Here are the announcements from this week’s Sunday service.
To view or download this week’s edition of PCI’s Let’s Pray, click here.
We’re meeting together in person this evening at 7pm. This will be our first in person evening service since 15th March last year. That’s well over a year since we had two in person services on a Sunday. I know that many of us are very much looking forward to it.
The practicalities of the service will be exactly the same as our morning services. All the same guidelines apply. There’s no registration required or anything like that. But let me remind you that the meetinghouse can only hold a maximum of 80 people with two metre social distancing in place. Unfortunately it can’t hold any more than that in the current circumstances. If we find that more than 80 people would like to attend the evening service then we may look at opening the hall in the evening as well.
Tonight we’re continuing our big questions series and we’re going to think about the question: how do I know God’s will for my life. That’s important question that we ask at various stages in life. We’re going to think about what the Bible has to say about that issue this evening.
One of the reasons we’re meeting tonight is that we are keen to go back to some kind of normality. Another reason is that our church family has been assigned a summer assistant. Mr Mark Rodgers, a student for the ministry at Union College, is coming to work in the congregation from the beginning of June until the end of August.
It’s my desire that Mark would be given as much experience as possible and by having our evening service up and running by the beginning of June it means that he’ll be able to do some preaching. Kirk Session and I are delighted that the congregation has been assigned a summer assistant. I hope that you’re encouraged as well.
We should look at this assignment as us playing a role within the wider church and serving our denomination by giving a student experience. Mark has taken a couple of services in Buckna in the past year but we’re looking forward to getting to know him a bit more.
We’re meeting for midweek on Wednesday night at 8pm up in the church hall. We’re continuing our series on the book of James. The two previous talks on James are available on the church website and also through our church podcast. We’d love you to join us in person on Wednesday evening. We had a good evening during the week and we want to continue to pray for our church family at this time.
Offering and Collection
I mentioned this last week but I’ve been asked by those involved in counting the offering that both cash and cheques should be placed in the offering envelopes provided. The finance team would prefer that ordinary envelopes aren’t used. Please only use the church envelopes provided.
Let me also remind you that the quarterly United Appeal offering is now due and there are envelopes provided in your church envelop pack for that offering.
On that note, let me also say that the option is there to set up a standing order a method of giving. I’ve mentioned that method before but in the times we find ourselves in, giving by standing order is a secure and direct way of doing so. If you’d like more information about standing orders, please speak to our treasurer, Billy Smyth.
As always, let me thank you for you continued generosity to our congregation. We don’t take your contributions for granted and are very thankful for the ongoing support in that regard.
UCB Bible Reading Notes
UCB Bible notes are available in all vestibules this morning. You can lift a copy on the way out of the meetinghouse this morning. If you normally get a copy but are unable to join with us in person, please get in touch with me and I’ll make arrangements for you to receive it.
CD and DVD Distribution
On Thursday past Kirk Session had a discussion about our CD and DVD ministry. We realise that it has been very beneficial for CDs and DVDs to be posted during the past year. However, we’re going to draw that initiative to a close and revert back to the distribution method we used before Covid – that elders will distribute CDs and DVDs. That means that today’s service (25th April) will be available for distribution next Sunday.
Kirk Session did realise that it’s not ideal that the announcements will essentially be out of date because recipients will be a week behind. That was the case before Covid however and these are quieter days for us as a church family.
The past year has been an exceptional year in terms of the circumstances we have faced. We’re hoping that church life in general will return to something we recognise in the coming months. It should also be said that Session will discuss the long term benefits of live-streaming services. It is our hope that the way church is now is not the way it will be in the long term. Let me as always encourage you, if you haven’t already, to return to in person public worship. There’s nothing quite like meeting and worshipping together in person.
Faith Mission Drive In Specials
Just a reminder that the Faith Mission drive in services being held at Ballee Playing Fields begin this evening at 8pm. There are more details about those available here.