This Week at Community Church
TUESDAY 7am Men’s Prayer Breakfast (Hilltop Rest.)
9:15am Ladies Bible Study (FLC)
6:30pm Pickleball (FLC)
THURSDAY National Day of Prayer
SATURDAY Declaration for Life (Times Sq. NY…televised)
SUNDAY 10am Worship/Communion/Barnabas Fund
(Refreshments & Care Groups PPD to 5/12/19)
5:30pm Wingate Small Group @ The Grahams
HONORING OUR GRADUATES:
Alexa Catherman graduates from George Washington University on May 17th, Elliott School of International Affairs with an MA in International Development.
Lexi Beaver graduates from North Carolina State University on May 10, with aBachelors Degree in Construction Engineering.
This Thursday, May 2, is National Day of Prayer
Saturday, May 4, is “Declaration for Life” televised from Times Square, N.Y. (For more information please check the Focus on the Family web site.)
MEMORIAL DAY PICNIC – MAY 26 Join us Sunday, May 26, after Care Groups, for a picnic lunch on the grounds, games, and fun. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and rolls will be provided. Bring side dishes and drinks to share. Don’t forget your lawn chairs or picnic blankets, games, etc.
JAARS DAYS . . .Cards announcing JAARS Days are on the missions table in the Sanctuary. Invite friends/relatives to come to an exciting day at JAARS in June or October to find out all the ways they support Bible translation.
SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDIES
Tuesday Morning Ladies Study . . .meets at 9:15 in the Family Life Center. Contact person: Karen Whinna. New study: “The Magnificent Obsession”, by Anne Graham Lotz. See Carolyn Dowless for a book: $8.00. This week ladies are invited to stay after the study to enjoy lunch (bring your own, plus beverage) and games.
Wingate Small Group. . .meets 1st & 3rd Sunday afternoons at 5:30 in the home of John and Judy Graham of Wingate. Should you like to join us in our current study of Ephesians, please let John and Judy know (704-324-4011).
More About New Care Groups. . .Starting with the new Care Groups on April 7th, there will be “Care Group Transfer Request” form located at the reception desk in the church lobby. The Elders of Community Church believe that Care Groups are a wonderful tool to help people connect to the church and build relationships necessary for the furthering of God’s Kingdom. Sometimes, however, people do not fit in a certain group. For this reason the Transfer Request was devised to help you change Care Groups. There are three restrictions to requesting a change which are listed on the form. The most important of these restrictions is attending the Care Group at least four times before requesting a change. Completed forms should be placed in the “Church Office” distribution box in the church basement or received in (or mailed to) the church office.
Berea Study Group Plans:
They will be looking at the Book of Isaiah. Here are some additional topics of study they will do: The Branch of Jesse; A Prophecy Against Babylon; The Lord’s Devastation of the Earth; and Songs of Praise to the Lord. If you are interested please contact Ted Matteson by email (email@example.com), or telephone (321.917.0665); or in person.
DEADLINES "TEMPORARILY" CHANGE FOR BULLETIN/COMMUNIQUE
Julia will be taking some vacation time May 2-7. Therefore, it is requested
that all May 5 Bulletin info be received in the church office by Monday
noon, April 29. Also, the Monday Communique of May 6 is being rescheduled
to go out Wednesday, May 8. Please send info for the May 8 Communique to the
office no later than Tuesday, May 7.
The June Newsletter deadline of May 15 will remain. Thank you.
MAY IS SHOWTIME
To assist our Pastoral Search committee, the elders have
agreed to designate the month of May as a time for each of us to SHOW our
financial support of the ministry of Community Church. During May please do
not contribute anything more or anything less than the amount you expect to
contribute on a monthly basis for the remainder of this year. As the
Search Committee proceeds with interviews of applicants, eventually they
will need to talk about the financial "package" of salary and benefits that
we can offer our next Pastor. We will use our May income as a measure of
what to expect for the remainder of this year. It's as simple as that.
On May 5, after our Communion Service and before Care Groups, we
expect to baptize four or more believers who want to make a public
declaration of their faith in Christ as their Lord and Savior and their
desire to grow in their spiritual relationship with the Father, the Son, and
the Holy Spirit. We baptize by full immersion (yes, "dunking", all the way
under). A first for me will be using a large galvanized tank. Rain (in the
Family Life Center), or Shine (outside) this will be memorable for all of
us. If you want to participate, please speak to me, Pastor Barry.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! JAARS DAYS . . .
Cards announcing JAARS Days are on
the missions table in the Sanctuary. Invite friends/relatives to come to an
exciting day at JAARS in June or October to find out all the ways they
support Bible translation.
APRIL BIBLE VERSES
“Since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1 (NASB)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK TO THE FOLLOWING:
(5/3) Brett Bogert (5/4) Ezra Hall
(Monday, 5/6) Ben Bogert
FROM YOUR ELDERS:
Please pray for your Elders as we continue to work through the agreement process with the Salvation Army/Boys and Girls Club (SAB&GC). As a reminder, the AB&GC (local school aged children) plans for 70 - 100 children in our facilities for the programs which should start June 1st. The goal of SAB&GC is far more than a place for children to be while parent(s) work. The program includes Education, the Arts, Health & Life Skills, Character & Leadership, Sports, Fitness & Recreation, and College & Career Readiness. The Boys and Girls Club has identified Rosalyn Martin as the Unit Director and will be the primary day-to-day Director for the program and will be supported by several Boys and Girls Club Staff in the execution of the program. Office space for administration has been given to them in the FLC. The presenceof SAB&GC should not hinder day-to-day functions of the church. Elders have authorized the parking of an SAB&GC bus and the placement of a sign on church property. There are opportunities for the church. We have prayed for new families to come and God gave us children for whom to pray. If church attenders desire to support this program beyond prayer, there is a need for individual background checks. The Elders are in possession of the memorandum of agreement for review. Pray the church may reach to the families of the children through the SAB&GC. This is an exciting time to watch and be part of our Lord’s work here in Union County.
FROM YOUR MISSIONS BOARD:
There is a mission trip available to the church through Americans Serving Other Nations (ASON). It is to the Dominican Republic July 24-Aug 3. The application deadline of May 15 is firm. Would you please consider going or recruiting a good team member to go? ASON needs 15 people or the team will be cancelled. Applications for this trip are located on the Missions Table. For more information, contact Ted Matteson at 321.917.0665 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Blessings.
FROM YOUR PASTOR SEARCH COMMITTEE:
The Committee has completed the primary interviews of all final candidates and is in the process of completing charter references interviews for the candidates. This will take a few weeks to complete, but we trust God has already chosen our new pastor. Please keep your Search Committee in prayer. Committee members are: Jim Whinna, Ted Matteson, Deb Brown, Carla Beaver, Tom Bogle, Brett Bogert, Dave Thrun, and Pastor Barry.