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July 30, Sunday

8:30 am Traditional Service

10:30 am Contemporary Service

August 1, Tuesday

9:00 am Men’s A4D Reunion

August 2, Wednesday

12:00 pm Women’s A4D Reunion

August 3, Thursday

7:00 pm Treatment Center

Upcoming Events

August 6-Transfiguration Sunday

noon – Ultreya

 

 

 

 

 

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This is Part Three of a series about the Holy Spirit in preparation for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit Workshop which is being offered by Deacon Cece Morris and Kathy Bowers on TBA.

 How do you receive the Holy Spirit?

We are filled with the Holy Spirit by FAITH.  We receive Christ by FAITH.  We live by FAITH.  Everything we receive from God, from the moment of our spiritual birth until we die, is by FAITH.  We don’t have to beg God to be filled with the Holy Spirit.  We don’t have to do anything but have FAITH!

Though you are filled with the Holy Spirit by FAITH, one must desire to live a life that will please our Lord.  Matthew 5: 6 states, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”

We must be willing to surrender our lives totally to Jesus and confess every known sin which the Holy Spirit calls to our attention.  By doing this we can experience the cleansing and forgiveness that God promises.  He wants us to be filled and controlled by Him.  We ask God to fill us with His Holy Spirit, not because we deserve it, but on the basis of His promise to us.

If you are a Christian (receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior) the Holy Spirit already dwells within you.  When the Holy Spirit indwelled you, He caused you to be born anew as a child of God.  We are baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ.  There is one indwelling of the Holy Spirit, one rebirth of the Holy Spirit and one baptism of the Holy Spirit, all of which occur when you receive Christ.

Being filled with the Holy Spirit, however, is NOT a once and for all experience.  We must be continually filled, controlled and empowered by the Holy Spirit.  Ephesians 5:8 tells us that we need to be filled EVERY day of our lives!

Being filled with the Holy Spirit does not mean that you must have an emotional experience or that something dramatic has to happen to you.  It happens because of FAITH.  Ephesians 2:8 says, “It is by grace that you have been saved, through FAITH.”  The Holy Spirit is given to us that we might live a holy and fruitful life, not that we have a great emotional experience.

There is a simple prayer that one can say without begging or pleading God to be filled with His Holy Spirit.  Come and find out what that prayer is during the Holy Spirit Workshop March 10th & 11th.

 

This is Part Four of a series about the Holy Spirit in preparation for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit Workshop which is being offered by Deacon Cece Morris and Kathy Bowers on March 10th & 11th.

 

How do I know that I am filled with the Holy Spirit?

First and foremost, knowing that you are filled with the Holy Spirit is the fact that you are living a changed life.  Those who are filled with the Spirit live differently than those who are not.  Those who are filled with God’s Spirit live lives that produce the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

If we are filled with the Spirit, changes are made in the way we think, speak, act and treat others. We will not be engaging in gossip, sarcasm or speaking evil of others.   God’s love will shine through us.  We will be filled with the joy of the Lord.  As Jesus said in Matthew 7:16-18, “We will know them by their fruits…” The bible says that spiritual gifts are given to the true followers of Jesus.  He also said that we would be known by the fruits (the way we live), and not by our gifts.  (See 1 Corinthians 12:8-11.)

A few questions:  Do you believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?  Do you desire to obey God?  Do you love others and show them acts of kindness?  Do you feel the need to avoid that which is contrary to God’s ways?  If you have answered “yes” to these questions, you are filled with the Holy Spirit!

One word of caution, even with God’s Holy Spirit residing in us, we still sin.  However, when we are filled with the Spirit, we are compelled to go to God, acknowledging our sinfulness and the need for forgiveness.  This is a demonstration of the work of the Holy Spirit within us!

We can be confident that once God gives us His Holy Spirit, the Spirit will never leave us.  We may have many ups and downs in our lives but we can rest assured that God is faithful to us.  Philippians 1:6 states: ”Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Come and get filled with the Holy Spirit during the Holy Spirit Workshop March 10th & 11th.  Remember, we need to ask to be filled DAILY!!

 

 

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Year Round Collection for Operation Christmas Child

In December, we will start monthly collections of items to pack in shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. This is a great way for St. Charles to become more outwardly missional and a fabulous means for us to invite family and friends to participate all year long.

Not all of the details have been worked out but the thought is that each month a suggestion of what to donate will be made and a bin will be available in the coffee hour area for your donations. Two or three events will be planned for spring and summer that will provide an avenue for us to invite participation from friends, family and the community in this worthwhile ministry. Everybody likes and wants to bring joy to a child in need.

We will have a shoe box packing party in late October or early November next year so we can get the boxes to the collection center by their deadline which is usually mid-November. That means December and early January would be a great time to shop for Christmas items on sale for the boxes.

I will post a suggested donation item at the beginning of each month to help guide us along the way. More importantly, there are items that are not to be included: used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; seeds; edibles (no candy), liquids, lotions, toothpaste; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snowglobes or glass containers; or aerosol cans. You also might want to consider whether or not to send battery operated items. The child receiving the item may not be able to obtain additional batteries. If you do send a battery operated items, please include additional batteries.

If you have questions, please contact Joan in the office at 7 seven 9-3 five 24 or admin (at) stcharlesanglican (dot) com.