September Newsletter

Pastor’s Column

              July 14, 2015, was a watershed day in the history of the United States. When December 31st rolls around, however, that date may not be recalled in the end-of-the-year summaries of significant events in the year 2015. Most likely, the date will not be recorded in future history books. I imagine most of us have little clue as to what happened of such significance on July 14th of this year.
              It was the 14th of July when the Center for Medical Progress[CMP] released the first of its undercover videos about Planned Parenthood[PP]. I was in Indiana at the time and heard nothing about it. The next afternoon, however, I started back for Pennsylvania and got as far as Elkview, West Virginia. Sitting in the Elkview La Quinta Inn, I was checking emails on my Nexus and came across a piece from LifeSiteNews.com with a link to that first video.
              I watched it.
              I watched it again.
              I couldn’t believe it.
              Scenes and dialogue from the video ran through my mind as I drove the rest of the way home the next day. Was this really true? Could seemingly normal folk casually talk about “ . . . we’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because . . . I’m not going to crush that part, I’m going to basically crush below, I’m going to crush above . . .” Inside my soul a voice was shouting, “It is a baby – inside the womb – that these folk are talking about!”
              When I got home I sought out the responses from PP and others who espouse pro-choice views. They indicated the video was very heavily edited, indeed, edited with such a heavy hand that it distorted the conversation and misrepresented what was really said.
              Was that true? How accurate was the video? The CMP website provided a video and transcript of the entire luncheon conversation with nothing omitted. I printed out the transcript and read the complete 60 page document of the two hour plus luncheon conversation.
              No question about it, the video was edited, just as every video we see on the news is edited. Yet after reading the transcript of every word spoken at the luncheon, I came to some clear conclusions: the video did not distort the facts; it was not unfaithful to what was said; there was no misrepresentation.
              The more I considered this it became apparent to me that everyone in America should see that video. We showed it in each of our services of worship on the 19th of July.
              Since July 14th CMP has released seven more videos. Each video makes it clear that a huge market exists in our country for body tissues and organs that are “harvested” from babies. That is an aspect of our country’s character most of us were unaware of or denied. July 14, 2015, changed that. Now we know.
              I was aware that almost one million babies are aborted every year in our land. I presumed the “product of abortion” was labelled “medical waste” and disposed of via incineration or some other means. I was not aware the remains of abortions were sifted through and mined for resalable parts. Maybe I knew such was the case, but, if so, I suppressed the thought of it.
              I can never claim such ignorance or suppression again. Nor can America or Americans. That’s what changed on July 14th. I may choose to disregard it, or I may come to an uneasy acquiescence with it, or any of a number of other options. But I cannot say I’m ignorant of what’s going on.
              Since we as a nation are corporately aware of this evil, we must respond to it. Our nation must say “Yes” to it, or say “No” to it. What is happening with the remains of aborted babies can no longer be ignored. Our response – as a nation – will determine future events.
              It’s for that reason that July 14, 2015, will forever remain a watershed day for the United States. It is the day when our corporate soul as a nation received a summons to stand in the docket of the court and declare what we will do in light of this undeniable evil in our midst.
              Yet a significant contingent in our country is seeking to deny or ignore this irrefutable evidence. Other than letters to the editor, the local papers in the Philly area have not published stories about the videos. The main national media outlets are strangely silent about this story. Why?
              Because even in our decadent age there is still enough residual moral capital commonly available to cause almost all folk to recoil in horror and recognize the videos reveal a great evil. That reaction is what PP and all its supporters want to avoid at all costs.
              In Lamentations 4:10 Jeremiah says, The hands of compassionate women boiled their own children; they became food for them. Sounds a lot like the harvesting and mining of infant tissues and organs for a good cause, don’t you think? Earlier, Jeremiah had questioned, Should women eat their offspring, the little ones who were born healthy? [2:20] Both scenarios describe situations which cause us to recoil with horror. The CMP videos should do the same.
              What Jeremiah described happened during a time of judgment, when God removed His protecting hand from Jerusalem and instead stretched out His hand of wrath. God’s hand of wrath was demonstrated by the removal of moral boundaries so that the most reprehensible actions became accepted.
              Right here, right now, in the midst of God’s wrath that we as a nation are experiencing as our moral capital is being consumed and eliminated, God has stretched forth His hand of mercy – again – and is calling us back to His truth and His standards. The instrument He’s using is the CMP videos. America and Americans must watch them. And then decide what we will do.
              There are some encouraging signs despite the media blackout and despite the distorted assertions of the PP talking points. Each of these has its origin in what began on July 14th:
  • Defunding PP was voted on in the US Senate.
  • A majority of Senators [53] voted to defund PP, but 60 votes were needed.
  • 4 states have defunded PP in their state budgets.
  • A Congressmen formally changed his party affiliation after viewing the videos.
  • On Aug. 22nd at 320 PP locations hundreds gathered to pray and protest PP’s trafficking in baby body parts.
   Will this trending continue? I don’t know. Here is what you and I must do:
  • Help others be aware of and watch the videos. The videos speak for themselves.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to work a work of repentance in all our hearts.
  • Pray for our national moral capital to stop decreasing and begin to increase.
                                                                                                     In the Joy of the Lord,
                                                                                                     John HC Niederhaus

