NEW Women’s Bible Study: Nine Nights in James

The Women’s Bible Study is getting a makeover!

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All women and their friends are invited to join us for a NEW 9-part study in the book of James using Carol Ruvolo’s James On Trials as a guide. If you’ve been a regular Bible Study attendee, we hope you will enjoy the new format with time built in to fellowship and share prayer requests and praises. If you haven’t attended before, this is a great time to start!

We will begin each meeting with a time of sharing, fellowship and prayer, followed by an interactive Bible Study in the book of James. Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be served. We hope this will be a time of growth and encouragement for the ladies of our congregation.

The 9-part series begins SEPTEMBER 25th at the home of Marilyn Susek. The schedule is as follows. You can also reference the Events Calendar. Contact Jo-Lynne ([email protected]) for directions.

We will meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays with several exceptions for the holidays. See the complete schedule below.

 

WEEK 1: Sept 25 // 7pm // Marilyn Susek’s home in Royersford
WEEK 2: Oct 9 // 7pm // Jo-Lynne Shane’s home in Spring City
WEEK 3: Oct 23 // 7pm // Paula Kancianic’s home in Pottstown
WEEK 4: Nov 6 // 7pm // Jo-Lynne Shane’s home in Spring City
WEEK 5: Dec 11 // 7pm // Jo-Lynne Shane’s home in Spring City
WEEK 6: Jan 8 // 7pm // Jo-Lynne Shane’s home in Spring City
WEEK 7: Jan 22 // 7pm // Paula Kancianic’s home in Pottstown
WEEK 8: Feb 12 // 7pm // Jo-Lynne Shane’s home in Spring City
WEEK 9: Feb 26 // 7pm // Paula Kancianic’s home in Pottstown

Presbyterian History In America-A Sunday School Class

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The Log College for Training Ministers in the 1700s.

Why study Presbyterian history? We all know the axiom that “those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it” but that is not why we plan to study Presbyterian history this fall. While we do not desire to repeat mistakes from the past, for Christians there are many more benefits to studying church history.

We will begin a study of Presbyterian history in America beginning this on Sept 7, 2014 beginning at 9:15AM (our normal Sunday School time). 

It is sad how little people know of history in general but certainly about Church history specifically. I have run into folks with no idea of the difference between the Roman Church, the Protestant Church or the Eastern Church, let alone the differences between various denominations. Whether worshipping in denominations or independent churches, many lack a sense of connectedness to the historical church as if the modern church was just dropped in place with no connection to the past.

The purpose of this study is several fold:

  1. To understand the roots of our own denomination,  the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and its place in the universal (i.e. catholic) church.
  2. To strengthen our knowledge of the Scriptures as understood by Presbyterians (and other Christians) since the Reformation and back to the early church.
  3. To develop a deeper knowledge of the body of Christ and Jesus Christ who reigns supreme over his church and to understand how the Holy Spirit continues has worked in the church through the ages (despite human sin).
  4. To learn what the Church’s role in American history may teach 21st century Christians.
  5. To learn about the lives and traditions of Christians who have come before us.

The purpose of this study is not to create pride in ourselves our our denomination (the history of our church and its divisions does not lend itself to boastfulness)  as our only hope is found in Jesus Christ. I expect of have some fun and work through this history together.

Here is a rough outline of the first half of this study.

Please Note: This outline is expected to be improved/changed as we move through this study

Outline of Presbyterian Church History in America

Introduction and Background

  • Discussion about various backgrounds represented in our own congregation
  • Review of key events in the 16th Century leading up to settlement in America.
  • Reformation/Reformers
  • Calvin’s establishing Protestant/reformed Church. Polity, Offices, Songs, Lord’s Supper.

Early Colonial Period

  • From Knox to America
  • Early Settlers and Francis Makemie
  • A brand new Church in the new world
  • The adoption of Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms

Young Church and Revival

  • Difference between the Northern Puritans and the Scotch Irish in the Atlantic states
  • The immigration of Scotch Irish and its influence on the Church
  • Revival, Log College and the Tennants
  • New Light/Old Light Division

The Church and Revolution

  • The college of New Jersey
  • Witherspoon, Presbyterians and the American Revolution
  • The First General Assembly Meets

To Be Continued…

 

Youth Service Ian’s Boots

ianboot1In their most recent service project, several members of the Grace & Peace youth group spent their summer vacation working at Ian’s Boots, an organization that provides shoes to those in need. The youth group has served several times at this ministry and it was good to get back to start off the Summer season on June 24.

The youth tagged, sorted and scanned shoes into the computer system to prepare the shoes for future shipment.

The purpose of Ian’s Boots is to spread the faith by providing shoes and winter boots to those in need. For more information see the Ian’s boots website.

Missionaries to Visit

Phil and JoyOur missionaries Philip & Joy will be visiting on August 3, 2014 for worship and Lunch. Please mark your calendars and plan for lunch after church. The lunch will begin at about 12:30PM. Worship is at the usual 10:30AM time.

This is an excellent opportunity to connect with those who we support and to learn about how the ministry of Grace &Peace, along with Missions to the World are working overseas to spread the good news.

If you would like to support, please visit MTW.

For more information on this event use our contact form.

Car Wash for Missions

car washThe youth group of Grace and Peace Church will be participating in a car wash located at West-Mont Christian Academy on Saturday July 19. Proceeds from the car wash will be used for a Summer missions trip to Jamaica in 2015. Please come out to get some of that grim off of your car and help the youth group in the process.

Time for wash is 8:30AM-11:30AM

 

Women’s Book Study

godilove_imageThe Women’s Summer book study meets occasionally through the Summer on Thursday evenings at 7PM. The study is hosted by the members of the study on a rotational basis. Currently the women are reading The God I Love: A Lifetime of Walking with Jesus.

This study is open to members, visitors and friends of the church who want to read good books!

 

Women Bible Study Summer 2014

Pottstown, PA bible studyThe women’s bible study continues this summer with a study of Disciplines of a Godly Woman by Barbara Hughes. The study continues with chapter 13 with a focus on what it means to nurture others in the family and the church. 
The women meet on the third Wednesday of each month at the church office on 1200 E. High St. Pottstown, PA .  For more information please see the woman’s study page.

Church Picnic 2014

Egg toss LoserWhile the church picnic caused a few egg fatalities and some yolk stained shirts, there were no injuries and a great time of fun and fellowship was enjoyed by all. In addition to horseshoes, egg toss and other adventures, adults and children participated in this year’s watermelon eating contest. At the end of our event, Pastor Mayk updated the church on the Presbyterian Church in America General Assembly meeting held last June in Houston, TX.

This was our tenth church picnic of our young church in the Pottstown/tri-county area.

Check out the pictures: 

 

 

Youth Group: Ice Skating January 26th

youth group skatingIce Skating is THIS Sunday- January 26thWe will meet at church at1:30pm and will now be going to Center Ice in Oaks. This gives us more skate time and it costs less. The new cost is $10 (includes rentals) plus money for dinner. We will be stopping at a pizza place for dinner giving students a wide range of options and cost. We will arrive back at church by 7pm.