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9124 Sappington Rd
St Louis, MO, 63126
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314-842-9329

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Mid-Week Announcements

Check here for mid-week updates regarding events and announcements related to our church.

October 11-15, 2017

Randy Stone

Providence Event Calendar

Wednesday, Oct 11 - Choir Practice at 7 PM
Thursday, Oct 12 - Ladies Bible Study (9:30 AM) at church
                            - Rooted Meeting at Church - 7 pm
Saturday, Oct 14 - Annual Harvest Party at Whitecliff Park, Crestwood
Sunday, Oct 15 -
Morning Worship - 9:30 am
                         - Sunday School classes for all ages - 11:10 am
                         - Adult Class on Beauty continues

                         - NO Evening Prayer Service
Sunday, Oct 29 - Missouri Presbytery Reformation Day Service (6 PM at Twin Oaks)
You can also find the “official” calendar on the Providence Church web site.

Harvest Party Saturday — Remember the Harvest Party is this Saturday at Whitecliff Park. Please note this is a different location than previous years when it was at Crestwood Park.  We have the upper pavilion reserved at Whitecliff. That’s the pavilion just above the pool and right next to the playground.  Drive all the way up to the upper parking lot.  Here’s the address of the park: 9245 Whitecliff Park Lane, Crestwood, MO 63126Come anytime after 4 PM. The contests begin at 4:30 and we’ll eat around 5 or so.  The church will provide hot dogs, ice water, cups, napkins, silverware, serving utensils, etc. Things to bring:

• Chili for the contest (and to eat!) — there is electricity in the pavilion, so bring a crockpot if you want.

• Side dishes—pasta, corn bread, vegetables, etc.

• Salad, fruit, cheese, sour cream, crackers, chips, etc.

• Children can dress up for the costume contests.  

• Anyone can bring a dessert for that contest as well.  The theme for the dessert contest is APPLE!  

• Remember to bring chairs and whatever else you want to relax.      

Christian Perspectives on Beauty — This week we continue our adult class on “Christian Perspectives on Beauty” taught be Pastor Meyers, Dr. Kimbell Kornu, and Caleb Skogen. This week Kimbell Kornu will be teaching on “Beauty & Virtue."  If you missed the class this past week, all you really need to do is skim through the PowerPoint presentation that you can download here. If you want to listen to the audio of the class, you can access the mp3 file in the members section of the church’s website. Just go to the Adult Sunday School Class section and look for the information.

Dinners for Eight — Sign up for a great time of fellowship as either a host or a guest for our Fall 2017 Dinners for Eight on either Friday, October 20th or Saturday, October 21st, whatever works best for you.  We will then match up the hosts with guests.  It’s up to the host to notify the guests what to bring and what time it starts.  This is an excellent opportunity to get to know someone new, deepen relationships, and show hospitality.  We are looking into the possibility of providing babysitting at the church – more info to come on that!  If you have questions contact Monte Shields.  Important note: these dinners are only for adults.

CHRISTMAS LESSONS & CAROLS — Please mark your calendars for our annual Christmas Lessons and Carols Service to be held on Sunday evening December 17 at 6:00 P.M.  This is a festive celebration of our Lord's Advent and Nativity, featuring Scripture Lessons, carols, choral anthems, and an extended prelude by our children and youth.  The service is followed by a beautiful reception with refreshments.  It's a Providence tradition featuring glorious anthems and songs by our four choirs (Preschool, Elementary, Jr/Sr High, Adult).  Mark your calendar and invite family, friends, and neighbors!  A few notes:

1. Music Rehearsals during Sunday School – All classes from Preschool through High School rehearse their music during the Sunday School hour.  Students who will participate in the Service need to attend these rehearsals each week in order to learn the music.  Your support is appreciated!

    • Rehearsals for Grades 7-12 are from 11:40-12:15.  Parents, thank you for supporting this few extra minutes of Sunday School each week.  Without it we could not learn the music.
    • Rehearsals for the Preschool and Elementary Choirs are from 11:05-11:25.
    • Sunday School begins at 11:05 for all classes from Preschool through High School.

2. Young Musicians' Prelude – There will be a sign up sheet in the narthex for children and youth who would like to play a short sacred Christmas carol as part of the Prelude. 

3. Reception Help - We'll need cookies and finger food for the reception, plus help with setup, serving refreshments, cleanup, and teardown.  Sign up sheets will be available in the coming weeks.

Please direct questions to Bill Hoover.