September Pulpit Schedule

6th – Getting in The Way – Jeremiah 6:16; John 14:6; Acts 9:1-2
              Saul of Tarsus – who will become the great apostle Paul, though he’s not there yet – does all he can to get in the way of the thriving, growing young Church. In Jerusalem and outlying areas, the fellowship of believers is prospering. Saul’s opposition to these new believers is implacable, his threats are murderous. The folk he’s after are identified in our text as belonging to the Way. This is the first corporate name by which the early Church was known. One wonders if it is a name they adopted, or, if someone attached it to them.
13th – Confrontational Evangelism – Mark 10:17-27; 1 John 3:11-12; Acts 9:1-18
              Enduring persecution, pressing on despite intense opposition, is a form of confrontational evangelism. The apostolic Church excelled in this type of evangelism. Saul of Tarsus faced such evangelism continually as he hunted down members of the Way. Regardless what he did, they continued in their beliefs and their way of living. While on his way to Damascus to arrest such folk, Saul has the ultimate experience in confrontational evangelism: Jesus Christ confronts him. Jesus asks Saul why he is persecuting Him. It’s a good question. Its answer tells the whole story.
20th – Turned Right Side Up – 2 Corinthians 11:21b-33; Galatians 1:11-24; Acts 9:17-30
              Saul of Tarsus was not a man of half measures. He was an all-in type of guy. Confronted by Jesus, ministered to by Ananias, worked on by the Holy Spirit, he is converted. What does he immediately begin to do? Just what you would expect: heads to the synagogues and begins proving that Jesus is the Messiah. He does this from the OT since none of the NT is written yet. He went down to Arabia (perhaps what is known as Petra today) and did the same. Eventually we’ll find him fleeing Damascus and Jerusalem to avoid the plots of those trying to kill him.
27th – Built Up and Going On – Matthew 16:13-20; Hebrews 2:1-4; Acts 9:31-43
              This Lord’s Day we will read about Peter’s travels outside the Jerusalem area. Earlier, he and John had gone north of Jerusalem to Samaria to minister among those converted under the ministry of Philip the evangelist. Now Peter is going to head west toward the Mediterranean Sea. Just as it was in the days following Pentecost, remarkable miracles will take place through Peter’s ministry. In this ministry, we will see further fulfillment of Jesus’ giving the keys of the kingdom to Peter and the expansion of the gospel from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth.

Within the Fellowship

              Congratulations to James and Danielle (Caserta) Mylin, Justin and Courtney (Hughes) Lepping, and Jacques and Dasha (Burke) Lewis who were united in Christian marriage this summer. May God be with them as they begin their life together in Him.
              Congratulations to Jeff and Mary Kirkpatrick at the birth of a son, Stephen Paul. May the Lord be with them as they grow in Him.
                             Our sincere Christian sympathy to Donna Moyer, Bonnie Doran, and to Marjorie Talbot and their families at the death of their mothers, and to Karen Parry and family at the death of her father. May God be with them at this time.

