Advent Social is December 10

On December 10, our Fellowship Hall will be transformed into a Christmas dining room, with  beautifully decorated tables, delicious desserts served, the Christmas story read, beautiful music played, and all to be shared with favorite friends.

A cookie exchange has been added this year — so bring some of your favorite cookies to share, and take some others home with you!

Join us on December 10, following worship for our Advent Social!

We are currently looking for table hosts and hostesses. Contact Claudia Merck for more information and to sign up.

Advent 2017 at Christ Alone Church

Go on up to a high mountain,
    O Zion, herald of good news;
lift up your voice with strength,
    O Jerusalem, herald of good news;
    lift it up, fear not;
say to the cities of Judah,
    “Behold your God!”
Behold, the Lord God comes with might,
    and his arm rules for him;
behold, his reward is with him,
    and his recompense before him.
He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
    he will gather the lambs in his arms;
he will carry them in his bosom,
    and gently lead those that are with young. ~ Isaiah 40:9-11

Join us at Christ Alone Church this Advent season, as we study and reflect on Jesus’ birth.

On Wednesday evenings, from November 29 through December 20, beginning at 5:30 p.m., join us in Fellowship Hall for a simple meal, and a devotional study of the Advent using the Psalms.

On Christmas Eve, we will have our normal worship service at 10:00 a.m., and then our service of Carols and Candles at 6:00 p.m.

Watch our website, Facebook page and Twitter for updates.

Popcorn & a Movie schedule – October-December

We are pleased to announce our Popcorn & a Movie Nights for the rest of 2017 – mark your calendars!

Saturday, October 21 – Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer

Produced and just released by Haven Ministries’ Stephen McCaskell, this highly acclaimed 90-minute documentary will transport you back to the definitive moments that impacted the Church today. It will challenge you to a bolder faith and a greater passion to see the saving truth of Christ go into the world. (From the product description.)

Friday, November 17 – Alone Yet Not Alone

Seeking religious freedom in America, a devout Christian family from Germany settles in the peaceful Pennsylvania colony – only to find themselves caught in the crossfire of the French & Indian War. Following a merciless raid on their settlement, daughters Barbara and Regina are abducted, separated, then raised by their Delaware captors in the harsh Ohio wilderness. Now, only their devotion to each other and faith in the Lord can lead them through their darkest hours and back to freedom in this inspirational, true story. (From the movie’s website.)

Friday, December 15 – It’s a Wonderful Life

George Bailey has spent his entire life giving of himself to the people of Bedford Falls. He has always longed to travel but never had the opportunity in order to prevent rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town. All that prevents him from doing so is George’s modest building and loan company, which was founded by his generous father. But on Christmas Eve, George’s Uncle Billy loses the business’s $8,000 while intending to deposit it in the bank. Potter finds the misplaced money and hides it from Billy. When the bank examiner discovers the shortage later that night, George realizes that he will be held responsible and sent to jail and the company will collapse, finally allowing Potter to take over the town. Thinking of his wife, their young children, and others he loves will be better off with him dead, he contemplates suicide. But the prayers of his loved ones result in a gentle angel named Clarence coming to earth to help George, with the promise of earning his wings. He shows George what things would have been like if he had never been born. In a nightmarish vision in which the Potter-controlled town is sunk in sex and sin, those George loves are either dead, ruined, or miserable. He realizes that he has touched many people in a positive way and that his life has truly been a wonderful one. (From IMDb.com)

There is no charge for this event, and popcorn and beverages will be served.  Feel free to bring some friends along for a enjoyable evening!

Upcoming Popcorn & a Movie Nights

Please join us for our September and October Popcorn & a Movie Nights!

September 1: Joni

The award-winning story of a young woman who triumphed over devastating odds to touch countless lives the world over with the healing message of Christ. Includes photos and illustrations by Joni. In a split second on a hot July afternoon, a diving accident transformed the life of Joni Eareckson Tada forever. She went from being an active young woman to facing every day in a wheelchair. In this unforgettable autobiography, Joni reveals each step of her struggle to accept her disability and discover the meaning of her life. The hard-earned truths she discovers and the special ways God reveals his love are testimonies to faith’s triumph over hardship and suffering. (From the book description, which the movie is based on.)

September 22 – The Case for Christ

An investigative journalist and self-proclaimed atheist sets out to disprove the existence of God after his wife becomes a Christian.

Is there credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really is the Son of God?

Now a major motion picture, Case for Christ, Strobel retraces his own spiritual journey from atheism and former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune to faith. Strobel cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates from schools like Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis who are recognized authorities in their own fields. He challenges them with questions like, how reliable is the New Testament? Does evidence for Jesus exist outside the Bible? Is there any reason to believe the resurrection was an actual event?

Strobel’s tough, point-blank questions read like a captivating, fast-paced novel. But it’s not fiction. It’s a riveting quest for the truth about history’s most compelling figure. (From the IMDB and book description, which the movie is based on.)

October 21 – Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer

Produced and just released by Haven Ministries’ Stephen McCaskell, this highly acclaimed 90-minute documentary will transport you back to the definitive moments that impacted the Church today. It will challenge you to a bolder faith and a greater passion to see the saving truth of Christ go into the world. (From the product description.)

Popcorn and beverages will be served, and there is no charge for these events. Join us!

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!

