The photographer was not having a good day. He was feeling more than a bit overwhelmed. If he’d had his druthers, he’d have shut down the shop and gone home for the day. Alas, such was not to be the case for he was in the midst of a family portrait setting.
Actually, that family portrait setting was the primary source of his agitation. It was a family with six kids ranging in age from four to fourteen. It was impossible to get all the kids and the parents on the same page at the same time. It was a very active family! Just like trying to pack six pounds of goods into a five and half pound package, there was always a part popping out of the container. It just wouldn’t work.
The family in question was the Niederhaus family some years ago. We still look back at that portrait setting session and have a good laugh. At one point the photographer told us he had a heart condition, seeming to imply that we might be pushing him to brink of a cardiac incident.
When we got the proofs back – this was a few years ago, so instant digital prints were not an option – each was flawed. Someone was acting stupid, someone’s eyes were closed, you know the story. Perhaps the best shot of our family was the proof where the photographer’s head was in the picture as he leaned in to exhort us to behave.
Don’t you think it’s the case that in the course of the regular affairs of life we can easily enough find ourselves in the same situation as that photographer? One thing after another occurs. Our car battery dies. Perhaps a child gets an ear infection. There are tense situations at work. Each day seems to bring new piles of bills. Lots of things from the outside press in on us.
But there are also matters that come up from within us. Envy hangs around and taints what we see. As we listen to ourselves talk we realize that gossip and slander are not far away sins at all. We find that frustration turns to anger which in turn provides fertile ground for bitterness. Lust turns our natural appetites into gluttony, sensuality, and coveting.
On top of it all we look around at what’s going on in the world and we pull our hair! Putin is tooting the Russian horn throughout the world with great effect. People actually think Donald Trump is a legitimate presidential candidate. Or, people cannot see that Donald Trump is just what we need in a president. Iran is going nuclear. Isis is expanding. Science now says there are over fifty different genders. The economy is tanking.
While not happening all at once, these sorts of concerns accumulate over time and we find ourselves like the photographer: we just want to quit and go home! The Psalmist expressed it like this: I resemble a pelican of the wilderness; I have become like an owl of the waste places . . . I have become like a lonely bird on a housetop . . . I have eaten ashes like bread and mingled my drink with weeping. [Ps. 102:6,7,9] Except we cannot quit and go home. Life goes on and we are participants.
God is not unaware of this; He’s not taken by surprise. That’s why He instituted regular times and seasons set aside for taking stock and refocusing our lives. That’s what the institution of the Sabbath is all about. Likewise, God’s calendar for the Israelites included multiple holidays throughout the year.
God gave His people holidays which were really holy days of rest and reflection. No work was to be done. Set all that aside. There were certain things that were to occur, primarily meals and worship. Most of the meals were family meals, though some took place in a broader community setting. Why meals?
Meals provide visible evidence of God’s provision. He opens His hand and we eat. In Psalm 145, David expressed it like this: The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food in due time, You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. Yes, we work for our food, and pay for it, but it is from God.
He’s the One who designed and holds in place the entire food chain, starting with the sun. Take away the sun and we’re done! According to David, each link in the chain from the sun to us comes from God’s hand . We tend to forget that such is the case. We presume each link in the chain will stay in place. Meals on holy days slow us down and direct us to reflect on what we have and how it came to be.
For instance, God could have designed to nourish us by sticking a piece of wood in our foot, or by pouring sand over our bodies, or by staring at the moon! Instead, He designed a system that allows us to enjoy the process of eating. Food tastes good. It should prompt us to give thanks. But to whom? To the Lord!
Not only that, He directs us to have family meals and communal meals. We get to enjoy company with others and with them give thanks to Him for His good provision. All the accumulated ills and woes of regular life are put in their proper perspective. Despite all that is going on, within and without, God continues to be in control.
