Your Weekly Update
What happens when a retired missionary decides that God wants to keep her busy? She launches an independent compassionate Gospel outreach in her adopted homeland of Cambodia and all heaven breaks loose. Marie Ens will celebrate her 84th birthday in Okoboji joined by 15 Cambodian teens who will dance their way into your heart in the traditions of their homeland. Okoboji Bible Conference Ministries is bringing Rescue Cambodia to First Presbyterian Church, Spirit Lake on Tuesday evening October 9 at 7 pm. There is no charge. An offering will be received to support Rescue in caring for AIDS patients and their children.
First Presbyterian Church will be hosting our Soup & Pie Supper on Wednesday, October 17th. This is an all church event and we need many helping hands to make this a success. Please sign-up on the sheets located in the library window.
Martha Woodard Memorial Service Correction
The Memorial Service for Martha Woodard will be held here at FPC on Saturday, October 13th at 2pm with the visitation at 1pm. It was originally announced that it was Friday. We apologize for any confusion.
Worship, Service, and Lunch!
On October 21st we will have a combined service at 9:00am and following worship we will be packing meals with “Kids Against Hunger.” Following that service project, we will be serving a soup and sandwich lunch for anyone who would like to stay. All are welcome and this will be a great event for families and children (of all ages)! We hope you will join us for a great morning.
Schedule – October 21st
9:00 – “Mostly acoustic” worship service in the sanctuary
10:15 – Meal packing in the fellowship hall for Kids Against Hunger
Around Noon – Soup and sandwich lunch
Hope to see you there!
We are deeply humbled and grateful to all in our church family that reached out to us during my Dad’s passing. Thank you to Pastor Clint for going to the funeral and for the flowers and all the cards and messages. It makes a difficult time easier to bear knowing so many care. Thank you again and God bless!
Jim & Jen Watts
Thank you FPC family for your prayers, flowers, cards and telephone calls during my recent knee replacement recovery. The encouragement is so helpful and appreciated.
Thank you for all the prayers, cards, phone calls, flowers and plants I received last month during my time in and out of the hospital. Also, thank you for all the food that was brought to us. All was greatly appreciated.
Upper Des Moines Opportunity Food Pantry
The congregations of our county take turns supporting the Upper Des Moines Opportunity Food Pantry. Long ago it was decided by the churches that the county would be best served by having this pantry. Our congregation has the opportunity to provide to the pantry for the months of April and October. Please consider donating your items during the month of October. Items may be placed in the wagon in the Narthex. Monetary gifts are welcome as well.
It’s Officer Nominating Time
Once again, we are starting our annual quest to find a few good men and women who feel called by God to serve as leaders in this congregation. Nominations are being taken for 2019’s new class of Elders and Deacons. Nominated persons should be people of obvious faith, vision, sound judgment, good leadership, compassion and personal integrity. Nominated persons will be prayerfully considered during the nominating committee process and those felt to be called at this particular time will be recommended to the congregation for election in January. As you consider persons who you think would serve this church well, please keep in mind the following guidelines…
1) Church officers should be active members/regular participants in the church’s life.
2) Church officers should be people who exhibit a genuine faith in Jesus Christ.
3) Church officers should be willing to serve and be people who can be counted on.
4) Church officers should be people who embody the joy and love of Jesus Christ.
5) Church officers should be servant leaders who lead by example.
Also keep in mind that God gives each of us a unique blend of gifts and talents and no one can do everything equally well. Different tasks demand various gifts, and the offices of Elder and Deacon are no exception.
The office of Elder in the Presbyterian Church is one of decision making and “governing”. Elders are asked to seek discernment and make decisions on behalf of the congregation that affect the church’s life regarding, staff, budget, worship, programs, planning, etc. The authority of the office is granted by the church and is to be used in faithful dedication to the work and purpose of Jesus Christ.
The office of Deacon is one of ministering care and compassion to the congregation. Deacons are called to empathize, minister, serve, and pay particular attention to those among us who are hurting, lonely, or in need of special care. Deacons must be people of mercy and compassion who have a heart for all in need.
In both cases, serving as an officer in the Presbyterian church is a high calling and one that should not be taken lightly. All of the church’s officers should be dedicated to serving Christ through their particular calling and using their particular gifts. It is our belief that God is already calling individuals within our church to serve in these offices – the nominating process is simply the way that we seek to discern God’s intentions. Please give prayerful consideration to nominating someone that you feel would serve faithfully and effectively.
Nominations should be turned into the church office by October 14th and include the name of the person being nominated and whether you feel they should serve as an Elder or a Deacon. Both terms are three years in length. Nominations will be considered by the Nominating Committee and the election will be held at a congregational meeting which has been called for November 11th following the Reformed Service (1st).
Thank you for your time and your support of First Presbyterian Church.
Officer Nominating Committee 2018:
-Sherryl Jones -Keith Marra -Jen Watts -Dave Butterworth
2 Session Representatives: -Erin Davelaar -Brett Johnson
2 Deacon Representatives: -Lori Vicker -Jay Anderson -Clint Loveall—ex officio
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
I nominate ________________________________to the office of Elder/Deacon (circle one.)
