Looking to Jesus, interim week 1

By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

This is the first week of our brief summer break from meeting for book study, but we still want to bring you content to keep the themes of covenant community swirling in your minds and hearts. My home is blessedly full with family this week as we are preparing to send off my oldest son and his wife to their new assignment in Northern California—so far away!—and I’m doing well to spell my name correctly. So, instead of writing the post which is marinating in my heart, I will direct you to an article written by Christina Fox. Continue reading

From The Heart, Chapter 6

By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

Sisters, it is late Thursday afternoon, and I am still knee deep in trying to put my thoughts on paper where they make sense and might be of some benefit to you. I hope to complete this in the next few days. In the meantime, please enjoy this short article reprinted from the June 2017 issue of Tabletalk magazine,[1] which covered the Beatitudes. Continue reading

Looking to Jesus, Chapter 6

By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

It’s Summertime here in Texas, which means that school’s out, pools and waterparks are open, and shorts and sandals are standard everyday wear. Of course, being Texas, the shorts and sandals have been in use for several months already. When the sandals come out, it’s pedicure season; the footsies need some sprucing up for their higher visibility; after all, painted toes are part of the accessory package—right? I went for my first pedicure of the season a month ago, and part of the process of getting my feet ready for sandals involved a lot of soaking and special potions and lotions before bringing out the “cheese grater” to tackle my callouses. Continue reading

Class Notes, Chapter 6

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By KHAKI LANO |GUEST CONTRIBUTOR

Before launching into Chapter 6, our leader, Jana, reviewed some housekeeping items.  Today will be the last class for the month of June, since the next few Tuesdays our church will be preparing for the Patriotic Celebration on June 27, breaking for the 4th of July holiday, and prepping for and hosting VBS on the following weeks. We will reconvene on July 25. She encouraged the ladies to hang tight as there is a lot of great substance to look forward to in the study. The Covenant timeline was made available and can be purchased in the CPC office for $7.00.  Finally, we prayed for Stefanie Bennett, the wife of our new youth pastor. Stefanie will be induced on June 21st, and a group of ladies plan to visit her in Corpus Christie after Lila Rose arrives.

Why A Church Needs a Women’s Ministry?  Chapter 6 begins reiterating the importance of an intentional ministry to women. Susan Hunt stresses, “the Bible says so much about the way that men and women are to relate….there are certain matters more aptly addressed and applied in the context of a specific discipleship of women.” (83-84) The class discussed how some situations are more suitable for a woman to minister to another woman, and the ministry should equip women in the ministries of compassion. Continue reading

From The Heart, Chapter 5

By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways!”[1]

In last week’s blog, I wrote of my desire, along with my inability, to share with you all the riches of God’s sovereign covenant love that have been running around in my head these days. I ended by writing that I hoped, in the weeks ahead, that I would be able to take one facet of God’s love which has been deeply impressed upon my heart and share it with you. Continue reading

Looking to Jesus, Chapter 5

By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

In the summer of 2012 I grew tired of only hearing about my children’s adventures and decided to join our youngest daughter, Erin, and Venture Crew 241, for a four-day hike on the Appalachian Trail in Maine. I was training for my second half-marathon at the time and reasonably fit, after all; how hard could it be? After months of planning, preparation, and practice hikes, we arrived at the trailhead, made a final check of our gear, strapped on our packs (mine weighed approximately a thousand pounds), and walked into the beautiful woods and mountains of the Maine wilderness.

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Class Notes, Chapter 5

by KHAKI LANO| GUEST CONTRIBUTOR

Our teaching leader, Jana, opened today’s lesson with a look back at the church’s mission statement that was handed out at last week’s class.  Ladies shared how our book study aligns so nicely with the CPC mission statement.  The women’s ministry and CPC both purpose to be gospel-driven and reflect mutual encouragement, support, and accountability. We mutually want to see sanctification flourish in each one’s life and to know the importance of discipling one another and coming alongside one another. Continue reading