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October 12, 2017

The Spirit of the Lord has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor
and release to the captives.
[Luke 4:18]

Sermon Art

Dear Friends,
      This Sunday we continue with the third of the five-part sermon series looking at the creeds and confessions of the Presbyterian Church. This week we will travel to Switzerland and visit the Second Helvetic Confession of 1564. Links to online versions of each creed can be found in the gray box below.
   I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.

   In Christ,

First of all, don't call it a Yard Sale. It is an Emporium (but you may call it a Treasure Sale). In response to their recent study of the book When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box, the Cross Roads class is organizing this sale of the things you no longer need and using the proceeds to support the Empower Me Center. They don't want your junk. They want your treasures. Bring these treasures to the church for the sale on Saturday October 21.

We have already had a deluge of donations for the Emporium. We need volunteers on Friday, October 20, to move items from the Dinges House to the Fellowship Hall and then on Saturday, October 21, to help move items at 7:00 am. To volunteer please contact the office.

Volunteers are needed on October 28 at 9:00 a.m. to help clean up the Dinges House in anticipation of Compassionate Hands. Contact the church office if you can help out that day.


Wednesday October 18
6:00 p.m.
Potluck Covered Dish

Oct 18 - Covered Dish
Oct 25 - Fall Festival with Roast Pork, Apples, Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans, Pumpkin Cake
Nov 8 - Chili Cookoff
Nov 15 - Thanksgiving Meal
Nov 22 - No Meal
Nov 29 - Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes, Lima Beans, Banana Pudding

Upcoming at FPC
Saturday, October 21
Emporium for Empower Me
(Treasure Sale)

Saturday, October 28
Dinges House Spruce Up - 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, November 5
All Saints Sunday

Saturday, December 2
Compassionate Hands begins

Sunday, December 3
Keyboards at Christmas

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"Truth At All Costs:
Creeds of the Reformation"

October 1
1.The Scots Confession [online link]
[sermon text | audio]

October 8
2. Heidelberg Catechism[online link]
[sermon text | audio]

October 15
3. Second Helvetic Confession[online link]
[sermon text | audio]

October 22
4. Westminster Confession [online link]

October 29 (Reformation Sunday)
5. Theological Declaration of Barmen [online link]

Donations for hurricane relief can be made to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) through the church or online here. Your gifts are greatly appreciated.

FPC Sermons Online
An archive of sermons and bulletins
(audio and text) can be viewed here.

Truth At All Costs: Creeds of the Reformation
  Oct 15 - 3. Second Helvetic Confession text | audio
  Oct 8 - 2. Heidelberg Catechism text | audio
  Oct 1 - 1. Scots Confession" text | audio
Prelude to Freedom
  Sept 17 - "3. God Ordains" text | audio
  Sept 10 - "2. God Empowers" text | audio
  Sept 3 - "1. God's Call" text | audio
  Sept 2 - Batcheler Funeral Sermon text | audio
  Aug 27 - "Love One Another" text | audio
  Aug 20 - "Face to Face with God's Glory" text | audio
  Aug 13 - "Take My Hand" text | audio
  Aug 6 - "Two Kingdoms" text | audio
          ...more sermons

  We are presently taking food donations to the Timberline Campground. When our food arrives, the shelves almost always bare. We have seen people waiting for our food deliveries.
  It is easy to forget the need that exists in our own backyard. PLEASE remember to bring canned food donations each Sunday and place them in the boxes in the hallway.
   Requested food donations include:

  • Canned goods—preferably with pull tops—fruit, vegetables, meat/noodles, soups.
  • Dry goods—individual packets of cereal, Ramen noodles, crackers.
  • Peanut butter!
  • Personal hygiene items—soap, shampoo, deodorant, women’s hygiene & toothpaste/brush.
  • Baby care items—diapers, wipes, baby food, blankets/wraps.
  • Dog food—smaller bags or separated into gallon zip lock bags.
Sunday School Offerings

Each Sunday the following classes meet—

Faith Builders: A Journey for the 30s and 40s meets upstairs. Led by Jeff and Alice Gossage.
Westminster Class meets in the Sanctuary. Led by Sheridan Henson, this class follows The Present Word curriculum. 8-10 people.
Atypical Adult Research Bible Class meets upstairs. Led by Brenda Thaxton, this class is reading the book The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs. 8-10 people.
Women’s Class meets in the Session Room. This female class is reading When God Winks by S.Q. Rushnell. 12-15 people.
Cross Roads Class in the Library. Led by George Gebhardt. Studying the book When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box by John Ortberg. 12-15 people.

Preschool - First Grade (ages 4 - 6 years) uses the Growing in Grace and Gratitude curriculum and is led by John Foutch, Tracey Bone, and Debbie Harlan.
Elementary Class (2nd grade - 4th grade) uses the Growing in Grace and Gratitude ; Led by Marty Bone and Barbara Howell. Through Biblical stories shared in a variety of ways, children learn in a setting that stimulates their imagination and encourages class participation.
Middle School Class Led by Aileen Foutch using the Connect curriculum.
High School Class Led by Sally Thaxton.

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Acts 3:37-42
37      Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, "Brothers, what should we do?"
38      Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39      For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him."
40      And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation."
41      So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.
42      They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

Prayer of Confession and Assurance of Pardon
(from Second Helvetic Confession)
In the beginning, man was made according to the image of God, in righteousness and true holiness, good and upright.
But when at the instigation of the serpent and by his own fault he abandoned goodness and righteousness, he became subject to sin, death and various calamities.
By sin we understand that innate corruption of man
which has been derived or propagated in us all
from our first parents, by which we, immersed in perverse desires and averse to all good are inclined to all evil.
Full of all wickedness, distrust, contempt and hatred of God, we are unable to do or even to think anything good of ourselves.
Jesus Christ our Lord is the unique and eternal Savior of the human race, and thus of the whole world, in whom by faith are saved all who before the law, under the law, and under the Gospel were saved, and however many will be saved at the end of the world.

Friends, in the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
Thanks be to God!

October 15

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

8:45 am - Chapel Worship
11:00 am - Sanctuary Worship
12:15 pm - Nominations Comm.

Scripture Text
Acts 2:37-42
Truth at all Costs:
Creeds of the Reformation
3. Second Helvetic Confession

Maxie Lee - 10/13
Jimmy Carroll - 10/14
Ian White - 10/19
Travis Carroll - 10/20
Scott Williams - 10/20
Sara Sloane - 10/21
Rob Durnberger - 10/24
Sue Abernathy - 10/27
Nancy Gebhardt - 10/27
Wil Sloane - 10/29

Sheridan Henson - 11/1
Doug Sloane - 11/10
Patricia Kopp - 11/11
Pam Denny - 11/14
Beth Bouton - 11/15
Natali Devine – 11/15
Peggy Frye – 11/17
Dee Lineberger – 11/20
Mark Fain – 11/26
Gordon Bone – 11/27
Jonathon Bouton - 11/28
Joy Shaw – 11/29
Nancy Bone – 11/30

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Lebanon, TN 37087
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Sherard Edington, Pastor

Kristy Vincent,
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