“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
Sunday August 30 we will have a special blessing for all our children and youth who have returned back to school. Bring your backpack to Worship for a blessing!
We will hear about the special mission project we are supporting, ChemoCharity, on August 30. All members, children, and friends are urged to come. Cost: $8.00, 12 and under $4.00. Be sure to sign up for the luncheon by contacting Lois at (402) 333-6452 or firstname.lastname@example.org by 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 28.
Presbyterian Women, Mariners, and PUFF of First Presbytrian Church hosted a delicious ice cream social on Sunday, August 9. Served were hot dogs that were grilled by our own Greg, and chips, and then came the piece de resistance: dessert which included homemade vanilla ice cream!! We also had home-made cakes, brownies, pineapple cake and an apple cake. Uh mmm good.
Proceeds from the ice cream social went to the designated mission for this year which is ChemoCharity, which helps cancer patients and their families.
On Saturday, August 8, members of First Presbyterian’s PUFF (Presbyterians United For Fun) group went on a day long trip to Des Moines. Iowa. It was a fun time for all who went even if it was somewhat hot and definitely humid. The PUFF group had the opportunity to go to their Farmer’s Market, which was four square blocks, and many goodies were purchased such as a berry bread and zucchini for a potential bread.
After lunch, the group toured the Iowa State Capitol. It is known to be the most beautiful state capitol in all of our fifty states. Pictures of the Iowa State Capitol may be viewed if you go to our Home Page and go to “Photos.” The last place they went was the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. The lily pads as well as other flowers were very unique as well as many of the other plants and gardens. It was a beautiful way to end the day.
The PUFF group is a wonderful way to travel somewhere that is just a day long trip. Check our calendar for future trips.
They Will Know We are Christians By Our Love!
We used to sing this song around the campfire on youth retreats when I was growing up in Arizona. As I pondered this newsletter article, I was amazed at how we are showing our love to each other and the world around us.
In June youth and leaders from First Presbyterian Church, along with volunteers from another church, traveled to Schuyler, Nebraska to host a Vacation Bible School for youth in the community. This has been going on for years and years, and the people of the community have come to know and trust us with their kids while we teach them about the Bible and faith in Jesus Christ. A few weeks ago, we had members on a medical mission to Jamaica where they provided much needed dental care for the people there.
Right now as I write this, our youth and adult leaders are on a mission trip to Wyoming where they are painting and sealing homes against the weather. Our group traveled to Wind River, Wyoming, working with tribal housing authorities to let the folks in Wind River know that they are loved and cared for.
These things are great, as we send people across the land to other cities, states and countries, but sometimes we forget about what happens right around us.
This has been a week of much needed pastoral visits. I have made more visits to homes and care facilities than any other week I can recall. At each and every visit I made, I heard about how other people in our congregation had visited, or were on their way to visit the same person I was visiting. I was amazed…In every case, in addition to pastoral care visits, each person who was recovering from illness, suffering illness, or preparing to grieve the loss of a loved one, were also receiving visits from friends and fellow church members!
I am so thankful for the members of this church who care so well for each other. I love seeing this, and I love hearing how the next visitor after me will be someone from the church. It affirms the message that we are trying to send to the world, far away and right at home, that people are loved and cared for. Thank you for allowing me to serve you and help you send that message into the world!
On Saturday, July 18, First Presbyterian Church had a retreat at Camp Calvin Crest, which is outside of Fremont, NE. The previous day was 95 degrees with a heat index of 112 degrees. We lucked out as the temperature was in the 80’s and a heat index in the upper 80’s as well. We had a wonderful drive out, and then we had a really good time as we had sessions that focused on discipleship, meditation and relaxation, and creativity.
The day started with registration and picking up the matching lime and blue Go Fish t-shirts. Go Fish was the theme of the retreat. We had donuts and coffee available and then the first session began with music, singing, and information for the day.
Next was lunch and then we had our first group of sessions. There were a total of three sessions that church members rotated through. We had a session where we were encouraged to write our faith statement. Much was discussed about the Bible, God, etc., and then people were on their own to write their faith statement or journal. One could even write a letter to God telling him what was going on that day and including problems.
We had a rest and relaxation time where the new pool was opened for swimming or just dunking a toe in the water. This was only the second day the swimming pool was used, and it was wonderful! We also had a hayrack ride through the Camp, dinner, and a Vesper Service which included a bonfire and s’mores. What a wonderful day to remember and everyone left with fellowship and fun. Check the Photo section on the home page for more pictures!
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