February 2019 Diaconal Report

January is gone and February is moving fast. I am thankful we start each year out in the life of our Church with a weekend of Prayer and the Word. I hope you were encouraged as much as I was to recommit to faithful prayer and study of the scriptures...

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The Shepherd’s Heart

Acts 14:19-28 19“But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having won over the multitudes, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead. 20But while the disciples stood around him, he arose and entered the city.  And the next day he went away with...

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A New Year’s Reflection

Dear Congregation, As 2018 closes, and we look to 2019, it is good that we gather together to pray for the Lord’s blessing upon our efforts.  Our Weekend of Prayer and the Word is scheduled for January 11-13, (Friday evening, Saturday morning and evening, and Sunday morning) with Rev. Scott...

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Ridgehaven Report

What do the fruit of the spirit, body odor, s’mores, spartan challenges, and the gospel all have in common? Winter Ridgehaven 2018/19! Samantha and I, along with Brian and Laura Lightle recently had the privilege of leading a group of 31 covenant children and youth groupers to this year’s winter...

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Christmas Meditation

Luke 2:1-20 19“But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20And the shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.” There are some events in life that cannot be absorbed or processed in...

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December 2018 Diaconal Report

Here are a couple of updates on TPC Diaconal ministries.  Operation Christmas Child was a success. Thanks to Chip and Sally Bray for coordinating it and thank all who participated in Operation Christmas Child this year. We sent out 27 shoe boxes this year to needy children around the world...

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Financing God’s Kingdom

“Financing God’s Kingdom” Malachi 3:7-12 7“From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from My statutes, and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord of hosts. “But you say, ‘How shall we return?’ 8“Will a man rob God? Yet...

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The Liturgy of Worship, Part 2

  The Liturgy of Worship, Part II Why does the writer of Hebrews say in 10:25 that we should not forsake the gathering of ourselves together? Too often this verse is quoted as simply meaning that we should “go to church.” It means this, but neglects the riches imbedded in...

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Music Ministry Newsletter

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16 Singing is a primary way in which the Word of God dwells in us individually and collectively...

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Liturgy of Worship, Part 1

The Liturgy of Worship , Part I What are we doing on the Lord’s day, especially when we are gathered as God’s people in church? How do we understand Christian growth and discipleship? Is it chiefly corporate or individual in focus? Is sanctification primarily nourished by the preached Word and...

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