Elk Rapids Bible Church
“Where the UNCHANGING WORD
meets the needs of a CHANGING WORLD”
Pastor Gary Gladfelter 342-8663 or 264-6671
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January 28, 2018
“May HIS Grace and Truth be seen in 2018!”
“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
“Count Your Blessings” - #789
“Crown Him With Many Crowns - #45
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"