For Christians that means we see the ongoing provision of the Lord not only in terms of food, but in terms of forgiveness and hope. The Lord’s Supper is a meal, but a meal that points us to the faithful provision of God to wipe away all our sins and make us complete in Christ. He knows our anger. He is aware of the tensions at work. He is not forgetting to keep His eye on all the nations. We can rest in Him. That’s the refocusing we need to do, but often forget to do. Holidays call us back to rest in Christ.
Enjoy Thanksgiving this month. Deliberately come before the Lord and give thanks. Give thanks for specific items. Thank Him for the constancy of the sun. Thank Him for the joy of taste. Thank Him for the people in your life. Thank Him for making you alive in Christ.
Oh, if you have the opportunity over the holidays, why not have a family picture taken?
In the Joy of the Lord, John H.C. Niederhaus
November Pulpit Schedule
1st – The Issue – 2 Kings 5:1-15; Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 11:1-18
Because we’re 2,000 years removed from the events of New Testament times we often don’t catch some of the underlying issues for the writers and readers of that time. Here’s one such issue: How can Gentiles become Jews? The concern is not always expressed just that way. In today’s text the issue at hand is circumcision. It’s a worthy issue to consider. We might express it today like this: How can anyone become a Christian? What must happen; what must be done? Our text ends with the notable words: the repentance that leads to life. That’s the issue.
8th – The Hand of God – Ezra 7:1-10; 1 Corinthians 3:1-9; Acts 11:19-24
Just so you know: The Hand of God is a metaphor! God is a spirit. He does not have a body. He does not have a hand. Nonetheless, the Bible speaks of God’s hand. When that happens, the scriptural text is pointing to the power of God. Hands fashion things. In Eph. 2:10 Christians are called the “workmanship” of God. Individual lives and the whole of history are fashioned by the power of God, that is, by His hand. Sometimes we forget what lies behind what we accomplish or what others accomplish. The hand of God.
15th – The Living Church – Exodus 36:1-7; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, 27-31; Acts 11:25-30
All of today’s texts are about the living church, that is, about the body life of the church. Last week we considered the hand of God; this week we consider the hands of the church. The great goal of the Christian life is to grow in edification. Sound, solid Christian teaching is necessary for edification, but Christian living and service is the primary way edification occurs. We wish we had the problem Moses had in our Exodus passage! Our Corinthian passage offers a glimpse of the many ways individuals contribute to the living church. It happens in Acts too.
22nd – The Hand of the King – Daniel 1:1-7; Romans 8:26-39; Acts 12:1-5
King Agrippa I and King Nebuchadnezzar were mighty potentates of old. They could do with the lives of their subjects as they pleased. Their hands ruled. So, Nebuchadnezzar had some captive Jewish kids set aside for special training, but not others. Centuries later, Agrippa has James the son of Zebedee beheaded for no discernible reason; he simply could order it done. Because it pleased some folk, he decided to do the same to the apostle Peter. But in Peter’s case he will not succeed. Why? Each king intends to do his will, but The King is the One who rules.
25th – Bless the Lord, O My Soul – Psalm 103; John 17:1-3; Philippians 3:7-16
“It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord.” So says the Psalmist and we agree with him. The giving of thanks is a good thing. More specifically, the giving of thanks to the Lord is a good thing. In Psalm 103 David exhorts his soul to bless the Lord. David wants it to be a whole hearted thanksgiving, that is, with his entire being he wants to bless the Lord. He knows how easy it is to forget the benefits that come from our God. The first item on his list of what the Lord does is, “pardons all your iniquities.” It is Thanksgiving Eve, let us bless the Lord!
29th – Supernatural Intervention – Daniel 6:16-27; Luke 1:26-38; Acts 12:6-17
The people of God have forever believed we should pray and seek God’s intervention on our behalf. That does not mean the people of God thought the actions of God could be ordered to occur through prayer. Prayer was asking. It wasn’t always receiving. When Peter is escorted from his prison cell, set free from his chains, and arrives at the door where the church is in prayer for his release, the last person they expect to see at the door is Peter! Supernatural intervention! It’s Advent season, the season to anticipate the most important of Supernatural Interventions.
