Secret Church 19

You are invited to Secret Church 19: Prayer, Fasting, and the Pursuit of God, on Friday, April 26. We are asking that participants arrive at 5:30 p.m. to get some food and find a place to sit. Wear comfortable clothing, as the simulcast will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will run until midnight (or a little later).

What is Secret Church? Secret Church is a concentrated, intense Bible study. From the Secret Church website:

“The idea behind Secret Church comes from time David Platt spent teaching and ministering among underground Asian house-churches. Due to hostility from the government, from the surrounding community, and even from their own family, many of our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world are forced to gather in secret, sometimes at the risk of their lives.

The plight of our persecuted brothers and sisters also explains why prayer for the persecuted church is a major part of every Secret Church gathering. We remember those who cannot meet openly, asking God to sustain their faith, to change the hearts and the actions of their persecutors, and to use their witness for the spread of the gospel.”

This year’s theme is Prayer, Fasting, and the Pursuit of God … from the Secret Church description:

“Our culture is constantly telling us that we can achieve anything we set our mind to. Sadly, many followers of Christ and many churches have adopted this self-sufficient mindset, relying on their own wisdom and abilities instead of relying on God. But what if we were never intended to be self-sufficient? And what if God has designed us so that our greatest satisfaction is found as we depend on Him fully for everything we need?

In Secret Church 19 we’ll take an in-depth look at the Bible’s teaching on prayer and fasting. We’ll see that our inabilities and weaknesses are the very place where God meets us with His strength and sufficiency. We’ll also see that faithfulness to the mission of Christ requires depending on the Spirit of Christ. Through prayer and fasting, we demonstrate our need for God’s power and our desire for His glory.”


For more information, see https://secretchurch.radical.net/

There is no cost for this event, but study guides are limited – please register by emailing info (at) christalonechurch.org with the names and number of participants.

Registration closes on April 1.

Dinner & You’ve Got Libya study kick off

Join us, immediately following worship on July 22, for a spaghetti dinner and a video from this year’s World Outreach dinner address to kick off our late summer study of EPC World Outreach missionary Greg Livingstone’s autobiography, You’ve Got Libya.

On Sunday, August 5, from 2:00-3:30 p.m., Pastor Ted Tromble will begin leading the study of World Outreach missionary (and now senior adviser) Greg Livingstone’s autobiography, You’ve Got Libya. Through this approximate six week study, we will study Greg’s book, pray for our missionaries, work the ACTS prayer model, and contemplate a mission work trip sometime in the year ahead.

From the product description:

Greg Livingstone has spent a lifetime planting churches in Muslim communities and can testify to the life-changing power of the gospel in even the most unpromising circumstances. This is his autobiography.

You’ve Got Libya charts Greg’s journey from a disadvantaged beginning through his adventures as he travels all over the world proclaiming the gospel. This firsthand narrative is full of compelling humor and self-deprecating honesty. The result is a page-turning tour de force that urges the reader to pursue God unreservedly and to join with Him in the adventure of pursuing the lost.

Greg’s burden for the millions of Muslims who had no gospel witness amongst them led to the launching of Frontiers, a mission agency focusing exclusively on church planting amongst Muslim communities. Today, Frontiers is a movement of more than one thousand field workers in nearly fifty countries.

Questions?  Contact Pastor Ted, call the church office at 857-3231, or email us at info (at) christalonechurch.org.  We look forward to your joining us in this meaningful study!

Women’s Bible Study begins September 5

A new women’s Bible study begins at Christ Alone Church on Wednesday, September 5, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and they will be studying Extracting the Precious from Galatians by Donna Partow and Lin Johnson.  This study will meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month in the Orange Room.

Donna Partow, teaming with Lin Johnson, brings Scripture alive for both individuals and Bible study groups as readers search the Word, consider its message, and apply its truth to their lives. Galatians examines the believers’ relationship with Christ, focusing on spiritual freedom and its benefits.

This study will be led by Jodi Vandiver and Sarah Smith.  Study guides are available in digital format from Amazon.com, or from various book sellers.

For questions, please contact Jodi Vandiver or Sarah Smith.

Seek Missional Evangelism study begins June 6

Join us for Seek Missional Evangelism: Are Evangelicals to Pursue Social Justice?, a six session Bible study for adults that explores the serious and complex problems of poverty, addiction, and homelessness. Passion alone won’t solve them. We need effective strategies for meeting human needs. Combining real-world examples of effective action with the wisdom of Christian leaders like the late Chuck Colson, Al Mohler, and Marvin Olasky, this study will challenge your ideas about social justice and how to transform lives in need.  This study will be led by Pastor Ted Tromble and Jodi Buntin.  Dates of this study will be: June 6, June 13, July 11, July 18, July 25, and August 1, from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Please sign up (sign up sheet is in the Narthex) so we can ensure that we have study guides for everyone.

Lenten Study 2018

This Wednesday, February 14, we will hold an Ash Wednesday Service at 6 p.m.  The title of Pastor Ted’s sermon is “The Soul Set Free!” Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, the 40 days that precede Holy Week and Easter.  In the Scriptures, the number 40 relates to the period spent in the ark by Noah, the period spent by Israel seeking the Promised Land after the Exodus, and the amount of time Jesus was in the wilderness of temptation after His baptism and prior to beginning His ministry.  For us, the season of Lent is an invitation to 40 days of renewal (“Lent” means “spring”), 40 days to prepare ourselves to take in the Good News of Easter through deeper disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  Ashes are the traditional sign of sorrow and repentance and are also a sign of mortality.

