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Pastor Bob's eNews for - May 7, 2022

Dear FPC family and friends,

            I wanted to spend a little bit of time highlighting the incredible ministry of our Great Beginnings preschool.  Throughout the week if you step into the building you will see a busy hive of children and teachers and aides scurrying around and giving the building and those within the building life and joy. 

            After 3 decades of Jean Pontz establishing and shepherding the preschool at FPC, in 2001 Lynn Underhill brought Great Beginnings to the church.  That year there was one 4 year old class and one 3 year old class with 24 students.  Not long after Laurie Fulmer joined the staff of FPC at Great Beginnings in 2003.  From that humble but promising beginning, Great Beginnings now has four teachers (Lynn and Laurie along with Heather Reynolds and Sue Henry), 6 classes and we maxed out at 72 children.

            This obvious growth and success does not give the whole picture.  The preschool over these years has become the primary feeder for church membership.  Next time that you are in church you will see dozens of children at the services and you can pretty much be sure that a vast majority of them at one time or another had their beginning at Great Beginnings.  We have come a long way over these past 50 plus years, but we still have a long way to go.  The opportunity that we face as a church to continue to give families an experience of a life giving Christ is undeniable.

            As the preschool closes out this year we need to recognize that it has been a pretty challenging last couple of years.  But the teachers and the students and their families did not miss a beat.  They not only survived nearly two years masked, but set a great example for all of us as parents, teachers and students came together and carried on without missing a beat.  Remember that quote from Isaiah, and a child shall lead them? 

            We are blessed with a ready-made opportunity to minister to children and their families and to provide support and encouragement to teachers within the walls of our own building.  Let’s take the opportunity to do so in a way that encourages and gives thanks.

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Bob

 

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Pastor Bob's eNews for - April 29, 2022

Dear FPC family and friends,    

               I don’t always feel a wave of momentum and encouragement after a session meeting, but I have to say that this week I definitely felt it.  Let me track it for you.  This past Sunday was pretty special as our youth led us in our annual Youth Sunday and we saw the fruits of the labors of three families as we had our 7th graders confirmed.  There were so many points of contact and appreciation to God for His faithfulness that I think most of us left feeling encouraged and enthusiastic for the work of the Lord at First Presbyterian.

            During this past week I have been in communication with our interim director of youth, Kristin Kondratowski and the parents of our youth to finalize a date and formalize some of the planning around a mission trip this summer for the middle school youth.  We have a very large group of middle school youth and we want them to be able to have as part of their fabric of faith a desire to reach out in care and concern to all people.  We finalized the dates and the location and there is a surge of excitement to bring this opportunity to our youth.

            At session this wave of momentum continued as we looked at the upcoming children that we have in the church in 5th grade and 4th grade and realized that our numbers or not dropping but rather increasing.  Also, we recognized that our youth have this strange habit of inviting their friends to youth group.  Huh, who would have thought that our youth would invite friends to church.  What did Isaiah say in 11:6? “And a little child shall lead them.”  What a great example for all of us.  But as we looked at the numbers we realized that we find ourselves in an interesting time in the season of the church where it is necessary for us to continue to pour into our youth in a more directed and focused way.

            Your session voted to hire a full-time youth and young adult director.  Dave Rineer will be heading up the committee and Evans Elias will serve as an at-large member and our CE committee will be assigning someone at their next meeting on Tuesday to serve on that committee.  We are not strangers to a full time youth and young adult director.  In fact, that has been our norm up until recently and so it should not be seen as an anomaly.  We want to continue this wave of momentum forward as we look toward providing ministry and programs that will increase the impact that we have upon this community with our youth ministry.

            But we also want to be sure that our impact is not relegated only to the youth.  Our community meal last evening was an example of how this church is able to multi-task as it reaches out not only to the youth but also to all ages as we offer a meal to any and all who would come.  It was a great time of fellowship and gathering as we served dozens of people who had never stepped foot in this church before.  This ministry will continue so keep your eyes open for May 26 which is when we have our next meal.  Thank you for being a part of the life and the ministry of this church as we together move forward with this new-found momentum.

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Bob

HAPPENING IN THE LIFE OF FPC

National Day of Prayer:  Join the community on May 5 at noon in front of the Strasburg Borough building by the flag pole at 145 Precision Avenue for a time of prayer for our annual National Day of Prayer. 

Annual Mulch Day:  Join us on Saturday, May 14 at 8am as we mulch the church grounds.  All are welcome!

Memorial Service for Don Gulliver:  On Sunday May 15 we will be having a memorial service for Don Gulliver out in our courtyard at 9:45 or between services.  All are invited.

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Pastor Bob's eNews for - April 21, 2022

Dear FPC family and friends,       

           Don’t transition too quickly from Easter to whatever comes next in your mind.  We are still in Easter and your reflex upon hearing the phrase: He is Risen!, should still be: He is Risen Indeed!  That’s the thing about Easter and Christmas, they aren’t just one day events, they are an entire season.  Actually, as believers in Jesus Christ, they are a lifetime of celebration and confirmation that we serve an awesome and grace filled God.  The resurrection of Jesus is central to his death as well as to his birth.  Easter creates a world in which as followers of Jesus we have to live as those who do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God. 

            They say the day and even the week after Easter the Pope and all of his cardinals gather in the Sistine chapel and tell jokes all day just to laugh in the face of death.  A true recognition that death does not have a hold on us and that the resurrection has conquered death forever.  While we must recognize that death continues to have a sting that affects us deeply, there does need to be a sense that we are able to mourn as those who have hope in the resurrection. 

            Traditionally the Sunday after Easter I take that week off from preaching and coach from the bench the youth as they prepare Youth Sunday.  That isn’t exactly happening this year but we are having the youth participating in very significant roles.  Also, don’t forget that Youth Sunday is also confirmation Sunday and so it is this Sunday that we welcome into membership: Jackson Allison, Gavin Elias, and Trent Thomas.  They prepared their confirmation creed which you will find in the bulletin on Sunday, and the rest of the youth will be participating in the worship service on that Sunday as well. 

            Thank you for taking the challenge seriously to invite someone to church on Easter Sunday.  As I mentioned earlier, Easter will last all the way through Pentecost so if you haven’t done it yet, you still have a few months to bring yourself to it to invite someone.  It was great to see some new faces on Sunday and I’ll attribute that to you inviting people to come and try out our family as a place to make their church home.

