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9:00 a.m. - Christian Education Classes
10:15 a.m. - Gathering Music
10:30 a.m. - Worship
10:45 a.m. - Children's Church (Preschool)
11:30 a.m. - Coffee Fellowship

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

 

Presbyterian Women Annual Birthday Luncheon

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ANNUAL BIRTHDAY LUNCHEON HOSTED BY THE PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN IN THE CONGREGATION

SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2014

12:00 NOON

KNOX HALL

All are invited to come to the Annual Birthday Luncheon and join in fellowship while dining together!  Reservations may be made by signing up during Coffee Fellowship after worship, by e-mailing Lois Feddersen at lefeddersen@cox.net, or by calling the church office at (402) 345-5383 on or before April 30, 2014.  Cost:  $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children 12 and under.

 

He Is Risen!

IMG_0207On Sunday, April 20, 2014, First Presbyterian Church celebrated Easter with a triumphant Easter Service. Voices were heard singing in the choir and also in chorus with the congregation being accompanied by our beautiful organ and a fanfare of brass.  CHRIST IS RISEN!!   In the picture at the left one will see our children listening to the Children’s Sermon delivered by Pastor Jon.  Pastor Jon is showing the youngsters eggs with symbols of the Easter Story within the eggs.  As one can see, the boys and girls are very interested to see what he has.  Also, our FPC children sang “Oh, How Good is Christ the Lord.”IMG_0191

The sermon for the service was “Onward, Outward, and Upward.”   Pastor Jon spoke about  Mary finding the empty tomb and thinking that her beloved Jesus’s body was stolen.  Instead, He stood behind her and told her He was alive!  What excitement  that Jesus, indeed, was alive!  He had been resurrected.  The sermon continued with the story of Easter and that we need to love one another as Jesus loves us.

Then our service closed with a fantastic playing of “The Rejoicing” by our gifted organist Joyce Reimer, who was also accompanied by brass players.  What a terrific way to end a beautiful service on a beautiful day. May we carry the message of Easter with us every day throughout the year.

We had many visitors, and please know that you are welcome at our church.  You will be greeted with a warm handshake, a smile, and a meaningful greeting.  We are truly glad that you have decided to share your worship time with us.  You won’t regret it.  Thanks be to God!

Easter Egg Hunt a Huge Success!

IMG_0101The weather was partly cloudy, warm, and it was a wonderful day for an Easter Egg Hunt!  Children of all ages and their parents came to our church, First Presbyterian Church, to participate in our fifth annual  Easter Egg Hunt.  This year we also provided a learning experience as to why we celebrate Easter.

Many of the boys and girls came with absolutely darling Easter baskets.   There were many eggs, and prizes were available for all.  We also had finger food, juice and IMG_0124water.  A fun time was had by all.  See the “Photo” section on our home page for more pictures of the Easter Egg Hunt.

 

Combined Maundy Thursday Service

IMG_0012Central, Westminster, and First Presbyterian Church held a combined Maundy Thursday worship service this last Thursday.  All three had church members singing in the choir, all three churches had congregation members sharing the service together, the giving of the Bread and and Cup, plus we had Dr. Gary Eller, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church and Dr. Jon Sloan, pastor of First Presbyterian Church lead the congregation in worship.  What a wonderful experience as the three churches shared everything together.  Dr. IMG_0008Eller gave the sermon “The Hands on the Table” about the disciples eating together their last meal before Jesus was deceived.  One of the disciples sitting at the table would be the traitor, and one would deceive Jesus three times.  Thanks be to God for this joining of churches for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services!

Palm Sunday Worship Service Wonderful!

IMG_0113First Presbyterian Church, Omaha, held a wonderful Palm Sunday Service.  Our youth had their traditional processional of the palms as they walked through the church waving their palms in excitement of Jesus returning to Jerusalem.

This Palm Sunday was extremely special as our Associate Pastor candidate, Katie Jasa, preached in our pulpit to our congregation.  The title of her sermon was “The King We Need” and she referred to how Jesus rode into Jerusalem on an insignificant, young donkey and was greeted by a parade of people holding palms .  Katie discussed how  people usually dress for the job they want, not the job they have.  In her sermon, she stressed that IMG_0166Jesus came as the common man.  He did not dress in magnificent robes and riches  as would most kings. Instead,  Jesus,  the Son of God, was dressed simply, similarly to his disciples and to those who called him Teacher.

Soon to be Pastor Katie Jasa will begin her associate pastor position in early July.  We IMG_0174look forward to your coming, Katie!

Please join us this coming Sunday, April 20, for the Triumphant Resurrection of Jesus.   The service begins at 10:30 a.m. with praise music at 10:15 a.m.  This is a service you won’t want to miss.  Hallelujah, He Is Risen!

April Pastor’s Manna

The episode we watch this month in The Bible series, titled “Betrayal”, covers many of the events of Holy week beginning with the entry to Jerusalem with the processional of palms and ending with the arrest and trial of Jesus by the religious authorities.

This month we see the story told in a fashion that we have not seen before. We see Nicodemus’ as he learns more and more about Jesus. We see Nicodemus visit Jesus, learn from him, and even question the religious leaders plans to arrest Jesus and have a trial.  That is the advantage of a narrative story like the Bible series, it lets us imagine how things might have happened, while still maintaining the sacredness of our Scriptural passages.

That really is some of the difficulty of living as a Christian in the world. We know what the Scriptures say, and if we don’t know, we can look up the passages and find out more. But we also have to make some educated decisions  sometimes on things that the Bible

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Comments on Noah

In my sermon on Sunday, March 30th, I referenced a number of faith based movies that were either out this year, or coming out this year. One of those movies was Noah starring Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, and Jennifer Connelly.

I went to see the movie later that day and feel it is important to stress to the congregation that while the beginning point of the story is based on a story of our faith, neither the director nor the advertising for the movie have had any qualms stating that the biblical narrative of Noah was a starting place, and that there are many things in the movie that are not from the biblical story. This does not make the movie inherently evil, or inherently good, it does make the movie a non-biblical movie that is inspired by a cherished biblical story.

A few things to be aware of:

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ALL-CHURCH RETREAT

APRIL 26 and 27, 2014

CALVIN CREST CAMP, CONFERENCE, AND RETREAT CENTER

JOIN TEAM FPC

TOGETHER , EACH OF US A CHURCH MAKES”

GUEST SPEAKER:  DR. TOM OSBORNE

COST OF EVENT

LODGING:

PROETT HALL:  Single Occupancy, $65.00 per room, per night.  Double Occupancy, $55.00 per person, per night.  Triple Occupancy, $50.00 per room, per night.  Family (parents/guardians with children ruder 18), $95.00 per room.  Towels and linens provided.  Handicapped accessible.

DELUXE CABIN:  $25.00 per person, per night, minimum of six (6) in a cabin.  Guests need to bring their own bedding and towels.

STANDARD CABIN:  $15.75 per person, per night, minimum of six (6) in a cabin.  Guests need to bring their own bedding and towels.

MEALSMeals consist of Saturday night dinner, Sunday morning breakfast, and Sunday lunch and are provided at no cost.

CHECK-IN TIMESaturday, April 26, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

WORSHIP:  Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

Scholarships available upon request.  Please contact a member of the Retreat Committee or Dr. Jonathan Sloan.

Transportation is also available.  Please contact a member of the Retreat Committee.

 

 

 

Join us for – The Bible!

biblelogoJoin us this year as we discover our story as shared through God’s word to us – The Bible.

Each month we will watch an episode, study its stories, and reflect upon their meaning to us today. Children and adults will learn more about their faith, and find new reasons to celebrate God’s love for us.