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Church Library

We Believe

Pastor David’s new sermon series will explain sections of the Apostles’ Creed. Come, learn the Apostles’ Creed and what it means. To further help you in your understanding the Church Library has several books. Please note that these materials will have a one-week loan period during this sermon series.

Main Library:

The Apostles' Creed: Beliefs that Matter [238.11/Bri] by Stuart Briscoe. The author's goal is to help Christians gain a better understanding of the Creed's timeless truths and deepen a commitment to historic Christian faith.

Basic Training: Plain Talk on the Key Truths of the Faith [238.11/Spr] by Robert C. Sproul. R.C. Sproul gives a concise explanation of the fundamental doctrines of Christianity. Excellent for those teaching church membership, confirmation or communicant classes.

Children’s Library:

The Apostles' Creed [C238.11/Gim] by Jim Gimbel. This picture book is intended to help parents and educators teach children the words of the Creed and encourage them to say it in worship and at home. Presented in three sections, the book clearly and distinctly describes God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit and the attributes and characteristics of each.

Teen Library:

We have recently moved all the teen books downstairs to the Teen Library, instead of having half of them in the Main Library divided by copyright date. We hope you use it often and find something interesting to read. FYI: teens are always welcome to use materials from the Main Library.

Come on in and check it out.

Great Prayers of the Bible

This summer’s sermon series has and will help us in our prayer life. This month we will consider some of the great prayers of the New Testament, and we can understand and follow these biblical examples in our personal and corporate times of prayer.

Main Library:

Pray the Scriptures Bible: God's Word translation [220.5/GW] Bible. God's Word Translation (GW) accurately translates the meaning of the original biblical texts into clear, everyday language. Author Kevin Johnson presents an approach to the power of biblical prayer by offering Scripture-specific prayers written to be read and prayed alongside the Scriptures that inspired them. Readers will pray with more confidence, learning to apply Scripture to their lives and pray words they know God will hear.

This Bible is new to our Church   Library and is a very good resource to use as described above. Here are several quotes:

Luke 18:9-14 – I can never do enough good acts to get right with you. You’re simply not impressed. Be merciful to me, a sinner.

John 17:9-14 – Pray for us. Keep us safe through your powerful name, and don’t let any of us be lost. Give us every bit of your joy.

Colossians 1:9-12 – Fill me with insight into your will so I can live a life that proves I belong to you and please you in every way. Strengthen me to patiently endure everything with joy.

Children’s Library:

The Barber who Wanted to Pray [C248.32/Spr] by Robert C. Sproul. One night after family   devotions, Delaney asks her father to teach her to do better at prayer and he relates the story of Master Peter, a sixteenth-century barber who made the same request of Martin Luther.

I Can Talk with God [C248.32/And] by Debby Anderson. Explains that prayer is talking with God and we can do it anywhere or any time.

God Listens when I Pray [C248.32/Luc] by Max Lucado. Hermie the caterpillar and his garden friends are reminded that God always listens and always helps His children.

Prayers for Boys [J242.82/All] by Herbert C. Alleman. A collection of short prayers for all occasions, written especially for boys.

Teen Library:

Stuff You Don't Have to Pray About [T248.83/She] by Susie Shellenberger. Includes stories of contemporary teens as well as contemporary retelling of Bible stories and personal application. Each chapter list suggestions for things for which to pray.

We have recently moved all the teen books downstairs to the Teen Library, instead of having half of them in the Main Library divided by copyright date. We hope you use it often and find something interesting to read. FYI: teens are always welcome to use materials from the Main Library.

Come on in and check it out.

Using the Library


Our expanded church library is open when the church is open and anyone can check out materials. Here's how: 

Select materials you wish to borrow. Remove the circulation card and write in your name (and phone number if not a church member).Then place card in the check out box.

Books may be checked out up to 3 weeks; all other materials 1 week. When returning materials, place them in the top drawer of the lateral file cabinet marked "Returned materials."


Tips for Selecting Children's Books


Parents, here are some tips for helping your child select books appropriate to his/her reading level:

Have your child read the first page or two of the book. Ask  them to hold up 1 finger for every word they don't know. If they hold up 5 fingers while reading, consider this a "read it to me" book, rather than a book to read on their own. If they hold up only 2-3 fingers, you've found a "just right" book.

Meet Joyce Kight


Joyce Kight, our director of Christian resources, manages one of the largest Christian lending libraries in the area. She has spent over 30 years in library ministry (nearly 20 of them with us!), sharing her love of God and books and supporting congregational libraries. Read Joyce's story.

Book Club Selections

skeleton in gods closet 

A Skeleton In God's Closet

By Paul L. Maier

 Tues., August 26, @10:00 a.m.


When an ancient skeleton is discovered in Israel, will it shed new light on the life of Jesus or plunge the world into chaos?

Dr. Jonathan Weber, Harvard professor and biblical scholar, is looking forward to his sabbatical year on an archaeological dig in Israel. But a spectacular find that seems to be an archaeologist's dream-come-true becomes a nightmare that many fear will be the death rattle of Christianity.

Carefully researched and compellingly written, A Skeleton in God's Closet explores the tension between faith and doubt when science and religion collide. In the end, it’s a thought provoking page turner driven by one man's determination to find the truth—no matter what the cost.

The book discussion groups are open to all adult readers. Copies of the books are available in the church library.

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