            Also, don’t forget to join us this evening for Bible Study.  We continue to get a lot of interest and a good crowd joining us for that study.  We will look at the resurrection a little more in depth.  You can join us at 6pm here: Youtube

 

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Bob

 

HAPPENING IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH…

           

Join us for Bible Study here:  Youtube

 

Preschool:  Preschool registration for 2022/23 preschool year now open Classes available are: -

Afternoon Pre-K class - Monday, Wed. & Friday 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm –

3 Year class - Tuesday & Thursday 9 am to 11:30 am –

2 year class - Monday and/or Wednesday 9 am to 11:30 am

Registration forms are available on the preschool webpage. The registration fee is $45. For more information e-mail Lynn Underhill at hlunderhill@comcast.net

Worship with us in person! 

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Worship

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Coffee Hour

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11am

Worship

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Church website

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Youth Group at 5:30

Thursday

6pm

Bible Study

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Pastor Bob's eNews for - April 15, 2022

Dear FPC family and friends,            

        I want to write an enews about the glory and the joy of Easter but here we find ourselves on Good Friday.  Happy Easter!!  Even as we struggle with one foot in the death and the suffering of our Savior, our entire being ought to be immersed in the joy that is a part of our DNA as followers of Jesus Christ.  When we say: “He is Risen!  He is Risen Indeed!”, it isn’t just for this Sunday but it ought to mark our entire life.  We are resurrected people who serve a risen Savior.  You can’t put that on hold even for a day.  So, Happy Easter even on Good Friday.

            Tomorrow, Saturday April 16, we have an event that reaches out to more children within the community than anything we do all year.  At our Easter Egg Hunt, which I believe started in 2012 so this is our 11th annual, we have children streaming to take part in this activity with their parents and friends.  It is so important for us as a church to capitalize on these events by making sure that every single person who is there is welcomed and made to feel like they are the most important person there. 

            We have a great group of people who head it up with our staff person, Beth Feiler, and Amanda Allison who have already put in hours and hours of work to make sure it is ready to go.  Thank you all who helped stuff Easter Eggs last Saturday.  If you are free, come on out and help us put on the best Easter Egg Hunt we have ever had.  This day reminds me of how important it is to be a church that is not afraid to reach out into the community in a way that shows how much our mission is dedicated to those beyond our walls.

            Also, I don’t want any of you to forget the challenge that I gave to each one of you last Sunday.  Our task as a church is to be a witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in all times of our life.  I challenged all of you to represent that witness by letting one person, one family, one couple know about Jesus by encouraging them to join us this Easter Sunday morning.  If you do that I guarantee that you will see the presence of Jesus in a much clearer way because you took a step of faith to invite someone to interact with the Savior.  It could change their lives, and it will have an impact on yours as well. 

            I look forward to seeing all of you on Easter Sunday when we can all say together in the same room: He is Risen!  He is Risen indeed!

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Bob

HAPPENING IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH…

            Welcome to Kristin Kondratowski as our new interim youth leader:  Our current intrepid youth leader, Danny Miller’s last Sunday is April 24.  Starting on May 1st Kristin Kondratowski will be taking over the youth leader responsibilities.  We are so pleased to have Kristin on board as staff.  She has been involved as a youth leader at our church since 2018 and is excited for this new position.  She called it an “honor”.  I agree, it is an honor to serve our youth in so many different ways.  When you see Kristin please welcome her on board. 

            Good Friday Tenebre Service:  This evening at 7pm we will be having our community wide tenebre service with the Strasburg Ministerium here at FPC.  Come and join us to remember the death and suffering of our Savior. 

            Easter Egg Hunt:  This Saturday, April 16 at 10am we will be having our annual Easter Egg Hunt.  Come and join us to help out and bring all of your neighborhood kids.

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Pastor Bob's eNews for - April 7, 2022

Dear FPC family and friends,

            A little over a year ago in the midst of the pandemic we hired Danny Miller to be our Director of Youth.  He came on in the most difficult of situations: the pandemic was in full swing, he had to cover for what the former youth guy had done (that was me by the way), and the number of students that were meeting was just a handful.  Since that time, he has grown our middle school youth group to where we often have double digits in kids and we have a whole bevvy of advisors whose primary passion it is to love the youth. 

            Danny Miller has accepted a full-time position at Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church starting the first week of May.  While he loves our youth and has really felt at home here at the church, this is a logical next step for him as he went from finishing college, to a part time position, to now a full-time position.  We are thrilled to see him progress in his career and ministry as a youth worker and we definitely feel as if we have played a part of his progression and his growth.

            That, of course, leaves us without a youth director starting on April 25.  Our current plan is for me to take over those responsibilities.  I love leading youth groups and have been doing it for the last 35 years, some years better than others.  I tend to keep myself plugged into the life of the youth either through mission trips or confirmation.  I can’t imagine a year going by without me being involved in some way or the other with the youth and their families.  We would also be open to finding an interim youth leader if a name were to come up who would feel called and passionate about working with the youth.

            I have always told people who I am trying to talk into working with the youth that they don’t need to know everything, or even anything, about youth work when they work with the youth.  The most important component for a youth worker is that they love the youth, care about the youth, and are passionate for the youth to know Jesus as Lord and Savior.  Everything else will fall into place after that.  Maybe that person is you and you want to be involved in the life of the church by serving the youth in this way? 

            We find ourselves in an interesting time in the life of the church.  Within the next three months we will be needing to fill staffing needs both at the Youth position and at the organist/choirmaster position as well.  That is not an unusual position when you have 15 on staff at the church, but it is one where it feels so much better when you are filled and working on all cylinders. 

             I am grateful that as we approach Easter just a few weeks away that we can focus on the resurrection and the life that Jesus gives us as a result of being his followers.  Sometimes it is easy for us to get lost in the logistics and the nitty gritty of the running of the church and we forget how to be the church.  May God give us always the desire to be the church.

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Bob

HAPPENING IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH…

            Easter Egg Hunt Needs You!!:  This Saturday at 9am we need you to come and help us stuff Easter eggs.  We have literally thousands of eggs to stuff and would love to have your help.  It is also a great time to be in fellowship with others from the church, so come and help.  We also will love to have your help with the Easter Egg Hunt itself which will take place on April 16 at 10am.  Make sure you invite any elementary aged kids that you may know to come and enjoy the festivities. 

