Care Corps Up and Running!

For the past  several years, Outreach has been discussing a new ministry, Care Corps. The idea of  Care Corps was to minister to our own church family’s needs- such as our shut-ins and our members who may have had surgery etc.

Enter Peggy Rekai.  Peggy has such a heart for our shut-ins and began (on her own) to visit several.  Peggy then decided that it was time for Care Corps to become a reality.

Enter Dianna Vandeborne.  With Dianna’s organizational skills (and big heart) and Peggy’s heart for our shut-ins, Care Corps is up and running.  (I like to refer to these two as the Dynamic Duo.)

Visits are continuing to several of our shut-ins, plus meals are being delivered to one family three times a week.  Grocery shopping is being organized for another family.  Cards and phone calls are being made on a regular basis to our friends who have found themselves housebound for one reason or the other.  We hope to be able to offer rides to doctor’s appointments, etc. in the near future.

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From the Session – September 2015

The Pastoral Search Committee (PSC) has been working diligently on our Church Information Form (CIF) which will be ready for submission following our member-wide envisioning meetings which must take place in order to move forward.
Look for more information on the envisioning planning in this month’s Sunday bulletins. We are also in contact with our presbytery liaison, Rev. Dana Opp, who attends our meetings when possible.

The Interim Search Committee (ISC) has also been meeting regularly and is waiting to receive candidates from Presbytery to begin the interview process.

The Worship Committee will continue to provide Session and Presbytery approved Stated Supply until an interim or permanent pastor is secured.

Please continue to be in prayer with us.

For questions, please consult the Book of Order of the EPC, or you may contact the Ruling Elder representatives on the search committees.

From the Session – August 2015

August is the first month of Rev. Dr. Philip Makari’s retirement, and while we are all grieving the loss of our pastor of ten years-a great man of God who has loved us, taught us, and led us in the Way of Truth for the glory of God alone, we can rejoice in the fact that he has planted us on solid ground–a foundation of sound Biblical doctrine and faith, for which we are eternally grateful. We can also rejoice with him that God has brought him to this time in his life after many years of serving Him. We all know that Ministers of the Word never truly retire from serving the Lord and sharing the Gospel, so we should keep that in mind as we continue to pray for Rev. Makari and Vickey as they embark on the next phase of the journey.

Moving forward, Session has secured and will continue to secure Stated Supply pastors to preach and administer the Sacraments. We are honored to have Rev. Dr. David Massimi fill that position during the month of August. We also have both an Interim Search Committee (ISC) and a Pastoral Search Committee (PSC) engaged in their respective search processes.

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Our New Bible Class

biblestudyOUR NEW BIBLE CLASS is being held in the adult Sunday School room from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. every Sunday. While this is a required class for church leaders (pastors, ruling elders and deacons), it is urgent learning for the entire congregation. This is the one course of which we are aware that promises to bring to life basic biblical knowledge, make sense of difficult Christian doctrines, inspire the believer’s walk in Christ, and empower church ministry. The material to be studied is authored by national scholars of biblical theology, and will be taught by four elders who themselves have carefully studied the material, were individually examined in their understanding of it by the Presbytery of the Alleghenies, and have taught it in different settings before. They are: Jeanne Cox, Jane Gambos, Carolyn Glaub and Janice Whitaker. We are beginning the study with Michael Horton’s thought-provoking book: Putting Amazing Back into Grace. If you do not already own the book, the cost is $10. If you wish to have a free copy and like to participate, please contact the office. Please sign the sheet in the narthex or on the hallway table, so we can reserve a copy for you. You may join the class at any time, any Sunday.