First Presbyterian Church
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PREPARation FOR EASTER
Shrove Tuesday, February 17th
What is Shrove Tuesday? It occurs the first Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. It officially ends the season of Epiphany and is the vigil for the starting of Lent. Traditionally viewed as a day of repentance, Shrove Tuesday has become the last day for celebration and feasting before the period of fasting required before the Lenten Season. The name Shrove Tuesday comes from the word shrive meaning "to confess and receive forgiveness". The concept behind this comes from 1 Corinthians 9: 27 where Apostle Paul states "I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should.".
Ash Wednesday, February 18th
In Western Christianity, Ash Wednesday marks the first day or the start of the season of Lent. Many Christians will attend a religious service where the ashes are blessed by the pastor, and placed on their forehead. Christians believe this marks the spiritual and physical beginning of a personal Lent season.
Maundy Thursday, April 2nd
The word Maundy is defined as
"washing the feet of the poor".
Luke 22: 15-16
Jesus said, "I have been eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins. For I tell you now that I won't eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God."
Good Friday, April 3rd
Luke 23: 44-46
By this time it was about noon and darkness fell across the whole land until three o'clock. The light from the sun was gone. And suddenly, the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn down the middle. Then Jesus shouted, "Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!" And with those words he breathed his last.
Easter, April 5th
Matthew 28: 1-20
Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and rolled away the stone, and sat on it. His face shone like lightning , and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint. Then the angel spoke to the women. "Don't be afraid", he said. "I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn't here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you."
MISSION TRIP 2014
Letters From Our Travelers
In June I had the opportunity to travel to Neon Kentucky with the members of our church as well as members
from a couple other central Ohio churches. This was my 4th trip and, just like the first 3, it was inspiring in so
many ways. The site I worked on was a new build and, for me, the most amazing part of the week was the growth
and cohesiveness of our team during such a short time. Not only did the team learn quickly how to build a house foundation but at the same time learned how to work with people we had just met. We learned eacher other's strengths and weaknesses, interests, and motivations (when you have a chance, ask Judy how to motivate people
to move 30 tons of gravel). God brought us to Neon to be a blessing to that community but He also belssed us with new friendships and fellowship.
I thank the church family for its prayers and support that make these opportunitties possible. I encourage everyone
to consider participating in future mission trips both for the positive impact you can have on someone else's life and the amazing ways those people can impact you.
The 2014 mission trip to Neon Kentucky meant a lot to me as a child of God and also as a member of our church. While being God's hands and feet for the people in Neon the team accomplished great work. I personally accomplished making new friends and learning the history of the Kentuckians I met as well. On lunch break at my work site our leader Nick, would tell us stories of how he used to work in the coal mines and share the lessons he
has learned in his life. Along with Nick, my dear frinend Butch who worked on the site with me, would tell us of his childhood and what it was like frowing up for him. It is amazing to me how just listening to someone talk can
influence your lif so much.
When we actually did our job John, Becky, Butch and I worked hard on painting an apartment where battered
women could seek shelter with their children. The apartment was well put together with two large bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom, laundry area, and living room. Aside from that though the walls and ceilings had been stained yellow from the damage inflicted upon them by cigarette smoke. It took around three coats of paint to cover up the majority of stain on the walls and about two coats for the ceilings! Towards the end of the trip we had used so much paint we were afraid that there wouldn't be enough left to finish the job. Luckily though, we managed to scrape up just enugh to complete our work and hada lovely home ready for whoever would need it next.
On our day off we kept busy by touring an old coal mine and exploring its antique and gift shops. We learned much about the history of coal mining in Kentucky and how it all began. When lunch time came around we all headed off into the mountains for a picnic where we learned about the wildlife in the area, played mini golf, hiked, and played games. We finished out the day by celebrating Carolyn's birthday at the nearby Pizza Hut where we all filled ourselves up.
After being on this mission trip I have learned so much, my eyes have been opened by God, and I look forward to the next mission trip. I recommend this to everyone in our church, old and young. I am sure you would have just as much fun as I did! It was my first real adventure on my own and it certainly won't be my last! Thank you so much for making this trip possible for me and thank you for your prayers and support.
Thanks to my family and friends for all the well wishes and prayers while on the mission trip to Neon, KY. Ten of us were assigned to the foundation crew for a new 1100 square foot house. During the week, we set up the forms for the foundation walls, poured the foundation walls and 5 center pillars, took down the forms, cleaned the forms, "iced the cake", attached the sill plates, shoveled and removed the mud from around the footers (yes, it rained every day we were there!), installed drainage tile around the foundation, moved 30 ton of gravel to the outside and inside of the foundation with one wheelbarrow and 10 gallon buckets, built /attached the center beam for the house, and built/attached the floor joints. This is my favorite week of the year as this is the week I feel closest to God. I have given much thought as to why. I think when I am physically exhausted I lose my barriers. That combined with no outside distractions (cell phones, job stress, computers, emails, radios, TV, etc) and only face to face contact and communication with others allows me to see/hear/feel God. How to maintain this the other 51 weeks of the year...still workin on that one!! Thank you to the other 24 mission travelers for making this week enjoyable and life changing. Special thanks to Nicole Ann for taking a week of vacation in order to spend time with her mom helping others. Extra special thanks to the members of First Church for supporting the mission trips with your generous donations and eating at Bob Evans each month and uplifting prayers.
A JOURNEY OF FAITH
Satan Tempts Jesus
Matthew 4: 1-11
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
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4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
UPCOMING EVENTS - COME JOIN US
- January ?? -- Confirmation/Commissioning Class begins
- January 7 -- 2nd Semester of Mid-Week begins
- January 17 from 1-3 pm -- Skating
- February ?? -- Youth Sunday
- February 18 -- Movie Night
- March ?? from 5:30-7:30 pm -- Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper Supper
- March ?? -- from 5:30 - 7:30 pm Mid-Week Farewell Spectacular
- April ?? -- Congregational Concert Fundraiser & Easter Breakfast
- May 9 from 9 am - 4 pm-- COSI
- May ?? -- Last Sunday School before summer
- May 30 from 1-5 pm-- Rock-a-Thon Fundraiser
- June ?? from 6-7 pm -- Game Night