Popcorn & a Movie — June 30

Join us on Friday, June 30 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall for Miracles from Heaven.

From the movie description:

Anna Beam (Kylie Rogers) lives with a rare, incurable disorder that leaves her unable to digest food. Despite the dire diagnosis, devoted mom Christy (Jennifer Garner) relentlessly searches for a way to save her beloved daughter. Everything changes in an instant when Anna tells an amazing story of a visit to heaven after surviving a headlong tumble into a tree. Her family and doctors become even more baffled when the young girl begins to show signs of recovering from her fatal condition.

 

Popcorn and beverages will be served.  Join us!

Popcorn & a Movie Night – June 2

Join us on Friday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall for Popcorn & a Movie!

This month’s offering is The Resurrection of Gavin Stone.   From the movie’s description:

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone is an inspirational comedy rated PG about faith and forgiveness. Gavin Stone, a washed-up former child star is forced to do community service at a local mega- church and pretends to be a Christian so he can land the part of Jesus in their annual Passion Play only to discover that the most important role of his life is far from Hollywood.

You can watch the trailer here:

Join us!

Summer at Christ Alone Church

Christ Alone Church is not a church that will be going on vacation this summer!  Check out our study, mission and fellowship opportunities:

Men’s & Women’s Bible Study (Wednesdays)

The Men’s and Women’s Bible study groups will be meeting together every Wednesday beginning Wednesday, June 7, at 6:30 p.m.

Study leaders Ed Keating and Ruth Vollrath will lead the group in a study of the book, The Power of Prayer and the Ministry of the Word:

Against all odds, 2,000 years ago 12 men turned the world upside down by dedicating themselves to these two spiritual disciplines.  It was against all odds because the Roman Empire ruled the world with an iron fist. They won all their arguments by killing their enemies.  The Empire was doing everything in its power to stop Christianity from spreading including feeding Christians to the lions!

Today, we have the incredible perspective of being able look out over 2,000 years of recorded history, and what do we see?  There are more Christians alive at this moment than the total population of the Roman Empire over its entire 500 year history, and the lions and the tigers are on the endangered spices list.

 Since neither God nor His Word have changed (For God to change He’d either have to get better or worse, that’s impossible, He’s perfect!), the power of prayer and the ministry of the Word has not diminished.  That means it’s available to anyone who is willing to do the will of God!

The reason most prayer meetings are so poorly attended and boring is because we don’t understand the principles of prayer as revealed in the Lord’s Prayer!

If you are interested, contact Ed or Ruth to order a copy of the book.

Youth Group (Wednesdays)

Our Youth Group will continue to meet on Wednesdays, beginning with social time at 5:00 p.m. for a simple meal and games, and then moving into study time at 6:30 p.m.

Contact Youth Leader Joy Goeben for more information.

Adult Bible Study (Sundays)

The Adult Bible Study will be doing two studies this summer, beginning on Sunday, May 28 at 8:30 a.m.

Burning Desire (Obadiah/Malachi)

From the product description:

The smallest charges can be the most explosive. The books of Obadiah and Malachi are among the briefest in the Bible, but their contents are pure dynamite. Both prophets provide us with portraits of a God who can be passionate, weary with displeasure, possessive and angry. Even a God who hates. And yet this same God keeps his promises, does not change, and throws open the windows of heaven to those who turn to him.

In the light of the gospel, Burning Desire expolores the different fates of Jacob and Esau’s descendants, one of which will be blessed with a Saviour who will rise from the ashes of judgment with “healing in his wings”.

Promised Land (Vol. 1 of the Faith Lessons/That the World May Know series)

From the product description:

In Promised Land, [leader Ray] Vander Laan illustrates how God guided his people to a specific place – the Promised Land – to impact the world both in ancient times and today. Just like the time and place of our birth shapes our journey, so the land and culture of the Hebrew people shaped their story. Promised Land provides wonderful context to the stories of that time.

Filmed on location in Israel, Faith Lessons is a unique video series that brings God’s Word to life with astounding relevance. By weaving together the Bible’s fascinating historical, cultural, religious, and geographical contexts, teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan reveals unique insights into the Scriptures’ significance for modern believers. …

Lessons include:

Standing at the Crossroads –Tel Gezer
Wet Feet – Jordan River
First Fruits – Tel Jericho
Confronting Evil – Tel Beth Shemesh
Iron of Culture – Tel Azekah

Contact leaders Caroline Tromble or Jodi Buntin for more information.

Community Breakfast (2nd & 5th Saturdays)

Christ Alone Church serves a breakfast to anyone in need of a meal or companionship, and we welcome any help with serving or visiting with people.  The breakfast is served from 8:00-10:00 a.m. and volunteers are asked to arrive at 7:00 a.m.

Contact coordinators Deanna Snow or Joy Goeben for more information.

Popcorn & a Movie

Watch for monthly movie offerings, served with popcorn and beverages!

Popcorn & a Movie Night – April 28

Join us on Friday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall for a showing of the movie, Courageous.

Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, they are confident and focused, standing up to the worst the streets can offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge they’re ill prepared to tackle: fatherhood. When tragedy strikes home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Sherwood Pictures, creators of Fireproof, returns with this heartfelt, action-packed story. Protecting the streets is second nature to these law enforcement officers. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That takes courage.

Popcorn and beverages will be served.