Good Morning and welcome to our worship services today. Over the last few weeks we have uncovered several truths about God, man, and this world from the opening 3 chapters of Genesis. If we have any hope of restoring what we had in the Garden of Eden, it’s critical that we understand how God created us and what went wrong.
Today we are going to jump ahead to Genesis 6 where we are introduced to Noah. Things have gone terribly wrong to the point where God appears to be on the verge of scrapping this whole project. Then he finds righteous and blameless Noah and decides to give humanity another chance.
What a beautiful thought—a second chance. Being love, God seems to deeply desire to shower that love on others, and human beings are the privileged recipients. Even when scorned, rejected, and forgotten, God presses on in this human experiment and we are saved.
Many years later Peter will call us back to this story as an encouragement to seek out that same salvation that God offers to us—the ones who scorn, reject, and forget God. The waters of the flood that brought death to so many are now the waters of baptism that gives live to so many more. That second chance is now offered to all mankind and secured for us through the resurrection of Jesus.
God loves. God provides. It’s now our choice.
1 Peter 3:20–22
God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.
Our New on-line Giving Platform
Park Avenue is partnering with a new on-line giving platform called Tithe.ly. You will find links to Tithe.ly on our website and the Park Avenue app as well as being able to download the Tithe.ly app itself. Many of you are already giving on-line through our current platform (Vanco) and know the advantages. To use our new platform you’ll simply have to set up an account with Tithe.ly in the same way you did with our current platform. Call us with any questions and thanks for giving!
Some Changes This Sunday, October 4
This Sunday we will resume our in-person adult Bible class. The class will meet at 9 AM in the Atrium. We will continue our discussion of the One Year Bible. Also, as the weather is changing we are moving our 8 AM service from the Prayer Garden to the Ark. That service will conclude at 8:45.
NEWS & NOTES
Join us for a baby shower honoring Melanie Truxal on Sunday, October 18 from 1:30-3 PM in the atrium. Matt & Melanie are having a baby girl. They are registered at Amazon, Pottery Barn Kids & Sandi’s Boutique in Kelly Square.
Operation Christmas Child
Students of Flight 56 will once again lead the congregation in the Operation Christmas Child project starting October 11.
Trunk 'n Treat
We will need an abundance of candy for the Trunk 'n Treat! Please place donations of individually wrapped candy in the marked tub in the Atrium under the TV monitor by Oct. 18. To sign up to volunteer your trunk go to pacoc.com/trunkntreat
Civilian Response & Casualty Care Seminar
There will be a CRCC seminar on Saturday, October 17 from 9-3 at Parkside Baptist Church in the main sanctuary. The seminar will deal with a response as a congregation to an active shooter situation. It will also cover the use of tourniquets to stop blood loss due to potential injury. There is no cost for the seminar. If you wish to attend please contact Jim Russell.
Thank you, for all the prayers, calls, cards, visits and food during our shocking loss of J.W.—we love our church family! Your caring acts and words of wisdom will carry us through and help heal our broken hearts.
- Connie, Emily & Alissa Thompson
Men’s Conference—December 4 –5
Registration for the Men’s Conference is now open. Go to RiseUpTexoma.com for information and registration. Author and speaker Carlos Whitaker will be here to share his heart and passion with men to enter wild and leave a mundane life that is filled with adventure and awe of the name of Jesus.
New Church Management System
Have you created a username and password for our new Church Management System? If not, do that today. You will have access to the church directory, Discipleship Making Groups, the church calendar, event registrations, and so much more. If you did not receive an email with instructions, call the church office at 903-465-1288 for help.
Fortify Family Retreat, November 6-8
Register by October 18 at pacoc.net or the church office for the family retreat to be held at Texoma Youth Camp. $10 per person.