Lenten Discipline: Giving Alms

In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus says, "When you give alms," not "If you give alms." Jesus expects his disciples to share what they have with those who lack food, clothing, shelter, or medicine. At First Presbyterian Church, there are many ways that you can give of your time or your money to assist those who are in need. Check the home page for links to volunteer for our Saturday Cafe ministry, which provides hot meals on Saturday mornings from December through March, and for Loaves and Fishes, which provides dinner at Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church. Our operating budget supports local agencies such as the Voluntary Action Center, which provides a variety of services to our low inco

Lenten Discipline: Fasting

In the Bible, Jesus says, "When you fast," not, "If you fast." While many people go on diets, the spiritual discipline of fasting is increasingly rare. Yet for healthy Christians, there is a Biblical expectation that we will abstain from food from time to time. If fasting is a spiritual practice that you are unfamiliar with, you may want to read this article about the hows and why of fasting. Now in the gospels, Jesus warns us not to practice our piety before others. At the risk of doing that, let me say that I am going to be fasting on Mondays during Lent. (See the previous blog post for what the season of Lent is all about). I'm not announcing this to get your approval, but simply to invit

What is Ash Wednesday and Lent?

Lent is the 40 days, not counting Sundays, before Easter. This year Easter falls on April 1, which means that today, Ash Wednesday, is the first day in Lent! We invite you to join us for a simple meal at 6:00 PM followed by worship in our sanctuary at 6:40 or so. We will sing, read scripture, hear our handbell choir perform the piece Dies irae, and be signed with ashes on our foreheads. Lent is a season in which Christians reflect on Jesus's sacrifice for our sins on the cross. We practice our faith more intentionally. We remember that we are dust, and to dust we shall return. Awareness of our mortality leads us to make the most of our days doing good. We try not to fritter away our precious

Who Is Jesus Christ for you?

A couple of Sundays ago, First Presbyterian worshipers wrote down their answers to that question. Here is what we said: #JesusChrist #FirstPresbyterianChurch

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