Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church Ash Wednesday Service

Spiritual growth is the process of becoming more like Christ.

In a busy world with many demands, VPC provides a space for spiritual refuge, inviting all to participate in the life-long process of learning and living in right relationship to God and growing our faith in Christ.

Let's journey together to become more like Christ.

Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church Ash Wednesday Service

Baptism is the sacrament that unites us with Jesus Christ and makes us members of God’s family, the Church. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, baptism initiates us into the Church, bestows the promise of God’s grace upon us, assures us that God forgives our sins and calls us to a life of Christian service and fulfillment.

Baptism represents our first step on the journey of faith, and it assures us of God’s presence as we travel through life. Through baptism, we become members of God’s family, joined with members of our congregation and with Christians everywhere. Jesus gave this command to the disciples: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).

Baptism is the Church’s proclamation and experience that we are who we are because God has first chosen us and loved us and called us into His kingdom. Baptism by water is a visible sign of God’s love toward His children, and it is represented in the covenant that is sealed among God, the parents of the child or the baptized adult and the worshipping congregation. Baptism is not something that we earn or ever deserve, but that we receive as a sign and seal of God’s eternal grace. Presbyterians do not believe that baptism is essential to salvation, nor do we believe that we are saved by baptism. We believe that the normal mode of entrance into the church is by baptism but recognize that not all genuine believers have been baptized.

Baptism is the sacrament that unites us with Jesus Christ and makes us members of God’s family, the Church. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, baptism initiates us into the Church, bestows the promise of God’s grace upon us, assures us that God forgives our sins and calls us to a life of Christian service and fulfillment.

Normally, the Sacrament of Baptism is administered in the presence of the congregation during a worship service. During the service, persons to be baptized come to the front and stand near the baptismal font with the pastor and an Elder. When a young child is baptized, the child’s parents (or guardian), also gather at the font. The pastor will introduce the sacrament and present questions to the person or parents, and the congregation promises to nurture the child/adult; then the pastor administers the Sacrament of Baptism.

The visible sign in baptism is the sprinkling or pouring of water, which signifies our cleansing from sin, our regeneration, our being made new by the work of Christ.

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Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church Bible Study

Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve Service

The Jim and Cindy Craig Bible Fellowship

 

About 10 years ago Jim & Cindy Craig started a Sunday morning adult Bible study. Throughout the years Jim & Cindy nurtured and loved those who participated and the study grew in numbers as well a in commitments by the participants. It is in Jim & Cindy's memory that the Education Ministries Team has established the Jim & Cindy Craig Bible Fellowship to be an ongoing and essential part of the adult education program at VPC. Using a new and timely curriculum, Al Starr will facilitate and lead this class. Study materials will be distributed each week for the following week’s lesson. You don’t have to be present at every class to benefit from it all. We just ask that you come the you can make it. Please join us for coffee, good fellowship and Bible Study. Hope to see you there.

The Bible Study will take a break for the summer, will start again in October 2017!

Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve Service

Pastor's Bible Study for Men

 

We focus on the passage of Scripture the Pastor will be preaching the upcoming Sunday. Participants are encouraged to read the passage before coming to class, to pray about it and seek understanding and meaning. What is God saying to us through this passage of Scripture? Participants are encouraged to write down questions raised in their minds and to bring those questions with them to class. Our goal is to increase excitement for the study of Scripture as well as to create an interesting conversation focused on the Scriptures and contemporary life. It should be interesting to hear from each participant what he thinks a passage means, what question it raises in their minds and what is heard in the sermon after studying that passage and hearing it preached.

Tuesdays | 9am | Harp Hall

Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve Service

Friends in Faith

 

“Friends of Faith” is a caring group of women who support one another through study, prayer and friendship as we explore God’s word together. We invite you to join us as we explore Grace in a journey through Colossians and Philemon. We will be using "Experiencing Grace" by Elizabeth.

