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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.

Evening Service — 9/21

Because Brian Smeal, who was called to ministry while attending Curwensville Alliance, is being ordained on September 21, we are moving our evening service to Brookville Alliance. Please join us at 6 pm at 59 Stone Rd, Brookville.


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

All Moms Welcome!

Beginning 9/18, join us at Jessica Tkacik’s home Thursday evenings at 6:30 for a Ten Week Small Group for Mothers studying Sally Clarkson’s Ten Gifts of Wisdom. Sign up on the signup sheet in the lobby. Questions? See Jessica!

Mahaffey Camp Men’s Retreat

The 2014 Men’s Link at Mahaffey Camp is coming up soon. Reserve the date — September 19-20. Complete info is here.

Women’s Small Group

A new small group for women will begin on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 pm in Room 103, this Fall, studying the book of Ephesians using Max Lucado’s Life Lessons study guide. This 12-week study celebrates the Family of God and explores how to walk worthy of Christ as we live out our faith. Sign up on the bulletin board if you plan to participate. Questions? Ask Laurel.

New Small Groups

Signup deadline – 9/21! There are two new small groups starting in October. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality begins 10/1 and Sacred Marriage (a group for men) begins 10/4. More info and sign-up is on the bulletin board.

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: 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.