Sunday, August 30, 2009

A Spiritual Heart Transplant

Sometimes we get caught up following traditions, rules, and regulations, and forget about seeking the deeper things of God. Today's time of praise and sermon reflect on our spiritual heart problem and the only surgeon capable of giving us a new Spirit-empowered heart, our Lord Jesus Christ.

In our time of praise we sang "The Revelation Song." This is the first time we have sung it in worship, but we plan on singing it often. To see a great version of this song go to tangle.com or youtube.com and search for Kari Jobe's version of "The Revelation Song." We also sang "Something Beautiful."

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The Sermon today, "A Spiritual Heart Transplant," is taken from Mark 7:1-23

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Welcome to the Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church's (Martins Ferry, Ohio) Blog Site. Here you will find weekly videos of our time of praise and Pastor Joe C. Ellis's sermons. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 A.M. for our worship service and children's church. Click on the "Follow Blog" button on the blue bar at the top and and become a part of our online community of faith!

Directions to church: Take Ohio 7 north through Martins Ferry. Turn left onto CR4. Go 1/2 mile. Turn right onto Nixon's run. Go two miles to the top of the hill. Turn left onto Treadway Road. Go 150 yards and make a right up the church's steep driveway to the top of the hill.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

140th Anniversary Celebration

What a wonderful day we had celebrating the 140th anniversary of the Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church of Martins Ferry, Ohio. The church was filled with relatives, long-time friends, members, and even a few who came because they were interested in the history of our congregation. The meal was delicious! Bishop Michael Tolliver treated us to a wonderful concert in our afternoon service.

We also had a time to share memories. Paul Pickens remembered falling asleep in the pew at the age of nine back in the 1920s and dreamt of a bull charging him. He jumped so high out of the pew everyone thought the Holy Spirit had gotten hold of him. Jessie Williams shared that the the congregation had a similar reaction to her when a wasp flew up her dress. Thanks to all those who put so many hours in to make this such a successful day. A special thanks to Jane Daugherty who headed up our anniversary committee.

Below you will find three videos of our anniversary service.

Video 1: Duet -- Jessie Williams and Joe Ellis singing "Old Friends."

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Video 2: Joe's Anniversary Sermon -- "The Solid Rock of Our Foundation"

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Video 3: Bishop Michael Tolliver singing a beautiful praise song.

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Bread of Life - Part 3

Our 140th anniversary has almost arrived--one week to go. The celebration will start with our regular worship service at 9:30, a wonderful lunch from 11:00 to 12:45 and our afternoon gathering we call "Memories of Ministry" at 1:00 P.M. Mark it on your calendars and tell your friends. Our special guest vocalist, Michael Tolliver, will wonderful music with us as friends and members of the congregatin will be sharing wonderful memories.

Welcome to the Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church's (Martins Ferry, Ohio) Blog Site. Here you will find weekly videos of our time of praise and Pastor Joe C. Ellis's sermons. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 A.M. for our worship service and children's church. Click on the "Follow Blog" button on the blue bar at the top and and become a part of our online community of faith!

Directions to church: Take Ohio 7 north through Martins Ferry. Turn left onto CR4. Go 1/2 mile. Turn right onto Nixon's run. Go two miles to the top of the hill. Turn left onto Treadway Road. Go 150 yards and make a right up the church's steep driveway to the top of the hill.

For this week's Time of Praise we sang "Open our eyes Lord" and "In His Time."

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Joe's message this week is from John 6:56-69: "The Bread of Life - Part 3"

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Bread of Life - Part 2

Two weeks to go until our 140th anniversary celebration at Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church on August 23, 2009. The celebration will start with our regular worship service at 9:30, a wonderful lunch from 11:00 to 12:45 and our afternoon gathering we call "Memories of Ministry" at 1:00 P.M. Mark it on your calendars and tell your friends.
We are saddened this week by the passing of our dear friend and church member, Bill McCrea. A church trustee, Bill was the hardest working person in the church, always fixing anything that needed fixed and encouraging anyone who needed encouraging. Our hearts are heavy because of our loss, but we know Bill is now in God's presence, with his daughter and grandson. One day the circle will be unbroken and all believers will unite with Bill as we praise God in the eternal kingdom. Bill's funeral service will be held at the Heslop Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 11 at 1:15 P.M.

Welcome to the Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church's (Martins Ferry, Ohio) Blog Site. Here you will find weekly videos of our time of praise and Pastor Joe C. Ellis's sermons. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 A.M. for our worship service and children's church. Click on the "Follow Blog" button on the blue bar at the top and and become a part of our online community of faith!

Directions to church: Take Ohio 7 north through Martins Ferry. Turn left onto CR4. Go 1/2 mile. Turn right onto Nixon's run. Go two miles to the top of the hill. Turn left onto Treadway Road. Go 150 yards and make a right up the church's steep driveway to the top of the hill.

For this week's Time of Praise we sang "I Can Only Imagine" and "I Will Serve Thee."

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This week's sermon passage come from John 6:36-51.
This week's message is: The Bread of Life Part 2 -- CLP Joe C. Ellis

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Monday, August 3, 2009

The Bread of Life

The countdown is on! Three weeks to go until our 140th anniversary celebration at Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church on August 23, 2009. The celebration will start with our regular worship service at 9:30, a wonderful lunch from 11:00 to 12:45 and our afternoon gathering we call "Memories of Ministry" at 1:00 P.M. Mark it on your calendars and tell your friends.

Welcome to the Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church's (Martins Ferry, Ohio) Blog Site. Here you will find weekly videos of our time of praise and Pastor Joe C. Ellis's sermons. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 A.M. for our worship service and children's church. Click on the "Follow Blog" button on the blue bar at the top and and become a part of our online community of faith!

Directions to church: Take Ohio 7 north through Martins Ferry. Turn left onto CR4. Go 1/2 mile. Turn right onto Nixon's run. Go two miles to the top of the hill. Turn left onto Treadway Road. Go 150 yards and make a right up the church's steep driveway to the top of the hill.

For this week's Time of Praise we sang "Come, Now Is the Time to Worship" and "Open the Eyes of My Heart Lord."


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Pastor Joe's sermon for Sunday, August 2 is called: "The Bread of Life--Part 1"
Scripture passage: John 6:24-35


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