            Coffee Hour:  We are at that stage where we are looking for round two for people to sign up for coffee hour.  We still have some openings for May and June and following.  You will find the lists in Fellowship Hall.  Join us for coffee hour and then sign up for a week to host.

            Great Beginnings needs:  If you are able to help our preschool with the following items that would be great:  5 oz. cups, wet wipes, pretzels, animal crackers, cookies, raisins, apples and carrots.

Holy Week events and schedule: 

April 10 Palm Sunday Services  8:30 AM & 11 AM

April 14 Maundy Thursday Service 7 PM

April 15 Good Friday Tenebrae Service 7 PM

April 16 Easter Egg Hunt  10 AM

April 17 Community Easter Sunrise Service  6:30 AM

St. Michael's Lutheran Church, 40 E. Main Street, Strasburg

April 17 Easter Sunday Services, First Presbyterian Church  8:30 am & 11 am

Worship with us in person! 

If you choose to stream use these options:

Sunday

8:30am

Worship

Youtube

Church website

Facebook

9:30am

Coffee Hour

10am

Sunday School Class for all ages in person only
11am

Worship

Youtube

Church website

Facebook

Youth Group at 5:30

Thursday

6pm

Bible Study

Youtube

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Pastor Bob's eNews for - March 31, 2022

Dear FPC family and friends,    

      We are in high gear getting ready for Holy Week and all the attention that is given to remembering the suffering and the resurrection of our Savior.  Yes, we do have 7 services in one week, but those services are all focused in ensuring that we do not lose sight of arguably the most important events in our salvation history.  Over the course of Holy Week we begin with Jesus riding into Jerusalem triumphantly as king.  The whole city goes after him and cheers him on and the disciples, I can imagine, are feeling pretty good about themselves, about Jesus, and about this movement that people have started to call The Way. 

            In a few days time they gather with Jesus to celebrate the Passover meal and at that meal Jesus drops the bombshell that one of them is going to betray him, and then expands it to all of them will flee from me.  He then after the dinner washes their feet which makes all of them very uncomfortable and now all of a sudden this momentum that they had built up is starting to look a lot less formidable.  This whole idea of servant leadership is fine for people who are looking to help others, but for those trying to build a kingdom, there really isn’t much room for that kind of thinking.

            They always went across the valley into the olive groves on the other side of Jerusalem after Passover singing Psalm 121, the hymn of the pilgrims, and this Thursday evening was no different.  As they sang together: I lift up mine eyes to the hills, the magnificent Mount of Olives loomed in front of them as they climb it to arrive in their holy place, the Garden of Gethsemane.  It was usually empty, and this evening was no different with those in Jerusalem probably still feeling the effects of a late night Passover meal.  The disciples were surely feeling the effects.

            Stay up with me tonight won’t you?  Jesus asks his disciples but they are so tired after a long week, that they don’t think Jesus is serious at all.  As Jesus prays he notices his disciples are all asleep and Judas comes in the night with a group of soldiers from the high priest and he kisses him, sealing Jesus’ fate and the fate of the rest of the disciples.  This happens Thursday evening into Friday morning, again, less than a week from when the city was crying out to Jesus as their hero.

            Early Friday morning he is brought before Caiaphas, Pilate, Herod, and the rest of the Jewish leaders and as much as Pilate tries to free him, the people’s voices drown him out and he is condemned to the death penalty to take place on that day.  Jesus takes his cross on his shoulders, they nail his hands and feet on the cross, they lift it up, and by three in the afternoon, Jesus is dead.  Jesus dies, literally dies, he isn’t sleeping, he is dead.  Good Friday has just realized its full potential.

            The Sabbath passes and early in the morning on Sunday as the women make their way to the tomb wondering how they are going to roll the stone away, they get to the grave and see the angels there with the guards paralyzed with fear, and then eventually see Jesus himself.  Jesus has been raised from the dead, he was dead, but he is now living.  Jesus is alive!  All this takes place in a week.  That is why we call it Holy Week.  As we get ready to celebrate this most significant week in the life of our faith, I pray that you will not only prepare yourself for this Holy Week, but that you will take part in all of the services that are provided for you to remember and increase your faith in the life of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Bob

HAPPENING IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH…

Lenten Services and luncheon - Join us for weekly services held here at First Presbyterian Church at 12 PM offered by the Strasburg Ministerium. This Wednesday, April 6, First Presbyterian is responsible for both the message and the luncheon.

Holy Week events and schedule: 

April 10 Palm Sunday Services  8:30 AM & 11 AM

April 14 Maundy Thursday Service 7 PM

April 15 Good Friday Tenebrae Service 7 PM

April 16 Easter Egg Hunt  10 AM

April 17 Community Easter Sunrise Service  6:30 AM

St. Michael's Lutheran Church, 40 E. Main Street, Strasburg

April 17 Easter Sunday Services, First Presbyterian Church  8:30 am & 11 am

Master Plan – You can now find on our website a diagram of the master plan and how things will change within the building.  We are considering not beginning construction until May of 2023 to help facilitate with the timing of our church year and the preschool. 

Women’s Tuesday Bible Study:  The study meets at 9:00 am and 7 pm in Rm 3/4. We are excited to offer Kelly Minter’s 7-week series on spiritual disciplines entitled, "Encountering God.”

Giving to FPC:  Please contribute your tithes and offerings using one of the following methods: Scan the QR code in the bulletin and follow the prompts, Click the DONATE button on the church web site at www.straspres.org, or mail your check to FPCS, 101 St. Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA 17579.

Bible Study:  This evening at 6pm we will be looking at Scripture and addressing how God reveals himself to us on a daily basis.  Join the crowd here: Bible Study

Worship with us in person! 

If you choose to stream use these options:

Sunday

8:30am

Worship

Youtube

Church website

Facebook

9:30am

Coffee Hour

10am

Sunday School Class for all ages in person only
11am

Worship

Youtube

Church website

Facebook

Youth Group at 5:30

Thursday

6pm

Bible Study

Youtube

 

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Pastor Bob's eNews for - March 17, 2022

 Dear FPC family and friends,

           Session met last evening and there are a number of decisions that I wanted to share with you.  Acting upon the recommendation of the Covid Task Force, Session agreed to lift the masking mandate for the preschool and make masking optional for any students and teachers.  I mentioned to session that this is almost exactly two years to the day of when the first Covid protocols went into place.  This effectively eliminates any of the Covid protocols that we have had in place.

