First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church
221 North Main Street
Belvidere, IL 61008
815-544-6402

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friends,

That's this Sunday after the second service for chancel choir!

See #227 below!

Also, a family member of First has been through some hard times and needs our help.

If our Lord has blessed you in these tough times so you can bless this family member and her family, please consider dropping off any of the following at the church or call Karen at 815-544-6402 for other ways that you can bless Him in a Matthew 25 kinda way:  groceries, gas $, new clothing for middle school boy (shoe size 9, shorts size 14-16, XL shirts, XL sweatshirts), and replenishing the Compassion Closet so the family can come for much-needed supplies.  WalMart gift cards would be very helpful if shopping is inconvenient.  My study will be open for drop-offs on Sunday from 5:30 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.  It is locked during the second service to help younger folks resist the temptation to reconfigure the computer!  Karen can help coordinate your generosity during the week!


Blessings and Love!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Friends,

If the Lord has gifted you to sing His praises in our chancel choir, you will be called/compelled to join us at the informational gathering and potluck in Fellowship Hall after the second service.

Bring something to share!


Blessings and Love!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

People from, uh, around keep asking what's going to happen next with the call to remnant.
 
As my favorite Special Olympics world golf champion says when I ask if I'll ever make a putt again, "Who knows?"
 
All I know is the fainthearts can't dissuade the bravehearts from looking up, standing up, speaking up, and acting up.
 
A common refrain from moi lately: "Whether you are an American or Christian in America who sees the drifting from the roots of our strength and security, this is no time to hide, run away, or quit!  In fact, that's no longer an option, unless, of course, you'd like to be a part of the 'silent majority' enabling darkness.  I always loved going to my favorite monastery in Ava, Missouri; but that was for extended rest, renewal, and reconnection with you know who.  He never called us to be safe!  It's like ships.  They are safe in the harbor.  That's not why ships are built."
 
BTW, check out the new signage around the church; and watch for something forthcoming in my favorite newspaper.
 
Check out the below!
 
And, most important, worship!
 
Blessings and Love!
 
P.S. I think folks are starting to get the, uh, message on my pony's plate.
 
P.S.2 - For those lamenting the dropping of the ball for this year's patriotic service at the Community Building, I am praying/working with a very special organization that will provide a very special speaker and...for next year's observance/worship!

Monday, July 14, 2014

It's official!

Session has voted unanimously and enthusiastically to declare the corner of L&M as a part of "the remnant church in the PCUSA."

For more, go to today's www.layman.org for expanded coverage.

Also, you will want to check www.churchandworld.com which may also be carrying the column from www.layman.org.

For more on remnant, go to the current edition of www.koppdisclosure.com.


Blessings and Love!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Mark your calendars, mes amis!

My favorite former mayor and elder/messenger on the corner of L&M is planning with our bravehearted Gideons for a "Back to School" District 100 and beyond community worship service on August 17 at 5:00 p.m. in Belvidere's community building with a very, very, very special speaker!  Call, cart, compel, communicate...invite...school-aged children and more to kick-off the school year for the glory of the Lord!

Psst.  I hear there's going to be a...

And, yes, Deeper Discipleship, continues every Wednesday in our Gathering Room from 5:30-7:00 p.m.


Blessings and Love!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Saints,

As noted below for context, there will be a special edition of Deeper Discipleship this Wednesday from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. in our Gathering Room (again, see below).

If you know anyone in our family who does not receive these scripts or does not go to www.belvpresbyterian.org or www.bnnsradio.com because they ain't into cyberspace, please tell them about this special edition of DD as announced at both services on Sunday just in case, you know, they were on a picnic or something.

The meeting, as noted below, will have plenty of time for Q&A and, more important, prayer, along with a wonderful summary of all GA actions prepared by my friend Jack, shared suggestion to Blackhawk Presbytery for a special meeting of the judicatory asap, and some suggestions from moi on how to remain faithfully.

Also, I made a grievous error in not mentioning www.pres-outlook.org as one of the best sources along with www.churchandworld.com, www.layman.org, and www.pcusa.org for investigating the actions and possible ramifications of this GA for the franchise as well as family of faith on the corner of L&M.


Blessings and Love!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Response to General Assembly (Belvidere, Illinois)

Friends,

This is a special edition of L&M Undershepherd Script (221).

With permission/encouragement of the elders of First Presbyterian Church in Belvidere, Illinois, the following statement will be read at both services on Sunday (6/22/14), included in our next newsletter, posted on www.belvpresbyterian.org and www.koppdisclosure.com, and broadcast over www.bnnsradio.com.  We are also giving permission to www.churchandworld.com, www.layman.org, and www.pcusa.org to post it at their discretion as an encouragement to sister particular churches and judicatories within the PCUSA who are called to remain faithfully:

"You've probably heard disturbing news in recent days from Detroit about our denomination.  Our elders remain steadfast in declaring, 'As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.'  While our denomination increasingly drifts from Jesus by the book, we will, depending upon God's grace, order our life and ministry on the corner of Lincoln and Main with prayer, proclamation, and passion for Jesus by the book.  While confessing our sins against our Lord and each other, we will not affirm, condone, or cooperate with any actions of our denomination that insult God's holiness as personified by Jesus and prescribed in Holy Scripture.  When we are wrong about Jesus by the book, we will confess and repent.  When we are right about Jesus by the book, we will remain steadfast.  Please join us in praying for the knowledge, wisdom, strength, and courage to look up, stand up, speak up, and act up for Jesus alone as above all others."

If you would like to investigate the results of the recent meeting of General Assembly in Detroit, I recommend www.churchandworld.com, www.layman.org, and www.pcusa.org.

A special edition of our weekly Deeper Discipleship (Wednesdays from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. in the summer) this Wednesday (6/25/14) will allow for Q&A and prayer regarding the ramifications of GA decisions for our family of faith.

Personally as your undershepherd to the Good Shepherd, I remind everyone that I have spoken and written consistently and extensively about my call to remain faithfully and I remain faithful to that call in the spirit of Luther, Bonhoeffer, McCord, Gillespie, and others concomitant to our Lord's high priestly prayer in John 17.

I will not hide, run away, or quit.

I will salt, shine, and allow for correction according to Master Jesus according to our manual Holy Scripture.

My trust is in the Lord alone (Psalm 62) whose ultimate triumph is certain regardless of our/my/their stupidities, sins, and apostasies.


Blessings and Love!