The Best Life Is The Blessed Life
Mega Church Pastor Joel Osteen wrote a popular book titled Your Best Life Now. It reached #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list, staying there for 200 weeks while selling 4 million copies. In the book he tells his readers they can own their own home and expect “materials blessings” from God. Clearly, these types of blessing are what people want in life. But what is a truly “blessed life” by God’s definition? You see, the life you always wanted may not be the life God defines as blessed. There may be a difference between what you think is best and what is blessed of God. So I think that as God’s children we should put down the “Best Life Now” approach, and work on asking the question of “Blessed Life How?” When we look to God’s Word to give insight we will discover that Psalm 1 is extremely helpful. The Psalm gives two different ways to live: blessed or wicked.
The Blessed Life . . . avoids certain postures with particular types of people. We’re told, How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! [Ps. 1:1] We must watch with whom we walk so as to avoid wrong relationships with wicked people. Those with whom we fellowship closely will influence us for good or for bad, so let’s be wise in whom we walk with.
The Blessed Life . . . desires the truth of God. Psalm 1:2 says, But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. You either want the Word or you don’t. Pray that you would desire and delight in the truth of knowing God through His Word. Peter gives us a similar admonition, that we should be like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation. [1 Pet. 2:2] To know and grow in the truth is how we experience the blessed life.
The Blessed Life . . . doesn’t wither because of the weather. As verse 3 says, 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. If you are “withering” it’s because there is a lack of “watering”. Where are your “roots” planted? If there is no fruit on the tree, then you better check the root of the tree! The external conditions will not impinge on the growth of the “blessed” person of faith. Various life experiences shouldn’t be detrimental when one is “planted” spiritually, for this means they are receiving the ongoing water supply from the Word of God. This growing tree image is true “prosperity theology”.
The Wicked Life . . . will blow away in the wind according to Psalm 1:4: The wicked are not so, But they are like chaff which the wind drives away. The result of the wicked life is “the scattering”. This image is a way of saying that this way of life results in nothing, as the movie title states it, you are Gone With The Wind. The weather has scattered any evidence of your existence.
The Wicked Life . . . will not stand or have a place with God’s people. According to v. 5, Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. The result of the wicked life is not being among “the gathering” of God’s people. The scattered chaff will not make be among the people God gathers as His own. Oh, how blessed it is to be in the gathering of God’s people on that day.
The Psalm ends by saying, For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the wicked will perish. Two ways to live: The righteous way prospers, and the wicked way perishes! Or, you could also view it as either the “watered” life versus the “withered” life. What’s it going to be for you? “Your Best Life Now” or “His Blessed Life Forever”?
In Christ, Andrew Edmonds
November 7th is a Saturday night set aside for celebration at Leidy’s Church. On that evening a banquet will be served by the Consistory and a special evening of celebratory remembering has been planned by the Care Committee.
It begins at 6 pm with a hearty dinner of roast pig complete with potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, salad, applesauce, and cake and ice cream for dessert. It’s an evening for kids and adults. Fill out a registration form from the narthex desk – or call the church office – so we have sufficient food for everyone, and join in the celebration.
Since the dedication service on January 20, 1991, the “new addition” to our facilities has seen many varied activities take place. For instance, Kids Musicals, MOPs meetings, Easter Pancake breakfasts, Youth Club, Mother-Daughter/Father-Son banquets, EE clinics, Judgement House holding pen, Red Cross blood drives, Square Dances, Volleyball, SLMT Auctions, Senior Saints luncheons, VBS Marketplace, Advent Workshops, congregational dinners, and much, much more. Individuals have been born again, lives have been shaped by teaching, friendships formed and strengthened, and lots more in the course of ministry taking place there.
As we prepare to move to another facility, it’s entirely appropriate to set aside an evening to give thanks to God as we remember His goodness and faithfulness to us. It will be a night to remember as we remember! Come, celebrate!