            One note about where we find ourselves now.  FPC family and friends, you have been exceptionally supportive and long-suffering during these two years.  When it all started we had thought in a few weeks we would be back to normal.  When that stretched out to a few months and then a year and now two years, it was not anything that any of us could have imagined.  Thank you for your patience, your humility, your perseverance during this time that none of us wanted and all of us wanted to be over.  I know I have mentioned before in this setting how honored I am to serve you, today is another one of those days.  Thank you for sticking with us during this journey.

            A day does not go by that someone within the church asks me if we are going to do anything to support the relief efforts taking place on behalf of those caught up in the war in Ukraine.  I am thrilled to announce that your Mission and Finance Committee has pledged $5,000 toward the relief effort carried out by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance which will be matched by the Synod of the Trinity.  You are still welcome to contribute to the effort, just put in the memo of your checks “relief for war” and we will make sure that it goes toward the already pledged $10,000.

            I also want to recognize that for many of you this is hitting you hard.  I have heard people tell me that they are angry at God, others overwhelmed seeing the children and families separated and attacked by the Russian military.  When the atrocities are committed in your living room it is hard to understand how God is present at all.  I can only tell you the assurance God gave Joshua from our sermon last week: Be strong and courageous, as God was with Moses, so He will be with you.

            The Trustees of your church have been hard at work and have a buyer for the house that you as a congregation gave permission for them to sell.  We give thanks to God for the quick turnaround and we have to recognize the Trustees for taking on that task and doing it so efficiently and completely.  On that note, the Master Plan continues to move forward.  We recognized last evening that we have not done a great job in keeping you, the congregation, involved and aware of what the Master Plan actually is.  We will soon be posting a drawing of what the changes will be.  Everyone loves drawings.

            With all of these decisions being made it is obvious that the life of the church has not remained static throughout this time.  We continue to look for ways to reach the community and the world with the love of God.  I am thrilled to be a part of a family that loves doing that together.

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Bob

HAPPENING IN THE LIFE OF FPC…

Bible Study this evening!  Join us this evening at 6 for Bible Study here:  Youtube

FPC MOVIE NIGHT -  Please join us on March 25 for our inaugural movie night!  We will be watching Coco.  Movie night will begin at 6pm.  We look forward to seeing you there. 

EASTER EGG HUNT  Saturday, April 16  There is a sign-up sheet on the Welcome Desk for anyone wishing to help with the Easter Egg Hunt or to donate snack supplies.

            March Madness is upon us:  You still have a few minutes to get your brackets in.  Feel free to go here and then print out your bracket and send it to me.  https://fantasy.espn.com/tournament-challenge-bracket/2022/en/bracket?ex_cid=tcm2022_ncaam_web_relatedlinks

            Lenten Services continue:  Every Wednesday at noon you can come and join us for a Strasburg Ministerium sponsored service which is followed by a meal.  Join us as we celebrate Lent.

Worship with us in person! 

If you choose to stream use these options:

Sunday

8:30am

Worship

Youtube

Church website

Facebook

9:30am

Coffee Hour

10am

Sunday School Class for all ages in person only
11am

Worship

Youtube

Church website

Facebook

Youth Group at 5:30

Thursday

6pm

Bible Study

Youtube

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Pastor Bob's eNews for - March 10, 2022

Dear FPC family and friends,

            This weekend I am taking the confirmation kids and their fathers on a retreat to a cabin in the PA mountains.  It is their last time to prepare for their examination before our Session next Wednesday.  Many of you may not know, but each year we have a confirmation class which begins in September and goes all the way through the Sunday after Easter in April.

            These youth, normally in 7th grade or older, learn about the Bible, Theology, History of the Christian Church, Presbyterian history, and some things about our local church here in Strasburg.  During this journey they have exams after each section, they visit other churches and sometimes other religious bodies in order to expand and understand what they believe as disciples of Jesus Christ, and the multicultural, multireligious, and multiethnic world in which they live.  Being a follower of Jesus never happens in a vacuum.  We live among people and with people, and so we need to understand how to do that without compromising our faith.

            I often think that it could be helpful for each one of us to have a bit of a refresher course as we make our way on this journey that we call our faith journey.  It may be easier to understand what we believe and what is important to us during our quiet time and in times when things are pretty copacetic.  But as I watch the news and see a maternity hospital in tatters, children suffering terribly, and a war that has the danger of being even more protracted than it already is, I wonder why people have forgotten that all of this is currently happening in Myanmar, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Ethiopia, each with their own separate, tragic war which last year took over 10,000 lives each. 

            The horrors of Ukraine happening on the European doorstep has captured all of our attention, and has maintained that attention over these few weeks.  But not so the other wars taking place on the African and Asian continents.  It is fair to ask the question why does this war affect us greater on a humanitarian basis than those which have taken place in continents that seem further away from us simply because the people seem quite different from us.  I am grieving greatly over this war in Ukraine.  I know people who have had to flee from the atrocities that Russia is committing and from this invasion that seems to have no end in sight.

            As I grieve greatly over this war, I also have to wonder if we are especially shocked by this war because the people involved seem a lot like us.  If that is the case, I want to encourage you to hear the words of Jesus when he states in Luke 10:36ff: “Which of these was a neighbor to the man.”  “The one who showed him mercy.”  “Go and do likewise.”  Our ability to show mercy to others, and our ability to empathize and care for others, should never be dictated by how much we can resonate or relate to those who are in need of mercy.

            The Samaritan who helped the Jewish man could not relate to him at all.  He was of a different religion, a different race, probably a different skin tone, but he reached out and helped and empathized and his condition affected him greatly.  That is a real challenge to us to be able to help those who may not be among us, or may not look like us, but are facing current challenges to which we have become numb.  My prayer for us not just as a people, but as followers of Jesus Christ in this community and beyond, is that we would be able to keep our focus and our interest on all people as they suffer, and not just on those with whom we can relate.

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Bob

HAPPENING IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH:

 Bible Study:  This evening at 6 you can join us here:  Youtube

Lenten Services:  Every Wednesday at noon we have a Strasburg ministerium service and a luncheon that follows the service.  Join us!

Worship with us in person! 

