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July 2008 SPREADING THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT 2 DR. MARTIN W. LIFER III Senior Pastor REV. CARMEN FOWLER by Laurie Keniry Associate Pastor REV. DR. GERALD MILLS Pastor Emeritus BETTY SHIRLEY Commissioned Lay Pastor LINDA STUBBS Director of PPC Children’s Center PAUL ELGIN Sunday, June 16 at 5:30 a.m., 25 youth joined 10 youth Director of Music Ministries leaders on a bus headed to Manassas, Virginia. Ten hours later we JILL FARRAR joined 3 other youth groups and their leaders to participate in A Director of Family & Week Of Hope mission. Together we formed a group of 98 that was Youth Ministries put to work helping people throughout the community. Our group GLORIA SCOTT began the week assisting a disabled women sort and pack 38 years Pastor’s Assistant of memories to enable her to sell her home and move to an assisted living facility. As we entered her home for the first time, there was JENNY DOUGLAS Director of Media Ministries barely a path to walk from room to room. After two days her house and yard had been transformed. The “albatross,” as she called it, ELAINE MATHIEU had been removed from around her neck; she now could see the Administrative Assistant, Music & Family Ministries light at the end of the tunnel. ROBIN CIFALDI Below, The huge dump truck our youth Receptionist team filled with trash. Right, Rachel Bryant mowing a lawn. BRIAN BURNS Property Manager BARBARA KLEKNER Organist 171 Cordillo Parkway Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 843-842-LORD (5673) email@example.com www.CauseGodJoy.com SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES 9:00 a.m. , 11:00 a.m. and 6:29 p.m. Inside This Issue Front Page- 3: Youth Mission Trip Page 3: Stewardship Above and Beyond Page 4: Effective, Fervent Prayer Page 5: Thank You letter from Matt Stubbs Page 6: SonWorld Adventure Park VBS Page 7: Providence Children’s Center, Stephen Ministry, Prayer Shawl Ministry Page 8: Missions Page 9: Men of the Church, Summer Schedule for ACE, Beth Moore Page 10: The Anchorline, Sandgnats Ballgame Page 11: 6:29 Worship, Walking With Grace Page 12: Promise Keepers 3 As we continued to canvass the town, groups collected food for a food pantry, reorganized and cleaned a local thrift store improving the shopping atmosphere, assisted a disabled artist who had lost the ability to paint (her only source of income) and tackled a local Boys and Girls Club which served 1500 members. At each location God reminded us that it was not the size or difficulty of the job that was important--it was His work that we were completing. In 4 days, our group of 98 individuals completed over Above, L: Ellis Cotter cleaned gutters 2,000 hours of community service! Above, R: Nick Evangelista worked, too. This week was not only about community service. Each afternoon we returned to a powerful Below, L: Sarah Burns shared her talent. devotion and praise & worship time that had a Below, R: Paul Cifaldi IV & Dad, Paul Cifaldi III tremendous impact on all of us! Each and every one of us returned with a renewed focus and a direction. We came home with a plan to continue to deepen our relationship with Christ and a plan to help in our own community. Left: Ford Allen and the guys during afternoon devotion time. Right: Shelby Allen hauling gravel by Joe Patton The following true personal story is intended to stimulate you to share more of God’s gifts with Providence Presbyterian Church. I was in Silicon Valley helping a high-tech startup company. As I was relaxing in my motel room after a challenging day, the phone rang and the CFO of the company said that they needed a field test of their product at a specific major company. They wanted the opportunity so much that they would pay $5,000 if I could do whatever was necessary to get it started by month end. As I lay thinking how such a difficult task could be accomplished, the phone rang again. It was a Director of the specific company where the earlier company wanted to test; calling to see if I could possibly come the next day and meet a new Director who just happened to be in charge of that area. To make a long story short, the test started and I was paid $5,000. A strong voice inside me said that the money was only mine as a conduit, and the money should go to further the works of God’s kingdom on earth. Providence got $4,000 and my Mother’s church, which is not blessed with the resources we have, received $1,000. Where did that voice inside my mind come from? God only knows. It strongly suggests that Providence Church is doing good things and investing our money carefully to cause God joy. As you have been helped above and beyond, please give above and beyond. 