Within the Fellowship
Congratulations to Matt and Tara McVaugh at the birth of a daughter Amelia Lois, and to Peter and Bambi Martindell at the birth of a daughter, Vivian Pearl. May the Lord be with these families as they grow in Him.
Congratulations to Jim and Angela Kinney at the dedication of their daughter, Mallory Beth, and to Dustin and Ashley Doran at the dedication of their son, Clayton William. May the Lord be with these families as they grow in Him.
Our sincere Christian sympathy to Caren Elliott and family at the death of her father. May the Lord be with them at this time.
Congratulations to Andrew and Becca (Coale) Rosenbaum who were united in Christian marriage. May the Lord be with them as they begin their life together in Him.
Election Day Reminders
Tuesday, November 3rd, is Election Day across the United States, including southeastern PA. While all the attention is being given to the Presidential elections next November, important elections are still happening this November. In the Commonwealth of PA of particular importance will be the voting for positions on the PA Supreme Court. Three seats are to be filled. Everyone is aware how significant it is who fills those seats. There will also be school board elections, Supervisor elections, and county-wide elections for various row offices. Each of us should make the effort and vote on Nov. 3rd.
Leidy’s Church is a polling place for two precincts in Franconia Township. That means the Fellowship Hall and the Kitchen areas are reserved for election preparations, actual voting, and wrap-up from late afternoon on Monday the 2nd through about 9:30 on the 3rd.
If you are present at church during the voting hours on Tuesday, please park farther down in our lot so that voters have the closest and most convenient spots. Oh, and make sure you go out and vote too!
Doubling Time is Here!
This is the time of year that many folk in the Leidy’s Church congregation especially wait for: doubling your dollars! With great thanks to special benefactors who make this project possible, the challenge goal this year is $200,000.
During the months of November and December every dollar contributed to the Building Fund will be matched until the $200,000 is used up. Just as was the case last year, so this year there is no triggering amount that must be reached before the matching takes effect.
The matching challenge is a real challenge, and it is a congregational challenge. We need for every person in the congregation to participate, whether it is a fifty cent gift or a fifty dollar gift or a fifty thousand dollar gift or whatever. Some can give more, some can give less, but all can give something.
Now’s the time, let’s double down on the doubling!
Some Mission Fly-bys
In November a couple of missionary families supported by Leidy’s Church will be flying through our services! Not in airplanes, but in giving a quick overview of their ministries and what’s happening.
On November 1st Charlie and Ruth Patton who serve with New Tribes Mission will share a bit in each service of worship. For the past couple of years their focus has been getting a good plane into Brazil that can fly mission routes in the heart of the Amazon jungle.
On November 22nd Clay and Becky Walter will share in each service of worship about their work with Mission Aviation Fellowship. For past several years they have been in Idaho at MAF headquarters, but now are on their way to an assignment in Papua, New Guinea. In the transition time from Idaho to New Guinea they are staying in the Mission House.
We thank the Lord for these opportunities to hear from some of our missionaries in the field.
It’s Good – Give Thanks!
Aren’t you glad the United States has set aside the fourth Thursday of November for the giving of thanks? At Leidy’s Church we head into that fourth Thursday of November by having a service of worship on Wednesday evening the night before. That’s so we remember to Whom we direct our thanks! It’s not to our lucky stars, nor to the government, nor to ourselves. Nope. We want to thank God.
Our service of worship will begin at 7:30 and end about 8:30. In that brief hour we will sing joyful songs of thanksgiving, take time to share some testimonies of specific matters for which we give thanks to God, read Scripture, hear the word preached, and offer up our prayers of gratitude.
Ordinarily this service is fairly informal, but very joyful with a great sense of anticipation for the next day’s celebration. It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord! As one of the hymns we’ll sing that evening puts it, Come, Ye thankful people, come!
40 Days for Life is a yearly intercessory prayer program. It began Sept. 23 and wraps up on Nov. 1. In 2015 there are 307 cities around the globe where 40 Days for Life prayer people have interceded. As of Oct. 22nd there are 393 known instances where women headed for abortions changed their minds. Praise God. Thanks to all who have participated in this concerted prayer ministry.
