At the beginning of a new year, people often pause to review the past and make resolutions or new goals for the future.
The year 2022 was a full year. 2022 was full of challenges and struggles, loss, health issues for many and also a year full of God’s grace and love and mercy.
Our servants and saints embraced God’s grace and chose to share His grace with others. Backpacks were filled with personal items for women quickly leaving a bad or abusive relationship. Grocery bags were filled with nonperishable food to provide a few meals for these and other women.
As summer rolled through, our congregation participated in a week of Feed the Lambs, a program to assist children needing food during school break. There were hot dogs, and fried chicken and pizza.
Throughout the year, items were collected for Christmas Shoeboxes. Fifty six (56) shoeboxes were filled with great stuff and prayers and shipped to Colombia.
So many other quiet saints visited the nursing home and shut ins, took meals to the bereaved and made phone calls to check on those absent.
Isaiah 43: 18-19 says, “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it will spring forth.”
That doesn’t necessarily mean we forget the great projects we have completed. We are to work and to live with excellence to God and He takes pleasure in our successes as they are offered to His glory.
Paul says in Philippians 3:13-14 “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
As we move into 2023, there are 3 things we need to do:
1) Keep trusting God. Do you think it might make a difference if ALL people who call Jesus Lord had complete trust in God’s will and God’s way? My guess, that it would change the world overnight!
2) Take care of those we love. That is what we do in 2023. We take care of those we love, not only materially but emotionally and spiritually. We love them, listen to them, encourage them. We understand that they are God’s gift to us, and we treat them with love and dignity.
3) Remember the WORLD to whom Christ came and for which he died.
Why did Christ come into the world? One reason and one reason alone: Because, “God so loved the world. That’s it. It is good that we take care of those we love. However, as people of faith, we are called to expand those borders to understand that the good of every person on this earth is our concern.
2023 has just arrived and LIVING for Jesus may just be getting started for some of us.
Take care of those you love.
Expand your love to all for whom God sent His son into the world.
Adult Bible Study Class and other church members donated money to purchase children's face masks, thermometers, and teacher face shields for the local schools.
Children's Face Masks, Thermoscan Thermometers for each school, and Teacher Face Shields were purchased for the local schools through donations from members.
Members are packing backpacks for women who have to leave home suddenly without packing their personal essentials. Backpacks will be delivered to the OPEN DOOR for distribution to women in need.
Members will be packing Christmas Shoeboxes for children all over the world to be delivered by Christmas. Donations are welcome .
You enter the First Presbyterian Church not as a stranger, but as a guest of God Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. Come, then, with joy in your heart and thanks on your lips into God's presence, offering your love and service. Be grateful to the strong and loyal men and women who in the name of Jesus Christ built this place of worship, and to all who have beautified it and hallowed it with their prayers and praises. Beseech and pray for blessings on those who love this home of faith as the inspiration of their labor, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit, and may those blessings rest on you, both on your going out and on your coming in.
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Dear Lord: We thank You for the gift of memories that allow us to hold our friends and loved ones close even after they have gone to be with You. AMEN.
In Memory of Cecil and Joyce Mayes by Judy & George Credicott:
This precious couple, each, at different times in their lives quoted these scriptures to me when I needed to hear them. They brought leadership, love, and laughter to our congregation and they are missed.
Psalm 141:1 (KJV)
1 LORD, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee.
Psalm 40:12-13 , 17(KJV)
13 Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me.
17 But as for me, I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God, do not delay.
Praying for others is part of mission of service to the community. There is a special Prayer Mailbox in front of the church where community members can place their cards and letters containing prayer requests which we honor every Sunday. Your prayer requests will be honored without any names being mentioned. These prayer requests are anonymous unless you tell us differently.Click the button below to send us your prayer requests.
This past month, several requests have included work, family, financial and health concerns.
Please allow our prayer warriors to pray for you and your family.
Martha Kelley, church member, designs and paints cards to send to our Sunday prayer requests and
shut-ins. Click the button below to give us the name of someone who needs to receive one of our cards.
We have added several prayer requests for spiritual growth, job and career concerns, as well as prayer for families with ongoing domestic issues to our Sunday worship service prayer list . We honor all requests with confidentiality and respect. If you have a prayer request, please let us know why selecting the button below and filling out the information for your prayer request.
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This is another painting on our prayer cards painted by our resident artist, Martha Kelley.
Christ calms the seas and turbulence in our live and is the source of our peace and comfort.
Thank you for your calming influence in our lives. Help us remember that there is no storm too rough for you to handle.
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