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!

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.

 

 

Renovator’s Dream (Nehemiah) study begins April 2!

The Adult Bible Study will begin a new study, Renovator’s Dream, a study of the book of Nehemiah, on Sunday, April 2 beginning at 8:30 a.m. in Room 11 (lower level).

From the product description:

It has been called a builder’s manual, a handbook on management and a how-to guide for getting your employees to do their jobs. But is leadership and building really what the book of Nehemiah is all about?

The book of Nehemiah brings the biblical record of Israel’s rise and fall to a close—it is the last historical Bible book before the time of Jesus. It records how Nehemiah left his position as a high official in the court of the Persian King to return to Israel to rebuild the city walls. It’s the account of how Israel ceremoniously recommitted itself to the law of Moses—only to fail yet again to obey it.

It’s a renovator’s dream—and a renovator’s nightmare

In these seven studies, you will see the history of Israel through Nehemiah’s eyes and experience the many successes—but larger failure—of one leader to restore holy living among his people. It’s the story of how bricks and mortar just aren’t enough to rebuild a nation’s heart.

Please join us!

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly study begins January 15

On Sunday, January 15, the  Adult Sunday School will begin a new study in their series on discernment, entitled The Good, the Bad & the Ugly, a study of the book of Judges.   From the study’s description:

“It was a time of heroes, of daring rescues and mighty warriors, or merciless enemies and epic battles; a time of fear, a time of revenge, a time when every man did what was right in his own eyes”. Or that’s how the movie trailer would go.

The book of Judges is certainly a dark and gruesome part of the Bible, in which Israel lurches from sin to judgement to salvation and back again with grim regularity. Yet it contains strong warnings and encouragements for us as Christians today.

The Adult Sunday School meets in Room 11 (lower level) at 8:30 a.m.  Join us!

Pentecost, Mission Sale & Congregational Luncheon on Sunday!

PentecostPentecost is this Sunday (May 15), so remember to wear red!

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.

Holy Week Schedule

Holy Week Schedule

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Secret Church 2016

secret-church-2016Mark 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.

Welcome Back Sunday is September 13

Welcome Back 2015Sunday, September 13 is our annual Welcome Back Sunday!  This is the beginning of our new church year, the start of our new Sunday School year (ages 4K-adult), and our annual church picnic, which immediately follows the worship service.

If you haven’t been in church for awhile, or if you don’t have a church home and want to reconnect with the church, we invite you to Christ Alone Church … join us for Sunday School, worship with us, and stay for a meal and fellowship!

Coming up in August …

augustMark your calendars for these events!

August 2 — our friend Timothy will be visiting, and we will have a picnic in his honor following the worship service.  Please bring a salad or dessert to share.

August 21-23 — men, grab your fishing gear and join us for the Men’s Fishing Trip.  Watch the weekly newsletter for more information.

Sundays in August — the Adult Sunday School is continuing their study of creation.  It’s never too late to join!  Click here for more information and for the schedule.

Creation Study Begins April 26

Are science and faith incompatible?  Can we trust what the Bible says about creation?  Our Adult Sunday School class will begin a creation study beginning Sunday, April 26 at 8:15 a.m. in Room 11 (lower level).  Adults and students in grades 6-12 are invited to join us for this 18 week study, as we seek to answer these questions, using a variety of resources.

Click here to download the full schedule — please note the weeks we will be meeting at 8:15 a.m. and the weeks we will be meeting at 8:30 a.m.

caseforcreator1On April 26, we will begin this study with the video, The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel.

From the website:

The Case for a Creator is based on the book of the same title by former Chicago Tribune legal editor, Lee Strobel. Produced and released in 2006, the documentary follows Strobel’s conversion from atheism to belief in a supernatural creator. It was a decision deeply influenced by discoveries of 20th century science. Strobel’s book was a New York Times best-seller. …

What do the discoveries of modern biology, physics, cosmology, and astronomy really tell us about the origin of life and the universe? When objectively considered, does contemporary scientific evidence point toward or away from a supernatural creator? Strobel interviewed scientists and scholars from a wide range of disciplines for the answers.

