Friday, June 17, 2016

I have nothing to sell -- A Manifesto by Morris Pepper

Here is the reading that we did a few Sundays ago.  It was by a man that influenced many Cumberland Presbyterians over the past few decades.  He is with the Lord now, but these words that he left us are worth considering as we take the good news of life in Jesus Christ to the world.


A Manifesto

I have nothing to sell. Many people think the minister is a peddler whose commodity is religion. Preaching is making a sales talk. Visiting means cultivating prospects. Evangelism is doing a “hard sell.”

I have nothing to sell.  Religion is not a commodity.  God is not on the counter or in a catalog.  God’s love and mercy are not Wall Street items.  God’s blessings will not be found in bargain basements.

I have nothing to sell.  I have a witness to make.  There are some things which I believe, convictions arising from my thought and life, which I know from within.  Of these I witness.  They are not mere blessings of tradition.  They are real to me because God is real.  But they cannot be bought or sold.  They can only be witnessed.

I have nothing to sell.  I have a message to communicate.  It is a story of Jesus Christ, a story of redemption.  It is a promise, a promise of what can happen here and now.  It is the gospel, the good news of God’s love told by one who knows it firsthand.  I am a storyteller, a proclaimer, an announcer—not a cocky salesmen with a hot line.

I have nothing to sell.  I have a friendship to offer.  Some are like Job who would like to recapture the days when “the friendship of God was upon my tent.”  Others have never known such a relationship.  Many are afraid of God.  Still others are rebellious.  To these and others I say, “God loves you.  Won’t you let God be your friend?”

I have nothing to sell.  You can’t buy salvation.  You can’t buy faith.  You can’t buy heaven.  You can’t buy God.  Nor can you sell them.  My job is to offer you an adventure, not to sell you a bill of goods—to invite you to join a mission, not a Cosmos Club.

I am not doing hard sell, soft sell, or using psychology.  I don’t have any tricks to pull out of the bag.  So don’t raise your sales resistance.  I am an educator, a teacher, a pastor, a counselor—but please, not a huckster!  I am a witness, a communicator, an announcer, a reporter, but never a peddler.
For we are not like so many, peddlers of God’s word; but in Christ we speak as persons of sincerity, as persons sent from God and standing in his presence.


Henry Morris Pepper (1910-2002)






Saturday, June 11, 2016

Fellowship Teams

Updated 4 July 2017

              2017 Fellowship Teams                           

                                                 


1.   Phil & Chrissy Delp                    

         Tom &  Sharman Spence          

Anne Spence                                                                                         

         Jim & Pam Delp                             

Heather  Spence

Ethan & Amber Delp

Dillon & Kenzie  


2.  Rodney & Donna Chilton            

Gerald & Kathy Stegall             

         Lori Schneberger

         Candace Bond

Lynn Ferrari

            

3.  Laci & Garret Stegall

Rick & Dana Ellis  

Nora McCullough  

         Dyanne Thompson  

         Tony & Shanna Dorman

Dean & Angie McConiha

             


4.  Amanda & Danny Rush

Rick & Vicki Reeves  

Terri Davis  

        Gene & Patsy Reeves

        Don & June Foust

        Kendra Walker

        John & Ashley Reeves

            


5.  Tom & Sheila Collins

        Linda & Robert Wascom

        Buffy & Dora Westreicher

        Victoria Glover

        Kristy Denbo

        Marcee Hose

        Colleen Leftwich


           

There is no longer a Christmas Team.  The Christmas meal will be included into the team rotation.







They committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and the prayers.


Acts 2:42 (The Message)

News & Updates


Up to Date Updates as of  28 August 2017


The Ministerial Alliance has agreed upon a Feed the Players and 5th Quarter Schedule for the 2017 Football Season.  Though the Church of Christ will not join the Ministerial Alliance, they have request to be included and are included in this ministry.  Here is the schedule for 2017.

