Event Calendar

Church Discipline: Office Bearer Training Recap

What does the Bible say about church discipline? And how are we, in the church, to consider the Lord's statements about the keys of the kingdom? 

As a Reformed church, we believe strongly in the necessity of elders in the church and the corresponding necessity for them to do what the Lord has called them to do. In this case, that means carrying out the task of warning, rebuking, and pleading with those who are living in unrepentant sin. As Christians belonging to the One body of Christ, we recognize that the sin of one member influences the whole body. This is why we are so concerned about it! We don't want anyone to be willfully inflicting harm upon the body of Christ. We recognize, as sinners, that we so often (and to our sorrow) bring harm through our thoughts, words, and actions. Nonetheless, a healthy Christian and a healthy Christian church is an environment of openness, confession, and repentance. A church that doesn't care about those things - and doesn't go to considerable lengths to see that unfold in daily life - is a church that has lost its way. 

Dr. Cornelis Van Dam, emeritus professor of Old Testament at a nearby seminary (training school for pastors), came to Adoration for a night of teaching and discussion of the work of church discipline. He laid out the biblical foundations and principles for this work and then he delved into more specifics. 

If you missed it, or would like to hear it again, we have recordings available on our Sermonaudio website. You can find:

Part 1: here

Part 2: here

Niagara Reformed Bible Conference 2015 on the 25th and 26th

Niagara Reformed Bible Conference 2015:  Are you a Happy Christian? Join us September  25, 26 Friday evening and Saturday morning  at Immanuel URC Jordan as Dr. David Murray speaks to us on “10 Ways to be a  Joyful Believer in a Gloomy World”.

As a preview of what to expect, here's a snippet from Dr. Murray's blog:

 

God can make you happy in any circumstances. Without him nothing can.” Andrew Bonar
— *Rev. Andrew A. Bonar, Memoir and Remains of The Robert Murray McCheyne, (Dundee: Hamilton Adams and Co. 1847), 381.

There are two difficult things to believe in this quote. The first is that God can make you happy in any circumstances. The second is the claim that without God nothing can make you happy.

Let me take the “easiest” of these difficulties first, which is the second. “Without God, nothing can make you happy.”

No God, No Happiness

This does not mean that you cannot have any happiness without God. You can, but it’s too shallow and too brief to really satisfy, to really deserve the name “happiness.”

Sure, you can have a few moments of happiness at a football match – until they lose. You can have a few moments of happiness at a party – until you wake up the next day. You can have a few days of happiness with your new car, until the first scratch, or until the neighbor gets an even better one.

Because these happinesses are separated from the source of all happiness, they cannot go deep or last long. If you doubt  that, read Ecclesiastes.

With God, All Happy

“God can make you happy in any circumstances.” This is even harder to believe. It’s not saying that in the midst of the most painful providences – like a cancer diagnosis or a bereavement – we can expect Christians to be immediately full of joy.

Not at all. Christians weep and sorrow too. However, the Christian battles against that sadness by faith, and gradually and slowly begins to win the victory, to see the good hand of God, to sense the father’s love, to experience the Savior’s sympathy, and to enjoy the Spirit’s comfort.

As faith strengthens, so does joy, so that even in hard providences there is a deep and stable and substantial joy. It doesn’t remove the sorrow, but it counter-balances it and hopefully, eventually, even outweighs it.

“I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.” (Phil 4:11)

Taken from: http://www.happychristian.net/happy-in-every-circumstance/

Men's Bible Study Starts on the 22nd

This September a new men’s Bible study for those 21 years of age or older will be starting.  It will take place twice a month, every 2nd and 4th Tuesday, 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM with the first meeting scheduled for September 22nd.  Depending on the number of participants, we plan on meeting in the Council room. Our study will be on the book of Mark and we will be using Sinclair B. Ferguson’s Let’s Study Mark.  Cost of material is $20.  If interested, please write your name on the sign-up sheet outside the gym or send an email to bill@bookdepot.com by August 30th so that we can get the books ordered in time.

