December 2nd:  Church Christmas Party at the Drews
December 3rd:  Church Decorating at 10am
December 4th:  Advent Service
December 11th:  Advent Service
December 18th:  Our Annual “Service of Lessons and Carols”
  • This is a great opportunity to invite friends, neighbors, family, etc., to our special service which is always well attended!
December 25th:
  • No Sunday School
  • No 10am Service
  • 5pm Christmas Devotional Service followed by a time of fellowship and celebrating Jesus’ Birthday!
January 1st:
  • No Sunday School
  • 10am Worship Service with Communion
 

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Keep 150 Haitian students in school

In February, a group of Americans from two different churches and denominations joined together on a short-term mission trip to Haiti. Once in Haiti, part of their carefully planned itinerary was changed due to a scheduling conflict with a school they were supposed to visit. Instead, they were asked to visit a different school.

This school was quite primitive. Half of the “classrooms” are simply tin roofs with chalkboards and tarp walls with rocky dirt floors. One hundred and fifty of the poorest children in the neighborhood attend this school. Due to increasing rent, half of the teachers had to be let go. Now the classes are combined, and half of the classroom spaces are quite crowded while the other spaces stand empty.

The landlords want to sell the property. The school will have to close this June if they cannot purchase the property, which they cannot afford. After returning from Haiti, several teammembers felt compelled to try and help these students and this school to stay open. We need your help in raising $40,000 in just a short period of time to help save this school! We know our God is bigger than this, and He is in control. We trust He will provide. After discussions with OM (Operation Mobilization), plans are underway to try to raise funds for OM Haiti to buy this property. OM Haiti can build an office on part of the property and allow the school to continue. The OM ship, Logos Hope, is scheduled to visit Haiti in 2017. If the property is purchased, there are plans for teams from the ship to do some construction improvements at this school!

How to make a donation:

Christ Presbyterian Church is currently collecting pledges for this Haitian school property. Please mail or email CPC of your pledge.

Christ Presbyterian Church P.O. Box 1055 Sharpsburg, GA 30277

ChurchAdmin@cpcnewnan.com

CPC will notify you when the property purchase details have been solidified by OM and how to make a tax-deductible donation.

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ABC News explores the social problems in Moldova resulting from children bring left behind while one million Moldavians work abroad. See the full slide show at ABC News.

Excerpt:

According to the U.S. government, Moldova, one of the poorest countries in Europe, depends on about $1.6 billion annually sent back from the roughly one million Moldovans who left for work in in Europe, Russia, and other former Soviet Bloc countries. Photographer Myriam Meloni went to Moldova to document what she refers to as “social orphans” — children whose parents have emigrated to another country in search of a job and a better future for their families. Pictured, Lulia is seen washing dishes in her grandmother’s house, where she lives.

Each winter, CPC is honored to partner with OM to send aid to these grandparents and families struggling to survive. OM works through local churches to distribute food parcels and firewood to village families.

 

Haiti

We had a wonderful time in Haiti! Our team was amazing: 16 small-church-Presbyterians, 7 big-church-Baptists, 4 Haitian Christian leaders. Ages ranged from 12 to 70+. With all our differences we had amazing unity. God put each person on the team for specific purposes that became evident throughout the week. We also had a lot of fun together! Our team back home was even more extensive with friends praying, funding, sewing (curtains for the orphanage!), getting supplies, and helping prepare crafts. It was truly a team effort from the beginning.

We served 400+ children in 2 schools and an orphanage. We worshiped in a village church. The guys in our team built a big chicken coop for 1000 chickens. The profits from the chickens will provide sustainable financial income for the ministry of OM Haiti.

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The women on the team planned and prepared some of the crafts for the school and orphanage. When we arrived in Haiti, we found out that an additional school had been added to the itinerary. We panicked a bit, realizing our carefully planned crafts were going to have to stretch to an additional 150 children! With some creativity, rationing, and a lot of flexibility–everything worked out and we even had plenty of supplies left over to donate to the various locations.

One of our lessons was based on Ephesians 4:16. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. We made bracelets to illustrate the verse (we are like the beads, Jesus is like the string!) We also had the children each decorate a popsicle stick and we glued them together into big art pieces to illustrate how important each child is in God’s big picture.

