Due to inclement weather, the church offices will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, March 21. We hope everyone stays warm and safe!

Please join us for our Maundy Thursday worship service on Thursday, March 29 at 7:00pm in the Chapel.

Interested in having your wedding at First Presbyterian Church?  Please see our updated guidelines here.

Sunday Worship
Adult Sunday School  10:00-10:45 am
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)
Bible Study:  10:00 am
Chancel Choir Rehearsal: 7:30 pm
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What's up?
Bible Study - Our red-letter Jesus Bible Study meets as usual in the church library at 10 am on Wednesdays. 

Our first and third Tuesday and Thursday Bible Study groups resume in February--watch the church bulletin for updates.  
Can you help the Food Pantry? Items currently needed for our pantry include cereals, saltine crackers, and grape jelly.  Canned fruit, canned vegetables (especially peas), egg noodles, and canned chicken are always welcome.  Donations may be brought to the church office or placed in the canvas hamper in the narthex.


March 2018

Pastor's Letter

Yep.  Still Lent.

He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. - Mark 1:13

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

    We have had some absolutely gorgeous days at the end of February, days of spring and birds singing!  And then we look ahead in the weather predictions and say “Oh no!”  But, in fact, it is only the beginning of March, threatening to come in like a lion, as usual!
    The grace of warm days is, as grace always is, an “unearned” gift in the middle of winter.  So what is the grace in this 40 day period of penitence and waiting we call Lent?  
    Well, first of all, count the days.  How on earth do you get 40 from Ash Wednesday to Easter?!  You get 40 days by leaving out Sundays.  Sundays are days of grace.  Always.  Sundays are always a “Little Resurrection.” 
    Second of all, count on the Spirit.  Just as the angels ministered to Jesus during his 40 days in the wilderness, grace will come, even in the midst of your Lent.  For example – Jenny Dixon based her devotional to the session on Sunday out of Philip Yancy’s book, “What’s So Amazing About Grace?”  The following Wednesday after Red Letter Jesus, Dr. Mardre Bell shared with me a new book that he was so excited about he was ordering me a copy.  Know what it’s about?  You got it.
    So God sends God’s Word of grace, God’s angel to minister to us, even in – perhaps especially in – ungraceful times.  
Finally, even in the middle of Lent, we can find laughter.  There’s a lot of grace in that.
We’ve been practicing our “Crosswalk” as we journey through Lent.  We opened our practice on Ash Wednesday with a different kind of fasting, thinking about what we would “feast on” and “fast from” based on the piece you will find from William Ward that follows.
    My choice for what I would feast on was “patience.”  And guess what?  My car has had to go to the shop each Monday in Lent.  It does make me laugh.  I had to seek deepening patience, right? Not so bad to sit for a minute.  
    And in God’s grace, a chance to have lovely conversations with Sam Clem, Sr.; with Rev. Joe Brandon; with a new friend – missionary Francis Perarra.  Where two or three are gathered – there Christ is in the midst of anything.  That certainly is grace.
    May the rest of your journey to resurrection be filled with thoughtful practice and amazing grace.

Your sister in the journey,

Pastor Karen

Fast from judging others; feast on the Christ dwelling in them.
Fast from emphasis on differences; feast on the unity of all life.
Fast from apparent darkness; feast on the reality of light.
Fast from words that pollute; feast on phrases that purify.
Fast from discontent; feast on gratitude.
Fast from anger; feast on patience.
Fast from pessimism; feast on optimism.
Fast from worry; feast on trust.
Fast from complaining; feast on appreciation.
Fast from negatives; feast on affirmatives.
Fast from unrelenting pressures; feast on unceasing prayer.
Fast from hostility; feast on nonviolence.
Fast from bitterness; feast on forgiveness.
Fast from self-concern; feast on compassion for others.
Fast from personal anxiety; feast on eternal Truth.
Fast from discouragement; feast on hope.
Fast from facts that depress; feast on truths that uplift.
Fast from lethargy; feast on enthusiasm.
Fast from suspicion; feast on truth.
Fast from thoughts that weaken; feast on promises that inspire.
Fast from shadows of sorrow; feast on the sunlight of serenity.
Fast from idle gossip; feast on purposeful silence.
Fast from problems that overwhelm; feast on prayer that undergirds.
Gentle God, 
      during this season of fasting and feasting, 
      gift us with your presence, 
       so we can be a gift to others in carrying out your work. Amen.
                                                                    – Attributed to William Arthur Ward