Thanks Be To God!

Pastor Barron will preach this Sunday from I Samuel 2:1-10; his sermon title will be “The Heart of Thanksgiving.”

Officer Elections This Sunday

The Session, serving as the nominating committee for the Church presents to you the following slate of names for officers for the Church for next year:
Elder: Don Woodard (to serve for a 3 year term);
Congregational Chairman: Tommy Morgan;
Congregational Treasurer: Don Woodard;
Congregational Assistant Treasurer: Jim Moehlenbrock
The election of officers will occur this Sunday following the worship time, November 18, 2018.

Our By-Laws allow for absentee voting! To vote absentee – you must send your vote to Don Woodard who is the clerk of the Session your vote prior to the meeting on Sunday, November 18th. You may do this in form of communication, but it must be prior to the meeting on the 18th. If you will not be in attendance on November 18, and you are a member in good standing you are encouraged to vote, since we must have a quorum of the congregation present, which is:

One-fourth of the communicant membership entitled to vote shall constitute a quorum.

(NGC By-Laws, Article VI)

Continuing to serve as elders after the first of the year are Brent Butterfield and Stan Grist.

Church Discussion Time November 18 At The Butterfield’s

Our next gathering for a discussion on an October Tabletalk article will be Sunday, November 18 at 4:00 pm, at Brent and Anette Butterfield’s residence, 110 Mary Jo Drive, Easley. The article that will be our focus for the time is by Matthew S. Miller and is entitled “Embracing God’s Sovereignty in Salvation and Our Role as His Heralds.” It is found on Page 26 of the October Tabletalk.

If you haven’t attended recently, consider placing this on your schedule. It is a good time of learning, encouragement, delicious snacks and unity in love among our fellowship.

Final By-Laws Amendments To Be Presented For Discussion November 18

The Session is suggesting that the church allow for an additional membership class, that of Associate Member. This requires an amendment to the By-Laws. The proposed text of these amendments was presented at a called congregational meeting on November 11. A second called congregational meeting is scheduled for November 18, at which the congregation will be presented with the final By-Laws amendments, along with the election of officers.

Dorcas Ministry Collection This Sunday For The OPC Hurricane Florence Fund

The Dorcas Ministry focus for November will be assistance for our Christian brothers and sisters who have been afflicted by the autumn hurricanes. The Dorcas Ministry has selected the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) Hurricane Florence Fund to help churches and people in New Bern, NC and Wilmington, NC.  There are three churches in those locations whose congregants were affected by that storm.  Members of those churches are represented on the committee overseeing use of the funds. We will receive the donations on November 18. Make your checks out to North Greenville Church and include in the memo “Hurricane Florence Fund.”

The OPC is a confessional Presbyterian denomination, similar in its doctrine to the ARPC. For more information on the OPC, consult Brent or Anette Butterfield. We will have two additional OPC Hurricane Florence Fund emphasis months inserted in our alternating schedule between Piedmont Women’s Center and the North Greenville Crisis Ministry.

Church Nursery Volunteers Sought

On December 2, the church will begin to offer a nursery for children from infancy through age 3 during morning worship. It is the intention of the Session to provide nursery attendants from congregational volunteers on a rotating schedule. If you will agree to assist, please contact Pastor Barron.

October Treasurer’s Report

  Actual October Budget YTD Actual YTD Difference YTD 2017 Annual Budget 2018 Annual Budget
Tithes & Offerings $1,945.78 $19,193.17 $21,258.25 $2,065.08 $64,715.00 $65,595.00
Expenses $3,024.70 $31,516.64 $31,400.17 -$116.47 $35,148.00 $37,904.00
Balance -$1,078.92 -$12,323.47 -$10,141.92 $2,181.55 $29,567.00 $27,691.00
Net Assets     $50,926.99     $78,617.99

We are ahead of budget in tithes and offerings thus far by $2000 and ahead in our balance by about the same amount. Thanks be to God for His provision.

Catechism Corner

Q. 193. What do we pray for in the fourth petition?
 A. In the fourth petition,(which is, Give us this day our daily bread, ) acknowledging, that in Adam, and by our own sin, we have forfeited our right to all the outward blessings of this life, and deserve to be wholly deprived of them by God, and to have them cursed to us in the use of them; and that neither they of themselves are able to sustain us, nor we to merit, or by our own industry to procure them; but prone to desire, get, and use them unlawfully: we pray for ourselves and others, that both they and we, waiting upon the providence of God from day to day in the use of lawful means, may, of his free gift, and as to his fatherly wisdom shall seem best, enjoy a competent portion of them; and have the same continued and blessed unto us in our holy and comfortable use of them, and contentment in them; and be kept from all things that are contrary to our temporal support and comfort.

(Westminster Larger Catechism)

Tabletalk Moment

Exchanging Jesus For Barabbas:  It is easy for us to think that we would not have called for Barabbas instead of Jesus. However, by nature we are hostile to God unless He changes our hearts, and left to ourselves, we would show the same hostility to Jesus that the Jewish authorities did.  (November 13, page 44).

Short Items

Wednesday Prayer/Bible Study Now On Thanksgiving Break: We will resume our Wednesday night activities on November 28.

Sacrament Of The Lord’s Supper: On November 25th, we will celebrating the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper during our morning worship. The sacrament is what we call “a means of grace.” By that we mean that is gift from God to help us grow in our Christian walk and our trust of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. According to RTS President Ligon Duncan, “Ordinary means ministry believes that the key things that the church can do in order to help people know God and grow in their knowledge of God are: First, emphasize the public reading and preaching of the Word; second, emphasize the confirming, sanctifying and assuring efficacy of the sacraments, publicly administered; and third, emphasize a life of prayer, especially expressed corporately in the church.”

Sunday School: This Sunday at 9:30am in the Camellia Room, we will continue in our survey of 2 Chronicles. Our topic for Sunday will be, “Faith and Compromise,” covering 2 Chronicles 20. We learn about the enigma of King Jehoshaphat, a “complex mixture of wisdom and folly, righteous faith and cowardly compromise.” For background reading, look at 2 Chronicles 10-22.

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