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Letter From the Pastor
 

As we move into 2018 I am feeling led to offer a different kind of adult Cross Training offering, Waking Up White: Let’s Talk.  It will be a class about white privilege, systemic racism and how to move beyond these things. A few months ago, I admitted during a sermon that I didn’t totally understand white privilege. I don’t feel especially privileged. My journey in life has included a lot hard work. Nothing has come easy for me, and I am assuming many of you can say something similar. Yet, as I have read, listened, and explored, I have learned much. I want to invite you into this exploration with me! I think as people who journey with Jesus it is imperative we tackle this provocative and challenging subject.

The name of the class is inspired by a book, Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving. The book tells her struggle to understand racism and racial tensions. In doing so, she offers a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners and tolerance. Reading the book is not a requirement for the class. However, I would urge you to read the book. I think you will find it engaging, insightful and challenging. I connected with her story and it helped me to understand these issues better. The book is readily available through Amazon, in print and electronically.

The class will start January 7, 9;30 am in the Fellowship Hall, and run through February 25. It will include presentations, Scripture and discussion. We will share our stories and perspectives. We will talk about whiteness as the norm, the advantages of whiteness, and becoming an ally.

I consider this class an important step in the ongoing commitment to engage in sacred conversations on race. Our explorations and discussions offer the promise and possibility that those who commit to engaging in this dialogue can develop higher degrees of awareness of privilege and its consequences. Be open to the challenges that will come – this is how growth occurs. Promise to come to these conversations with open hearts and open minds. Commit to new insights that will lead to new alignments. God’s gospel calls for complete transformation – mind, body, soul and spirit.

Jesus said, “Let those who have eyes to see, see.” This is not as easy as it sounds. The simple and hard truth is that most whites move through their days with a very deep denial, or at least a very shallow awareness, of how privilege works. We need to begin seeing. We need to be open to knowing what things happen or don’t happen because we are white. At times the discussion might feel awkward, disruptive and disorienting – until it stops feeling that way. Then we will begin to understand what people of color have endured their whole lives.

Our work to understand white privilege at its base level is not only the work of biblical justice, it is also the work of spiritual healing. So, join me as we journey with Jesus in the process of transformation and reconciliation.

In Christ's Love,  

 
Pastor Ken
 
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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.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Congregational Meeting
Sunday, January 7th
After Worship
 
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Morning Circle

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

10:00 am in the Atrium

 
Evening Circle
 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

7:00 pm

At the home of Nan Corwin

 
 
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Meals on Wheels is in need of a cook on the 5th Wednesday of the month. If you would like to volunteer call the church office.
 
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Looking Forward to
God Speaking in our Lives
  
January 7
Matthew 2:1-12
Celebration of Lord’s Supper
Sermon  - It's All About Jesus

               

January 14
John 1:43-51
Sermon - Following and Finding

               

January 21
Mark 1:14-20
Sermon  -  The Kingdom of Good News

 

January 28
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Sermon  -   An Ethic of Love
 
 
1st Thursday of Every Month
 
O'Brien's Pub
Downtown, Temple

 

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
 

Waking Up White:

Let's Talk!
 

This January Pastor Ken will lead a new adult Cross Training class tackling the issue of white privilege and systemic racism.  Let’s learn!  Let’s explore!  Let’s talk!  The first class will be January 7. This class meets in the Fellowship Hall. See Pastor Ken’s article this month in the January Newsletter for more information.

 
 

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.

 
 

January 2018 Calendar

 
 
Monday January 1
Meals on Wheels - 10:00 am
 
Tuesday January 2
Evening Circle - 7:00 pm
 
Wednesday January 3
Meals on Wheels - 10:00 am
Bell Choir Practice - 6:30 pm
Chancel Choir Practice - 7:30 pm
 
Thursday January 4
Faith on Tap at O'Brien's Pub - 6:30 pm
 
Friday January 5
Open Date
 
Saturday January 6
Open Date
 
Sunday January 7
Cross Training - 9:30 am
Coffee Fellowship - 10:30 am
Worship with Communion - 11:00 am
Congregational Meeting - Noon
 
Monday January 8
Meals on Wheels - 10:00 am
 
Tuesday January 9
Morning Circle - 10:00 am
 
Wednesday January 10
Meals on Wheels - 10:00 am
Bell Choir Practice - 6:30 pm
Chancel Choir Practice - 7:30 pm
 
Thursday January 11
Writing Group - 1:00 pm
New Officer Training - 6:00 pm
 
Friday January 12
Open Date
 
Saturday January 13
Open Date
 
Sunday January 14
Cross Training - 9:30 am
Coffee Fellowship - 10:30 am
Worship - 11:00 am
Youth Group - 5:00 pm
 
Monday January 15
Meals on Wheels - 10:00 am
 
Tuesday January 16
Team Meeting - 6:00 pm
 
Wednesday January 17
Meals on Wheels - 10:00 am
Bell Choir Practice - 6:30 pm
Chancel Choir Practice - 7:30 pm
 
Thursday January 18
Mentoring Group - 7:00 pm
 
Friday January 19
Open Date
 
Saturday January 20
Open Date
 
Sunday January 21
Cross Training - 9:30 am
Coffee Fellowship - 10:30 am
Worship - 11:00 am
Youth Group - 5:00 pm
 
Monday January 22
Meals on Wheels - 10:00 am
 
Tuesday January 23
Open Date
 
Wednesday January 24
Meals on Wheels - 10:00 am
Open Date
 
Thursday January 25
Writer's Group - 1:00 pm
 
Friday January 26
SHYC
 
Saturday January 27
SHYC
 
Sunday January 28
Church Under the Bridge
SHYC
Cross Training - 9:30 am
Coffee Fellowship - 10:30 am
Worship - 11:00 am
 
Monday January 29
Meals on Wheels - 10:00 am
 
Tuesday January 30
Open Date
 
Wednesday January 31
Meals on Wheels - 10:00 am
Open Date