“Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.”
On December 6, the Presbyterian Women of First Presbyterian Church and Central Presbyterian Church had their annual Christmas Party at The Field Club of Omaha. Everyone was in a festive mood, and the dining room was gorgeous with the main colors being red and green. We had red poinsettias, white table cloths with green napkins.
A delicious buffet of chicken marsala, London broil with roasted shallot glaze, orange roughy with amaretto cream sauce, potatoes, vegetables, salad bar, and rolls was served. There was festive musical entertainment provided by the Master Brass group. They serenaded us as we ate. Also, Mary Mahoney spoke about the history of the involvement of the Peter Kiewit family at First Presbyterian Church.
This was a wonderful event as we celebrate the Advent Season. Click on ”Photos” on our home page to see more pictures of our luncheon.
First Presbyterian Church and Central Presbyterian Church would like to invite you to our church for ADVENT. Advent is a time for adventure and means adventure. Our adventure is looking forward to the coming of Jesus. Our church will celebrate this in many ways. Please see the schedule below and join us. You will be warmly welcomed!
Our Advent Schedule as we celebrate the coming of Christmas and Jesus!
December 7 - 10:30 AM – Children’s Christmas Program/Communion
December 14 - 10:30 AM - ”The Christmas Story”
(A Classic Carol Celebration – A cantata presented by our Chancel Choir)
After Worship – Advent Workshop – Crafts for you to make
December 21 – 10:30 AM – Worship
7:00 PM – Annual Wassail and Carol Sing
December 24 – Christmas Eve
4:30 PM – Music Prelude
5:00 PM – Candlelight Service
This is my favorite time of the year here at First Presbyterian Church. Sure, I enjoy Lent, and I enjoy our Scottish Sunday service, but Advent is a special time in the life of the church. As we view the evergreen trees throughout the church, as we sing our advent hymns in worship, as we go Christmas Caroling and have our Wassail Party, and hear the Cantata, that spirit of Christmas just permeates all that we do.
It draws me back to my youth, and I am guessing it does for you as well. In my youth, my family used to gather around the dinner table, light our Advent wreath and read from an Advent devotional each day. It was a chance to be reminded, especially as a child, of the true meaning behind the Christmas holiday…a Holy Day when God came down to the world.
Advent reminds us of the waiting, the anticipation of a Savior to come to bring victory and freedom to the people of Israel. Advent reminds us that the Savior return in the end days. We live as Advent people, waiting, anticipating the salvation that only the Messiah can bring.
I hope you can find some time this Advent season. Time when you can remember ..
the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
This Advent, I encourage you to take one of our Advent devotionals, and read through it each day. Use these devotionals written by members of your church, to prepare you for the birth, and the return of our Savior, Jesus Christ!
On November 23, 2014, Central Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church gathered together to celebrate Thanksgiving. A home-cooked meal was served to a large crown of congregation members. Turkeys were baked on Friday, carved on Saturday, and served on Sunday. Uh um delicious! Then many church ladies met on Saturday morning to peel, boil, and mash the potatoes, make dressing, get the yams ready with butter and brown sugar, and get green beans and corn ready and to also set the tables. Everyone enjoyed the meal on Sunday, and many went back for seconds. It is said that Presbyterians like to eat, and yes, we do. Come and join us for dinner sometime! See more photos of the dinner by going to the home page and clicking on “Photos.”
The Presbytery of Missouri River Valley unanimously approved the merger of First Presbyterian Church and Central Presbyterian Church. God is doing wonderful things. Come and see God at work!
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, December 13, 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“
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
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