Ladies Bible Study Tomorrow — The weekly Bible study for women continues tomorrow.  We meet the upper floor of the educational wing. The study begins at 9:30 AM and ends between 10:30 and 11 AM (depending on the amount of time spent in prayer and fellowship after the teaching and discussion).  Child care is provided.  If you have any questions, please talk to Kathy Hoegemann or Pastor Meyers.  Since Pastor Meyers is going on vacation, here is the schedule for the next three weeks:

Thursday, Oct. 12 - Pastor Meyers teaching
Thursday, Oct. 19 - Fall Break - No class
Thursday, Oct. 22 - Caleb Skogen teaching
Thursday, Nov. 2 - Pastor Meyers teaching

500th Anniversary Reformation Day Joint Worship Service — On Sunday October 29 at 6 PM at Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church, we will join with our sister PCA churches across St. Louis to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, singing hymns and psalms, accompanied by a large choir and orchestra comprised of members from our various churches. The Rev. Mark Meynell will be preaching.  This will be a glorious event which you will not want to miss!  (Calling all singers!  We'd like to have a very strong turnout for the combined choir, and you don't have to be a member of the Providence choir to participate.  Speak to Bill Hoover ASAP if interested.)

Contact Numbers — You can reach Jennifer via email (vermeerjenniferl@gmail.com) or her phone (208-899-9123).  Make sure you get your announcements to her by Wednesday evening each week to insure they get into the Sunday bulletin.  You can reach Pastor Meyers at jeffmeyers@me.com or his phone (314-374-5258). 

Facebook & Website — Check out our Facebook page for links to interesting articles and other information.  Our church website is providencestlouis.com.  You can find sermon files and the directory there in the “members only” section.  If you’d like the password to that section, please contact Pastor Meyers (and you don’t need to be a member to get the password, just a regular attender).

The Week’s Scripture Passage — Philippians 1:27-29

Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

Missionary Prayer — See the update below to know how to pray for Emad & Michelle Mikhail in the Middle East.

– Pastor Jeff Meyers
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October 10, 2017

Dear Friends, 

After very intense six weeks of teaching, preaching and travel, we are back in Cyprus for a few weeks for writing.  

GCC (Great Commission College) continues to struggle with finding a good venue for holding 60 students and staff.  Pray for patience, wisdom and God’s guidance in this matter.  The classes are going well, the students responsive and everyone is quite upbeat.   We ask for prayer that God would call a capable person to manage the college so that Emad could step down from this role.  He will, of course, be continuing to teach.  We pray also for the developing of more instructors who are biblically sound and mature.  There is a lot of superficial and unsound teaching in Egypt and many people gravitate to it for lack of a visible and credible alternative.  Also, due to high rates of immigration, many qualified persons are no longer available.  Pray that the men and women we know will rise up to the challenge of teaching sound doctrine and leading sound lives.

One of our students has advancing cancer.  She has had to drop out of school.    Please pray for Helen.

Issac has not been released, but the news of his health is positive now.  We were misinformed about Rev Luka’s brother.  A relative, but not a brother, of Rev Luka is in prison also.  

After a very long and stressful attempt to get a job, we praise God that Amira has been offered a two-year fellowship with IRAP (International Refugee Assistance Program) in New York. She has volunteered with them for four years and knows them well, so is happy to be able to work with them.   She was able to find an apartment very close to David in Chinatown (the safest place to live in NYC and not far from work).  She begins Oct 10.  Pray for her adjustment to work and her move to NYC.  Pray that David and Amira may find fellowship with a group of believers.  Our eldest daughter Joanna is doing counseling as an intern in St. Louis as well as training people in trauma counseling.

We thank you for your prayers and support.  God hears!!

Emad and Michelle

Contact us:  

Phone - Emad - +20 122 344 1206
Email - m.jade.44@gmail.com or emad.azmi.mikhail@gmail.com
Donations:  MTW, PO Box 744165, Atlanta, GA  30374-4165
Please note new address

Mikhail Support – Account # 14730  

Mercy – Account # 91409

Theological Training – Account # 91410  

S. Sudan Ministry - #93182

October 4 - 8, 2017

Randy Stone

Providence Event Calendar

Wednesday, Oct 4 Men of the Covenant Meeting at Pastor Meyers’s home (7 PM)
                               - Choir Practice
at 7 PM
Thursday, Oct 5 - Ladies Bible Study (9:30 AM) at church
                           - Rooted Meeting at Church - 7 pm
Sunday, Oct 8 - Morning Worship 9:30 am
                       -  Sunday School 11:10 am
                       -  Adult Class on Beauty continues

                       - Evening Prayer Service at 6 PM
Monday, Oct 9 - Women’s Book Discussion Meeting at 7 PM
Saturday, Oct 14 - Annual Harvest Party at Whitecliff Park, Crestwood
Sunday, Oct 29 - Missouri Presbytery Reformation Day Service (6 PM at Twin Oaks)
You can also find the “official” calendar on the Providence Church web site.

