Worship with us this Sunday at 10:00 AM! We will be celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Anyone who trusts in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is welcome to eat and drink at the Lord's table. Pastor Marvin will be preaching on Acts 13. In this scripture passage the Christians in Antioch, while worshiping and fasting, hear the Holy Spirit calling Paul and Barnabas to set out on a missionary journey. In the video below, Preston and Marvin talk about why Christians fast:
Here at First Presbyterian Church, our June worship theme was Treasuring and Tending to Our Past. Next month's theme is Openness to the Future. But in his children's sermon Sunday morning, Jon Ludwig pointed out that the only place we occupy in time is the present, not the past, and not the future. Pretty shrewd! And yet we do spend a lot of mental time in places elsewhere than the present, don't we? We worry about the future. We nurses grudges. We feel guilty about mistakes
Our associate pastor, Kathie Jackson, announced her retirement yesterday morning. Kathie will be with us through the end of January. In this video, Kathie talks about the changes that have occurred in the 14 years she's served First Presbyterian church, and the blessings that come from the privilege of being a pastor:
Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions invoked the Bible to defend the Trump administration’s new policy of separating children from their parents when families are caught trying to enter the United States. “Persons who violate the law of our nation are subject to prosecution. I would cite to you the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order. Orderly and lawful processe
In my most recent article in the Epistle, I wrote about my plans to drive up to Nebraska over the weekend and visit my grandmother for her one-hundredth birthday. Well, the trip went smooth, we had a pleasant visit with my grandmother, and there was a bit of a family reunion at her birthday party. It was a good trip, but as I wrote in my article, being in that town, with those people, in their houses, brings back a flood of memories, and not all of them are pleasant. It was t
Last week in worship we considered the question, "How can I be forgiven?" This week we'll reflect on the related question, "How can I forgive others?" Join us this Sunday at 10:00 AM. We'll worship God, weigh the pros and cons of anger, consider the seductive power of revenge, and learn how the scriptures allow us to express our anger and channel it toward constructive and not destructive ends. Watch the video for more info!
Join us this Sunday at 10:00 AM! This month we're having one service in the sanctuary in a traditional format. A reception follows in our Welcome Center. June's worship theme is Treasuring and Tending to Our Past. What do we need to tend to? Those mistakes we've made that we've never acknowledged--either to God or to other people or even to ourselves. But when we own up to our past, its incredibly freeing. In the video, Pastor Marvin says a few more words about what to expec