Please remember to keep Deborah Nucatola in your prayers. She is the Senior Director of Medical Services for Planned Parenthood. Ask the Lord to be gracious to her and for the Holy Spirit to work wonderfully in her soul.
In 2016 the March for Life takes place on Friday, January 22nd. Leidy’s Church is sponsoring a 52 passenger Perkiomen coach to take folk down there. Mark your calendar and make your plans now, then sign up when the list is posted.
Women’s Ministry is hosting a movie and fondue night on Friday, November 20th. Details are still in the planning stage and will be shared soon via the church bulletin. Mark your calendar and plan on a night of great fellowship.
The focus of Leidy’s Church Women’s Ministry this year is seeking God. Jeremiah 29:13 says “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” If there are any prayer concerns you wish to share, please contact any of the ladies on the Women’s Ministry team, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or place your request in the box provided in the narthex coat closet.
Music & Delicious Desserts Unite for SLMT!
Here at Leidy’s Church we have an inspirational motto to live by. It is “All the Bible for all of life.” There is a less spiritual motto that is also known by most of our members. It is “If you feed them they will come!” Both of these mottos will be experienced at a special event where both our spiritual and physical appetites will be totally satisfied! This event is known as the SLMT Dessert & Concert Night! If you enjoy meaningful fellowship, love inspiring music and testimonies, and enjoy delicious desserts, then you should plan to attend the SLMT concert & Dessert night on Saturday, December 5th at 6 p.m.
We have talented musicians and singers lined up to inspire, entertain, and encourage you in your faith walk through music and song. Special musical arrangements will be performed by the Three Tenors, the Lockman’s, the Wilwert sisters and maybe some surprise appearances from other talented musicians and singers. We have illustrious bakers and confectioners making tasty creations that will excite your pallet with succulent textures and flavors. There will be a variety of homemade cakes, assorted fruit filled pies, and creamy cheese cakes to just name a few.
A number of folk have already signed up for this special event at the SLMT Auction in April. If you missed the auction or failed to see the sign-up and want to participate in this inspirational, fun-filled event you can do so by calling the church office to make your registration. The cost of this special event is only $20 per person. All of the funds raised go directly to SLMT 2016. We hope to see you there!
Time to Get Crafty: Advent Workshop
OK, here we go. It’s Advent Workshop time. Hooray! How many of our homes are blessed with crafts and ornaments made at the Advent Workshop in years gone by? Such items can bring a smile to the face and a tug to the heart. So let’s do it again!
Sunday, November 29th, is the date you want to highlight. That’s the first Sunday of Advent and the day when the Advent Workshop takes place. The Ladies of Leidy’s always sponsor this event. It’s family-friendly, with a craft ready to be made for almost any age. It begins at 4 pm and ends with pizza for all! The pizza is provided, but each family attending is asked to bring a dessert to share.
Early in the month a display table will appear in the narthex with sample crafts and sign-up sheets. Make sure your children sign up to make a craft suitable to their age bracket. If you’re not a “crafty” person, you’re still welcome to sign up to share in the pizza and dessert – and helpers are always needed to assist the children (and some uncrafty adults) with their projects.
It’s Better than Chick-fil-A
Chick-fil-A is known for great food, friendly servers, good service, and drive-through expedience. It’s hard to beat.
But Leidy’s Church will have it beat on Saturday, the 14th of November. That’s the date of the annual Fat Guys’ Chicken Dinner Fundraiser. Over the past several years this event has grown in popularity among consumers and in the proficiency of the chefs. Here’s the deal.
A cadre of expert chefs from our congregation spend a day of happy male-bonding as they prepare open-pit barbequed chicken, sweet corn, homemade baked beans, freshly made applesauce, potato salad, and deliciously moist and chewy brownies. Hard to get all that at Chick-fil-A. And they are eager to give it all to you!
