First Presbyterian Church

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

Friday, November 1, 2019

Message from Pastor Bob


"You look frenzied.
 You look frazzled.
Piqued as any Alp.
Flushed and rushed and razzle-dazzled.
Dry you lips.
Damp your scalp.
Now I can see you're in a rut...in disarray.
And I'm not one to but in...but, in fact,
I must say...
If you'd take it easy - trust a while.
You'll pull through in just a while...cause
    you're on the right track."

That's from Stephen Schwartz's Pippin.

Billy's favorite musical!

Even if you're a 44 or 45 idolater or really like the first native American with a real shot at winning on 11/3/20 and accelerating our nation's decline as the satanosly inspired enable increasing distance from our Constitution with its Bill of Rights rooted in Holy Scripture, you may be among the folks that can relate to those lyrics.

God knows we know God knows we're all getting pretty stressed out by what's going down in DC, Springfield, and, gulp, sigh, geez, dang,...even churches and among people who say they love Jesus but can't stop dissing, distancing, divorcing, and seeking to destroy anyone not passing their narcissistic-self-righteous-holier-than-thou-nobody-knows-Jesus-like-I-know-Jesus fidelity litmus tests.

Whoa.

That was a mouthful.

Anyway, as we like to say on the corner of Lincoln and Main, "The answer to every question is Jesus."

Friday, August 2, 2019

New Year!!!!

Get Ready For Midweek!!!


As a new school year begins, so will our Midweek programming. Beginning Wednesday September 11, and every Wednesday thereafter, throughout the school year, we will have a fun night for any and all kiddos aged preschool through 5th grade. Kids will get dinner, games, music and learn about how much God loves us, and how we can spread that same love to others. The programming is from 5-7 pm. Feel free to contact the church office am leave a message for the program director of midweek, for more details. Feel free to watch for updates on our website and Facebook page, as well. (First Presbyterian Church Belvidere)

Blessings and Love! 

Monday, May 20, 2019

Vacation Bible School 2019

VBS is upon us!!!! 

Come register your kiddos for our awesome 5 day program. Kids nursery age through 5th grade can come join us June 9-13 from 6-8:30pm every evening. We will be learning about God’s love for us- even in the toughest times. This is a FREE event. You can register in person or by calling the church office at 815-544-6402.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Holy Week worship opportunities

Hi All!

If you’re looking for a place to worship, this week, come and join us. There’s many opportunities including Maunday Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Morning.

Maunday Thursday worship is at 7:00pm in the sanctuary.

Good Friday is an open house worship style which gives you the opportunity to hear messages given by several different community pastors. It is from 12 noon to 3pm. Each message is in 15 minute segments with small breaks between. Come and stay for as long as you are able.

Easter Sunday has 2 worship opportunities. 7:20 am in our chapel or 10:00am in the sanctuary.

Check out our Facebook page for the bulletins concerning the above at First Presbyterian Church Belvidere.

Blessings and Love!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

What are you giving up for Lent?

So many times we do things as “Christians” because of tradition or ritual. This year, instead of just giving up something mindless for Lent, I ask that you remind yourself of its purpose. The purpose of giving up something for Lent is to relate to the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus and how he endured the 40 days in the desert. Although tempted and tormented during that journey, Jesus turned to His Father and Gods Word for refuge. He was not fulfilled by food or pleasures that were offered to Him. In this same manner, we should not only give up some of our temptations, but turn to Christ for fulfillment. This should be a time of reliance on God, wholly. Allow the way you are observing this season to remove distractions that pull us out of Gods will in our lives. Then, turn to His word for guidance. Remember that HIS best for us is always good. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.”
God Bless!

Monday, March 4, 2019

Season of Lent 2019

Just a notice that there will be another opportunity to worship as we prepare our hearts for Easter. This is the reason we live confidently amidst our trials. Come give thanks for the best gift He has given and align your hearts with Him. Beginning this Wednesday, March 6th (Ash Wednesday) at 5:30, we will worship through song and scripture readings. This will continue every Wednesday at 5:30 through Holy Week. The final Wednesday will be April 17th. Please call the church office with any questions. Blessings and Love!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Message recap

Today’s message:

Happiness is.......

Psalm 1.
The book of psalms was my grandmas favorite. Today, pastor touched on the first chapter. I enjoyed meditating on the words of the psalmist and for a brief moment was taken back.

I remember the joy my grandma had every day. No, this didn’t mean a pasted fake smile or acting as if her life was without trial. But there was always a peaceful, calm serenity which allowed her to fill a room with her peaceful presence. She was a tree planted by the waters and she was deeply rooted. But rooted in what? Her life was actually filled with heartache. She lost 2 children after birth and helped to save her daughter from an abusive marriage and care for her grandchildren most of their lives. But every day, no matter the problem, the answer was prayer and reading scripture. See, she didn’t do it because she felt she had to do so. She did it because her happiness- ALL happiness, is a supernatural byproduct of a relationship with Christ. We expect to hear some booming voice or miraculous turnaround of our problems. But, grandma knew that her happiness and peace was found when God spoke to her through reading His Word. Pinterest and Instagram feeds will tell us “Happiness is a choice”, but it’s more. Happiness is a gift, and yes, we must choose to accept that gift and focus on our relationship with our creator. We were created after all to love, and to be loved. That love, and it’s byproduct is happiness.

I pray for myself today and all my friends that we can remember the love our Lord has for us. I forget. I live like I don’t know. Yes, many days, I forget.