As in any big family, there are lots of important aspects to our life together in Christ.  From our formal weekly gatherings for worship to much less formal times when we gather to laugh and have fun, we have learned the joy of being together.  God’s Word challenges us to consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.  Our desire is to develop ministries for all ages that will glorify God, strength us inwardly, and help us bear fruit outwardly.

Worship

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“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him

must worship in Spirit and in truth”

John 4:24

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We believe that God teaches in His Word how He is to be worshipped.  Above all else, we desire to worship God in a way that pleases Him.  Our worship is centered around the Bible.  Each week the Word of God is carefully preached and applied to our lives.  As we sing the beautiful Psalms of the Bible, we learn to see the fullness of God’s character, the promises of Christ, and the various emotions and experiences of life.

Worship Times: 9:30 a.m. & 6:00 each Sunday
Bible School Classes for all ages: 11:15 a.m.

Jail Ministry

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Praise the Lord . . .

Who executes justice for the oppressed,

Who gives food to the hungry.

The Lord sets the prisoner free.

Psalm 146:1, 7

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One of our elders, Bob Bibby, began the jail ministry over 32 years ago.  Today, as the chaplain of the jail, Bob directs an every expanding ministry that begins when a man or woman is incarcerated and continues well passed their release.

Every Sunday afternoon and Tuesday night we send a team of men and women from our church into the Tippecanoe County Jail and the Work Release Facility to teach the inmates about the freedom they can have in Christ.  It is a thrilling thing to see God change the lives of many when they learn about the forgiveness of sins through Christ and the power of God to change them.

Purdue CORPS

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Having thus a fond affection for you, we were well please

to impart to you not only the gospel of God But also our own lives,

because you had become very dear to us.

I Thessalonians 2:8

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CORPS stands for Collegiate Organization of Reformed Presbyterian Students.  It is our Purdue campus ministry.  The goal of Purdue CORPS is

To evangelize, establish, equip and send students into the world who love God with all their hearts and others as themselves.

During the school year there are weekly activities for college students designed to give them a Christian group of friends with whom they can study, grow in Christ, and fellowship.  From Friday night meetings (rallies), to Sunday night Fireside Chats, our Purdue CORPS ministry gives college students a church home away from homes where they can develop their love for God alongside their academic studies.  There are always lots of activities.  Here’s a sample:

  • Conferences and retreats
  • Picnics
  • Bible studies
  • Home cooked meals in church family homes
  • Square dances and fun gatherings
  • Spring break trips (skiing in Colorado anyone?)
  • Ministry training in evangelism and discipleship
  • Times of prayer, discussion and singing
  • Sports events and game nights

Youth Ministries

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Let no one look down on your youthfulness,

but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity,

show yourself an example of those who believe.

I Timothy 4:12

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We have a youth group for both junior high school and high school age teenagers.  They meet every Wednesday night from 7-9 P.M. in one of the leaders’ homes.  Our goal for youth group is to have fun, develop friendships, and for the students to get serious about their faith.  There are lots of other fun activities throughout the year.

We are also connected to several other Reformed Presbyterian churches in our state and together with these youth groups there are some fantastic events for kids 14 years and up.  There’s a winter conference every year between Christmas and New Year’s; work projects, overnight fun nights; and a huge program at our summer family conference.  These events have marked some of the most significant life changing times for scores of youth down through the years.

Bible studies

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All Scripture is inspired by God

and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction

and for training in righteousness.

II Timothy 3:16

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During the week we encourage people to be involved in one of our small groups.  These groups meet in various homes throughout the community.  They are designed for fellowship, encouragement, friendship building and Bible study.  It’s in our small groups that deep friendships often develop and personal sharing  and caring is natural.

Missions

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Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,

baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit,

teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you . . .

Matthew 28:19, 20

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Jesus Christ is building His church around the world.  We are learning to love the world.  We pray weekly for different countries and different missionaries.  Several from our congregation are currently serving in missions all over the world.  Whenever possible we bring missionaries to the church to learn firsthand about other cultures; and to see how the gospel is bringing light and hope to places of darkness and despair.

Fun & Fellowship

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Rejoice in the Lord always;

Again I will say, rejoice!

Philippians 4:4

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The church is made up of families and together we are called the family of God.   As in any good family, we simply enjoy being together.  We love one another and find joy in serving Christ together.  Sometime we get together just to for fun.  The first Sunday of every month we have a pitch-in dinner after morning worship and Bible classes.  The ladies have regular craft nights.  We have parties, fancy theme dinners, and ice cream socials.  Twice a year we even have a workday together here at the church building.

The gathering together of the church family provides a great context for developing deep friendships and for bearing one another’s burdens.  It gives the time to listen and learn from one another.  When we are together we find that we can both be helped and give help.