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.
As always, there is no charge for Popcorn & a Movie events, and feel free to bring friends! Popcorn and beverages will be served.
Here are the movies we will be showing for February through April:
Wonder – February 16:
Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.
Wonder is an amazing film, giving us a likeable hero and underdog in Auggie (short for August) Pullman, adeptly portrayed by Jacob Tremblay. His parents, portrayed by Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson, decided that Mom would homeschool him. But now they want him to attend fifth grade with other kids, so he begins attending Beecher Prep School. Auggie has the kind of sense of humor that can win kids over—well, most of them anyway. He says he is good at playing sports (on his X Box of course), and he loves Star Wars, so he deals with the stares from others by imagining what it would be like if Chewbacca the wookie showed up at school—he would stared at, too!
The movie features a subplot of Auggie’s sister, Via (Izabela Vidovic), who is always overlooked. She says that Auggie is like the sun, and their family revolves everything around him. She really cares for Auggie but sometimes feels as if she is invisible, especially when her friend Miranda comes back from a summer camp and seems to no longer want to be friends. But we do learn that there is something Miranda is dealing with that involves her parents.
The story is realistically portrayed and features some nice sentiments like, “It is better to be kind than right.” This one is a close call as far as receiving the Dove Seal due to an utterance of strong language, but there is a lot the movie got right, including the presenting of the Henry Ward Beecher Medal to someone who shows great courage. The movie makes the point that sometimes something or someone different winds up being a “wonder” indeed. (Review from The Dove Foundation.)
Same Kind of Different As Me – March 16:
“We are all homeless – just workin’ our way home.” These words are aptly spoken by Denver Moore, who enters the film The Same Kind of Different as Me as a very disturbed homeless man, played poignantly by Djimon Hounsou in the true story of Ron and Deborah Hall’s (Greg Kinnear, Renee Zellweger) journey to personal healing and struggle with physical illness and their effect on the homeless they encounter. The award-deserving performance by Hounsou carries the film; I sat transfixed by almost every word that emanates from this man. His deliberate and powerful voice anchors much of this narrative in the truth it wishes to convey—that of the homeless experience and this black man in particular, who struggled as a sharecropper, living much like a slave, well into the 1950s. His escape from this lifestyle meant a homeless existence, especially after a brush with the law, until he encountered the Halls.
Deborah Hall’s love and charity toward Denver and all the homeless people who come to the Fort Worth Union Gospel Mission is transforming. Moore said; “I never met Miss Debbie—she met me.” Zellweger, indeed, manages to convey a gentle and tender strength, even in the midst of her character’s battle with cancer, by unrelentingly pursuing the most lost and broken in society, as she is urged on by a prophetic dream and an unwavering faith. She cleverly insists that her husband make amends for wrongdoings by serving with her at the mission. He reluctantly agrees, and his transformation ensues, where he is just as changed by those he encounters as they are blessed by his service. The intimate bond he builds with Denver carries them both past the borders of this film into the world at large to raise millions of dollars for the homeless together by telling their story of redemption and grace.
Though a gap exists in the transition from the baseball bat-wielding Moore to the angelic, preaching Moore, God is greatly glorified throughout, as Denver increasingly speaks profundities about lessons learned and grander purposes, even in the midst of suffering, and Debbie quietly blesses everyone in her life, humbly pointing to God’s grace and love as the liberating and healing force. At times the tears in the theater were enough to fill buckets when emotional moments, such as the touching father/son encounter between Earl (played bitingly by Jon Voigt as an ornery alcoholic) and Ron was perfectly modulated.
Though there are a few violent scenes where Denver wields a baseball bat and smashes car windows, and emotional moments associated with infidelity, cancer struggles, and alcohol abuse, this film is overflowing with the message of redemption and hope, as we witness lives transformed and a powerful path created that lead to the One who changes hearts and minds. (Review from The Dove Foundation.)
Secret Church 18 – April 20:
For April, we invite you to join us for Secret Church! This will be the fifth year that Christ Alone Church is serving as a simulcast site.
What is Secret Church? Secret Church is our version of “house church” where we meet periodically for an intense time of Bible study—lasting approximately 6 hours—including a time of prayer for our brothers and sisters across the globe who are facing persecution and for those who still have not heard the gospel.
