Preparing for one cold Sunday

Below zero on thermometer.
Below zero on thermometer.

We do plan to hold worship this Sunday(Feb. 14) at Copper Hill Church.   However, we are planning to meet in the fellowship hall rather than the sanctuary because it is more efficient and effective to heat.   As most of you know we have struggled to get our heating in the sanctuary adjusted correctly to handle the cold.   So we decided in view of the sub-zero weather and wind chill predicted for this Sunday that we would just move into the rear hall which heats well. Folks should enter by either side door rather than through the front Sanctuary door.

Our sanctuary heating has been improved greatly.   We have added insulation overhead and we have installed an additional layer of storm window on the inside that one doesn’t even notice unless you are looking for it.  We have also replaced one row of heaters.  Nevertheless, we did not feel quite ready to challenge this bitter cold snap.    Our trustees continue to consider further enhancements.

The weather is predicted to improve markedly by next week so we plan to return to the sanctuary for next Sunday.

Characteristics of love are the topic for February

Characteristics of Real Love
Characteristics of Real Love

Love is a very popular subject all over the world.   Unfortunately in America,  the sexual aspect of human relationships dominates the conversation in a way that it should not.   The result is the statistically shown decreasing ability of the American populace to stay married.   So it is vital to review the characteristics of love that make for healthy and lasting relationships.  The Bible’s famous love chapter, 1 Corinthians 13,  is a great place to go for that review.  So for February, the month containing Valentines Day, at Copper Hill Church, our messages will be drawn from the heart of the love chapter and related passages.

What is Love? 
“Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Cor. 13:4-7 NRSV
Date Message Scriptures Subject
Feb. 7 Love is kind 1 Cor. 13:4, 5 Eph. 4:25-27 Dealing with  anger, and growing in forgiveness and thankfulness
Feb. 14 Love is respectful 1 Cor. 13: 5, 6
1 Peter 2:11-3:8
Respect involves listening and appreciating vs. controlling
Feb. 21 Love is hopeful 1 Cor. 13:7
Heb. 13:1
1 Peter 1:22
Love does not give up easily but expects good things
Feb. 28 Love is always active I John 3:14-20 Love is active in sharing ourselves and serving others

Copper Hill Church participates in Prayer Day for the General Conference

General Conference logoA small group of folks met in the fellowship hall at Copper Hill Church on Saturday morning, Jan 30, and spent about 45 minutes in prayer for the upcoming General Conference.   Pastor Kelvin called the group together in response to the call by Bishop Jane Middleton for people in the New York Area Conference to sign up for a time period and meet on that day to lift the legislative gathering of the church which will be meeting in May in Portland Oregon in prayer.   It is well know that the last General Conference was disrupted by demonstrations and divisions among the delegates.  Since the same issues will still be part of the discussions at this general conference, there is a great need for us all to pray for divine wisdom for the leaders and delegates.

January Message Series Looks at the Early Days of Jesus’ Ministry

theteacher (1)Followers of Jesus constantly need to go back to the stories of his ministry to refresh our minds about what was important to him.   Otherwise, our ideas can be formed more by our culture than by Jesus.   So this month we our message series will review some of the earliest incidents and instruction from Jesus’ ministry.  We’ll learn the topic of Jesus’ first sermon, what happened in his first miracle and how he thought of his own ministry.  In the process we’ll hear a warning that he gave to those who wanted to admire him without following him.   If you’d like to learn more about Jesus, this series of messages at Copper Hill Church is a great place to start.

Jesus’ Ministry Begins

“Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’” Mark 1:14-15 NRSV  
Date Message Scriptures
Jan. 10
Communion
Preaching  Repentance Luke 3:7-22
Hosea 14:1-4, 9
Jan 17 Learning from the Miracle at Cana John 2:1-11

Ps. 36:5-10

Jan 24 Jesus Brings Good News Luke 4:14-21

Psalm 19

Jan 31 A Warning for Fickle Admirers Luke 4:21-30

Isa. 58:1-11

Children’s Christmas Sunday 2015

 

Children's Christmas program
Children’s Christmas program

Sometimes traditions are a joy. Such is the case with the annual Christmas Children’s Sunday at Copper Hill Church.    12 children participated.  More than half served as readers and all helped decorate the altar rail and table and  carry forward and place the figures for the nativity scene.   The service ends with candle lighting.   Here a few pictures that have been collected so far.

