First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church
221 North Main Street
Belvidere, IL 61008

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Script #107


I cannot begin to express my thanks to God for Karen, Kathie, and Bill keeping us informed, updated, and compelled about the movement of the Holy Spirit in our family of faith through bulletins, newsletters,, and

These are powerful, persuasive, and increasingly joyful times on the corner of Lincoln and Main in Belvidere, Illinois as our Lord increases our peace, unity, and purity in, through, and for Him.

Indeed, I've given up tryin' to keep up with everything goin' on!

Again, that's among the many reasons for my thanks to Him for Karen, Kathie, and Bill keeping us posted!

Well, because of some outstanding personal commitments tomorrow - Thursday (10/18) - I almost missed noticing Mass Appeal will be shown in our media center and showroom at 6:30 p.m. 

This is a movie that raises many critical questions about authentic discipleship in today's church.

Starring Jack Lemmon, it's set in an upper crust Connecticut Roman Catholic Church and draws us into the struggles of Father Tim Farley to be more faithful than popular as prodded by seminarian Mark Dolson.

It helps distinguish a relationship with Jesus from a religion about Jesus.

The parallels to what's happening to/in our favorite RC Church in Belvidere - so sadly chronicled by local/regional newspapers - are staggering; as well as forcing anyone who says she/he takes Jesus seriously to look deeply into...

This movie will move you to the deepest recesses of your soul as it forces conclusions about authentic vs. posing discipleship.

I have seen it several times since first released in 1984; and look forward to seeing it again with you on Thursday.

BTW, invite some of our sisters and brothers from Saint James to come and watch it with us.  I'm going to send this to our local BMA and neighboring churches so they don't miss the opportunity.  Besides, the Thursday night NFL game doesn't affect cheeseheads or cubbies.

Blessings and Love!

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