1. 90 DAYS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
Join us as FPC commits to read the NT daily for the next 90 days! Pick up your 90 Day New Testament brochure from the table in the narthex. A full reading schedule, study group opportunities, weekly podcast, message board and online resources can be found on our website. www.fpcspiritlake.org/90days
2. THANK YOU
A huge THANK YOU goes out to all who came to help with our Soup & Dessert Supper. From table set up and decorations, vegetable choppers, silverware wrappers, soup makers, pie bakers and cutters, everyone who contributed in any way, and all who attended. Thank you again!
Vernice, Charlene & Jackie: Soup Supper Committee
3. SUNDAY SCHOOL
Sunday School – 10:15am
Sunday School Treats: Rachelle Gewecke
Adult Education – 10:30am
90 Days in the New Testament – Jan Bolluyt
Presbyterian Beliefs & Practice – Clint Loveall
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, adult education, and semester pricing are listed below.
Schedule of Activities
5:30-6:00pm Fellowship Dinner in Fellowship Hall
Open Gym for 3rd-6th Grades
6:00-6:15pm Intergenerational Gathering Time in Fellowship Hall
6:15-7:00pm Youth and Adult classes
7:15-8:15pm High School Connect Youth Group
Women’s Bible Study ~ Rachelle Gewecke
Ray VanderLaan Video Series ~ Art & Phyllis Attema
Ninety Days Through the New Testament ~ Clint Loveall
Family Meal Pricing
One Meal Per Person…….$ 3 Family of 3…..$ 70
1 Adult for Semester…….$30 Family of 4…..$ 90
Family of 2………………..$50 Family of 5+…$100
Meal: Sloppy joes, chips, chop salad and strawberry shortcake
HELP NEEDED – TRANSITION TEAM
We need people from both services who would be willing to set up for our praise band following our first service. The actual job will take only a few minutes a week and training will be provided. The task involves moving instruments and speakers into place and connecting mics, speakers, monitors, and cords. If you are willing to help, please let us know so we can communicate the training date.
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 2020’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
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 13th 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 17th following the Reformed Service (1st).
Thank you for your time and your support of First Presbyterian Church.
Officer Nominating Committee 2019: -Sherryl Jones -Keith Marra -Jen Watts -Karrey Lindeberg -Norm Meinking
Pastor Appreciation Month
October is Pastor Appreciation month and we will be celebrating with our Pastors on Sunday, October 27th. This reception is hosted by our session members, to honor Pastor Clint and Pastor Michael. Immediately following our Reformed Service (1st), everyone is welcome to bring cards, notes or just show up to express your appreciation.
New Member Recognition
We have set our next “New Member Recognition” for Sunday, November 3rd. 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.
FPC Serving at the Banquet
Sunday, October 13th is the last day to sign up to help serve at The Banquet on Saturday, October 19th. Our church joins with the United Methodist Church to help serve the noon meal at The Banquet, 900 East 8th St., Sioux Falls, SD. Details and signup is posted in the Narthex. You can always call the church office @ 336-1649 with questions, or check out the website, www.thebanquetsf.org.
The annual 8th grade Confirmation retreat will begin at 5pm on Saturday, October 26th at the Lakeshore Center. The retreat will end after the students attend the 8:50 worship service on Sunday the 27th (students will be free to return home immediately following the service). Parents with questions or concerns can contact Pastor Michael for more information.
Upper Des Moines 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.
Operation Christmas Child
National Collection Week is November 18 – 25. It all begins with you! Please consider packing a shoebox this fall. Pick up a pre-printed shoebox and a brochure in the Narthex when available.
Men & Women Bible Studies with Pastor Clint
Everyone is invited to join the Men & Women’s Bible Studies with pastor Clint. The Women meet on Tuesdays at 1:30pm, and the Men meet on Thursdays at 9am. Hope to see you there!
Act II has begun meeting at 11:53am in the Spirit Lake High School office conference room every Thursday. All high school students are invited to join us as we seek to study, pray, and grow as disciples of Christ together.
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. We are expecting about 40-50 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 part of a breakfast team, please visit http://fpcspiritlake.org/football-breakfasts/ and fill in the information requested.
Memory Care Support Group
First Pres is hosting a weekly Memory Care Support Group for people caring for loved ones with memory issues. The next meeting is on Wednesday, July 17th at 10:00am. All are welcome. Supervised care will be provided during the meeting for those who need to bring there loved one(s) with them, and anyone who is interested in these issues or supporting those dealing with them is invited.
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.
Deacon Hospital Schedule & Ride
October 13 – Lori Vicker
October 20 – Joyce Colton