SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25 – MEET IN MILLARD HALL
4:00 P.M. – GAMES AND SNACKS
5:00 P.M. – “TRUNK-OR-TREATING”
A FUN EVENT FOR the community, parents, kids, church members, grandparents, grandkids, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors, and friends.
COME IN COSTUME!
DECORATE THE TRUNK OF YOUR CAR!
October is traditionally pastoral appreciation month. It is always a bit awkward to write about it or plan for it when a committee brings it up since it is kind of like planning your own birthday party, so Jenni and I thought we would turn things around and tell you why Jenni and I appreciate you, the members of First Presbyterian Church of Omaha.
Pastors of different churches talk to each other, and one thing I have become very aware of is that First Presbyterian Church doesn’t behave in the same way many other churches do…and that’s a great thing!
I know of churches where anonymous notes are sent in ways that are mean, disrespectful, and do not build up the body of Christ. I have always operated from the viewpoint that anonymous notes are most often not the kindest way to offer criticism because there is no face to face discussion, forcing both sides to recognize that this is a human interaction that is happening and that feelings, emotions and relationships matter. In the very few instances I have received an anonymous note, the note most often has been an idea that I wish I knew where it came from, because it was a good idea and worth talking more about.
This church also treats your pastors fairly. You compensate us appropriately, you collaborate with us in ministry, you seek our opinions, and you partner with us. There are congregations that hit both extremes of this (tell pastors exactly what things to do and how to do them, or expect pastors to tell you exactly what things to do and how to do them). At our church, we seem to recognize that this is a joint ministry and that we are all in this together, and that is so wonderful to see.
This church also does things well. When I look at our recent retreats, our funeral lunches, how we decorate for Advent and Scottish Heritage Sunday, how intense our Rally Sunday celebration was just a few weeks ago, our Wassail, and numerous other things we do, we do them well! We go to huge efforts to be sure that if we are doing something for God’s ministry, we do it well.
We also appreciate the great efforts we have seen in our mission outreach: Neighbor’s United meals, Crossroad Connection ministry, the Habitat for Humanity build, our Hand Up Food Pantry, Operation Christmas Child, as well as numerous other mission outreaches you are involved in individually and in small groups…all of these organizations, and missions, have benefited greatly from your time, gifts, and efforts.
We appreciate you and all that you do. You are doing great things for the kingdom and making a difference. Thank you!
Pastor Jon and Pastor Jenni
Hayrack Ride Get Together in Lincoln on Saturday, October 17. Sign up in Calvin Hall. Food, games, and a hayrack ride with Pastor Jon driving the tractor are a few of the highlights.
Congregational Meeting following the 10:30 a.m. Worship service. All members are invited to attend this important meeting.
Thank Offering Luncheon presented by the Presbyterian Women will follow the Congregational Meeting. Make your reservations in Calvin Hall. Luncheon is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children ages 12 and under. Make reservations by signing up during Coffee Fellowship, by contacting JoAnn MacDonald at (402) 391-1008 or email@example.com, or by contacting the church office at (402) 345-5383 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
9:00 – 10:00 am – Adult Education Classes – Millard Hall – Main Floor
“The Present Word” – Mustard Seed Room
Sermon Scripture – Gathering Place
9:00 – 10:15 – Preschool to 12th Grade Classes – Millard Hall
Wednesday Night Downtown
5:45 pm- Dinner – Free will offering
6:30 – 7:30 pm – Adult Christian Education in Dining Room
“Being Christian in the 21st Century, Current Events and Christian Responses”
6:30 – 8:00 pm – Preschool to 12th Grade – Millard Hall
6:15 – 7:15 pm – Presbyterian Women in the Congregation
Bible Study – Book of Hebrews - Third Wednesday of the Month
There is a place here for YOU!
The Hand Up Food Pantry at First Presbyterian Church is open every Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. except holidays. If you are in need of food, bring your social security card and two pieces of identification with an address. We are happy to serve you. If you are 65 and over, we offer a Senior Pantry where you can come weekly. For your information, the pantry is closed when Omaha Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.
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!