Lutheran Church News — St. Luke’s (NB) & St. John’s (McComb) – Dec. 7

“Preparing the Way” based on Isaiah 40:1–11 is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. Luke’s Lutheran NB and St. John’s McComb.

Lutheran Church News — St. Luke’s (NB) & St. John’s (McComb) – Dec. 7

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church

“Preparing the Way” based on Isaiah 40:1–11 is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore on Sunday, December 7 at 10:15 a.m. The second candle of the Advent Wreath will be lit and the second felt flame will be added to the Advent Banner at the opening of worship to celebrate the Second Sunday in Advent. The Senior Choir will sing an anthem “Emmanuel, God With Us” The Lord’s Supper will be celebrated as traditional “Table Communion.”

Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

On Saturday, December 6, the cast and crew of this year’s Youth Christmas musical, “Signs of Christmas” will hold the first rehearsal from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Some members of St. Luke’s will be singing in the community cantata “I Am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End” at the Elmwood Community Center Auditorium on Sunday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m.

St. John’s Lutheran Church

“Preparing the Way” based on Isaiah 40:1–11 is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb on Sunday, December 7 at 8:00 a.m. The Lord’s Supper will be celebrated. The second candle of the Advent Wreath will be lit at the opening of worship to celebrate the Second Sunday in Advent. Sunday School begins at 9:15 a.m. (a joint Sunday School with the McComb United Methodist Church).

Can One Christian Have All of the Gifts?

Pastor Jon Rhinehart at Praise Chapel invites you to join in for worship and study at PCG on West Broadway in North Baltimore, where he is preaching a sermon series on “Spiritual Gifts”. Last week, he spoke on who can have spiritual gifts and are they still available to us. The Bible teaches that we are supposed to be disciples and that we are to make disciples.

Sunday Sermon Title: 

Spiritual Gifts Sermon Series-“Can One Christian Have All of the Gifts?”

Note from the Pastor:

I have been preaching a sermon series on “Spiritual Gifts”. Last week, I spoke on who can have spiritual gifts and are they still available to us. The Bible teaches that we are supposed to be disciples and that we are to make disciples. All of this is done through the power of The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was given as a comforter for the church. This was after Jesus went to sit down next to His Father in Heaven. We need the power of the Holy Spirit to do any of the Christian walk.

God has established, through scripture, what the gifts are and that they are available to all Christians. The Bible demonstrates that we can operate in multiple gifts and all of the gifts of the Spirit. God knows that we need help in this present time. Who will need help when they are in Heaven? I encourage you to come and learn about the gifts of the Spirit. I am confident that you will be blessed and encouraged to dig deeper into the Word of God!

God Bless,

Pastor Jon

Service Times: 

9:30 am Sunday School (Discipleship Class) by Pastor Jon

(Adult & Children classes)

10:30 am Sunday Service(Adult & Children services)

Pastor Jon & Theresa Rhinehart

Praise Chapel PCG

P.O. Box 254

500 W. Broadway St.

(419) 408-HOPE (4673) Prayer & Info Line

jrhinehart67@gmail.com

http://pastorjonrhinehart.blogspot.com/

Prince of Peace: a devotion by Ann Elaine Broughton

“And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6 NIV).

Jesus came on earth to give us peace. His whole ministry was offering peace to those around him. He healed the sick, preached that people needed to love their neighbors and enemies, told the people not to worry, but to trust God, and calmed a storm by just speaking, “Be still”.

Prince of Peace: a devotion by Ann Elaine Broughton

“And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6 NIV).

Jesus came on earth to give us peace. His whole ministry was offering peace to those around him. He healed the sick, preached that people needed to love their neighbors and enemies, told the people not to worry, but to trust God, and calmed a storm by just speaking, “Be still”.

These are just a few examples of how he displayed peace. If you read the account of his sentence and crucifixion, you will notice that he displayed peace in front of his accusers also.

This peace that Christ displayed is also available to you. Jesus told his disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you” (John 14:27 NIV). In the Beatitudes Jesus spoke: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God” (Matthew 5:9 NIV). Jesus wants us to have peace and display it for others to see.

Since this peace is always there for us all the time. Do you feel it and portray it? Is there something in your life right now that is making peace difficult to find?  Is your peace being thwarted by your own personal problems? Sickness, death of a loved one, financial problems, and chronic pain are just a few things that can take away your peace. But you must realize that the peace Christ has to offer you is still there.