Well, not exactly give it, but let you have it for a mere $10 per meal. All funds raised will be going toward the Building Fund – and get doubled in the process. It’s the ideal way to have a great dinner, enjoy it in your home setting, and make a contribution to the Building Fund.
Order forms are on the narthex desk and you may submit your order to a friendly fellow on Sunday morning. Pre-paying for your order is recommended. Also, you may call the church office to place an order.
After all the cooking, the pay-off comes from 4 to 6 on the afternoon of the 14th when you may stop by the church to pick up your order. A smoothly efficient drive-through system will be in place so you need not leave your vehicle. If, however, you want to come in and do the pick up, that’s OK too.
Yep, it’s better than Chick-fil-A: abundant food, friendly servers, good service, and a price that can’t be beat. Get your orders in sooner rather than later. Let your friends know about this opportunity. Or, plan a take-out treat with friends you invite over. It’s a once-in-a-year event, so don’t miss out on it.
Amharic Translations – What’s That Anyway?
Amharic is the second most spoken Semitic language in the world. Ethiopia is its base. Lots of Ethiopian Jews have immigrated to Israel. Christian Witness to Israel [CWI] is a ministry supported by Leidy’s Church that works in Israel to bring the gospel to the Jews.
Recently, CWI completed the translation into Amharic of the evangelistic tract LeChaim (To Life) as well as Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Ted Tripp. Copies of these materials are distributed to Ethiopian Jews in Israel as well as in Ethiopia. Thank the Lord for this translation work that’s been accomplished and pray for the distribution and fruitfulness of these materials among Amharic speakers.
Operation Christmas Child
One of the projects sponsored by the Mission Committee is the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes through Samaritan’s Purse. Boxes are available on a table in the narthex. Just pick up one or two, take them home, fill them, and bring them back.
You’ll see the boxes are designated for a boy or a girl, and also are separated into age groups of 2 to 4 years old, 5 to 9 years old, and 10 to 14 years old. On the same table where you get the boxes, you’ll also find gift suggestion lists.
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 families all around the globe and may be the only Christmas they receive.
All shoeboxes need to be returned by November 22nd so don’t delay. And thank you for sharing Christ’s love by providing a shoebox.
Pik a Box, Pick a Pik Kid
Over the years Leidy’s Church has developed a special relationship with the Pikangikum (more familiarly known as Pik) community in Ontario. This year we want to send Christmas boxes to kids at Pik. We cannot send them to every Pik Kid, but we can send them to some.
Colleen Estes has provided us with a list of names of kids and families in the Pik community that would benefit from a Christmas box. Some of our Sunday School classes will be putting together boxes to head north. But there will be plenty of specific names of Pik kids for the rest of us to draw from as well.
A table will be in the narthex with the names and ages of Pik kids. Also available will be a list of suggested items as well as forbidden items. A clear plastic box with cover will be available for your use.
Boxes should be returned by November 29th so they can be boxed and shipped in time for Christmas delivery. For more information you may speak with Mary Beth Musselman or Vangie Niederhaus.
Conference on the Holy Spirit
The Quakertown Regional Conference on Reformed Theology takes place Friday evening and Saturday, November 13 and 14. Hosted by Grace Bible Fellowship Church in Quakertown, this year’s conference focus is The Promised Holy Spirit.
Often the forgotten member of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit is the efficient agent in applying Christ’s redemption to individual hearts. He is the One who convicts folk of sin, moves them to repentance, and regenerates them! Hallelujah!
Registration for the conference is $35 p/person or $42 for those who want the box lunch on Saturday. To register, you may go to www.alliancenet.org/events/qrcrt or call 800-488-1888. Also, registration forms may be obtained from the church office.
Speakers include David Murray, Professor of OT at Puritan Reformed Seminary in Grand Rapids; Scott Oliphint, Professor of Apologetics at Westminster Seminary; Harry Reeder, Senior Pastor at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham; and Derek Thomas, Senior Minister at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC.
