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40-Day Prayer Challenge Week 2 Begins on September 19

The devotions for Week 2 and their associated topics and Bible passages are shown below:
 
Sept. 19: The Necessity of a Clean Heart (Psalm 66:18-19)
Sept. 20: The Faith That Receives (Mark 11:22-24) 
Sept. 21: The Life That Can Pray (1 John 3:21-22) 
Sept. 22: Praying in Jesus’ Name (John 16:24) 
Sept. 23: Praying with Persistence (Luke 18:1)
 
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Differing Perspectives of This Week’s Verses

Here are the links for this week’s verses as presented in six alternate versions of the Bible. Hopefully, these reference sources will enhance your understanding of each devotion’s scriptural foundation.
 
Date Sept. 19 Sept. 20 Sept. 21 Sept. 22 Sept. 23
Passage Psalm 66:18-19 Mark 11:22-24 1 John 3:21-22 John 16:24 Luke 18:1
English Standard (ESV) Link Link Link Link Link
New International (NIV) Link Link Link Link Link
King James (KJV) Link Link Link Link Link
Contemporary English (CEV) Link Link Link Link Link
The Message (MSG) Link Link Link Link Link
New Revised Standard (NRSV) Link Link Link Link Link


Library Corner: Explore the Story of Ben-Hur

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During the past summer, the new Hollywood remake of the story of Ben Hur was in the news. But do you know the fascinating story behind the original novel? After meeting one of the most prominent atheists of the day, novelist Lew Wallace realized he really knew less about the Christian story than the atheist did. So he set about researching and writing a novel that would retell the story of Christ and his message of forgiveness and redemption. You can get a hard copy of the novel in our church library, or you can download the Kindle version for free. Or you can borrow from our library a brand new Blu-ray copy of the 1959 film version starring Charlton Heston. One of the classic Hollywood epics, the 1959 widescreen film won 11 Academy Awards!


2 New Adult Sunday School Classes Begin This Sunday Sept 18th

2 New Adult Sunday School Classes Offered

 

PRAYER   Sunday, Sept 18th – Oct 16th 9:15am

Prayer Room/South Building   Instructor: Annie Lockwood

This is an excellent class & you will benefit from it even if you didn’t attend last spring.  Join us as we explore prayer and experience the awe and intimacy of God which is ours through prayer; as we learn to listen for the still, small voice of God with the ear of our hearts; to talk with Him in the cool of the garden; and to encounter Him in the real day by day walk of our lives.

 

LIVING IN GOD’S PRESENCE

Beginning Sunday, Sept 18th – Oct 16th 9:15am  Books Available

Middleton Parlor/Main Building   Instructor: Matt Pickard

Dallas Willard (Former Philosophy Professor at USC and noted author of influential books on spiritual formation) and John Ortberg (Senior Pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church) explore what it means to live well in light of God’s kingdom and His calling on our lives as His disciples. The class will revolve around DVD presentations by Dallas Willard and John Ortberg               followed by discussion of the ideas that were presented.

 



Woman To Woman Mentoring Sign Up Sunday

WOMAN TO WOMAN MENTORING SIGN UP TODAY

Kick-Off Begins Friday, October 7th 6:00pm South Chapel

Sign up Sunday before or after the worship service at 10:30am  in Fellowship Hall!

For questions contact Betty McCartney at bettymccartney46@gmail.com

 



Youth Group Sunday School Class Begins This Sunday

YOUTH GROUP SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

Beginning Sunday, September 18th 9:15am Gold Room 

Facilitators: John West, Sonja West, Gregg Leach

If you are in High School or Middle School, come to Sunday School this Fall and explore the story, the history, and the meaning of the Gospels. This class is a great way to become better grounded in your faith. We will be using the new “Drive Thru History” DVD series The Gospels hosted by Dave Stotts, which was filmed in the actual locations where Jesus preached and performed his   miracles. Adults are also welcome to attend, especially parents of teens!

For more information contact Sonja West:  sonja@nutley.org

 

 



Bell Choir Retreat Sign Up This Sunday

BELL CHOIR RETREAT SIGN UPS

Bell Retreat begins Friday, Sept 23rd – Sunday, Sept 25th   Cost – $50.00

Start off the year with confidence. Perfect for new members. Meet in the church parking lot at 5:00pm

. Dinner will be at camp. Will return to church on Sunday in time to play in the worship service at 10:30am.

Sign up on SUNDAY in Fellowship Hall. Ages 5th – 12th grade.

Questions: Bell Director, Daniel Heath at 253-304-7373

 



All Church 40-Day Devotional Prayer Challenge

The All Church 40-Day Prayer Challenge began on Monday, September 12th but it’s not too late for you to join in!
THE BOOKS ARE HERE! We were out of books but the order is here now and you can get your book before or after the 10:30am Worship service on Sundays in Fellowship Hall for a donation price of $5.00 or you can come into the church office Monday-Thursday 9;00am-4:00pm.


FPC Library–Drop by for Free Gifts and a Raffle for Amazon Gift Card

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During the Kick-Off Sunday ministry fair in Fellowship Hall this coming Sunday, be sure to stop by the FPC library to find out all our new and improved resources. And just for filling out a card with a suggestion for the library, you can get a free gift (one per family, while they last) PLUS be put in a raffle for a $30 Amazon gift card. There will also be free coloring pages for kids.
 
 


Kick-Off Sunday–Raffle Tickets to Those Who Sign Up!

Remember to come to FPC at 9:15 am for the ministry fair in Fellowship Hall. There will be treats at the various tables, and in addition, there will be a special raffle for prizes for people who sign up for various things. There will be an additional raffle for those who visit the Library table and fill out a card with suggestions for the library.




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