From the Youth Pastor

The Messy Marvelous Mosaic
              As many have said in the Church Growth movement, “People count, so we count people”. It is important to value people, for there is beauty, worth, and uniqueness to be recognized and appreciated in every individual. This is not by chance, for no matter what we say about it, it’s a fact that God designed and made you a particular person. He made others also as distinct and particular persons. In this way we are separate from each other. Yet, we are also inscrutably linked to each other, in that we share in the remarkable commonality of being made in the image of God (Imago Dei).
              When I was a kid I thought if you collected everyone’s image and somehow morphed them all together you would then see the face of God. Surprise! This isn’t what image-bearing is all about. Theologian Gordon Wenham simply describes what it means to be made in the image of God. He writes, “The image is a capacity to relate to God. Man’s divine image means that God can enter into personal relationships with him, speak to him, and make covenants with him”. In other words, by our very design we have a relational capacity to know God unlike any other creature. So we are all unique, but at the same time we’re alike as image-bearers.
              However, this great “Imago Dei” that we bear unfortunately has cracks in it. Though God created us to be with Him, our sin mars the image and separates us from God (Genesis 1-3). Designed and groaning for relationship is now the human predicament and we are unable to attain communion via our individual efforts. Because of our impotence, many false and illusive glimmers of “communion” entice us into trying to connect (sex, drugs, and social media of course). But on our own (and in our sin) life just loses its taste, for we are “in vain” and everything is ultimately meaningless (Ecclesiastes). Desperately, every individual needs to be whole, or, more accurately, needs to be spiritually communing with the whole (God and His people). This happens through the gracious work of God who “… in Christ was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them…” (2 Cor. 5:19).
              Individually reconciled through and by the redemptive work of Jesus is the only help for communion with God (wholeness), although it would be wrong to suggest that God needs us to be whole (Acts 17:25). It’s this reconciliation that not only brings individuals into redeemed relationship with God (vertical), but also each other (horizontally). Oh how good it is that the shattered mess of God’s image can be redeemed to be an important piece of the human “mosaic” that God is making. The unique piece is important, but it finds a greater purpose, beauty, and communion when it’s in relationship with the whole. When all those individual pieces are brought together with the other “broken pieces” they together amplify visual beauty like no one piece could ever achieve on its own. Praise God for the messy but marvelous mosaic we are together in knowing Jesus and being His people.
                                                                                                                   In Christ,
                                                                                                                   Andrew Edmonds

Rally Day 2015

              The second Sunday of September, that would be the 13th, is the date for Rally Day at Leidy’s Church in 2015. Lots of action happening during the Sunday School hour. High-flying balloons, fluffy pancakes, Bible presentations, the aroma of cooking sausage, and Minute-to-Win-It games are all part of Rally Day as Leidy’s Church folk rally together to celebrate the beginning of a brand new Sunday School year.
              It all begins in the sanctuary where classes meet up with teachers old and new. Each member of an excited first grade class will receive a Bible with the student’s name inscribed. As they learn to read it will be a valuable resource for each one.
              Soon everyone will head for the Fellowship Hall for tasty breakfast prepared by an expert adult staff under the capable direction of Becca Coale. This is where the pancakes and sausage and Minute-to-Win-It game enter the picture. Yes, there will be edibles for adults too.
              All this culminates in the trek to the top of the cemetery hill for the picturesque balloon launch. Which way will the wind blow them this year?
              We hope the wind blows you into the action of Rally Day 2015.

Activ8 God’s Word in Our Hearts & Minds

              Just a reminder that every Sunday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 God’s Word is being soundly taught for all ages throughout our church building.
              In our Lambs and Lions department [think nursery and toddler] seeds of faith are planted in tender hearts as they learn God is Creator. Also, Jesus is God, He cares for us, and we can be like the men and women of the Bible and love God too.
              In the Pre-Kindergarten through Jr. High this year’s curriculum will lead students down Route 66, that is, through the 66 books of the Bible from Genesis through Revelation. Each age group studies a different portion of the Bible and grows in the knowledge of God with each passing year.
              Confirmation Class in its second year studies the history of God’s people from the end of the book of Acts to the present day. Also on the agenda is the Heidelberg Catechism and what it means to be a member of a local congregation.
              Our Senior High Class is finishing up a study of the parables of Jesus. They’ll be starting a new study after Rally Day, the subject matter of which is still an object of some discussion!
              For Adults September features the Involved & Invested sessions detailed elsewhere in this Newsletter. In October regular classes and electives will resume, including a 12 week study from Focus on the Family led by Dave Reich titled The Family Project: A Divine Reflection.

