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Christmas Poinsettias

If you would like to present a poinsettia in memory of a loved one for Christmas, see the form on the literature table today.

Curwensville Thanksgiving Service

Please join us for the Traditional Community Thanksgiving Service at Grace Lutheran Church on 11/21 at 7 pm. Pastor Ethan Shearer will be speaking and the Community Choir will present musical selections.

Small Groups

Because of Thanksgiving, there will be no Wednesday Small Groups at Curwensville Alliance.

Christmas Program

Our Children’s Christmas Program will be on 12/10/17 at 6 pm and the Christmas Party will be afterwards in the Activity Center. Guests are welcome! If you can help by bringing holiday cookies or snacks for the party, please sign up on the bulletin board.

CVilleAlliance App

2015-10-31 21.28.28The Curwensville Alliance App is now available for Android and the iOS.

Download it at the app store / play store free so that you can access web information, calendar events, Facebook posts and Twitter tweets, podcasts, and prayer requests.

One handy feature on the app is the ability to add an event to your own calendar. Just open the event in the app, click the + sign in the corner and add the event to your personal calendar.

You can download the app at the App Store or Play Store. Once you do, all the online information you need from your church is in one place!

The iOS version is here.

The Android version is here.

Give it a try and give us a rating! Thank you!

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You’re Welcome at the Table

Presented by Pastor Steve (with Jenna Witherite and Drew Stoddart presenting music) on 11/20/2017 at Curwensville Alliance

This week is Thanksgiving. A week where most of us share a meal with family and friends around a table.

There’s something about gathering around a table. It connects us in ways that little else can.

Maybe that’s why Jesus used a table.

Maybe that’s why Jesus invites us to a table.

This podcast speaks about God’s perspective on tables, and invites you to join Him there.

The special music is from Jenna Witherite and Drew Stoddart. 

used by permission ccli# 1841267

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Doing, Doing, Doing :: PODCAST

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields on 11/7/2017 at Curwensville Alliance

A friend of mine — a man who oversaw a chain of retail stores along the east coast — once told me that when a young couple came to him, wanting to open a store together, he would often discourage them. 

You don’t want to do this, he would say.  

They, naturally, would object, saying they had the money, the location, the energy, and the skills. So why wouldn’t he want them to open a new store?

The answer: Because the effort the two of them would put into getting the store up and running would likely damage their relationship — perhaps even ruining their marriage. 

Sure, they would be doing lots of things together. But doing, doing, doing is not the same as being. And every relationship needs times of just being together.

Even your relationship with God needs this.

Perhaps this is one of the hidden faults owned by the older son in Jesus’ Parable of the Prodigal Son.

Perhaps all of us struggle with doing things for God instead of spending time with God.

This podcast addresses this issue.

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About the Occult :: PODCAST

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance on 10/29/2017

On October 8, I preached a sermon about the different between contractual faith and covenantal faith.

Contractual faith is superstitious, ritualistic, controlling, and fear-based. Covenantal faith is loving, relational, peaceful, and trust-based.

Click the image above for that podcast.

A week or so later, Kelly, a woman in the congregation, sent me this message in response to that sermon. She graciously gave me permission to share it, in the hopes that others might find what she’s found.

Today I am so thankful for your sermon the other week on responses to fear and a mechanized religion. I have often prayed out of fear and my own anxieties and rituals that I could blow your mind with. For every bad situation life brought to me or a family member, I would add that to my daily sometimes quadruple daily prayer. It became so ritualistic that at times I think I really didn’t have any other communication with Jesus.

After that Sunday at church I really started, at age 38, to talk to Jesus like a friend. Like he was right there. I have felt so much peace over the past few weeks.

Then yesterday I get that call… Mom has fallen and has broken her shoulder. Immediately I get this awful feeling, an indescribable guilt… a voice saying, “Kelly you didn’t pray for the ‘no falls” thing you always pray. Mom fell because you didn’t say it out loud. You always say that prayer and for the past 2 weeks you didn’t and this is what happens….”

I almost gave into it. In fact I immediately prayed my prayer… the hurried “dear Jesus, please protect my family from automobile accidents, any kind of accidents, murderers, burglars, rapists, stalkers, kidnappers, gunmen, and shooters. Please keep us safe from all kinds of sickness, illnesses, falls, burns, fires and storms.” Also I would add any other new anxiety that came to mind that could harm me or my family!

So I start saying this prayer that I’ve prayed since age 14 or 15 and I get to the falls part and I heard another voice. Not the Kelly voice of a kid who lives in fear and anxiety…it was a mighty voice. A voice that I have probably blocked out all of these years and missed out on… a voice of a father who can, with one touch of a hand, calm you.

He said, “I already got all of that. I have you. I have your family. Talk to me.

What? So I did. In my car I let it all out again to my friend.

I cried. I wailed.

Then I laughed. I laughed at my sad little religion that I had made, when all of this time it’s so simple. God is for me. He is for my family. He has this. He isn’t going to prevent disasters from happening.

He IS.

And he will be there for when they do happen.

That first voice that Kelly heard was one she likely heard years ago from the enemy of her soul.

The podcast here speaks about who the enemy is, how he wants to damage us, and how we can stand against him. 
-Pastor Steve

 

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