There will be a Special Congregational Meeting immediately following worship on Sunday, March 29 to vote on Incorporation as required in our Book of Order (G-4.0101). Our lawyer will be present to answer your questions, and a FAQ sheet will be available in advance of the meeting. We hope you can join us!

New Church Office Hours The office hours have changed to 9:00 am-12:00 pm, 12:30-2:00 pm Monday-Friday, closing for lunch for 30 minutes each day between 12-12:30 pm. 
Weddings
Interested in having your wedding at First Presbyterian Church?  Please see our updated guidelines here.

Sunday Worship
Book Study Class: 9:45 am (snacks at 9:30 am) - Library
Adult Sunday School  10:00-10:45 am (now meeting in church parlor)
Youth Sunday School  10:00-10:45 am
Elementary Sunday School  10:00-10:45
Church Nursery: 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Chancel Choir Rehearsal: 10:30 am 
Morning Worship: 11:00 am
Youth Group 12-2 pm (alternates with Youth Sunday School, please call to check times)
 
Wednesdays 
Bible Study: Wednesdays at 10:00 am in the Library 
Chancel Choir Rehearsal: 7:30 pm 
 
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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN
STEWARDSHIP 2020 
THANK YOU

THANK YOU to all who have made financial commitments to the Glory of God and to the work and worship of First Presbyterian for 2020.

As of October 18th, our financial commitments total $175,390.00, with 31 households submitting pledges for 2020.  We have achieved 78% of our goal,
or we can consider we are 22% away from our goal of $224,000.00.

THANK YOU to those who have made commitments and re-commitments of time, talent, and energy to the work and worship of First Presbyterian for 2020.

We have received 12 individual Time, Talent, and Energy Commitment cards.
All have committed to prayers.
  Commitments for service in mission/outreach, music and worship, and in leadership have been received and are being shared with appropriate programs for acknowledgement and follow-up.

THANK YOU to those who attended and participated in our Stewardship Commitment Luncheon and THANK YOU to those who helped prepare, serve, and clean up. 

Our Stewardship Commitment Luncheon on Sunday, Oct.13th, was a time of fellowship and an opportunity for questions and answers for the 35 in attendance.  The discussion was helpful for those of us tasked with the development and monitoring of the budget, and hopefully helpful to all those in attendance.

THANK YOU to those who are continuing to pray for guidance in the way they are called to be a part of the work and worship of First Presbyterian now and in the year 2020.

Our Stewardship season continues.  What wondrous works we can achieve when we join together as good stewards of our time, talent, and treasure to carry out the work and worship of First Presbyterian in this community and beyond.    

 THANK YOU


 
Pastor’s Letter

February 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This is not my composition, but I find it a great reminder 
of all those “first day of school” feelings that folks can get when they go to a church for the first time – or for the next time.  As we come up on one of America’s “official” days of love – Valentine’s Day – I offer this as something to remind us that one of the ways Christians show their love is in being mindful of each other’s humanity, and demonstrating kindness even in the midst of such imperfection.

Church is hard.
Church is hard for the person walking through the doors, 
    afraid of judgement.
Church is hard for the pastor’s family, 
    under the microscope of an entire body.
Church is hard for the prodigal soul returning home, 
    broken and battered by the world.
Church is hard for the young woman who looks like
  she has it all together, but doesn’t.
Church is hard for the couple who fought the entire ride to service.
Church is hard for the single parent, 
    surrounded by seemingly perfect families.
Church is hard for the widow and widower with no invitation
  to lunch after service.
Church is hard for the deacon with an estranged child.
Church is hard for the person trying to sing hymns in worship, 
    overwhelmed by the weight of the lyrics.
Church is hard for the one insecure in their role as a leader.
Church is hard for the spouse who wishes their partner came 
to church.
Church is hard for the nursery volunteer who desperately longs 
    for a baby to love.
Church is hard for the single person, 
    praying God brings them a mate.
Church is hard for the teenager who has been bullied, 
    ashamed of their mistakes.
Church is hard for the sinners.
Church is hard for me.
It’s hard because on the outside it all looks shiny and perfect. 
    Sunday best in behavior and dress.
However, underneath those layers, you find a body of imperfect people, carnal souls,
    selfish motives.
But, here is the beauty of church—
Church isn’t a building, mentality, or expectation.
Church is a body.
Church is a group of sinners, saved by grace, 
    living in fellowship as saints.
Church is a body of believers bound as brothers and sisters 
    by an eternal love.
Church is a holy ground where sinners stand as equals 
    before the Throne of Grace.
Church is a refuge for broken hearts and a training ground 
    for mighty warriors.
Church is a converging of confrontation and invitation. 
Where sin is confronted and hearts are invited to seek restoration.
Church is a lesson in faith and trust.
Church is a bearer of burdens and a giver of hope.
Church is a family. A family coming together,
  setting aside differences, 
    forgetting past mistakes, rejoicing in the smallest 
    of victories.
Church, the body, and the circle of sinners-turned-saints, 
    is where He resides, and if we ask, He is faithful to come.
So even on the hard days at church—
The days when I am at odds with a friend, When I’ve fought with my husband because we’re late once again. When I’ve walked in bearing burdens heavier than my heart can handle, yet masking the pain with a smile on my face. When I’ve worn a scarlet letter, under the microscope. When I’ve longed for a baby to hold, or fought tears as the lyrics were sung. When I’ve walked back in, afraid and broken, after walking away.
I’ll remember, He has never failed to meet me there.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
– Rev. Dr. John Watson aka Ian Macleran

Blessings, 

Pastor Karen