Jesus' simple Message of God's love.

Tuesday, 12 February 2008

New Deacons Selected from Among Us

At the church meeting on 24th January, we selected people to serve among us as trusted servants. Though we planned to appoint five deacons, six were clearly recognized and we agreed to appoint them all.

The deacons of Alva Church for the foreseeable future are:
Jim Anderson
Carol Anderson
Rev. John Furmage
Mary McFarlane
Moira Peters
Hillary Watt

Rev. Jim Taylor has agreed to continue in the office of Secretary
(for not more than one year)

The Deacons will gather on Wednesday 20th February
to agree on areas of gifting and calling.

We thank the deacons who have served over this past season and, though they may be entering a season of rest, we hope you will join us in praying for their continued place in the congregation.

Scripture Union Forth Valley Weekend

Pastor David spoke to Youth from ages 12-17 over four sessions on the subjects of Worship, Mission, Feelings & Faith and Heroes. David also roomed with three young men and watched over that group during the weekend. Not to mention the golf, risk, dodge ball, serving food, dancing at the Ceilidh and life-sized game of 'Cluedo' where he played 'the butler in the study'. (Someone had the sense to make sure the youth speaker was NOT the murderer)

Please pray for our Pastor as he pursues participating in the SU group beginning at Alva Academy

If you have two hours a week, please consider sharing that with Secondary School children through a Scripture Union group. Many of these children need adults in their lives who believe in Christ!

the Truth of the Bible

David wrote this article in the Alloa Advertiser on 31 Jan 2008

Friday, 8 February 2008

Pastor David on The Mall of Religions

There is room in the world for multiple faiths vying for the minds of the people. The one that is true will prevail without one bullet fired, without one martyr, without one stone cast. For the sake of humanity on both sides of eternity we must all commit to this.

Jesus said: "I am the way the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father except through me" Every one outside of Christ is characterized by Jesus as "a thief and a robber".
(read the gospel account of John Chapters 14 and 10 for Jesus' words on the matter)

I am only a Christian.
I believe Islam, and the myriad of '-isms' are wrong;
and lead to eternal separation from God
because they refuse the testimony of Jesus Christ:
that He is God;
that the requirement for my life as a consequence of my sin,
is satisfied by His death.

Everyone else is attempting to justify themselves before God on the basis of their efforts, works, religious practices, etc. I stand forever because Jesus died once. And my heart overflows with the desire to bless the loving God by how I live, but not to earn something.

I do not hate my brothers and sisters who do not share my faith. I stand with the living God and open the door for any seeker to inquire about who? what? where? when? and why?; even how?.

Come and be persuaded about the proven truth.

(for more info on the '-isms' in the world check out this book:
The Mall of Religions by Karyn Henley