Dear Church Family,
We’re getting back into the full swing of things in the new year. This coming Sunday, Sunday school for all ages will begin at 9:30 am, and worship will begin at 10:45 am. In this new year, several other ministries are already underway. An inquirer/new member class is meeting on Sunday afternoons, and the officer training class has resumed on Sunday evenings. The women’s Bible study begins again this week, meeting on Wednesdays at 10:00 am. Tonight, Christian Service Brigade (CSB) a discipleship ministry for young men ages 8-18 will resume; Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior (GEMS) a discipleship ministry for young women grades 4-12 will kick off at the same time: 7:00-8:30 pm.
PPC Online Calendar
All of these ministries and activities are listed on the church calendar which may view on our church website here: http://providencemidland.org/calendar. For those who use Google calendars and would like to integrate the church calendar into your own Google calendar, it’s an easy process. Simply go to your Google calendar online. On the pane on the left side of the screen, you will see a box that reads, “Add a friend’s calendar.” In that box enter the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Press “enter” and you’re done. [Note, please don’t send any emails to this address as it is never checked and only used for the Google calendar.]
Invitation to Sunday School
As we’re beginning a new semester of Sunday school, let me take this opportunity to encourage you to make the effort to attend the classes which are offered for all ages at 9:30 am on Sunday. As one of the primary teaching venues of our church, Sunday school is an important ministry of our church. It is a direct outworking of the Great Commission to make disciples through teaching and learning (Matthew 28:18-20).
In the adult class, we will be studying The Word of God Interpreted & Applied. This topic is a natural follow-up to the topic from last semester, The Word of God Written. Having examined who wrote the Bible and how Scripture was written, preserved, and translated, we are now going to begin a study of hermeneutics (the interpretation of a literary text – in this case God’s Holy Word) and how to apply it. Like last semester’s class, we will be using a series of video lessons, combined with instruction and discussion. The video series that we will be using is produced by Third Millennium Ministries entitled He Gave Us Scripture: Foundations of Interpretation.
The purpose of Sunday school is to grow the members and visitors of our church in knowledge and understanding of the Bible and the Christian faith. Our classes provide instruction for adults and children of all ages. It is a great opportunity to learn and grow in faith and in knowledge for the whole family. But, there’s another important aspect of Sunday school.
Not only is it a great opportunity to grow as a believer in knowledge and wisdom through instruction, Sunday school is also an excellent opportunity to grow in our relationships to one another in the church. Of course, the worship service is the center and centering ministry of PPC, but Sunday school is another way to plug into the corporate life of the church. I look forward to seeing you at Sunday school this Sunday at our new time: 9:30 am!
Below is a list of all of the classes, who will be teaching, and the subject matter of each. Paul and Kathryn Wheeler have done an excellent job organizing this ministry, recruiting teachers and facilitating the curriculum for each class. All of our teachers volunteer of their time to prepare and then teach each of these classes as a way of using their gifts and ministering to the body of our local church. We are grateful for their service.
Adult Class – Pastor Dietsch will be leading a study of The Word of God Interpreted & Applied using a DVD series of lessons by Dr. Richard Pratt entitled, “He Gave Us Scripture: Foundations of Interpretation.”
7-12 grades (high school/junior high) – A study of the Westminster Shorter Catechism taught by elder Greg Eddings and Seth Covington.
Older Elementary (grades 3-6) – Justin and Hannah O’Shay will teach the Winter quarter I GCP curriculum titled Listening to Jesus, about the teachings of Jesus from the Gospels.
Younger Elementary (grades 1-2) – Rachel Berkhouse will teach the Winter quarter I GCP curriculum titled Loving Jesus, about loving the promise of the Savior, meeting him and responding to him. This is by far our largest class, so we propose moving some of the more mature second graders into the 3-6 grade class (which, based on last semester’s attendance, is likely to only contain one third grader).
Preschool (4 & 5 year olds) – Kathryn Wheeler will teach the Winter quarter I GCP curriculum titled Jesus is God’s Son, following Jesus from the manger to the Mount of Transfiguration.
Toddler (2-3 year olds) - Clay and Jenny Finley have volunteered to inaugurate the GCP winter curriculum titled God’s Son into the toddler nursery this year. There will be singing, crafts and story time. We look forward to seeing our toddlers engage in the GCP program this semester.
The Lord be with you!
- Pastor Peter M. Dietsch