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					              The Weekly           March 19, 2010




 One           of the blessings of pastoral
 care is visiting with people who have
                                               the Bible says that "the Lord was not
                                               in" them. Rather, God was heard in
 done their homework. Homework? Yes,           "the sound of a low whisper" when
 that "advanced" preparation that makes        He encouraged Elijah with instructions
 us successful at taking tests…the tests       and news of his successor.
 of hardships and afflictions that happen          In times of trial, many Christians
 in life. To do one's "homework" means         hope God will work in dramatic ways
 to cultivate a biblical perspective toward    to bring them deliverance. Often,
 these trials and                                                      God doesn't.
 toward God, who                                                       He comes in
 brings them into                                                      the "whisper"
 our lives.                                                            of words from
     Elijah, the Old                                                   Scripture that
 Testament prophet,                                                    we read, in
 struggled with his                                                    friends who tend
 perspective. In                                                       to our needs,
 I Kings 17 all Israel                                                 doctors who care,
 suffered from a                                                       counselors who
 severe famine,                                                        give direction, or
 while Elijah also                                                     in worship among
 lived as a fugitive                                                   God’s people.
 from wicked King                                                      Such "whispers"
 Ahab. In I Kings 18 God intervenes            will be seen as blessings by Christians
 in two dramatic ways. He defeats the          who have done their homework—
 prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel, and           spent time in personal prayer, Bible
 then He brings rain in response to            study, worship and service in the
 Elijah’s prayer. Unexpectedly, however,       church. This kind of homework is what
 Ahab’s wife, Jezebel, doesn't repent. She     truly prepares us to be a blessing, even
 threatens to kill Elijah. He flees in fear    in times of trial. Are you doing your
 and despair. He is dejected because           homework?
 God's dramatic actions didn’t bring the
 deliverance he anticipated.
     Elijah needed some "homework." In
 I Kings 19 God exposes him to dramatic                        Mark Cushman
 winds, earthquakes and fire. Interestingly,                      Pastor of Pastoral Care




                                 Briarwood
                                   Presbyterian Church PCA
phone 205.776.5200 • fax 205.776.5241 • email info@briarwood.org • www.briarwood.org
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      • We rejoice with Brad and emily stein on the birth of their son, shepard,
      on Mar. 5.
      • Our Christian love and sympathy to Betty Franklin and family on the death of
      her daughter, Norval Franklin springfield, on Mar. 9; to Fisher smith and
      family on the death of his brother, scott smith, on Mar. 1; to Bobbie Jones and
      family on the death of her father, Robert hoyt Collins, on Mar. 11; and to stan
      Blair and family on the death of his father, george e. Blair, on Mar. 15.

