Colonial Park Community Baptist Church "We are called to help people in our community build dynamic relationships with Jesus through the power of His love." 700 South Houcks Rd. Harrisburg, PA 17109 Phone: 717-545-3261 E-mail: office@colonialparkbaptist.com
Colonial Park Community Baptist Church"We are called to help people in our community build dynamic relationships with Jesus through the power of His love."  700 South Houcks Rd.Harrisburg, PA 17109  Phone: 717-545-3261E-mail: office@colonialparkbaptist.com 

Welcome

Welcome to this church.  We hope that what you find on these pages will entice you to visit us and get to know us up close and personally.  We have a heart for Jesus the Christ, for one another, and for the community in which God has placed us. We have found strength, peace, love and hope in Jesus and we want to share this with you, so that you can enter into a dynamic relationship with Jesus.  If you already know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, we want help you grow closer to him in fellowship and service.   We are a church where everyone is welcome to worship, grow and minister.

SERMON FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 7, 2022

Today we are going to look at a story in the life of the prophet Elijah.  In this story we will see his strong faith in God and how it led to his obedience. The sermon title is, “Faith That Leads to Obedience.”

https://youtu.be/tSNf9Um1jmI

SERMON ARCHIVE

FROM PASTOR GARY

Is there anything we can learn from the Little League World Series? Here is the story in case you missed it.  “Isaiah Jarvis of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was at the plate when an 0-2 pitch got away from Kaiden Shelton of Pearland, Texas, and drilled him in the side of the helmet. Jarvis immediately fell to the ground and clutched his head as the umpire and his coaches came to his aid. Jarvis was well enough to take his base after the beaning, but the pitcher, Shelton, was visibly shaken by the incident. Shelton stood on the mound holding his head and staring at the ground in tears. In a show of good sportsmanship, Jarvis walked over to the mound from first base to console Shelton, putting his arms around him and telling him, “Hey, you’re doing great. Let’s go.”

As I watched that, I thought that that is what baseball should be and oh, how far major league baseball has fallen. In the adult, “big leagues” if that had happened, most likely there would have been hostile words exchanged, even profanity, vulgar gestures and perhaps a physical altercation which could end up in a dugout clearing brawl. Some of this stems from the horrible reality of baseball that hitting a batter at times is intentional and often retaliatory. But what happened yesterday at this game was different. These boys acted like men should act, while grown men act in the MLB often act like little children. 

As you watched the video or read the article, what words came to mind? For Jarvis (the batter), perhaps: forgiveness, compassion, mercy, kindness, empathy, encouragement. For Shelton (the pitcher) the words might be: remorse, sympathy, guilt, shame. These words and their subsequent actions were on display at that game and are what should be on display in our lives as Christ followers every day.  As Christ followers when we offend and hurt another person, we should also feel remorse, sympathy, guilt, shame, and a desire to reconcile with that person. As Christ followers who are on the receiving end of the offense and hurt, we should have feelings of forgiveness, compassion, mercy, kindness, empathy, encouragement and also a desire to reconcile with the person.  These should be a part of our thoughts and behaviors even it the action of the other person was not an accident as it was for Shelton, but intentional.  Our example is of course, Jesus the Christ.  He was disrespected, accused falsely, mocked, persecuted, physically abused and put to death.  In spite of this he continued to love and seek to draw even his enemies into the Kingdom of God. 

Let us learn from Jesus and Jarvis how to love one another in the body of Christ, our neighbor as our selves and our enemy.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XED8sHBF3L8

 

WORSHIP CELEBRATION ON AUGUST 14 – This Sunday we are going to look at another story in the life of the prophet Elijah.  In this story, after the raising to life of a young boy, his mother exclaims her belief in the truthfulness of God’s word.  We will use this story to examine our faith in the authority of the Bible in our lives.  The sermon title is “Faith in the Truth of God’s Word.”

 

ADULT SMALL GROUP STUDIES READINGS –

            August 16 - Tuesday - 10:00 AM – Colossians 2:6-19

            August 17 - Wednesday - 6:30 PM – Psalm 15

 

TOUCH A TRUCK – August 20, 9:30 to 12:00. After a two-year hiatus because of the COVID pandemic, we are bringing Touch A Truck back this year.  This is a free interactive, hands-on experience for the children and parents in our community to come and see, touch and explore working trucks and vehicles up close and personal that they may see on the roads and at a distance.  We give each child a free T shirt and snack. Bottled water is also available. We covet your prayers for good weather and a great time. This is one of our many outreaches that we are trying to reboot. ices. 

 

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING – “The world has changed dramatically in the last 2 years. Communities around the world have been both socially and economically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. That impact has been felt even more deeply in the most vulnerable communities and in those affected by other disasters. Wildfires continue to get worse year after year in the U.S. and Canada, and the same is true in Europe. Severe drought affects communities around the world, making safe water even more difficult to access in a time when it is needed more than ever to stop the spread of disease. Earthquakes have destroyed homes, lives, and livelihoods in many global locations. And conflict continues to uproot families and communities, forcing more people to be displaced.

 

Through your support for One Great Hour of Sharing: Love remains. In the midst of much uncertainty and suffering, One Great Hour of Sharing continues to be a tangible expression of love—walking with communities in times of crisis. Together, we provide immediate relief and long-term recovery support after disasters; equip churches and leaders in disaster preparedness measures; offer assistance to displaced people; and support global development projects that empower communities around the world to thrive.”  (from Lisa Rothenberger-Winter World Relief Officer)

 

There are envelopes in the sanctuary for your generous gift of love to help those in need.

 

GIANT GIFT CARDS – You can purchase gift cards from the ABWM to be used at Giant Grocery stores and at the gas pump. When you purchase these gift cards, ABWM receives 5% of the purchase which they use totally to support their missions and missionaries. If you would like to purchase any gift cards please see, or call Judy M.

 

TITHES AND OFFERINGS – We want to thank all of you for your continued faithfulness to the ministry of Christ through sending in your tithes and offerings. For those attending our in-person worship celebrations you will be able to place tithes and offerings in an offering plate in the front of the sanctuary on Sundays. For those not ready to attend yet, you can continue to mail them, or drop them off in the church mailbox.

 

FOOD DONATIONS – We encourage you to continue to donate food for the local food pantry.  If you would like to donate food, please bring your food to the church and they will be taken down to Calvary UMC. The third Sunday of the month will still be Food Bank Sunday.

 

God Bless each of you. 

 

How To Become a Follower of Jesus

 

"If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."  Romans 10.9

 

Becoming a follower of Jesus Christ requires repenting of your sins, and believing that Jesus died on the cross and rose again to forgive you of those sins and entering into a relationship with Him.

 

If you are ready to become a follower of Jesus Christ pray this prayer: 

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I ask for Your forgiveness.  I believe You died for my sins and rose again from the dead.  I turn my life over to You.  I want to trust  and follow You as my Lord and Savior.  Amen.

For more information about your new life in Jesus Christ, contact us at the church.

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