We also shared Matthew 6:25-26 from The Jesus Story Bible. Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
We had popsicle stick frames for them to draw how God cares for the birds, flowers, and for them. It was amazing to see how excited they were to have markers to draw with and a piece of their own art to take home or hang up in their classroom. They simply do not have these basic supplies in their own schools or homes. They were so intent on their projects and so proud of the finished product.

The “unplanned” school was part of God’s plan. While the Merceron school and the orphanage had decent buildings, this school was quite primitive. Half of the “classrooms” are simply tin roofs with chalkboards and tarp walls with rocky dirt floors. We found out that this school serves the poorest children in the neighborhood. But the property is rented, and the landlords want to sell it. The school will have to close this June if they cannot purchase the property, which they cannot afford. The children and teachers have been praying each day for God to open doors for them for their future. Join us in praying with them!

Below are photos of the second “unplanned” school we visited. The top is their playground! Lots of rocks and there is even a chained (barking) dog by the shed?! But the kids still had a blast playing ball and running all over the place. The backpacks are hanging up in the “hallway.” Next to it is the classroom with a tin roof and only chalkboards and tarps for walls. The floor was rough gravel and dirt. But the kids are so eager to learn, and the teachers are obviously dedicated. Everyone seemed grateful to be there.

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The team traveled to Haiti and arrived at their guesthouse. Today the team worshiped at the church in Merceron. Highlight of the day was playing soccer, frisbee, throwing beach balls, and flying kites with the children that gathered around at Merceron.

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Haiti Team

On Sunday 16 church members were commissioned by Pastor Jayme for our 6 day ministry trip in Haiti. We leave Saturday, February 13. We will be serving with OM at a Children’s home, and in the village of Merceron. An additional group of 7 from a church in Kennesaw will also be joining our team.

The following video shows the work of OM in Haiti and tells about the village we will be visiting. In the video you will see 2 chicken coops that provide funds for the local school and church. Our team will be building a third chicken coop to support the work of OM Haiti. We will also be worshipping in the local church and serving in the school which are both also shown in the footage. Please pray for our team!

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Our weekly women’s Bible study is currently studying “Women of the Bible” by Georgia Settle. Join us on Friday mornings 9:30-11:30 at the church, or join the group meeting at Brookdale Assisted Living Facility on Wednesday evenings. We have enjoyed digging deeper into the lives of these biblical personalities.
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We are so excited to be sending our first international team to Haiti! 16 members of our church will be serving with OM in Haiti from February 13-19, 2016.

A year ago we heard about the town of Merceron that God dramatically changed from a labeled voodoo village to a vibrant Christ-centered village with it’s own sustainable school, church, and community center. Read the full story here. Or watch a powerful video about the founding pastor who’s tragic death sparked spiritual life in this village. We are so honored to have the chance to visit this town and serve our Haitian brothers and sisters by building an additional 1000-chicken coop and serving in the school teaching Bible lessons, making crafts, and playing games with the children. We will also be serving in a children’s home in Port-au-Prince with the same activities and lessons.

Please pray for us as we make final preparations, travel, and serve in Haiti.

Join us Sunday, February 7th for a send-off meal after church!

And check back on this blog for photos and updates!

 

We are so blessed to have participated in spreading the warmth of God’s love with Moldovan families for yet another winter.

In a country with harsh winters, scarce firewood, and the poorest economy in Europe, Moldovan families and elderly citizens struggle to survive through the winter months. Children often have to wear their winter coats inside and elderly citizens are reported to actually freeze to death due to lack of firewood, the main source of heat for their homes. Christ Presbyterian Church has joined with OM in supplying food parcels and firewood for Moldovans for several years. The local churches in Moldova work together to distribute the food and firewood a tangible delivery of God’s message of hope and love.

 

Transnistria is a partially recognized state located mostly on a strip of land between the River Dniester and the eastern Moldovan border with Ukraine. Each winter Christ Presbyterian prayerfully sends funds for OM’s ministry in this extremely poor region. Senior citizens and children frequently freeze or starve to death during the harsh winters.

OM provides food parcels and firewood in Jesus’ name to needy and homeless people. These gifts are blessing people and showing God’s love to them in tangible ways.

Meet the precious recipients of these parcels in this detailed report from OM Moldova: Transnistria Project Update Oct 2015

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Thank with all my heart the church for the help in the form of food parcels. This help is a miraculous present from God because I really need food, as do my five children and I am grateful to you.

May God bless you.

-Tatiana

10/7/2015