Ladies’ Study & Conference

Don’t miss these opportunities for fellowship and study!

Opportunity 1
Join us beginning Tuesday, September 29 for a weekly study in Ephesians
Location: TBD

Opportunity 2
SAVE THE DATE: November 14 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.)
PCA Women’s Hinged Conference
Join us live or virtually. Details to follow.

Our women are looking forward to the fellowship and growing deeper relationships with one another!

If you can’t join us in person, join via Zoom, you can even turn off the video and mute yourself so you can tend to the kids and listen in!

Men’s BBQ Cookout Fellowship

The men of G&PPC will gather for a time of fellowship and food.

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2020
Time: Noon to 3 p.m.
Rain date: Saturday, October 17, 2020
Location: Albrechts’ home
117 Ridgewood Circle
Downingtown, PA 19335

There is room for gathering outdoors. All men are welcome. Check here to sign up.

Pastor Mayk’s Sabbatical

Greetings G&P Family,

As a follow up to the announcement that I will be taking a sabbatical beginning in September, I wanted to send out this very short video clip from Pastor Ligon Duncan regarding the importance and purpose of a pastoral sabbatical. Since G&P has not made use of pastoral sabbaticals before, some folks might have questions as to the reason and value of them.

In this video, Ligon offers a concise and helpful insight into the spiritual benefit for the pastor, as well as the congregation through the implementation of a sabbatical. For that purpose, I would also like to ask the congregation to pray in the following manner during my time away…

  • That I would be refreshed in my walk with the Lord, drawing close and growing in my relationship with Him (This cannont be understated.)
  • That Renee and I would both be refreshed and recharged to carry on the ministries to which God has called us as a couple
  • That my adult children would also grow in the Lord during this time
  • That the Ruling Elders of G&P would be given a measure of grace to minister during this time
  • That the visiting preachers would faithfully bring God’s word to the hearts of our congregation, enabling God’s people to continue to grow in his word
  • That the Lord Jesus would shepherd the pastor and the congregation in a Psalm 23 manner during this time

Ligon Duncan on Sabbaticals for Pastors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tguq1xWtof0

May the Lord bless you today as his joy is fulfilled in you.

Bill Mayk

[Ed. note: Pastor Mayk will be away from mid-September through mid-January.  Please contact one of the elders or deacons if you have pastoral or physical needs during this time.]

Gentle and Lowly

by Dane C. Ortlund

Pastor’s Monthly Book Suggestion – September, 2020

If there has ever been a book I am thoroughly excited about suggesting to the congregation it is Gentle and Lowly, by Dane Ortlund. Gathering insights from various Puritans, Reformers, and preachers Ortland digs deeply into Scripture to uncover the heart of God in the heart of Christ for God’s people. This magnificent treatment of God’s kindness and compassion toward us refreshes the soul. Once I began reading this book, I didn’t want to put it down.

If you have struggled with truly believing that Christ is for you, even when you have committed that sin again, then read this book. If you intellectually believe that God loves you, but find it difficult to understand what that means, then read this book. If you have ever worried that maybe Jesus is simply fed up with your many failures, read this book. If you simply want to take a fresh look at your Savior that will make you smile, then read this book.

While the entire work presents the marvelous love of God toward us, I especially appreciated the way the author uncovers the heart of Jesus in His works of compassion throughout the four Gospels. I wholeheartedly recommend this east-to-read, but deeply satisfying volume to every person in our church family.

Ladies’ Summer Book Club

The Ladies’ Summer Book Club is looking forward to having you join us! We will discuss:

7 Women and the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas

Three women we will discuss: Hannah More, Corrie ten Boom, and Rosa Parks.

Date: Thurs., September 3
Time: 6-8 pm
Location:
Jo-Lynne Shane’s outdoor deck
This allows for an outdoor setting with social distancing, masks, and the optional use of one’s own chair.

Twila Paris offers this comment about 7 Women:

“Some authors give us words that are delicious to read. Others provide content that is good and necessary. Eric Metaxas consistently brings us the rare gift of both at the same time. If we are pulled toward complacency or discouragement, Eric gives an irresistible push toward hope and inspiration. ‘If they could do that then, we can do it now! Here I am, send me!’ We need to be inspired- breathed into. We need the wind of God in our sails for our time. In Seven Women, the familiar breeze is stirring again.”
– Twila Paris, singer-songwriter and author

We will look forward to having you join us on Thurs., Sept. 3.

Questions? Contact Renee Mayk [email protected]

Coronavirus And Christ

by John Piper

Pastor’s Monthly Book Suggestion – August, 2020

Early on in the advance of the Coronavirus, John Piper wrote a very short book that basically answers the question, “Where is God in this pandemic?” Although there is nothing new or earth shaking (IMO) in the way Piper responds to that inquiry, this work is a helpful reminder of who God is and how He uses tragedy in the lives of His people. While Piper’s specific intent was to speak into the situation surrounding COVID-19, his biblical insights are helpful when facing any catastrophic event. Therefore, I would recommend this brief volume as an encouragement, not only in the difficulties regarding the Coronavirus, but in light of the many trials we often face.

WPE