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CURRENT SERMON SERIES
Beginning Sunday, January 7, we will be looking at Romans for the entire year. You can always catch up on the latest sermons online by clicking here.
"As with all Paul’s epistles to the churches, his purpose in writing was to proclaim the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ by teaching doctrine and edify and encourage the believers who would receive his letter. Of particular concern to Paul were those to whom this letter was written—those in Rome who were 'loved by God and called to be saints' (Romans 1:7). Because he himself was a Roman citizen, he had a unique passion for those in the assembly of believers in Rome. Since he had not, to this point, visited the church in Rome, this letter also served as his introduction to them."
"Paul was excited about being able to minister at last in this church, and everyone was well aware of that fact (Romans 1:8-15). The letter to the Romans was written from Corinth just prior to Paul’s trip to Jerusalem to deliver the alms that had been given for the poor there. He had intended to go to Rome and then on to Spain (Romans 15:24), but his plans were interrupted when he was arrested in Jerusalem. He would eventually go to Rome as a prisoner. Phoebe, who was a member of the church at Cenchrea near Corinth (Romans 16:1), most likely carried the letter to Rome."
"The Book of Romans is primarily a work of doctrine and can be divided into four sections: righteousness needed, 1:18–3:20; righteousness provided, 3:21–8:39; righteousness vindicated, 9:1–11:36; righteousness practiced, 12:1–15:13. The main theme of this letter is obvious of course—righteousness. Guided by the Holy Spirit, Paul first condemns all men of their sinfulness. He expresses his desire to preach the truth of God’s Word to those in Rome. It was his hope to have assurance they were staying on the right path. He strongly points out that he is not ashamed of the gospel (Romans 1:16), because it is the power by which everyone is saved."
"The Book of Romans tells us about God, who He is and what He has done. It tells us of Jesus Christ, what His death accomplished. It tells us about ourselves, what we were like without Christ and who we are after trusting in Christ. Paul points out that God did not demand men have their lives straightened out before coming to Christ. While we were still sinners Christ died on a cross for our sins."
-- Source: GotQuestions.org
THE ENCHANTED BOOKSHOP: A PLAY
VCS invites all to attend the middle school production of The Enchanted Bookshop where favorite book characters come to life when no one is looking!
Come see books come to life on Friday, January 19, at 7:30 pm in the HVPC sanctuary (aka the VCS Theater). Tickets are $5.00 (ages 3 and up). Tickets are on sale now in the school office (215-947-4581) or contact Susan Caler. Sales will close when the house is full!
You will enjoy the antics of our own Hannah Wolfe as she plays a leading role! Come join the fun!
SYNOPSIS: During the day, A Likely Story may look like any other used bookstore. But at night, it’s a place where magic happens. That’s when the characters inside the books come alive. Six of those characters — Dorothy Gale, Robin Hood, Pollyanna, Sherlock Holmes, Heidi, and Tom Sawyer — long to help Margie, the scatterbrained owner, save her struggling store. But they’re not allowed to leave the building or be seen by human eyes. So when a pair of smugglers comes looking for a stolen necklace hidden inside one of the books, the characters are torn. Should they warn Margie and risk disappearing forever? Or can they find a way to defeat the crooks without being seen? Featuring additional appearances by such beloved literary characters as the Queen of Hearts, Long John Silver, and Doctor Dolittle, this charming comedy celebrates the joy of reading in a fresh, fun-filled way.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
The Adult Sunday school class will be spending eight weeks in January and February looking at Prayer in the Old Testament.
The topics to be covered are:
- Conversing with God - Abraham (Genesis 18:16-33)
- Give me Success - Eliezer (Genesis 24:1-28)
- Bless me - Jacob (Genesis 32:1-31)
- Discovering God's Will - Moses (Exodus 32:1-14)
- Go with us - Moses (Exodus 33:1-23)
- Request for a sign - Gideon (Judges 6:17)
- Remember me - Hannah (1 Samuel 1:1-28)
- Relying on God - David (Psalm 51:12)
Adult Sunday school meets in the lounge each Sunday from 10:15 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
LOOKING FOR IT/TECH HELP FOR THE CHURCH
We are looking for help with our IT/Tech needs. This would be on an as-needed basis. Most issues are simple, such as cleaning viruses, setting up new PCs, troubleshooting network issues, configuring devices, etc. Most of these activities can be done over the phone but periodic site visits will be needed. Occasionally there may also be a need for help with cabling, selecting equipment, and related services. This is not a staff position. We would be very interested in someone who is working alone as an independent contractor or in a small 2-3 person business in or very near Huntingdon Valley, PA. We need someone reliable, reasonable in their rate structure, and who has experience working with churches. Client references are requested. If you know of someone or you are interested, please email Stephen Clark at communications@HVPC.org.
SMALL GROUPS ALWAYS OPEN
HVPC small groups are happening! Not in a group? It's never too late to join! To view a list of active groups, go online to www.HVPC.org/small-groups. For more information contact Karen Nyirjesy (email@example.com; 215-886-7824). A list of the groups with contact and meeting information is located at the back of the sanctuary.
Sunday Bulletin Deadline. Need to get something in the bulletin? All information for each bulletin must be received by noon the Wednesday prior. Email submissions to news@HVPC.org. No email? Then type or write your information legibly and give it to Dana Fluder or Stephen Clark.
HVPC News Email Newsletter Deadline. Beginning in September HVPC emails will be sent on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. If you have items to be included, please email them to news@HVPC.org by the Wednesday prior to the issue date. If you have any questions, contact Stephen R. Clark (communications@HVPC.org, 216-333-3172). No email? Then type or write your information legibly and give it to Dana Fluder or Stephen Clark.
We've completed our journey though the Gospel of John.
The Gospel of John reveals an unmatched portrait of Jesus and is arguably the most theologically and philosophically profound account of his life, death, and resurrection in the New Testament.
From revealing Jesus’ cosmic identity as being with the Father “in the beginning,” to recounting the many miraculous signs attesting to his mission and divinity, this guide encourages us to worship Christ as Lord and to follow him on mission in the world.
If you have a request you would like added to the prayer list, please call the church office at (215) 947-5500.
PAYPAL ONLINE GIVING
When giving money to HVPC using the online PayPal service, please note that PayPal deducts a 3.2% per transaction fee. As a result, your year-end giving statement will reflect the reduced amount rather than the face value of the amount given.
If you wish to give online and avoid using PayPal, please check with your bank. Most provide free online payment services, both one-time and recurring.
GIVE AS YOU SHOP!
Do you already use Amazon.com? Great! By taking a couple of simple steps, you can ensure that 0.5% of every purchase goes to Huntingdon Valley Presbyterian Church.
Simply go to www.smile.amazon.com and login to your account as you would normally.
Search for and select “Huntingdon Valley Presbyterian Church” as your preferred charity.
Shop! It’s that easy.
You’ll know you’re at the right place when you see the Amazon Smile info in your browser’s tab, and see the message “Supporting Huntingdon Valley Presbyterian Church” under the Amazon search window.
Going forward, all you need to do is always start your shopping at www.smile.amazon.com.
Still have questions? Simply go to www.smile.amazon.com/about for complete details.
And, yes, there are apps for your phone and other devices. Complete information on these apps and more can be found at www.smile.amazon.com/about.