“All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.”
The Presbyterian Women of First Presbyterian Church held their annual bake sale on Sunday, August 17. It was noted in an earlier article that our ladies were great cooks. Well, this bake sale proved it as practically everything was sold out before the worship service!
We had sticky buns that went quickly, rhubarb coffee cake that went quickly, pumpkin bars that went quickly, and much more. Thanks to everyone for purchasing the baked goods.
September 7th is Rally Sunday at First Presbyterian Church of Omaha! The members of Central Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church invite you to worship with us with the service beginning at 10:30 a.m. After worship on Sunday, you can come to Calvin Hall and visit the various tables which will include curriculum and other information for all ages. Find out more about Sunday school classes for youngsters through adults, and music opportunities that will be sure to excite everyone!
You are also invited to join us on the front lawn for our Rally Sunday luncheon and carnival. Lunch tickets can be purchased in Calvin Hall or out on the front lawn. Lunch includes fried chicken, hotdogs, chips, carrots, and cookies. Adult tickets are $4.00, children 12 an under are $3.00, and you can visit the tables in Calvin Hall and receive a $1.00 off coupoon toward your lunch ticket. Carnival tickets will be on sale at 5 tickets for $1.00 or 30 for $5.00.
We hope you are able to join us on Sunday mornings for classes. Adult classes and classes for pre-kindergarten through senior high school will begin on Sunday, September 14th. Nursery care will be provided every Sunday.
Sunday Morning Schedule
• Nursery Care in Millard Hall from 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. (or end of church)
• PreSchool – High School Classes in Millard Hall from 9:15 a.m. to 10: 20 a.m.
• Adult Classes - 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
The Presbyterian Women in the Church invite you to be a part of our annual August Mission Project. This year we are support the women and girls at the Lydia House with a gently used (or new) purse filled with helpful items. Our goal is to fill 100 purses. There are many ways that you, as a congregation member, can help.
Farmer’s Market - During the month of August, purchase fresh produce, jams, jellies, or monetary donation.
Bake Sale – Sunday, August 17 is again the scrumptuous bake sale. Purchase cookies, breads, muffins, coffee cakes – you know how well our ladies bake!!
Mission Project – Bring a gently used purse for the girls and ladies at Lydia House as well as some fillers for the purses. Please do not include gift cards or money as these purses may be going to youngsters.
Mission Luncheon – Sunday, August 24 in Knox Hall, following worship there will be a delicious lunch of pulled pork sandwiches, cheesy potatoes, other goodies and of course all kinds of pie. The cost is $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for youngsters 12 and under. Maggie Cope from the Lydia House will be the guest speaker. Make your reservation by contacting Lois Feddersen at (402) 333-6452 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to your participation and thank you ahead of time for your generosity.
August 10, 2014, was a special day at our church. It was special because the World War I Centennial was honored as well as Jarvis Offutt, who was a member of the church but died at an early age, and the renaming of Fort Crook to Offutt AFB. We had the Millard American Legion Post 374 Honor Guard post the colors as well as a guest pastor. We were fortunate to have Chaplain Michael Farar from Offut Air Force Base speak to the congregation. He had a very interesting sermon as he talked about Jarvis Offutt’s past and his accomplishments. He then talked about Saul, his past and his accomplishments. Surprisingly, the lives were very similar. Unfortunately, both families expected their child to come home, but due to circumstances that the young men were involved in, that did not happen.
There is a plaque in the FPC church honoring those who participated in WWI and died, and those who also came home. The church also had 600 women join the Red Cross. These ladies were members of the congregation or were friends of the ladies. These women sewed bandages and sent them to the air base in France where the Nebraska people were serving. To honor all of these individuals, we also had a wreath ceremony. The wreath ceremony included a minute of silence, prayers, and “Taps.” The playing of “Taps” gave one goosebumps. He was in the balcony, last row, and his playing was clear, respectful, and full of emotion. WOW is the best word to describe this part of the service.
This was a very memorable service, as Chaplain Farar also honored those who served and were sitting in the congregation. He also honored the wives and families of those who served. Many people stood during this part, and this service became something special for those who had families in the service.
Many thanks to all those who participated and helped give us this wonderful service.
On Sunday, July 27, the congregation of First Presbyterian Church hosted a welcome BBQ for the congregation of Central Presbyterian Church. The two churches are working on merging, and FPC wanted to do ssomething special for CPC. It was a fun day with great conversation, mingling, fantastic food, and even a fun trivia game! The winners of the trivia game even won church t-shirts!! This was an opportunity for the congregations of both churches to get to know one another better through fellowship and the one thing Presbyterians like to do – eat! Congregation members grilled hamburgers and hot dogs. All the fixings were served for the hamburgers and hot dogs. We also indulged in delicious potato salad, relish trays and potato chips. We even had a pasta salad. Then we finished the luncheon with delicious desserts! A wonderful time was had by all! (Please see more photos of this event on the photo page. Just click on photos on the main page and that will take you to the various picture albums.)
FPC Bible Study Groups are open and love visitors! One will find these studies Biblical, Challenging, and Relevant!
9:00 AM - SUNDAYS IN SOUTH CALVIN HALL
Are you interested in what happened at General Assembly this year? Beginning August 3, Pastor Jon will explain the actions taken this year for the Presbyterian Church.
10:00 AM - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2014 - FOR WOMEN
“Reconciling Paul“, A Contemporary Study of 2 Corinthians
In Calvin Hall at First Presbyterian Church
7:00 PM - FOURTH FRIDAY OF THE MONTH
(location to be announced)
Word and Wine: ”Faith Lessons – On The Promised Land“
At the respective June congregational meetings, the congregations of Central Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church decided to begin the process of exploring what it would mean to come together as one congregation. Both of these churches have rich histories of ministry in the area, and by coming together the hope is that a stronger ministry may emerge than what either congregation could do on their own.
Both churches bring different experiences, histories and abilities with them as they seek to come together for a common ministry. Both churches have had great joy and sadness in their history. Both churches wonder what this all will look like once the merger is done.
As we begin to form and identify who we are as a new gathering of people, I often think of the message from God given by Isaiah 43:18:
“Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history.
I find great comfort in the fact that this is God’s church. It isn’t my church, it isn’t your church. It isn’t even Central’s church of First’s church. This is God’s church!
The promise we receive from God is that he is doing new things with his people, all the time. We often talk about how as individuals we get bogged down in history so much that we are unable to move forward with God’s forgiveness and new plans for our lives. The same can be true for churches. We can get bogged down with history, thinking about how things might have been, rather than embracing the exciting new things God has in store for His church.
I believe that right here in Omaha, God is making a road for His people. Are you willing to walk down it and see where it leads? I am sure that if we trust in God, and walk His path, amazing things are in store for us!
In Him, Pastor Jon
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, bag it, 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