4 by Len Stubbs God promises all believers that if we live righteously and pray fervently, our prayers will be effective and produce significant results. James says that fervent prayer avails much. Are you as fervent in your praying as you should be? Fervent prayer means we do not quit easily. Fervent prayer means that we purposely spend sufficient time in intercession. Fervent prayer means that we cry out to the father, sometimes in tears, with our heart and soul. Fervent prayer comes as the Holy Spirit assists us in praying with groaning too deep for words (Rom. 8:26). According to James, our righteousness will ensure effective prayer. God's standard of righteousness is different from ours, for he looks beyond our actions, even beyond our thoughts, directly to our hearts. If we adhere to what God requires, he will lead us to pray for things that align His purpose, and God will answer our prayers in a mighty way. Prayer is the cornerstone for both Providence Church and for of our personal relationship with our Lord and Savior. Great, exciting and Christ centered events are happening at Providence. Our Lord and Savior opens his house up each and every day for us and waits anxiously for us join him in discussion. Whether you are in need of prayer or desirous of praying for others we come together each day Monday thru Saturday 7 a.m. - 8 a.m. and invite you to consider joining us. For those of you who have five (5) free minutes in the morning and are on the South end of the Island we invite you to experience the power of prayer at work in person at Providence. The Sanctuary is open during business hours each and every day. Should you have a prayer request and are unable to personally join us, Prayer cards are available in the church office. We are always available to pray with and for you. Begin today to start or end each day receiving and being a blessing. Consider joining us for a "Just you and Me" discussion with your heavenly Father. "The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." James 5:16 2008 Navy League Memorial Day Service, Hilton Head Island 5 THANK YOU! As many of you are aware on May 17th I was blessed to return stateside from Iraq to my family, friends, and loved ones. Pastors Lifer and Fowler have been gracious enough to allow my family and I the opportunity to have a few lines in the Providence Today to offer my heart felt thanks to each of you for your support and prayers. Your prayers, packages, and petitions were invaluable to me and my fellow Soldiers during my deployment. The personal interest that you took in my family and my well being is a testament to the second greatest commandment. There is nothing that a deployed Soldier wants or needs more from back home than support from his family and friends. Without question I am not enough of a wordsmith to adequately express the difference that you made, the encouragement that was ever present, and the love which I felt. Your Prayers were answered everyday by keeping me and my unit safe. Through your prayers and the Lord’s hands on our shoulders, the Soldiers have been very blessed with many close calls in a very busy and dangerous location in Baghdad. Your support didn't just make a difference in my family and my life as your packages and notes of encouragement were shared with my unit and they were also blessed by your love and generosity. All the great snacks and treats that you sent were enjoyed by many Soldiers in my unit. On behalf of my wife Kerri, my son Parker, my parents, and grandparents Thank You for being there while I was deployed. Thank you for honoring and blessing me with your prayers. Please continue to pray for the safety of all the Soldiers that are still over seas and their families back home. His Will Be Done! Matt, Kerri, and Parker Stubbs 6 by Jill Farrar Wow! What a time we had at SonWorld Adventure Park in June! 110 children spent their first week of summer on our campus making all sorts of choices. From choosing how to decorate their t-shirts to the more important choices like Choosing Jesus, our kids had a great week. According to one child, “This was the best week of the summer!” Jennifer and I would like to thank every person who made this wonderful week possible! We wouldn’t have been able to cause God as much joy as we did without you! Children’s Ministry is taking the rest of the summer months to plan and gear up for LOGOS, which will begin again in September! If you would like more information about our Children’s Ministry or would like to get involved, please call Jill Farrar at the church office or Jennifer Jenkins at 342-5095. 