If you choose to stream use these options:

Sunday

8:30am

Worship

Youtube

Church website

Facebook

9:30am

Coffee Hour

10am

Sunday School Class for all ages in person only
11am

Worship

Youtube

Church website

Facebook

Youth Group at 5:30

Thursday

6pm

Bible Study

Youtube

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Pastor Bob's eNews for - March 5, 2022

Dear FPC family and friends,

            It may seem that as a war is raging in Europe and the pandemic feels as if it is in its waning days, that what happens here at the church or in our own homes on a daily basis is not nearly as important as what is happening around us in the world.  The enormity of the tragedy in Europe seems to be especially poignant to many of us because we are seeing people who look like us in the midst of a struggle for life and death.  But there is something inherently and maybe surprisingly wrong with that approach.

            Did you know that in the Democratic Republic of Congo more than 5 million people have died and the battle still rages?  The exodus from Afghanistan took the lives of thousands and to this day the Taliban is going house to house executing those that they think might have been complicit with our forces.  Our horror and our indignation ought not be raised because there is a war in a country whose people live in an area and reflect a demographic to which we can relate.  When we say that, the assumption is that there are other countries that are less civilized and so the people in some ways less capable of peace and more likely for war.

            The war in Ukraine is affecting me greatly personally.  I have members of my former church in Russia who are now living in Ukraine and have fled to Budapest.  But they are telling stories of being kicked off trains and not allowed to join the flow of people fleeing because they are from Nigeria.  The costs of war are so high and cut across the board and my responsibility as a pastor is to ensure that Jesus’ penchant for the poor and those who are on the margins be lifted up and protected. 

            As we discuss and grieve, the life of the church goes forward, hopefully with an eye to reaching out to help in ways that may not seem clear at the moment.  But even in the midst of this reality, decisions are being made, actions are being taken, and people are coming to know Jesus Christ as personal Savior as a result of the presence of the Holy Spirit and our willingness to be vehicles of the Gospel.  But our work here at FPC continues and we do find ourselves in a season of change and growth.

            My encouragement for all of us is that as we pray for Ukraine and the people who are caught up in this war from Russia to Belarus to all of Europe, we would be aware of those on the margins who will feel the cost of this war for generations to come.  Pray for Ukraine and ask God to bring peace.

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Bob

HAPPENING IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH:

            CHRIS HENKEL:  When Chris Henkel came back on board over three years ago to serve as our organist/choirmaster, it didn’t take long for me to imagine that we would serve together until we both left the ministry, maybe 15 or 20 years down the road.  His love for Jesus and this community and the gifts that he uses so well are open for all to see every Sunday.  With his return it also provided some great healing for him as well as for this church as we found ourselves confronted with the reality that God reaches out and touches us powerfully in all the seasons of our life.  Chris, in short, has been a tremendous blessing to this church in so many different ways, and one of those ways has been in providing us as a congregation with the gift of healing.

            Chris informed me last Sunday that he will be taking on a new position much closer to his home, he currently has an hour and a half commute to get to FPC.  He also might have the possibility of working alongside his wife in the new church.  Personally, and professionally, I will miss Chris, but I am so grateful for the years that we have been able to serve together.  Did you know that this church was able to get the Steinway piano when he served here years ago?  Now with the upcoming installation of the organ he has definitely left his mark on the music ministry of this church for decades to come.

            Chris won’t be leaving until June, but please let Chris know how much you have appreciated his music and his friendship in the year that he has most recently served as organist/choirmaster here at FPC. 

BLANKET OFFERINGS still being accepted for the next couple of weeks.  As of Feb. 23rd,
Angie reported a total of $14,114.00.  Our congregation is amazing and PW thanks you.
Please make checks payable to First Presbyterian Church and mark “blankets” on memo line.

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS WANTED – We are in need of Coffee Hour hosts.  Please sign up in Fellowship Hall for the month of April, if you are able to serve.  Thank you!

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD - We are collecting children's items for Operation Christmas Child this year. In March, we will be collecting small toys. This includes:  Balls, slinky, dolls, puzzles, tops, jump ropes, any kind of small toys.  A collection bin is at welcome desk area.
Any questions, please contact Beth Feiler.

GREAT BEGINNINGS PRESCHOOL  is always very appreciative of your donations which help keep the tuition costs down! There is a bin in the welcome area for your donations. Needed are: 5 oz. cups, wet wipes, crackers, pretzels, animal crackers, cookies, raisins, apples and carrots.

FOOD BANK NEW LISTING OF NEEDS:  Coffee, jelly, powdered drinks (Tang, Kool Aid, etc.), canned chicken, paper towels, shampoo, Dinty Moore canned stew, Chef Boyardee canned food, spaghetti sauce in plastic jars (Prego, Classico, etc.) and 4-pack bathroom tissue.   Thank you for your many donations!

LENTEN SERVICES & LUNCHEONS - Join us for weekly services held here at First Presbyterian offered by the Strasburg Ministerium. 
12 pm Wednesday Lenten Service Schedule:
March 9              Wesley United Methodist Church
March 16            High View Church of God,
March 23            St. Michael’s Lutheran Church
March 30            Acts Covenant Fellowship

April 6                 First Presbyterian. 
These noon services will be followed by a luncheon in Fellowship Hall.  Join us!

NEW MEMBER CLASS STARTING THIS SUNDAY   - If you are looking to become a member or are just curious about the church and want to learn more come and join us at 3pm on Sunday,
March 6 in room 6, better known as the Parlor. 

FPC MOVIE NIGHT -  Please join us on March 25 for our inaugural movie night!  We will be watching Coco.  Movie night will begin at 6pm.  We look forward to seeing you there. 

EASTER EGG HUNT  Ÿ Saturday, April 16  There is a sign-up sheet on the Welcome Desk for anyone wishing to help with the Easter Egg Hunt or to donate snack supplies.

Curious about technology?:  If you wanted to know how to turn on your computer, or stream the Sunday service, or see your family on your phone and don't know how, we have the opportunity of a lifetime for you.  We will be having a series of classes to help people navigate the ever changing world of technology.  We just need suggestions from you on what would be most helpful to learn.  Include your suggestions on the sheet in the bulletin in church and place the form in the offering plate or drop it off at the office.  

Worship with us in person! 

