“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.”
The 154th Annual Meeting of the Congregation of First Presbyterian Church will be held in Knox Fellowship Hall downstairs on Sunday, February 1, 2015. Lunch will be served at 12 noon and the meeting will begin at 12:45 p.m. Copies of the Annual Report are now available. Reports will be received, officers elected, Nominating Committee chosen, and by-laws of the merged church will be voted on. All members of FPC are encouraged to attend the meeting.
We had a wonderful worship service which included many Scottish elements. Included was the Affirmation of Faith – The Scots Confession, the recognition of Our Scottish Heritage, an explanation of the history of the Scots and the tartan, and the blessing of the tartans. Two Scottish songs were played by our Scottish bagpipper during the offetory.
Following the worship service, in Calvin Hall, was a Ceilidh or a Scottish “happening”. Shortbread, coffee and punch were served while the Scottish Society of Nebraska Country Dancers performed realistic Scottish dances. The dancers were also dressed in Scottish clothing.
All Scots were asked to bring a piece of their clan tartan to be blessed. This year people who were not Scottish were asked to bring something of importance to be dedicated as well. Whatever heritage, all were encouraged to wear something plaid. It was a fun time for all. This is a special time for our church, so if you missed it this year, mark your calendar for next year. It is the fourth Sunday in January. Come and be Scottish for two hours!
(In the picture to the right, one sees the various tartans from congregation members of the church being blessed and honored. Check the Photos on our Home page for more pictures of this event.)
First Presbyterian Church and the merged members of Central Presbyterian Church congratulate and welcome Pastor Jennifer Blake to our church. She gave a terrific children’s sermon to many youngsters. She then spoke to the congregation about New Year’s Resolutions, and whether we make them and keep them. Pastor Jenni stated that she use to make resolutions, but that she doesn’t anymore because it was difficult to keep them. Therefore she decided years ago to work on being optimistic, and she said that she gets better with it every year. Optimism – a key word to being enthusiastic towards life!
Pastor Jenni will begin February 15, 2015. She will be in charge of Christian Education, Deacons, and our Stephen Ministry program. Please stop by and meet Pastor Jenni beginning the latter part of February. She will be glad to welcome you to our church and you will also receive a warm welcome from our congregation.
Happy New Year! Each January, we have an opportunity to start over with new resolutions, new plans, new hopes and new dreams. The New Year always reminds me of the new life we find in Christ.
In Christ we have an opportunity to start over in God’s eyes. Through Christ’s sacrifice for all of us, each of us can start over. Our very lives are a celebration of the new life we have in Christ!
When we gather as a church, we celebrate that newfound life in Christ, together. We become a gathering of people with something in common, finding our way together, discovering we all have a great reason to celebrate. We each have been called to come together to rejoice in God, to sing his praises in worship, and to build up our community.
This January we have three special Sundays that we celebrate together:
Sunday, January 4th – we celebrate the finalization of the merger between Central Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church. We first began regularly worshipping together on July 6, 2014 and have prayed about and sought God’s guidance as we seek to come together as His people. The day is finally here when we can praise God together as one unified congregation, concluding with the Lord’s Supper. You will not want to miss this first service together!
Sunday, January 11th – Having just celebrated that God gathered us together, we gather once again this week to celebrate the possible call of an Associate Pastor for the church, Rev. Jennifer Blake. Please join us on Sunday to hear Reverend Blake preach and to find out a little bit more about her!
Sunday, January 25th – We gather together to celebrate one more time! This time we celebrate the Scottish Heritage of the Presbyterian Church and of some of our members. We will have a bagpiper, a blessing of the Tartans, and a gathering downstairs following our worship service where we can sample Scottish Shortbread and some Scottish dancing. This is always a special time for the church and a fun service to be a part of, please plan on being here!
God is doing great things in our midst, please come and see what He is doing at our church, and find out what he can do in your life!
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
“FAITHWEAVER NOW” in Jenks Lounge
9:30 AM – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2015
“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“
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!