Whenever I start fretting and worrying and complaining about my problems, I know that I can start spiraling downward into despair. I have learned to say to my self, “Stop it!” and then I pray in earnest for Christ to fill me with His peace. The most important thing for you to do when you are in a downward spiral of despair is to call upon the Lord to fill you with His peace, because it will happen. Trust me, because I have been in the miry pit of despair before, and He has filled me with a peace that I cannot even describe to you. He is definitely my Prince of Peace.

So the next time you feel as if the world is falling in all around you, remember that your Prince of Peace is only a prayer away and will give you the peace that you so desperately need.

Dear Lord,

There are many things in life that can threaten our peace. Help us to know that you will never abandon us in our time of need, and that your peace is available if we take time to calm down and pray.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

 

 

The 18th Annual Elmwood Community Choir Christmas Concert

The Elmwood Community Choir will be presenting its 18th Annual Christmas Concert – “I Am the Alpha and the Omega; the Beginning and the End”

The Elmwood Community Choir will be presenting its 18th Annual Christmas Concert – “I Am the Alpha and the Omega; the Beginning and the End”

– on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Elmwood Community Center Auditorium.

This concert will be highlighting songs from each of the past 17 Christmas cantatas presented by the Choir.  It will also be featuring soloists from the past including:  Terry Gonyer; Pastor Timothy Sherman; Cora Lee; John Reynolds III; Bob & Janet Garner; Sharon Casey; Doug, Gail, Jacob and Jonah Houtz; Dr. Leah Dorman; and Carol Nungester.

The concert is under the direction of Dean Bell, with Assistant Director, Zackery Deininger.  Narration will be provided by Dale David.  The annual event is underwritten by the North Baltimore Area Cooperative Ministries and is provided free to the public.  A freewill donation will be accepted to help defray costs.

Elmwood Community Choir Chirstmas 2014 flyer

Remembering Your Blessings

by Pastor Ralph Mineo, St. Luke’s Lutheran

A person had a dream that involved a tour of Heaven.

by Pastor Ralph Mineo, St. Luke’s Lutheran

A person had a dream that involved a tour of Heaven.

The angel-guide, first took the dreamer to the “Receiving Station.” This was a tremendously BUSY place with constant activity. The angel explained that this is where prayer requests from Earth-people were received. There were requests for healing, comfort, peace of mind, joy of heart, reconciliation, strength, wisdom, to name only a few. The angel said, “The requests never stop piling in!”

Then the angel led the dreamer to “Packaging and Delivery.” Again, this was a BUSY place, even busier that the “Receiving Station.” This is the section where angels prepared God’s blessings and answers for delivery to the people on Earth. The dreamer asked why this was so much busier that the “Receiving Station.” The angel said, “God always sends a lot more blessings than are requested!”

The final part of the tour was the “Acknowledgement Section.” This section wasn’t so busy. There were a few angel-workers, but the activity level was low. “What’s happening here?” the dreamer asked. The angel said that this is the place for receiving THANKS for the blessings.

The dreamer woke up, realizing that it was time to remember all the blessings and give thanks more often. So the dreamer made an ornate box, and listed life’s blessings received in the past and in the present. The dreamer tried to remember every blessing received from “Packaging and Delivery.”

The dreamer then added to the “Blessing Box” every day! And everyday, the dreamer said a prayer of thanksgiving, so that the “Acknowledgment Section” would be active!

Perhaps you, dear reader, could make such a “Blessing Box” or a “Blessing Jar.” You could add a note everyday with something you’re thankful for. Our lives are better when we daily give thanks to God for the blessings of our lives. (Every once in a while, you could read through all of your notes, and give thanks again!)

As Thanksgiving 2014 approaches, let’s resolve to make a “Blessing Box” and make giving thanks a routine part of our daily lives! May God bless you abundantly!

Thanks be to God. Amen!

Lutheran Church News — St. Luke’s (NB) & St. John’s (McComb) – Nov. 29

”You Have Every Spiritual Gift You Need” (based on First Corinthians 1:3–9) is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore on Sunday, November 30 at 10:15 a.m.

The first candle of the Advent Wreath will be lit and the first felt flame will be added to the Advent Banner at the opening of worship to celebrate the First Sunday in Advent.

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church

”You Have Every Spiritual Gift You Need” (based on First Corinthians 1:3–9) is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore on Sunday, November 30 at 10:15 a.m.

The first candle of the Advent Wreath will be lit and the first felt flame will be added to the Advent Banner at the opening of worship to celebrate the First Sunday in Advent.

The Junior Choir will sing an anthem titled “Rejoice Evermore.”

Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

Following worship, members will decorate the sanctuary for Christmas.

Church and community members are invited to a “Healing Service” at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, November 30. The service, which includes anointing with oil, is for those with specific requests for healing, as well as an opportunity to pray for others in need of healing.

St. John’s Lutheran Church

”You Have Every Spiritual Gift You Need” (based on First Corinthians 1:3–9) is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb on Sunday, November 30 at 8:00 a.m.

The first candle of the Advent Wreath will be lit at the opening of worship to celebrate the First Sunday in Advent.

Sunday School begins at 9:15 a.m. (a joint Sunday School with the McComb United Methodist Church).

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

We are so thankful for so many things, to so many people, for so many blessings, with so many opportunities and, we can even be thankful for the many challenges!

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We are so thankful for so many things, to so many people, for so many blessings, with so many opportunities and, we can even be thankful for the many challenges!

Thank YOU for visiting and supporting TheNBXpress.com!

It surely has been an interesting FIVE years, since we began our journey with TheNBXpress.com, back in 2009!

Our thanksgiving message: 

15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. (Col. 3:15-17 NLT)

Please enjoy the video below regarding “early” Thanksgiving Feasts here in America:

Give Thanks Always: a devotion by Ann Elaine Broughton

You must remember that no matter your circumstances God will never fail you or leave you. Jesus promised that, and He never breaks a promise. Start every prayer with thanking God…..

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16 NIV).

 

As we approach Thanksgiving, we are reminded of all of our blessings.

It is a time to remember what God has provided for us and thank Him for His steadfast love for us. But thankfulness should not be saved for this holiday, but we should be in a mood of thankfulness every day.

Do you honestly give thanks in all circumstances? It is very difficult to do if you are in pain, lonely, sorrowful, or poor, but if you can honestly look at your life and see the good that also has happened your outlook can change remarkably.

I just read an article of a lady who had crippling arthritis. She was feeling sorry for herself and then decided that she would look at it in a more positive light. She thought that she was lucky to have two legs to walk on because some do not. She was determined to get better and her philosophy wrapped around the idea that there is a bright side to everything. She said her thinking more positive thoughts about it was more powerful than any steroid. You see it is all about perspective. Thankfulness is a thought changing and life changing act.

You must remember that no matter your circumstances God will never fail you or leave you. Jesus promised that, and He never breaks a promise. Start every prayer with thanking God for His steadfast love for you. Concentrate on the blessings and it will be difficult for you to stay in the miry pit of  “Woe is me”.

I highly recommend that you keep a journal and write down a blessing in it every day, or start a blessing jar and write a blessing each day on a strip of paper and put it in it. Then when you are feeling down, just sit down and read those blessings. It will lift your spirit and help you to see that God has not abandoned you.

So remember that every day holds a blessing for you to be thankful about. Look for it and you will surely find it, and then be a blessing to someone else.

Dear Lord,

Some days it is very difficult to be thankful. Help us to see the blessing in every circumstance and be joyful always even when we don’t feel like it. There are so many ways you bless us. Help us to look for those instead of the negative things.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

Lutheran Church News — St. Luke’s (NB) & St. John’s (McComb)

“God Will Feed Everyone” (based on Ezekiel 34) is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore on “Christ the King Sunday,” November 23 at 10:15 a.m. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church

 

“God Will Feed Everyone” (based on Ezekiel 34) is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore on “Christ the King Sunday,” November 23 at 10:15 a.m. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

At 7:00 p.m. we gather with community and church members and at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in North Baltimore for the “Community Thanksgiving Service.”

St. John’s Lutheran Church

”God Will Feed Everyone” (based on Ezekiel 34) is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb on  “Christ the King Sunday,” November 23 at 8:00 a.m. Sunday School begins at 9:15 a.m.

On Monday, November, the 24th, at 7:00 p.m. the congregation, with the McComb United Methodist Church, will decorate the sanctuary for Christmas.

Praise Chapel PCG – Nov. 23

Why did Jesus make such an impact on the earth? He not only talked a good game, but He had the power of The Holy Spirit flowing through Him, confirming what He was saying. Jesus was God in flesh. When He was on the earth He was baptized in water and the Holy Spirit came down upon Him. He was our example. He told His disciples to go into all the world and use His Name to do some awesome things and to make more disciples. He also said that signs would follow those that believe.

