First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church
221 North Main Street
Belvidere, IL 61008

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 for expanded coverage.

Also, you will want to check which may also be carrying the column from

For more on remnant, go to the current edition of

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, 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


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 or 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 as one of the best sources along with,, and 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)


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 and, and broadcast over  We are also giving permission to,, and 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,, and

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!

Monday, June 16, 2014


While holding our breath that winter is finally over, spring has come to our music ministries on the corner of Lincoln and Main!

With hints of what's coming in the fall over the past month or so, we're praising the Lord for the fresh and extraordinarily gifted fidelities of Becca, Bev, Karen, Lydia, Mona, Dan, our sound crew, so many others, and you as we receive/celebrate music as a gift from our Lord to align hearts with Him and each other.

Bev and Mona continue to provide musical offerings for our first service and lead us in hymn-singing during the second service.

Becca directs our Doves and will also be directing our youth bells.

Karen directs our Chancel Choir and will also be directing our adult bells.

Lydia is our invaluable volunteer for all of the above!

And Dan returns to lead Joyful Noise - our evolved praise team/band!

Of course, everyone's working together from the same page for the glory and praise of Jesus!


Read Psalm 100; and 150 while you're at it!

Speaking of Joyful Noise, watch for new names for our bells and maybe even...

We're planning a big potluck sometime in August to gather all of our music ministries staff, sound crew, volunteers, and anyone who's interested for an evening of fellowship and scheduling.

Stay tuned to the bulletins, newsletters,, and

Blessings and Love!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Mes amis,

Some don't forgets:

1. Renee's Graduation Open House is this Sunday after the second service!

2. "Feeding the Children" begins on Monday!  Ask Della, Karen, or Tim about how you can help!

3. See below about important praise team meeting!

4. Keep watching for news about big meeting in August including all musicians and choirs and bell and...for scheduling and opportunities!

5. VBS begins Sunday!  Awesome set, decorations, be seen on Sunday!  Really, this is awesome!  You gotta invite neighbors, relatives, and...  Don't cheat any child of this great opportunity to feel the love of Jesus through VBS!

Blessings and Love!