Letter From the Pastor
 

Throughout these weeks of summer as we have talked about the fruit of the Spirit in the Adult Cross Training class we have often remarked about the counter cultural aspects of each fruit.  It is counter cultural to choose patience in an impatient world.  It is counter cultural to display kindness in a world mesmerized by meanness.  Choosing goodness in a world addicted to self-interest is counter cultural.  Being gentle in a world that admires boastful dominance is counter cultural.  Seeking peace in a world of division is counter cultural.  Faithfulness in an “ends justifies the means” world is counter cultural.

 

Surrendering to a life guided by the fruit of the Spirit isn’t easy.  Life is challenging, even in the best of times.  It seems in all spheres of life, these are crazy, combative and toxic days.  There is the fear that a life defined by the fruit of the Spirit will leave us vulnerable, unable to navigate all of the complexities of the world.  But, in reality, the opposite is true.  Humility and meekness, kindness and gentleness can be displayed even when we must be direct, assertive and speak truth to power.  As we journey with Jesus we are transformed into the likeness of Christ.  The way of Christ is counter cultural, but it is the way of wholeness, life, hope, healing, and deliverance.  When we are filled with the Holy Spirit Christ himself is actually shaping our lives from the inside out. 

 

To be counter cultural is to welcome the infiltrating Spirit into the depths of our souls where self-interest is transformed into self-denial, fear into cross-bearing, and disillusionment into following Christ.  This is true freedom.  In so many ways the fruit of the Spirit is nothing more than the qualities mentioned by Jesus in the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount – the beatitudes.  Qualities that make little sense to the world, but are the essence of a life of blessing in the kingdom of God. 

 

As Paul says, “If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.”  (Gal 5:25).

In Christ's Love,  

 
Pastor Ken
 
 
 
 
Can You Operate a Laptop?
We Need Your Help on Sunday Morning!
The video projection system is working efficiently and smoothly and is enhancing worship at FPC. We need more volunteers to help run the system on Sunday mornings. It's easily learned (it runs from a laptop), If you think you might enjoy helping with this, let Pastor Ken know.
 

Food Pantry

First Presbyterian is collecting food and items for Churches Touching Lives for Christ (CTLC). CTLC is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven, faith-based pantry located in Temple that provides groceries, gently used clothing, and household items to Bell County residents who are struggling to make ends meet. There is a collection bin in the Atrium. On the last Sunday of each month the items we collect will be dedicated in worship and then delivered to the pantry. If you would like to volunteer your time to help out at CTLC talk to Pastor Ken or check out the CTLC website.
 
You are invited to an
 
All-Church Event!
 
Save the Dates!  Bring a Friend!
 
Friday, August 18 at 6 pm
 
Saturday, August 19 at 9 am
 
On Friday we will meet in Fellowship Hall for a dinner prepared by Ken Johnson. Fellowship and a program will follow. Ken will have your dinner ready at 6 pm. We will be through by 8 pm.
 
On Saturday August 19 we will gather together to participate in a service project at Wheatley School. We will be helping out there from 9 am to noon.
 
Please make plans to join us for
a great weekend!
 
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Sunday, August 27
 
 
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Youth Group Pancake/Waffle
Breakfast Fundraiser
Cooked and served to you by our Youth
 
10:00 am
New Adult Cross Training Curriculum
on the Belhar Confession, led by Fancy Jezek and Kevin Cushman.
 
11:00 am
Blessing of the Backpacks
Students are invited to bring their school backpacks to church to be blessed for the new school year.
 
1:00 pm
Youth Group Kick-Off Party
 
 
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Women's Circles Resume
Tuesday, September 5
 

Women’s Circle Books

Horizon Bible Study

Cloud of Witnesses: the

 Community of Christ in Hebrews

by Melissa Bane Sevier
 
$10.00 each for regular print

$15.00 each for large print

Available at the church office

 

Morning Circle
 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

11:00 am in the Atrium

(time change for 1st meeting only)

Salad Luncheon Provided

Our new study this year will be on the book of Hebrews. We hope to see all of you returning for our Bible study and fellowship together. If you have not been attending and would like to start coming, please feel free to join us. We can provide transportation for any who may need it. For transportation or more info call the church, Vicki Maxwell, or Kathy Erskine.

