Dr. Jean West, Flute
Stetson University Professor of Flute Dr. Jean West is well known in the Central Florida area. She will present a flute recital in collaboration with Dr. Michael Rickman, piano.
What is Alpha?
The Alpha course is an opportunity for anyone who wants to explore the Christian Faith. It is relaxed, low key, friendly, and fun. There is a continental breakfast in the fellowship hall before the Sunday school hour, which gives us opportunity for coffee and to get to know each other. Listen, learn, discuss, and discover is what Alpha is all about. Ask any question that is on your mind – Alpha is a place where no question is too simple or to confrontational. Alpha Express shortens the video talk and discussion time to fit into a shorter time period such as our Sunday school hour.
Who is Alpha For?
Alpha is for anyone and everyone. Alpha is for people interested in exploring the teaching of Jesus Christ. Alpha is for people who are looking to grow their faith. Alpha is for people wanting to explain their faith to others. Alpha is for people with other or no religious backgrounds.
What Happens at Alpha?
We will listen to a shortened version of a video presentation by Nicky Gumbel the founder of Alpha. The topics of conversation will include: Who is Jesus? Why did Jesus die? Why and how do I pray? Why and how should I read the Bible? Who is the Holy Spirit? How can I resist evil? Why and how should I tell others? Does God heal today? What about the Church? After each talk there is a small group discussion time to ask questions, share your viewpoints, and hear from others.
When and Where?
The Alpha course begins Sunday September 14 with the introductory talk. It meets every Sunday morning for 11 weeks from 9 to 10:15 am. A weekend retreat will be arranged after about the 7th week.
It’s not too early to begin thinking about what you will be packing into your shoe box to send around the world to a child in need. This year our church will again be a Relay Center, which means the Fellowship Hall will be open for the week before Thanksgiving to collect shoeboxes from the local community. This year we will have only a limited number of Gospel boxes available (the decorated red and green cardboard boxes). We are being asked to encourage the congregation to use a standard size shoe box or, better yet, a clear plastic box with a lid. These can be purchased at the Dollar store and they can be decorated by laying a bandana or colorful item inside. Not only will the plastic boxes hold up better during the shipping process, but they can later serve as a storage bin or a container to carry water and other items. A shoe box can be filled with school supplies, hygiene items, and small toys. (NO liquids or bubbles). These gifts will show a child in need that they are loved. When packing your shoe box remember to pray that God will touch the heart of that child. There is a donation of $7 per box that makes it possible for the shoe box gift to be delivered to a child thousands of miles away. Along with the shoe box each child will also receive “The Greatest Journey”, a booklet explaining the salvation and love of Jesus Christ. On Sunday, October 19th, we will have the “kick-off” for the shoe box project and you will have the opportunity to ask questions about packing/shipping the boxes. Labels and literature will be available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, or would like to become more involved in this program, please feel free to contact Stephanie Olin at (386) 527-5106.
But Jesus called them to Him, saying, “Let the children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.” -Luke 18:16.
During the first week of October Pastor Foley will be hosting “Mission/Vision conversations” with members and friends of Ormond Beach Presbyterian Church. The purpose of these conversations is to talk about our mission – “Making Disciples who make Jesus smile” and our vision of growing the Church “Deep and Wide.” Pastor Foley wants to share personally with members why this is so close to his heart and how each member can make this mission and vision a reality. Pastor Foley will also talk about the Sessions recent decision to set in motion the process of calling an Associate Pastor to come alongside our staff and help us to grow the church. Each meeting will include a light meal and a presentation by the Pastor with time for questions and conversation. Each conversation will take place in the Haddad Fellowship Center. September bulletins will have sign up forms for members to indicate which Mission/Vision conversation they want to attend. You may also call the church office (386-441-0300) to sign up. The four Mission/Vision Conversations will be:
Thursday October 2nd – 12:00 noon – 1:15pm
Saturday October 4th – 9:00am – 10:15am
Monday October 6th – 12:00 noon – 1:15pm
Wednesday October 8th – 5:30pm – 6:45pm