Can I tell you how excited I am about this weekend?
Life on Court Square
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.
Volunteer this holiday season and share this experience with a family member or friend. This is a great opportunity to involve children, teens and grandchildren.
Four children and youth from our congregation were baptized during a worship service held at the North River, and another of our adult covenant partners renewed her baptism vows. Watch highlights from the day.
A bunch of our regular groups are starting up again in September, so it’s an ideal time to jump in to grow and connect with each other.