Men’s Breakfast Coming Up

              It’s been awhile since the last Leidy’s Church Men’s Breakfast. Break out your digital devices and enter into your schedule the last Saturday of September, that would be the 26th. At 8 o’clock that morning a hearty breakfast of various types of eggs, various sorts of tasty pig products, some varied fruits and muffins, and good tasty coffee will be served.
              After a series of significant and tortuous negotiations and some arm twisting, Pastor John graciously agreed to share the second half of his personal testimony. Previously he has told us the winding path by which the Lord Jesus caused him to be born again by the Holy Spirit. Well, that wasn’t the end of the story. He also was called into Christian ministry. And the Chief Shepherd has had him be our shepherd under Him for a few years.
              Most likely, Pastor John has a story or two that would be of interest to most of us. So, come out on Saturday morning, September 26th, for the Leidy’s Church Men’s Breakfast. A freewill offering will be received, but there is no cost to attend. Questions? See Dave Doran or Mario Guerreiro.

Business & Professional Breakfast

              Wednesday morning, September 16th, is the date for the fall edition of the BMCE Business and Professional Breakfast. Special speaker at the event will be Brett King, president and founder of a building-remodeling business.
              Brett King Builder-Contractor, Inc. has been in existence since 1982. It is company committed to exceptional craftsmanship, integrity, and exceeding customer expectations. Brett is an active, passionate Christian who serves as an Elder at Living Hope Community Church in Dublin. Telling how the Lord Jesus has shaped his personal and business life, his testimony will be an encouragement to trust in and follow the Lord.
              The breakfast takes place from 6:30 to 8 am at the Franconia Heritage restaurant. Tickets are $10 per person if purchased through Leidy’s Church. Call the church office or contact Pastor Niederhaus for your ticket. Not only will the ticket provide an opportunity to hear an inspiring Christian testimony, it also opens the way for a hearty, all-you-want, hot, country breakfast. Plenty of food for all, both physically and spiritually.

Kids Klub Konnections

              October 21st sounds a long ways off, but it isn’t. It is the third Wednesday of October, but more significantly for Leidy’s Church families it is the first night of our Kids Klub program this fall.
              Kids Klub runs for eight weeks and is designed to create a thirst to follow God while enjoying fun and fellowship and food with others.
              The new Kids Klub kicks off on the 21st with a special family night. It all begins at 5 pm. More details are forthcoming so keep your eyes peeled.

Women’s Ministry

Ladies of Leidy’s
              After breaking for the summer, we resume our monthly meetings. Our next meeting is Tuesday, September 1st at 7 p.m. in the Conference Room. With the fall brings new ministry opportunities, such as the October Rummage Sale! Please join us . . .we welcome ladies of all ages!
Young Mom’s Bible Study
              Begins Tuesday, September 1 @ 9:30 in the Conference Room. Meets 1st Tuesday September through June for study, and the 3rd Tuesday for fellowship. Child care provided. Patricia Niederhaus facilitating a study in Psalms from a book written by Kathleen Nielsen. Contact: Tara DiLenge or Kate Harris
Precept Bible Study
              Begins Thursday, September 10th, with Isaiah Part 1. Workbook: $31.50 They meet in Room 16 at 9 a.m. Contact: Verna Bowman if you have any questions.
Women’s Sunday School
              A new series begins on September 20, utilizing ICR’s Unlocking the Mysteries of Genesis DVD series which supports a biblical worldview with scientific evidence and answers the most controversial questions of faith and science. The 22-minute DVD will allow time for discussion each week. Join the ladies in Room 19 at 9:30 am for this 12-week class.
Monday Night Bible Study
              Seven-week DVD and discussion series facilitated by Sandy Nase – The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer beginning September 28th. Room 16 at 6:45 pm. Workbook: $14.50.
Conference Opportunities
              Women’s Ministries shared a sheet outlining many of the options for study at Leidy’s Church this fall via the church mailboxes as well as conferences and seminar opportunities. Additional information and a few brochures and sign-up sheets may be found at the Women’s Ministry board in the narthex. Be sure to check out what is available and join in for as many as you are able.