Again this year, First Presbyterian Church will be hosting breakfast and team devotionals on varsity game days. This has been a great experience for us and we are thankful for the opportunity to welcome the team. The numbers have grown steadily and we are regularly serving well over 70 young men at each meal. In order to keep up with the demand, we need your help. This can involve donating food, cooking, serving, or coordinating volunteers. If you are interested in being a part of a breakfast team, call 336-1649, check the sign-up sheet in the narthex or sign up on our website at www.fpcspiritlake.org/football
Sunday Morning Adult Ed
Beginning Sunday, September 23rd
The Book of Genesis
A look at where it all began. Join us as we begin working our way through the first, and perhaps most significant, book in the Old Testament. We will journey together through Genesis exploring what it says about God, Nature, people, and our world and we will examine the key players in the earliest history of people interacting with God. Bring your Bible and your questions as we discover what Scripture does and doesn’t teach about our origins and our existence.
Reforming (2nd) Service Ushers/Greeters Needed
We are in need of Ushers/Greeters for our 2nd Service. Responsibilities include distributing bulletins and greeting worshippers at the center sanctuary doors as well as taking a head count of worshippers (including praise and worship team and those in the nursery. A sign-up sheet is located in the narthex. Sign up for one week or whatever works with your schedule.
Missing Your Pans and Bowls??
With our Soup & Pie Supper right around the corner, we need lots of space in the kitchen. Please stop by the Kitchen to see if your pan or bowl is here. Thank you!!
New Member Recognition
We have set our “New Member” Recognition for Sunday, November 4th. For those of you still in the decision making process, the Membership Committee wants you to know that there is still time to join. If you are interested, please stop in at the church office and we will provide you with a Personal Information Sheet to complete and return. We also ask you to provide us with a picture of your family, either by email or photograph, to post on our bulletin board. Thank you for considering membership at First Presbyterian. We look forward to having you become a part of our church family.
Ladies….of all ages:
Coffee break time every Thursday morning, 8:30 AM is at Lakes Regional Healthcare Coffee Shop. No agenda, just get together with friends and a little chit chat.
Questions: Call Lori Vicker at 515-249-6684.
Recharge is a multi-generational gathering of families, youth, and adults. All church members and guests are invited to participate in the weekly evening of rejuvenation, including a family style meal, educational programming, and fellowship. A schedule of activities and semester pricing are both listed below. We look forward to seeing you and your family!
Wednesday, October 10
Meal: Baked Potato Bar
Meal Crew: Pat Thomson, Jane Loveall, Karey Winkel
Adult Ed Classes: Women’s Bible Study – led by Rachelle Gewecke, Walk as Jesus Walked – led by Ray Miller, Major Religions – led by Pastor Clint
- Our sympathies are extended to the family of Ed & Deb Leners on the passing of Deb’s mother, Martha Woodard, this past week. A Memorial Service will be held here at FPC on Saturday, October 13th at 2pm with the visitation at 1pm.
- Pauly Eaton recovering from a fall.
- Jack Burrell recovering from knee surgery.
- Beth Primavera as she undergoes knee surgery.
- Chuck Dunn recovering from surgery.
- Macy Jennings dealing with lymes disease.
- Gary Eaton diagnosed with cancer.
- Caila Corcoran recovering from surgery.
- Joyce Ackerman recovering at Accura from a fall .
- Marcia Hill recovering from a broken arm.
- Dorothy Fiala hospitalized with health issues.
- Bill Kramer recovering from a heart attack.
- Patti Meyer diagnosed with alzheimers.
- Wilma Kruse recovering from knee replacement surgery.
- Jo Megill recovering from hip surgery.
- Brent Kasson receiving treatments.
- Marj Roseberry dealing with health issues.
- Marty Jenkins treating an infection.
Loved ones are kept on our prayer list for one month, unless otherwise requested.
- Weekly Prayer – 4:45pm
- Recharge – 5:30pm
- HS Youth Group – 7:15pm
- Handbell Choir practice – 7pm
- Chancel Choir practice – 8pm
- Ladies Coffee Break – 8:30am
- Men’s Bible Study – 9am
- ACT II – 11:53am @ Spirit Lake HS Office
- Martha Woodard Memorial Service here at FPC – 2pm, visitation at 1pm
- Reformed Worship Service – 8:50am
- Coffee and fellowship – 10am
- Sunday School – 10:15am
- Confirmation – 10:15am
- Adult Ed – 10:30am
- Reforming Worship Service – 11:15am
- Worship Service at Accura – 2pm
- PW Sewing – 9am
- Stewardship Committee Meeting – 5:15pm
- Women’s Bible Study – 1:30pm
- Session Meeting – 7pm
Reformed Worship Service ~ 8:50am
Pianist – Rachelle Gewecke
Liturgist – Walter Mendenhall
Ushers – John, Angie, Sydney & Drey Peterson
Greeters – Wayne & Kathleen Johnson
Video Taping – Dan Vicker
Soundbooth – Jackie Jenkins, Mike Reekers & Tom Ditsworth
Nursery – June Howatt
Coffee & Treats – Ron Jenkins, Steve & Jan Richards
Reforming Worship Service ~ 11:15am
Praise Team – Serena Lynch, Kaycee Arrowwood, Annika Stecker, Rachelle Gewecke, Spencer Carlson, Dan Hoerichs, Dave Boon
Greeter/Usher – Bernie VanRoekel
Nursery – Lindsay VanderWolde
Sound/Powerpoint – Tillotson family
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