eNews - May 10, 2019

Dear FPC family and friends,

          I was thrilled to hear feedback from you all after I had come back from Israel on what a great job Brett Foote had done in not only preaching but also in leading worship.  The common denominator in all of your feedback was: “He is ready.”  Well, we have great news, he is ready.  Brett received and accepted a call at United Presbyterian Church in Superior, Wisconsin and, should the way be clear, will begin there on July 1.  Here is the website of the church that if all things go according to plan, he will be serving.  Yesterday he was examined by our Presbytery for ordination and his examination was sustained which means that should the way be clear, specifically should the congregation vote in favor of calling him as their pastor, he will be ordained here at First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg on June 2, 2019 at 6pm.  Keep Brett and United Presbyterian in your prayers as he candidates with them on May 26.

            What an honor it has been to be a part of Brett’s journey.  We got to know him while he was still a junior at Lancaster Bible College and then he quickly came on staff and came under our care to become a Minister of the Word and Sacrament.  I say it is an honor because there is a real sense that the Lord used us to be able to shape Brett into the person and the pastor that he has become.  The role that people and congregations play in your life can’t be exaggerated.  Think of how many churches have played a role in raising you up in your life.  Some of us never left First Presbyterian, but most of us can trace our spiritual heritage through a long line of churches, and not all of them Presbyterian.

            Who have been some of the most influential people in your faith journey?  It is popular among some Christian circles to say that we are not religious but rather just love Jesus, but religion implies an institution, and the church is that institution that Christ has called His bride.  Jesus loves His bride.  Jesus loves the church and it is within the church where God calls us to live our lives and to strive for the kingdom of God.  We cannot know the fullness of God’s presence in our lives without the backing and the participation of the church in our lives.  So who has been influential in your faith journey, which person or which bride guided you and encouraged you as you stumbled your way through life?  We are honored to be counted as a church that contributed to his journey.

            So mark your calendars for June 2, 2019 at 6pm as we get to celebrate the ordination of Brett Foote while at the same time we keep our eyes open for others who might be discerning a call to serve the kingdom as a result of our nurture and our family.

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Bob


            New Members Class:  Starting on June 2 at 3pm we will be having a new members class for those who might be interested in learning more about the life of FPC and potentially becoming a member.

            Memorial Day Parade and cookout:  Come and join us to walk alongside the FPC float for the Memorial Day parade in Strasburg.  It is a great opportunity for adults and children alike to represent FPC, to give out candy, and to have a great time in fellowship.  Following the parade there is a time of reflection for our service men and women who died in combat, and then we serve the community a hot dog cookout in our portico.  Come and take part in the festivities!

            Graduation Sunday:  Join us during worship as we honor our high school graduates this year.  They are Leah Welk, Aidan Geiger, Tyler Shoemaker, Ivy McComsey, AJ Petrokonis, and Kristyn Zook.  Congrats grads!

            Mission Trip to New Bern North Carolina:  It is not too late to join us for our mission trip to help with storm recovery in North Carolina.  We will be leaving Sunday morning June 9 and returning Friday June 14.  Let Pastor Bob know if you are interested in taking part.

            Coffehouse on May 18 at 7pm:  We are pleased to have play for us David Wilson with friends Steve Davis and Lynn Royer.  Also playing will be Jon Knauss.

            VBS is coming!:  The dates this year are July 14-19.  Help us out and bring a child or two to participate.

            So Pastor Bob is moving…:  If anyone is interested in helping out we will be moving on Wednesday and Thursday May 29 and 30.



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