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 email@example.com • www.briarwood.org Holy week events For inFormation, go online to briarwood.org /events. \ es shiP seRViC . R AY WO00 a.m. and e10:55 a.m sD LORD’ g - 8: erspectiv Mornin Jubilee in Biblical "P sunday he VI. T "On Min istry y 4:1–5 II Timoth Reeder arry Pastor H .m . - 6:00 p day e vening l Perspective sun a iel in Bib lic Four Bea sts" XII. Dan n—The First Visio l 7 "Daniel’s Danie der arry Ree r. 7 Pastor H sery s ers un., Ma g in t he Nur d uil servin atters, Team B Family M st week) la ies loved (192 bab • 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. Family Album Missions Prayer F Bria n a n ocus d terri F irpo Pray for Bri tha ila nd an and Terr Thailand. T i Firpo serv hey are curr ing with Ca ently leadin mpus Outr students. P g a Thai Su each in Kh lease pray mmer Proje on Kaen, that God w ct for 55 u and grant a ill give faith niversity vision for m to the non ultiplication -Christian students to the Chri stians. We d ., M a rc h 24 B a ke d T i l a p i a , C h i c ke n C re o l e , R i ce , Ro a s t e d Ve g e t ab l e s , d i n n e r S a l a d s , Ro l l , I c e C re a m S u n da e s Fo r re s e r va t i o n s , m e n u v i s i t b r i a r wo o d . o r g / d i n n e r o r ca l l 7 76 - 5 2 3 8 by Tu e s d a y a t n o o n . NOte this, JOiN iN, sigN UP 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. UPDATE: PRAY FOR FAITH PROMISE am Nuen ke Doug & P ith Hallelujah Goal: 19 in Colo. w s $2,182,202 Navigator Operational Goal: artar $2,020,202 Michelle T el Chuck & p Present commitment: with Gos in Ireland each Outr $2,059,667.05 Friendship Praise 20 Shane & Vickie O ’Hara in La. with the Lord! Youth for Christ Ralph & Marilynn Toliver in Peru with Wyc liffe Bible Translators save the date and your "stuff" for the 2nd Parker Annual Briarwood Flea Market, Fri., July 30 and Jack & Diane 21 in A la. with 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, 22 Pat & Lin da Pearc at 7:30 p.m. Church members Elizabeth Ann Moore e and Blake Harris are performers in this energetic, in Ga. w Campus ith Crusade uplifting group. Tickets available at the door for $5. Cosmo Come for a memorable evening of family fun. & Susett eT in Ala. w omaselli is your Weekly late arriving? 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Churc ust, Jud Fo ood Briarwacon h De Churc 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.