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My Christmas Gift for you…

My Christmas gift to you is something you can’t really use until Jan 1, but don’t worry, you can open it before Christmas! My wife and I found this bible reading plan a while back and have really loved it, so I wanted to recommend it to you all. It is put out by Bible Class Materials every year, and it is a five-day-a-week reading plan that covers the whole Bible in a year (OT reading, Psalms, and NT reading each day). It is five days a week so that if you need more time or skip a day, you have time to catch up. It is also roughly chronological, which is really helpful especially for seeing how some of the prophets fit into the historical sections of the Bible. And, if it seems like a lot, you can always just read the OT in year one, and keep it for next year to go through the NT readings.

You can print it for free by going to the link here (if you can, print it front and back, then fold it in three) or you can pick up a free copy on the free bookshelf in the hallway of the church.

 

Christmas Activities

Sunday, December 3rdHanging of the Greens (Sunday School Hour 11:15am-Noon)

This is an all-church gathering where we share, sing and kids get to decorate the Christmas tree, all with a distinct gospel message. Special snacks will be served.

Saturday, December 9th Youth and Family Ugly Sweater Party (Starts at 5pm)

Join us at the Larson home for food, fun, and games. Bring your ugliest Christmas sweater! RSVP to the Larsons by Dec 7th (information at the information table)

Sunday, December 10thCaroling in Our Community (3-4:30pm)

We will be gathering at Harbor and driving to places in our community to sing carols and meet our fellow neighbors in Mooresville.

Sunday, December 17thHymn Sing (Sunday School Hour 11:15am-Noon)

Sing with us a church family Christmas hymns together.

 

Habitat For Humanity Update

A great many thanks to all who helped serve a neighbor in our community!

Here are some photos from our Habitat for Humanity build on Oct 21st:

(Use the dots below to scroll through the pictures)

 

Awkward Church Moments

It’s a Sunday morning, you are getting coffee after the worship service. You say ‘hi’ to someone, and they ask how things are going. You say, “fine, how are you?”. “Good,” they say. Then you stare at each other, utterly helpless to move the conversation along. Awkward church moments-and they happen all the time.

Recently I was alerted to a new book out (Brent McCracken, Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community),* and I was stunned by the foreword written by Russel Moore. Here is an excerpt:

That sense of awkwardness can hinder us, in many ways, but it can also be a gift. That uncomfortable feeling can remind us that there are times when we don’t know just what to say or do. It can give us a compassion for the occasional awkwardness of those around us. It can remind us that we are part of a humanity that, from our near-earliest history, found ourselves furtively hiding in the bushes from the presence of our God (Gen. 3:8–10).

We often, though, want to protect ourselves from awkwardness. We want to appear to know just what to say, just what to do, just how to act—in ways that can either distinguish us or help us to blend in with whatever herd we’ve chosen. Sometimes that self-protection means deflecting the very reality—presence and relatedness—that can draw us out of ourselves and toward wholeness. The intense moment, the “I love you” or the “I am concerned about you” or the “Here’s what you mean to me” moment, becomes deflected with a joke or a change of subject. Sometimes it is not comfortable to be loved… (12)

In a church, be it big or small, there will always be the temptation to run away. But what Christ has done is pulled us together in this wet-and-wild thing called the Church, which is so dear to Him that He calls it his body. The church is filled with people who are not like me, who don’t always get it right the first time, who don’t always know what to say or don’t always say the right things at the right times–but all who have been bought by Christ and have been sovereignly placed in my life for us to grow together and encourage one another. Even if it does get a little awkward.


*Brett McCracken, Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community (Crossway, 2017; Wheaton IL)

6th Annual Mission Conference Schedule

Mission Conference Weekend Schedule

Our speaker this year is Pastor Hunter Dockery of Serge Missions (formerly known as World Harvest). Here is his bio.

Saturday, November 11th
5:00pm – 8:00pm: Main Program: Welcome, Dinner and Missionary Updates/Presentations (Sanctuary)

Sunday, November 12th
9:30am – 10:45pm: Worship (Sanctuary)
11:15am – 12:00pm: Congregation/Missionary Prayer Groups (Sanctuary)
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Quarterly Luncheon (Fellowship Building)

6th Annual Mission Conference Speaker

I am pleased to announce that for our 6th Annual Harbor Missions Conference our guest speaker will be Pastor Hunter Dockery!

Hunter and Julie Dockery have 12 years of church planting work spread all over Ireland (with Jack Miller’s team), into Eastern Europe, and Russia during their time on the field with Serge (formerly World Harvest Missions). Hunter served as a Serge board member for six years after returning to the U.S. to pastor Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Winston Salem, N.C, where Michael and Lindsay Colvard attended while they were at Wake Forest University. They returned to work full-time with Serge in October of 2015.