This year’s topic is “Cults and Counterfeit Gospels,” where leader David Platt will discuss:
The apostle Paul was astonished that some followers of Christ in his day were “turning to a different gospel,” and he pleaded with them not to be deceived by those who wanted to “distort the gospel of Christ.” These warnings given to the church in the first century are just as relevant today for the church in the twenty-first century.
For the good of our souls and for the sake of the church’s mission, followers of Christ need to ask, “What false gospels are being taught today?” and “How can I recognize the true gospel among so many counterfeits?” Answering these questions will be the aim of Secret Church 18, “Cults and Counterfeit Gospels.”
We will consider the claims of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, and other groups that claim to teach the truth. We will also explore more subtle distortions of the gospel, including prosperity teaching that is rampant across the church. In the end, our goal is to walk away from this Secret Church not only enabled to discern false gospels, but also equipped to share the true gospel with people around us and with peoples around the world.
The simulcast begins at 6:00 p.m., and we are asking participants to arrive by 5:30 p.m. There is no charge for this event, study guides will be provided, and there will be plenty of food to eat! Watch our website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed for additional information as it becomes available.
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.
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. …
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
Our Spring Rummage Sale will be May 5-6, and all proceeds will support the youth mission trip. Please consider donating your saleable items. All donations may be dropped off at Christ Alone Church or contact Joy Goeben (920) 680-2247 for pick up.
Rummage sale prep will be Wednesday, May 3. Contact Joy Goeben if you are interested in helping.
Please join us for our Holy Week services:
- Palm Sunday, March 20
- Worship service: 10:00 a.m. (Sunday School at 8:30 a.m. for 4K-adult)
- Night of Worship: 6:30 p.m., led by Macy Roth and Mary Van Wyk
- Maundy Thursday, March 24: Worship service with communion, 7:00 p.m.
- Good Friday, March 25: Worship service, 6:30 p.m.
- Easter Sunday, March 27: Worship service, 10:00 a.m. (no Sunday School)
Note: There will be no Wednesday night groups on Wednesday, March 23; we will meet instead on Wednesday, March 30, at the normal time.
Mark your calendars! Secret Church 2016 will be held on Friday, April 29, from 5:30 p.m. until midnight or so, and Christ Alone Church is pleased once again to be a simulcast site. We are asking everyone to be there by 5:15 p.m. as the simulcast will begin promptly at 5:30.
We encourage you to visit the Secret Church site to learn more.
If you would like to reserve your spot for Secret Church, which includes a workbook, please send an email to info (at) christalonechurch.org with the names of the participants.
Beginning September 9, 2015, Wednesday nights at Christ Alone Church are going to be “church nights”!
Beginning September 9, and occurring on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, from 6:30-8:00 p.m., we will be holding:
Youth Group — all youth in grades 6-12 are invited for Bible study and fellowship! Click here for more information or contact Youth Leader Joy Goeben with questions.
Speaking from practial experience, Janet Pope shares how her life was changed by the process of thinking and meditating on specific truths learned by memorizing Scripture. In His Word in My Heart, Janet reveals how she trained herself to incorporate Scripture memorization into her daily routines. This book is a must-read for those who hunger for God and want to learn how to discipline their minds and trade their thoughts…for His.
The book is available from Lighthouse Books, CBD.com and Amazon.com (it is available from the latter two in both print and eBook/Kindle format).
Looking for a trustworthy model of leadership? Study the example set by Christianity’s first trailblazer—the apostle Paul! In this revised and updated version of his earlier title Leadership by the Book, MacArthur reveals what godly authority is all about. Discover 26 timeless characteristics that can help you achieve success without forfeiting faith and obedience!
This book is available from CBD.com or Amazon.com in both print and eBook/Kindle formats.
Beginning on September 16 from 6:30-8:00 p.m., and continuing on the first and third Wednesdays of each month afterward, is our new Life University. Peter 1: 15-16 tells us that we are to be holy in all our conduct; because God, who called us, is holy. So if we are to be holy in everything we do what does that look like and how do we go about pursuing that.
Please make Wednesday nights part of your family’s church life!