Reading the Bible in 2018

Dear ones,

If you're not already in the habit of reading scripture daily, consider developing that habit in 2018 (or, for that matter, why not begin right now?). 

I mentioned on Sunday that I read through the entire Bible in 2017 for the first time in many years. It was a rich experience, and I'm planning to do it again in 2018. The reading plan that I used and will use again is called the 5 Day Bible Reading Program, and it can be found here. I print a copy and keep it in my Bible. I also import the schedule with Reading Plan app, so I can have it and can check off the daily readings on my mobile device. One of the things I like about this particular plan is that there are no scheduled readings on Saturday and Sunday, which allows time to catch up if I've fallen behind. 

Will you consider reading the whole Bible with me in 2018?

With you in Jesus,


Craft Fair for Widows and Orphans, December 17th

In addition to our special offering for the Widows and Orphans of Tanzania (which we’ll give tomorrow, December 10), on Sunday, December 17th, we’ll have a little Craft Fair, right after the service in the Fellowship Hall, 100% of the proceeds of which will go to support the Tanzania ministry.

Cherilyn Christie is bringing some items she has made (pictures below). If you have items you would like to display and contribute, please let Cherilyn know.  

And if you you’re still looking for some Christmas gifts and want to further support the widows and orphans ministry, consider getting something on the 17th!  


Christmas Crafternoon!

All ladies of CPC are welcome to the Germers’ house (1802 Georgia Ave. 23220) for what we're calling Christmas Crafternoon, Saturday, December 16th at 3:00pm. Bring a project you're working on or just enjoy yummy food and good conversation.

Sabrina has also offered this idea: consider sending a digital photo to and she will help you transfer that photo onto a wooden backing. Sweet, right?!

I hope you'll join me for Christmas Crafternoon. And you are welcome to bring a friend, too! Please call or text me with questions: (804) 467-7171


This Weekend!

Widows and Orphans, YWAM Tanzania - We're taking a special offering in December to support this Christmas ministry that serves widows and orphans in Tanzania. 

STEP Christmas Store - This is the last Sunday to bring your donation of a new, unwrapped, children's gift with the original purchase price intact. Containers are in the greeting area in the hallway at church. 

Carters Moving - David and Lynne need help loading and moving tomorrow (Saturday), beginning at 9:30 a.m.


Toys for STEP Christmas Store needed this Sunday, 12/3

This is the last Sunday to contribute toys! Each year STEP collects donations of new, unwrapped, children's gifts with the original purchase price intact. These donations are then marked to half price or less and made available to the parents of children living in Gilpin Court. The Christmas store offers parents the dignity of making a sacrifice of love for their children at an affordable price. Suggested items include: skateboards, arts and crafts, sports equipment (like basketballs), building blocks, electronics, video games, toy cars/trucks, bikes, African-American dolls, educational toys and gift cards to fast food restaurants. 

New Class begins tomorrow, 11/26

My World Is Not The World: How Christians in an Age of Conflict Should Respond to Political Polarization

Teacher: Everett Worthington

Dates: Nov 26, Dec 3, Dec 10, Dec 17, Dec 24, and Dec 31

Will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the manse.

It seems that society is polarized and getting more so. Even if we share the common Christian faith with other believers, we cannot count on conflict-free interactions. In this brief course, I try to move toward an understanding of why we have become so polarized and how we can negotiate this polarized political, religious, racial/ethnic, and nationalistic climate. The bottom line I’ll be aiming at is (a) political and religious humility and (b) convicted civility in our interactions.

I hope we can have some good conversations and come away feeling that we still love each other and might even be able to negotiate modern life with more empathy and understanding without compromising any principles.

Course objectives: (1) to understand (a) why society is so polarized and (b) why we react as we do (hint: It isn’t rational, logical, and explicit reasoning that drives us but emotions, motivations, values, and fit with situations); (2) to commit ourselves to a strategy of convicted civility in dealing with diversity (cultural, racial, religious, and political).