First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church
221 North Main Street
Belvidere, IL 61008

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!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Exciting News!

Dan Holmes, our Praise Team Leader, has called an organizational meeting for Wednesday, June 11, at 7:00 p.m.

Come and envision and hear the schedule and opportunities!

This is for continuing, former, and future praise team folks!

As you know, we don't fence anything from anyone on the corner of L&M!  So if you're experienced or not, interested, nudged, or..., this meeting is for you!

Dan goes on tour through England this summer; so this is a really important opportunity to hear Him calling through him and get on board!

Blessings and Love!

Some highlights for this week:

1. Don't forget the open house for Renee Runyan after the second service on Sunday (6/8).  Renee just graduated from Olivet and will begin teaching music in the Carrollton School District this fall;

2. Speaking of this coming Sunday, VBS starts!  6:00-8:30 p.m.!

3. Summer Food Training at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

4. PW Potluck and Bingo on Thursday at 6:00 p.m.

5. BBs continue on Tuesdays (8:00-10:00 a.m.) and Deeper Discipleship resumes this Wednesday (5:30-7:00 p.m.)

Blessings and Love!