This Sunday

September 2, 2018

WELCOME TO DEVONSHIRE

We are so glad that you joined us today as we have gathered to worship. It is our hope that you will find Devonshire to be an inviting community where you experience the transforming power of the Gospel. Our service normally includes a time of singing, prayers of confession, Scripture readings, followed by an opportunity to give tithes and offerings before hearing a message from God’s Word. The following information will be helpful for connecting and worshipping with us today.

CONNECT CARD & GUEST INFORMATION TABLE | If you are a first or second time guest, or if you have never filled out a Connect Card, we would love for you to do so as a way to introduce yourself to us at the Guest Information Table (or, if you prefer, you may put it in the offering plate). If you have a question regarding the location of a class, the nursery, restrooms or an upcoming event, or are curious about what we offer for a ministry area, please stop by our Guest Information Table, located in the narthex.

GIVING | As part of our service, we respond in worship by giving our tithes and offerings to God. You are welcome to make a contribution at this time. For cash donations and special offerings, please use an envelope from the pew and write your name, the amount, and designated fund on it. You can also give at devonshirechurch.org/give.

FOR THE KIDS | Devonshire is a family-friendly church that believes children are a gift from God. During the worship service, nursery and preschool care are provided for the entire service.  Children, grades K-5, join with their parents for the first portion of the service and are dismissed following the giving time for an age-appropriate worship experience in the fellowship hall.

STARTING POINT | Starting Point is an opportunity for those newer to Devonshire Church to take a step of getting acquainted with us.  This informal luncheon on the second Sunday of each month will provide the opportunity to get to know what Devonshire is about a little bit more.  If you are newer Devonshire or if you are just curious about our church or Christian beliefs, this is a great place to start!  Led by Pastor Derek and other leaders, we’d love to connect with you at Starting Point! Please register by using the Connect Card or at devonshirechurch.org/startingpoint.

Important Information

COMMUNION | Following the message today, we will respond in worship by receiving communion at the alter. Communion is open to all people who have received Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. If you have not taken this step of faith, we would love to talk with you about how you can experience God’s love, grace and salvation.

GLOW MINISTRY MENTORS | Can you spare a few hours on Wednesday evenings?  The GLOW ministry is in search of mentors who want to help elementary age kids get to know more about our great God, learn how to use their Bible and to have fun while doing it.  If you have questions or are ready to jump in on the fun, contact Laurie Daubert (glow@devonshirechurch.org).

WORSHIP & PRAYER | Join us Sunday, Sept 9 at 9:00am for a time of corporate worship and prayer. We will meet in the sanctuary during the Sunday School hour.  All are welcome!

NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS FOR ADULTS | Beginning Sunday, Sept 16 at 9:00am we will begin a new class entitled “The Gospel at Work: How Working for King Jesus Gives Purpose and Meaning to our Jobs.” Find God’s vision for your job. Reclaim God’s vision for your life.  Unpack the powerful ways in which the gospel can transform how we do what we do, releasing us from the cultural pressures of both an all-consuming devotion and a punch-in, punch-out mentality.  This class will be held in the upper-level classroom.

NEW CHURCH DIRECTORY | It is time to update our photo directory!  If you haven’t already had your individual or family photo taken, please plan to stay after church on Sunday, Sept 9.  This will be the last opportunity to have pictures taken.  Photographers will be available and ready to take your photos in the Community Center.

JOIN A SMALL GROUP | Our Small Groups ministry is about to start its Fall season, beginning the week of September 23rd.  You can find more information about the groups that are meeting on our website (https://devonshirechurch.org/smallgroups) or near the Guest Information table in the narthex.  Get plugged into a group!  It’s a great way to stay connected, plugged into the Word, and finding your “next step” in your walk with Jesus. Please contact me or any of our group leaders if you have any questions!

CHICKEN BBQ PRESALE | Tickets are available in the narthex if you would like to preorder your chicken bbq dinners.  They will be available for pick up during the Community Day on Sept 8.  The cost is $9 per meal and includes 1/2 Chicken, Baked Potato, side and bread.  You can also preorder online using a credit card at devonshirechurch.org/community-day/

COMMUNITY DAY | Join us on Sept 8 from 11am-7pm to celebrate our new community center! We’ll have a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:00, open house from 11:30-12, games for kids from 12-3, open court basketball and volleyball after 3, and, of course, great food. Invite your friends and neighbors to come and check out our new space! To volunteer, please sign up at devonshirechurch.org/community-day/

BETH MOORE SIMULCAST | Experience the Powerful Biblical Teaching of Best-Selling Author Beth Moore via this one-day live Living Proof Simulcast event hosted by Devonshire Church on September 15, from 10:30-5:15. Laugh, pray, and study scripture with thousands of women from all walks of life. Leave with a renewed sense of calling, purpose, and love for Christ. Register online or talk to Amber Bomgardner with any questions. Register at devonshire.church/events.

LITTLE LAMBS PRESCHOOL | There are few open spots in the 4’s and 5’s classrooms for this coming school year.  If you know someone who may be interested, please have them contact the preschool office (717-909-5400) or visit lambpreschool.com for more info.

 Ministries

DevonshireKIDS (infant to grade 5) | Children’s classes and activities are available during the 9:00 am Sunday School hour and 10:30 am worship hour.

GLOW Ministry (K-5th grade) | On Wednesday nights from 6:30pm-8:00 pm our GLOW Ministry (K-5th grade) meets in the fellowship hall for games, worship, snacks, and prizes.  Contact Laurie (glow@devonshirechurch.org) with any questions about this ministry.

The Shire Youth Ministries (middle and high school) | Come out weekly on Sunday mornings (9:00 am) and grow in your understanding of God’s Word.  Also, join us Wednesday evenings for fun and fellowship from 6:30 pm-8:00 pm.

Young Adult Class |Young adults (ages 18-27) join us Sundays during the 9am Sunday School hour in the room across from the Nursery for Bible study, discussion, and fellowship.

Adults | Join a Sunday school class and deepen your understanding of the Bible and your love for the Lord. These classes are held on Sundays from 9 am to 10:15 am. Current and future classes can be found at devonshirechurch.org/sundayschool.

Small Groups| Looking for a place to connect with other Christians?  Want to find encouragement in applying God’s Word to your life?  Then join one of our new Small Groups! Check out the group descriptions in the narthex, or at devonshirechurch.org/smallgroups, then contact the group leader.

 

This Week at Devonshire

THURSDAY                Choir Practice | 7:00pm (Sanctuary)

SATURDAY                 Community Day | 11am-7pm (Community Center)

 

Today’s Message

TITLE:  When You Are Weary

TEXT: Hebrews 12:1-4

1] Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, [2] looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. [3] Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. [4] In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. (ESV)

Questions for Discussion & Reflection:

  1. How did the Holy Spirit speak to you today?
  2. What are two obstacles that hinder and entangle you in your race? Why?
  3. What have you discovered that helps you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus?
  4. What’s the hardest thing you’re going through right now? How is God using this in your life?
  5. What implications does this passage have for our church family?

Today’s message and other messages can be heard at here.