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theInvitation PROVIDENCE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OCTOBER 2015
Kirk Night Begins Wednesday, October 7
In the name of the Father, the Son, and ... the Holy Spirit.
We pray in the name of all three, but how often do we live with an awareness of only the first two? As Jesus ascended into heaven, He promised to send the Holy Spirit —the Helper—so that we could be true and living witnesses for Christ. Unfortunately, today's church has admired the gift but neglected to open it.
Using the study and DVD of author Francis Chan’s Forgotten God, our Fall Kirk Night series will examine the true source of the church's power—the Holy Spirit. Chan contends that we've ignored the Spirit for far too long, and we are reaping the disastrous results. Through scripture and compelling narrative, we’ll be invited to stop and remember the One we've forgotten, the Spirit of the living God. Kirk Night begins on Wednesday, October 7, with dinner at 6:00pm (just $7) and study at 6:30. Children are invited to join Valetta for Kirkmusik at 6:30 in the Choir Room for rhythm, music, and joy.
Celebrate the flavors of Autumn at our Fall Festival, Sunday, October 11, immediately following worship. All are asked to bring your favorite fall-themed food using items such as apples, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, squash, zucchini, etc. Come enjoy a cup of apple cider and seasonal treats.
Fall Festival on Sunday, October 11
Upcoming Events at Providence
‣Men’s Dinner Out at Gordon Biersch Thursday,October 1
‣ Elder Nomination Submission Deadline Sunday, October 4
‣Children’s Class on Communion Sunday, October 4 at 9:45am
‣Mission Matters Youth Group Sunday, October 4 at 12:30pm
‣Gad-Abouts Tuesday, October 6 at 11:30am
‣ Kirk Night and Kirkmusik Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21, and 28 Kirk Night - 6:00pm, Kirkmusik - 6:30pm
‣ Parents Group Social Event Saturday, October 10 at 4:00pm
‣ Fellowship Fall Festival Sunday, October 11 at 12:15pm
‣Columbus Day - Church Office Closed Monday, October 12
‣Women’s Fall Retreat to the Outer Banks Friday, October 16 - Sunday, October 18
‣ YF: Youth Fellowship Sunday, October 18 at 6:00pm
‣Meals on Wheels Delivery Week Monday, October 26
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From My Open Door Jeffrey S. Bell, Pastor There’s a difference between success and
excellence. Success is measured by comparing ourselves to
others. Excellence is all about being the best we can be and maximizing our gifts, talents and abilities to perform at our highest potential.
We live in a world that loves to focus on success and loves to compare. We all do it. But to be our best we must focus on excellence and not success. We must focus on being the best we can be and realize that our greatest competition is not someone else but ourselves.
For example, coaching legend John Wooden often wouldn’t tell his players who they were playing each game. He felt that knowing the competition was irrelevant. He believed that if his team played to the best of their ability they would be happy with the outcome. In fact, Wooden’s teams never focused on winning. They focused on teamwork, mastering the fundamentals, daily improvement and the process that excellence requires. As a result he and his teams won A LOT.
Focusing on excellence was also the key for golfing legend Jack Nicklaus. His secret was to play the course not the competition. He focused on playing the best he could play against the course he was playing. While others were competing against Jack, he was competing against the course and himself.
The same can be said for Apple’s approach with the iPod, iPhone and iPad. When they created these products they didn’t focus on the competition. Instead they focused on creating the best product they could create. As a result, rather than measuring themselves against others they have become the measuring stick.
We have a choice as individuals and as a church. We can focus on success and spend our time looking around to see how others are doing, or we can look straight ahead towards the vision of greatness that Christ has for us and claim the vision for ourselves and our teams. We can look at competition as the standard of what church should look like, or we can become the standard for others to measure themselves against. We can chase success or we can embark on a quest for excellence and focus 100% of our energy to become our best... and let success find us.
Ironically, when our goal is excellence the outcome and byproduct is often success.