Library News

              Martha DeFrancesco has trained replacements to take over the church library duties, even though she thoroughly enjoyed the time she served. She wants to say a big thank you to all who have helped in the past or offered their assistance: Jean Clarke, Bonnie Doran, Janie Inyang, Patricia Martindell, and Bonnie Pross. Joyce Godshall will be taking over the primary responsibilities associated with the library.

Involved & Invested!

              It may not look like it inside our church, but changes are happening and coming to Leidy’s. A year from now, our entire church won’t just look different inside and out, it will be different. How do we transition all the functions, the entire life of Leidy’s Church from one place to another? Intimidating, isn’t it, to think about?
              What will not change will be the people carrying out the life of Leidy’s Church. Our investment in Leidy’s Church will not change because of what building we’re in. Our involvement may require us adjusting how we anticipate things will work, where things are stored, how events and programs will be structured, but these adjustments won’t keep us from being involved. But how can we best prepare ourselves for such a dramatic (or even traumatic) change?
              Some of us are new to Leidy’s Church, some of us have grown up here, some of us have grown OLD here, some of us have moved here from other places, but all of us have been through either the Inquirers class or Confirmation class or even both. We have all learned how our church makes decisions, carries out programs, events, and services through the roles of the Consistory, church committees, and various ministries. And all of us remember all of those details about church structure with perfect clarity. And none of us have changed significantly since taking those classes, so there’s no need for a refresher course for anyone. Right!! And we have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you!
              Despite that, a two-part Sunday School class will be held in the Fellowship Hall on September 20 and 27. The purpose of these classes is simple: let’s remember what we do here at Leidy’s and the structure we have to make things happen. It doesn’t matter if you know everything there is to know about how Leidy’s works or have just started thinking about how to get involved and would like to know how, you should come to this class. Because regardless of how much we know or do not know, the setting will be different for everyone soon. We could all learn a lot or be reminded of a lot just by attending these classes.
              There will be a panel each Sunday of active representatives from each committee and major ministry at Leidy’s to outline what the purposes of these groups are, what they do, what their needs are, and how a person can get involved. There will be time for questions about anything that’s presented, so you’ll be welcome to ask. And there will be food.
              These classes are NOT about the new church building; these classes are about what has made our church home at Leidy’s. You. Me. Us. And how we prepare ourselves to be used as God calls us here at Leidy’s Church. Let’s remember our investment here. Let’s remind ourselves of how our involvement works as a congregation at Leidy’s Church.
              Join us Sunday, September 20, and Sunday, September 27, for Involved and Invested.

One Life at a Time

              Save a Life International is sponsoring a concert on Sunday evening the 20th of September. It begins at 6 pm at the Grace Ukrainian Baptist Church. The concert will feature the Grace Ukrainian Choir, a variety of musicians, and moving personal stories and testimonies. Light refreshments will be served afterwards.
              Save a Life International focuses its efforts on promoting a culture of life in Ukraine. They set up crisis pregnancy centers, provide abstinence education for youth, teach all ages about the sanctity of life, and help heal lives wounded by abortion.

