“Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.”
God is on the move!
Over the past few years the phrase, “God is on the Move!” has been used at Presbytery meetings as part of a paradigm to encourage us to recognize and be on the lookout for ways that God is working in the midst of our Presbytery in Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa.
As I ponder all that has happened lately at First Presbyterian Church, I have to say, God is on the move at First Presbyterian Church. Last month we had exciting and unique things in the life of the church happen every Sunday. We had a wonderful Easter celebration service when many of you joined with some of our regular and new visitors to worship the Lord in a glorious way! The next Sunday we celebrated the power that occurs when God is present in any endeavor as we celebrated our recent merger in worship followed by a spectacular luncheon. The next week we recognized the many disciples who work with our Christian Education program helping to teach others about our faith and beliefs. On the last Sunday in April we will celebrate Confirmation Sunday when many of our youth publically professed their faith in Christ and made the choice to follow Jesus.
God has truly been on the move around here, and I don’t think it is going to end any time soon. Every time we worship we are gathering together to celebrate what God is doing. If you have not been here lately, I really encourage you to come and see how our worship is passionately praising our Lord and celebrating what He is doing here and the world around us.
We have a summer full of opportunities to learn more about God and to answer His call and serve Him. The First Presbyterian Church Vacation Bible School is coming up June 15-19, and the Schuyler Vacation Bible School will be June 28-July 2. Our Senior High youth have a mission trip to Wyoming from July 11-18 that they are getting excited for as well!
We also have opportunities to see God on the move as we fellowship with each other each Sunday, and at our Summer Picnic on July 12, and our Church retreat at Camp Calvin Crest on July 18. As the fellowship of the church gathers, God is always present and at work amongst us.
God is truly on the move here at First Presbyterian Church! Open yourself up to the possibilities He offers, and you will never be sorry!
June 15-19, 2015
9:00 a.m. – Noon
We are excited to take an adventurous journey this summer during VBS! While exploring uncharted territory during our Journey Off the Map, we will discover that Jesus is the Ultimate Guide. Together we will learn that, even when faced with the unexpected, we can know how to listen for God’s direction.
Each day kids will visit Survival Springs for snacks, Rappelling Ravine for rec, Boulder Bridge for missions, Rushing Waters to learn cool songs, and Shady Grove to create fun crafts.
Will you take the Journey?
Contact the church office, 402 345-5383, for more information and registration information.
First Presbyterian Church is pleased to offer a preventive health event. Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will host their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings on 7/8/2015.
Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems for $149 or with the early sign-up discount for $139. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. Also, we are happy to announce that Life Line Screening is working with us to provide our members $10 additional discounts off of a screening package in addition to a $10 donation to First Presbyterian Church.
Please note that you must sign up on either the provided registration sheet (available on the flyers) or by calling the special Helping Hands registration number, which is 1-800-324-9458, in order for us to receive our $10 donation as well. If you prefer to visit the exclusive Helping Hands website to register, you may do so by visiting www.helpinghandsforhealth.com. You must sign up one of these three ways in order to get both the $10 discount as well as the $10 donation for our organization.
On Sunday, April 26, 2015, First Presbyterian Church was proud to present its confirmation class to the congregation. The congregation learned what the teens had been studying for the last eight month. Pastor Jon expressed that this was a group of teens who inquired about things they didn’t understand, and who spent time and were very deliberate in writing their faith story. The congregtion was very proud to welcome these church members as we have seen them grow from when they were very young. Congratulations to each and every one of you! God Bless!
ANNUAL BIRTHDAY LUNCHEON HOSTED BY THE PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN IN THE CONGREGATION PLANNED FOR SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015, WILL BE RESCHEDULED
Contact the following for additional information:
JoAnn MacDonald – (402) 391-1008 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lois Feddersen – (402) 333-6452 or email@example.com
Karma Blongewicz – (402) 331-9440 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa Davis – (402) 553-4089 or email@example.com
On Sunday, April 12, 2015, the promised celebration brunch was held to celebrate the merger of Central Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church. It was a beautiful day, with the sun shining brightly, and the grass so green as one pulled up to the Field Club of Omaha where the brunch was held. This was the culminating activity as the transition took place to turn two churches into one.
The brunch included the tables dressed in their finest, flowers decorating each table that someone would take home later in the afternoon, and a buffet of prime rib, scrambled eggs, omlets, cereals, bacon, sausages, a salad buffet, a dessert buffet and more.
It was a wonderful afternoon as we had two members of our church be our hosts for the brunch. They introduced special guests plus our own pastors. Our hosts shared personal experiences of being members of First Presbyterian Church ~Keeping Christ Central~, our senior pastor spoke about the merger, our associate pastor spoke about the future, and a power point titled “The Road to Today” showed the various activities and missions that went on in the church since the beginning of July.
It was a wonderful time for all, and we thank God for His guidance for this successful merger. Please check the ‘Photos” on the home page for additional photos of this great afternoon.
FPC Bible Study Groups are open and love visitors! One will find these studies Biblical, Challenging, and Relevant!
9:30 AM – SATURDAY, MAY 23 – (for women) in Calvin Hall
“Reconciling Paul, A Contemporary Study of 2 Corinthians“
7:00 PM – FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015
The location will be announced. Additionally, the group will not meet in June and July.
Word and Wine: “Faith Lessons – On The Promised Land“
FPC has deep roots in mission giving. One example of this is the Hand Up Food Pantry. Our Pantry is open every Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Our church provides the budget to get food from the Food Bank for the Heartland, which is our major supplier of USDA food. We also purchase other food at various outlets to supply well-rounded meals for our clients including turkey dinners for Thanksgiving and hams for Easter.
Congregation members are the volunteers that gather food, put it on shelves, and serve the clients in our church auditorium. We have the ability to serve over 100 clients each week, and we continue to grow. Just last week we served 183 people! Occasionally, we even have other Presbyterian churches in the
Would you like a First Presbyterian shirt? Following is a list of shirts available. T-Shirts (adult and youth sizes) – $12 for short-sleeved; $17 for long-sleeved; Hoodies – $20; Collared Polo Shirts – $18; V-Neck T-Shirts – $15. In most cases, shirts in shades of white, blue, and yellow can be ordered. Please talk with Phil Franco at (402) 345-5383, firstname.lastname@example.org, or in person on Sundays. They make a nice witnessing tool. Get one today!