First Presbyterian Church

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

Monday, September 29, 2014

Friends,

Important Updates and Opportunities:

1. Culver's Night is tonight!  That's 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at, uh, Culvers!  Enjoy dinner while supporting a local business and our youth group will receive a % of the take!

2. Don Skaar, my favorite octogenarian pastor who attends our first service on Sundays, writes a weekly devotional for us that's included in our bulletins.  He has also made himself available ("If you want to talk Jesus, call me at 779-552-8138!").  Examples of his wisdom shared with me at Boone County Jail last Thursday as we counseled incarcerated children of God (see Matthew 25): "Only true Christians are persecuted and all true Christians are persecuted...The problem with too many church members is they aren't really hungry for Jesus.  They are fans of Jesus but not followers of Jesus!"  Whoa!  As I've said, my wisdom compared to his is like comparing a BB gun to heavy artillery!  Are you hungry!  If so, call Don today and be blessed.  Also, consider recommending him to folks who you know who...

3. Fireside dinner and show on November 16!  Hear more about it this coming Sunday!  Of course, it was in the bulletin last Sunday.

4. Our Compassion Closet is very, very, very active and very, very, very much in need of extra-mile-giving support!  Many local churches are now sending members and drop-ins to us.  While we are hoping they will kick in a little if you know what I mean, we will not depend upon them.  It is our privilege to feed Jesus by...in a Matthew 25 kinda way.


Blessings and Love!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Alert!

Dan Holmes and "Joyful Noise" return to lead worship (2nd service) this Sunday!

Invite!

Welcome!

Include!

Love!

BTW, if you don't get the "Joyful Noise" name for our praise team, psst, read Psalm 100.

More on Psalm 100 on 11/23 (both services).


Blessings and Love!

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!