Evening for Prayer Scheduled

              We’re in a season that calls for concerted, corporate prayer by the people of God. Challenges unprecedented are before us. Opportunities unprecedented are before us. We need to call on the Lord Jesus for help in this day in which we live.
              In response to the times in which we live, an evening of prayer is scheduled to take place at Leidy’s Church on Thursday, September 24th. It would be good for all our congregation to participate. Other congregations will be invited as well. Pastor Jeremy Bell from Grace Community Church will be the primary prayer director.
              Two particular areas of need will be in focus: 1) persecuted Christians around the globe, and 2) the kindness of repentance to be granted afresh.
              The number of Christians martyred since 1900 is larger than the combined number of all Christians martyred from Stephen in Acts until 1900. Such persecution has increased in the last decade. Christians are being persecuted in unprecedented numbers. We want to pray for the persecuted and the persecutors.
              The precipitously steep and unprecedented spiritual and moral decline within culture and within the Church is cause to cry out for God to be gracious and pour out in the church and in the world a spirit of repentance.
              This evening of prayer will begin at 7 and finish by about 8:15 or so. Invite others to join you in an evening of prayer.

International Food Festival at St. Philip Church

              Our good friends at St. Philip Orthodox Church are hosting their 4th annual International Food Festival. This year’s dates are Friday and Saturday the 18th and 19th of September. Each day the festival will begin at noon and continue until 8 pm.
              Foods from Russia, Eritrea, Romania, Greece, Lebanon, and Ethiopia are featured this year. For instance, you may get an Ethiopian Zelzil Tebis which is a string-cut filet mignon marinated in herbs, pan-roasted, and served with Injera [Flat Bread] accompanied by Ethiopian lentil stew and vegetables. Or, if you’re not too adventuresome, get a good old Greek Gyro.
              An internationally diverse membership at St. Philip Church means that all the food is prepared and served by congregation members from those countries. Nothing is bought and carried in. There is a Festival Recipe Book for sale in case you want to serve foods with an international flavor to your dinner guests. New for 2015 will be a Specialty Coffee tent featuring hand-brewed blends from Eritrea and Ethiopia.

Judgement House

              What is it? A dramatic scene-by-scene gospel presentation through different life portrayals.
              Who is it for? Judgement House presentations are great way to share the truth about Christianity with friends and family (especially those who currently don’t believe in Jesus Christ).
              What is the theme? The title of this year’s Judgement House play is titled “Changed”. The story follows Noah Nelson, a teenager who enjoys partying and bullying. Noah’s life is changed when he decides to give his life to Jesus. Unfortunately most of the people he surrounds himself with, including his own mother, are not too thrilled with his decision. But despite his friends and families reactions, Noah trusts in Jesus and constantly stands up for his faith. Three deaths later, the truth is revealed.
              Where will it be? Judgement House will take over the Leidy’s Church building for 2 weeks in late October.
              When will it be? Reservations are being scheduled for October 23rd, 24th, 25th, 30th, 31, and November 1st with tours beginning at 6 pm (last tour leaves at 9 pm).
              Who does it? A range of individuals (young to old) from Leidy’s Church that are involved in all aspects of making the presentation a great outreach to people.
              How can I be involved? Let the Church office know how you would like to serve in this ministry. We need people for registration, guiding, construction, acting, prayer, counseling, make-up artists and food prep.
              Please pray! Without God moving through this venture it will be a waste. Pray that the Spirit of God would work in us, and the community for Jesus glory!

Life! Forty Days for Life!

              Leidy’s Church folk are familiar with the 40 Days for Life campaigns that take place each fall. This year the need for this ministry of witness and intercession is all the more pressing in light of the revelations stemming from the undercover Planned Parenthood videos.
              Our day to witness by interceding is Wednesday, September 30th. The Planned Parenthood abortuary in Warminster is the site where we pray. Prayer coverage goes from 7 am to 7 pm. We need to have each hour covered, so contact the church office so we know when you’ll be able to be present for prayer. You may stay for as long or short a time as your schedule allows.
              The Planned Parenthood abortuary is located on Louis Drive, just off Street Road in Warminster. It’s easy to reach, but you can get directions from the church office.
              40 Days for Life prayer sites are located across the nation and in 30 countries around the world. Running from Wednesday, September 23rd through Sunday, November 1st, God has used such prayers in powerful ways over the years. The simple, concerted prayers of God’s people have profound outward effects. Perhaps the vision and expertise and success in producing the Planned Parenthood videos are among those effects.
              Take part in praying for life.

