Prayers for the Week of July 31st

Prayers of healing and comfort as Tom continues to struggle with health.

Prayers for Joanne as she undergoes chemo and radiation treatments.

Prayers of thanks to the Lord for the glories of each day and the freedom to enjoy it.

Prayers of hope for those suffering from hunger and oppression.

Prayers of comfort to the family of Jenny who mourn her death.

Prayers of support for Kate, whose mother is suffering from leukemia.

Prayers of thanks and encouragement for the ministry of Rev. Dr. Jade King Bass

 

Calendar of the Week

This Week

  • Tuesday, August 1st:
    • 10 am Bible Study: The Book of Maccabees, Chapter 2
  • Sunday, August 6th:
    • 10 am Worship: Rev. Sammie Evans preaching
    • Celebrating the Lord’s Supper
    • Sermon title:    Welcome Home
    • Texts
      • Psalm 145: 8-9, 14-21
      • John 9: 1-41

 

Birthdays

August 4th:

Anne Park

 

 

More than conquerors

Sermon from Sunday, July 30, 2017

Offered by Rev. Dr. Jade King Bass

Title: More than conquerors in Jesus Christ

Texts:

Genesis 29:15–28 Tricked by Laban, Jacob first marries Leah, then Rachel.

Romans 8:26–39 The Spirit helps us; nothing can separate us from God’s love.

 

Supporting Tom Baust

As Tom gets treatment, Gladwyne Presbyterian Church has set up a fund to help him out with finances. If you would like to donate to the Fund please send a check to:

Gladwyne Presbyterian Church

1321 Beaumont Drive

Gladwyne, PA 19035

 

Checks should be made out to Gladwyne Presbyterian Church and in the memo section put Barnabas Tom

 

Being Afraid

Sermon from Sunday, July 23, 2017

Title:   Being Afraid

Texts:

Genesis 28:10–19a Jacob dreams of a ladder and hears the promise of the Lord.

Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43 Another parable of the kingdom; weeds grow among the wheat.

 

Prayer List for the Week of July 24th

Prayers of thanks and joy for the work of the youth of GPC who baked cookies which will be given to a homeless shelter.

Prayers for travel mercies for Margaret and her family as they journey to Scotland.

Prayers for Blair as he continues treatment for pancreatic cancer.

Prayers for Tom as he has been diagnosed with AML.

Prayers for an end to human trafficking and the sex trade.

Prayers for Christians around the world who are suffering from persecution.

“So faith by itself, if it has no works is dead.”

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Never one to shy away from conflict or controversy, let me state that the above quote from James 2:17 is one of my favorite scripture passages. Why would it be controversial? Well, Martin Luther hated the Letter of James and this is the year that we celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Luther was concerned that James was espousing works righteousness, the view that one can become righteous by doing certain deeds, such as in Luther’s time, buying indulgences. Luther was one of many who espoused a “faith alone” mentality, that faith alone leads to ones righteous. And he is not wrong, but…

You see this is the nub of it, and James is right, if you claim to have faith in God, faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior, but your life just resembles that of any other human, then do you truly have faith? If you claim…

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Discovery News

It was good to have members of Discovery together again during these summer months – for fellowship and for service. They were back in the pool for an afternoon picnic and swimming at Margaret’s house along with over 30 members of the congregation.
And on Monday they gathered again to bake 200 cookies!

Next week Lin Hall will be helping to make dinner for 100 men at the Mary Jane Enrichment Center. After receiving a donation of many pounds of chocolate and lemon chips from the food bank, she passed some along to us so we could bake them into cookies to accompany her dinner. The Discovery kids all brought an offering of one of the other ingredients of the cookies, and in two hours they produced 200 cookies.
Since we will not be eating this meal with the men at the shelter, we shared a few cookies with one another in recognition of the fact that we would never make for others anything less than we make for ourselves.

Other facts that we learned:

  • There are 3 teaspoons in 1 tablespoon.
  • How many 1/4 cup scoops of chocolate chips make 1.5 cups
  • Once the wet ingredients hit the dry ingredients, don’t mix too much so the cookies with stay soft.

Gateway to Religious Communities: July 23

A group of ten from our congregation visited the Shambhala Meditation Center on July 5 for a program of interfaith engagement and dialogue, including a tour of the center and an introduction to the tradition of Shambhala Buddhism.image

Our next opportunity to step into another faith tradition will be:

Philadelphia Baha’i Community
Sunday, July 23, 1:00 -3:00 PM

Attendees will have the chance to learn about the Baha’i faith from the host family while snacking on light refreshments.

Home of Terry and Soheil Mohajer
905 Oak Ridge Road
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Contact Margaret to register for the event, or register at
http://www.interfaithcenterpa.org/gateway2017

Calendar of the Week

This Week

  • Tuesday, July 18th
    • 10 am Bible Study: Letter of James
    • 7 pm Session
  • Thursday, July 20th
    • 7:30 pm Men’s Group
  • Sunday, July 23rd
    • 10 am Worship: Pastor Todd Stavrakos preaching
      • Texts:
        • Genesis 28:10–19a Jacob dreams of a ladder and hears the promise of the Lord.

          Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43 Another parable of the kingdom; weeds grow among the wheat.

      • Sermon Title:       Being Afraid
    • 1 – 3 pm: Baha’i community visitation with the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia

Birthdays

July 20th

Linda Stevenson