This Sunday, Michael Jinkins will preach on Deuteronomy 13:1-5, 1 John 4:1-8 and Matthew 5:10-16. This will be the first in Michael’s fall sermon series, How Will They Know We Are Christians? His sermon title will be “Are You Sure I’m Not a Prophet?” We have returned to our regular schedule of two services — one at 8:30 a.m. in the Chapel and the second at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. There will be nursery care, however Sunday School classes will not resume until September 8. To view the bulletin, click here.

How Will They Know We Are Christians?
Michael Jinkins
This summer, over half of the suggestions for a fall sermon series related to ethical and moral questions. While some are better dealt with in other forums (for example, in the blog series now being posted, “Is Tolerance a Christian Virtue,”) others are perfect for the pulpit. So, for the next five weeks our focus will be on what it means to act like a Christian.

Historically, much of the focus in our Reformed tradition has tended to be on beliefs. But what if we focused for a while on what we do and why we do it? After all, as the old songs says, “They will know we are Christians by our love.” And love is never just something we feel, it is the basis of our actions and is made real in our actions. Indeed, William James, the philosopher and author of Varieties of Religious Experience, observed that the truthfulness of a faith is most reliably seen in the lives it produces among its adherents.


8/25 | SCAPC 101
8/25 | Youth Pool Party
8/26 | Session Meeting
9/2 | Labor Day (church office closed)
9/4 | PINTS resumes
9/5 | TMBS&PG resumes
9/7 | Fall Day of Service
9/8 | Sunday School resumes
9/8 | Youth Group Kick-Off
9/9 | PW Noon & Lambeth House Circle
9/10 | PW Evening Circle
9/11 | CBD Breakfast Group resumes
9/11 | Mid-Week Bible Study resumes
9/11 | WNO resumes: College Night
915 | Theological Education Sunday: Prof. Jennifer Lord, guest preacher
9/15 | YAF Saints Party
9/18 | WNO Cake Walk
9/19 | PW Book Club

Summer Small Groups:

For further details and other opportunities, please refer to the “Getting Involved at SCAPC” brochure. Hard copies are available in the Sanctuary.

Aden Elder Care Tuesdays & Thursdays | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Contact: Adelle Bergman,
CBD Study Group Wednesdays through June 5 | 7 a.m. | 625 St. Charles Ave. | Contact: John Morton,
Presbyterian Women’s Evening Circle monthly Bible Studies | Second Tuesdays | 5:45 p.m. | LB, Lakeside | Contact Ebie Strauss,
Presbyterian Women’s Needleworks Group Thursdays | 10 a.m.-Noon | LB, Lakeside | Contact: Mary Ann Mott, 504-581-4424
Spiritually Hungry Women Wednesdays | 12:30-1:45 p.m. | LB, Lakeside | Contact: Beth Poe,
PINTS on the Porch Alternating Fridays beginning June 14 | 5:30-7:00 p.m. | LB porch | Contact: Bria Rault,

Small Groups Resuming this Fall:

Mid-Week Bible Study Wednesdays | 5 p.m. | Chapel | Contact Sarah Chancellor-Watson, | resumes 9/11
Middle School Girls Small Group (MSGSG) Evening events TBA | Contact: Leslie Johns Ray, | resumes 9/10
Presbyterian Women’s Book Club Third Thursdays | 5 p.m. LB Lakeside | Contact: Elizabeth Artigues, | resumes 9/19
Presbyterian Women’s Circles (monthly Bible Studies) Monday Lunch (12 p.m., LB) and Lambeth House (2 p.m.) | 2nd Monday | resumes 9/9
Senior High Small Group Alternating Thursdays | 7 p.m. | 3rd Floor Youth Room | Contact: Chris Hazlaris | resumes 9/12
TMBS&PG (Thursday Morning Bible Study & Prayer Group) | 7 a.m. through June 20 | LB, Riverside | Contact: Jane Rasi, |  resumes 9/5
(Young Adults & Families – Presbyterians Imbibing in Necessary Theological Study | Wednesday evenings, 6:45 p.m. | LB | Contact: Bria Rault, | resumes 9/4