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Take Them A Meal

We would like to bless David & Evelyn Brose with meals twice a week on
Sunday, December 4th, 11th & 18th.
 
Go to: takethemameal.com to sign up.
The code is FPC  The password is Brose.
Thank you so much for your gift of hospitality to the Brose family.
 
Meals may be left in the Church Office/South Chapel/South Building kitchen.
Church Office hours: Monday -Thursday 9:00am-4:00pm
 

 



Behind the Scenes: The Context Associated With the Week 8 Verses—Printed and Electronic Versions of the Book

These are the last commentaries we will be posting in association with the devotions in the book, Love to Pray; however, stay tuned for the next study we will be undertaking as our “Year of Prayer” continues.
 

Week 8, Day 1 (Oct. 31): James 5:16

This verse follows a section in James 5 where we are instructed to be patient and stand firm when suffering, and the prophets are presented as examples of this practice. James then explains how songs of praise and prayers of faith will get us through tough times. Verse 16 actually begins by saying, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed,” and ends with today’s devotional quote.
 

Week 8, Day 2 (Nov. 1): John 14:12-14

Much has been written in commentaries and theological texts related to chapters 13 and 14, where Jesus tells the disciples that his death is imminent, but he is not leaving them alone; he will be with them at all times carrying out God’s work. It is good to keep in mind that John also reports in verse 6 of this chapter that Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” “What Jesus is cannot be separated from what He does,” notes the Zondervan commentary.
 

Week 8, Day 3 (Nov. 2): Ephesians 6:18

Verses 10 to 20 describe the heavenly warfare for which God prepares us by providing his believers with armor. Each item in this suit is presented, assuring us that we have all the components necessary for resisting the enemy’s influence on our lives. Prayer, however, becomes the communication channel in this allegory, linking us directly to God through the Holy Spirit and communion of the saints.
 

Week 8, Day 4 (Nov. 3): Luke 22:31-32

These verses are included in the same chapter where Luke recounts the Last Supper, and they clearly address Christ’s prediction that Peter would deny him three times on that very night. Although there is not sufficient space available in this blog to dig more deeply into the comparative descriptions of the Last Supper in the gospels, there is much to be gained by consulting an online commentary and doing so. There will be no definitive answers to the questions that are raised, but the considerations raised are likely to bring new meaning to understanding this event and its long-term ramifications to the Christian church.
 

Week 8, Day 5 (Nov. 4): Revelation 8:3-5

These verses relate to the breaking of the seventh seal in Johns description of his vision. This is the moment of divine judgment, led be the seven archangels standing in the presence of God. There are numerous connections between this sign and passages reported by the prophets in the Old Testament, as well as other sections of the New Testament.



Consecration Sunday THIS Sunday

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Just a reminder that you are invited to our Consecration Sunday celebration THIS Sunday at 10:30 am. During worship, we will hear special choral music for Thanksgiving throughout the service, arranged by our own Minister of Worship, Daniel Perrin. Dr. Perrin’s service of hymns and songs for Thanksgiving was published by a national music publisher and has been sung throughout the United States. In addition, we will be presenting our Commitment Cards during a special time at the end of the service. And don’t forget to bring items for Love, Inc. Personal Care Pantry as an offering during the service (they are in need of toothpaste, toothbrushes, travel size shampoo/conditioner, band-aids, antibiotic ointments, new socks, undergarments, etc.) Finally, after the service, stay for our celebration lunch in Fellowship Hall. You don’t need to bring anything. Lunch is on us! It’s our thank you for your love and support throughout the year.


Deck the Halls!!!

Deck the Halls with the church family immediately following the Celebration Lunch on November 20th.  Stay after lunch for a few minutes and help put up decorations around the building.
 
Advent begins the following Sunday on November 27th  and we want to be all “decked out”!  Everything is more fun when we do it together.


Dont forget to bring your Stewardship Offering this Sunday!

This Sunday, November 20th we will be bringing forward our donations to the
Love, Inc Personal Care Pantry as an offering during the service. 
They are in need of toothpaste, toothbrushes, travel size shampoo/conditioner, bandaids, antibiotic ointments,
tp, new socks, undergarments, etc.


Join Us For Our Consecration Celebration Luncheon

CONSECRATION CELEBRATION LUNCHEON

Sunday, November 20th after the Worship Service

It is our tradition to have a wonderful lunch together after worship-it’s free to all-to celebrate our commitment to God’s Kingdom. The goal is to have everyone turn in an Estimate of Giving Card. It doesn’t matter the amount you put on the card; that is between you and God. We simply want you to join the congregation in the discernment process and then turn in your confidential card. The financial secretary records the numbers and then sends anonymous statistics to the Director of Operations to initiate the annual budgeting process.
Together we will share stories of God’s faithfulness this year and enjoy a time of good food and fellowship.

