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August 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pat Ireland   
Saturday, 05 July 2014 19:19

 

Summer is coming to and end but the ministry is going strong!

Our Summer Mission Project, lunches and snacks for the kids at the pool, is into it's 4th week.  Our support of the Food Pantry is unfailing and many of our congregation are helping with the County Fair and especially the Ice Cream Social to benefit the preschool program.  Along with Ministerial Alliance we'll collect school supplies to give to the school to distribute!

We are especially excited and interested in learning more about  Living Waters for the World, the newest mission project of the Presbytery of Northern Kansas after  wonderful community meal and presentation by Penny and Thad Alton.  We were especially delighted to learn how many there are to get involved and will be praying for direction and guidance on our role in this exciting work.  

In the meantime we'll return to following the lectionary in worship.   Sunday, Aug 3rd will move us from water to food!  The Old Testament lesson is the prophecy from Isaiah 55 and the Gospel lesson is Matthew 14:13-21 and sharing Communion.   Jesus invites you for fellowship at 10am followed by worship at 10:30.   Food for body and spirit!

See you in Church, Pat

 

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Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 15:11
 
Season of Pentecost PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pat Ireland   
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 14:43

 


 

 

 

Pentecost will be celebrated on

Sunday, May 24 at 10:30am

with

singing, dancing, praise and joy

as we celebrate the Spirit in our Midst!


Family Worship, Bring the Kids!

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 May 2015 13:03
 
Easter is a Season PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pat Ireland   
Sunday, 27 April 2014 15:49

 

The Season Easter is Almost Over!

On June 1st we'll celebrate the Ascension of our Lord with Communion.

All are encouraged to receive the gifts of God!

Then.......

June 8th is PENTECOST!

The coming of the Holy Spirit gives life to the church.

Help us celebrate Happy Birthday!

Don't forget to wear red for the Celebration!

See you in Worship at 10:30 AM

Pat


Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 17:59
 
He is Risen PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pat Ireland   
Monday, 14 April 2014 20:07

"Every Morning is Easter Morning from Now On!"

Join us in Worship!

Sunday May 10, Celebration of God's Love without Boundaries

and Mother's Day

Paster Ireland preaching

10:30 AM in Sanctuary

 

"Remember the Week Day to Keep it Holy"

The church has been busy in the ministry of new life on the week days and the weak days.  The Clothes Closet has reopened in downtown CWF on Wednesday and Saturday.

The Food Pantry distribution on Saturday, April 25 was hosted by the Presbyterians.

Presbyterians provided key leadership and participated in the Chase County Earth Day Celebration on Sunday, April 26.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is responding the earthquake in Nepal.  Click on Facebook link above on the left and see how you can help.

"I am the church.  You are the church.  We are the church together."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2015 19:51
 
Lent 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pat Ireland   
Saturday, 01 March 2014 17:14

On April Fools Day, as it so often does, a verse jumped out at me in my morning devotions.

The text was that familiar and challenging one in Mark 11: 23 "Truly I tell you, if you say to this mountain, 'Be taken up and thrown into the sea,' and if you do not doubt in your heart, but believe that what you say will come to pass, it will be done for you.”

I confess that my former hearing of this verse usually made me feel like a failure.  I have never even dared to pray that a mountain or even a tree, be taken up, much thrown anyplace!  In fact, now that I’m into confessing, I never really asked God to heal my mother of stage four colon cancer that which already spread to the liver.  I did pray often for grace for us both to live out her life in trust and confidence of God’s presence.  Our mantra in those months was, “It will be all right;” and it was!

But I digress, today the Spirit called to my attention verse 24: “So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”  I finally noticed that the verb is not future, but present tense: believe that you have received it and it will be yours.”

First I thought of a prayer for peace, help, guidance, and a sense of accompaniment.   This prayer was and often is answered.  I usually ask for God’s presence in difficult situations, and am confident that it is granted, if we look for it.

This morning the Spirit is telling me: When I pray for peace, help, or guidance believing (trusting) that it has already been given in the life and work of Jesus, I will find it when I dig deep within myself.  Further, when I pray for others that they may feel a sense of God’s presence, comfort and guidance, and allow myself to be with them, my prayer is answered.

Finally, I’ve never had a need to ask a physical mountain to be moved, but I imagine that if I am honest, I’ve seen more than one metaphorical mountain moved.   As for healing: if I remember that healing implies not just a cure, but wholeness and restoration; and I grant to God/Jesus the form of that healing, then I can honestly say both mother and I were healed!

So today I am going to try to remember that I have been given my daily bread and I only need to find and accept it, remembering that the Kingdom of God is near, at-hand, and within.    Amen

Post Script: I don't think it is not insignificant that v 25 if forgiveness:  "Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses."  Perhaps the key to being able to forgive is also found in v 24: “So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”?

 

Dinner Movie

On Wednesday, April 9, the Bible Study will gather for a lenten supper and showing of the 2nd of 3 parts of Visual Gospel of Matthew.  This fine movie uses the NIV text as script and is the truest to the text movie I have seen.   Let the Holy Spirit direct you as you live into the story of Jesus' ministry and teachings,  We'll have time for talk and prayer and be out before 9pm.   All are invited - there will be plenty of food for body and spirit.

 

On the second second in Lent the scripture was John 3:16.  When I was at the Stewardship Kaleidoscope conference in St. Louis. (link)  Rev. Karl Travis pointed that that it is God's nature to love and to give, quoting John 3:16.  He continued that because we are made in the divine image we too were created to love and to give.   May part of your joy of this Lenten season be feeding “Gracie the fish”  so that our One Great Hour of Sharing offering will reflect God’s love and generosity.

 

See OGHS Video here.


See you in church!  Pat

 


 

 

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