As we navigate the realities of the coronavirus, First Pres has responded by following health officials’ guidelines to close our building to all groups of 10 or more. Pastor Jon wants to encourage you to be the church in the midst of the challenges.
Life on Court Square
I have become convinced that fear dominates so much of our lives.
Join us in this season of Lent as we prepare our hearts for Resurrection Sunday! There are various special services and events as well as Sunday services.
Can I tell you how excited I am about this weekend?
Will we respond in faith or fear as we move on in God’s work?
Have you ever tried drinking from a firehose? It will quench your thirst and give you a good soaking too! That is what the ECO National Gathering is like. It quenches a deep thirst for God and soaks one in his presence.
We have been blessed for nearly seven years to have Pastor Jon Heeringa ministering in our midst, equipping us for ministry through preaching, leadership, teaching and pastoral care. Week in and week out, he gives his time and energy to helping us become a vibrantly growing church mobilized for ministry. Being a pastor comes with particular challenges, especially emotionally and spiritually, and so it is good for those in ministry to take periods of intentional rest every so often.
So, one of the missionaries we support as a Church is Dennis Karp of Chosen People Ministries. Dennis is a Messianic Jew, and Chosen People Ministries is an evangelistic mission to the Jewish people.
Based solidly on Scripture, the early Church fathers declared that there is no salvation apart from the Church. Thus how we think about and relate to the Church is of eternal consequence. Yet what is the Church?
In 2019, First Pres’ leaders adopted a vision statement that we will use to guide as us we make decisions about how to serve God as a church. In the new year, we will explain more about this vision statement through a series of sermons from Dec. 29-Feb. 23.