Plenary session topics include: The Holy Spirit and the OT; Springs of Living Water; The Holy Spirit and the Last Days; and The Guarantee of Our Inheritance among others.
A Crutch for Cripples: A Sunday School Class
by Jerri Thompson
“For news to be good, it has to invade dark spaces.” That was the first fill-in-the-blank for me in a new Sunday school class this fall. I was reminded of the parable of the lost sheep, a favorite of mine for many years. And I was hooked.
Ever since my family and I came to Leidy’s Church three years ago, I’ve been attending the Issues & Answers class during the Sunday school hour. Time for a change. Recovering Redemption taught by Matt Chandler, a Texas pastor with a discussion facilitated by Dave Walbrandt had caught my attention.
Matt Chandler is a young dynamic preacher who reads the Puritans. Not a lightweight. He knows a lot about the gospel. He knows how much I need to be reminded of the good news because my “best days fall woefully short” still thirty years into knowing Jesus.
I’d still like to fix the problems of my life on my own, not to mention those of my children. And I can’t. That’s why I still occasionally find myself in the dark places like the lost sheep who hides when feeling broken.
Matt Chandler hears people accuse Christianity of being a crutch. He replies, “”Yes, I need that because my legs are broken. I am crippled.” And I remember how much I need Jesus, not just for salvation, but for daily life. The class isn’t all warm fuzzies. The second week I attended class, Mr. Chandler told us, “Jesus is not sprinkling love dust on everyone. He is calling them to repentance.”
So if you’d like to be reminded of Jesus’ love and His call on your life, please join us downstairs. Still nine weeks to go.
The evening of October 7th found the men of the Leidy’s Church Consistory seated round the Conference Room table to address the business of the church. Below is a summary of the items they considered:
- Devotions were led by Greg Nase as he drew attention to the cross of Christ. He spoke of the discipline of nightly prayers, but how that has deepened as he’s studied the cross. He noted we rarely see our sin in its true light: neither how defiling it is to us, nor how offensive it is to God. Jesus intentionally went to the cross and stayed on it so that we, His people, might know true forgiveness and have a sure hope of eternal life. Greg encouraged all to reflect daily on Christ’s gracious work for us.
- A special welcome was extended to Deacon-elect Dave Reich who will meet with Consistory until his formal installation to office in December.
- All the bills from this year’s SLMT trip are now in and paid. There is a positive balance of just over $4,000. Praise the Lord!
- Glen Tyson presented a brief overview of the Building Project. Nothing really new to report, though it was noted the steeple roof (i.e. the long, pointy part) should be in place within the next week. The anticipated completion date is still projected to be sometime between Christmas and the first couple weeks of January.
- Dana Gehman presented the dollars and cents analysis of the Building Fund. Presently, our anticipated mortgage is $1.6 million. That number has increased because of numerous change orders and improvements in recent months. It is hoped that the change orders and “additions” have about come to and end. We’ll see.
- After discussion, it was determined that certain sub-committees need to be formed. A Dedication committee will plan and make preparations for the formal Dedication of the new facility. A Transition committee is to figure out what all will need to be moved from our current facility to the new facility and how to do it. A Furnishings committee will address everything from Fellowship Hall tables and chairs, to furnishings in the narthex, to office furniture, to you name it. A Special Gifts/Funding committee will help familiarize the congregation with opportunities to give to specific needs and opportunities.
- Dave Walbrandt reported the Options committee has met with several ministries interested in leasing our current facility or parts of it. Projected costs have been shared with the ministries, but no responses have been received as yet. The committee will work on what the details of such a lease would entail, including permitted uses, adhering to various codes, how monthly fees would be assessed, responsibilities of the ministries and our responsibilities among other things.
- A new website design is about 60 percent complete. It should be ready to be implemented by the end of the month.
- The Kitchen committee reports that a number of the roasters are missing lids. This seems odd, but word will be put out to return any such lids one may have at home.
- In response to their annual request, $200 is to be sent to the Perseverance Fire Company.
