Building Into the Next Generation
Each month, Parkside Church publishes a Missions Prayer Calendar that features the prayer requests of a Parkside-supported missionary or organization, as well as information about different countries throughout the world and how you can pray for the people there.
January 30 and 31, 2019: Weather Cancellations
Please note that today, January 30:
- Transit is cancelled.
- Midweek Life Groups may still meet, however meeting is at the discretion of each group's leader.
And tomorrow, January 31:
- Women's Bible Study is cancelled due to area schools being closed.
- Single Mom's meeting is cancelled.
January 20, 2019 Service Update and Cancellations
Please note that today:
- Morning services are still on.
- The evening service, Missions Prayer Time, and Mission Kids are canceled for this evening due to the weather.
As a church, we are all familiar with the prayers that take place regularly throughout our Sunday worship services; however, it is Parkside’s desire to be more intentional about praying together as a church family.
As we think about the upcoming advent season, our good intentions for a relaxed and reflective Christmas are all too often eclipsed by the pace of back-to-back holidays and all that accompanies them: the shopping, decorating, baking, entertaining, and traveling. For others, this season is a reminder of all that's been lost, as another year has come and gone--the time still marked with sadness.
It's especially good then, to pause, to take time each day to reflect on Christ's birth so many years ago. The Gospel of Luke records that the shepherds were told that that this would be "good news, causing great joy for all the people." In this week's Insider, we have chosen two resources to help remind you of the great joy and anticipation found in this season.
Tucked down a short hallway just off of the bustling workroom inside Parkside Church, is a small office with several cubicle-style desks that serves as home base for our pastoral interns: Michael Porter, Ryan Loague, and Erik Veker (pronounced vee-ker).
It is a functional space with desks, chairs, and bookshelves, but more importantly, it is a shared space. When they are all in the building at the same time, you may find them here talking together bolstered by the camaraderie they share as each one of them seeks to discern the call to pastoral ministry. For each of these young men, this year will serve as a proving ground as they learn the ins-and-outs of ministry, as exemplified and taught by Parkside’s pastorate.
We invite each member and attender to join us for our Annual Meeting at 6pm during the evening service on September 9. This meeting fulfills our legal requirement as a non-profit organization in the state of Ohio and there will be a brief statement of the financial report. The 2017 annual report is available in the info racks and is also available for download here.
Dear Friends, the time is upon us [in Lake County] to take the next step in our church.
Three Recommendations for Christmas
We'd love to recommend three books to you during the Christmas season. We hope that you'll read one, give a copy to a friend, and talk about it over coffee or a meal.
Child in the Manger by Sinclair Ferguson
Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Family Devotional by Marty Machowski
Christmas Playlist by Alistair Begg
The Gospel Coalition
Reformation 500 Statement
Today we join with millions of Christians around the world in celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
Granted, dates like these are hard to pin down. Who is to say when something as big as the Reformation began? And what about those who labored for reform long before October 31, 1517? Nevertheless, for centuries, Protestants have instinctively recognized that a providential series of events was set in motion on this day 500 years ago when a German professor named Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.
We give thanks for Martin Luther, imperfect though he was, for the role he played in igniting a reform movement that caught fire in the cities of the Holy Roman Empire, spread through the rest of Europe, and now reaches to the ends of the earth. Wherever we find the Scriptures alone as the highest and final authority, grace alone as the only hope for sinners, faith alone as the only ground for justification, Christ alone as the only atoning sacrifice for sin, and God alone as the ultimate object of our worship—wherever we find these truths sung, savored, and celebrated, we have reason to rejoice in the Reformation.
But we do more on this day than give thanks for the past. We also marvel at what we see in the present. Who but God could have foreseen the triumphs of the gospel in the last 500 years—from the planting of Reformation churches in the New World, to the explosion of Christianity in sub-Saharan Africa, to revivals in Korea, to the endurance (and now spectacular) growth of the church in China, to renewed gospel vibrancy in places as diverse as Australia, the Arabian Peninsula, Brazil, and India? Who but God could have known that once the Bible was translated into English and German and French it would also be translated into Albanian, Cambodian, Japanese, Oshindonga, Navajo, and Swahili? Who but God could have predicted that with the advent of airplanes, radios, and the internet, the good news of justification by faith alone in Christ alone through grace alone would be available to more people in more places than at any time in history? This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes (Ps. 118:23).
And yet, we are not blind to the challenges facing the church: secularization in the former countries of Christendom, opposition to biblical orthodoxy in the West, and increasing violence against the church in parts of the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. Theological heterodoxy holds sway in too many places, as do grinding poverty (on the one hand) and affluent indifference (on the other). And this is to say nothing of rising racial tensions, widespread nominalism, and the plight of those—numbering in the billions—who have no access to the gospel.
But Scripture tells us that the word of God is not bound (2 Timothy 2:9). What we know from the Bible and have seen in history—that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Rom. 1:16)—we expect to see in the years ahead. We are not confident in ourselves or in our ministries. We are but a vapor, a mist that appears and then vanishes away (James 4:4). We will not change the world, or even a single human heart, but we know the One who can and does. The God that Luther proclaimed is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and our God too. Though cultures change, and the church with it at times, the Head of the Church does not change. He is the same, yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13:8).
And so on this momentous day when we celebrate the rediscovery of the gospel and the recovery of true worship, we commit ourselves once again to the worship of our triune God and the gladhearted declaration of this gospel. And if the Lord should tarry another half millennium, our prayer is not to be remembered as Luther is, but only to be an instrument in the Lord’s hands as he was.
The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God will stand forever (Isa. 40:8).