For many of us the summer months provide time for a break. School is out. Our choir goes on hiatus. Sunday school has a different format and the youth group goes into summer mode. The session and board of deacons have a lighter schedule. And for many of us, summer means vacation time. As we head into the summer, I want to offer you a reminder and a request.
First, the reminder. EPC does not go on vacation during the summer! The doors will be open every Sunday morning, the AC will be turned on, and there will be preaching and music and fellowship. The summer has a more casual feel, so we may expect to see more shorts and t-shirts at worship. Beginning June 4 there will be adult Sunday school classes on offer with childcare available for those who have little ones.
Second, I have a request. As your travels take you away from the Valley this summer, I hope you will make it a priority to find a place to worship. We can
learn so much from worshiping with other congregations of Christians. As you do, please keep a copy of the worship bulletin and bring it home with you. Drop it
by the church office, and at the end of the summer we’ll have a display of all the places we’ve been and the people with whom we’ve worshiped.
Have a great summer!
See you in church!
The Presbyterian Historical Society’s website includes some interesting information about US Presidents and their connection to Presbyterianism. In 1913, Presbyterian elder Woodrow Wilson became President of the United States. The former president of Princeton University came from a long line of Presbyterian ministers and elders. Andrew Jackson, born of Scotch-Irish roots in South Carolina, worshiped at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee, in his later years. James Buchanan was raised Presbyterian and joined a Presbyterian church after his presidency. His successor, Abraham Lincoln, often worshiped at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington D.C. Grover Cleveland, son of a Presbyterian pastor, served as President for two terms (1884-1888; 1892-1896) and was defeated in 1888 after his first term by Benjamin
Harrison. Several years after he left the White House, Harrison published a book entitled This Country ofOurs. Theformer President’s book reads like an expanded Sunday school lesson, which comes as no surprise considering Harrison was a Presbyterian elder and former Sunday school teacher.
Twelve days after taking the oath of office, Dwight Eisenhower was baptized and became a member of National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., and later joined the Presbyterian Church in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Ronald Reagan began worshiping in a Presbyterian church in 1963 and joined Bel Air Presbyterian church after his presidency.
No matter who occupies the White House, the Bible urges us to offer “supplication, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings…for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.” (I Timothy 1:1-2) That is why our congregational prayers often include prayers for our political leaders. Monday, May 4, has been designated at a National Day of Prayer for our country and its leaders. The church will be open from 11AM until 1PM for those who wish to come to our sanctuary to offer prayer. Each of us has a Christian duty to pray for our country, our leaders, and the world Christ came to save, and I encourage you to participate in the National Day of Prayer.
Starting Sunday, February 5th 2017 classes will be held in the Fireside Room at 9:15. Our first set of lessons will be on the parables of Jesus and will focus on a video series by Kenneth Bailey. The class is open to all and is free, but donations are accepted to offset material costs. See Jereme Bintz with any questions.
- Feb 5th – Introduction by Kenneth Bailey
- Feb 12th – The Good Samaritan
- Feb 19th – No Classes – Amor Trip
- Feb 26th – The Lost Sheep & The Lost Coin
- Mar 5th – The Lost Younger Son
- Mar 12th – The Lost Older Son