Posted by: Elmer Presbyterian Church | November 24, 2014

Coming Up!

November 30th is the First Sunday of Advent and Rev. Yousef’s sermon “What Are You Waiting For?” will be based on Scripture readings Habakkuk 2:1-3 and Luke 2:25-35. All are invited to attend our service at 10:00 am. Sunday school follows worship from 11:30 am–12 noon for children ages 4th through 8th grades.

On December 2nd Rev. Mouris Yousef begins a four week Advent Bible study series on Tuesdays at both 10 am and 6 pm. This special series will help prepare you for Christ’s birth as you make the journey to Bethlehem with Mary and Joseph through the Bible.

Women’s Association meets Tuesday, December 2nd at 6:00 pm.

The Way youth group meets weekly on Wednesday in the Church, with Bible themed study, activities and games.

Chancel Choir rehearsals on Thursday at 7:30pm in the sanctuary-come join us for our Christmas cantata practice-everyone is welcome!

Junior youth in 4th through 7th grades meet from 6:30-8:00 pm, while senior youth in 8th grade and up meet from 7-9 pm. All youth in the area are invited to participate in the activities.

Our Clothes Closet will next be open on Tuesday, December 16th, from 6-7 pm, offering serviceable used clothing for children and adults to those in need at no cost. However, if you need assistance before then, please call the church.

The Elmer Presbyterian Church is located at 107 Chestnut Street (Rt. 40) in Elmer, at the intersection of Rt. 40 and Front Street. The church is handicap accessible, with parking available behind the church. If you would like information about any of our worship services or programs, or need transportation, please call 856-358-8888.

Posted by: Elmer Presbyterian Church | November 24, 2014

Elmer Presbyteian Church Wk. 11.24.14

Rev. Mouris Yousef’s sermon last Sunday “God is Able!” was based on Scripture readings Isaiah 40:27-31 and Ephesians 3:20-21. In Ephesians 3:20-21, Paul says, “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever, Amen!” Scholars call these verses a “Doxology”, or a type of phrase or sentence that frequently occurs in the Bible. Although Paul has already asked for strength, depth, apprehension and fullness in verses 14 to 19, God can and is willing to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine. It’s one thing to do what someone asks you to do. It’s another thing to go beyond what they ask you to do. But it’s something else to go infinitely beyond what they ask you to do. God’s ability is so great it can’t even be imagined. Therefore, this verse is teaching us the “exceeding, abundant, immeasurable, infinite ableness of God.”

 

As we unfold this doxology in Ephesians 3:20-21, we look at the mystery of our prayers and God’s sovereign will. You may ask if God is not just able to do beyond what we ask, but abundantly beyond, why we do not get to see this more often? Why do we have unanswered prayers? If God’s power has no limit, why we do not get to see this power whenever and wherever we need? I want to be really Biblical in understanding and applying this text. There are certain mysteries about the interaction between our prayers and the sovereign will of God that I cannot explain. I am painfully aware of many situations where God has not answered my prayers for Him to do for His glory far more than I could ask or think. There have been lost people for whom I have prayed that they would be saved, but they were not. There have been broken Christian marriages that I have prayed would be restored, but they were not. There have been sinning Christians for whom I have prayed that they would repent, but they did not. Yet I want to motivate you to pray big prayers with faith in a mighty God, who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think according to His sovereign will. The will of God is more important than seeing things go our way. This is why I am saying today there is a mystery about our interaction between our prayers and His sovereign will.

God’s power works within us and through us. So, we should pray big prayers. All too often our focus is on our problems when it ought to be on God. If you look at your own weakness, the logical conclusion will be discouragement, doubt and frustration. But if you focus on God’s unlimited power, you will find faith and hope in spite of your circumstances. God is able to strengthen us when we are weak; able to answer far more than we ask. He is able to lift our burdens in the time of crisis, and guide us when we have lost our way. Friends, God wants us to pray. God invites us to pray. God waits for us to call upon Him. If we do our part, God cannot fail to do His. This doxology challenges us, “In case you think that it is too much to ask God to fill His saints to all of His fullness, remember that He is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to His sovereign will.”

