Posted by: deercreekcharge | July 24, 2010

Does Prayer Work? How? (Sunday, 25 July 2010)

Good day and thanks for stopping by the web-home of the Deer Creek Charge! We’re excited to see you! There are lots of things going on at Deer Creek Charge, and we’d LOVE to have you join us for worship when you are in the neighborhood! Our hearts, minds, arms and doors are always open…

This week at Deer Creek Charge, we’re going to be looking at the topic of prayer. The disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray like John taught his disciples to pray. Jesus obliged and demonstrated with an example prayer that we have come to know as “The Lord’s Prayer.” Then, he began explaining more about prayer, and encouraged the disciples to be persistent in praying, “for whomever seeks will find, whomever knocks, the door shall be opened unto them.” But sometimes prayers go unanswered. Why is this? How do we deal with seemingly contradictory answers between Scripture and real life experience? Does prayer really work? How? What is the point of prayer? Come and explore this and more at Deer Creek Charge as we delve into Luke 11:1-13, in a sermon titled, “Knock! Knock! Who’s There?” Hymns, fellowship, community, prayers, and more!

A couple of great things coming up that we want to highlight…on Sunday, August 15th, Deer Creek UMC will be hosting their annual peach festival! Come join DCUMC for fun, fellowship, peaches, icecream, cakes and more! It’s sure to be delicious! (6pm at Deer Creek). A freewill offering will be taken to benefit UMCOR, a non-profit group through the UMC that helps people recover from disasters all over the world. Join us!

Also, on Sunday, August 29th, during both worship services we will be blessing those who are embarking on a new year of education…students, teachers, aides, bus drivers, “lunch ladies,” and anyone else involved in education. Students: Please bring your backpacks. Others in Education: Please bring your “tools of the trade.”

Next Sunday is communion Sunday! Join us as we commune together as Christians and remember the sacrifice Christ made for us on the cross…the sacrifice that helps to unite us with God…”God became human so that humans might become divine.”

Announcements:

NEXT SUNDAY (BETWEEN worship services (10-10:30am): Charge Council will be meeting to discuss the parsonage bathroom since both churches have had contractors in to look at it. Criteria for picking the contractor includes: a cost estimate (at minimum, an hourly rate for labor); experience w/ similar projects and availability. Submissions MUST be in writing w/ enough copies for the council. Location: Deer Creek.

Deer Creek Choir is taking a break for the month of August. If you (or someone you know) is interested in providing music during this time, please let us know. We would welcome your gifts!

Deer Creek is collecting school supplies for children in need through Mason-Dixon Community Services. If you are interested in helping out, please see the list by the entrance for what to bring—Only a few weeks left! Location: Deer Creek. 

On July 4th we introduced a new visual aid for worship that will continue for several weeks. Come watch as the lighthouse painting grows and develops each week as we as a congregation journey towards letting our light shine for Christ in our community. If you have ideas for how we can better be in mission with the community (instead of to the community), please share them!

Monday, August 30, 7pm: S/PPRC meeting to work on compensation packages, etc. for 2011 in preparation for charge conference. Location: TBD.

Sunday, October 17, “After Worship”: Charge Conference. All members of the both churches are invited to attend. If you are the chair of a committee, we need you to be present, if at all possible. It will be led by Rev. Bruce Haskins, our Adventure Guide.  Note: Bonnie is assuming that the meeting will be held at Mt. Tabor since it is “after worship” but stay tuned for details as we get confirmation on this from our guide.

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