First Ash Wednesday Service at CPC

How will you recognize Lent and prepare for Resurrection Sunday?

Charleston Presbyterian Church will have its first Ash Wednesday Service on March 1, 2017 at 7:00PM.

Lent is a time to prepare for the celebration of Easter and to renew our life in the saving death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  We begin this holy season by acknowledging our need for repentance, and for the mercy and forgiveness proclaimed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We begin our journey to Easter with the sign of ashes, a Biblical symbol of mourning and penitence.  This ancient sign speaks of the fragility of human life, and marks the penitence of the community of faith.  We invite you, therefore, in the name of Christ, to observe a holy Lent by self-examination and repentance, by prayer and fasting, by works of love, and by reading and meditating on the Word of God, beginning with this service.

Bring your family and let’s begin this 40 day journey of Lent together.  Everyone will have the opportunity to come forward to receive the sign of repentance in ashes upon the back of the hand or forehead. Let us gather for the worship of our Savior and Lord and to dedicate our lives to Him.

 

 

Open Community Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 8 at 10:00AM

An Open Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held for children and their families on Saturday, April 8 at 10:00AM.  It will be followed by a light lunch and games.  The grounds and pavilion will be designated by age groups so that all the children will have an equal opportunity to find the eggs.  The Easter Egg Hunt has long been a tradition for many American families.  CPC would like to help all our local families celebrate the resurrection of Christ by offering this fun-filled and memorable event.

The time we invest in our children on this morning can produce fond memories they may remember for years.  Can you remember your childhood and your fond memories of friends and family around Easter?  Some of us can even remember a childhood Easter Egg Hunt!  We hope to see you at 10:00AM on Saturday, April 8th.

 

 

 

Rocking Chair Message and 9 Lessons and Carols Christmas Services at CPC

Merry Christmas!  This year CPC is offering a Nine Lessons and Carols service on Christmas Eve at 4:00PM.     This is the first year we have used this beautiful service, which tells the Christmas story alternating with Christmas Carols.  The Chancel Choir, directed by Jeannie Martin, will lead the music throughout.   We will also have a Young at Heart message and a gift for all the children.  The service begins at 4:00PM, which allows families enough time to return home for their own family traditions on Christmas Eve.  Come early for a good seat!  Let us add to the deepening of our child’s/grandchild’s understanding and appreciation of Christmas by bringing them to this inspiring Christmas Eve service.  It will be a wonderful experience for them and for all of us!

Then on Christmas Day, we invite you and your family to keep Christ at the center of Christmas through a special worship service and Rocking Chair Message at 9:45AM.  Dr. Bland will be sharing poignant memories and lessons from the Scriptures along with a lilting instrumental backdrop of Christmas Carols especially chosen to match each point.  What a wonderful Christmas experience to enjoy and remember for years to come!  There will also be another special time during the worship service of sharing a message with our children/grandchildren.   We have so very few opportunities these days to make a lasting impression on our youth.  This is a profound opportunity to do so!

We hope to see you and your family at CPC to make Christmas, 2016 even more special.

Advent Season and Second Anniversary at Charleston Presbyterian Church

cpcs-first-chrismon-treeThis Sunday, November 27, we will begin the Advent Season.  We have our first Chrismon tree  along with a beautiful Advent Wreath, special liturgy, music and solo, and a message on the return of Jesus Christ.  We await your advent to the service at 9:45!

Then on December 11, we will be celebrating CPC’s second anniversary of God’s new, faithful Biblical and Reformed church, which held its first prayer service in December, 2014. Our anniversary celebration  begins with a Sunday morning worship service at 9:45 followed by a covered dish luncheon around 12:00.  We invite you to worship our Savior and rejoice with us for all that God has done and is doing at CPC!

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Charleston Presbyterian and Charlestowne Southern Methodist Hold a Joint Community Service for Thanksgiving

08-hobcawThanksgiving is the time to remember how the early American colonists and the native people of America first worked together to help survive the difficult winters and how their prayers went up for God’s protection.  God answered their prayers.

Thanksgiving is a special holiday to thank God for His salvation and the many blessings in our lives.  Today, we are reminded that people from every walk of life are brought together by the Spirit of God in Christ to support one another.   We know that in Christ’s Church, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”  (Galatians 3:28)  Let us celebrate the grace of Christ in our lives and show our gratefulness this year at Thanksgiving by worshiping our Lord and Savior.

Charleston Presbyterian and Charlestowne Southern Methodist  are inviting the community to join us for a Community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 20th at 11:00AM.  Please call either church office (843) 437-8219 (CPC) or (843) 766-9405 (CMC) for more details.  We would love to have you and your family as our guests and to celebrate Thanksgiving together with us.  May the Lord bless you and your family abundantly.

Charleston Presbyterian has Moved to Charlestowne Methodist on September 11!