The film examines scientific evidence in the fields of molecular biology, astronomy, physics, cosmology, paleontology, and genetics to answer the questions: Does modern science confirm the theory that life and the universe are the products of blind, materialistic processes? Or, are there a purpose, plan, and transcendent design behind all that exists?

KraftOn May 3, we are pleased to have The Genesis Foundation’s Jim Kraft present “The Relevance of Genesis” to our class.

This is a foundational talk, that emphasizes the importance of accepting a literal, historical reading of Genesis, how evolution destroys the gospel and the authority of Scripture.

 

TP-logo-smallOn May 10 and 17, we will review the science segments from The Truth Project.  From the website:

Science, the “systematic study of the natural world,” brings to light innumerable evidences of Intelligent Design. But Darwinian theory transforms science from the honest investigation of nature into a vehicle for propagating a godless philosophy. (Part One)

A careful examination of molecular biology and the fossil record demonstrates that evolution is not a “proven fact.” Meanwhile, history shows that ideas, including Darwinism as a social philosophy, have definite consequences that can turn ugly when God is left out of the picture. (Part Two)

UMG LogoBeginning on May 24, we will begin the 12 episode series, Unlocking the Mysteries of Genesis.   From the website:

Many Christians today are left discouraged by a struggle to reconcile their faith with science. They want their faith to be meaningful, challenging, and relevant yet often feel that faith cannot stand against the claims of science.  But instead of researching and questioning science, it’s often faith that they leave behind.

Unlocking the Mysteries of Genesis is a groundbreaking 12-episode DVD series that engages viewers of all ages with scientific evidence that confirms Genesis as a chronological record of God’s creation.  To address the concerns of believers who may be struggling, the series utilizes the power of visual storytelling to confirm the ultimate message that science and faith actually reveal the same truth.

Finally, we will conclude our study with Illustra Media’s Unlocking the Mystery of Life and The Privileged Planet. 

uml logoFrom the Unlocking the Mystery of Life website:

In 1859, Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species. In it, he argued that all of life on earth was the product of undirected natural processes: Time, chance, and natural selection. Since Darwin, biologists have relied on such processes to account for the origin of living things. Yet today, this approach is being challenged as never before.

Unlocking the Mystery of Life tells the story of contemporary scientists who are advancing a powerful but controversial idea—the theory of intelligent design.

Unlocking is the product of more than three years of research, photography, and post production. Based upon the scholarly work of Stephen C. Meyer, Michael Behe, William Dembski and others, this documentary presents the scientific case for intelligent design based upon recent discoveries in biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology.

ThePrivilegedPlanetFrom The Privileged Planet website:

Many scientists and philosophers have claimed that Earth is an ordinary speck of dust adrift, without purpose or significance, in a vast cosmic sea. Yet current astronomical evidence seems to suggest just the opposite.

We now know that a rare and finely-tuned array of factors makes Earth suitable for complex life. We depend on our planet’s oxygen-rich atmosphere, its large moon, its planetary neighbors, and its precise location within the solar system and Milky Way galaxy. But there is more. The same factors that make a planet like Earth hospitable to life also provide the best conditions for scientific discovery.

Is this correlation merely a coincidence? Or does it point to a deeper truth about purpose and intelligent design within the cosmos?

The Privileged Planet is based on the book with the same title by Jay Richards and Guillermo Gonzalez. Production began in October 2002 and was completed in June 2004. The documentary presents the Richards/Gonzalez hypothesis that the Earth was designed to both sustain complex life and enable scientific discovery.

Please join us!  Questions?  Please contact co-facilitators Jodi Buntin, David Roth or Caroline Tromble.

The full schedule can be downloaded here.