 



Our Stories: Gwen Trussler

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There’s a beautiful new voice in our midst. Gwen Trussler, along with her husband Tim and daughter Olivia, have been attending FPC since July 2015, and you may have heard Gwen singing from the chancel. She is a classically trained performer, and she sings with joy and confidence … now. But her path as a singer once led through dark testing.
 
Gwen grew up in a Christian family, knowing the love of God. Her musical talent was apparent early on. Others encouraged her to study music, and she earned a master’s degree in vocal performance. Singing felt natural and right. In young adulthood her life filled up with performance opportunities.
 
Then something changed. She didn’t know it at the time, but a medical condition had altered her voice. The singing that had been her joy and her identity was now nerve-wracking and impossibly difficult. She quit.
 
Yet God was calling her back to singing. Like the disciples who had fished all night and caught nothing, Gwen said, “Lord, I don’t see how that will work, but since You told me to …” She stepped out in faith and retrained. Working with the change in her voice, she gradually faced auditions again, learning to trust that disappointment was not the end and especially learning to trust God’s messages of hope. Gwen memorized Scripture verses about God’s love and the strength we have in Him. That is what enabled her to work through the discouragement and frustration.
 
“If we allow Him to move into those places that are dark, He will move in with His light,” Gwen says. As He does it, we are blessed, and so are others.
 
As we know, she is singing again and doing it beautifully. In the years since that dark time, Gwen has used her musical gifts in many venues: church, opera, musical theater. She also works as an MRI technician and gives of herself in the medical community. She and Tim enjoy spending time with their young daughter Olivia and with their grown daughter, Sydney, who lives in Portland. Here at FPC, Gwen participates in Sunday school, women’s Bible study and the church prayer team.
 
As she looks back over her journey, she says, “You learn to trust that God has your back. And He has a plan.”


Behind the Scenes: The Context Associated With the Week 7 Verses—Printed and Electronic Versions of the Book

Week 7, Day 1 (Oct. 24): Mark 1:35; Luke 5:16; 6:12

Verses 35-39 of Mark reveal Jesus’ communion with and dependence on God. At the time of this prayer, he was struggling with disappointment because people were being amazed by his miracles but not committing to him. The passage from Luke Chapter 5 closes the discussion of Jesus’ authority when he healed the leper. In this section of Chapter 6, Jesus is appointing the 12 apostles in preparation for his impending death and resurrection.
 

Week 7, Day 2 (Oct. 25): Romans 1:9-10; Colossians 1:3, 9; 2 Timothy 1:3

In the first reference, Paul is introducing himself to the churches in Rome, and these particular verses he lifts up the Romans, asking for God to increase their spiritual progress. In Colossians, he is thanking God specifically for their faith, hope and love, as had been reported by Epaphras. Finally, Paul is aging and knows that his death is approaching, so he expresses his gratitude to God for his past experiences.
 

Week 7, Day 3 (Oct. 26): James 5:17-18

Elijah was highly revered and is mentioned as an example several times in the New Testament. In fact, some people considered him to be different than regular humans, but James makes it clear this was not the case. The key to Elijah’s petitions was that he prayed earnestly within God’s will.
 

Week 7, Day 4 (Oct. 27): 2 Chronicles 20:6, 12

The Zondervan commentary summarizes this story by saying, “Piety brings its reward and in time of crisis the community must rest its faith in God in whom alone victory and deliverance are to be found.” The enemy army struck fear in Jehoshaphat’s heart, but he knew how to deal effectively with that fear. They sought help from God and trusted that he would provide for them.
 

Week 7, Day 5 (Oct. 28): Psalm 51:7-10

Although often attributed to David, this penitent Psalm actually may have been written by someone else who was using David’s experience as a model. Ultimately, knowing the original author is irrelevant because the message conveyed in the Psalm is what is most important and life-changing. Even the sins of David, an adulterer and murderer, need to be confessed; repentance is not optional if we seek mercy and forgiveness.



Thanksgiving Books are Here!

As we move closer to Thanksgiving, it’s time for our Thanksgiving themed books! The books will be available to check out this Sunday (November 13) and the Sunday after Thanksgiving (November 27). Unfortunately, due to the Consecration Sunday Lunch on November 20, the library will most likely be closed on that day. Please check our online catalog for a list of our Thanksgiving books. Simply search for the word “Thanksgiving” or click this link to go there directly.
 
Have a Happy Thanksgiving celebrating with family and friends and giving thanks for the gifts that God has given us!



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