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  • Thank you, Pete and Gene.

Welcome to our church website.

We are glad you are here!

We hope to see you soon!

Summer worship is at 10:00 a.m.

until September 8, 2019.

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Congregation: Greetings from Presbyterian Youth Triennium!

Greetings!

This week Kyle Cockerham and Holden Cross join some 65 other youth from the Presbytery of Baltimore as they gather with another 5,000 Presbyterian youth at Purdue University. The Triennium has occurred every three years since 1980. This Triennium includes youth from around the world, including a large contingent from Puerto Rico, who are special need of prayer at this time. The offering this year went to help rebuild a youth camp which was damaged by Hurricane Maria. Here is a picture of the Puerto Rico delegation receiving the offering.

The theme of this year is based on the hymn, "Come Thou Fount." Each day has a different emphasis:

Jesus Sought Me (Zacchaues)

Prone to Wander (today's theme - the story of the Prodigal Son)

Here's My Heart (Peter walks on water, or does his best!)

Take and Seal It  (We prepare for home)

We have heard lots of lively music, youth-led drama, and powerful preachers. You can find more up-to-date pictures on the church Facebook site. Be sure to ask Kyle and Holden about their experience when you see them.

Many thanks to YOU - our congregation - for making this opportunity possible.

In Christ,

Stephen

 

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Church: A model community of the imperfect

 

Eugene Peterson, from his Introduction to the book of James.

 

When Christian believers gather in churches, everything that can go wrong sooner or later does. Outsiders, on observing this, conclude that there is nothing to the religion business, except, perhaps, business – and dishonest business at that. Insiders see it differently. Just as a hospital collects the sick under one roof and labels them as such, the church collects sinners. Many of the people outside the hospital are every bit as sick as the ones inside, but their illnesses are either undiagnosed or disguised. It’s similar with sinners outside the church.

So Christian churches as not, as a rule, model communities of good behavior. They are, rather, places where human behavior is brought out in the open, faced and dealt with.

 

Together in Christ,

Stephen

 


“A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH”

The Presbyterian Church was an unexpected offspring of a religious movement called “The Reformation.” Two of the leading Reformers of the time, Martin Luther (1483-1546) and John Calvin (1509-1564), had no intention of forming a new church, at least not initially. Their desire was to reform the present day Catholic Church, to purge the Church of corruptions and set it more in line with the traditions and theology of Scripture and of the early church. The Reformers became known as “Protestants” because their requests for change sounded more and more like protests.

The Presbyterian Church is one of several churches that can trace their origins to the Reformation. Presbyterians get their name from the Greek word “presbuteros” which means “elder.” The term refers to the system, in apostolic times, of choosing leaders from among the wisest members of the church. A prominent doctrine of the Reformation was “the priesthood of all believers.” Reformed churches designed themselves in ways that gave more power to the congregation. The Presbyterians established a representative system where elders, presbyters and commissioners were elected.

The French organized the first congregation in 1555 and the French Huguenots were one of the first Presbyterians to reach America, followed closely by the English, Dutch, German, Irish and Scottish. In 1706 the first American presbytery was formed in Philadelphia and soon after the Synod of Philadelphia in 1716. 1789 marked the First General Assembly in Philadelphia.

The Church grew and diversified as it headed westward. By 1800 there were 20,000 members. In another thirty-seven years, there were 220,000. With the growth in numbers came an increase of conflict, separation and sometimes reunion. “Old School” and “New School” divisions plagued Presbyterians for years. The most infamous of issues was slavery. The Civil War severely divided the Church.

The next 120 years saw movements toward reunification. In 1958 the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (PCUSA) and the United Presbyterian Church of North America merged to form the Presbyterian Church in the United States of American (UPCUSA). In 1983 the two largest Presbyterian Churches united at the Atlanta General Assembly (G.A.): the southern-based Presbyterian Church in the United States (PCUS) and the northern-based (UPCUSA). In 1985 the G.A. approved a seal for the new Church. There are some powerful images in the symbol which reveal what is important to us as Presbyterians. Today there are about 2,000,000 members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), the largest of the mainline Presbyterian denominations.

“Unexpected” may seem like a good way to describe the beginnings of the Presbyterian Church. But for Presbyterians it has always been the “providence of God.”

Together in Christ,

Stephen

 
 
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Churchville Presbyterian Church

2844 Churchville Road
Churchville, Maryland 21028
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WINTER WORSHIP SCHEDULE

8:30 a.m. Informal Service   

9:15 a.m. Adult Class

9:30 a.m. Youth & Children Sunday School

10:30 a.m. Traditional Service 

April Events

April 18 - Maundy Thursday - "Hand Washing Service" - 6:15 p.m. - we will begin with a light supper.  Service of Worship will begin at 7:00 p.m.

April 14 - Palm Sunday - services at 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

April 21 - Easter Sunday -  3 Easter services: 6:00 a.m. (Outside sunshine service by the Cross); 8:30 a.m.; 10:30 a.m.  

 

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