First Presbyterian Church of Breckenridge, Texas, PROJECTS
ADVENT DEVOTIONAL BOOKLETS: The focus this year is "Our Greatest Gift--A Wonderful Life in Christ by Michael Hoy.
RESCUE FOOD BAGS FOR OPEN DOOR: Members are creating rescue food bags for women and their families who must leave a situation very quickly. These contain non-perishable food items that do not have to be cooked and can be used for a short time until they can find permanent shelter and food sources.
BACKPACKS FOR OPEN DOOR: Members are working on backpacks for women who must leave a situation very quickly. These backpacks will provide women with personal items that they may have to leave behind when they pack up their children and themselves to go where they can be safe for any reason.
CHRISTMAS SHOEBOXES: Members are putting together boxes of items to be distributed at Christmas time to families in need. Items may include personal items, toys, clothing, gift cards etc. depending on the theme of the box—whether it is for an adult or a child for instance. Items are gathered throughout the year until the right time to have them delivered.
$1,000.00 First Presbyterian Church Scholarship for a Breckenridge High School Student.
“HUGS” for nursing home residents.
In Memory of our beloved grand-daughter, Kaitlin Danielle Credicott
by Judy and Eddie Credicott:
Isaiah 54:13-14 (NIV2011)
13 All your children will be taught by the LORD,
and great will be their peace.
14 In righteousness you will be established: Tyranny will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you.
Matthew 18:10-11 (HCSB)
10 “See that you don’t look down on one of these little ones, because I tell you that in heaven their angels continually
view the face of My Father in heaven. [
11 For the Son of Man has come to save the lost.]
John 14:1-4 (HCSB)
1 “Your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me.
2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you.
3 If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also.
Joe Adams’ favorite Bible scripture comes from the 23rd Psalm . These verses bring peace, hope, love, and comfort in every situation. The beauty of these verses is that they speak to each of us in different ways in every stage of our lives. The peace, hope, love and comfort received from each reading changes each time we read these verses so that we receive that which we need in that moment as God speaks to us through the verses.
1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou artwith me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the
LORD for ever.
Becky Adams loves all scripture but chose two to share. Like other members she has also chosen one of Martha Kelley's paintings to go with her scriptures.
1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
32 It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.
Linda Jeffers’ favorite Bible verse is also the 23rdPsalm which begins The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. To illustrate this first line of the 23rdPsalm which points to our security in the Lord, we add the following Biblical references:
He shall feed His flock like a shepherd… Isaiah 40:11
The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even evermore.
I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. John 10:11
But my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
Minnie Moreno’s favorite Bible Verse is also the 23rdPsalm. The first two lines of this Psalm illustrate our security, happiness and peace in the Lord God Almighty. “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, he leadeth me beside the still waters.” The following Biblical references explain the happiness and peace that this 23rdPsalm gives us.
Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. Psalm 100:3
Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding l shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you;
I will help you; I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand.
Sherri Strickland tells the story of why this verse has been so important to her:
"I have several "favorites" so it is really hard to choose!!
Isaiah 41:10 was my go-to scripture for strength and comfort during all of Aric's deployments to places where no Mom wants their child to be. He deployed 12 times in his 20 year Air Force career serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, Columbia, & Africa and possibly a few more places I was not aware of. As I would reflect on this scripture, I could mentally visualize my son and his fellow soldiers being safely lifted up in His care."
This is one of many favorite verses of Kathy Wood.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always! Pray constantly. Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and 12-13
4 Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not conceited,
5 does not act improperly, is not selfish, is not provoked, and does not keep a record of wrongs.
6 ⌊Love⌋ finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth.
7 ⌊It⌋ bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for languages, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end.
12 For now we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known.
13 Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.
These verses are the favorites of Martha Kelley. She explains that she believes that the word LOVE is a verb. Love spurs us to act and do the right thing even when we don’t want to. She tries to show us this in her paintings.
Leotta Martin said that every day she finds something in the Bible that really speaks to her. However, three of her favorites are:
2 Corinthians 5:20-21
20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Isaiah 40:31 (HCSB)
31 but those who trust in the LORD will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint.
El Joy Smith’s favorite Bible verse is from Romans. It was also her mother’s favorite verse. It is important that each generation shares its faith and the Bible with the next generation. El Joy’s family is a great example of this since she is now sharing her favorite verse with her children and now is sharing it with her church family. She requested that we include one of Martha Kelley’s paintings. This is titled “No one travels through life alone.”
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The Women’s C.O.F.F.E.E. Devotional group has suspended its monthly meetings because of the Covid-19 virus. However, all members can contact each other using the Women's Prayer Chain list. Future meetings and alternative means of staying in touch are being discussed. If you have suggestions for the group to consider, please call Marilyn. Anyone wishing to work on the Chrismon project can stop by the office for materials, patterns, and information. Anyone wishing to work on the church history scrapbook can stop by the office for instructions and materials. The C.O.F.F.E.E. name means: Christ Offers Fuel For Everyday Existence!
Adult Sunday School continues to study the Standard Lesson Commentary 2021-2022. Books are available.
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