“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Coming together as God’s people!
By now you have likely heard that there is some merger talk going on between First Presbyterian Church and Central Presbyterian Church (55th and Leavenworth). At a congregational meeting on June 15th, the congregation at Central Presbyterian Church voted to advise the Presbytery to proceed with investigating a merger between the churches. As a result, First Presbyterian Church met on June 29th to consider the same issue. We also voted to advise the Presbytery to proceed with investigating a merger between the churches.
The church is stronger when we work together, with other people, and with other churches. Multiple people working together have strengths, gifts, talents and abilities that individuals cannot have on their own. When people work together for the common cause of Christ, the church is truly strengthened.
Scriptures back this up:
What are some ways we can form new communities and ministries in Christ? The possibilities are endless and there is a great opportunity before us!
On Sunday, June 29, our all-church picnic was scheduled. The weatherman called for torrential rains beginning at noon. That was the time for our picnic! Instead, the weatherman was off a couple of hours, and during our church service, there was thunder and torrential rains. What about our picnic?
We finished our service, and then had our Congregational Meeting regarding the investigation into merging with Central Presbyterian Church. Questions were asked, answers were given, and then votes were taken. The motions pertaining to the merger passed. Then it stopped raining and the sun came out!
First Presbyterian Church had a delightful afternoon at Elmwood Park. The fellowship between our church family was very enjoyable. We ate in the Pavillion, and the food was absolutely delicious. We had pulled and fried chicken and many delicious salads, fruits, vegetable casseroles and desserts. The field was wet for baseball, but some did try to find some dry grass and have a game of softball. It was the perfect end to a wonderful day. Thanks be to God!
First Presbyterian Church held its Vacation Bible School on June 17 through 19th. It was an exciting time for our primary-aged youngsters. They learned that God has made everything, including bugs, but that He made us as His masterpieces! There were Bible stories, arts and crafts, music, snacks, and games. It also included a water day and the culminating activity for the class was a day at the zoo.
The youngsters wore their safari hats and t-shirts that they decorated in arts and crafts as they toured the zoo. They had the opportunity to see many of the animals that God created. Many of the boys and girls also enjoyed the train ride throughout the zoo as they saw giraffes, the baby lion, and many other animals. What a wonderful way to see the unique beauty that God has created for all of us to see!
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 183 people! Occasionally, we even have other Presbyterian churches in the
FPC Bible Study Groups are open and love visitors! One will find these studies Biblical, Challenging, and Relevant!
9:00 AM - SUNDAYS IN SOUTH CALVIN HALL
Are you interested in what happened at General Assembly this year? Beginning August 3, Pastor Jon will explain the actions taken this year for the Presbyterian Church
6:30 PM – THIRD TUESDAY OF THE MONTH – FOR WOMEN
(suspended until September – watch for further information)
“Bad Girls of the Bible and What We Can Learn from Them“
7:00 PM - FOURTH FRIDAY OF THE MONTH
(location to be announced)
Word and Wine: ”Faith Lessons – On The Promised Land“
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, email@example.com, 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!