New Two Sunday Services / 9 AM – 10 AM & 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
This order is taken from the Maryland State Website:
“PROHIBITION ON GATHERINGS OF MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE: Effective immediately, gatherings of more than 50 people, including social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings, are prohibited at all locations and venues. Read the emergency order.
Planned large gatherings and events must be canceled or postponed until after termination of the state of emergency and the proclamation of the catastrophic health emergency has been rescinded. his directive is taken from the Maryland State Website.”
In regard to the executive order of the governor of the state of Maryland we will be altering our service schedule as follows:
Two Sunday morning services will be made available to our congregation.
9 AM -10 AM & 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Each service will last an hour. This will make it easier for us to follow the intent of the executive order of the governor. Our congregation is averaging around 50-60 on Sunday’s and this will help us to keep the size of the attendance between 25-35 people.
The Wednesday and Friday bible studies will remain as scheduled.
If you have any questions please contact the church office 301-645-2324 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
March Prayer Theme / Co-Workers “Marketplace Awareness”
“16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
The challenge of living your faith in the workplace is real and without bias it affects all of us. We are thrust into situations and atmospheres that test our commitment to Christ like behavior. It is the emphasis in the passage above is the exhortation to prefer our co-workers above ourselves for the sake of peace and harmony. Even in the face of treacherous behavior against us or just plain evil intent we are encouraged to take the high road and trust our circumstances to the hand of God.
Be faithful to prayer and each other to encourage, exhort, and elevate one another to follow the Word of God in our conduct toward our fellow work mates. Be aware of our calling to make room for the light of the gospel to shine in the marketplace. Jesus promised, “if I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me.” Believe the word of God. Make room for his presence in your office, at your construction site, in your government group, wherever you find your daily working assignment.
God is faithful to his promise. To trust him is to be an overcomer. God bless our co-workers. God bring salvation to our work place. God teach us to trust your commands. Other’s!
Tuesdays S4 Taekwondo
Tuesdays Fitness By Angel / 6PM / Resumes in June
Wednesdays Bible Study / The Acts of the Apostles / 7:30 PM
Meaningful bible study is based on three supporting principles.
- Accuracy in information
- Applicable to Life
- Articulation (coherent)
John Stott said, “We should be united in our convictions that God still speaks through what he has spoken, and that nothing is more necessary for the life, health, and growth of Christians than that they should hear what the Spirit is saying to them through his ancient, yet ever modern, Word.”
Sharing this conviction results in the clear and compelling message of the gospel, specifically;
- Salvation has been prepared by God,
- Salvation is bestowed by Christ,
- Salvation is offered to all people.
The study of Acts will help to equip the church, establish the believer, and elucidate our doctrinal foundation. Your participation in these times of biblical focus are critical to the body of Open Gate. Please, be prayerful in considering your attendance. Blessings to you as you seek to follow the Master.
Wednesdays Children’s Catechism / POSTPONED
Open Gate will begin its Annual Children’s Catechism program on Wednesday, February 26th beginning at 7:30pm for six weeks ending with Graduation on Palm Sunday April 5th; which is our preamble to Holy Week. If you are interested in signing up your child email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fridays Morning Bible Study / Psalm 23 / 10:30 AM – Bring a lunch
We are currently studying the book of Ecclesiastes. “A Look at Life.” This is a time of fellowship, food, and scriptural focus. A bible, a sandwich, and prayer all the gear you need to participate.
Seminar / Pneumatology Saturday March 14th / 9 AM – 2 PM
Comforter. Counselor. Paraclete. Power. All of these are defining words that speak to the person and work of the Holy Spirit. The spirit of Christ is in us and works through us to realize the will of God and obedience to his word. With growth of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements in the world today there are teachers and churches that are built on false narratives that are devoid of Scriptural authority and direction. We need to know and understand the biblical revelation of the third person of the Godhead.
- How can I know him?
- Was he present in the Old Covenant?
- What saddens him?
- How is his presence manifested in my heart and life?
- Must I speak in tongues to operate in the Spirit?
Questions like these and many more will be addressed and discussed in our Pneumatology seminar. The seminar is free, all you have to do is sign up at the table in the back of the sanctuary or email your desire to attend to the pastor or church administrator. ( email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org )
Jun. 13 – Christology – the study of Christ
Sept. 12 -Bibliology – the study of the Bible
Book Club / March 29th / 5 PM
Our first book of 2020 will be “The Great Divorce” by C. S. Lewis. Our book club meets once a month and gives opportunity to discuss the content of our text and its application to our life in following and understanding God’s word to us. Here is the list of books we will be reading and discussing in the coming months.
- The Great Divorce, C. S. Lewis
- The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness, Timothy Keller
- Delighting in The Trinity, Michael Reeves
- The Incomparable Christ, John Stott
Please, prayerfully consider participating in the camaraderie of inspirational reading and the examination of our thoughts on living out the Christ life. We must be diligent in the effort to discipline our minds to live circumspectly by the power of the Holy Spirit. Your participation will encourage and strengthen your fellow readers as well as helping to develop Christ centered thinking and action in your personal devotional life. Thank you for considering our book club. See you there.
Remember you can give to Open Gate Ministries on line. The website is available for you to conveniently support the outreach and daily administrative efforts of Open Gate. You can dispense with the hassle of checks, envelopes, and the trips to the bank teller machine to bring cash. Our site is secure and the procedure is simple; user friendly. Take advantage to the ease in giving online. Thank you for supporting Open Gate Ministries. Blessings