“But let all who take refuge in You be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread Your protection over them, that those who love Your name may rejoice in You.”
Date: Saturday, July 18, 2015
Time: 10:30 am to 8:00 pm
Place: Calvin Crest Camp, Conference, and Retreat Center
Registration fee: $10.00
Lunch, Supper and Snacks provided. A T-shirt will be ordered for each registrant. Don’t wait – sign up right away! See attached form. Registration deadline is Sunday, July 5, 2015!
First Presbyterian Church has had its annual Vacation Bible School the week of June 15 – 19. The theme of this year’s Vacation Bible School was “Journey Off The Map.” During this time youngsters from preschool to grade 6 learned that no matter what problem they may encounter, they need to know, follow, and trust in their guide which is Jesus. Through song, Bible stories, games, snacks and arts and crafts, youngsters had a great time!
Each day had a different theme, but all centered around our journey in life and how we need to keep our faith in Jesus. VBS
In The Light!
“Thy word is a lamp for my feet and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105
Have you ever had the experience where one tiny task turns into a huge project? That’s how it has been at the church these past few days for me. When we hosted the Presbytery meeting May 7th, I was sitting in the pews and I noticed that three of the lights above the choir were burnt out. I had never noticed this before since I am always at the pulpit looking out into the congregation. The next day after I mentioned the need for new lights, a suggestion was made that we convert to LED lights on all the choir lights. This would save energy and the lightbulbs will last years and years longer than a standard bulb.
In the process of converting we ran into a series of problems. The first set of lights was too bluish white for our sanctuary, the next two sets didn’t get enough light all the way down to the choir. We are now on the fourth set of lights being installed and we are anticipating these to be the right combination. We also discovered that another set of lights that shine upward are burnt out.
I thought about this and how it applies to our faith, and there are some strong similarities. When we stray from the light of God, we may often try to replace that sense of belonging and love with other things that evoke similar feelings but are not the same as the original. If we are not careful and paying attention we may find ourselves to have strayed farther and farther from the path, not even realizing that we no longer are on the path we started out on.
The other thing that comes to mind is we didn’t even notice the lights which shine upward were missing. Had they all burnt out at once it would have been noticeable. They burnt out gradually over time, one light here, then another one later, and no one noticed the difference. When our path strays from God it is rarely like an on and off switch where we decide suddenly “I am going to not follow Gods ways”. Rather, we stray, we gradually get farther and farther, our senses become dulled and we adjust accordingly, until we suddenly realize one day that we no longer are walking in the light of God’s love.
The good news is this. When we notice that the light around us has changed, either because of a cheap substitution, or because we have strayed from the light, we can always turn around and return to God’s ways. He always stands ready to welcome us back into his light and his ways. What a relief it is to know that truly, nothing can separate us from the love of God, not even the darkness that often surrounds us!
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.
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!
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!