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Letter From the Pastor
 

In these chaotic days I have found myself drawn to Scripture and prayer.  The psalmist writes, “Be still and know that I am God!  I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.  The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.”  (Psalm 46:10-11)  I have prayed these words frequently in the depths of the night and in the maddening ruckus of the day.  In days when everything seems to be falling apart, and when the course of the day overwhelms, I am reminded to become still and quiet before God.  This is not an expression of denial or escape, but a response of surrender.  Like Elijah in the cave, the presence of God, experienced in the stillness of quiet, is comforting, healing, saving, empowering, and transforming.  Kingdom perspective can transform us to know the will of God, and form us in the likeness of our Lord Jesus.  The evil of chaos doesn’t win and is ultimately defeated by God in Christ Jesus.  The most effective way to resist evil, then, starts with becoming quiet and still before God.  But it doesn’t stop there!

 

Eberhard Arnold wrote that, “God wants to give our inward life an indestructible harmony that will work outward in mighty melodies of love.”  In other words, the practices that tend to our inner soul empower us to the outward actions of faith evidenced in love.  I think many of us from time to time find our actions of life to be empty and mechanical.  We feel fatigued and weak, exhausted.  We find ourselves wandering in the wilderness isolated from the springs of life, parched in thirst.  Perhaps this is why it becomes so easy to live a lie and respond and act in imitation of our cynical, tribal, nationalistic age, with anger, impatience, judgment, condemnation, hatred, fear, divisiveness, self-focus, or apathy. 

 

We are not called to retreat from life and become isolated in the smugness of our inner life.  The cries for justice and the longings for wholeness are at a crescendo.  We must participate in the life of our world and community.  Jesus called us to love God and love others, and to make disciples.  Jesus said we are to be people who seek peace and justice, living lives of faith, inclusion, compassion and mercy.  This is how we become witnesses of the alternative kingdom of God where justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.  But, what we discover in our journey of faith is that this witness is cultivated in stillness and quiet. As we experience the perfect love of God inwardly it will necessarily make itself real outwardly in our public lives.  Love is the soul of God’s reign, today and in all the days to come.

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.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Evening Circle
 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

7:00 pm

At the home of Rena Taylor

 

Morning Circle

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

10:00 am in the Atrium

Please Note that the change of date is for this month only. We will resume our regular 1st-Tuesday-of-the-month schedule in November.

 
 
 
You are Cordially Invited!
All-Church Pot Luck
Sunday, October 22
After Worship
 
 
 
 
Restore the Floor
& More
Capital Campaign
 
Last year, thanks to your generosity, we replaced the roof and addressed water damage repairs.  This year we need to replace carpet, add a ramp entry to the Atrium, patch/seal/stripe the parking lot and replace an obsolete heating/air conditioning unit.  We are hoping to raise $15,000 for these needs.  A letter has been sent to all people in the church giving more detail.  If you do not receive a letter, let the office know.  Copies of the letter are also available at both entrances to the sanctuary. If you wish to give to this critical need, please mark your check,Restore the Floor & More.  Your gift can be placed in the offering plate or mailed to the church office. If you have any questions about the project, contact Trey Taylor or Robbie Ozment.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Looking Forward to
God Speaking in our Lives
  

Oct 1 - Psalm 25

Celebration of the Lord's Supper
Psalms in Ordinary Time:
The Journey with Jesus
 

Oct 8 - Matthew 21: 33-46

A Story of a Vineyard

                           

Oct 15 - Exodus 32:1-14

And the Lord Changed His Mind

 

Sep 24 - Revelation 7:9-17

All Saints Worship Service

A Great Multitude

 

 
 
Tuesday, October 5
6:30 - 8:00
O'Brien's Pub
Downtown, Temple

 

This will be our first gathering and Pastor Ken will lead a discussion about possible subjects we might address in the coming months.  So, bring your ideas and thoughts, and invite a friend.

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 we gather on the first Thursday of each month for talk, questions, discussion, and sharing on various issues of everyday life and faith.

 
 
 ADULT
CROSS TRAINING
CLASSES
 

Fireproof

 This month a new Cross Training class will be offered called Fireproof. This class will be led by Barbara Ritchie. Intended to equip us to strengthen our family relationships, the whole family will benefit from God's wisdom on the family relationship. The class will be held in the Fellowship Hall beginning October 15. Please fell free to invite anyone whom you think would benefit from such a class.

 
 

This Present Word

 Bible Study

 A’Lisa Ozment continues to lead this class using material from the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

The class meets in Parlor, downstairs.

 
 

October 2017 Calendar

 
Sunday October 1
Cross Training - 9:30 am
Coffee Fellowship - 10:30 am
Worship with Communion - 11:00 am
First Sunday Fellowship - Noon
Youth Group - 5:00 pm
 
Monday October 2
Meals on Wheels - 10:00 am
 
Tuesday October 3
National Night Out. Meet at Jackson Park - 6:00 pm
Evening Circle - 7:00 pm
 
Wednesday October 4
Meals on Wheels - 10:00 am
Bell Choir Practice - 6:30 pm
Chancel Choir Practice - 7:30 pm
 
Thursday October 5
Faith on Tap at O'Brien's Pub in Downtown Temple - 6:30 pm
 
Friday October 6
Open Date
 
Saturday October 7
Living Waters 5K Fun Run at Nolan Creek and Confederate Park in Belton. Bring the whole family! - 4:00 pm
 
Sunday October 8
Cross Training - 9:30 am
Coffee Fellowship - 10:30 am
Worship - 11:00 am
Youth Group - 5:00 pm
 
Monday October 9
Meals on Wheels - 10:00 am
 
Tuesday October 10
Open Date
 
Wednesday October 11
Meals on Wheels - 10:00 am
Bell Choir Practice - 6:30 pm
Chancel Choir Practice - 7:30 pm
 
Thursday October 12
Writer's Group - 1:00 pm
 
Friday October 13
Open Date
 
Saturday October 14
Open Date
 
Sunday October 15
Cross Training - 9:30 am
Coffee Fellowship - 10:30 am
Worship - 11:00 am
Youth Group - 5:00 pm
 
Monday October 16
Meals on Wheels - 10:00 am
 
Tuesday October 17
Morning Circle 10:00 am
Team Meeting - 6:00 pm
 
Wednesday October 18
Meals on Wheels - 10:00 am
Bell Choir Practice - 6:30 pm
Chancel Choir Practice - 7:30 pm
 
Thursday October 19
Mentoring Group 7:00 pm
 
Friday October 20
Open Date
 
Saturday October 21
Open Date
 
Sunday October 22
Cross Training - 9:30 am
Coffee Fellowship - 10:30 am
Worship - 11:00 am
All Church Pot Luck - Noon
Youth Group - 5:00 pm
 
Monday October 23
Meals on Wheels - 10:00 am
 
Tuesday October 24
Session - 6:00 pm
 
Wednesday October 25
Meals on Wheels - 10:00 am
Bell Choir Practice - 6:30 pm
Chancel Choir Practice - 7:30 pm
 
Thursday October 26
Writer's Group - 1:00 pm
 
Friday October 27
Open Date
 
Saturday October 28
Open Date
 
Sunday October 29
Cross Training - 9:30 am
Coffee Fellowship - 10:30 am
All Saints Worship Service - 11:00 am
 
Monday October 30
Meals on Wheels - 10:00 am
 
Tuesday October 31
Open Date