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Weekly Update for Sunday, May 15, 2022

This Sunday we are highlighting the ministry of Compassion International to children around the world.

There will be an Official Board meeting this Sunday afternoon at 4:30 pm in the church library.

This Wednesday at 6:30 pm Pastor David will continue the Getting to Know the Bible Better series with an overview of the book of James.

There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex for 2022 graduates.

Fifth Sunday OCC Special Offering: May 29, at the Welcome Center.

May OCC items: Toys

The Greene County Right to Life organization will be placing an ad in the Shopper for Father’s Day. If you would like your name included at no charge, there is a sign-up sheet on the Welcome Center.

Weekly Update for Sunday, May 8, 2022

There will be no Worship Service this evening in order to allow families to gather in observance of Mother’s Day.

This Wednesday at 6:30 pm Pastor David will resume the Getting to Know the Bible Better series on with an overview of the book of Hebrews.

Mother’s Day Banquet: May 9, 6:00 PM. There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex. Men, if you want to volunteer to help out, be here at 5:30 pm.

There is also a sign-up sheet for 2022 graduates.

There will be an Official Board meeting on Sunday, May 15th at 4:30 pm in the church library.

There will be a short Compassion International presentation, “In my future” on Compassion Sunday, May 15, 2022. This is an opportunity for church members to sponsor a child in poverty. Sponsorships provide the child with Christ centered physical, emotional, and spiritual care through churches in their communities.

May OCC items: Toys

Heaven

I’ve just read a great book. It’s called The Case for Heaven by Lee Strobel. Strobel is one of my favorite authors. He was an atheist who worked as an investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune. His wife Leslie became a Christian, and it upset him so much he set out to disprove Christianity and “rescue” his wife. But after months of researching the evidence and interviewing experts, to his dismay he found himself convinced, and he became a believer in Jesus, too. He wrote a book about his faith journey called The Case for Christ. He has since written The Case for Faith, The Case for the Real Jesus, and The Case for a Creator.

In 2011, Strobel had a life-threatening incident that landed him in the hospital and brought him face-to-face with the prospect of his own death. He survived this crisis, but it caused him to consider what happens after we die more seriously. As a Christian, he of course believed in heaven, but he hadn’t given it much thought. After he nearly died, he wanted a clearer idea of what the Bible has to say about the afterlife, and to know if the many accounts of near-death experiences (NDEs) had any validity at all, and whether they supported or contradicted the Bible’s teaching. So, he embarked on yet another months-long investigation, researching and interviewing experts all over America and Great Britain on the subject of life after death. The result was his latest book, The Case for Heaven.

I devoured it in about four days. It’s fantastic. Let me give you the high points.

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Weekly Update for Sunday, May 1, 2022

This Wednesday Ted Wagner will be teaching at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. A time of prayer will follow. Pastor David will resume the Getting to Know the Bible Better series on Wednesday, May 11, with an overview of the book of Hebrews.

Mother’s Day Banquet: May 9, 6:00 PM. There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex. See Sharon Payne or Rae Anne Tyra for more information.

There will be an Official Board meeting on Sunday, May 15th at 4:30 pm in the church library.

There will be a short Compassion International presentation, “In my future” on Compassion Sunday, May 15, 2022. This is an opportunity for church members to sponsor a child in poverty. Sponsorships provide the child with Christ centered physical, emotional, and spiritual care through churches in their communities.

May OCC items: Toys

Weekly Update for Sunday, April 24, 2022

This Wednesday at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall we will be looking at Part 2 of America’s Great Awakenings. A time of prayer will follow. Prayer requests may be called in to the church office or dropped in the Offering Box. The Getting to Know the Bible Better series will resume in the near future.

Mother’s Day Banquet: May 9, 6:00 PM. A sign-up sheet will be available in the narthex. See Sharon Payne or Rae Anne Tyra for more information.

May OCC items: Toys

Weekly Update for Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022

On Easter Sunday we will have a Sunrise Service at 6:30 AM, followed by a breakfast in the Fellowship Hall. Sunday School will be at 9:00 AM, followed by our Easter Worship Service at 10:00 AM. There will be no evening service in order to allow more time for families to gather for Easter.

There will be a Deacons Meeting this Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm in the Alpha Classroom.

We will resume meeting in the Fellowship Hall this Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm. We will be continuing the prayer format we have been using in our Special Prayer Services. Prayer requests may be called in to the church office or dropped in the Offering Box. The Getting to Know the Bible Better series will resume in the near future.

April OCC items: Toys

Weekly Update for Sunday, April 10, 2022

We have one more special prayer service set aside to pray for our church this Wednesday, April 13th. And we are setting aside Wednesday, April 13th as a day of fasting and prayer for our church. All are encouraged to pray. Those not hindered by health concerns are also encouraged to fast from after your evening meal on Tuesday, April 12th to your evening meal on Wednesday, April 13th. Our desire is to seek God’s face and know His will for our church.

A Tenebrae Service will be held on Good Friday at 8:00 pm in the church sanctuary. Tenebrae is a Latin word meaning “darkness.” A Tenebrae Service is also called “A Service of Shadows.” It is a simple, powerful service. The sanctuary will be lit mainly by candles. We will sing songs and read Scriptures that point to the crucifixion of Christ. After each Scripture reading, a candle will be extinguished. Communion will also be observed.

Memorial Easter lilies may be brought in this week any day but Tuesday.

On Easter Sunday we will have a Sunrise Service at 6:30 AM, followed by a breakfast in the Fellowship Hall. Sunday School will be at 9:00 AM, followed by our Easter Worship Service at 10:00 AM. There will be no evening service in order to allow more time for families to gather for Easter.

April OCC items: Toys

Weekly Update for Sunday, April 3, 2022

We have had another offering of $500 come in for Ukrainian refugees, for a new total of $2435.00. The money will be divided between Samaritan’s Purse and the Evangelische Freikirche Am Bohlweg in Munster, Germany, where Pastor Jonas Bueltemann and the church are hosting Ukrainian refugees in their homes.

We have two more special prayer services set aside to pray for our church, on Wednesday, April 6th and Wednesday, April 13th. We are also setting aside Wednesday, April 13th as a day of fasting and prayer for our church. All are encouraged to pray. Those not hindered by health concerns are also encouraged to fast from after your evening meal on Tuesday, April 12th to your evening meal on Wednesday, April 13th. Our desire is to seek God’s face and know His will for our church.

We will hold a Tenebrae Service on Good Friday at 8:00 pm in the church sanctuary. Tenebrae is a Latin word meaning “darkness.” A Tenebrae Service is also called “A Service of Shadows.” It is a simple, powerful service. The sanctuary will be lit mainly by candles. We will sing songs and read Scriptures that point to the crucifixion of Christ. After each Scripture reading, a candle will be extinguished. After the fifth reading, communion will be observed. Volunteers, both men and women, are needed for the Scripture readings. A sign-up sheet for the Scripture Readings is on the Welcome Center. Pastor David will provide a copy of your Scripture Reading to you beforehand.

On Easter Sunday we will have a Sunrise Service at 6:30 AM in the sanctuary, followed by a special Easter breakfast in the Fellowship Hall. Sunday School will be at 9:00 AM as usual, followed by our Easter Sunday Worship Service at 10:00 AM. There will be no evening service in order to allow more time for families to gather for Easter.