“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.”
Back-to-school, back-to-church, it’s the perfect season for new beginnings. Central Presbyterian Church is worshipping with First Presbyterian Church of Omaha, a new beginning for both churches. We have beautiful music and choir, enlightening messages that speak the Word of God, and an excellent Christian Education program for all ages. Whether you’ve never been to church before, or haven’t been in years, come and visit us! Bible study begins at 9:00 am in Millard Hall, the building west of the main church, and worship service begins at 10:30 am. Select what you would like: both, or just come to worship service. We hope to see YOU this Sunday!
FPC Bible Study Groups are open and love visitors! One will find these studies Biblical, Challenging, and Relevant!
9:00 AM - SUNDAY
”THE PRESENT WORD” curriculum by PC (USA) in Millard Hall
BIBLE STUDY WITH ALAN in Jenks Lounge
9:30 AM - SATURDAY, October 11, 2014
“RECONCILING PAUL“, A Contemporary Study of 2 Corinthians
in Calvin Hall
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DOWNTOWN
5:45 PM- 6:30 PM – Dinner – Free Will Offering
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM – Adult Education – “GOD IN THE MOVIES“
7:00 PM - FOURTH FRIDAY OF THE MONTH
(location to be announced)
Word and Wine: ”FAITH LESSONS – ON THE PROMISED LAND“
Central Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church held its annual Rally Sunday on September 7. Our worship service began with a fantastic anthem from our choir. This worship service was the beginning to a wonderful Rally Sunday. This special Sunday provided members and visitors an opportunity to see the programs and activities that are available for people of all ages. Various booths were available to show many of our main programs. One could see adult education programs, music education for adults and children, Sunday School, and Wednesday Night Downtown.
Following the booth viewing, a picnic luncheon was served and was followed with games on the church lawn. The games included a cake walk, inflatable games such as the bungee run and obstacle course, plus many more games. Youth and even adults enjoyed the games. Prizes were handed out to the youth as rewards for accomplishing the games.
You are invited to our Sunday School programs each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. Classes for youngsters are in Millard Hall and begin at 9:00 a.m., and adult classes are held in Millard Hall and Calvin Hall, 9:00 a.m. also. If you are interested in having your child attend Sunday School, please contact the church at 402-345-5383 or just bring your child to Sunday School. If you are interested in the adult Christian Education programs, either show up at 9:00 a.m. or contact the same number and see what classes we are offering that you would be interested in attending.
Wednesday Night Downtown begins at 5:45 p.m. with dinner in Knox Dining Room which is located downstairs in the main church building. Classes begin at 6:30 p.m. with Pastor Jon teaching adults “God in the Movies.” We also have a very active group of youngsters and youth that meet in Millard Hall at 6:30 p.m. We hope you will find time in your busy schedule to join us.
I love September in the church, when most of the classes and programs start back up after the summer break. The church gets a vibrancy and energy surrounding it as church members get involved again in these programs.
Vocal and bell choirs have started up, and the First Presbyterian Church choirs are so excited to join together with the choir members from Central Presbyterian Church.
Our Sunday School classes kick off after worship on Rally Sunday, September 7th when we will have a display of all the offerings for our children, youth and adults.
This year I will be teaching confirmation to 7th, 8th, and 9th graders from Central Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church. I love the curriculum I use for confirmation, as it encourages the students to be aware of the range of Christian beliefs about a given subject, and then make their own choice as to what aspect of that range they will adopt as their own belief. We also have a wonderful mentoring program where we pair each confirmand with an adult mentor throughout the year. If you would like to be a mentor, please let me know so that I can talk about the program with you.
On Mondays we have a small group that will meet to study and discuss The Daniel Plan, Rick Warren’s guide to healthy living that focuses on Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, and Friends. The idea behind the book is that in 40 days you can change your life to become much more healthier. This is the second year for this studyit was enjoyed by the first group so much that it was decided a second opportunity should be made available.
Wednesday night downtown begins again on September 10th, a time when we gather around the table for an evening meal, and then break out to various groups. We have
These are just a few of the many ways for you to be part of the church this year, I hope you take advantage of these (and many other) offerings to further your faith, serve in the capacity you have been gifted, and meet your fellow church members! Together, we make up the church that gathers, and I think we are in for a wonderful year!
In Him, Pastor Jon
Presbyterian Women (PW) of First Presbyterian Church held its annual mission luncheon on August 24. This was the day for members of Central Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church to have lunch prepared by First Presbyterian Church’s PW. It was also a time to hear about the mission for which money was being raised through a bake sale and farmer’s market for the past month and gently used purses were collected. The project this year was the Open Door Mission’s Lydia House, and the speaker was Candace Gregory, the President/CEO of Open Door Mission. She presented information about this organization.
Candace told us that the average age of the homeless is age 9! The first time someone comes to the Open Door Mission and Lydia House is because the people are in urgent physical need for food, shelter, or a breather from living on the street. But once there, they find shelter – not only from the many problems of life, but also the harsh weather of our midlands. Many reasons for women being homeless and going to the Lydia House have to do with abuse, addiction, poverty, lack of schooling, etc.
Attendees to the luncheon had an opportunity to provide a mission gift of money for this program. We thank Candace Gregory for her wonderful presentation, and her compassion and empathy for those who are suffering. With organizations like the Open Door Mission and the Lydia House which was rebuilt in 2010 and people like Candace, families can learn about Christ, receive encouragement, and overcome abuse, addictions, get GED’s, and rebuild lives.
On Saturday, August 23, Members and friends of Central Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church joined the PUFF (Presbyterians United For Fun) group for an FPC bus trip to Sioux City, Iowa to visit Trinity Heights.
Trinity Heights offers more than two dozen shrines, memorial garden spots and quiet corners for prayer and reflection. There are 14 acres of walkways and soft green spaces. A highlight in the St. Joseph Center and Museum is the impressive 22 foot-long wood sculpture of the life-size Last Supper, one of only three in-the-round design wood sculptures in the world.
The Last Supper was completed in 1993 by award-winning carver Jerry Traufler of Le Mars, Iowa after seven years of work. He started with a pencil outline and then took the unique approach of shaping the characters based on his wife and friends, who posed for photographs dressed as individual apostles. There are 12 disciples and Jesus in the Last Supper sculpture — with James and Andrew sculpted as one unit. Each figure weighs 200 to 300 lbs. The work of art also includes individually carved goblets and unleavened bread on a huge table. The wood is basswood and pine.
After viewing the gardens, the group had lunch at a famous bar-b-que restaurant and then took time to look through antique shops. PUFF road trips are fun for all, and go to unique places. They even stop for ice cream on the way home! The next PUFF trip will be to Nebraska City.
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, email@example.com, or in person on Sundays. They make a nice witnessing tool. Get one today!