7 Fun on the Slip N Slide! S’mores, anyone? Let’s go camping! from Stephen Ministry Stephen Ministry has been in operation here at Providence for eight years. The ministry of the Stephen Ministers has been a blessing to individuals, to the lay ministers themselves, and to the whole congregation. In order to continue and expand this ministry of care, we are beginning another Stephen Ministry training class on September 2. Take advantage of this opportunity to share the love that God has given you. You will find that being a Stephen Minister will not only be helpful to others, but it will be one of the most fulfilling and joyful experiences that you have ever had. For more information about Stephen Ministry, ask any one of our Stephen Ministers--we wear the blue name tags!--or call Pat or Jack Dempsey at 686-6270. If you, or someone you know, are in need of someone to walk with you through a rough time, in confidentiality, and always paired with the same sex, please call Patty Schroeder at 671-2481. Prayer Shawl Ministry Proverbs 31:13 “Knitting PEOPLE Together with Prayer” We are a group of dedicated women who meet on the THIRD WEDNESDAY of every month from 10 a.m. to noon in the Parlor of the Mills Building. We knit together and pray together each month sharing God’s word with each other and combining that love into every item we make. Some of us are master knitters, but anyone who wants to try is welcome to join us. We have patterns anyone can do! So far this year we have distributed: Several chemo caps to St. Jude’s Hospital, “preemie” hats and blankets to Julies Mission, 27 baby hats and 3 baby blankets to the Crisis Nursery in Malawi, 12 prayer shawls and one very special prayer blanket to the members of Providence or their families. We also make warm hats for our military men and women who serve in harsh climates. Perhaps God is calling you to use your talents and time in this way. We would love for you to join us! Contact Sandy Haines for information at 837-2485 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 8 by Jan Hoaglin PREGNANCY CENTER & CLINIC - SAVING BABIES EVERYDAY One of our church’s local missions is the Pregnancy Center & Clinic of the Lowcountry (PCCLC). We contribute to the center in two ways - through Birdies for Charity and through the Baby Bottle Blessings fundraiser. The mission of the PCCLC is to provide medical, financial and spiritual support for any woman facing an unplanned pregnancy. They provide over 22 services, including ultrasounds, testing for sexually-transmitted diseases, various support groups, free medical care through the 16th week or pregnancy, and adoption information and referral. They also assist with infant clothes and equipment. PCCLC provides on-on-one male guidance and accurate medical and scientific facts on fetal development to help the woman/couple make the best choices based on sound information. They provide hope in a frightening situation. Statistics show that South Carolina has the 6th highest infant mortality rate in the nation and is 12 th in the nation for mothers with late or no prenatal care. Beaufort County is 45th out of 46 counties in the state in inadequate prenatal care. Since the PCCLC is the only free prenatal clinic on Hilton Head, it has a vital role to play in improving these statistics. They are initiating a Capitol Campaign to raise funds for another prenatal clinic in Hardeeville. One of the reasons the Missions Committee is so enthusiastic in our support of the PCCLC is because of their efforts to share the gospel. According to Vera Baily, the Director of the PCCLC, they have Christian fellowship with their clients. "It is our prayer that the women/girls coming to the clinic will realize their need for Christ." by Jan Hoaglin Our missionaries, John, Marie C Skiotis, and their 5 children will be visiting Hilton Head Island the last week of July and the first couple weeks of August. We hope to get them to Providence so we can hear about their ministry to the Muslim’s in London, England. In our recent newsletters, they were very encouraged by short term participants from 8 countries who joined them for their spring outreach to the Muslim community. They shared that they arrived full of fears and doubts and in just two weeks they learned about the needs of the Muslim world, obtained valuable training and experience, and saw Muslims turning to Christ! Also, John traveled to Egypt in May to take mail to workers there. Regular posting of sensitive mail would be very dangerous. One of the Skiotis’ recent concerns is that Christian preachers are facing arrest in England for sharing