- A copy of our Constitution with proposed changes was introduced. This was initiated by the Spiritual Council to make more clear where Leidy’s Church stands with regard to volatile ethical/moral issues of our day.
Following a time of directed intercessory prayer, the meeting was adjourned at 9:59 by unison praying of the Lord’s Prayer.
The Westminster Larger Catechism
The Westminster Catechism teaches that mankind is held guilty under the covenant of works, but hope is found in the covenant of grace. That covenant requires a Mediator. This month’s questions shed light on that Mediator.
What Man Ought to Believe Concerning God
- 38: Why was it requisite that the Mediator should be God?
Answer: It was requisite that the Mediator should be God, that he might sustain and keep the human nature from sinking under the infinite wrath of God, and the power of death, give worth and efficacy to his sufferings, obedience, and intercession; and to satisfy God’s justice, procure his favor, purchase a peculiar people, give his Spirit to them, conquer all their enemies, and bring them to everlasting salvation.
- 39: Why was it requisite that the Mediator should be man?
Answer: It was requisite that the Mediator should be man, that he might advance our nature, perform obedience to the law, suffer and make intercession for us in our nature, have a fellow-feeling of our infirmities; that we might receive the adoption of sons, and have comfort and access with boldness to the throne of grace.
- 40: Why was it requisite that the Mediator should be God and man in one person?
Answer: It was requisite that the Mediator, who was to reconcile God and man, should himself be both God and man, and this in one person, that the proper works of each nature might be accepted of God for us, and relied on by us as the works of the whole person.
- 41: Why was our Mediator called Jesus?
Answer: Our Mediator was called Jesus, because he saves his people from their sins.
- 42: Why was our Mediator called Christ?
Answer: Our Mediator was called Christ, because he was anointed with the Holy Spirit above measure, and so set apart, and fully furnished with all authority and ability, to execute the offices of prophet, priest, and king of his church, in the estate both of his humiliation and exaltation.
- 43: How does Christ execute the office of a prophet?
Answer: Christ executes the office of a prophet in his revealing to the church, in all ages, by his Spirit and word, in divers ways of administration, the whole will of God, in all things concerning their edification and salvation.
- 44: How does Christ execute the office of priest?
Answer: Christ executes the office of priest in his once offering himself a sacrifice without spot to God, to be reconciliation for the sins of his people; and in making continual intercession for them.
- 45: How does Christ execute the office of a king?
Answer: Christ executes the office of a king in calling out of the world a people to himself, and giving them their officers, laws, and censures, by which he visibly governs them; in bestowing saving grace upon his elect, rewarding their obedience, and correcting them for their sins, preserving and supporting them under all their temptations and sufferings, restraining and overcoming all their enemies, and powerfully ordering all things for his own glory, and their good; and also in taking vengeance on the rest, who know not God, and obey not the gospel.
1st Roger Jones
8th Harold & Sylvia Holloway
15th Mark & Sharon Kostishion
22nd Patricia Martindell
29th Ted & Wanda Brunner
1st Donna Moyer
8th Mary Beth Musselman
15th Ruthie Niederhaus
22nd Ede Rupp
29th Deb Schatz
Greeters 8:00 10:45
1st Norm & Donna Weiss Tony & Kelly Wilwert
8th Tim & Melinda Ziegler Larry & Joyce Anders
15th Randy & Cathy Annis Ted & Wanda Brunner
22nd Steve & Debbie Bandura June Burkholder, Sandy Derr
29th Frank & Margaret Bivighouse John & Debbie Caserta
8:00 Greg Nase, Captain; Roger Jones, Dave Kirkpatrick, Ken Merritt, Kendall Musselman.
10:45 Glen Tyson, Captain; Kevin Godshall, Gregg Guerreiro, W.D. Parfitt, Bill Parfitt., Skip Smith.
The A/V Booth technicians for November is Jim Smedberg and Andy Tawney.
The Emergency Committee for November is Brian Shoemaker, Jack Edling, and Joe Sciacca.