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September 2014 News and Notes from Curwensville Alliance Church

Sunday Worship

Join us on Sundays at 8:00 am and at 10:45 am as we worship together.

VELOCITY

Hey grades 7-12, come to the Velocity Sunday evening from 6:00-7:30. Food, fun, games & God!

Attention kids: ages 8-12!

Cristi Smay is leading a new small group in Room 204 from 6-7 pm on Sunday nights, using Group Publishing’s Kids’ Travel Guide to The Armor of God. Kids will explore how to be strong in their decisions and in relationships with others. Come along and learn to stand firm in your faith!

Ministry Workshop

Interested in attending a workshop designed for pastors and leaders? On 11/1 at Butler Community Church choose up to 4 workshops, including, Coaching, Conflict Resolution, Curriculum Galore, Disciplemaking in the Local Church, Effective Women’s Ministry, Missions Advance, Music Ministry, Organizing Your Church, Outreach, Sermon Preparation and Delivery, Speaking to Teens, Spiritual Formation, Lights and Sound. More info? See the bulletin board.

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PODCAST: The Kind of Christian God Desires

Presented on 9/28/2014 at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields

I have a friend who loves to read about how NFL players prepare. He studies their diet, their weight lifting routine, their strengthening strategies, and their aerobic workouts. Then he imitates these things. He works like he is in the NFL, but he isn’t. And he never will be. He’s over 50 years old. But he regularly trains for the NFL.

He studies for something he will never realize. How would our lives, as Christians, be different if we would adopt that strategy?

Every pastor knows it’s important to teach on the biblical standards of leaders, so most pastors preach sermons on elders or deacons, depending on their leadership structure. A difficulty in this is our awareness that not everyone is an elder. And not everyone will ever be an elder. So while a sermon on eldership connects with a few people, the rest of the congregation is yawning.

However, if we adopted my friend’s strategy — to learn what God expects from elders in the church and apply that to ourselves — how would our lives be different? They would be spiritually richer. They would be more satisfying, personally. They would be more fruitful, practically. And God would be glorified.

This sermon, taken from a passage in Titus where God spells out what he is looking for in elders, can be a blessing to anyone — whether they are called to be an elder or not.

PODCAST: You’re an Icon

Presented on 9/14/2014 at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve

We use the word icon in a variety of ways. In today’s language, an icon is a graphical image you click on a computer screen to execute a task. That’s not the way it’s used in this podcast. One of the ancient meaning of the word icon is the images or statues in churches, particularly orthodox churches. That’s not the way it’ s being used in this podcast.

But in this podcast, Pastor Steve suggests that you are an icon. Or you can be. Listen and see if you have iconic characteristics.

The accompanying text comes from Titus 1:1-4.

Podcast: Making an Impact that Matters

Presented by Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance on 9/7/2014

It recently occurred to me that churches are filled with people who have been injured or who have damaged themselves to the point where they feel they have no place — no value for God. Maybe they have compromised. Maybe they have been injured physically, emotionally, or spiritually. This is probably a more common feeling than we know.

This thought occurred to me before I delivered this sermon: The thought that you have to be perfectly healthy to make an impact for eternity. That you need to be important and visible in serving. And you have to be somebody, or you’re nobody.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Ask Titus.