November 30th is the First Sunday of Advent and Rev. Yousef’s sermon “What Are You Waiting For?” will be based on Scripture readings Habakkuk 2:1-3 and Luke 2:25-35. All are invited to attend our service at 10:00 am. Sunday school follows worship from 11:30 am–12 noon for children ages 4th through 8th grades.

Posted by: Elmer Presbyterian Church | November 17, 2014

Coming Up!

Sunday school follows worship from 11:30 am–12 noon for children ages 4th through 8th grades.

 

The Women’s Bible study meets Monday, November 24th at 7:00 pm.

 

The Community Bible study, led by Rev. Yousef, meets on Tuesdays at 10:00 am. If you’d like to learn more about the Word of God this is a great opportunity to join others in lively and informed discussions of the Bible. ***

 

The Men’s Bible study meets on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm.

 

The Way youth group meets weekly on Wednesday in the Church, with Bible themed study, activities and games.

Junior youth in 4th through 7th grades meet from 6:30-8:00 pm, while senior youth in 8th grade and up meet from 7-9 pm. All youth in the area are invited to participate in the activities.

 

***The Community Bible study and Men’s Bible study will take a short hiatus as Rev. Mouris offers a four week Advent Bible study series on Tuesdays at both 10 am and 6 pm beginning December 2nd. This special series will help prepare you for Christ’s birth as you make the journey to Bethlehem with Mary and Joseph through the Bible.

 

Our Clothes Closet will next be open on Tuesday, December 16th, from 6-7 pm, offering serviceable used clothing for children and adults to those in need at no cost. However, if you need assistance before then, please call the church.

 

The Elmer Presbyterian Church is located at 107 Chestnut Street (Rt. 40) in Elmer, at the intersection of Rt. 40 and Front Street. The church is handicap accessible, with parking available behind the church. If you would like information about any of our worship services or programs, or need transportation, please call 856-358-8888.

Posted by: Elmer Presbyterian Church | November 17, 2014

Elmer Presbyterian Church Wk. 11.17.14

ELMER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH – news wk 11/17/14:

 

While Rev. Mouris Yousef was on vacation last Sunday, the congregation welcomed back Rev. John Lore as he shared his message “The Ten Lepers and Us” based on Scripture reading Luke 17:11-18. In the ancient days leprosy was considered a sign of sin, and those suffering from it were required by law to declare themselves “unclean” to those around them. In Luke 17 we read of an encounter Jesus has with ten lepers as he was travelling between Samaria and Galilee.

When the lepers saw Jesus they cried out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us” and He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” They did not protest because of their appearance. They went, walking in faith, to show the priest they were healed, and as they went they were cleansed. One of them, a Samaritan, turned back and praised God, falling at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Then Jesus said, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”

The Samaritan got the most out of the experience and was filled with gratitude. Jesus didn’t cure them for gratitude, but out of love. Gratitude magnifies our blessings, like a cup filled to overflowing. Jesus wanted the Gospel for everyone, yet the Samaritan, not one of the nine Jews, was the only one to come back. This shows that the Gospel is for all to hear, not just a particular people, but for everyone. Jesus accepts us, no matter what. He heals and gives us wholeness. Whatever our illness, whatever our sins, God accepts us.

Rev. Yousef’s sermon next Sunday, November 23rd “God is Able!” is based on Scripture readings 2 Kings 6:8-23 and Ephesians 3:20-21. All are invited to attend our service at 10:00 am.

Posted by: Elmer Presbyterian Church | November 13, 2014

Coming Up!

The Community Bible study, led by Rev. Yousef, meets on Tuesdays at 10:00 am. If you’d like to learn more about the Word of God this is a great opportunity to join others in lively and informed discussions of the Bible.

