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Sunday Worship

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

New Small Group for Women

Women of all ages are welcome to participate in the new small group beginning on 1/18/17 in Room #103. This 8 week study called Beating Busyness gives practical and biblical guidance to help you examine your purpose and priorities, so that you can fit together your busy schedule and God’s Kingdom purposes more effectively. Sign up on the bulletin board by 1/1, so we can order the books. Questions? Ask Laurel.

Deadlines

If you have an announcement for the church family, please email it to Pastor Steve as soon as possible. The deadline is Friday.

 Food Distribution

living breadIf you can help at Living Bread on the second Saturday of each month from 9-11 am, please see Eric or Kay Rowles.

Curwensville Alliance serves at Living Bread on the second Saturday of each month.

Your time commitment would be from 9:00 to about 11:00 am.

Speak to Eric or Kay Rowles if you have questions.

Thanks!

Small Group Leaders

If you’re starting a small group, or interested in seeing one started, please speak to Sue Spaid, Bethany Livergood, or Pastor Steve. Remember, all Small Groups, Leaders, and Material are to be approved by Disciple-Making Ministries.

Can You Help?

Please consider working as a Leader or Helper in our Children’s Worship program in 2016, helping children ages 4-8 learn more about having a relationship with God. Commitment is for a month of services; workers’ instruction and materials are provided. Sign up now on the Children’s Ministries board for the month that suits your schedule! Questions? Ask Carrie Warren.

CVilleAlliance App

2015-10-31 21.28.28The Curwensville Alliance App is now available for Android and the iOS.

Download it at the app store / play store free so that you can access web information, calendar events, Facebook posts and Twitter tweets, podcasts, and prayer requests.

One handy feature on the app is the ability to add an event to your own calendar. Just open the event in the app, click the + sign in the corner and add the event to your personal calendar.

You can download the app at the App Store or Play Store. Once you do, all the online information you need from your church is in one place!

The iOS version is here.

The Android version is here.

Give it a try and give us a rating! Thank you!

 

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The Dangers of Bad Theology :: PODCAST

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance on 1/15/2017

If I have a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle and I only give you ten pieces, would you know what it was? Probably not. That’s the way theology is.

Theology is the study of God – your understanding of the God who made heaven and earth.

As Christians, we get our theology from the Bible. Sometimes people feel like they know lots about God because – maybe they were to Sunday School in childhood, or maybe they lead a small group, or maybe they pastored a church for years.

And yet, because of the vastness of God, study of him is something that is never complete – never over. And a casual study of God can be dangerous. I’ve heard people say a little Bible knowledge can cause a load of damage. That’s true.

According to Lifeway Research, most American church-goers have a pretty weak understanding of God.

So in this podcast, we consider a series where I help us correct that. We consider the dangers of bad theology.

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Seated In Christ (Ed Roberts) :: PODCAST

Presented by Rev. Ed Roberts at Curwensville Alliance Church on 1/8/2017

Sometimes, it’s easy to forget who we are — to forget the changes that God has made in our lives and in our position in Christ.

The Apostle Paul wrote…

Ephesians 2:4-6 (NIV2011) But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,

Being in this world and being “seated” with Jesus in the heavenly seems contradictory, but actually, it’s an important reality. It’s a reality of which we must always be aware.

Rev. Ed Roberts helps us grasp this reality in this podcast.

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Finding a New Start :: PODCAST

Presented January 1, 2017 at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields

So, this week, Carrie Fisher died. Immediately, my Facebook feed filled up with statements like this…

And now we have to add Princess Leia and George Michael to the list of icons we lost. 2016 needs to stop already. #TheWorst.

The next day, Fisher’s mother, Debbie Reynolds died. Someone else posted…

Noooooooooooooo! 2016 is going out horribly!

Personally, I don’t understand why people grieve celebrity deaths with such feeling. Don’t get me wrong. I understand grief. I’ve walked through the valley of the shadow of death with many-a-soul. But lamenting the death of someone as distant from you as Debbie Reynolds while people you know personally are facing the same kinds of things – that’s just weird to me. 

It feels artificial, especially when I think of the genuine loss many of you have faced this past year. some of you have lost loved ones. Others have been made aware of their own mortality, by learning they have life-threatening conditions. Some have seen their family fractured.

Those kind of things tend to bring about a grief that runs deep. And they can make it hard to face the future – to face a new year.

In this podcast, I want to remind you of a major theme that runs through the Bible. The theme of Re-Creation.

-Pastor Steve

 

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