The book being discussed is “Making Sense of It All: Pascal and the Meaning of Life” by Thomas Morris. Morris is a public philosopher, someone who takes the complex writings and ideas of philosophers and explains it in ways that are readable and understandable for the layman. Pascal is a genius polymath from the 17th century who was adept at interests as wide-ranging as math, physics, and inventing to philosophy and theology. We’ll get to discuss things like Pascal’s Wager, the hiddenness of God, and skepticism.
We will meet next on Thursday, September 14 at 7 p.m.We will meet at the church unless someone wants to volunteer to host.
Annual Worship in the Park followed by a BBQ will be September 17; at Shelter House No. 1 in Rothwell Park, which is directly behind the pickle ball courts (former tennis courts) off of Holman Road. Please bring a dish or two to share. Meat, table service and water will be provided. Following the meal, the mini train will be available for rides.
Household Prayer: Morning: My God, out of the darkness that stalks the night you bring the light of morning. Let my love for you not waste at noonday, but burn until evening again. Amen.
Household Prayer: Evening: My God, Most High, day is done. I rest in your shelter, abide in your shadow, trust in you. Amen.
Questions for Reflection: Like the prophet Amos, Jesus has harsh words for those who live in luxury and ignore the needs of the poor. The epistle reading warns that “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” (1 Tim. 6:10). What is an appropriate Christian attitude toward wealth? How are we called to treat those who are poor?
Committee Volunteer Sign up sheets are in the office. If you would like to sign up, call or email the church office for more details. The committees are:
Care & Fellowship – To care for the congregation, provide for fellowship and to improve communication.
Christian Education – Recruits teachers, helpers, chooses curriculum for children and youth, makes suggestions for Adult education, and encourages attendance.
Outreach – This committee is focused on evangelism and outreach: brainstorming and creating events or opportunities that might reach those outside our church or spread the gospel.
Personnel – Establishing policies and procedures for church employment that comply with federal, state, and local laws, where applicable. Participate in staff relations to support staff members.
Property – Help with the administration, maintenance, and areas of responsibility associated with the church building and grounds.
Stewardship & Finance – Oversee activities related to financial support of church, including annual stewardship campaign, special campaigns for designated projects and communicating with church members regarding the use of the funds collected.
Worship – Helps acquiring people for Children’s Time, Liturgists and Special Music. Help in making decisions for Worship and Special Services.
Choir Rehearsals are Wednesdays, at 5:30 PM during the fall & winter months.
Fellowship Group meets the second & fourth Thursdays of the month at 7:00 PM. Call the office or Pastor Joel for more details. Fellowship Group will resume meeting in the fall.
If you or someone you know would like to share their musical talents for Special Music, please let us know!
If you would like to purchase the book “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Too Funny!” in which Wallis Landrum wrote a story “This Time in Latin” and is included the book. The book can be purchased for $15, of which all proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the church. Contact Wally at 660-676-6760 for your copy today!
Coffee Bar will be ready at 9:20 on the first Sunday of each month. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:30. Worship with us in person or on Facebook Live at 10:30 AM.
All are invited and welcome here at Coates Street Presbyterian Church.
Would you like to be involved with the Youth Groups? Mary is looking for volunteers to help with the groups. Elementary grades will once again meet Thursday Afternoons 3-5:15pm! CSPC Bus will pick Up at Gratz Brown, South Park, North Park and St. Pius; Enjoy snacks, games, crafts, Bible lessons and more. The group meets from September to May – during the school months.
Middle School and High School Youth will meet Sundays from 6-8 pm. The group meets from September to May – during the school months.
Lots of fun things are planned and we want YOU to be a part of them! Invite your friends to join you!
Volunteers needed to help with games, crafts, and snacks. Call Miss Mary for information.
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world and all who dwell in it. For He founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters. Psalm 24:1-2
CHURCH NEWS & NOTES
Extra copies of the 2021 CSPC directory are available on the table in the hall or in the office. If you would like one mailed to you, please call, or email the office.
If your contact information has changed, please contact the church office to make sure that we have their most recent info: address, phone numbers, and email. You can call or email the office, or sign the red folders in the Sanctuary with your information.
Please remember to keep in contact with your loved ones, the elderly and anyone that you know that may need some help in this time of uncertainty. It may just be as simple as calling to see if they need some groceries or other necessities. Call the Church office if you need help, or know of someone that does to see if one of our volunteers can help!
Be sure to get a copy of “These Days, Daily Devotions for Living by Faith” and/or “The Upper Room, Where the world meets to pray”. Free copies are available on the table in hall.
The Lending Library in the hallway is waiting for you to see what is available! The Care and Fellowship Committee invites you to TAKE A BOOK, BRING A BOOK and pass them on or return them. Religious or not! There are several new additions to the library. The shelves are full, waiting for you to find your perfect reflection book, bible, nice daily devotional books.
Do you know someone in the CSPC community who would like to attend Worship, Church events or may need a ride to Doctor appointments, need to go grocery shopping, or have someone pick up your groceries? Call the Church office to see if one of our volunteers can help! Pastor Joel is visiting with people that are not always able to come to Church, he can take them Communion also, if they wish. If you know someone who would like a visit from Pastor Joel, please let the office know, or contact Pastor Joel.
To watch past Worship Services, log into our Facebook at:
We Seek to Know Christ’s Love and Minister in His Name
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and glory, forever.
CSPC DEACON NEWS:
The Deacons BLESSING BOX is located outside of the church by the parking lot entrance. This blessing box is for people to leave what they can and take what they need. Some of the items that can be left in the blessing box is canned goods, soups, fruits and vegetables; nonperishable food items. Hygiene products, feminine items, soap, shampoo, coats, gloves for winter, small household items and much more.
The Deacons are requesting yarn and plastic knitting needles and crochet hooks for the inmates at the Prison, who are making stocking hats, etc. for the Veterans living on the streets and homeless children. This is a very worthy cause. Their supplies are getting low, so any donations will be greatly appreciated! Phyllis delivered the supplies to the prison.
Safe Passage is asking for donations of gently used pots, pans, cups, silverware, and laundry soap for both the shelter and non-residential clients.
Consider Time, Talent and Stewardship in Your Church. Time: if you have free time to help with different projects in and around the church, contact the office. Talent: Always looking for talented people to be involved. Do you know someone that would like to play the organ, piano, or other instrument during worship, want to be liturgist, or present Children’s time, let us know! Stewardship: Donations and contributions can be made in several different ways. If you come to Worship in Person, you may drop your offering in the offering trays. If you join us on Facebook live, press the donate button, No Fees applied. Contact your bank and have automatic payments set up to be mailed. Continue to mail your offerings per U.S. Post Office.
Choir Rehearsals are Wednesday’s at 5:30pm, winter months. Welcome all that love to sing!
Deacon’s Meeting is the second Monday every month at 6:00 pm
Session meets the third Wednesday each month at 6:30 pm