The Bell Ringer – January 16, 2022

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer

January 16, 2022

2nd Sunday after Epiphany – Rev. Martin Luther King Jr Birthday Observance

Annual Congregational Meeting – Sunday, January 30, after the morning service

THANK YOU!

Pastor Alex, Erin, and family want to thank the church for the gifts they received over the holidays, including the Thanksgiving “turkey money”, the generous Christmas bonus, and many other wonderful gifts from individuals. They so appreciate your love, support, and generosity!

Midweek Schedule

Wednesdays at 7 pm – in-person and on Zoom

Jan 19   no meeting                               Feb 2    Book Study and Prayer

Jan 26   Prayer for Annual Meeting        Feb 9    Book Study and Prayer

Midweek Meeting for Study and Prayer – Resumes Feb. 2

We will resume studying David Teague’s Godly Servants: Discipleship and Spiritual Formation for Missionaries on Wednesday, February 2.

Lord’s Day Schedule–Next Sunday, January 23

8 am – Online Service (Facebook Live)

10 am – In-Person Service

11 am – Christian Education and Fellowship

Upcoming Lord’s Days   * includes celebration of the Lord’s Supper

Jan 23   3 Epiphany (Sanctity of Life)     Feb 13  6 Epiphany

Jan 30   4 Epiphany (Church Covenant)  Feb 20  7 Epiphany*

Feb 6    5 Epiphany*                             Feb 27  Transfiguration Sunday

Church Calendar & Lectionary

Season:           Ordinary Time after the Epiphany (Jan 7-Mar 1, 2022)

Color:              Green – for growth in Christ

This Sunday:   2nd Sunday after Epiphany – MLK King Jr weekend

Next Sunday:  3rd Sunday after the Epiphany – Sanctity of Human Life

Lectionary:     Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21

Hymns:           122 – God, All Nature Sings Thy Glory; 131 – Children of the Heavenly Father

Monthly Prayer Focus for January

Local Church Focus:  First Church of Christ, Bradford – Danny Ovalle, pastor

Missions Focus: Pregnancy Care Center of Merrimack Valley and Southern NH

Community Resources – Food, Clothing, Shelter, & Other Help

www.communityactioninc.org/phocadownload/resource_guide_english_october_2017.pdf          National Suicide Hotline:  1-800-273-8255

Refugee Ministries: Interserve USA (interserveusa.com); Emmanuel Gospel Center’s Greater Boston Refugee Ministry (http://www.egc.org/refugee)

Global Crisis Help:  World Relief – worldrelief.org

Information on Persecuted Christians: Open Doors USA – opendoorsusa.org

Monthly Scripture Memory for January

Romans 3:21-24 (ESV) – 21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

Catechism: An Outline of the Faith

Q.  What is sin?

A.  Sin is the seeking of our own will instead of the will of God, thus distorting our relationship with God, with other people, and with all creation.

Q.  How does sin have power over us?

A.  Sin has power over us because we lose our liberty when our relationship with God is distorted.

Q.  What is redemption?

A.  Redemption is the act of God which sets us free from the power of evil, sin, and death.

Q.  How did God prepare us for redemption?

A.  God sent the prophets to call us back to himself, to show us our need for redemption, and to announce the coming of the Messiah.

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