New Church Office Hours The office hours have changed to 9:00 am-12:00 pm, 12:30-2:00 pm Monday-Friday, closing for lunch for 30 minutes each day between 12-12:30 pm.

Called Session Meeting Sunday, December 8, immediately after Worship.

Christmas Luncheon immediately after Worship Sunday, December 15 in the Fellowship Hall.

Handel's "Messiah" concert presented by The Ovation Singers Sunday, December 15 at 3:00 pm in the Sanctuary.

Christmas Eve Worship Service Tuesday, December 24 at 5:00 pm - Candlelight and Communion

Weddings
Interested in having your wedding at First Presbyterian Church?  Please see our updated guidelines here.

Sunday Worship
Book Study Class: 9:45 am (snacks at 9:30 am) - Library
Adult Sunday School  10:00-10:45 am (now meeting in church parlor)
Youth Sunday School  10:00-10:45 am
Elementary Sunday School  10:00-10:45
Church Nursery: 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Chancel Choir Rehearsal: 10:30 am 
Morning Worship: 11:00 am
Youth Group 12-2 pm (alternates with Youth Sunday School, please call to check times)
 
Wednesdays 
Bible Study: Wednesdays at 10:00 am in the Library 
Chancel Choir Rehearsal: 7:30 pm 
 
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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN
STEWARDSHIP 2020 
THANK YOU

THANK YOU to all who have made financial commitments to the Glory of God and to the work and worship of First Presbyterian for 2020.

As of October 18th, our financial commitments total $175,390.00, with 31 households submitting pledges for 2020.  We have achieved 78% of our goal,
or we can consider we are 22% away from our goal of $224,000.00.

THANK YOU to those who have made commitments and re-commitments of time, talent, and energy to the work and worship of First Presbyterian for 2020.

We have received 12 individual Time, Talent, and Energy Commitment cards.
All have committed to prayers.
  Commitments for service in mission/outreach, music and worship, and in leadership have been received and are being shared with appropriate programs for acknowledgement and follow-up.

THANK YOU to those who attended and participated in our Stewardship Commitment Luncheon and THANK YOU to those who helped prepare, serve, and clean up. 

Our Stewardship Commitment Luncheon on Sunday, Oct.13th, was a time of fellowship and an opportunity for questions and answers for the 35 in attendance.  The discussion was helpful for those of us tasked with the development and monitoring of the budget, and hopefully helpful to all those in attendance.

THANK YOU to those who are continuing to pray for guidance in the way they are called to be a part of the work and worship of First Presbyterian now and in the year 2020.

Our Stewardship season continues.  What wondrous works we can achieve when we join together as good stewards of our time, talent, and treasure to carry out the work and worship of First Presbyterian in this community and beyond.    

 THANK YOU


 
Pastor’s Letter

December 2019


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Did you know that George Frederick Handel’s dad was afraid he would become a musician? Isn’t that wild?!  Kept him out of school, but a friend smuggled a clavichord into
the Handel attic, so GF lived into his calling.
Did you know that “Messiah” was composed after Handel was 53 and had suffered
a stroke?
He had been in a deep depression, and drowning in debt, when the composer of the libretto sent him the “Sacred Oratorio.”  At first, Handel wasn’t excited.  He regarded the lyricist, Charles Jennens, as a “second-rate pampered poet.”
But upon reading the libretto, Handel immediately started writing, writing for 24 days while barely eating or sleeping.  His servant recorded that, at times, “Handel would stride up and down, flailing the air with his arms, singing at the top of his lungs: “Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!” with tears running down his cheeks.
When Handel finished the oratorio, he slept for 17 hours straight, scaring his servant, who sent for the doctor.  Handel was fine, and we have “Messiah.”1
As Christmas comes, you are invited to rejoice in these Halleluiahs, not only on December 15th at 3:00pm – when the Ovation Singers will present their last offering of “Messiah” under the direction of Ray Hoaster, but all through the Advent Season as we, like Handel, rejoice despite!
Despite those things which would impede our gifts –
Despite the effects of illness –
Despite the burdens of mind and heart –
Despite the surly opinions we might hold of others – 
Despite what keeps us awake at night – 
For “what IFS” are NOT what IS!!!

So we shall come into the Christmas season with hearts 
of joy, for we know that our Redeemer lives, and at last He shall stand upon the earth, and He shall reign forever and ever!  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!

Joy of the season – 

Pastor Karen

1. I am indebted to Mardre Bell for sharing this information on Handel and “Messiah” from the writings of Robert Littell and Doron K. Antrim in “The Bettmann Archive.”