If you choose to stream use these options:

Sunday

8:30am

Worship

Youtube

Church website

Facebook

9:30am

Coffee Hour

10am

Sunday School Class for all ages in person only
11am

Worship

Youtube

Church website

Facebook

Youth Group at 5:30

Thursday

6pm

Bible Study

Youtube

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Pastor Bob's eNews for - February 24, 2022

Dear FPC family and friends,

            After our last session meeting on February 16 and then our congregational meeting this past Sunday on February 20 I had a whole list of items of which I wanted to make sure you were aware.  They included Session’s decision to move forward with the implementation of the programmatic master plan which will necessitate a capital campaign committee headed up by Tim Ott, your elder for Mission and Finance.

            The list also included your unanimous decision to sell a house that the church owns, 121 S. Decatur Street and handing that responsibility over to the Trustees to finalize that transaction.  I was going to let you know about the incredible success of the auction and give a shout out to Don and Joyce Welk and all of their minions for their incredible work this past Saturday evening which allowed us to raise over $25,000.  On a normal given enews these would be fairly substantial and significant events that would highlight any enews.  The embarking on a capital campaign, the selling of a home the church owns, and a crazy good auction is big news.

            But the invasion of Ukraine is even bigger news and has an impact upon us here in Strasburg even more than any selling of a home or a capital campaign or an auction might have.  I know, Ukraine is really far away and what possible impact could that have on us, and do we really care about what happens in that part of the world?  I hope you are not asking those questions, but in case you are, let’s put a little Scripture in the mix here.

            Jesus when he is warned by the religious leaders that Herod wants to kill him, Luke 13:31, responds and says: “Go and tell that fox for me…” and he lays out the work that he was presently doing in healing and working miracles.  His work did not come to an end because there was someone who was looking to bring his work to an end.  Russia finds itself as an oil dictatorship completely reliant upon oil for its income.  It continues to be a struggling nation desperate to be considered a world power in the midst of a crumbling infrastructure and guided by a “fox” who thinks he is smarter than he actually is.  But when a failing nation finds itself in a corner it can still do an incredible amount of damage in the world, the type of damage that can directly affect us in the short and the long run.

            I am grateful that missionaries that we served with in Russia, and who had since transitioned to Ukraine, are home in the US now.  But that still leaves millions of Ukrainians in harms way and thousands of Russian troops poised to do battle and potentially to fight till death themselves.  Some of you reading this have been in the midst of war and have fought for our freedoms as service men and women.  We are forever in your debt.  I would guess that everyone reading this would not want the war that has erupted in our world today.

            We currently support a missionary who is serving in Belarus, a country which opened its doors in order to facilitate the invasion of Ukraine today.  We need to pray for him and his wife and their two children in the midst of this time.  They are truly on the front lines.  So, what is our responsibility now?  We are always called to be vehicles for peace, and in whatever way that can be done in our own circles, we should do that.  May God bless us during this time, and may God protect the people of Ukraine and Belarus and Russia as those who have turned their back on God continue in their errors.

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Bob

HAPPENING IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH         

LENTEN SERVICES & LUNCHEONS –

Ash Wednesday March 2:        6am and 6pm with the imposition of ashes.

12 noon with luncheon led by Strasburg Mennonite

Noon services with luncheon led by: 
March 9              Wesley United Methodist Church
March 16            High View Church of God,
March 23            St. Michael’s Lutheran Church
March 30            Acts Covenant Fellowship

April 6                 First Presbyterian. 

All services will be held in the sanctuary here at First Presbyterian
Noon services will be followed by a luncheon.  Join us!
 

New Member Class Starting on March 6:  If you are looking to become a member or are just curious about the church and want to learn more come and join us at 3pm on March 6 in room 6.

Bible Study this Evening!  Join us at 6pm as we explore Scripture.  You can join us here: Youtube

Worship with us in person! 

If you choose to stream use these options:

Sunday

8:30am

Worship

Youtube

Church website

Facebook

9:30am

Coffee Hour

10am

Sunday School Class for all ages in person only
11am

Worship

Youtube

Church website

Facebook

Youth Group at 5:30

Thursday

6pm

Bible Study

Youtube

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Pastor Bob's eNews for - February 16, 2022

Dear FPC family and friends,

            I have been spending a bit of time getting ready for the auction on Saturday.  I’m glad that we only do it once every 4 years, but I’m thrilled by the participation and the enthusiasm that it is raising as we help send our youth on a mission trip to Italy.  We have always made it a point to make sure that youth group doesn’t turn into a group that meets periodically to do fundraisers.  In fact, there are no fundraisers that the youth do except this auction which happens once every four years.  There are so many other more important things that we want our Youth Director and our leaders to teach our youth about Jesus than to raise funds.  Because of your generosity we are able to put a more than sufficient amount in our yearly budget which covers all of their needs for the year.

            I think of Jesus and his disciples and how they traveled from region to region.  They spent most of their time in the region north of the Sea of Galilee in the city of Capernaum, which is called the town of Jesus because of the amount of time that he spent there.  But it took planning and logistics and administrative work to get this group of 13 from one location to the next, which is probably why Jesus at one point said about himself and his disciples: “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 

            The amount of logistics it takes to run an auction and to plan for a group to travel, stay, eat, and do ministry in Italy is fairly significant, but it is always done within the context of a group doing it together.  We have an amazing group of folks who are involved in getting this auction up and running.  I think we have at least 30 people who are involved in some way, and even more than that if you count the donations that we have received.

            We have at least a couple dozen people at work in Italy helping us put things together so that when we arrive we can do ministry as well as provide a cultural experience beyond anything our youth have experienced to date.  While the cultural experience is important, I think the opportunity for our youth to taste and see God at work is going to be even more important.  It is through these kinds of mountaintop experiences that we hope the Holy Spirit moves through our youth to impact them for a lifetime.  You are integrally a part of this experience.

            They say it takes a village to raise a child.  I say it takes a church to raise a village.  Your support is helping to raise a village of young men and women who are being used by God to make a difference in Lancaster County and beyond.  Thank you again for your incredible support for the youth that hopefully you got to know briefly as they presented a minute for mission over these last 5 weeks to introduce you to them and the ministry in which they are going to be a part.

