First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church
221 North Main Street
Belvidere, IL 61008

Thursday, September 10, 2015

September 10, 2015


I love you.

You know that.

Yet as our life and ministry continue to expand in our family of faith on the corner of Lincoln and Main and beyond, it's important to take the time to say it.

There is nowhere else that I'd rather be in life and ministry.

I have not been tempted in any way from my call to you in over a decade; and unless Rome decides to...

Just kidding.

I want you to know I remain committed to you as undershepherd with enthusiasm and without equivocation.  Because of events back in October 2011 with Eugene and covenant brothers in Montana, my energy and enthusiasm to grow with you in Him continue to deepen and He is providing the Philippians 4:13 wherewithal for the next two decades; unless, of course, I'm knocked off by an Islamofascistnutball or someone whose got a Matthew 10:22 grudge against me or I get what I deserve for not wearing a helmet.

Of course, I know I leave a lot to be desired from someone in my position.  I mess up.  I don't always come through for people as they'd prefer.  I am stubbornly Christocentric.  I don't play footsies with apostates.  I am not afraid of anyone.  I don't water down reality.  My yes is yes and my no is no.  And if someone has the courage to ask a question, I will give an answer; always ready to confess, repent, and beg forgiveness according to our perfect Lord Jesus, Holy Scripture, and common sense.  But, yeah, as someone once said before leaving the church, I can be a jerk.  I am only scratching the surface of my relationship with Jesus and how to love Him by loving like Him.

With that in mind, I praise the Lord for Vicki Pooley, our Parish Nurse, and Jim Bellair, our assistant to the pastor, who continue to expand our care in the family.

While my concentration must be in the hospitals, pastoral crises, emergencies, and regular "transitional moment" visits in nursing homes, and other stuff, Vicki coordinates our Visitation Team to express our care for those in nursing homes and family who are confined to the home.  Jim has been especially helpful in extending our evangelistic outreach, providing care and counseling to family and folks referred to us by the family, teaching, and increasing opportunities to share the gospel. 

Annnnnnd always remember that anyone on our staff is available asap when contacted directly.

It is our privilege to serve you as Him and Him as you in a Matthew 25 kinda way.

Blessings and Love!

Friday, August 28, 2015


Are you ready for some football?

Actually, that's not why I'm writing.


1. If you have been trying to contact us via cyberspace aka e-mail around here, please be patient as we are having lots of problems since changing ISPs.  Especially Karen and Leslie have been affected when it comes to sending/receiving e-mail and even using printers.  So if you've sent something to them and wonder why they haven't responded to you, it's because they haven't been able to receive it and, ergo, respond.  We appreciate your patience.

2. This coming Sunday's message (viz., Frankly) is among the most painfully personal/pastoral/prophetic that I've prayed/prepared in a long, long, long time.  It's about one of the most difficult topics to talk about because we don't like to talk about it; but, according to the Bible, it's really, really, really consequential in an eternal kinda way.  That'll be this Sunday at 7:20 or 10.  If you're away, you can always catch worship live on Sundays at 10 by clicking on

BTW, I'm ready for some football!

Blessings and Love!

Saturday, August 22, 2015


Responding to requests...

The memorial service for Don Norek was broadcast live in its entirety on August 18 by  The recording of the service remains available in the archives of  Just click on the site, go to the archives, and click it on. 

A summary of the message at the service is available by clicking on, going to the right column, and clicking on "An Authentic Pastor."

This week's radio version of KD (8/25), every Tuesday live at 11:30 a.m. on, will feature a discussion of Don's legacy in Belvidere, Boone County, and beyond with regulars Kathie, Bill, and Tony.  Tune in and listen for the number for you to call in.

Blessings and Love!

Friday, June 12, 2015


1. Praise the Lord for all of the people in our family of faith who prayed and labored so hard and long to honor God and align hearts with Him in this year's VBS that concluded on Thursday night.  If you missed it, you can catch some of the flavor in the second worship service at 10 on Sunday with Joyful Noise leading the way and our children singing VBS songs in front of VBS decorations that are awesome! 

2. Psst!  Announcements commence immediately at 9:50 a.m. or even a minute or two earlier in the second service.

3. See the flyer below and forward it!  Honor God and encourage America's return to Him!

4. Speaking of honor, have you participated in the Veteran's Memorial yet?  The deadline is September 1.  Go to, go to the right column, and click on "An Opportunity to Honor Veterans."  You will be glad you did!  Troops and veterans will be honored!  And you may be part of igniting a revival for God and country in America!

Blessings and Love!

 Please join us for

  An American Salute to God”

 Patriotic Community Worship Service/Concert

Heritage Days Weekend
Sunday, June 28, 2015 
10:00 A.M
Community Building Complex of Boone County
111. W. First St.
Belvidere, IL  61008