SPC News: April 12, 2018

Sunday Worship and Retirement Celebration
This Sunday, April 15th, as we worship our Triune Lord and exalt Christ together, we will also celebrate the retirement of our Senior Pastor, Rev. Julian Riddle. There will only be two services on this Sunday – 9:15 am and 11:00 am. There will be a reception after each service for our members to share well wishes with Julian and Debbie and enjoy light refreshments. Please note that there will be NO ABFs.  However, there will be a children’s program during both services. You are welcome to shower Julian and Debbie with card and gifts, but please do not feel obligated.

Sunday Devotional / Honoring Christ’s Under-shepherds
In 1 Thessalonians 5:12 Paul tells us, “Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to respect those who work hard among you, and those who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.  Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work.”  In this short little passage, the Lord tells his people that they should “respect” those who serve them faithfully in spiritual leadership. This word “respect” means to “esteem, value, and honor.” Along with that command, he gives us three reasons why we should show honor to our leaders:
1) Because they work hard for you. This means that that they have made sacrifices in their own lives in order to tirelessly serve, teach the gospel, pray for, and love those who belong to Christ.
2) Because they are over you in the Lord. This does not suggest a position of dominating authority. Rather, it means that they have been called to be over God’s people the way a shepherd guards over sheep. It means the pastor has been willing to suffer and endure mistreatment in their work of protecting God’s people from those who would abuse them who attack from inside and outside the church.
3) Because they admonish you. This means that they are committed to speaking the truth in love to those who belong to Christ, even when he knows that the hearer may respond poorly. It means that they teach and apply the Word of Christ, in firm but patient love, without regard to their own security or well being.
Notice, as John Calvin reminds us, that this passage does not say that we should give honor to pastors and leaders simply based on their position, because there are many pastors who “are idle and wicked.” However, this honor should be given “to those that labor, and to those that – by teaching the gospel – govern Christ’s people properly and faithfully” (Calvin’s Commentary, Vol 21, p. 292.)
Praise be to Christ, that he has seen fit to provide us with a Teaching Pastor who – although broken and sinful like all human beings – has served Surfside Presbyterian Church properly and faithfully throughout these many years. And so, according to the scriptures, we honor Pastor Julian and Debbie today. And more importantly, we worship and praise our Lord Jesus Christ, who loves his church and will ever call, prepare, equip, humble, and sanctify those that he calls to under-shepherd his Beloved people.

Sunday Order of Worship (both services)
•  Call to Worship
•  Welcome and Prayer
•  Presentation of gift to Pastor Julian and Debbie Riddle
•  Video Presentations
•  Hymn: “Holy, Holy, Holy”
•  Video Presentations
•  Reading of Correspondence
•  Prayer & Worship Through Giving
•  Pastoral Prayer & Lord’s Prayer
•  Offertory: “People Need the Lord” Becky Nissen
•  Sermon: Pastor Robert Shaw (Garden City Chapel)
•  Closing Hymn: “My Tribute”
•  Benediction

Women’s Ministry Spring Conference
Ladies you are invited to attend our Spring Conference on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Surfside Presbyterian Church. Lisa Hellier will be the speaker, conference will begin at 9:30 am with registration and brunch. Please sign up on the Women’s Ministry bulletin board in the hallway.

Graduation Sunday
Upcoming high school and college graduates get ready to be celebrated at Surfside PCA in just a few weeks! On Sunday, June 3rd we will recognize and honor our high school seniors during each of our services. In our slideshow we also like to include our college graduates. We don’t want to miss anyone. If you are graduating or have a student who is graduating, please contact Martha Jo Melton by e-mail – melting4@surfsidepres.com or text or call her at 267-8879 if you have questions.

Communicant’s Class
If you have a student in Grade 5-12 who would like to join the church, our youth pastor, James Booth will be leading a 2 day Communicant’s class Friday, May 18th from 6-9pm and Saturday, May 19th from 9-11:30am. Email (jebooth3@gmail.com) or call (843-385-3623) James to register your student or get more information.

Attic (Grades 6-12) Small Groups
The Attic Small Groups Edition start tomorrow, April 11th from 6:30 to 8pm. Through the month of April and May we will be asking and answering some of the hardest questions about Christianity. Join us to learn what scripture has to say about these questions and have a chance to discuss them in small groups.

Church Softball
Tuesday, April 17th – Field #2 6:45 pm
Thursday, April 19th – Field #2 8:45 pm

Joyful Noisemakers
(50+ anyone who would care to join us)
Wed. April 18, 11:30am / Simply Southern Suppers, Joe White Ave (10th Ave.)
Wed. May 16, 4:00pm / Southside Grill, Surfside Beach

Mercy Ministry
Mercy Ministry’s mission is to reach out to fellow members of our church who are in temporary need of help due to illness, loss of employment, home repairs or other emergency expenses. If you are interested in becoming a Haven’s Helper or know of someone in the church, please contact Neal Turner Cell: 704-236-4000 Email: nealt@turnertransport.com

Deacon on Call: Avery Milz 843-286-8384 Please notify the Deacon on Call of all activities taking place other than the regularly scheduled programs or if you are in need of any assistance during the week or weekend when the church office is closed.

Helping Hand Wish List: Pasta Sauce, Beef Stew, Peanut Butter, 1 lb. Bags of Rice, Ramen Noodles. Drop donations off in the container located in the ABF hallway.

Ladies Prayer Time: Ladies Prayer Group meets each Monday morning at 10:00 am, for information please call Jean Parnell 843-222-8430.

Men’s Prayer Time: Men’s Thursday Prayer Group meets each Thursday morning at 8:00 am in the Conference Room.

Our Flowers: Our sanctuary flowers this morning have been placed to the glory of God by Gill Simmons in memory of his mother, India Jackson Simmons.

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