October 2021 Newsletter
From the Pastor's Desk
Each October we celebrate the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The Reformers were guided by the conviction that the church of their day had drifted away from the essential, original teachings of Christianity, especially in regard to what it was teaching about salvation—how people can be forgiven of sin through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and receive eternal life with God. The Reformation sought to re-orient Christianity on the original message of Jesus and the early church.
The Five Solas are five Latin phrases (or slogans) that emerged during the Reformation to summarize the Reformers’ theological convictions about the essentials of Christianity.
The Scriptures are our ultimate and trustworthy authority for faith and practice. This doesn’t mean that the Bible is the only place where truth is found, but it does mean that everything else we learn about God and his world, and all other authorities, should be interpreted in light of Scripture. The Bible gives us everything we need for our theology.
Every word of the 66 books of the Bible is inspired by God’s Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit also helps us to understand and obey Scripture. The Bible is about Jesus Christ and his role as God and Savior.
SOLA FIDE AND SOLA GRATIA
We are saved solely through faith in Jesus Christ because of God’s grace and Christ’s merit alone. We are not saved by our merits or declared righteous by our good works. God grants salvation not because of the good things we do, and despite our sin.
As humans, we inherited (from our ancestor Adam) a nature that is enslaved to sin. Because of our nature, we are naturally enemies of God and lovers of evil. We need to be made alive (regenerated) so that we can even have faith in Christ. God graciously chooses to give us new hearts so that we trust in Christ and are saved through faith alone.
God graciously preserves us and keeps us. When we are faithless toward him, he is still faithful.
We can only stand before God by his grace as he mercifully attributes to us the righteousness of Jesus Christ and attributes to him the consequences of our sins. Jesus’ life of perfect righteousness is counted as ours, and our records of sin and failure were counted to Jesus when he died on the cross.
Sola fide and sola gratia express the teaching of Ephesians 2:8: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
God has given the ultimate revelation of himself to us by sending Jesus Christ. Only through God’s gracious self-revelation in Jesus do we come to a saving and transforming knowledge of God. Because God is holy and all humans are sinful and sinners neither religious rituals nor good works mediate between us and God. There is no name by which a person can be saved other than the name of Jesus, and his sacrificial death alone can atone for sin.
SOLI DEO GLORIA
Glory belongs to God alone. God’s glory is the central motivation for salvation, not improving the lives of people—though that is a wonderful by product. God is not a means to an end—he is the means and the end.
The goal of all of life is to give glory to God alone: “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). As The Westminster Catechism says, the chief purpose of human life is “to glorify God and enjoy him forever.”
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Jason Ford
From the Staff - Children and Youth
October is here and Reformation Sunday is just around the corner! Sunday, October 31st, we will be celebrating Reformation Sunday during our Sunday service and following fellowship. Parents, our children will learn about some famous Church reformers during Children’s worship, and how these ordinary men did some extraordinary things to protect and provide a biblical foundation that still impacts us today. We encourage our kids to wear their favorite costume and we’ll have plenty of fun! Following worship, we’ll have food and fellowship for all, plus games for the kids. Look for more information about this event and sign-ups for ways you can contribute. Mark your calendars and hope all can attend!
As a reminder, each week we offer Children’s Worship (Preschool-5th grade) during the second half of the Worship Service. During that time, we present stories from the Bible, pointing students to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Through videos, reading, games, and crafts, we strive to equip our youngest with a foundation to build on. We encourage all to come as regularly as possible, we really enjoy our time with your kids!
Looking forward to sharing this Fall with you!
Giving Report for September 2021
Undesignated (env/checks/loose plate)-----$14,147.50
Communion --------------- $17.00
Fellowship ------------- $133.85
Adult Education --------------- $55.88
Audio/ Video Upgrade ---------- $1,316.82
R.A.C.A.P. ------------- $150.00
TruLight 127 Ministries ------------- $225.00
Liz Miller, Christar in France ------------- $100.00
EA National Minister -------------- $50.00
General Missions --------------- $50.00
Pass thru --------------- $14.14
TOTAL ------------------------------------------------------- $16,260.19
“Bring the whole tithe into…My house, and test Me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of Heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” Malachi 3:1
Attendance Report for September 2021
Date__________10:30 am - (Estimated)
Sept. 5 -------------------- 98
Sept. 12 ------------------- 88
Sept. 19 ------------------- 78
Sept. 26 ------------------- 73
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
As His custom was, Jesus worshipped on the Sabbath day. Luke 4:16
Join us after worship on Reformation Sunday for German-inspired food, fun and fellowship. Live music will be provided by EuroFest. Food will include sausage, beans, and sauerkraut, among others. Activities for the kids.