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Bob

HAPPENING IN THE LIFE OF FPC…

            MISSION TO ITALY 2022 AUCTION  February 19  - We are thrilled to be able to once again invite you to participate in an auction to help benefit the Mission to Italy 2022 by the Senior High Youth of First Presbyterian. On February 19 the doors will open at 5:30 pm and the auction begins at 6:15 pm.  This year you can also participate virtually by zooming at the address below. If you are planning on participating virtually please let Pastor Bob know ahead of time.  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9703411314

LENTEN SERVICES & LUNCHEONS - Lent is almost upon us:  It is hard to believe that we are a month away from Ash Wednesday.  Join us for weekly services here at First Presbyterian offered by the Strasburg Ministerium.  On Ash Wednesday, March 2, we will have services at 6am, 12noon, and 6pm.  The noon service will be led by the Strasburg Mennonite Church.  The schedule for the following weeks are as following:  March 9, Wesley United Methodist Church, March 16 High View Church of God, March 23 St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, March 30 Acts Covenant Fellowship and April 6 First Presbyterian.  All services will be held in the sanctuary here at First Presbyterian and the noon services will be followed by a luncheon.  Join us!

            READ THROUGH THE BIBLE - We are currently reading through the Bible together.  Read Through the Bible pamphlets can be picked up on the information table opposite Pastor Bob’s office.  Follow along in the daily blog at: http://www.straspres.org/read-through-the-bible

            Bible Study:  Join us on Thursday evening at 6pm as we look over the past week’s sermon Scriptures.  You can join us here: Youtube

PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION FOR SEPTEMBER NOW OPEN

Preschool registration for the 2022/23 Preschool Year is NOW open!
Classes available are:
- Afternoon Pre-K class - Monday, Wednesday & Friday 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
- 3 Year class - Tuesday & Thursday 9 am to 11:30 am
- 2 year class - Monday and/or Wednesday 9 am to 11:30 am
Registration forms are available on the preschool webpage. The registration fee is $45.
(nonrefundable). For more information e-mail Lynn Underhill at hlunderhill@comcast.net

Worship with us in person! 

If you choose to stream use these options:

Sunday

8:30am

Worship

Youtube

Church website

Facebook

9:30am

Coffee Hour

10am

Sunday School Class for all ages in person only
11am

Worship

Youtube

Church website

Facebook

Youth Group at 5:30

Thursday

6pm

Bible Study

Youtube

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Pastor Bob's eNews for - February 2, 2022

Dear FPC family and friends,                                                                                      

             It doesn’t happen often that someone comes into my office and says something along the lines of: “I may be able to help the church in this specific way.”  But it happened a few weeks ago.  A new member of our church recognized that there is a whole bevvy of people within our church who are remaining in contact with the church but they are in the background since we don’t see them on Sunday morning.  I have made many resolutions to myself over this past year that one week I would just call everyone in the church to check up on them and see how everyone is doing.  I have yet to do that.

            But then Caroline Grossman came into my office and said she would be willing to visit people within the church that maybe we haven’t seen in two years just to check in with them and see how they are doing.  I sent an email out to the head of the Deacons and the Outreach Committee and received their blessing.  So, let this serve as a friendly warning to you.  You may get a phone call from Caroline Grossman who is checking in on you on our behalf. 

            Last week I wrote about the importance of relationships and how crucial they are for the life of the church, and within a week God gave us an opportunity to gauge how we are doing with those relationships that ought to be of primary importance to us.  When Jesus and his disciples engaged with each other it was on a variety of different levels.  Jesus calls them his friends in John 15:14.  The word that is used in Greek to describe “friend” is philos, which is another way to say love. 

            The love that we have for each other is played out not only in our interactions with each other, but also because of the history that we have with each other that goes beyond what has taken place today, or this month, or this year, and for some of us even this past decade.  Normally it is hard to define our reality beyond anything that is happening in the present, but that is required of us if we are to understand the friendship that will ultimately lead to a community of faith that truly loves each other and supports each other in good times and in bad.

            Jesus calls us his friends, he washes our feet as a servant would, he tells us that if we want to be the first we need to understand ourselves as the last, Jesus reaches out his hand to us in the storm to rescue us from our own stubbornness and doubt.  All of these scenarios help us to understand how Jesus views us and so how we ought to view each other.  We are friends, servants, the least of these, and helpers amidst the floods as we walk through life together.  This is the marrow of relationships, this is at the center of what it means to be a follower of Jesus while in community.  You need a community to be a complete follower of Jesus, and a community needs you in order to be a healthy representation of His kingdom.

            So, my prayer is that if and when you get a phone call from Caroline understand her reaching out as an act of love from one friend to another.  Jesus would want us to do this for each other, I’m just glad that someone volunteered to do it in a way that reflects the Holy Spirit moving without us knowing it.

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Bob

HAPPENING IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH…

Mission to Italy 2022 auction February 19 – We are thrilled to be able to once again invite you to participate in an auction to help benefit the Mission to Italy 2022 by the Senior High Youth of First Presbyterian. On February 19 the doors will open and food will be available for purchase as we auction off items that have been donated for this purpose. Some of the items that are being auctioned off are: 2009 Cadillac with 62,000 miles (sale time for the car will be 7:30pm); road trip to Penn State Football with lodging, food, and tickets involved; 8 tickets to Sight & Sound’s production of David,; Salmon Dinner for 6 from Keith and Debbie Mink; Dinner for 10 offered by Leo and Andrea Petrokonis, signed football from Matt Feiler, Los Angeles Chargers offensive lineman, and many, many other items, in fact over 70 items to date. This year you can also participate virtually by zooming at this address: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9703411314

Clubhouse!:  This evening, February 2, we will have our monthly Clubhouse meeting for all children in elementary school or younger.  Join us starting at 6pm and we will be sending the kids home at 7:30.  Invite a neighbor’s child!

Read through the Bible - We are currently reading through the Bible together. Read Through the Bible pamphlets can be picked up on the information table opposite Pastor Bob’s office. You can also follow along in the daily blog at: http://www.straspres.org/read-through-the-bible

Women's Tuesday Bible Study – We just started up a new women’s Bible study by Jennifer Rothschild entitled "Take Courage" a 7-week study based on the book of Haggai. This study is being offered Tuesday mornings at 9:00 am and Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm in rooms 3-4. All are welcome!

