“For nothing is impossible with God.”
You are invited to join us as we dedicate the Thank Offering given by the women of our congregation.
The Thank Offering is a Presbyterian Women tradidion dating back to 1888, and one to which our own PW has contributed for many years. A luncheon will be held on Sunday, October 5, in Knox Hall immediately following worship. The menu will include potluck salads, sandwiches, pumpkin bars and cake. The cost is $6.oo for adults, and $3.00 for children 12 and under. Please consider contributing your favorite salad for the meal.
Also, there will be a special surprise for Jenny Lee, a long time member who is moving. She will be at church to say farewell to her friends and fellow members. Come and help her celebrate.
Sign up by contacting Lois Feddersen at (402) 333-6452 or email@example.com, stopping by the PW table during Coffee Fellowship, or contacting the church office at (402) 345-5383 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
An all-church hayrack ride will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014, from 4 PM – 8PM in Lincoln, Nebraska. It will be a time for an evening of fun and fellowship! Handicap accessible transportation and accommodations are available! (Please notify the church of any special needs so that we are prepared.} Bring your friends for hot dogs and S’mores, plus fun and games for all ages. Games include corn hole, ladder ball, horse shoes, bocce ball, a scavenger hunt, pumpkin carving, and more!! Sign-up in Calvin Hall. If you have questions or want to volunteer, please contact Aaron Gillespie at email@example.com.
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
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!
Have you remembered to shop with Scrip? Help FPC earn additional money by purchasing Scrip either in Calvin Hall on Sundays or through the available website. You can add as much as 13% from the purchase of your Scrip to our church. One can purchase Scrip for many familiar stores and now we even have a grocery store. Stop by the table in Calvin Hall to see the list of stores available to you and make your purchases. Scrips ordered this Sunday will be ready for you next Sunday. Happy Shopping!