Charleston Presbyterian Church and Charlestowne Methodist Church, (1405 Miles Drive across from Charlestowne Landing) are working together to bear fruit for the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  CPC is thrilled to have a new church home at CMC which began on Sunday, September 11, 2016.  Every Sunday, CPC will be gathering for worship at 9:45AM.   Sunday Small Groups will meet at 11:15.  We will also share together in a Church Cookout on Saturday evening at 6:00 PM, September 10th with an Open House at CMC.

Representatives from CPC and CMC held our preliminary meeting at Charlestowne Methodist on June 15, 2016; and this is what our joint committees saw outside the church after we concluded our first wonderful meeting together!

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As if one rainbow were not enough, we looked more carefully, and we actually glimpsed two rainbows in the sky.  It was as if God gave us a sign that He approved of our two churches in partnership.  Both congregations want this to be a symbiotic relationship where all people are benefited by Christ’s Church working together as one.  Could these rainbows be a promise of great things to come?  Yes!

The congregation vote at CPC was made 20160615_200214[1]on July 31, and it was unanamious.  CMC voted August 7, and it was also unanamious!  When have you ever heard of such Christian unity between two churches of different denominations?  This is the way God’s Church was intended to be!  May God be praised!  God established CPC, and now He has continued to supply our needs according to His riches in glory!

The new schedule for CPC at 1405 Miles Drive is as follows:20160615_200043[1]

9:00-12:30  Sunday Nursery

9:15-9:45  Joint Coffee Fellowship

9:45-10:45  Worship (CPC)

10:45-11:15  Joint Coffee Fellowship

11:15-12:00  Sunday Small Groups

Be our guest on any Sunday at CPC and stay tuned for more activities!

We are also forever grateful to Stuhr’s Funeral Home in downtown Charleston for their service to our community and their gracious help and support.

Director of the Moscow Theological Seminary to Speak at CPC July 17!

tsutserov_webprofileDr. Sasha Tsutserov

Sasha Tsutserov’s parents were members of the Communist Party in Russia. They never spoke of God or the Bible. However, when he was five years old, his grandmother insisted that he was baptized in the Orthodox Church. This was all done in secret—miles outside of Moscow, inside a dimly lit sanctuary. Although he was young, the Holy Spirit touched a hidden yearning in his heart for spiritual reality.

As an adult, Sasha became a member of the Communist Party and worked for the KGB. He had a beautiful wife Natasha, a precious daughter Julia, good friends, a bright future, and all that he dreamed of as a young man.

Julia befriended an American girl whose father was a missionary in Moscow. Natasha became their Russian language tutor. As the head of his home and a KGB agent, Sasha felt obligated to investigate these foreigners who had made such an impact on his family. He was awestruck by the humanitarian aid distributed by their church, and he was irresistibly drawn to their joy for life, for each other, and for the Lord. Step by step, he began to realize their generosity and joy stemmed from their love for God. At first, he gave God a 50/50 chance: since no one could prove God’s existence, then no one could deny him either. Sasha stepped away from his aggressively atheistic lifestyle. Then, while praying at a church retreat, he had a vision. He saw God standing on the top of a mountain. He felt he was a jar of clay. God was pouring down the pure gold of the Holy Spirit into the jar—Sasha. From that moment on, he needed no evidence for God’s existence, for he knew God in Jesus Christ. He returned home that day, and when Natasha saw him, she said, “What’s wrong with you? You are smiling!” Sasha had never smiled before. But that day, Jesus made him smile. He admitted that he had become a Christian. Natasha, in turn, confessed that she had become a Christian earlier, but she was afraid to talk about it with her husband, a KGB agent! In July 1993, Sasha was baptized and openly proclaimed his faith in Jesus Christ.

Sasha knew he could not keep his faith and his job, so he quit working for the KGB. He helped planted a church in Moscow. Sasha knew that God had called him to ministry in education. But no school in Russia offered a degree in biblical studies because the Communists had prohibited theological training. He attended Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, and graduated with an M.Div. in 1997. In 2004, he earned a Ph.D. in New Testament at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. While studying, he also worked at the Moscow Evangelical Christian Seminary by working in every position at the school—from a secretary to the provost.

Sasha now serves as director and professor at the seminary in Moscow, where they are raising up a new generation of Christian leaders.

Genesis Youth Choir Sings for One Church in Charleston: CPC!

Genesis Dallas Youth ChoirThe Genesis Youth Choir from Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas sings for one church during their stay in Charleston: Charleston Presbyterian! They arrived here on Tuesday, June 7th and were involved in three different missions, and they also sang for some local nursing homes.   CPC was blessed by their commitment and dedication to our Lord and Savior.   What an inspiration they are to every generation and covenant partner of CPC!  Thanks to Josh for volunteering to catch the frisbee that was thrown as part of the children’s message!

“Chariot”

“The Lord is My Shepherd”

“Lord, for Thy Tender Mercies’ Sake”

The message for the service was focused upon the motive in our hearts for worship and service: love for Christ.

“Forgiven Much, Love Much”

1 John 4:15-19, Luke 7:36-50