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June 2015 News and Notes from Curwensville Alliance Church

Click here for the church calendar.

Sunday Worship

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

Wednesday Small Groups

Because of SuperVBS there will be no Wednesday Evening Small Groups at Curwensville Alliance on 6/24/2015.

SuperVBS

Bible School this year is Nazareth: Where Jesus Was a Kid on June 22-28 from 6:30-8:30 pm at First Baptist Church. Questions? See our Children’s Outreach Coordinator, Laurel Shields.

SuperVBS Picnic!

We need your help with the picnic for SuperVBS kids and their parents on 6/26 in the pavilion at First Baptist. Please sign up on the bulletin board to bring snack foods and desserts. We also need a couple people to help set up that morning, and clean up afterwards. Thanks for helping! Questions? Ask Autumn or Laurel.

Twenty-Somethings

Twenty-Something will meet this week at Drew’s home.

Lawn Care

If you can volunteer to do some lawn care at Curwensville Alliance, please speak to Dave Clark. Thanks!

Church Luncheon

Every Second Sunday the Curwensville Alliance Family enjoys a church luncheon in the Activities Center. Bring a dish to pass and a salad or dessert to share and join us after the Second Service. There is no evening service when we have a church luncheon.

Mentor Moms

AGAPE ministries Mentor Moms meets the fourth Sunday of each month in room 103. Questions? See Denise Mullins.

Working with Children

If you are working with Children at Curwensville Alliance and have not up-dated your clearances in the past three years, see Bethany Livergood. If you have updated clearances, give Bethany a copy.

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PODCAST: What, exactly, is a Christian?

A New Series on 1 Thessalonians
Presented at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields

Recently, in a video, Dr. Ravi Zacharias noted that our society struggles to define things. There are many reasons for this — one is that we are as scared of making a judgment as little children might be of a bear. So society fears defining people. Another reason is because our society questions the existence of absolutes. So people fear saying something is absolutely wrong. Perhaps a third reason for this is because things change in our world at lightning speed. The word fundamentalist, for example, has clearly taken on a new meaning in our culture in recent years.

For these, and other reasons, it’s kind of hard for some to answer the question, “What is a Christian?” And who gets to say what a Christian really is?

In this sermon, Pastor Steve talks about this, looking at how the first Christians were identified in the ancient city of Thessalonica.

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PODCASTS: The Masks – Lessons Learned

Presented 6/21/2015 at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields

It was John Eldredge who noted that God speaks to him in many ways, “through sunsets and friends and music and films and wilderness and books. But he’s got an especially humorous thing going with me and books” (Wild at Heart, chapter 11).

That’s often the case with Pastor Steve. Several weeks ago he was reading J. R. Briggs’ book, Fail, and the text on two pages — that’s right, two pages — jumped out as Briggs spoke of masks people tend to wear. Over the past few weeks, people at Curwensville Alliance have taken Sunday mornings to look in the mirror at the masks they are wearing, and found freedom to take them off.

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This podcast reviews each of the masks covered and distills the sermons down to some principles that can help us as we encounter the temptation to put on the false face.

 

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PODCAST: The Mask of False Humility

Presented 6/14/2015 by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance

We all wear masks of many kinds. Masks of knowledge, so we won’t be challenged in other areas. Masks of maturity, so we don’t have to deal with elementary issues we should have left behind.

Some wear masks of humility — pretending to be humble, when, in reality we are quite enamored with ourselves.

Every mask has it’s problems, but The Mask of False Humility is particularly damaging because it alienates. It alienates us from others. And it alienates us from God. He opposes the proud.

In this podcast, Pastor Steve addresses the concept of pride and helps us know how to take off The Mask of False Humility.

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