The Men’s Bible study meets on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm.

Our Clothes Closet will be open Tuesday, November 18th, from 6-7 pm, offering serviceable used clothing for children and adults to those in need at no cost. However, if you need assistance before then, please call the church.

The Way youth groups meet Wednesday in the Church, with Bible themed study, activities and games.

Junior youth in 4th through 7th grades meet from 6:30-8:00 pm, while senior youth in 8th grade and up meet from 7-9 pm. All youth in the area are invited to participate in the activities.

Chancel Choir practice at the church on Thursdays t 7:30pm-Christmas cantata practice is now underway-come join us for this holiday favorite!

The Elmer Presbyterian Church is located at 107 Chestnut Street (Rt. 40) in Elmer, at the intersection of Rt. 40 and Front Street. The church is handicap accessible, with parking available behind the church. If you would like information about any of our worship services or programs, or need transportation, please call 856-358-8888.

Posted by: Elmer Presbyterian Church | November 13, 2014

Elmer Presbyterian Church Wk. 11.09.14

Rev. Mouris Yousef sermon last Sunday was part four of “Strength, Depth, Apprehension, and Fullness!” based on Scripture readings Psalm 16 and Ephesians 3:14-19. This week concludes our meditations on Ephesians chapter 3:14-19. This series of messages is based on the prayer the Apostle Paul prayed for the believers in Ephesus. Having taught them the riches they’ve got in Christ, Paul is now lifting up this beloved congregation in prayer. This prayer is like a staircase by which we climb higher and higher as we go from one petition to another, and there are four steps that can be identified in Paul’s prayer: strength, depth, apprehension, and fullness. In this last part of the prayer, fullness, Paul prays that they might be “filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” What does it mean to be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God? I believe there are multitudes of believers today who have been saved and have received God’s Spirit, but they are not “filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” There is a fullness of God beyond that which we already have received and we need to pray for it and work hard for it.

 

Our God is a God of abundance. It is God’s desire to see His children being filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. He does not just give us the gift of eternal life when we first believed, but He keeps on giving abundantly as we pursue more of Him. The more we live Christ, the more we experience the abundance of life. Our God wants us to be full in every way. Wherever you are in life now, doesn’t matter. All that is important is to know that His will for your life is fullness and completion in every aspect. One of the great principles of the Christian life is that the more you give away the more you get. According to the standards of this world, this principle does not make any sense. But according to God, it makes all sense.

 

For me, to be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God is a process through which the Holy Spirit strengthens our inner being, enables us to apprehend the love of Christ, and then our lives will overflow with the generosity of God. This is a special time of the year-Thanksgiving and Christmas are approaching soon. Our 2015 stewardship campaign for our ministry and witness together is underway. It is a great chance the Lord is giving His people to free us from the love of money, from the spirit of materialism, and at the same time direct our attention to Jesus and deepen our commitment. In other words, we get ourselves empty, make a room for God’s Kingdom in our lives, and invite Jesus to overflow through us. We are people who have been blessed to overflowing, and blessed for a purpose. We pledge and we make our commitments in the light of God’s New Covenant in Christ with us. I invite you today to be a part of that. Filled to the measure of all the fullness of God has to be the greatest experience available to us. It will result in us being more like Jesus.

Rev. John Lore returns for a visit and shares his message next Sunday, November 16th, while Rev. Yousef enjoys some vacation time with his family. All are invited to attend our service at 10:00 am.

 

 

Posted by: Elmer Presbyterian Church | November 4, 2014

Heritage Sunday – Meet our 50+ year members

EPC Heritage Honorees

Heritage Sunday Celebrated at Elmer Presbyterian Church

On November 2nd, the Elmer Presbyterian Church celebrated Heritage Sunday by acknowledging and honoring ten followers of Christ who have been members of the church for 50 years or longer: Mr. Blinn Bostwick, Mr. Herb Bostwick, Mr. Leigh Bostwick, Mrs. Lillian Bostwick, Mrs. Marianne Bostwick, Mrs. Jane Foster, Mrs. Margaret Mills, Mr. Donald Strang, Mrs. Elaine Trumbull, and Mrs. Ruth Voeckler. During the worship service the honorees stood to applause from the congregation as their names were read aloud. Mr. Blinn Bostwick, representing the group, spoke for a few moments about his years in the church and his recollections.

