Hi Friends,
The great philosopher, Charlie Brown, once said, “I love humanity, it’s people I don’t like”.   How often that can be true.  God created us to enjoy a richness of relationships, but how often those relationships can get messy.  This Sunday we are going to be learning what Jesus has to say about how we are to work through our “People Issues”.  I’m excited for what God has for us!
I’m sure you’ve been hearing the concerns about the coming storm.  I don’t really listen to the weather, because it is so often wrong.  Personally, I think grocery stores pay off the weather people to give bad reports, so that they can sell more products.  Just kidding, but maybe?  Below is our weather policy that Joe Catoe put together.
Typically, Christ Church will be open regardless of the weather, even if it’s raining, snowflakes are falling or the wind is blowing. We truly value and love gathering to worship God on Sunday, so we never want a little weather inconvenience to hinder us from gathering. At the same time, as conditions may vary by neighborhood, please stay safe. If it is safe in the Pennport area to have the building open, we will be open even if only a small group of people can make it.  However, if extreme weather has caused us to cancel the service, here is when and how you can find out.
A decision to cancel the service will be made by 7:30AM Sunday morning to give volunteers advanced warning. If the service is happening there will be no communication.
In the event, the service is canceled the following communication will happen:
  • An email will be sent to everyone who receives the “Sunday Preview”
  • There will be a Facebook Post
  • An Inclement Weather Message will be post on church website home page 
  • A message will be left on the church voice message 
Here’s our Sunday Preview!
9am Prayer Meeting
9:30am Light Breakfast and Fellowship
10am Call to Worship

Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty, covering yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent.  He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters; he makes the clouds his chariot; he rides on the wings of the wind; he makes his messengers winds, his ministers a flaming fire. He set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved.  You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains. At your rebuke they fled; at the sound of your thunder they took to flight. The mountains rose, the valleys sank down to the place that you appointed for them. You set a boundary that they may not pass, so that they might not again cover the earth.  You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills; they give drink to every beast of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; they sing among the branches. From your lofty abode you water the mountains; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work. (Psa 104:1-13 ESV)

Celebrating God in Song (Playlist)

Our Song From Age to Age
Holy, Holy, Holy

Welcome and Offering


Dismiss Children to Christ Church Kids

January Small Groups

Our January small groups are continuing the week of January 29th. Pastor Jeff will be hosting each small group in January starting at 7pm and doing a survey of the book of Acts looking at “What Creates Missional Movement”.  Please attend the meeting the night that your small group typically meets. If you are not yet part of a small group, feel free to come any night. If you need the address of his house, you can email him at jeff@christchurchsouthphilly.org.  In February we will go back to our regular small groups format.

Family Meeting

On January 27th from 5pm-7pm we will be having our annual church family meeting.  We will be laying out our plans for 2019 and prayerfully dedicating this coming year to the Lord and His mission. Please mark this date down on your calendar, so that you can prioritize attending.  

Kirkbride ESL Classes

God continues to give us opportunities to partner with Kirkbride School, one of our local K-8 schools. And we still need a few more volunteers who can help support the much needed ESL (English as a Second Language) program. If you are interested in helping, please review the flyer at the Info Table and get in touch with Claire.

Transformation to Recovery Benefit Banquet

We are having a Benefit Banquet for our addictions ministry on Sunday, February 24th, 5pm-8pm.  We are honored to have the Deputy Commissioner of DBHIDS, Roland Lamb, as our keynote speaker. We are also going to enjoy the musical talents of 2010 New Jersey Soloist of the Year Andy Boettcher, accompanied by jazz pianist Dr. Mark DiMarcangelo.

RSVP to Luke Heisinger (heisingerl@gmail.com) by January 31st.


Every other year, the Sovereign Grace Northeast churches gather for a multi-day event to enjoy fellowship, hear great preaching and worship together. From May 23-25 2019, we’ll gather at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA. We’d love to have you join us!  Featuring: Pastor Kevin DeYoung. Visit www.celebrationnortheast.org for more information.

Sermon:  People Issues:  When Things Get Messy

Text: Luke 6:37-42
Speaker: Pastor Jeff Boettcher

Personal Reflection

Responding to God’s word in Song

    1.  Give me Faith

Sharing the Lord’s Supper
  1. Give Me Faith

  2. Be Thou My Vision


In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.  In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (1Jo 4:9-11 ESV)

Jeff Boettcher
Lead Pastor- Christ Church South Philly
c: 609-330-9523