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9124 Sappington Rd
St Louis, MO, 63126
United States

314-842-9329

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Mid-Week Announcements

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

August 16-20, 2017

Randy Stone

Providence Event Calendar

Thursday, August 17 - Rooted Meets at Church (7 PM)
Sunday, August 20 - Morning Worship - 9:30 am
                                - Wedding Reception for Wes & Tarja Murrell
after the
                                        morning service
                                - Evening Service with Cookout

Sunday, August 27 - Morning Worship Service - 9:30 am
                                - All-Church Brunch immediately after the
                                        morning service

                                - No evening service

Thursday, Sept 7 - First Ladies Bible Study (9:30 AM) at church
Sunday, Sept 10 - Morning Worship Service - 9:30 am
                               - Fall Schedule begins with Sunday School all ages
Sunday, Sept 17 - Parish Groups will meet in the afternoon (no evening service)

Wednesday, Oct 4 - Men of the Covenant Meeting at Pastor Meyers’s home (7 PM)
Saturday, Oct 14 - Annual Harvest Party - Whitecliff Park
Sunday, Oct 29 - Morning Worship Service - 9:30 am
                          - Missouri Presbytery Reformation Day Service (6 PM at Twin Oaks)

Summer Brunch — We are closing out the summer with another all-church brunch/lunch.  Plan to stay after the morning service on Sunday, August 27, for another church-wide brunch in the Fellowship Hall.  Like the last one, this will be a pot luck brunch.  So please bring a couple of items to share—egg casserole, bacon, more bacon, and even more bacon, salad, sandwiches, meat dish, vegetable dish, dessert, fried chicken, chips & dip, etc.  Let’s enjoy the fellowship together! 

Men of the Covenant Meetings — We will hold a Fall Men of the Covenant meeting on Wednesday, October 4, 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 we discuss the lessons and implications of his work. 

Nursery Volunteers Urgently Needed — We really need some help with the nursery in the morning service.  Since there’s no Sunday School class during the summer we can’t pass this around.  So please go to the sign up sheet on the WIC table or contact Ginny Sturlaugson for the available dates

Martin Luther Quote of the Week — A prayer from Luther’s early revision of the German liturgy (A.D. 1526):

Almighty God, you are the protector of all who trust in you, and without your grace no one is able to do anything, or to stand before you: Grant us richly your mercy, that by your holy inspiration we may know what is right and by your power be able also to do what is right and just; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Fall Adult Sunday School Class — Fall Sunday School classes begin on September 10.  The topic for the adult class on the 10th will be announced. But beginning on the 17th we will start a new 10-week class on “Christian Perspectives on Beauty” taught be Pastor Meyers, Dr. Kornu, and Caleb Skogen.  This class will have two objectives: 1) to help Christians sense beauty in God’s creation as well as in human artifacts, and 2) to encourage Christians to participate in the beautification project God has entrusted to humanity.  There are no required texts for this class. But if you want to study this topic, we recommend Roger Scruton’s Beauty: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2011) and Stratford Caldecott’s Beauty for Truth’s Sake (Brazos, 2009). These are both fairly dense books.  Scruton’s is very philosophical and Caldecott’s focuses on educational methodology and curriculum.  For something simpler, you might read Francis Shaeffer’s Art & The Bible

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). 

Ladies Bible Study — The weekly Bible study for women will begin again on September 7th.  We meet in 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.  Child care is provided.  If you have any questions, please talk to Kathy Hoegemann or Pastor Meyers.

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).

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.

