First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church
221 North Main Street
Belvidere, IL 61008

Friday, December 20, 2013

Script #182


O.K., script 181 wasn't the last one of 2013; though this could be...

Important updates:

1. We've been receiving calls about weather reports for Sunday.  If the weather is awful, we will still have both services; though there will be adjustments.  For example, with so much time and effort expended by so many, we will adjust the presentation of our annual chancel choir cantata which is scheduled for the second service this Sunday.  Stay tuned to,, and the plethora of memos from moi!  As of this moment, everything is a go as planned for Sunday!

2. Since "Not Trying to Make You Feel Guilty" (a look at redemption juxtaposed to our incarcerated family of faith member) was posted on and, many folks have been asking how to help.  Donations for incidentals for Frank can be made by checks designated for Frank and made out to First Presbyterian Church.  You can write to Frank at the Boone County Adult Detention Facility (Belvidere, Illinois 61008) and visit him on Wednesdays (7:00 - 9:30 p.m.) and Saturdays (9:00 a.m. - Noon).  Brochures about "Jail Visiting Rules" from our Boone County Sheriff's Office are available on the literature rack outside of Karen and Brenda's office area.

3. Hey!  Today is "Add a Little PEP" with Joe Pallikaythayil live on from 11:15 - 11:30 a.m.  While folks like me have scheduled stuff at that time today, you can always go to the archived version by clicking on, clicking on "Add a Little PEP" in white letters on the black board, and being blessed.  I will!  Don't cheat yourself of a little, uh, PEP!  Don't cheat others!  Forward!

4. Augmenting the above, perhaps this script was also necessary to disseminate the word below. 

Blessings and Love!

Thought for the Day...Ministers of Reconciliation
2 Corinthians 5:17,18“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.”
      You've been given a great ministry - the ministry of reconciliation!  There is no greater honor given to us than to be called into the greatness of reconciliation - pointing hurting, lonely, broken people to the Savior!
       This is what Jesus did. What Jesus does. He brings together people who otherwise wouldn’t be together. Fisherman and tax collectors. Pharisees and prostitutes. Jews and Gentiles. Men and women. People from every tribe and tongue and nation. He brings us together so that, together, we may bow down before God as a beautiful testimony to the diversity of the image of God in humanity.
    Our ministry is to go out and tell this story to people, to paint the right picture of God on the canvas of people’s soul. God is not the one that left man; it was man that left God. God did not break up His relationship with man; it was man that broke his relationship with God. This ‘enmity’ between man and God is one-sided. Man chose to become the enemy of God but God remained faithful and found a way to reconnect with man. People need the Lord!  How they need to hear the Good News of eternal life in Christ Jesus. We need to let His love and His light overflow in us so much that it will spill over to the sinners, the needy, the hurt, the lost, the abandoned and the rejected.  We need to step up to the plate, forsake our ways of darkness and repent of our hidden sins...and be Light to this dark world!  What good is our faith or our religion if we keep it to ourselves?  There is nothing any more beautiful in this world than the preaching of the Gospel. The world needs to hear about God's gift of eternal life, made possible only by way of the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
His Ambassador,
Pastor Ella Jane Coley
PO Box 507
Bixby, OK 74008


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