 

For more info, please contact Twila Rowe at 239-455-6758 or twilarowe@aol.com.

We meet the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays | 9:30am | Harp Hall.

Meetings resume JUNE 14th through OCTOBER 11th.

  

Pastor's Bible Study for Women

 

We focus on the passage of Scripture the Pastor will be preaching the upcoming Sunday. Participants are encouraged to read the passage before coming to class, to pray about it and seek understanding and meaning. What is God saying to us through this passage of Scripture? Participants are encouraged to write down questions raised in their minds and to bring those questions with them to class. Our goal is to increase excitement for the study of Scripture as well as to create an interesting conversation focused on the Scriptures and contemporary life. It should be interesting to hear from each participant what she thinks a passage means, what question it raises in their minds and what is heard in the sermon after studying that passage and hearing it preached.

The study will take a break for the summer; will resume October 2017

 

 

Presby Women's Circle Bible Study

Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve Service

 

Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church has a rich history of Presbyterian Women’s Circles. VPC’s circles nurture each member’s faith through prayer & Bible study, support the mission of the church locally and worldwide, and promote a warm and caring community of women that strengthens each individual as well as the church as a whole.

 

Being a member of a Circle is a wonderful way to be connected to the church and experience the warm fellowship and support of other dedicated Christian women. For more info, contact Karen Schulz, 239-353-7380

Resuming in the Fall of 2017, dates will be announced soon.

Wednesdays | 9am | Harp Hall

Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church Ash Wednesday Service

The Lord’s Supper is the sign and seal of eating and drinking in communion with the crucified and risen Lord. In this act, we remember that during his earthly ministry, Jesus shared meals with his followers and sat at dinner tables as a sign of acceptance of the sinner and the outcast.

In the last meal before his death, Jesus took and shared with his disciples bread and wine, speaking of these elements as his body and blood, symbols of the new relationship with God brought about by his impending death. On the day of his resurrection, the risen Christ made himself known to his followers in the breaking of bread.

In the act of remembering, as we participate in the Lord’s Supper, we receive and trust the love of Christ present to us and to the world. Through it, we are renewed and empowered to be the church and the body of Christ in the world.

The invitation to the Lord’s Supper is not just for Presbyterians or “members of the church.” All who confess Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are invited to partake of the Lord’s Supper. Access to the Table is not a right conferred upon the worthy but a privilege given to the undeserving who come in faith, repentance, and love. Even one who doubts or whose trust is wavering may receive the bread and grape juice (in place of wine) in order to be assured of God's love and grace in Jesus Christ.

VPC celebrates the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of every month at each of our worship services.  We look forward to partaking in the Lord's Supper with you.

Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church Spiritual Growth - Meditation

Christian meditation starts with detaching from the confusion around us in order to have a richer attachment to and dependence on Christ, developing a Christ identity. It allows for a precious space in time for a meeting between God, the Lover, and we, the beloved.

Scripture Meditation

Select a Scripture passage to meditate on in the coming week. Write it out on a card you can carry with you, and refer to it often, using spare moments throughout your day to reflect on it.

Releasing

Consecrate one day to seeking opportunities to practice “holy leisure” as a counterpoint to frantic or fragmented activity.

In his book,Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster defines "holy leisure" as:

“If we are constantly being swept off our feet with frantic activity, we will be unable to be attentive at the moment of inward silence. A mind that is harassed and fragmented by external affairs is hardly prepared for meditation. The church Fathers often spoke of Otium Sanctum, “holy leisure.” It refers to a sense of balance in the life, an ability to be at peace through the activities of the day, an ability to rest and take time to enjoy beauty, an ability to pace ourselves. With our tendency to define people in terms of what they produce, we would do well to cultivate “holy leisure” with a determination that is ruthless to our datebooks.”

Reflection

Identify a particular place that provides a setting of beauty, and spend 30 minutes to simply be silent and listen for what God may have to communicate to you. If you desire, take along a notebook and write down those things He is revealing to you.


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