For I will proclaim the name of Yahweh; ascribe greatness to our God! The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice.  A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.   — Deuteronomy 32:3b-4

– Pastor Jeff Meyers

August 9-13, 2017

Randy Stone

Providence Event Calendar

Wednesday, August 9 - Last Men’s Summer Book Study at Pastor Meyers’s home
Thursday, August 10 - Rooted Meets at Church (7 PM)
Sunday, August 13 - Morning Worship - 9:30 AM
                               - NO Evening Service

Monday, August 14- Session Meeting at 7 PM
Sunday, August 20 - Morning Worship - 9:30 AM
                                - Evening Service - 6 PM with Cookout
Sunday, Sept 10 - Fall Schedule begins with Sunday School
Saturday, October 14 - Annual Harvest Party - Whitecliff Park

Final Men’s Bible Summer Book Study — The men’s summer Bible study/fellowship will conclude tonight (Wednesday, Aug 9) on Pastor Meyers’s back porch at 7 PM (9229 Lawndale Drive, Crestwood, MO 63126).  Just come around the back on the garage side to the back porch.  We will be finishing the book tonight.  Even if you haven’t made it to the other meetings, you are invited to come and discuss the book as a whole.  It looks like the weather will be nice tonight. 

Nursery Volunteers Urgently Needed — We really need some help with the nursery in the morning service.  Since there’s no Sunday School class during the summer so we can’t pass this around.  So please go to the sign up sheet on the WIC table or contact Ginny Sturlaugson for the available dates

Martin Luther Quote of the Week —  This week we have Luther’s summary of the 7 “marks” of the Christian church: 

First, the holy Christian people are recognized by their possession of the holy Word of God.  And even if there were no other sign than this alone, it would still suffice to prove that a Christian, holy people must exist there, for God’s Word cannot be without God’s people, and conversely, God’s people cannot be without God’s Word.

Second, God’s people or the Christian holy people are recognized by the holy sacrament of baptism, wherever it is taught, believed, and administered correctly according to Christ’s ordinance.

Third, God’s people, or Christian holy people, are recognized by the holy sacrament of the altar [the Lord’s Supper], wherever it is rightly administered, believed, and received, according to Christ’s institution. This too is a public sign and a precious, holy possession left behind by Christ by which his people are sanctified so that they also exercise themselves in faith and openly confess that they are Christian, just as they do with the Word and baptism.

Fourth, God’s people or holy Christians are recognized by the office of the keys exercised publicly. That is, as Christ decrees in Matthew 18:15– 20, if a Christian sins, he should be reproved; and if he does not mend his ways, he should be bound in his sin and cast out. If he does mend his ways, he should be absolved. That is the office of the keys.

Fifth, the church is recognized externally by the fact that it consecrates or calls ministers, or has offices that it is to administer.

Sixth, the holy Christian people are externally recognized by prayer, public praise, and thanksgiving to God. Where you see and hear the Lord’s Prayer prayed and taught; or psalms or other spiritual songs sung, in accordance with the word of God and the true faith; also the creed, the Ten Commandments, and the catechism used in public, you may rest assured that a holy Christian people of God are present.

Seventh, the holy Christian people are externally recognized by the possession of the sacred cross. They must endure every misfortune and persecution, all kinds of trials and evil from the devil, the world, and the flesh.

In addition to these seven principal parts there are other outward signs that identify the Christian church, namely, those signs whereby the Holy Spirit sanctifies us according to the second table of Moses. . . We need the Decalogue not only to apprise us of our lawful obligations, but we also need it to discern how far the Holy Spirit has advanced us in his work of sanctification and by how much we still fall short of the goal, lest we become secure and imagine that we have now done all that is required. Thus we must constantly grow in sanctification and always become new creatures in Christ! 

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).  We are looking for someone to update our website.  The pictures are out of date and the content needs to be migrated to a newer version of squarespace.com that has more options.  If you are interested in this, please contact 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.

Session Meeting — The elders and pastor will meet for their monthly session meeting this Monday, August 14, at 7 PM.

Missions Prayer & Update from the Dotsons — Here’s the latest update from Cody & Molly Dotson on their up-coming church-planting internship in Brooklyn, NY.  Check it out and support them in prayer and more!

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.   — Hebrews 4:15

– Pastor Jeff Meyers