Hunter works with the executive director of Serge, Bob Osborne, to develop ministry partnerships. He’s passionate about helping people get a glimpse into the mission’s work and see how to invest leadership skills, wisdom, and financial resources into this ministry. Because of Serge’s recent growth, Hunter believes ministry partners are needed now more than ever.

Luther and the Reformation – Notes and Tidbits

This October 31st, 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the nailing of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses to the doors of Wittenberg Chapel that started the Protestant Reformation. For many of you, this has a lot of significance, for others maybe not so much or you are not very familiar with the origins of the Reformation and its importance today. So I wanted to take just a brief moment to give you some bullet points on the context, and maybe give you a few tidbits you may not be aware of! This October I will be preaching a sermon series on the Five Solas (Alones) of the Reformation, so hopefully, this peaks your interest.

ALSO: This October I will be preaching a sermon series on the Five Solas (Alones) of the Reformation, so hopefully, this peaks your interest!

– Martin Luther (1483-1546) was a Catholic monk who taught theology at the University of Wittenberg in Germany. It was in his own study of the book of Romans that he began to change his views about God’s grace, Christ, and faith. Instead of seeing salvation as something that he had to work toward, he found that the Bible clearly taught it was by God’s mercy in Christ that we are saved.

– He did not see himself as a revolutionary, but he wanted the church to be corrected and uphold good, Biblical practices. Hence the movement that resulted is referred to as the ‘reformation’ rather than the ‘revolution’ because Luther (Calvin and others) saw themselves trying to correct the church universal rather than starting a new one.

– The ’95 Theses’ were 95 sentences that were up for academic debate at the university. Pinning articles of debate on the chapel doors was not all that unusual. It was similar to maybe an academic blog of today. Luther wanted to debate the points, but it was quickly taken and printed by unknown printers who distributed the work.

– The ’95 Theses’ were not full-fledged Luther in the sense that he was very much still reflecting many Roman Catholic doctrines. The issue that caused Luther to write the 95 Theses was the sale of indulgences.**

– At the time, the Roman Catholic Church taught that Christians who had not done their best to live righteous lives had to ‘burn off’ their impurities in Purgatory after death. This process could take hundreds, thousands, or even millions of years, according to church tradition. But the extra merits from the good works of Jesus and the saints were stored in heaven, and the Pope could distribute these merits as ‘indulgences’ for a person’s sins or for a loved one who is stuck in Purgatory. Pope Leo X needed funds to pay for the rebuilding of St. Peter’s Basilica, and he began a campaign of selling indulgences to raise the funds. A man named Johann Tetzel had peddled indulgences throughout Germany with some pretty underhanded fear-mongering, which Luther took exception to.

– But remember, Luther still (at this point) had the belief the Roman Catholic Church could be reformed and returned to its original orthodoxy. In fact, he believed that if only the Pope knew the abuses that were taking place, he would denounce the sale of indulgences. Thesis #50, “Christians are to be taught that if the pope knew the exactions of the indulgence preachers, he would rather that the basilica of St. Peter were burned to ashes than built up with the skin, flesh, and bones of his sheep.” If anything, at that point, Luther was defending the Pope!

– Yet, in response to the 95 Theses, Roman Catholic officials, and the Pope refused any debate with Luther but told him to recant or be condemned. It was Luther’s refusal to recant because Scripture compelled him was the beginning of the Reformation, of which we are inheritors of.

 

Next Week:

Why preach on the Five Solas of the Reformation?


** The Council of Trent (1563) abolished the selling of indulgences for money, however, the council also stated the practice of printing and giving of indulgences was ‘most salutary to Christians’.

Community Pregnancy Center of LKN Life Walk

On September 26th from 8:30-11:00 am we will be participating in the Community Pregnancy Center‘s annual Life Walk. You can sign-up to walk or sponsor someone in the link HERE.

Green Card Series Discussion

This summer, one of the activities we have planned for the Sunday school hour is a roundtable discussion with Pastor Michael and the elders based on questions or topics suggested by you.  To submit any question or topic you would like to talk about, just fill out a card or email the church office. There are no questions off limits! Return your green topic/question card any Sunday and place it in the box on the table where our “Announcements” board is located. Round-Table Sundays: June 18, July 9, July 30, & August 13

Harbor Summer Tuesdays!

Parents & Grandparents, bring you children and grandchildren to enjoy weekly kid-friendly outings on Tuesday mornings beginning June 6th! We will meet at 9:30am at each location (unless otherwise noted on the schedule). Sign-up for those Tuesdays you are interested in participating in, by sending an email to Lindsay at lindsaycolvard@gmail.com or the sign-up sheet in the lobby. We may need to make last-minute changes based on weather and attendance, so please sign up so we don’t miss you! We’ll be going bowling, to Hope Splash Park, Fairview UMC Playground, Bellingham Park, Dan Nicholas & Cornelius Road Parks, Gem Theatre, Mazeppa Park.