Elk Rapids Bible Church “Where the UNCHANGING WORD meets the needs of a CHANGING WORLD” Pastor Gary Gladfelter 342-8663 or 264-6671 PastorGladfelter@ElkRapidsbc.com Check us out on Facebook and at elkrapidsbc.com! January 28, 2018 “May HIS Grace and Truth be seen in 2018!” Opening “Lord I Lift Your Name on High” Worship in Offering Worship in Scripture Reading – Psalm 91 Worship in Prayer and Meditation “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” - #630 Worship in Praise “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” - #21 “10,000 Reasons” “Count Your Blessings” - #789 “Crown Him With Many Crowns - #45 “Above All” Closing – “You Are My All in All” - #583 Unsung Servant: Peggy – for playing the piano while Diane is healing. Thank You!
Welcome to our services! 10:00 a.m. – Sunday School 11:00 a.m. – Morning Worship Service Prayer Ministry: Cheri Next Sunday: Kathy A and George H Nursery: Jerica and Kathy A Next Sunday: Wendy and Karen Annual Business Meeting this afternoon. We’ll be approving a budget for 2018. Proposed budget is on the back shelf. T H I S W E E K Wednesday, January 24th – 6:30 pm – Bible Study and Prayer Time – “Praying in faith is not an inner conviction that God will act according to our desires if only we believe hard enough. It involves believing that God will always respond to our prayers in accord with His nature, His purposes, and His promises.” --- Alvin VanderGriend Monday, February 5th – Ladies Crafting Night. Friday, February 16th– 7:00–9:00 pm - Game Night. The total offering for last week was $2,633.89: $30.00 was donated to the Building Fund; $140.00 to the Deacon’s Fund; the remaining $2.463.89 was posted to the General Fund. Believe it or not, the authors of Harvard's report "found that the percentage of church-attending Americans relative to overall population is more than four times greater today than it was in 1776." In fact, Stanton points out, "The number of attendees has continued to rise each and every decade over our nation's history right up until the present day." Despite the hemorrhaging of mainline congregations, most analysts say the brunt of the losses are liberal churches. "When the so-called 'progressive' churches question the historicity of Jesus, deny the reality of sin, support abortion, ordain clergy in same-sex relationships and perform their marriages, people desiring real Christianity head elsewhere," Stanton reminds people. "Fact: evangelical churches gain five new congregants exiled from the liberal churches for every one they lose for any reason. They also do a better job of retaining believers from childhood to adulthood than do mainline churches." In other words, Christianity is shifting -- not dying. Tony Perkins - Washington Update - "Christianity Get a Faith Lift...From Harvard"
Elk Rapids Bible Church “Where the UNCHANGING WORD meets the needs of a CHANGING WORLD” Pastor Gary Gladfelter 342-8663 or 264-6671 PastorGladfelter@ElkRapidsbc.com Check us out on Facebook and at elkrapidsbc.com! January 14, 2018 “May HIS Grace and Truth be seen in 2018!” Opening “Lord I Lift Your Name on High” Worship in Offering Worship in Scripture Reading – Matthew 3 Worship in Prayer and Meditation “Jesus Name Above All Names” - #86 Worship in Praise “Blessed Assurance” - #572 “In My Heart There Rings a Melody - #502 “Amazing Love/You Are My King” - #351 “Heart of Worship/Nearer Still Nearer - #567 Closing – “Now I Belong to Jesus” - #501
Unsung Servant: Paul Peterson – for doing drywall repair in the church. Thank You!
Welcome to our services! 10:00 a.m. – Sunday School 11:00 a.m. – Morning Worship Service Prayer Ministry: Lodena and Lona Next Sunday: Richard Friske Nursery: Shonda and Jessica Next Sunday: Peggy and Dawn T H I S W E E K Wednesday, January 17th – 6:30 pm – Bible Study and Prayer Time – “Beyond our utmost wants, His love and power can bless; to praying souls He always grants, more than they can express.” --- John Newton Friday, January 19th– 7:00–9:00 pm - Game Night. Monday, January 22nd – Ladies Crafting Night. Sunday, January 28th – Annual Business Meeting – we will be approving a budget for 2018. The total offering for last week was $1,832.64: $60.00 was contributed to the Building Fund and $1,802.64 to the General Fund.
“Human history is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.” --- C.S. Lewis “No matter what challenges we face in our changing culture, we must not strip Christ’s compassion from our ministry. Speaking the truth in love is the very foundation of Christian evangelism. Efforts to modify the message to make the gospel sound acceptable would change its distinctiveness (which a truly “tolerant” society should encourage us to maintain). At the same time, acting with an attitude other than love for the sake of securing a position of dominance or superiority robs evangelism of its power. The history of the Church is replete with examples that prove the effectiveness of this biblical, God-centered balance. Genuine evangelism begins and ends with love, and between those two points people encounter Jesus’ life-changing message.” --- Joseph Dimitrov “Men occasionally stumble on the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.” --- Winston Churchill