During Lent, we are given space and encouraged to reflect on the broken parts of our lives, to acknowledge the pain, to let the tears flow, and to begin the healing.Read More
3 simple ways adults in church can help:
1. Share your life experience.
Your wisdom and experience as an adult are critical. Maybe you made a series of decisions that caused you to begin your career, or you went through a series of difficult relationships prior to finally meeting your spouse. Maybe you had a significant faith experience when you were younger, and it’s been critical in shaping your faith today. When young people hear the life experience of those who are older, it gives them a view of where they could head in their own lives.
As you share these experiences, be cautious not to de-mand that young people walk the same journey you did. Instead, find common ground by focusing on how God has been faithful through each season.
2. Share your struggles and failures.
While it may be easier to share the success you’ve had in life, young people need to know how you’ve strug-gled as well. Maybe you were fired from a job or won-dered if God was real and present. Maybe you lost a marriage, lost a home, or lost a dream. Learning about your struggles can allow young people to feel comforta-ble with you, and perhaps eventually to share their own struggles in life.
As you reflect on your own stories, reflect on where you saw God’s love and forgiveness. Be careful not to shame or judge young people if they make the same mistakes as you with phrases such as “I told you so.” Instead, use your voice to show love, grace, mercy, and compassion. When they open up about their own struggles or disap-pointments, offer in return phrases like, “Tell me more.”
3. Share your faith journey
Sharing your faith journey with a young person could be pivotal in their faith formation. Maybe you didn’t understand prayer when you were younger, but today you have a deep prayer life—let them know how you de-veloped and grew in your practice. Maybe you had a mentor growing up who taught you what passionate faith looked like, or you experienced a deep sense of God’s presence in the midst of adversity.
As you share, be mindful that their expression of faith may look different than yours. Your common ground is finding God at work, in and through all of it.
Reprinted from Fuller Youth Institute—Matthew Deprez
Here’s the idea:
• Pick a dollar amount from 1-100 that meets your ability to help support our Mission Trip
• Put that $ amount in the numbered pocket
• Take the little stick person to remind you that you helped a Youth serve others in the world!
Watch the stick people disappear. Each one represents a step on the path to a Mission Trip.
This experience for Youth involves:
• Serving others who are in deep need
• Hard work, long hours & tired muscles
• Learning to live in community
• Being the hands & feet of Jesus in the world
• A week of daily prayer, worship & work
• Widening a world view
We ask for your support and Thank You for any amount you are able to give!
This year HEARTH is asking for donations of household cleaning products. “April Shower” umbrellas are on a board in the Narthex indicating various items needed. When you take an umbrella, please be sure to write your name alongside that particular item on the sign-up list. Purchase your item and bring it to the church before the collection ends on Sunday, April 29.
If you should have any questions, please contact Jody Jackson at 412-.364-8573.
DON’T JUST GO TO CHURCH . . . BE THE CHURCH!
FAITH - IN - ACTION WEEKEND
JUNE 2 & 3
WORSHIP THROUGH SERVICE IN THE COMMUNITY
KIT— the car that cared and could talk, remember that? Well, here at CPCBA we have our own new and improved version of KIT. Our KIT stands for Keep In Touch. KIT is a form of ministry that is dedicated to help our congregation and community stay in touch. As we look for ways to bind our community closer together members of Session and the Deacons will be looking to touch base with members and visitors, caring for and talking with them as we knit ourselves together in a closer community. Prayer concerns, questions, suggestions, check ins and conversations, these are the goals of our KIT team as we bring our community to Christ and
as we take Christ to our community.
DAY CAMP at Community Presbyterian Church
9:00 AM -12:00 PM Monday—Friday
In June on Faith in Action Sunday we will SEW Dignity Robes. It has become our tradition to cut the Robes out in APRIL.
We will hold our 5th annual “CUT UP” session in Fellowship Hall on
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018
4:00 - 6:30 PM
Just bring scissors and pins if you have them; patterns and fabric available.
AND then we go out for supper.
You may send your YESSES for cutting or supper to Gail Buchanan Gailjohn@aol.com
or call 412-734-2050
The Book Club's next meeting will be on March 6, 2018. Everyone is invited to participate.
We meet at 7:30 PM, in the Conference Room on the first Tuesday of each month from September through May. The March book is Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger and will be lead by Mary Witul.