Paper Drive through February 19!

Cleaning out old papers, magazines, boxes, and college textbooks?  Worried about how you’re going to get rid of it all, since your recycling bin probably won’t hold it all?

We have the solution for you!  Through February 19th, look for the large yellow dumpster near the JaM Community Center at the north end of the parking lot, and drop those paper recyclable items off!  We are doing a paper drive, with proceeds going towards our JaM (Jesus and Me) Community Center.

Tell your friends and neighbors too!

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:

Save the date! April 20, 2018 for Secret Church

Secret Church ’18 will hold a simulcast at Christ Alone Church on Friday, April 18, beginning at 6:00 p.m. (please arrive by 5:30 p.m.).

This year’s topic is, “Cults and Counterfeit Gospels”:

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.

Why Secret Church?

Please watch our website, our Facebook page and our Twitter feed for more information!

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.

Operation Christmas Child 2017

OCC National Collection Week

Preparations for Operation Christmas Child are underway!

Coordinators Nikki Pittman and Karen Herber are collecting items (check Pastor Ted’s newsletters and the weekly projection for the items being collected).  Feel free to assemble your own shoebox (click on the banner above for details), or pick up a shoebox at the church, and all shoeboxes are due back to the church no later than November 19.

 

Teaching Children Effectively Class (CEF)

The Teaching Children Effectively 1 Class begins July 22 at Christ Alone Church.

Teaching Children Effectively Level 1 is designed to offer a fresh approach to evangelizing and teaching children based on spiritual and educational principles.  This course provides the methods and procedures to lead children to Christ and immediately equips the believer to begin and sustain a ministry to children.

This class will be held on the following Saturdays at Christ Alone Church:

  • July 22: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • July 29: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • August 5: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • August 19: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • September 2: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • September 9: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The cost is $150 and scholarships are available to qualified participants.

Register by July 14.

For questions or to register, contact CEF at eastcentralcef (at) gmail.com or text (920) 366-8838.

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!

He is risen!

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?”And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” ~ Mark 16:1-7 (ESV)

Secret Church 2017 registration open!

SCRIPTURE AND AUTHORITY IN AN AGE OF SKEPTICISM
FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017
5:30PM-12:30AM CDT
(Please arrive at 5:00 p.m.)

THIS YEAR’S TOPIC

The Bible is the foundation for faith among followers of Christ in churches around the world. Yet many such Christians never think to ask why this is the case. After all . . .

  • How did we get this holy book?
  • Who decided what would and wouldn’t be included in it?
  • How do we know it’s true? Are there any errors in it?
  • Is it necessary? Is it sufficient? Is it authoritative for my life?
  • How can I understand it?

Even as Christians ask and answer such pivotal questions, the culture around us asks even more pressing questions: Isn’t the Bible antiquated and outdated? Isn’t it chauvinistic and offensive? Isn’t it downright deceptive and ultimately dangerous?

During this Secret Church, we will explore answers to critical questions about the Bible in order to discern what place it should (or should not) have in the lives of Christians and the implications those answers have for our lives, our families, and our churches in the culture around us.

Study guides and refreshments will be served.  There is no charge for this event.

If you would like to attend, please send an email to info (at) christalonechurch.org with the names of people attending.