Preschool Registration: All are welcome to register their children for the 2022/23 Preschool Year.  Classes available are: - Afternoon Pre-K class - Monday, Wednesday& Friday 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm - 3 Year class - Tuesday & Thursday 9 am to 11:30 am - 2 year class - Monday and/or Wednesday 9 am to 11:30 am Registration forms are available on the preschool webpage. The registration fee is $45. (nonrefundable). For more information e-mail Lynn Underhill at hlunderhill@comcast.net

            Bible Study on Thursdays:  Join us on Thursday evenings for an interactive Bible Study at 6pm.  You can join us here: Youtube

            Lent is almost upon us:  It is hard to believe that we are a month away from Ash Wednesday.  Join us for weekly services here at First Presbyterian offered by the Strasburg Ministerium.  On Ash Wednesday, March 2, we will have services at 6am, 12noon, and 6pm.  The noon service will be led by the Strasburg Mennonite Church.  The schedule for the following weeks are as following:  March 9, Wesley United Methodist Church, March 16 High View Church of God, March 23 St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, March 30 Acts Covenant Fellowship and April 6 First Presbyterian.  All services will be held in the sanctuary here at First Presbyterian and the noon services will be followed by a luncheon.  Join us!

Worship with us in person! 

If you choose to stream use these options:

Sunday

8:30am

Worship

Youtube

Church website

Facebook

9:30am

Coffee Hour

10am

Sunday School Class for all ages in person only
11am

Worship

Youtube

Church website

Facebook

Youth Group at 5:30

Thursday

6pm

Bible Study

Youtube

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Pastor Bob's eNews for - January 26, 2022

Dear FPC family and friends,

           What you will find below is my yearly report which many of you may have missed at our congregational meeting this past Sunday.  I hope it serves to help you during these times.

            “It is hard to believe that I am writing my second yearly report to you in the midst of a pandemic.  For many of you worship here at First Presbyterian Church may have ended on March 8, 2020 and you are not sure when you might step back into worship in person again.  What a strange time we are living in, and in what a confusing time we find ourselves.  As I look back over this past year I can’t help but feel some sadness over the many relationships that I have not been able to foster and strengthen simply because we have not seen each other and been in the same space for nearly two years.  How do you maintain relationships without being together?

            We have to take our cue from Jesus and how he interacted with people and what was potentially the most important thing for him.  He consistently met in people’s homes and broke bread with them.  He was often in the midst of crowds of people and taught, but all the while he never hesitated to speak to the individual and lift them up out of whatever situation in which they might have found themselves.  Jesus’ emphasis on relationships is indisputable, and he always came to where people were. 

            In the midst of these past two years the pandemic has wreaked havoc on relationships.  I know, it has done so much more than that.  It has wreaked havoc on the lives of those who lost loved ones to the virus, it has wreaked havoc on the daily living of those who contracted the virus and are still suffering under the symptoms, it has wreaked financial havoc, it has wreaked familial havoc with families divided over masks, vaccines, and other issues related to the pandemic, it has wreaked havoc on our children and their outlook on life, it has wreaked havoc on institutions and institutional protocols.

            While all of these previous examples are serious and even life altering, the permanency of wreaking havoc on relationships is what concerns me the most.  If we are not able to reclaim the relationships that we once had before this pandemic broke out, then we are betraying one of the most valuable and important benchmarks of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.  Being a disciple of Jesus Christ means loving God and loving our neighbor.  When my relationship with the neighbor who used to sit with me in church is jeopardized, well, that is very serious indeed.

            Let’s make 2022 a year that we rekindle the relationships that we once had and reclaim that it is completely up to us to reclaim those relationships.   I pray that as we enter into this new year we make an extra effort to reconnect with people with whom we have not seen over this pandemic.  How has the year gone otherwise?  It has gone well.  We were able to do some incredibly significant things this past year and you all seem excited to be a part of this family and want to do more each year than the next.  That is amazing because you are amazing.  Let’s reconnect with all of our church family in 2022.”

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Bob

 

HAPPENING IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH…

 

Clubhouse!:  On Wednesday, February 1, we will have our monthly Clubhouse meeting for all children in elementary school or younger.  Join us starting at 6pm and we will be sending the kids home at 7:30.  Invite a neighbor’s child!

 

Mission to Italy 2022 auction February 19 – We are thrilled to be able to once again invite you to participate in an auction to help benefit the Mission to Italy 2022 by the Senior High Youth of First Presbyterian. On February 19 the doors will open and food will be available for purchase as we auction off items that have been donated for this purpose. Some of the items that are being auctioned off are: 2009 Cadillac with 62,000 miles; road trip to Penn State Football with lodging, food, and tickets involved; 8 tickets to Sight & Sound’s production of David,; Salmon Dinner for 6 from Keith and Debbie Mink; Dinner for 10 offered by Leo and Andrea Petrokonis, signed football from Matt Feiler, Los Angeles Charges offensive lineman, and many, many other items, in fact over 70 items to date. This year you can also participate virtually by zooming at this address: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9703411314

 

Read through the Bible - We are currently reading through the Bible together. Read Through the Bible pamphlets can be picked up on the information table opposite Pastor Bob’s office. You can also follow along in the daily blog at: http://www.straspres.org/read-through-the-bible

 

Women's Tuesday Bible Study - Starting Tuesday, February 1, 2022, we will be offering a new exciting Bible study by Jennifer Rothschild entitled "Take Courage" a 7-week study based on the book of Haggai. This study will be offered Tuesday mornings at 9:00 am and Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm in rooms 3-4. All are welcome!

 

Preschool Registration: Church members are welcome to register their children early for the 2022/23 Preschool Year NOW before it opens to the community on February 1st. Classes available are: - Afternoon Pre-K class - Monday, Wednesday& Friday 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm - 3 Year class - Tuesday & Thursday 9 am to 11:30 am - 2 year class - Monday and/or Wednesday 9 am to 11:30 am Registration forms are available on the preschool webpage. The registration fee is $45. (nonrefundable). For more information e-mail Lynn Underhill at hlunderhill@comcast.net

 

Bible Study:  Join us every Thursday evening at 6pm as we look at the past week’s sermon Scripture.  You can join us here:  Youtube

 

Worship with us in person! 

If you choose to stream use these options:

Sunday

8:30am

Worship

Youtube

Church website

Facebook

9:30am

Coffee Hour

10am

Sunday School Class for all ages in person only
11am

Worship

Youtube

Church website

Facebook

Youth Group at 5:30

Thursday

6pm

Bible Study

Youtube

 

 

     
   
 
 
 

 

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