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. Note: From January 13-24, the office will close at 12:00 pm so that Heidi can complete bookkeeping training. Thank you!
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

January 2020

“Nobody knows… not even the angels in heaven.” - Mt. 24:36

Dear Brothers and Sister in Christ, 

What do you think of these predictions from the past?

*“Nuclear-powered vacuum cleaners will be a reality in 10 years,”- Inventor Alexander Lewyt, 1955

*“The singularity is near: When humans transcend biology, by the end of the next decade, it will be possible to consume nanobots that will be capable of nourishing your body’s cells instead of eating food.” - Inventor Ray Kurzweil, 2004

*“By the year 2020 it will be possible to breed intelligent species of animals that will be capable of performing manual labor. The use of well-trained apes as family chauffeurs might decrease the number of automobile accidents.”  - American chemist and Nobel Laureate Glenn Seaborg, 1967

The new year is a good time to remind ourselves that “what if?” is not “what is!” Not only have these futurist predictions not come to pass, but would you want them to?  I like eating; I don’t want a program keeping my body running.  And not that I have anything against apes in principle, I just don’t want an ape behind the wheel of my car.

What do we do when we “predict the future” and then try to get God out of the driver’s seat?  Yep.  We come off like ninnies.  AND cause “accidents.”  You can be a Nobel Laureate and still not know which end is up.  

God has given us work sufficient to the day, and the resources to do it.  Let’s not waste any time on what ifs, but spend our time, talent, and treasure on the kingdom work we have before us, right here, right now.  That is the reason the church exists.  (And you know the saying – “yesterday is history, tomorrow’s a mystery, but today is a gift – and that’s why they call it the present.”)

Blessings, 

Pastor Karen