Rev. Mouris Yousef began his meditation “Planted in the House of the Lord!” with a quote from Albert Einstein, “I am overwhelmed at times with the sense of my great debt to those who have gone before me” and told those present that “If Einstein felt compelled to make that admission, then certainly the rest of us need to recognize anew our vast debt to the cloud of witnesses that surround us. Being ‘Planted in the house of the Lord’ means taking up root and residence, and today we celebrate the gift of some members of this church who have been planted here for over 50 years. These long-standing members are treasures that we admire for their commitment to the Lord, their witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ, and their loyalty to our church. They are our living heritage, and we salute our honorees today. Your faithfulness through the years encourages and challenges us all!”

Following worship service the Heritage Honorees and their families, along with members of the congregation and special guests, including Rev. Frederick Horbach who was pastor from 1958-1963, shared a covered dish luncheon in the Fellowship Hall, as pictures were taken and memories shared. 

 

EPC Heritage Luncheon

Posted by: Elmer Presbyterian Church | October 28, 2014

Next Week at a Glance!

 

On November 2nd we’ll celebrate Heritage Sunday to recognize and honor those people who have been members of our church for 50 years or longer. Rev. Yousef’s sermon for the occasion, “Planted in the House of the Lord!” will be based on Scripture readings Psalm 92:12-15 and Hebrews 12:1-3. We’ll be celebrating the Lord’s Supper during our Worship Service, with an Open Table for all who confess Christ as Lord and Savior. All are invited to attend our service at 10:00 am. Sunday school follows worship from 11:30 am–12 noon for children ages 4th through 8th grades. A covered-dish luncheon in celebration of our Heritage members follows.

 

The Community Bible study, led by Rev. Yousef, meets on Tuesdays at 10:00 am. If you’d like to learn more about the Word of God this is a great opportunity to join others in lively and informed discussions of the Bible.

 

The Women’s Association meets Tuesday, November 4th at 6:00 pm.

 

The Men’s Bible study meets on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm.

 

The Way youth group meets weekly on Wednesday in the Church, with Bible themed study, activities and games.

Junior youth in 4th through 7th grades meet from 6:30-8:00 pm, while senior youth in 8th grade and up meet from 7-9 pm. All youth in the area are invited to participate in the activities.

 

Our Clothes Closet will next be open Tuesday, November 18th, from 6-7 pm, offering serviceable used clothing for children and adults to those in need at no cost. However, if you need assistance before then, please call the church.

 

Chancel Choir rehearses at the church on Thursday’s at 7:30pm-Our Christmas Cantata practice begins this Thursday, October 30th with an open invitation to anyone who wants to help make a joyful noise in celebration of Christmas.

 

The Elmer Presbyterian Church is located at 107 Chestnut Street (Rt. 40) in Elmer, at the intersection of Rt. 40 and Front Street. The church is handicap accessible, with parking available behind the church. If you would like information about any of our worship services or programs, or need transportation, please call 856-358-8888.