Men of the Covenant Meeting — Tonight (Wed. Oct 4) the men are invited to the Fall Men of the Covenant meeting at Pastor Meyers’s home (7 PM).  The MOC meetings are times of discussion and fellowship for the men of the church.  Everyone is invited.  At this meeting, we will hear a brief summary of the life and work of the Scottish Presbyterian physicist James Clerk Maxwell (d. 1879). After that we discuss the lessons and implications of his work.  The meeting will be held at Pastor Meyers home (9229 Lawndale Drive, Crestwood 63126).  No need to come to the front door.  Just come around to the back porch on the driveway side.

Women’s Book Discussion — The Women's Book Discussion Group is gathering at 7:00 PM on Monday, October 9, at Maggie Montgomery's house, 741 Hawbrook, to discuss Brenè Brown's book I Thought it Was Just Me (But It Isn't). You can get a copy of the book at Amazon, through the library, or through other online booksellers. Brene Brown's books deal with the subjects of shame, vulnerability, and getting over fears of what others think of us. This one is no different.  If you don't have the time or the desire to read this type of book, this TED talk contains a lot of the same ideas, and you can choose to just watch it and still join us for the group.  Sharing reactions to the book and/or this TED talk will make for good discussion.

Christian Perspectives on Beauty — This week we continue our new adult class on “Christian Perspectives on Beauty” taught be Pastor Meyers, Dr. Kimbell Kornu, and Caleb Skogen. This week Caleb Skogen will be teaching on beauty in music.  If you missed the class this past week, all you really need to do is skim through the power point presentation that you can download here. If you want to listen to the audio of the class, you can access the mp3 file in the members section of the church’s website. Just go to the Adult Sunday School Class section and look for the information.

Martin Luther Quote of the Week — There’s an old parable, told by King Charlemagne, of a wise Father who is about to die.  He gathers his sons together and gives them a bundle of sticks to break. They could not break them when they were bundled, but when he unbundled them they were able to break them one by one.  Luther’s comment:

The meaning is: It is better to be in association with others and to enjoy things in common than to be a solitary miser who only cares about himself and grabs things for himself alone.  In society there is mutual help, common work, and common solace.”

Dinners for Eight — Sign up for a great time of fellowship as either a host or a guest for our Fall 2017 Dinners for Eight on either Friday, October 20th or Saturday, October 21st, whatever works best for you.  We will then match up the hosts with guests.  It’s up to the host to notify the guests what to bring and what time it starts.  This is an excellent opportunity to get to know someone new, deepen relationships, and show hospitality.  We are looking into the possibility of providing babysitting at the church – more info to come on that!  If you have questions contact Monte Shields.  Important note: these dinners are only for adults.

Ladies Bible Study Tomorrow — The weekly Bible study for women continues tomorrow.  We meet the upper floor of the educational wing. The study begins at 9:30 AM and ends between 10:30 and 11 AM (depending on the amount of time spent in prayer and fellowship after the teaching and discussion).  This Fall we will be reading through the narratives in early Genesis, starting with the story of Cain & Abel in Genesis 4.  Pastor Meyers will be teaching and leading the discussion.  There’s a lot to learn and talk about in these chapters of Genesis.  Childcare is provided.  If you have any questions, please talk to Kathy Hoegemann or Pastor Meyers.

Fall Harvest Party — This year’s Harvest Party has been set for Saturday, October 14. We will be at Whitecliff Park this year.  We have the upper pavilion reserved, the one next to the playground.  Stay tuned for more details as the date approaches.

Contact Numbers — You can reach Jennifer via email (vermeerjenniferl@gmail.com) or her phone (208-899-9123).  Make sure you get your announcements to her by Wednesday evening each week to insure they get into the Sunday bulletin.  You can reach Pastor Meyers at jeffmeyers@me.com or his phone (314-374-5258). 

Facebook & Website — Check out our Facebook page for links to interesting articles and other information.  Our church website is providencestlouis.com.  You can find sermon files and the directory there in the “members only” section.  If you’d like the password to that section, please contact Pastor Meyers (and you don’t need to be a member to get the password, just a regular attendee).

The Week’s Scripture Passage — Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

– Pastor Jeff Meyers