The Westminster Larger Catechism

              This month’s selection from The Westminster Larger Catechism deals with very foundational issues. First, there is the issue of sin and man’s relationship to it. Secondly, there is the matter of covenants, the covenant of works and the covenant of grace. These are subjects at the heart of Christian self-understanding.
What Man Ought to Believe Concerning God
  1. 24: What is sin?
              Answer: Sin is any want of conformity unto, or transgression of, any law of God, given as a rule to the reasonable creature.
  1. 25: Wherein consists the sinfulness of that estate whereinto man fell?
              Answer: The sinfulness of the estate whereinto man fell, consists in the guilt of Adam’s first sin, the want of that righteousness wherein he was created, and the corruption of his nature, whereby he is utterly disposed, disabled, and made opposite to all that is spiritually good, and wholly inclined to all evil, and that continually, which is commonly called Original Sin, and from which do proceed all actual transgressions.
  1. 26: How is original sin conveyed from our first parents to their posterity?
              Answer: Original sin is conveyed from our first parents to their posterity by natural generation, so as all that proceed from them in that way are conceived and born in sin.
  1. 27: What misery did the fall bring upon mankind?
              Answer: The fall brought upon mankind the loss of communion with God, his displeasure and curse; so as we are by nature children of wrath, bond slaves to Satan, and justly liable to all punishments in this world, and that which is to come.
  1. 28: What are the punishments of sin in this world?
              Answer: The punishments of sin in this world are either inward, as blindness of mind, a reprobate sense, strong delusions, hardness of heart, horror of conscience, and vile affections; or outward, as the curse of God upon the creatures for our sakes, and all other evils that befall us in our bodies, names, estates, relations, and employments; together with death itself.
  1. 29: What are the punishments of sin in the world to come?
              Answer: The punishments of the world to come, are everlasting separation from the comfortable presence of God, and most grievous torments in soul and body, without intermission, in hell-fire forever.
  1. 30: Does God leave all mankind to perish in the estate of sin and misery?
              Answer: God does not leave all men to perish in the estate of sin and misery, into which they fell by the breach of the first covenant, commonly called the Covenant of Works, but of his mere love and mercy delivers the elect, and brings them into an estate of salvation by the second covenant, commonly called the Covenant of Grace.
  1. 31: With whom was the covenant of grace made?
              Answer: The covenant of grace was made with Christ as the second Adam, and in him with all the elect as his seed.

And Everyone Came

               Everyone came to the Involved & Invested sessions held during Sunday School the last two Sundays of September.
              At least that’s what we hope can be said at the end of this month. There’s another article in this Newsletter laying out the agenda for those sessions. This little blurb is to let you know that all adult SS classes are asked to meet in the Fellowship Hall on September 20th and 27th.
              The Focus Group that’s been meeting this past year is hosting and sponsoring these two special sessions. All members and friends of Leidy’s Church are encouraged to attend.
              Finger food will be available to complement the good information and give and take conversations.
              Yep, we all need to be Involved & Invested.

September Ministries

Lay Visitors:
6th         Joan Tawney
13th       Greg & Sandy Nase
20th       Nelder Metzler
27th       Matt & Cathy Conner
Tape Ministry:                                             
6th         Helen Hahn
13th       Beth Harbon
20th       Dorothy Kehs
27th       Shannon Kehs
Greeters                     8:00                                                                       10:45
6th         Lorne & Susan Slack                                                   Chris & Katie Tawney
13th       Ben & Evangeline Smith                                            Carl & Jerri Thompson
20th       Lew & Linda Stretch                                                   Glen & Rachel Tyson
27th       Esther Thompson, Marge VanOmmeren                   John & Fern Vasey
                                   
Ushers:
8:00    Scott Rittenhouse, Captain; Rod Shoemaker, Glenn Derstine, Dave Hughes, Don Nase,           Bob Shafer.
10:45       Dave Walbrandt, Captain; Dustin Doran, Steve Walmsley, Rob Shelton, Tony Wilwert,                   Brandon Kehs.
The A/V Booth technicians for September are Jim Foote and Ken Murphy.
The Emergency Committee for September is Randy and Cathy Annis, Matt Harris.