” I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
Hope for What is to Come!
Since moving to Nebraska I have learned (or rather re- learned) several things about Winter.
Snow is beautiful as it softly falls and covers the ground in a soft blanket of white, but it is heavy and a lot of work when you go to shovel it.
Sunshine does not equal warm! Where I come from we don’t have a “feels like” tempera-ture and coats aren’t always necessary when running outside for a quick minute.
Winter is only a season and soon, I hope, we will have a beautiful Spring. This is the hope that I am holding on to this week!
But, as I bundle up each morning and leave the warmth of my home I am reminded that life, like the seasons, has a cycle. In life we are faced with good times filled with joy and laughter and then there are the hard times filled with sorrow and tears. But, whether it is a good time, a bad time or sometime in between it is important to hold on to the knowledge that it is a season and that season of life will eventually change. Lent is another perfect example of this cycle.
Lent is traditionally a time of reflection and repentance and also an opportunity to start fresh as we approach Easter and the celebration of Christ’s resurrection. It is in these 40 days of Lent as we continue to reflect on the season, maybe we have given something up or taken on a new spiritual discipline, we do get glimpses of what is to come. The Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:17 wrote, “Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new per-son. The past is forgotten, and everything is new.” This is the hope that we hold onto through Lent.
Lent prepares us for Easter just as Winter prepares us for Spring. New life is the result of both and for now we can hold onto that hope!
In Christ’s love,
Please join us during Wednesday Night Downtown for our Lenten service. The evening begins with a free-will offering dinner at 5:45 p.m. and then the church service at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is not required, but you do not want to miss our Lenten services. Everyone is invited to this service, and all who believe in Jesus Christ may have communion. We will hold Lenten Services every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. until Holy Week. Check the schedule of services and activties below. You won’t regret attending. Mark your calendars now!
February 18 – Ash Wednesday Service – 6:30 p.m.
February 22 through March 25 – Wednesday Night Downtown
Communion in Worship Service – 6:30 p.m.
March 29 – Palm Sunday – 10:30 a.m.
Celebrating the Triumphal Entry of our Lord
April 2 – Maundy Thursday – 6:30 p.m.
Communion Worship Service – “A Living Supper”
April 3 – Good Friday – 6:30 p.m.
Candlelight Service – “The Seven Last Words of Christ”
April 4 – Community Easter Egg Hunt – 10:00 a.m.
First Presbyterian Church – Enter door on 34th Street
April 5 – Easter Morning – 10:30 a.m.
Celebrating the Triumph of our Lord, Jesus Christ: “He Lives!”
We had a wonderful worship service which included many Scottish elements. Included was the Affirmation of Faith – The Scots Confession, the recognition of Our Scottish Heritage, an explanation of the history of the Scots and the tartan, and the blessing of the tartans. Two Scottish songs were played by our Scottish bagpipper during the offetory.
Following the worship service, in Calvin Hall, was a Ceilidh or a Scottish “happening”. Shortbread, coffee and punch were served while the Scottish Society of Nebraska Country Dancers performed realistic Scottish dances. The dancers were also dressed in Scottish clothing.
All Scots were asked to bring a piece of their clan tartan to be blessed. This year people who were not Scottish were asked to bring something of importance to be dedicated as well. Whatever heritage, all were encouraged to wear something plaid. It was a fun time for all. This is a special time for our church, so if you missed it this year, mark your calendar for next year. It is the fourth Sunday in January. Come and be Scottish for two hours!
(In the picture to the right, one sees the various tartans from congregation members of the church being blessed and honored. Check the Photos on our Home page for more pictures of this event.)
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, FEBRUARY 14, 2015
“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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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!