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the sacrament of the Lord's supper will be celebrated at the table
  on Maundy Thursday at 7:00 p.m. A dramatization is included in the service.
  Members of the congregation are invited to prepare their hearts to receive
  Communion.
Pastor's inquirers/Membership Class starts Mar. 21 at 9:30 a.m. The
  class will include four sessions of two Sunday mornings (Mar. 21 and 28) and
  a weekend (Fri. night, Mar. 26 and Sat. morning, Mar. 27). Attending does not
  obligate you to join. For more information or to sign up, please call 776-5208.
3D (Doctrine, Dialogue, Dinner) with Pastor Reeder will be Wed., Mar. 24
  at 6:30 p.m. in the Bride’s Room. All are invited for a discussion on any of your
  Bible or theology questions. Come enjoy a great dinner and conversation.
  For dinner reservation, call 776-5238.
Bridge to Life evangelism training—learn how to share your faith in an
   easy, natural way. Starting Wed., Apr. 7 at 6:30 p.m. Stephen Bunn will teach
   a 3-week session on the Bridge to Life. For registration information, visit
   briarwood.org/evangelism or contact Leigh Ann Reese at 776.5301.
global Ministry team and the National Ministry team will meet Mon.,
   Mar. 22 at 6:00 p.m. in the FH.
trailblazer sunday lunch and concert is Mar. 28 at 12:15 p.m. in the FH.
  Come hear 12-year-old Eric Tsai demonstrate his God-given talent as violinist. He
  will be accompanied by his father, Dr. Jason Tsai, on the piano and, this year, he will
  be joined by his brother, Raymond. $8 tickets in the Bookstore or call 776-5320.
Ladies' Night Out is now Scrapbooking Night the last Friday of each month!
  Beginning Fri., Mar. 26 from 6:00–10:00 p.m., we'll be scrapbooking in FH–F. Bring
  a snack, bring your hobby, and bring a friend. Questions? Contact Women's
  Ministry at flong@briarwood.org or 776-5311.
56 Club will be meeting at Jump Zone in Pelham on Fri. night, Mar. 26 from
   7:00–9:00 p.m. for a night of fun and fellowship. Cost is $7. Contact Tina McKelvey
   with any questions at tmckelvey@briarwood.org or 776-5268.
Did your kids love the Children's Missions Conference? M&M Kids Club
  has started registration for the Summer Missions Adventure. Beginning in May,
  kids will be trained to share the gospel. During Project Week—June 14–18 at
  Camp Hargis—we will visit day care centers throughout Birmingham to share the
  gospel with other children. Call Melanie Massey at 776-5410 for more info.
Membership Dept. needs help! We can use singles, couples or families for
  10 minutes or less after each worship serice. Call Adelaide at 776-5208.
Vacation Bible school teachers, a rising 5th grade superintendent, set
  decorator for the skit in the Worship Center, and other volunteers are needed
  for June 7–11. If you are interested in helping, call Raleigh Macoy at 776-5251 or
  email her at rmacoy@briarwood.org.
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save the date and your "stuff" for the 2nd
                                                                                      Parker
  Annual Briarwood Flea Market, Fri., July 30 and                       Jack & Diane
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  Sat., July 31. Vendor registration begins Apr. 12 at                                    sade
                                                                            Campus Cru
  8:00 a.m. Proceeds to benefit Cornerstone School—
  csalabama.org. A Women of the Covenant Ministry.                                 Jose Taquila
                                                                                  in India with
the Auburn University singers will perform at                                      CrossWorld
  Briarwood Christian High School on Fri., Mar. 26,
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  at 7:30 p.m. Church members Elizabeth Ann Moore                                           e
  and Blake Harris are performers in this energetic,                            in Ga. w
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  uplifting group. Tickets available at the door for $5.
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State of Alabama Voter Registration—If you                              Duverg Briarwood
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   are at least 18 years old and a citizen of the United                      Church
   States you should be registered to vote! Pick up a
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   registration form at the Worship Center Lobby Info                      Leadership Team
   Desk to register or to notify of any recent changes
   to your address or name.                                       Young Business Le
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Conversations with Harry Reeder airs weekdays
  at 3:00, 5:20 and 11:45 p.m. on WLJR-FM, 88.5. Join
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  Pastor Reeder and host Tom Lamprecht the week                           Jim En wood
  of Mar. 22 as they discuss "How Do We Deal                                  Briar on
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                                                                                            As Briarwood’s first Assistant Pastor (1967),
                                                                                       Rev. Ken Wilson helped lead pastoral care for 37 years
 S c he du le f o r Hol y We ek 2 010                                                  along with Frank Morse, John Spencer, Lane Thigpen,
                                                                                      Romaine Scott, and George Moss. In 2005, Ken’s duties
                                                                                              were assumed by Rev. Mark Cushman.
          Palm Sunday, March 28
Services of Divine Worship       8:00 A.M. & 10:55 A.M.
        George Sarris, Dramatist      6:00 P.M.           Briarwood Presbyterian Church                                           Non-Profit Org.
                                                          2200 Briarwood Way                                                       U.S. Postage
                                                          Birmingham, AL 35243-2923                                                   PAID
        maundy ThurSday, April 1                                                                                                  Permit # 2143
                                                                                                                                  Birmingham, AL
                                                          Address Service Requested
         Communion at the Table 7:00 P.M.

            Good Friday, April 2
A Service of Reflection and Meditation       12:00 Noon

     r eSurrecTion SabbaTh, April 4
             Sunrise Service     6:30 A.M.
  Services of Celebration      8:00 A.M. & 10:55 A.M.
      Nielson & Young in Concert       6:00 P.M.

				
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