Church History is Our History!
“I love to follow Jesus, but where did the church come from?” “Why is our church the way it is?” Do you want to understand more about how Christians have followed Jesus since his Church was born on Pentecost in Acts chapter 2? This fall we will run through centuries together in an overview of church history, and specifically look at the Protestant Reformation, since October 31 will mark 500 years after Martin Luther took his stand. And, as we approach our 170th church birthday in 2018, we’ll also be looking at Covenant History and Orchard Covenant history. Past history will provide some perspective on how God is calling us to live the life of Jesus in this generation and into the future.
Bible “Book Clubs” are back again this fall!
Remember how awesome it was to read and talk about large portions of the New Testament for 8 weeks last year?
This fall, small groups will read “The Beginnings,” the first five books of the Old Testament. Groups will begin on or near September 17, and end before Thanksgiving. Start your own group with family, friends, co-workers or neighbors! The Sunday night group will resume; for a schedule of others, call the church.
Fall Schedule Starts September 17!
Sunday Sept 17 Schedule: 9:45 Sunday School for All Ages
11:00 Worship in the Sanctuary
Covenant Justice Conference
October 20-21, New Rochelle, NY
Our brothers and sisters at New York Covenant Church in New Rochelle, NY are planning their 5th “Covenant Justice Conference” and we’d like to send a group from OCC. Also, our Council members are reading their recommended book, The Myth Of Equality, by Ken Wytsma (IVP). If you want to read the book too, I can get one at a discounted price. And if God is nudging you to attend the conference, please let me know!
I have a Question:
How do Christians respond to divisive public issues?
When our conscience as followers of Jesus is awakened and bothered by a public event, do we need to stay silent, in order to not offend anyone? Silence seems the easiest approach, but at times, after prayer and reflection, we must have the courage to do the difficult thing, and speak. God will give us wisdom.
Some Covenant churches have shared their statements about the recent intimidating and violent displays of hatred and racism in Charlottesville, Virginia. Here are two of them:
First Covenant Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota: As we reflect on the show of hatred and racism in Charlottesville, we are deepened in our commitment to the gospel of Christ, which affirms that all are made in the image of God. We stand against racism and pray for the coming of God’s kingdom here on earth as in heaven. May God’s Spirit open our hearts to see each other as beloved, especially as and whenever racism and other prejudices cloud our vision.
Trinity Covenant Church, Livingston, New Jersey: All people are made in the image of God! We deplore the assertion that some are made to serve others out of their inferiority; rather we embrace our Savior who taught us by his own example to love and serve all. We grieve with those who lost loved ones in the violence in Charlottesville. We pray for all who are recovering from their injuries. We declare the equal value of all and repudiate white supremacy in all its forms. And we do pray for God to overcome the hurts, fears, wounds, resentments, furies, injustices of all in our nation with justice, mercy, and love. May we be part of God’s answer to our prayers.
Orchard Covenant, What would WE say?
See you in church! Pastor Nancy Ebner