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.
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.
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Following the worship service, please check out the wonderful items our Sunday School Children have made, and consider buying some as gifts! All proceeds will go to the youth mission trip this summer.
Lastly, bring a salad and join us for a congregational luncheon, where the revitalization team will share their five year vision.
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.
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.
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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!
If you have a child or children in grade 5 or up, we invite you and your child(ren) to our Communion Class, which will be held Sunday, December 7 in the Sanctuary during the Sunday School hour, which begins at 8:30 a.m.
From our parents’ letter, which can be downloaded here:
At Christ Alone Church, we take seriously the vitally important role that parents play in the spiritual development of their children. We also take seriously our responsibilities to ensure that the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is celebrated and received in a way that honors our Lord and draws us closer to Him.
In dealing with the issue of the participation of baptized children in the Lord’s Supper, our denomination, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC), provides the following guidance:
Baptized children may be admitted to the Lord’s table provided they have appeared before the Church Session and professed their faith in a manner acceptable to the Church Session. (EPC Book of Worship § 3-3-I)
Although a local Session is not required to admit young children to participate in the sacrament of the Lord’s Super, it may permit them if the following criteria are met:
- The child had been administered the sacrament of Christian baptism.
- The child presents a credible profession of faith as determined initially by his or her parents, and determined ultimately by the Session of the church.
- The child is able to evidence to the Session a basic understanding of the nature of the sacrament as it is set forth in the Scriptures and in the Constitution of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. (EPC Pastoral Letter, 13th General Assembly, June 1993)
The Session at Christ Alone Church has prayerfully studied and discussed this issue and now offers these guidelines:
- We will offer a Lord’s Supper preparation class, recommended for children in grades 5 and up. Although we do recognize that there are differences in the maturity levels of children, we believe that younger children are not yet able to understand the full import of worthily receiving the Lord’s Supper. This class will cover the meaning of the sacrament, the significance of the elements, and how we are to prepare our hearts, including making a profession of faith. We ask that this class be attended by the child and at least one parent.
- After the class, we ask that you and your child go home and discuss what was presented. Then we ask that you pray together and determine if your child is able to understand the meaning of the sacrament and is ready to make a public profession of faith. You, as parents, are best able to make this decision as to readiness.
- When you and your child are ready, please call Ruling Elders Caroline Tromble or Jodi Buntin and a time will be arranged for your family to meet with Session.
Until this process is completed, we ask that you have your baptized child(ren) refrain from partaking in the Lord’s Supper. Youth who have completed a Confirmation or New Members process, at this or another church, are welcome to participate in the Lord’s Supper, as are all true believers.
If you have any questions or would like to sign up for the class, please contact Ruling Elders Caroline Tromble or Jodi Buntin.