On each of the following Wednesdays (6 p.m.), through March 21, Session invites you to a Family Lenten Gathering of the Psalms, drama, dessert, and fellowship.

Sew and Sews Blankets

Eleven ladies met together on Thursday, January 25, 2018, to make blankets for the East High Caring Closet.

The completed blankets.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this fun morning. We completed eight beautiful blankets and had a lot of fun and fellowship doing so.  All skill levels were needed to make the blankets and everyone found a special job for themselves!  We cut, we pinned, we stitched, we knotted, and we admired the beautiful blankets.

Thank you to Mary Lee Hanson for her prepping of the project and making it all run smoothly.  Thank you to those who donated fleece.   Keep looking for future Sew and Sew events. You will be welcome to join with us.

Here are some pictures of the ladies making blankets:

Sew & Sews News

The ladies from M&M are spearheading a new initiative to reach out and help the community!

On Thursday, January 25, at 10:30 a.m. we will meet in the Lounge to make fleece blankets for the East High Caring Closet. Please set aside a couple of hours to help us.

Bring a sandwich or snack lunch and join us – all different skill levels can help, even if you don’t use a sewing machine, there will be easy tasks to perform, not forgetting the good fellowship.

Thanks to Mary Lee Hanson, we took five fleece blankets (pictured) to the Caring Closet this week!

You will be warmly welcomed. Please contact Deanna Snow, Sandra Ballard or Mary Lee Hanson if you have any questions.

New Fall Studies and Classes

Our Men’s Bible Study will begin on Wednesday, September 27, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  in Room 11 on the lower level.  They will meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, and will begin their year with a study of the Book of Ephesians.  See study leader Tim Ferral for more information.

Our Women’s Bible Study will begin on Wednesday, October 4, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Lounge.  They will study the book, Joining Jesus on His Mission: How to be an Everyday Missionary, by Greg Finke.  See study leader Maureen Mannion for more information and to sign up.

Leadership, and leadership development are something we take very seriously at Christ Alone Church.  In our Leadership Development Course, our goal is to train godly leaders who will then teach others the truths of our faith.  On Sunday, October 1, Pastor Ted will begin this fifteen week ambitious course.  On that day, we’ll meet from 11:45 am. – 1:15 p.m. in Room 11 on the lower level.  All members of the church are invited to participate because this course not only equips church officers (i.e., elders) but it also equips Sunday school teachers, small group leaders and others.

We ask you to pray about taking this step in faith development.  On the Narthex table, there are copies of the curriculum book plus a sign-up sheet.

On Sunday, October 1, we’ll be starting the eight-week Membership Class for individuals wishing to join Christ Alone Church.  Here, we’re interested in sharing the good news of Jesus with our next-door-neighbors and the world.  We’re about knowing God and being faithful to Him.  If you believe in the Church and would like to add your commitment to our kingdom-honoring work, we invite you to attend the classes, meeting from 4:00-5:30 p.m. (respecting the Packer’s game schedule) in lower level Room 11.  If you think you would like to participate, there are materials and a sign-up sheet on the Information Table in the Narthex.  Please pick them up at your earliest convenience.

Our New Church Year Begins September 10!

Our new church year begins on September 10 with our annual Welcome Back Sunday!

At Christ Alone Church, we believe discipleship is vital to everyone’s Christian walk, and we believe that Sunday School is an important part of discipleship.

We offer Sunday School for children and youth ages 4K-12th grade, and registration begins on Sunday, August 20.  Sunday School begins at 8:30 a.m.

This year, we are pleased to announce that we are offering two Adult Sunday School opportunities:

Experiencing the Heart of Jesus: Do you have a basic understanding of Christ, but long for a deeper experience of Him?

Through clear biblical teaching as well as engaging stories our new study, Experiencing the Heart of Jesus by Max Lucado, will help you not only understand, but taste, touch and see the freedom, grace and joy that Christ provides.

Take this opportunity to explore and experience the indescribable riches of Christ’s love!  This 10 week study begins at 9:00 a.m. and if you have any questions or would like to attend, please see Mark or Nikki Pittman.

Reformation Study:  Do you want to learn more about why the Protestant Reformation happened and why it has endured for 500 years?

We live in a world that has been profoundly shaped by events that occurred in the sixteenth century. In addition to landmark developments in economics, government, and culture, this crucial century witnessed a powerful renewal of biblical Christianity.

In this installment of his journey through church history, Dr. W. Robert Godfrey brings to life the stories of those who dedicated their lives to proclaiming the truth of God’s Word in the Protestant Reformation.  This 14 week study begins at 8:30 a.m. and if you have any questions or would like to attend, please see Caroline Tromble or Jodi Buntin.

Please join us for worship at 10:00 a.m. and immediately following worship (beginning at approximately 11:30 a.m.), you are invited to our church picnic!

We have midweek offerings on Wednesdays:

Youth Group: Youth Group at Christ Alone Church meets each Wednesday night at 5:00 p.m. for dinner and games.  From 6:30-8:00 p.m. we move into lesson mode.  Join us!!

The Youth Group at Christ Alone Church is for youth in grades 6-12 and is focused on Bible study and service  to our local community, to places in need in our country, and internationally with some fun included too! For more information, contact Youth Leader Joy Goeben.

Men’s & Women’s Bible Studies: Watch for more information about our upcoming study!  The Men’s and Women’s Bible study meets from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Popcorn & a Movie Night: Each month, we hold a Popcorn & a Movie night, where we enjoy popcorn, beverages and a family-friendly movie.  Watch our website and Facebook page for upcoming offerings!