their faith. "No-go" areas for Christians are emerging in British towns and Christians are being threatened for sharing the gospel. On the home front, the family is enjoying their new house that is in the Muslim area of town and is close to the children’s school. They thank God for answering their prayers for the necessary funding to be able to stay in London and to be able to come home for a short visit. Providence members were involved in helping with this funding. Their children are Jacob (12), Joshua & Jordan (10), Hannah (7), and Noah (4).. They are all excited about coming to visit their grandparents, Ed and Barbara Wiggins who live on Hilton Head. We are looking forward to meeting with John, Marie C and their family and hearing about how the Good News is being spread to the Muslim community in London. 9 by Jamie Palatucci What’s in a name? I was pondering over the acronym MOC, when I decided to see who else was using it. I went to my trusty computer and “Googled” MOC. Lo and behold, I found that there was a group called “My Own Creation.” Now, that caught my attention! I asked myself, is anything really my own creation, or are my creative ideas really inspired by God? An interesting thought to contemplate. Looking deeper into “My Own Creation,” I found that this was a group who created art from Lego’s. I knew there had to be a tie-in somewhere. Sure enough, someone from “My Own Creation” was inspired to express their creativity by building a box made of nothing but Lego’s and “Causing God Joy!” As for our very own “Men of the Church” (MOC), June was the start of a new year with the installation of officers. Led by our very own Mike Brock, the first council meeting convened with the new leadership team and council members in attendance. Also, from Providence on the core team is Jaime Palatucci (2nd vice president), Fred Hoaglin (recorder), Dexter Jones (Asst. Treasurer), and, Stu Rodman (councilman at large). There are a great many things happening and more on the horizon. We are planning on having some new and exciting programming. We will also be improving our communications. But, most importantly, we will be doing as Jesus instructed - Matthew 28:19 TNIV - Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. With membership totaling approximately 1,200 men, we can expect for 2008- 2009 that one man will sharpen another, that an army dedicated to doing God’s bidding will muster, and that non-believers will be led out of the darkness and into the light. The MOC breakfast will resume on September 11, 2008 – 7:45. Until then, there are many men’s discipleship opportunities available for you to broaden and deepen your spiritual journey. What? When? Where? Contact Bible Study 8:00am – Wednesday Providence– Hilton Head email@example.com Faith Lessons –Video 6:30pm – Monday Providence – Hilton Head firstname.lastname@example.org Bible Study – Acts 6:30pm – Monday Providence – Hilton Head email@example.com th Lunch & Program 12:00–4 Wednesday First Presbyterian Office: 681-3696 Lunch Wednesday Church of the Cross - Bluffton Jason.firstname.lastname@example.org Lunch Tuesday Truffles – Bluffton Rick Turner Lunch Thursday St. Helena – Beaufort Keith.watsonconstruction.com Life Lessons over Lunch 12:15 Wednesday Christ Lutheran Church email@example.com Promise Keepers August 1st & 2nd Atlanta PaulCifaldi@yahoo.com We are trying to compile an exhaustive list of all Men’s Ministries discipleship opportunities. If you participate in one or know of one, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome your passion, creative ideas, and participation. We need you, but more importantly, you need God and God wants you! Summer Schedule for the Sunday Beth Moore study. It’s not too late to join. 10:10 a.m. Adult Christian The six-week study guides participants through daily homework and weekly video sessions Education in Fellowship Hall: focused on Psalms 120-134, also known as the July 6, 13, 20 and 27: Carmen will discuss "What Psalms of Ascent. Moore’s studio set for the the 21st Century Church Can Learn from the 1st video sessions are the south steps of the temple Century Church" in Jerusalem, where hundreds of Jewish people August 3: Martin will commence a series based on and priests recited these specific Psalms of the sermon about what God did through you during Ascent. Different from her previous studies, this summer vacation. Moore focused on the worship aspect of the August 10: The Skiotis's will discuss their summer study by featuring Travis Cottrell and other musical performers live of ministry to Muslims in London. in the video segments to teach participants new worship songs August 17-September 28: Volunteer members will and lead praise during the sessions. Study runs 6 weeks tell us what God did through them during summer beginning June 26, in Fellowship Hall, Thursdays from 10 a.m.