January 10, 2019
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned. [Isaiah 43:1]
With the holidays behind us, at the church we are returning to the regular rhythms of life. The Chrismon tree has been taken down, Wednesday suppers have resumed,
and preschool is back in session. The workers are nearly finished
installing the new boilers on the roof. On Sunday, my sermon Precious will
explore the promise of the Lord found in the prophesy of Isaiah. In the
5th century BC, the Israelites had suffered the loss of everything in their defeat to the Babylonians. Yet, despite their predicament, God reminds them that they are not alone, that God cares for them and watches over them, that they are precious.
I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.
FPC has a Facebook page with many followers. When this Facebook account was created it was established as a "Facebook Group." A "Facebook Group" has its uses but limits the church's ability to get information out to the world.
In January, we
plan to switch to a regular Facebook page and phase out the Group page. We want to encourage as many people as possible to follow FPC through the new page.
If you have any questions about this please contact Sherard or Kristy.
The next scheduled outing of the VanGoes will be to visit the newly-built Tennessee State Museum on Thursday January 24. We will leave the church at 10:00 am and have lunch at the Farmer's Market. After lunch, we will go to the museum and walk around and then take a 45 minute
guided tour at 2:00. We'll head back to Lebanon at 3:00pm. If you would like to attend please contact Kristy in the church office.
This week's volunteers (Jan 12):
FPC has two ongoing collections benefiting the following organizations:
1. Wilson County Schools Family Resource Center. We collect food and personal hygiene items for students whose families are struggling.
Donations can be left in the plastic tub in the back hallway.
2. Wilson County Community Help Center.
Monetary donations are used to purchase food items for the Help Center.
Write Help Center on your check.
Sunday, January 13
Baptism of the Lord
Thursday, January 24
VanGoes - Tenn State Museum
Wednesday, February 27
Deacons Chili Day
Wednesday, March 6
6:45 pm - Ash Wednesday Service
There are a few openings for Lay Readers for the Sanctuary Service. If you are interested please contact Kristy in the church office.
An archive of sermons and bulletins
(audio and text) can be viewed here
Scripture - Isaiah 43:1-7
1 But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
3 For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in exchange for you.
4 Because you are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you, I give people in return for you, nations in exchange for your life.
5 Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you;
6 I will say to the north, "Give them up," and to the south, "Do not withhold; bring my sons from far away and my daughters from the end of the earth--
7 everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made."
Prayer of Confession
Lord of Love,
You created us and formed us.
You know us and call us by name.
Yet too easily we disregard your devotion for us.
In trying times we become convinced that we are abandoned and alone.
We believe we have no value to you.
We turn to our own initiative to survive.
We forget that you have promised to watch over us until the end of time.
Forgive our waywardness, we pray. Amen.
Lord of the Future,
help us to set our old ways behind us.
Help us to embrace a life based on faith in Christ.
Help us to know the power of his resurrection and become new people in this new year. Amen.
Thursday, January 24 -
"The Opiod Crisis: How It Affects Our Schools and Community" - A presentation by DrugFree Wilco and Wilson Co. Schools Family Resource Center. 6-8pm. Wilson County Board of Education, 415 Harding Dr., Lebanon.
Baptism of the Lord
8:45 am - Chapel Worship
11:00 am - Sanctuary Worship
Jeff Gossage – 1/10
Tim Harlan – 1/15
Pat Bone – 1/17
Rylee Hill – 1/17
Kim Wall – 1/17
Pat Hatcher – 1/21
Kelly Roy – 1/22
Kate Bone – 1/25
Bob Frye – 1/25
Janna Hood – 1/30
Middle Tenn Presbytery
First Presbyterian Church
304 West Main Street
Lebanon, TN 37087
Sherard Edington, Pastor
Each Sunday the following classes meet—
Faith Builders: A Journey for the 30s and 40s meets upstairs. Led by Jeff and Alice Gossage.
Westminster Class meets in the Sanctuary. Led by Sheridan
Henson, this class uses lessons from The Thoughtful Christian. 8-10 people.
Atypical Adult Research Bible Class meets upstairs. Led by Brenda Thaxton, this class is reading the book Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most by Marcus J. Borg. 8-10 people.
Women’s Class meets in the Session Room. This female class is studying various religious beliefs. 5-10 people.
Cross Roads Class in the Library. Led by Wayne Patton. Studying the book If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat, by John Ortberg. 12-15 people.
Preschool - First Grade (ages 4 - 6 years) uses the Growing in Grace and Gratitude curriculum and is led by John Foutch and Debbie Harlan.
Elementary Class (2nd grade - 4th grade) uses the Growing in Grace and Gratitude ; Led by Marty Bone and Barbara Howell. Through Biblical stories shared in a variety of ways, children learn in a setting that stimulates their imagination and encourages class participation.
Middle School Class Uses the Connect curriculum.
High School Class
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