April 16, 2014

     The video in worship on Sunday was inspiring to me.  You can see it on our Facebook page.  It reminded me of the stories I've heard and experienced over the years of people coming to church on Easter and having their lives turned upside down by an encounter with the Risen Christ.  I've seen entire families be changed when one member of the family surrenders his/her life to Jesus.  Would you please be asking the Lord this week to guide you in every conversation?  Perhaps he will put someone on your heart to invite to worship this weekend. If He does, make sure you obey Him.

April 4, 2014

Dear First Pres,

     One of the FPC highlights from the last few years has been the way we’ve been able to get out and serve our neighborhood the week before Easter.  Last year I had the privilege of serving with several folks at a yard in the Lowell neighborhood that needed a bit of TLC.  It was great!  I know that many of you share affection for the service and fellowship we’ve experienced through these projects during the last few years.

March 20, 2014

Dear First Pres,

      Last Sunday I had the privilege of baptizing three sisters: Maile, Addison, and Carly Allen.  It’s always a touching time when we, as a Christian community, welcome children into God’s covenant people in this way.  What joy!  One of the vows the congregation takes says we will assume responsibility with the parents for the spiritual nurture of the children, “acting in behalf of ourselves and the whole Body of Christ.” 

March 6, 2014

Dear First Pres,

     What needs reconciling in your life? What part of your life needs to be made whole? These were the questions that Craig Blodgett presented to us at last night's Ash Wednesday service.  Craig did a great job of leading us through a meditation on Colossians 1:19-23 in which Paul speaks of the reconciling work of Jesus Christ.  It was a wonderful text to reflect on at the beginning of this year's Lenten season.

February 27, 2014

Dear First Pres,

     This Sunday we’ll finish up our short sermon series, The Savior’s Heart, on Jesus’ prayer in John 17.  As I’ve been examining Jesus’ prayer these past weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about my own prayer life.  When we listen in on Jesus’ prayer we hear his heart for giving glory to God; we hear His heart for truth, and we hear His heart for mission.  So, I’ve asked myself, “What does my prayer (or lack thereof) reveal about my heart?” It’s been a fruitful question for me to ponder. 

February 20, 2014

Dear First Pres,

     On Tuesday night, the Session (our church’s leadership board), was excited to take its first look at the information and feedback given by the congregation at our annual meeting. We are so grateful for Linda Ellenberger; she compiled all the data you provided, and synthesized it into primary categories and themes.  Thanks Linda!  And, thank you, First Pres, for your work at the annual meeting; it was very helpful for the Session to take time to reflect on the FPC core values you've experienced, and consider your longings for our church.

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