Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
The episode we watch this month in The Bible series, titled “Mission”, covers the beginning of Jesus ministry up until the time he is just about to enter Jerusalem. In this part of the Bible narrative we see many of the miracles of Jesus including healings of very ill people, the feeding of a great many people, and the resurrection of a man dead for several days. As his reputation grows, more and more people follow him and hear his message, which was threatening to those in power. Pontius Pilate is concerned about rebellion and seeks to quell a riot of Jews. The religious leaders see their authority slipping away and begin to question and test Jesus. They ask over and over, “Who are you?”
I would like to think that if I saw these miracles, a leper healed, a paralytic walk, and a dead man rise… I would be pretty convinced of who was in charge! The more I think about it though, the man who was doing these things had been causing problems for the leaders. Jesus had been doing all the things he wasn’t supposed to do, so I can also see how they might just assume this was someone who was faking it.
It is awfully easy for us to vilify that someone who is rocking the boat, someone who is not doing things the way we expect them to be done… its easy to assume that they are wrong, causing problems, don’t care about the status quo… and I think that is what was happening with the Jewish leaders at the time
The prayer of the father of the demon possessed boy in Mark 9:24 sure applies here: “I do believe, but help me in my unbelief!” May we as a church, and as Christians in today’s world always respond this way when we see Christians doing things that are so different from how we worship, how we tell our stories, how we proclaim the love of God.
Lord, I believe, help my unbelief!
In Him, Pastor Jon
First Presbyterian Church will be holding a wonderful Ash Wednesday Service on March 5. It begins with dinner at 5:45 p.m. and then the church service is at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is not required, but you do not want to miss our Lenten Wednesday night 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. Then during Holy Week we will have several services that are really special. Come and celebrate this most holy time of Jesus’ life as he begins his journey to the end with the Crucifixion. You won’t regret it. Mark your calendars now!
FPC Bible Study Groups are open and love visitors! One will find these studies Biblical, Challenging, and Relevant!
9:00 AM ON SUNDAYS
“The Bible Tells MY Story“ – Small Group Discussion
in South Calvin Hall
“The Bible Tells MY Story” - Class in Jenks Lounge
6:30 PM ON WEDNESDAYS
View “The Bible“ and Discussion in Knox Hall
6:30 PM ON THIRD TUESDAY OF THE MONTH
for women (call church for location)
“Bad Girls of the Bible and What We Can Learn from Them“
7:00 PM ON FOURTH FRIDAY OF THE MONTH
W0rd and Wine: ”Faith Lessons – On The Promised Land“
at location to be announced
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 158 people! Occasionally, we even have other
Would you like a First Presbyterian shirt? Below 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 Dr. Sloan or Allison in person on Sundays. They make a nice witnessing tool for all our activities. 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!