Advent/Christmas Plans Made

 

Advent is a time for preparing for the celebration of Christmas
Advent is a time for preparing for the celebration of Christmas

Each year, we look forward to the Advent/Christmas season.  Technically, Advent covers  the four Sundays prior to Christmas  while the liturgical Christmas season goes from Dec. 25 until Jan. 6 which is Epiphany (12 days of Christmas).   The Advent season is intended to be a time of spiritual preparation leading into our Christmas celebration.  But in practice for me and in most Protestant churches that I know about, the two get blended together.

The high points of our celebration at Copper Hill Church this year will be Christmas Sunday morning ( 9:30 AM) and Christmas Eve (5  PM).   This year our message series will focus on the Carols of Christmas and what they teach us about Jesus.  Don’t you just love the old-fashioned carols?

Christ in the Carols of Christmas
“Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.” Col 3:16-17 NLT
Date Features Message Subject Scripture
Nov. 29 Coffee and refreshment time  following O Come, O Come, Emmanuel Expectation, Preparation Isaiah 7:13, 14
Isaiah 40:1-11

Advent reading  #201

Dec. 6 Communion What Child is This? The Wonder of Who Jesus Is Isaiah 9:1-7
Dec. 13   O Little Town of Bethlehem Jesus’ Connections to David, Prophecies of his Coming Micah 4:1-5
5:2-4
Dec. 20 Children’s Sunday
(Hanging of the Greens)
Holiday Choir
O Come All Ye Faithful Adore Him Matt.  2:1-12
Dec. 24 Men’s Quartet
Harp
Gentle Mary Laid Her Child Receive Him Luke 2:1-38

John 1:12;

Dec. 27   Go, Tell It on the Mountain Tell about Him Luke 2:17, 18

Acts 1:1-8

Church dedicates new technology for worship

 

Thanksgiving worship was especially exciting on Sunday, Nov 22, 2015 as Copper Hill Church dedicated three new advances in technology to God for use in the worship services; a video projection system, a new sound system and a new keyboard. The congregation is deeply indebted to Christian Robison who planned the system, oversaw installation for free, serves as one operator for it, and is training more operators.

The three projects began separately but dovetailed together during recent months.   Bob Stewart launched the video projection system into reality by giving the projector, the single most expensive part, in memory of his late wife, Sallie Stewart, who was a long-time member of the church.   The previous sound system had been aging and proving inadequate to handle the requirements of choir and instruments.   Bringing the new sound system in now rather than later would also allow for integration of sound and visual capabilities.   The old church organ chose this time to begin to fail as well.  With a new sound system coming, it was now possible to replace it with a modern keyboard rather than attempt an expensive repair.

Each part was presented for dedication by a key person; the projection system by Bob Stewart, the sound system by trustee chair Ron Prevost, and the keyboard by our instrumentalist and choir director, JoAnne Jones.   Pastor Kelvin Jones, Lay Leader Bob Loomis and Council Chair Judy Holcomb then led the congregation in a prayer of dedication sanctifying all three items for the service of God in our church.

 

 

 

Grassroots Community Prayer Service Was Exciting

Washington at Prayer
Washington at Prayer

Three area churches united together for a joint service of prayer for our nation and the needs of our churches.  The congregation also stopped for moments of prayers for the Country for France after the recent terror attacks there.   Participating pastors were Al Royal of Life Church, Peter Preiser of West Granby United Methodist Church and Kelvin Jones of Copper Hill Church which hosted the event.  A combined choir from Copper Hill UMC and Life Church sang JoAnne Jones’ arrangement “If My People” at the Grassroots Community Prayer Service.    JoAnne Jones directed the choir while Joanne Firla accompanied on the piano, with Steve on the trumpet and Domingo at percussion.   All the accompanying musicians were from Life Church.   Click below to listen to the choir anthem.

https://www.facebook.com/copperhillchurch/videos/943953689009501/

Here is the bulletin we used.   The pastors were free to interpret and expound as they felt led.   The Korean style prayer was new to some but was very well received.

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