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AUGUST 2015 News and Notes from Curwensville Alliance Church

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Sunday Worship

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

Women’s Group

A new small group for women on Wednesday evenings, begins in September. Join us for Becoming a Woman Whose God is Enough, an 11 week study by Cynthia Heald that encourages us to know God and respond to His invitation to deeper intimacy. Sign up on the bulletin board by Sept. 2 if you want to participate, and indicate the time you prefer. Questions? Speak to Laurel Shields.

Motorcycle Trip

Join us for an overnight motorcycle ride to Gettysburg, August 28-29. Talk to Scott Brubaker for more information.

Missions Committee

The Missions Committee will be meeting on 8/30 at 7:10 pm in room 103 to plan our Missions Festival Weekend.

Church Luncheons

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: Why All the DOs and DON’Ts in the Bible?

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance Church on 8/23/2015

As Protestants, we understand that the Bible teaches that the way to be saved from God’s wrath is by trusting in Jesus’ death on the cross to pay for our sins. It is by grace that we’ve been saved through faith, and this is not of ourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so none of us can boast (Ephesians 2:8-9). However, for some, there’s a disconnect that occurs.

If the way I am saved is not by my own good works, then why does the Bible seem to contain a lot of “dos and don’ts“?

That’s a legitimate question, isn’t it?

That’s the question this podcast addresses — What are all those dos and don’ts doing in the Bible and what do they mean to us? How should I respond to them as one who is saved by grace through faith?

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PODCAST: The Act of Blessing

Presented 8/16/2015 at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve

Something that good people have in common is the desire to help those who are going through any difficulty. This week, some young adults in our church are helping a couple whose health is failing. A man is helping his father with some personal issues. Someone else is helping a family who has been displaced.

There are, however, times when it seems as though there is really nothing we can do to help. When the doctor says, “It’s terminal.” Or when the divorce papers are delivered to the friend’s home. Times like that make us feel helpless.

But, as Christians, we are never helpless. God calls us to an age-old tradition of blessing others. This podcast talks about what a blessing is, what it looks like, and how to give one.

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PODCAST: Tools for Going Through Trials

Presented on August 2, 2015 by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance Church

As newly-weds, living on next-to-nothing and attending college, my wife’s jaw dropped open when I told her I’d spent $18 on some wire-cutters for the work I was doing with Lamb Electric. And in our first ministry, when I told her I needed a more reliable socket-set, she was somewhat skeptical concerning the one I picked out. Likewise, when I asked for that set of drill-bits for Christmas, she was uncertain about the price tag.

trialspptBut she’s come to know that you can’t skimp when it comes to tools. I still have those wire-cutters. They are as good as they were the day I bought them. I still have that socket set. All of them are perfect. And this past week, I drilled a hole to hang something for her at the house with those drill-bits.

Tools are important.

That’s why God gives us tools of all kinds. Some of the most important are those we use when we go through trials.

This podcast speaks of three tools mentioned in 1 Thessalonians 3. Which one do you personally need to use more frequently?

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