There is a great difference in excellency, usefulness, and comfort between people of clear, digested knowledge, and confused, undigested apprehensions. -Richard Baxter

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“test to see” you are in the community

What makes a community a community? There are plenty of gatherings in the world, plenty of gatherings you’re a part of–loose associations, casual friendships. But what distinguishes a community in Christ from say, some other community–apart from the obvious distinction of the object of that community’s faith and hope?

Acts 2 mentions several concrete things that set the early church community apart from its surrounding networks of communities. But the thought occurred to me this morning that one way to gauge the vibrancy of a community is whether or not they are praying for one another on more than just the platitudinal level.

I think it’s not too much to say that what indicates significantly whether you are truly part of the community to which you are attached is this: are there any people in that community you take the responsibility of praying for regularly? Read the rest of this entry »

no, not crusty…

it is said of us–those in our 20s and 30s–that we are too insulated from those unlike us, that we end up cloistering ourselves away into mostly like-minded, same-age sets and rarely step outside them to encounter, much less engage, those with an entirely different set of experiences.

maybe that’s an accurate assessment…..your thoughts?

Joy in the Dance

Thanks to all who helped us host the Inaugural PCPC Ceili Saturday evening.  Here’s a few shots from our lively time together.  Even those with two left feet (myself included in that choreographically-challenged demographic) found their footing with a little help from the Band and the Ceili Caller.

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The really interested may click here for even more photos.

Ceili exposed

we’re a bit closer to St. Patrick’s Day and our first annual ceili. Perhaps you saw our previous mention of it and remain…unimpressed. Perhaps your lack of enthusiasm stems from your confusion as to what a ceili looks like–and whether you’d feel dorky participating in one.

BE confused no longer. Here’s a couple samples of ceili, with a variety of skill-levels represented. Fear not. Instruction will be given beforehand.

We’ll need your help to host our church and anyone else that shows. Pass the word!

Here’s a shot from one in Dublin:

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in case you’re still on the fence

for those who have contemplated membership in the local church, but have never left their contemplative repose, here is one more reason why we so strenuously encourage membership. It’s not too late to sign up for this weekend’s Intro to PCPC Class, just email Debbie Blanton and you’ll be on the list. There will be no blood-test, body-cavity search, or inquiry into how your mother treated you. Nor will there be pop-quizzes on how much of the history of the Reformation you’re conversant in. This weekend is full of information but helpful in your thinking about why you keep showing up here week in and week out. Without that grasp of purpose and process, you will wander here, become bored, and end up setting a precedent in your own soul for attaching to a church in a half-baked way.

There are three things “dangerous” about PCPC. Read the rest of this entry »

Ceili? What’s a ceili?

March 17th, 5-8pm, 20+ Community is sponsoring for any and all a little Irish thing called a Ceili Dance.  And what, pray tell, is a Ceili?  Click here.  and then save the date, not only to attend, but also to help us host the church and anyone you’d like to invite.  sofennis.jpg

and if you’re wondering what all that frivolity is worth, here’s at least one answer (yeah, it’s talking tango, but the ceili will have the same effect)

Getting Ready for WinterGrace

Take a minute to become acquianted with this year’s WinterGrace speaker, Dr Ajith Fernando. A masterful storyteller and a man passionate about his faith in Christ, Dr. Fernando is the National Director for Youth for Christ in Sri Lanka. Read his address from the Urbana conference in 1997, and it doesn’t take long for his passion to invade our hearts as well. Check out the schedule for WinterGrace, and don’t miss the special 20+ time on Monday night where we can learn, in a small group discussion format, from the knowledge and experience that God has given this uniquely gifted man.

taste and see that the Gospel is . . .

As promised, we’ll be looking into John’s Gospel from now until Resurrection Day, but not simply for the purpose of (re-)discovering what John has to teach us about Jesus and His Gospel. While the Gospel does not change, it is not inert. It goes somewhere, “where it wishes” (Jn 3:8). How we must handle it as Christians in contemporary culture is yet another purpose for our study. To get at that question, have a listen to this lecture by Tim Keller for some background on that additional purpose for studying John’s Gospel. It has fallen to our generation to find another metaphor for the Gospel that encompasses both the dimension of forgiveness and the dimension of world-renewal.

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a few good helpers….

We’re looking to help out with Union Gospel Mission on Thanksgiving Morning.  They need about 10 people on the 23rd to pack and deliver prepared meals to 2 nursing homes and couple of regular houses – we would need to get there around 8 am, pack up the meals, and take them to homes around 10 am.  If you’d be willing and able, would you contact Erika McIntyre IMMEDIATELY so she can give UGM a head count for how many they can expect from us.

This may not be your traditional way of spending Thanksgiving morning, but here’s to breaking tradition.

hey, a little help?

anybody able to help out with this tonight:(here’s Amanda’s email address)

As you all have heard, ESL is bursting at the seams this year! Praise God for such a great opportunity to share the gospel to the Hispanic community.


Kidcare (ages 6-12) is doing a craft this evening and we are in need of extra hands. We want to invite you to serve from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in room 132.

What do you have to do?

  • Supervise while kids paint, glue, etc.
  • Give them ideas on how to decorate their craft.
  • Love on them.
  • Help clean up.



I promise you’ll have fun! Hope to hear from you.


Amanda Whitsell

Asst. to Urban Ministries



Fax: 214-224-2782