DATE
FTP
5TH QTR
31-Aug
COC

7-Sep
BF FBC

8-Sep

BF FBC
14-Sep
CPC

15-Sep

CPC
21-Sep
DC FBC

28-Sep
LW

5-Oct
COC

6-Oct

COC
12-Oct
LW

13-Oct

LW
19-Oct
NO FTP

26-Oct
CPC

2-Nov
DC FBC

3-Nov

DC FBC


Breakfast for the Teachers and School Staff


Thanks to all who helped with breakfast for the Burns Flat - Dill City Teachers and Staff.  Once again, you were God's love in action.




It's (always) Time for Backpacks and School Supplies!

Thanks to all who helped with this year's backpack ministry.  You were a blessing.  This year we helped over 80 children.  That's down a little from the past 2 years even though we promulgated this year's event more than ever before.











Are You Blessed and Want to Help?

Back to school causes anxiety for some.  School means expenses, sometimes more than $50 per child.   HOLD YOUR HORSES!!!  The backpack ministry is over, right?

Yes, and no.  We accept monetary donations all year long so that our finely tuned shoppers can purchase some items in the off season when they are marked for clearance.  Now,that's good stewardship!

Why is this a church ministry?

 For the family that is just getting by, sometimes the cost of supplies is just too much.  We could just judge the people in this predicament for some life choices that might have impacted their financial state, or, we can be God’s love and meet this need—and perhaps open a door to abundant life in Jesus Christ.  If you are blessed so that you can meet your needs and have something extra, consider helping those who need a little help and a lot of love.

You may donate to the Backpack Ministry by mailing a check to CPC, Box 8, Burns Flat OK 73624.  Please note BACKPACKS on your check.  You can also stop by and see Pastor Tom.




We enjoyed Pastor Fredrick's visit this summer.  He is safely back in Kenya and working in the Kitale area.


Chewy Tuesdays is over and was a great success once again.  Some can hardly wait until next summer when we will take God's love back into the community in paper sacks full of food and love.  See Don Foust to make sure he includes you next year..  Keep his number handy when you come across families that might be interested: (580) 660-6666.




F4 kicks off for the fall on 6 September 2017 at 6 pm.

F4 Activity Schedule
Fall 2017

ACTIVITY
NOTES
6 SEP
CLASSES
TEACHERS CONDUCT ORIENTATION IN CLASSROOM
13 SEP
CLASSES

20 SEP
CLASSES

27 SEP
WORSHIP

4 OCT
WORSHIP

11 OCT
CLASSES

18 OCT
DO NOT MEET
FALL BREAK
25 OCT
CLASSES

1 NOV
WORSHIP

8 NOV
CLASSES
CLASS PREP - TALENT PARADE
15 NOV
THANKSGIVING MEAL
TALENT PARADE

Totals:   6 classes                              3 worship services                       1 special meal and talent parade

Spring 2018

DATE
ACTIVITY
NOTES
18 JAN
CLASSES
TEACHERS CONDUCT ORIENTATION IN CLASSROOM
24 JAN
CLASSES

31 JAN
WORSHIP

7 FEB
CLASSES

14 FEB
WORSHIP
ASH WEDNESDAY
21 FEB
CLASSES

28 FEB
CLASSES

7 MAR
WORSHIP

14 MAR
CLASSES

21 MAR
DO NOT MEET
SPRING BREAK
28 MAR
CLASSES

4 APR
WORSHIP
EASTER CELEBRATION
11 APR
CLASSES

18 APR
CLASSES

25 APR
F4 SPRING FINALE
DRAMAS & MUSIC


Totals:   9 classes                                    4 worship services                       1 special meal and activities


Men of Integrity meet at Rudy's Superette on the 4th Saturday of each month. We break for November and December.  The next Meeting is 23 September 2017.


