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November 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.

Attention Women

The Great Commission Women will not meet in November. Thanks!

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!

Giving at Christmas

This holiday season we will bless an anonymous pastor’s family from our district via Operation Christmas Joy! On the Christmas tree in the lobby are tags for items for the children and gift cards for the teens. You can select a tag, purchase and wrap your gift, and return it to the tree before 12/3. Include the recipient’s assigned number, age, and gender on the gift! Also write the amount spent on your tag and return it to the basket, as we must keep records of the value given. Cash gifts for the Mother and Father can be placed in the gift box “bank.” Please don’t include your name or our church name on your gift. Questions? See Kelli Conley or Pastor Steve.

Coat Drive

It’s that time of year. Elaine Newkirk will be having her Annual Coat drive beginning this 11/10/2014. Drop off your gently-used coats for ages newborn to high school Wednesday-Friday from 10-5 and Saturday from 12-5 at 1214 S. 2nd St, Clearfield – 335-2089. If you have or know of someone with a need please contact Elaine so that she can add them to the list. Not everyone who signs up will receive a coat; families with small children will be prioritized as donations are received.

Thanksgiving

We will host The Community Thanks-giving Service on 11/25 at 7 pm. Rev. Chuck Taber will be speaking. Nursery care and child-care for ages 4-7 will be provided.

Secret Sisters and Great Commission Women

The Secret Sisters and The Great Commission Women will be having a cookie exchange on 12/9 at 6 pm in the Activities Center. Children are welcome. Sign up on the bulletin board in the lobby. Questions? See Michelle Clark or Kay Rowles. Thanks!

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PODCAST: Eliminating Damaging Spiritual Selftalk

Presented at Curwensville Alliance Church on 11/16/2014 by Pastor Steve Shields

One of the best things you can do for yourself is to examine the things you say to yourself. If you say bad things to yourself, e.g. “You’re such a loser,” eventually you’ll see the outcome of those words. Likewise, a person can repeat refrains to themselves concerning spiritual matters — concepts, not just about themselves, but about others and their interaction with the Christian community. Some of these kinds of statements can block blessings God wants to give us.

In this podcast, Pastor Steve looks at three things that God wants pastors to tell their people — and how easy it is to form barriers in our hearts to prevent our hearing these very things.

PODCAST: Come into the Deep End of the Pool

Presented at Curwensville Alliance Church on 11/9/2014 by Pastor Steve

Christian faith isn’t a matter of doing. It’s a matter of done. We don’t do things to get God to love us and forgive us. Instead Jesus has done the work for us, so that we rest in his finished work as we live our lives. Not everyone gets this.

When I think of resting in Jesus’ grace, it reminds me of going to the pool as a child with my mother. She would float on her back effortlessly. She didn’t paddle her feet. She didn’t move her hands. She simply floated. I remember how often she tried to teach me to do that — to float. But in her words, I was trying too hard.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not advocating some Jedi approach to Christian faith. Rather, I am simply saying that when you come to Jesus, the only effective way to come is in reliance on his grace.

This podcast speaks of his grace as being the deep end of the pool. If you trust him, you can float there, basking in the sunshine of his love.
~Pastor Steve