See you in church, Jeff
The Session met on September 21, 2015 and conducted the following business: • Cheerfully received new members Mike and Michelle Lathrop and Laura Gravely. • Approved Brent Nielson as a Sunday school substitute for the children's class led
by Laura Nielson and George Fitzgerald. • Did not approve a motion that the softball budget be moved to a line item under
Congregational Care. The softball budget line will remain under Fellowship. • Approved a motion to authorize the Workcamp Virginia Beach 2016 team to host
a golf tournament as a fundraiser for the 2016 Virginia Beach work camp. • Approved a motion to authorize Valetta Fellenbaum and Robin Birdwell to host a
Youth Hand Chime workshop in the choir room on Saturday, December 5 from 9:00 to 11:00am. The workshop will be open to the public.
RIDE WITH PROVIDENCE Do you, a family member, or a neighbor need help getting to Sunday school or worship? Why not ride the church bus? If you would be interested in this new ministry by riding the Providence bus to church, or if you are able to offer to drive your neighbor, contact the church office or Kevin and Cecilia Daley at (757) 479-5558. If church is your destination, ride with Providence!
Mike & Michelle Lathrop 901 Shelter Rock Lane Chesapeake, VA 23322 410-4596
Laura Gravely 945 Legacy Landing Apt. 312 Virginia Beach, VA 23464 410-0772
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1 6:30pm Men’s Dinner Out
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2 Helen Pennington’s Birthday Paul Ashcraft’s Birthday
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3 Kaehla Barlow’s Birthday
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4 Elder Nomination Deadline 8:45am Merry Bells 9:45am Sunday School 9:45am Children’s Class on Communion 11:00am Worship and Communion Peace Offering Received 12:30pm Mission Matters Youth
MONDAY, OCTOBER 5 7:00pm Committee Chairs 7:00pm Boy Scouts 7:30pm Committee Night
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6 11:30am Gad-Abouts 7:30pm Bells of Providence Rehearsal
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7 Eric Pennypacker’s Birthday 6:00pm Kirk Night 6:30pm Kirkmusik 7:30pm Chancel Choir Rehearsal
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8 Bob North’s Birthday 7:00pm Women’s Bible Study
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9 Don Douglas’ Birthday
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10 Maryilyn Kemmerer’s Birthday 4:00am Parents Group
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11 8:45am Merry Bells 9:45am Sunday School 11:00am Worship 12:15pm Fall Festival
MONDAY, OCTOBER 12 Columbus Day Church Office Closed Dorothy Brangan’s Birthday 7:00pm Session Meeting New Members Received 7:00pm Boy Scouts
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13 Judy Cole’s Birthday 10:00am Dorcas Circle 7:30pm Bells of Providence Rehearsal
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14 Don Bielmann’s Birthday 9:45am Mary & Martha Circle 6:00pm Kirk Night 6:30pm Kirkmusik 7:30pm Chancel Choir Rehearsal
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15 Newsletter Submission Deadline 7:00pm Care Team Leaders
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16 Women’s Fall Retreat Cristy Martin’s Birthday Ashley Polychroni’s Birthday
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17 Women’s Fall Retreat Elle Tyler’s Birthday 9:00am Courtyard Graces
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18 Women’s Fall Retreat Chris Bell’s Birthday 8:45am Merry Bells Rehearsal 9:45am Sunday School 11:00am Worship 6:00pm YF: Youth Fellowship
MONDAY, OCTOBER 19 Mil Cluverius’ Birthday Dawn Hill’s Birthday 7:00pm Boy Scouts
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20 Eric Custer’s Birthday Nick Passarella’s Birthday 7:30pm Bells of Providence Rehearsal
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21 Barry Davis’ Birthday Art Freeberg’s Birthday Kevin Daley’s Birthday 6:00pm Kirk Night 6:30pm Kirkmusik 7:30pm Chancel Choir Rehearsal
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22 Michelle Bolton’s Birthday
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23 Dolores Hickman’s Birthday Jackie Sawyer’s Birthday Rebecca Lindgren’s Birthday
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24 Julia Foust’s Birthday Garrett Finch’s Birthday
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25 Reformation Sunday ODU Campus