Favorite Verses

1. John 3:16

 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

2. John 14:6

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

3. Ephesians 2:8

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God...

4. 2nd Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousnes...

5. Matthew 11:28

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

 

 

 

 

Leading us in worship:   Rev. Matthew Froeschle 

Sunday Worship Schedule 

Worship Service
9:30 a.m.
Children's Church
9:45 a.m.
(after Children's Chat)
 

 

                                       “Worship Fully”
                              A sermon by the Rev. Matthew Froeschle 
CHILDREN’S CHAT
Object lesson - a bunch of Black Friday/Christmas ads for toys/etc.
These ads have a lot of information and make a lot of promises.  “Buy these things!  They will make people happy!”  Right?  You want toys, right?  Yeah.  Me too.
BUT - these things can make us happy (for a little while), but will they make us feel LOVE and PEACE and true JOY?  No.
Only JESUS can do that.  That’s the message of Christmas.  You are loved for YOU.  You are made in the image of God.  And God cherishes you.  So love yourself and love others.  Amen.
OLD TESTAMENT READING - Jeremiah 33:14-16
The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.  In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.
In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety.  And this is the name by which it will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.”
NEW TESTAMENT READING - Luke 21:25-36
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.  Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory.  Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near.
“So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near.  Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
“Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, like a trap.  For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth.  Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
SERMON - “Worship Fully”
“What do you want for Christmas?”
That’s a question that gets asked a lot this time of year.
When I was a kid, I thought immediately of toys and presents.  As a parent of children, I’m taking pictures of toys at Walmart or elsewhere when little Zach or my dear Lizzie express an interest.
But as I got older, I got less and less interested in buying and receiving gifts, and more and more interested in who I’d like to spend the holidays with.  And in more recent years, I’ve been challenged to think about how my celebration of Christmas might actually make a difference for others.
At Christmas, more and more, I’m learning to ask: What does GOD want for Christmas?  Is it just possible that God would like to spend more time with us in this season?  Is it possible that God would like for us to spend all that energy and resources in ways that make a difference for others?
I’m convinced this is so.  And after the years, it’s become clear that while the gifts can bring some measure of happiness, what brings joy is a deepening relationship with God and with the people He has placed on this earth.
All those prophecies we read in the Old Testament around Christmastime are about how one day God desires to bring true peace and justice to all humanity.  And as the season of Advent begins, we are reminded that the only thing that lasts is the Kingdom of God.  This world and all that is in it shall one day come to an end - shall one day be remade.  So be ready for everything to change.
This is the perfect time of year - the beginning of a new Christian year - to rededicate ourselves to God’s plan for the future.  Why not begin this new Christian year in worship of the God who came down from heaven to earth to redeem us?
As some of my Christian teachers have reminded us - this is a season of worship - but we’re not always worshipping God.  Instead, we are being asked directly or indirectly to worship something else.  Not the Christ, but instead all the other things that have gotten connected with Christ’s birth.
Consumerism.  Gift-giving and gift-receiving.  Decorations and music and food.  These are all good things - but do we spend more time anxious about those things and miss the One Thing?
If the holidays have become a noisy, stressful time for you, then for goodness’ sake, take a break this year.  Don’t be a Scrooge about it, but you know what, it’s okay to NOT stress out about holiday traditions you think you HAVE to do.  Why not establish some different, life-giving traditions?
The church created this season of Advent as a time to focus our hearts and minds and souls on the mystery and beauty of Christ’s coming to us as a tiny baby in Bethlehem, and to remind us that one day He shall come again.  Shouldn’t we start there - with the basics - with God’s Word?
There’s a story told of a couple who was celebrating the birth of their little baby, and were throwing an elaborate party in that wintertime.  They spent all day decorating the house and preparing for the arrival of guests.
Folks started showing up, and the couple took all of their heavy coats and threw them on the bed as folks arrive.  Everyone was having a good time with the drinks and the food and the conversation when someone finally said: “So, where’s the baby?”  And the mother suddenly stopped and cried out in agony.
The baby had been buried underneath all the coats, and had nearly suffocated.
Friends, let’s not forget the reason for the party in the first place.  All this other stuff - which can be good - can also be completely NOT GOOD if it buries the very baby we are to worship.
May God give us peace, hope, love, and joy this season - gifts that will last forever.  May God guide us in ways that will bring life and justice to others - especially the least of our neighbors.  Let’s rededicate ourselves to the purposes of God, and spend our money, our time, and our energy in ways that will truly satisfy us, bless this world, and bring us fully into worship.
Amen!

 

 

 

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Adult Bible Class

The class meets at 8:30 am on Sunday morning.  Please join for this lesson and lively discussion time before the worshp service. 
Everyone welcome.

 Worship Service

Please join us for Sunday Worship at 9:30 a.m.  Let us be your church as you're passing through town, or your church home throughout the year.  We invite you to worship with us.  Children may stay in the sanctuary or go to Children's Church after the Children's Chat with the Pastor.  During the worship service, we worship God through scripture reading, listening to the sermon, prayer, responsive readings, hymn singing, special music, and reflection.

Children's Church

During the 9:30 a.m. worship service, Children's Church is offered for children ages 4-12.  Childlren are in the sanctuary until after the Children's Chat with the Pastor.  Children's Church is a service where kids learn through scripture, stories, and music tailored to their age group.

 

First Presbyterian Church is a Family of Faith. 

Like many families, we:

*Support one another.  Troubles are shared and burdens are lifted hrough requests to the Prayer Team, prayer requests made during worship, and conversation over coffee, etc.

*Share a common outlook.  Presbyterians are dedicated to hearing and acting on scripture.  We listen to what the Bible has to say through sermons and studies.  We carry out what we learn and believe through our daily lives and in missions at home and abroad.

*Nuture Children.  Outreach within and outside our church happens through Sunday School, Kids' Club, Youth Groups, LOGOS retreats, Camp Carew, and Vacation Bible School.  We help children "grow up in Christ."

*Care for the Elderly.  Members of the "Sunshine Brigade" conduct Christian care visits with shut-ins and those who live in skilled care settings.

*Help neighbors in need.  Friends and families reach out to others in the Church when help is needed.  In addition, members of the First Presbyterian family serve the community through programs like the Food Bank, Peace Meals, PADS homeless and transient shelter, etc.

*Grow.  Families have a habit of growing.  Our Family of Faith grows with those who are beginning or renewing their trust in Jesus Christ.  Please consider what Christ means to you, and experience God's love through First Presbyterian Church.