Life in the Middle . . .

Author: Pastor Joel
September 08, 2017

Sunday's message is titled "Life in the Middle" and is based on I Kings 20:23-30. Most of life is lived in the middle. Mountain top experiences are thrilling, but rare. When they occur, God often feels very close. Horrendous lows do come, but they are usually temporary. God often makes His presence obvious in the dark. However, life in the middle is where we are most of the time. Where is God then? In Sunday’s text from I Kings, we meet some people who are very sure that God is in some places but not in others. God will show that He’s God of the hills, plains, and valleys. Therefore wherever we are, He is!

CATECHISM for 6th - 8th Grade (Middle School) and 9th - 12th Grade (High School) begins THIS Sunday at 9:00 a.m. until 9:50 a.m.
    6th - 8th grade catechism (Room A151) is team taught. Middle schoolers will 
    study the CRC Dwell curriculum which includes 6 lessons each on “What do I 
    do when things fall apart?/Belonging to Jesus, What’s the Covenant All 
    About?, Who is God?, Who is Jesus?, and Who is the Holy Spirit?
    9th - 12th grade catechism (Room A117). High schoolers will study the Belgic

SUNDAY WE CELEBRATE HOLY COMMUNION – Sunday we partake of Holy Communion in celebration of our oneness in Jesus Christ. If you have taken a public stand for Jesus Christ in a Christian church as He took a stand for you publicly at the cross and you take seriously serving Him with your life, you are invited to partake. (Please note we provide gluten-free bread and non-alcoholic juice.)

BUILDING FUND OFFERING THIS SUNDAY – "There is a time for everything,” according to Ecclesiastes 3:1, "and a season for every activity under heaven.” Your leadership and building teams believe "the time to build" is getting closer. To prepare, Pathway is taking a building fund offering every 2nd Sunday of the month. Please give so we can prepare for the time!

PATHWAY KIDS – Pathway Kids begins this Sunday and is a worship program for ages 3 - 4th grade featuring age appropriate teaching and crafts to start your young ones learning about the great Bible stories. Children will dismiss from the worship service just before the sermon. They are available to pick up immediately following. We will not meet the last Sunday of the month. This class is taught by safety certified teachers and helpers.

CALLING ALL LADIES FOR AN ASPIRE CONFERENCE – Looking for a night of laughs, girl time and worship? Join us as we attend an Aspire Conference on Sunday, November 12 at Heartland Christian Center in Valparaiso. Doors open at 4:30 pm. Tickets are $20. Contact the church office if you'd like to sign up, We will carpool together; you won’t want to miss it!

HOPE COMMUNITY CHURCH – THIS Sunday, September 10, begins Hope Community Church’s weekly worship services in Lowell. The services are at 4:00 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene, 18210 Clark Road, Lowell, Indiana (located directly behind the Strack & Van Til on Rt. 2/Main Street). Drop by for a visit to support this infant congregation.

?FIRST FAMILY NIGHT – Our first Family Night (2nd Wednesday of the month) is THIS Wednesday, September 13, from 6:45 pm. - 8:00 pm. at Crown Point Christian School. Please go immediately to your classrooms:  Blue-Gym, Pink-Art Room, and Adults-Lobby. Hope you will join us! Several times a year there will be an inclusive Family Night that will join Pink, Blue, and Adults. Those events are scheduled for October 11/ Fall Fest, and the 2nd Wednesdays in January and February, (Wild Game Dinner and Pinewood Derby). Fall Fest and Wild Game Dinner will be from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Pinewood Derby time will be determined. 

WOMEN'S FRIDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY begins NEXT Friday, September 15 at 9:15 am. in St. John. Please call the church office with questions, (219) 558-0573 or let us know if you are interested in obtaining materials and also if you will need childcare so we can plan accordingly. We will be studying "Entrusted" by Beth Moore. In this 6 session study of II Timothy, Beth Moore will encourage women to guard what God has entrusted to them, further His kingdom by sharing Christ with others, and mentor younger generations of women just as Paul discipled Timothy. Because in moments of joy and hardship, we need each other to stay the course and live a life of faithfulness. We would love to have you join us! Here is our schedule up until the beginning of December:  September 15, September 29, October 13, October 27, November 3, November 17 and December 1. 

WOMEN'S WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY – The Women's Wednesday Evening Bible Study will meet Wednesday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m. in St. John. We will be discussing The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer:  All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you — unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life. A devoted, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you:  your heart, your mind, your marriage, your children, your relationships, your resilience, your dreams, your destiny. But his battle plan depends on catching you unaware and unarmed. If you're tired of being pushed around and caught with your guard down, The Armor of God study is for you. The Enemy always fails miserably when he meets a woman dressed for the occasion. The Armor of God, more than merely a biblical description of the believer's inventory, is an action plan for putting it on and developing a personalized strategy to secure victory, (7 sessions). We will meet on the first and third Wednesdays. Please call the church office if you are interested in joining, (219) 558-0573. We welcome all new and returning women to study with us!!!! 

SMALL GROUP – A Sunday afternoon small group starting in late September/early October on the Psalms is being formed. This will be an open Bible discussion group. No DVD teaching. It’s open to all ages; no Bible knowledge is needed. Please do bring your Bible! Place and time to be determined. Contact the church office for more information, (219) 558-0573.

JUNIOR HIGH YOUTH GROUP KICK-OFF – The Junior High Youth Group will begin their season with a kick-off on Sunday, September 24 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Crown Point, Indiana. We look forward to a new season, having fun with your kids, and getting to know them better!

ATTENTION "KEENAGERS" – Please reserve Saturday, September 30 beginning at 6:00 pm. for a Progressive Supper. If you are willing to open your home for this event, please contact the church office at (219) 558-0573 as soon as possible. (We need 3 or 4 hosts/hostesses.) Ideally, if possible, it would be nice if all the homes were in the same vicinity so we could walk from house to house. A good time and good food promised! (“Keenagers” are over fifty and empty nesters, whether single, married, widow/widower, or divorced.)

NEW BLOG POSTED THIS MORNING – Pastor Joel posted a new blog this morning entitled, "Our Guy Won!" It is posted on under the Resources Tab, under JZ's A To Z Blog. You may also click on the folllowing link:

PARK PLACE INTERGENERATIONAL SERVICE – Kids, Here's Your Opportunity! We will meet at Park Place with residents at 2:30 pm. on the 2nd Sunday of the month starting in October (October 8) for 45 minutes of worship, and post worship fellowship and fun. The service will be an opportunity for young Pathway musicians to use their emerging gifts and for us all to enjoy our Park Place friends. Pastor Joel will do a simple 10-15 minute message. The songs will be a mix of children’s songs and hymns. The service will be planned by Park Place residents, Pathway kids, and parents.
     See Pastor Joel if you’d like to help with planning or would like to play or sing. 

YOUTH PRAISE TEAM – Calling all youth! If you have musical gifts of singing or playing an instrument, we’d like you to play in the youth praise band on October 29. Contact the church office, You don’t have to be a member to participate.




Worshiping At

Crown Point Christian School
Sunday 10:00 AM
10550 Park Place
St. John, Indiana 46373









Office Location
11101 W. 97th Lane
St. John, Indiana 46373

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 62
St. John, Indiana 46373