 
 

Evening Circle

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

7:00 pm at the home of Kathy Erskine

3403 Whispering Oaks, Temple

Please bring a salad as we have done in the past to have a wonderful meal together before we begin our study of Hebrews. We hope to see all of you returning for our Bible Study and fellowship. If you have not been attending and would like to come, please feel free to join us! Transportation provided to anyone who needs it. For transportation or more info call the church, Vicki Maxwell or Kathy Erskine.

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Looking Forward to
God Speaking in our Lives
  

Aug 6                   Alina Beary Preaching

 

Aug 13                 Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28

Celebration of the Lord's Supper

The Messiness of Family                            

Aug 20                            Genesis 45:1-5

The Hope of Family

 

Aug 27                         Exodus 1:8-2: 10

Divine Irony

 

Sep 3                                Exodus 3:1-15

Have You Understood All This?
 

Faith on Tap is a relaxed gathering of people designed to seek God’s presence at the intersection of life and faith.  In the informal setting of a pub/bar we will gather once a month for talk, questions, discussion, and sharing on various issues of everyday life and faith.  Through a variety of speakers and subjects Faith on Tap is intended to be a safe place for exploration and acceptance, struggle and discovery, inclusion and connection, as well as the fellowship of sharing favorite beverages.

Watch for more details as we plan to begin this new outreach ministry this fall!

 
 
June Cross Training
 
Freedom and Fruit:
Growing in Christlikeness
 

We will be concluding our summer adult Cross Training on the Fruit of the Spirit on Sunday, August 20th (however, this class will not meet on Sunday, August 6th). Join us for these last few classes. 

 
 

August 2017 Calendar

 
Thursday August 3
Open Date
 
Friday August 4
Open Date
 
Saturday August 5
Open Date
 
Sunday August 6
Cross Training - 9:30 am
Coffee Fellowship - 10:30 am
Worship - 11:00 am
First Sunday Fellowship - Noon
 
Monday August 7
Meals on Wheels - 10:00 am
 
Tuesday August 8
Open Date
 
Wednesday August 9
Meals on Wheels - 10:00 am
 
Thursday August 10
Writer's Group - 1:00 pm
 
Friday August 11
Open Date
 
Saturday August 12
Open Date
 
Sunday August 13
Cross Training - 9:30 am
Coffee Fellowship - 10:30 am
Worship with Communion - 11:00 am
Finance Team with Session - Noon
 
Monday August 14
Meals on Wheels - 10:00 am
 
Tuesday August 15
Team Meeting - 6:00 pm
 
Wednesday August 16
Meals on Wheels - 10:00 am
 
Thursday August 17
Open Date
 
Friday August 18
All-Church Event - 6:00 pm
 
Saturday August 19
All-Church Event - 9:00 am
 
Sunday August 20
Cross Training - 9:30 am
Coffee Fellowship - 10:30 am
Worship - 11:00 am
 
Monday August 21
Meals on Wheels - 10:00 am
 
Tuesday August 22
Session - 6:00 pm
 
Wednesday August 23
Meals on Wheels - 10:00 am
Chancel Choir Practice - 7:30 pm
 
Thursday August 24
Writer's Group 1:00 pm
 
Friday August 25
Open Date
 
Saturday August 26
Open Date
 
Sunday August 27
Rally Day!
Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser - 9:00 am
Cross Training - 9:30 am
Coffee Fellowship - 10:30 am
Worship - 11:00 am
Youth Kick-Off Party - 1:00 pm
 
Monday August 28
Meals on Wheels - 10:00 am
Family Promise
 
Tuesday August 29
Session - 6:00 pm
Family Promise
 
Wednesday August 30
Meals on Wheels - 10:00 am
Chancel Choir Practice - 7:30 pm
 
Thursday August 31
Family Promise
 
Friday September 1
Open Date
Family Promise
 
Saturday September 2
Open Date
 
Sunday September 3
Cross Training - 9:30 am
Coffee Fellowship - 10:30 am
Worship with Communion - 11:00 am
First Sunday Fellowship - Noon