasion will be Tony Osimo. He will bring an encouraging message about mentoring. Tony will have insights for those doing the mentoring and for those receiving the mentoring.
On the sign up sheet you’ll see the menu this time is a bit different. Rather than boatloads of food overflowing with all sorts of choices, there will be three distinct options. All the options are omelets. You may choose from three varieties: plain, ham and cheese, and sausage and peppers. When you sign up you can indicate which type omelet you prefer. (Amazingly, there’s no space for how many omelets you prefer!)
On the beautiful fall evening of October 11th the Consistory of Leidy’s Church convened promptly at 7:31. Below are some highlights and salient topics covered at that meeting.
- Reading from a couple of devotional booklets, but then turning to passages from Numbers, Hebrews, and Psalms, Greg Nase delivered devotional thoughts on trusting God. He related some personal trials he had experience in life, his own being angry at God for some years, and yet coming to the realization and experience each time of God’s “bringing them out to a place of abundance” [Ps. 66:12] where he and Sandy realized God’s loving care for them. His exhortation: We need to trust the Lord Jesus each day.
- A welcome was extended to Deacons-elect John DiLenge and Tim Leidy who will begin their terms in January 2018. Deacon-elect Jim Kinney was absent due to illness.
- Reviewed financial data, noting with appreciation the generous donations given to help in areas of hurricane devastation and for the purchase of a vehicle for Colleen Estes. Noted that September’s giving to the Building Fund was lowest of the year. Concluded with thanks to the Lord Jesus for His faithful provision for all our needs.
- Reviewed the terms for the renewal of the lease with God’s Treasure House for The Hub. Gina Stocker, Director of God’s Treasure House, was present to answer questions and give an update on activities and plans at The Hub. A significant request was for Gina’s girls to open an upscale thrift store a couple of days a week. After much discussion and consideration the request was approved contingent upon Code compliance, insurance rider completion, and other specifications.
- Received info that remediation work on a couple of retention basins has been completed satisfactorily. This work was not a cost to the church, rather to the contractor.
- Dave Doran reported the automatic blinds have some issues. He and Jerry Kulp [from our architect’s firm] have been able to resolve some of them, but some will require more attention. Any parts needing to be replaced are still under warranty.
- Approved a request from the pastoral staff to attend the Together for the Gospel Conference in Louisville in April of next year.
- There are issues to be resolved concerning the stove hood. We will work with the manufacturer and installer to effect those resolutions.
- After two months trial, it was decided to schedule Consistory meetings as previously, namely, the Wednesday after the first Sunday of the month.
- Pastor Michael expressed appreciation for the warm reception he and his family have received from members of Leidy’s Church.
- Discussed how the POP parking spots are being utilized. Some folk are still having problems finding an appropriate parking spot.
- Ushering concerns were spoken of, namely the need for ushers to help with assisting worshipers to find seats as well as take up the offering. Perhaps a future Usher Training session can be arranged.
- Talked about the need for a multi-purpose vehicle [tractor/truck/etc.] to help with property maintenance. It would be a significant expense, but cost-effective in the long run. Nothing decided, but guys will keep their eyes open for something suitable.
Various Committee reports were received and dealt with before the meeting adjourned following a time of directed intercessory prayer and the Lord’s Prayer at 10:08.
Westminster Larger Catechism
We’re in that section of the Westminster Catechism that deals with the sacraments. Last month it was baptism; this month and next month it will be the Lord’s Supper.
What the Scriptures Principally Require as the Duty of Man
Question 168: What is the Lord’s Supper?
Answer: The Lord’s Supper is a sacrament of the new testament, wherein, by giving and receiving bread and wine according to the appointment of Jesus Christ, his death is showed forth; and they that worthily communicate feed upon his body and blood, to their spiritual nourishment and growth in grace; have their union and communion with him confirmed; testify and renew their thankfulness, and engagement to God, and their mutual love and fellowship each with other, as members of the same mystical body.
Question 169:How has Christ appointed bread and wine to be given and received in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper?
Answer: Christ has appointed the ministers of his word, in the administration of this sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, to set apart the bread and wine from common use, by the word of institution, thanksgiving, and prayer; to take and break the bread, and to give both the bread and the wine to the communicants; who are, by the same appointment, to take and eat the bread, and to drink the wine, in thankful remembrance that the body of Christ was broken and given, and his blood shed, for them.
Question 170: How do they that worthily communicate in the Lord’s Supper feed upon the body and blood of Christ therein?
Answer: As the body and blood of Christ are not corporally or carnally present in, with, or under the bread and wine in the Lord’s Supper, and yet are spiritually present to the faith of the receiver, no less truly and really than the elements themselves are to their outward senses; so they that worthily communicate in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, do therein feed upon the body and blood of Christ, not after a corporal and carnal, but in a spiritual manner, yet truly and really, while by faith they receive and apply to themselves Christ crucified, and all the benefits of his death.
Question 171: How are they that receive the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper to prepare themselves before they come to it?
Answer: They that receive the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper are, before they come, to prepare themselves thereunto, by examining themselves of their being in Christ, of their sins and wants; of the truth and measure of their knowledge, faith, and repentance; love to God and to brethren, charity to all men, forgiving those that have done them wrong; of their desire after Christ, and of their new obedience, and by renewing the exercise of these graces, by serious meditation, and fervent prayer.
Question 172: May one who doubts of his being in Christ, or of his due preparation, come to the Lord’s Supper?
Answer: One who doubts of his being in Christ, or of his due preparation to the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, may have true interest in Christ, though he be not yet assured thereof and in God’s account has it, if he be duly affected with the apprehension of the want of it, and unfeignedly desires to be found in Christ, and to depart from iniquity; in which case (because promises are made, and this sacrament is appointed, for the relief even of weak and doubting Christians) he is to bewail his unbelief, and labor to have his doubts resolved; and, so doing, he may and ought to come to the Lord’s Supper, that he may be further strengthened.
5th Donna Frueh
12th Diane Gehman
19th Deb Guerreiro
26th Helen Hahn
5th Tom & Judy Leidy
12th Jean Clarke
19th Elaine Greene
26th Diane Gehman
5th Frank & Margaret Bivighouse
12th Verna Bowman, June Burkholder
19th Gary & Karen Brown
26th Ted & Wanda Brunner
Usher Captains: Peter Martindell, Ken Merritt
Ushers: Gregg Guerreiro, Dave Hughes, Roger Jones, Dave Kirkpatrick, Steve Landis, Kendall Musselman, Andrew Rosenbaum, Lorne Slack, Skip Smith.
The Emergency Committee for November is Randy and Cathy Annis.