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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.

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.

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.

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: Are you at church for the Virtues, or something else?

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 11/23/2014 by Pastor Steve Shields

Some time ago a thought occurred to me:

Many people in churches in America today are there because they love the values inherent in Christianity. They love the virtues. Their love for this is like no other love in their lives. They love virtue more than they love themselves — so they deny themselves, working hard to be virtuous. They love virtue more than they love their families — and when a family member goes awry, they struggle not to close the door on that person’s life. They love virtue more than they love Jesus.

Wait…. What? They love virtue more than they love Jesus?!

Yeah — they know about Jesus. Some of them even know him personally, but honestly, they are not coming to church for Jesus. They are coming to church for the virtues.

Here’s what’s striking: When I shared this thought with other pastors, each of them responded like they had heard a familiar melody for the first time. You know what I mean, right? They immediately recognized what I was saying, even though they had never thought of it in those terms.

These pastors are not alone. When this sermon was presented at Curwensville Alliance numerous people felt like God was speaking to them about their lives.

Give it a listen and see what He might have to say to you.

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.