Yes, the PCA has given us a new name! Instead of WIC (Women in the Church), we will now be known as CPC Women’s Ministry. Our purpose and goals will remain the same. The following statement is taken from their website (www.pcacdm.org/women/).
“Women’s Ministry is important for every church to encourage and equip women for service to the church and for woman to woman discipleship. Women’s Ministries in the Church, a ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America and under the authority of Committee on Discipleship Ministries (CDM), seeks to equip, connect, and encourage women in the church to know Christ personally and be committed to extending His kingdom in her life, home, church, community, and throughout the world. We seek to glorify God and serve his kingdom by teaching sound doctrine that trains and disciples women to know and apply God’s Word to all of life. “
We are very thankful and excited to offer two different opportunities for Bible Study again this year. Our desire is that many women of all ages will come and join in studying the Word of God, fellowship, and prayer. These are sweet times of being together as women to build one another up in our walk of faith.
The new CPC Christian Education year begins in just a couple of weeks. We are very thankful and excited to offer women’s Bible studies again this year and hope that many women of all ages will join us weekly to study God’s Word. It’s a wonderful opportunity, not only for studying the Word, but also for praying for, fellow-shipping with, and encouraging one another as sisters in our walk of faith. Because there are a few changes being made this year, would you please read the following information carefully.
• This year’s Bible studies will meet weekly, and a new study will be offered each quarter. This will allow for greater continuity, open more study opportunities of a shorter length (thus enabling you to commit to or step out of a quarterly study as your schedule permits), lessen disruption if a study should need to be cancelled one week (i.e., inclement weather/scheduling conflict/etc.), and help maintain interest and ongoing participation in each study. Babysitting will be provided at the evening Bible study, and it will be provided at the morning study by reservation. The morning and evening studies will cover the same material week by week.
The studies will meet Wednesdays in the library on a weekly basis from 9:30-11 :00 AM and 6:15-7:45 PM.
• The quarterly dates are as follows:
Fall: Sep. 20-Nov. 29, 2017* [September 20,27; October 4, 18,25; November 1, 8, 16,29] Winter: Jan. 17-Mar. 7,2018
Spring: Mar. 21-May 16, 2018
*Please note: We will not meet on Oct. 11 (Missions Conference) or Nov. 22 (Eve of Thanksgiving)
• The course content for the fall and spring studies (9 weeks each) will be an actual Bible study, whereas the winter and summer courses (8 weeks each) will cover a topic related to Scripture, similar to other studies in recent years (None Like Him by Wilkin, Lies Women Believe and Seeking Him by DeMoss, Holding On To Hope by Guthrie).
For our nine-week study this fall, which will begin September 20, we will be using the book Sermon on the Mount by Jen Wilkin-a study facilitated by Gretchen Deutschmann in which we’ll seek to learn what it means to be a citizen of the kingdom of Heaven according to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.
What does it mean to be a citizen of the kingdom of Heaven? Matthew’s gospel opens with three chapters containing Jesus’ longest recorded message – a sermon given to His disciples early in His ministry to articulate what the life of a Christ- follower would look like. It was a message intended to tum upside down every expectation His closest followers might have. Both practical and profound, the sermon asks of us the same questions it posed to its original hearers: How should a disciple relate to sin? To others? To the Law? How does a disciple think, speak, and act? What is the nature of true righteousness?
In His sweeping depiction of kingdom citizenship, Jesus utters some of the most familiar passages in all of Scripture. Most of us have only encountered the Sermon on the Mount in fragments, considering its subdivisions as complete teachings in their own right-a study on blessedness, a reflection on the Lord’s Prayer, a meditation on lilies of the field. But what if we navigated these three chapters as they were originally heard: as one cohesive, well-ordered message, intended to challenge us to think differently about repentance, salvation, and sanctification? This 9-week study authored by Jen Wilkin does just that. Seat yourself on a mountainside to learn at the feet of Jesus. Ask for ears to hear and a heart to respond to the teaching of our King. Each lesson will consist of a homework component, a group discussion time, and a DVD teaching by Jen Wilkin.