 

 *      Dates to remember:  2017
·         14 September – Feed the Players (6 pm)
·         15 September – 5th Quarter @ the CPC after the game
·         23 September - Men of Integrity – 9 am @ Rudy’s
·         27 September – See You At The Pole (SYATP)
·         21 October – Red River Presbytery - Eastlake CPC (Moore OK)
·         26 October – Feed the Players (6 pm)
·         28 Oct – Trunk or Treat (Saturday)
·         29 Oct – Fellowship Meal 



GOD LOVES YOU - LOVE ONE ANOTHER





Just a short note from Pastor Tom

This is the day that the Lord has made. 
Let us rejoice and be glad in it. 

Our entire lives are to be filled with thanksgiving and praise for God.

  For the Christian there is no such thing as despair.

  Christ has overcome the world!

  He made us.  We are his.

  He loved us more than we can even imagine.

  We didn’t deserve it.

  That’s grace.

  So how are we to live as people who were loved when we didn’t deserve it? 

How are we to live as people who are being shaped in the likeness of Christ?  How are we to live?

The short answer is abundantly.  To understand abundance, we must set ourselves on a daily course to become God’s light and love in this world.

To live this life fully, we must time and time again give fully of ourselves, even when we think there is nothing left to give.

To be truly rich we must first be rich towards God.
You don’t learn this stuff from the world.

We serve a Master—there’s a term that Americans don’t like—who tells us to be first we must be last.
He tells us to be servant of all.
That’s really tough medicine.  Sometimes it’s just too tough.

But we don’t just through in the towel.
God has given each of us his own Spirit to walk beside us daily.

Each of us has direct access to God.
Each of us is called to be a member of the Body of Christ.
Each of us is called to grow closer to God individually and to worship him with other believers.

We don’t go to church.
We are the church!

Jesus told us that we are the salt of the earth.
He said we are the light of the world.
He told us to take a message of good news to the entire world.

We as followers of Jesus Christ are truly strangers in this world.
Our God-inspired way of living makes us foreigners in a self-centered world.

But we are in good company.
Prophets and saints alike have been rejected by a world governed by sin.
We are obedient to God and that makes us different—it makes us uncommon.

We are destined to be brothers and sisters of Christ.
God ordained this before the creation of the world.

So let us profess our faith in Jesus Christ.
Let us surrender to God’s perfect will and be shaped as God intended.

Let us love others as God has loved us.



Nursery

Nursery Schedule.  All volunteers are asked to check this schedule frequently.  If you would like to help in this ministry, please contact Amanda Rush.

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2017

July

2nd Amanda & Bri
9th Sharman & Victoria
16th Laci & Kristi
23rd Kendra & Dyanne
30th Lori & Lilly


August

6th   Donna & Ashley
13th Des & Laci
20th Amanda & Bri
27th Sharman & Victoria


September

3rd  Kristy & Ashley
10th Lori & Grace
17th Dyanne & Des
25th Donna & Kendra





Welcome

Welcome to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church website. 



It is our hope that you may come to know us a little before you ever come through the door, though nothing will replace those first handshakes and hugs that say, we really are glad to see you!

Our motto is God's Love in Action.  We may not be the best at citing the precise scriptures that tell you about God's love and salvation through Jesus Christ.  We may not always sing the hymns at the tempo the composer desired.  We may not have the most well orchestrated transitions between the children's message and the prayer.

It's not because we don't know our Bible.  We do.
It's not because we don't know the songs.  We do.
It's not because we are not reverent in worship.  We are.

It's because we know with certainty that God loves us more than we can imagine.
We know that we, not the building, are the church.
Our testimony to you is our love.

How else could we respond to the grace of God?

We are real people with real struggles in today's world, but we have the peace of the Lord.
We want you to know life to it's fullest, the depths of God's love and grace for us, and the One whom we call Lord and do our best to follow.

We want you to know Jesus Christ!

Here is something to think about.  We don't go to church.  We are the church!  That's right, we who follow Jesus are the church.  Individually, we might be called disciples.  Collectively we are the church.

This does not mean that we don't gather together.  We do.  We come together to worship God, to serve our Lord, and to grow in grace together. 

Worship
Serve
Grow

That's a little taste of who we are.  Come and gather with us and get to know us better.  We love the Lord and we are on a mission to take his love to the world.