“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
ANNUAL BIRTHDAY LUNCHEON HOSTED BY THE PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN IN THE CONGREGATION - SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015
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Melissa Davis – (402) 553-4089 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lois Feddersen – (402) 333-6452 or email@example.com
JoAnn MacDonald – (402) 391-1008 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On Sunday, April 12, 2015, the promised celebration brunch was held to celebrate the merger of Central Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church. It was a beautiful day, with the sun shining brightly, and the grass so green as one pulled up to the Field Club of Omaha where the brunch was held. This was the culminating activity as the transition took place to turn two churches into one.
The brunch included the tables dressed in their finest, flowers decorating each table that someone would take home later in the afternoon, and a buffet of prime rib, scrambled eggs, omlets, cereals, bacon, sausages, a salad buffet, a dessert buffet and more.
It was a wonderful afternoon as we had two members of our church be our hosts for the brunch. They introduced special guests plus our own pastors. Our hosts shared personal experiences of being members of First Presbyterian Church ~Keeping Christ Central~, our senior pastor spoke about the merger, our associate pastor spoke about the future, and a power point titled “The Road to Today” showed the various activities and missions that went on in the church since the beginning of July.
It was a wonderful time for all, and we thank God for His guidance for this successful merger. Please check the ‘Photos” on the home page for additional photos of this great afternoon.
On Sunday, April 5, 2015, First Presbyterian Church celebrated Easter with a triumphant Easter Service. Voices were heard singing in the choir in the back balcony singing “Hope Is Alive!” The voices and brass just rang out through the church that one had goosebumps the music was so beautiful! The choir also wore their new choir robes for the first time. The choir was accompanied by our beautiful organ and a fanfare of brass. CHRIST HAS RISEN!!
In the picture at the right one will see our children listening to the Children’s Sermon delivered by Pastor Jenni. Pastor Jenni is comparing an empty egg to the empty tomb, and then new life exists with Jesus through an example of the baby chicks that were born in the egg. How enchanted the boys and girls were regarding the story and the examples being given.
The sermon for the service was “This Is the End?” Pastor Jon spoke about Jesus being alive! He had been resurrected. The sermon continued with the story of Easter and that we need to love one another as Jesus loves us.
Then our service closed with a fantastic playing of “Hallelujah” by our gifted organist Joyce Reimer, who was also accompanied by brass players. What a terrific way to end a beautiful service on a beautiful day. May we carry the message of Easter with us every day throughout the year.
We had many visitors, and please know that you are welcome at our church. You will be greeted with a warm handshake, a smile, and a meaningful greeting. We are truly glad that you have decided to share your worship time with us. You won’t regret it. Thanks be to God!
The weather was partly cloudy and cool, but it was still a wonderful day for an indoor Easter Egg Hunt! Children of all ages and their parents came to our church, First Presbyterian Church, to participate in our sixth annual Easter Egg Hunt. This year we also provided a learning experience as to why we celebrate Easter.
Many of the boys and girls came with absolutely darling Easter baskets. There were many eggs, and prizes were available. We also had finger food, juice and water. A fun time was had by all. See the “Photo” section on our home page for more pictures of the Easter Egg Hunt.
First Presbyterian Church held a wonderful Palm Sunday Service. Our youth had their traditional processional of the palms as they walked through the church waving their palms in excitement of Jesus returning to Jerusalem.
Pastor Jenni spoke of the experiences that Jesus would be going through the last week of his earthly life. It was a beautiful sermon and one that was very emotional as well as we realize what Jesus did to save us from our sins.
Please join us this coming Sunday, April 5 for the Triumphant Resurrection of Jesus. The service begins at 10:30 a.m. with prelude music at 10:15 a.m. This is a service you won’t want to miss. Hallelujah, He Is Risen!
Read the Instructions and Get Help!
As I am writing this, I had a knock on my door and a package arrived. I had ordered a telescope with some money I received for my birthday and it had finally come. The boxes were much bigger than I expected, and as I unpacked them, there were MANY more parts than I would have guessed.
I began fiddling with the pieces trying to see what went where (who needs instruction manuals?), but I was hopelessly lost as to how to put it together. I knew I would need to do a few things before I could become adept at using my new telescope; apparently, I did need to read the instruction manual in order to effectively use it. I also need to find someone who has used a telescope before successfully, and get guidance and mentoring from them.
As I look at the pieces to this telescope, I am struck by how similar this experience is to our faith. All too often we feel like we can do it on our own, without talking to others, without reading “the instruction manual”. However, most of the time we will end up hopelessly lost and unable to make heads or tails of our lives when things get complicated.
In our faith, much as in our life, we need to read the guidebook and seek out mentors to help us learn.
We need to read the manual, the Bible, and become familiar with what our faith is about. We have a book with thousands of years of Christian experience contained within it. We should always seek to see what the Bible says when we are looking to grow in our faith, or when we face uncertainty in our lives.
We need to talk to others who are mature Christians, and ask them to teach and guide us in our faith as we grow. Part of being a community of faith is knowing there are others who have knowledge about their faith. These may be church members, pastors, family members, or friends, but we all have people we look up to in faith, but too often we don’t approach them for guidance when we most need it.
We have been given a great many resources in our faith; we just need to learn to use them to grow and learn more about what we believe. Read and talk to others about what you believe today, and discover the depth and breadth of the faith in which you believe.
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, MAY 23 – (for women) in Calvin Hall
“Reconciling Paul, A Contemporary Study of 2 Corinthians“
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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