Sunday Sermon Title:

Spiritual Gifts Sermon Series-“Confirming God’s Word”

Note from the Pastor:

Why did Jesus make such an impact on the earth? He not only talked a good game, but He had the power of The Holy Spirit flowing through Him, confirming what He was saying. Jesus was God in flesh. When He was on the earth He was baptized in water and the Holy Spirit came down upon Him. He was our example. He told His disciples to go into all the world and use His Name to do some awesome things and to make more disciples. He also said that signs would follow those that believe.

In Mark 16:20 KJV, Jesus told the disciples that He would work with them and confirm the Word with signs following. In the 17th and 18th verses, He explained what those signs were! So, if Jesus and His first disciples needed signs to confirm what they were saying, I think we do too.  We have been seeing signs at our church. Jesus is at work and we are learning how to flow in these gifts more and more. So I invite you to come and learn with us and be a disciple of Jesus Christ!

Choose to believe the Word of God and not the traditions of man. Let His power flow through you, your family, and your community! God is no respecter of persons, He will use anyone that chooses to believe! There is power in the name of Jesus!

God Bless,

Pastor Jon

Service Times:

9:30 am Sunday School

(Adult & Children classes)

10:30 am Sunday Service(Adult & Children services)

Pastor Jon & Theresa Rhinehart

Praise Chapel PCG

P.O. Box 254

500 W. Broadway St.

(419) 408-HOPE (4673) Prayer & Info Line

jrhinehart67@gmail.com

http://pastorjonrhinehart.blogspot.com/

United Methodist Church Church news for Sun. Nov. 23

Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist & Bairdstown United Methodist Church Church news for Sunday, November 23, 2014

Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist

Church news for Sunday, November 23, 2014

Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist will celebrate “Christ the King” Sunday on November 23, with worship beginning at 10:15 am.  Rev. Susan Kronbach will preach “Who is this Jesus?” from Matthew 7:21-28.  Sunday School for youth and adults is held at 9:15 am; Sunday School for children is held during worship after the children’s moments.  Please plan to join us!

Other activities at the church this week include choir practice each Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm (with cantata practice immediately following at 7:45); Women of Faith on Thursday, and Nov. 20 at 9:00 am at the Iron Skillet Restaurant.

Please also make plans to join us for the Community Thanksgiving Service at Holy Family Catholic Church on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 7:00 pm.  This service is sponsored by the North Baltimore Area Cooperative Ministry, and an offering of peanut butter (or cash) will be received for our Christmas box ministry.

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Bairdstown United Methodist Church

Church news for Sunday, November 23, 2014 –

The Bairdstown United Methodist Church will be celebrating “Christ the King”  Sunday on November 23, with worship beginning at 9:15 am.  Rev. Susan Kronbach will preach “Who is this Jesus?” from Matthew 7:21-28, inviting us to reflect on who Jesus is for us.   Sunday School class is held immediately following worship.  Please plan to join us as you are able!

Lutheran Church News — St. Luke’s (NB) & St. John’s (McComb) – Nov. 16

“Count Your Blessings” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic – On Sunday afternoon, November 16 from 4-6, three local Lutheran congregations — St. Luke’s (North Baltimore), St. John’s (McComb), and Trinity (Arcadia) — will gather for a get-together titled: “Family, Fun, and Fellowship at Four.” The congregations will gather for devotions, music, games, and good food. The host church this time is at St. John’s in McComb.

Lutheran Church News — St. Luke’s (NB) & St. John’s (McComb)

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church

“Count Your Blessings” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore on Sunday, November 16 at 10:15 a.m. The Junior Choir will sing a modern adaptation of the traditional song “Count Your Blessings.” The women of the congregation, will participate in worship leadership and gather an annual Thankoffering in solidarity with the Women of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). The offering is for both domestic and worldwide ministries. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m

St. John’s Lutheran Church

“Count Your Blessings” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb on Sunday, November 16 at 8:00 a.m. The sermon is based on Matthew 25:14–30. Sunday School begins at 9:15 a.m. (a joint Sunday School with the McComb United Methodist Church (which worships at St. John’s while their building is being restored due to a fire.)

On Monday, November 17, members of St. John’s will participate in the setting up and organizing the annual “Community Thanksgiving Dinner” at the American Legion. The meal will be served from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

St. Luke’s (NB), St. John’s Lutheran (McComb), Trinity (Arcadia) Lutheran Churches

On Sunday afternoon, November 16 from 4-6, three local Lutheran congregations — St. Luke’s (North Baltimore), St. John’s (McComb), and Trinity (Arcadia) — will gather for a get-together titled: “Family, Fun, and Fellowship at Four.” The congregations will gather for devotions, music, games, and good food. The host church this time is at St. John’s in McComb.