Posted by: Elmer Presbyterian Church | October 28, 2014

Elmer Presbyterian Church News Wk. 10.27.14

Rev. Mouris Yousef’s sermon last Sunday was part three of “Strength, Depth, Apprehension and Fullness!” based on Scripture readings Micah 7:18-20 and Ephesians 3:14-21. Paul’s prayer for the Church in Ephesus in Ephesians chapter 3:14-21 consists of four requests: strength, depth, apprehension, and fullness. We’ve covered strength and depth, and now we look at the third part of the prayer, apprehension. In verses 17-19 Paul prayed, “I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge.” This request is a prayer for deep spiritual understanding and a real knowledge of the love of Christ. Paul wants Christians to understand and experience in depth the love of Christ. How can you know something that surpasses knowledge, or measure something that is measureless? Comprehending Christ’s love does not come naturally, but supernaturally because it is the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. To have the strength to grasp this immense love of Christ is not an easy or a humanly attainable goal. We must have God’s power. Our culture wants a personal and individualized spirituality without the trappings of community and the church, yet the power to comprehend the love of Christ comes in community. According to these verses you can’t know the length, breadth, height and depth of the love of Christ apart from the church. How does being a part of the “fellowship of saints”-the church, help us grow in our comprehension of Christ’s great love? One way is when we hear other believers tell of God’s faithfulness and how He sustained them through difficult trials. Another is when a believer demonstrates the love of Christ to us during a time of need.

 

In Ephesians 3:18-19 Paul writes that we may be able to comprehend and to grasp “how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge.” It is a deliberate paradox. We can know something of His great love, and it is definite knowledge, not just speculation. But, we can never know it completely, because it is unfathomable. Throughout eternity we will never come to the place of saying that we know all that there is to know of Christ’s great love for us. Friends, the indescribable love of God in Christ is an amazing truth. It heals, it strengthens, it restores, it builds up, it saves and it encourages. Our past is overcome in His love. Our present makes sense in His love. Our future is certain in His love. Are you exploring more of Christ? Are you grasping more of His love and His life? Many Christians have been in Christ for years, but they have never explored Christ. They have never pursued more of Christ. You cannot know the fullness of the Savior’s love for you by standing on the outside and gazing in through the stained glass windows. You must dive in and swim in the seas of His love and allow the Savior’s love to wash over you in ways that you cannot even begin to imagine.

 

On November 2nd we’ll celebrate Heritage Sunday to recognize and honor those people who have been members of our church for 50 years or longer. Rev. Yousef’s sermon for the occasion, “Planted in the House of the Lord!” will be based on Scripture readings Psalm 92:12-15 and Hebrews 12:1-3. We’ll be celebrating the Lord’s Supper during our Worship Service, with an Open Table for all who confess Christ as Lord and Savior. All are invited to attend our service at 10:00 am. Sunday school follows worship from 11:30 am–12 noon for children ages 4th through 8th grades. A covered-dish luncheon in celebration of our Heritage members follows.

 

 

Posted by: Elmer Presbyterian Church | October 20, 2014

Next Week at a Glance

 

Next Sunday, October 26th, Rev. Yousef continues his sermon series “Strength, Depth, Apprehension and Fullness!” based on Scripture readings Micah 7:18-20 and Ephesians 3:14-21. All are invited to attend our service at 10:00 am. Sunday school follows worship from 11:30 am–12 noon for children ages 4th through 8th grades.

 

The Women’s Bible study meets Monday, October 27th at 7:00 pm.

 

The Community Bible study, led by Rev. Yousef, meets on Tuesdays at 10:00 am. If you’d like to learn more about the Word of God this is a great opportunity to join others in lively and informed discussions of the Bible.

 

The Men’s Bible study meets on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm.

 

The Way youth group meets weekly on Wednesday in the Church, with Bible themed study, activities and games.

Junior youth in 4th through 7th grades meet from 6:30-8:00 pm, while senior youth in 8th grade and up, meet from 7-9 pm. All youth in the area are invited to participate in the activities.

Our Clothes Closet will next be open Tuesday, November 18th, from 6-7 pm, offering serviceable used clothing for children and adults to those in need at no cost. However, if you need assistance before then, please call the church.

 

The Elmer Presbyterian Church is located at 107 Chestnut Street (Rt. 40) in Elmer, at the intersection of Rt. 40 and Front Street. The church is handicap accessible, with parking available behind the church. If you would like information about any of our worship services or programs, or need transportation, please call 856-358-8888.

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