"How People Change" Class Starts on the 16th

Only the grace of God takes [change] out of the realm of hopeless self-reformation into that of great confidence that we can be transformed people
— Ed Welch

All Adoration members 20 years and older are welcome to join a class using the How People Change: How Christ Changes Us By His Grace textbook, study guide and DVDs, by Paul Tripp and Timothy Lane.  We'll meet at the church on Wednesday evenings from 7-9 pm, beginning September 16 and finishing in December.  The class size will be limited to 10 participants.  You can expect about an hour of homework each week and you're strongly advised not to miss more than two evenings of class.  Faithful attendance is necessary for your own understanding of the material and because "God's work of personal transformation is intended to take place within the community of God's people" (from the study guide). Each participant will receive a textbook and a study guide, which total $32.  If you have questions or would like to join the class, please contact Caroline V. 

Adoration Church Picnic

Set the afternoon of September 12th aside for our annual church picnic! There will be food, fun, and fellowship for all! Check out the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the hallway, add your family and choose whether to bring your favorite salad or dessert.  

Same as last year, the picnic will take place at the church, starting around 4 PM with dinner at 5:30 PM.  Please consider bringing along some of your outdoor activity items (bocce ball, volleyball set…). For any questions, please speak with Scott V., Lou H. or Bill V.  We look forward to a time of fun, food and fellowship!

Picture credit via  Pixabay

Picture credit via Pixabay

Kingdom Seekers (Girls Club) Startup!

We are excited to start another year of Kingdom Seekers with a kick-off taking place at Bill & Audrey's house on Friday, September 11. We hope to play some outdoor games and have a campfire, so please dress accordingly. The fun will begin at 7PM and end at 8:30PM.  A special invite to all the girls turning 9 years old and/or entering Grade 4 to please come and join us!

If you'd like to learn more, please contact Lori T. 

Profession of Faith at Adoration

We are delighted that we will hear the public profession of faith of eight young Christians this Sunday afternoon during our afternoon worship service. We extend an invitation to friends, family, and all visitors to join us as witnesses to the work of God in these young men and women!

After all, in the public profession of faith we see a clear example of the power of the Word of God to bring faith and growth to those who hear it and receive it in humble gratitude. Jesus described it this way: "other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold." (Mark 4:8 ESV)

"those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold." (Mark 4:20 ESV)

"those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold." (Mark 4:20 ESV)

Good Friday and Easter Sunday

Join us this Friday (April 3rd) at 8:30am for our Good Friday service and this upcoming Sunday (April 5th) at 8:30am and 4:30pm for our Easter Sunday services. 

We will be reflecting on the events of Jesus Christ's betrayal, trial, crucifixion, and resurrection from the grave as the firstfruits from the dead! Herman Witsius (1636 – 1708) explains the significance of Jesus' death on the cross in this way:

"The curse we are delivered from is of the same kind with that which Christ underwent for us; he therefore underwent it for us, as an expiatory sacrifice in our stead, because it lay upon us on account of sin. But Christ was made a curse for us, not as he observed the ceremonial law, but as he bore the wrath, the fury, the indignation of God against our sins. He complained that he was forsaken of his Father, he grappled hand to hand with dreadful horrors and anguish of soul, and with the infernal powers themselves. In a word, he endured all the curse that the law threatened against sinners, he was not only accursed but even a curse, which was shown by crucifixion as the symbol." Herman Witsius, The Economy of the Covenants between God and Man

 

Young Peoples Event in Wellandport

Wellandport URC Conference

All youth are welcome and encouraged to attend the Wellandport URC Conference scheduled for March 20-21. 

Registration begins Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at the church and again at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. Rev. Thabet Megaly will be speaking on the general topic of "Muslims and the effect on Christians today." Friday evening is free, and all people from all ages are welcome to come and hear Rev. Megaly speak. Saturday, there is a cost of $15.

Billeting will be provided for those who may need it.

This year will include an indoor  soccer tournament again on Saturday afternoon, but this time in Heritage's Secondary gym,  so please  prepare/dress  for this  accordingly.  If  you  have  any  questions,  please  contact John  Elgersma,  Rob Kiers or  one  of the  board from WURC.

Last  year there were nearly 200 in attendance on the  Friday  night,  so  it  would  be  great to have  such  attendance  again.  It  looks  to  be  a  fun  and memorable event, and the Lord willing, a great time in the Word of God with the fellowship of many young Christian believers.