- vacation. If you have a story you wish to tell us Noon. For info call Alora McAlister at 338-2204 or register at the about (10 minutes up to 30 minutes) call Lee church. Cost is $25 Scholarships available. Hildenbrandt, 341-6916. 10 by Mike Brock Every church must carry out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), Mark 16:15-16). In practical terms how does a congregation work to accomplish that? Providence supports missionaries all over the world. Locally, Martin and Carmen stay busy sharing the message by preaching and teaching. Providence Ministry leaders set positive examples also in teaching, sharing and visiting people. But realistically, a lot of Christians are intimidated by the thought of sharing the Gospel. Anchor Groups are a way for everyone to be involved in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. They are a natural, nonthreatening way for each member of Providence, and even non-members, to participate in carrying out The Great Commission. Acts 2:42-47 tells us the early church met from house to house. It was very natural for those early Christians to invite their friends into their homes. There were thousands of Christians, and new disciples were being added to their number each day, yet there were only a few apostles and church leaders. The Bible tells us that each Christian helped share the Gospel and in Acts we can see they did this in homes. And so it is with the Anchor Groups Ministry at Providence. Albeit we are blessed to live in a place others come to visit on vacation, we must practice upreach, inreach and outreach among those that call this home. Life’s a beach and with all the sun, the surf and tourists on this little island God made for us, we can help get the Gospel back in the world. If we are to “go and make”, let us start with the friends and family inside our own congregation. Make it your own personal summer course to learn more about Anchor Groups and prepare to perhaps join, or even start, one by the time the world goes back to school in the fall. Read Acts, really read and absorb those awesome verses, and take action. Pick up an Anchor Groups pamphlet around Providence and call one of the Navigational Team members listed or you can visit the Anchor Groups link on our web site, www.CauseGodJoy.com. Go Ye. 11 6:29 celebrated its 1st anniversary, with an Ice Cream Social, on June 1st. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the ice cream and cake. Martin and Carmen are continuing their series, “Christianity On Trial”. If you haven’t had a chance to get to one of the sermons, you still have time. You won’t be disappointed! Walking With Grace “Ask and you shall receive.” Do you believe it? There are those who will answer a flat no; that it's impossible to prove God rewards us or answers our prayers. Too many prayers they say go unanswered, while rewards can usually be attributed to hard work or blind luck. Others are doubtful, skeptical. They've prayed for pay raises, improved health, a happy marriage, and some of their prayers are answered and some are not. They picture a God of moods who reacts as inconsistently as most parents do with their children. Both the disbeliever and the confused skeptic fail to consider one all-important element in a working relationship with God. Faith. It is obvious, too, that neither has honestly tried God's generosity by putting God first in their lives; by giving God their complete, no-exceptions trust. The attitude you develop is all the reward you'll need; the certainty that God won't fail you and the realization that your role in life, your place in God's plan, is as important to God as anyone. Put your trust in God and prove it by giving of yourself, to God and to others, and no force on earth can turn you from happiness. Think not of receiving, but of giving. Think not of having, but of being made as a living example of God’s grace. Only then can you honestly say you have tried God's generosity. STEWARDSHIP UPDATE THROUGH MAY 2008 REVENUES EXPENSES FORECAST ACTUAL %FORECAST FORECAST ACTUAL %FORECAST JAN (4) 87,000 90,293 103% 95,089 102,235 108% FEB (4) 92,935 87,775 94% 113,818 122,345 107% MAR (5) 149,225 140,467 94% 112,371 121,892 108% APR (4) 97,080 115,828 119% 100,489 150,174 149% MAY (4) 94,775 132,467 140% 98,905 94,535 96% 12 Hilton Head to Atlanta NON-PROFIT ORG US POSTAGE PAID HILTON HEAD, SC 29928 PERMIT NO. 350 171 Cordillo Parkway Hilton Head Island, SC 29928