Due to Necessary
Current Health Precautions:
Physical Church Office Closed
until further notice.
Church Phone Answered,
Live Stream Worship 9:30
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
where all are welcomed and embraced in the inclusive Love of God
Pastoral Letter July 9, 2020
Life is full of ups and downs, winds and rains, much like the crazy weather this week. It is true: sometimes it’s hard to stay positive when things didn’t go the way we hoped or planned…but I encourage you to consider your response, or attitude, and respond in a loving way—think of the injured bunny during Discovery Time last Sunday, and the three different responses we explored. Jesus is teaching us to choose the “Be-attitude.” Remember, God is always there, he wants us to grow and share His love—the greatest gift we can give or receive.
So, let us continue to pray with and for each other, “Dear, Jesus: Thank you for giving us the gift of Love. Help us this week to comfort someone who is sad or hurting. In Jesus name we pray and have our hope. Amen.”
For those of you who have not heard the story of the bunny, no worries, there is still time—click here to view before this Sunday’s new episode.
Join us for Sunday Morning worship by virtual platform we will continue our eight-sermon series titled: “Jesus’ Beatitudes: Heavenly Wisdom to Chart Our Reset”. This week’s sermon is titled, “Blessed are the Meek.” Special family quartet will be performing the anthem, synced from two different homes. Discovery Time for children has been added back into our service.
“It’s Complicated: Let’s Talk about Race” Forum for All—This Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 11:00 am. FPC member Jennifer Anderson will share her presentation “Conversations about Race, Experiences of a White Woman Raising a Black Son.” Her talk will touch on a bit of history and how to think about white privilege, but the primary focus will be on specific instances of racism that her son has experienced in our community. She will share anecdotes and discuss ways that we can specifically challenge inappropriate comments and advocate for racial justice on a daily basis.
Vacation Bible School: Exciting plans are being made for a three-day online VBS in early August. Kick off will include a packet pick-up day with all supplies needed for your children to participate. Watch for more details.
When Can we Return to Church? On June 23rd, the Session approved a plan to offer Outdoor Sunday worship on July 26 and August 30, if we have reached Phase One of the Badger Bounce Back Plan by those dates. Phase One includes six gating criteria, only two have been met as of July 9. See this link for daily updates: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/prepare.htm.
As soon as we get to Phase One, we will also establish organized fellowship times for 10 or fewer people outside in the courtyard; we will open the sanctuary at certain specified times for private meditation and host Outdoor Worship July 26 & August 30. The expectation will be that people will maintain social distancing practices, including use of sanitizer and masks. If you would like to help with the hosting or organizing of these new opportunities, contact Pastor Laurie or Meranda Lelonek, our Administrative Secretary, at the church office.
Still Currently in Effect: In accordance with current health guidelines and best practices to slow the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak all in church activities have been suspended until at least July 28.
The Wisconsin Council of Churches has expressed our COVID-19 outbreak situation well with these words, “What future we will find ourselves in depends not only on the behavior of the virus, but on the actions of people, as individuals, churches, communities, and governments. The way forward will not be a matter of following a timetable, but of faithful discerning the signs of the times, and responding accordingly. It has always been that way for the church: “You have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown…”
Joys and Concerns: Live Prayer Time Sunday mornings at 10:30, all are invited to “attend”
FaceBook FPC Marshfield Prayer Circle Live (click here), where you can type your joy or concern in real time on the screen (smart phone or computer) and all can see it. You will see my face and hear my voice as I offer verbal prayers in response. If you are not already a part of this Facebook group, join now! Or, if you prefer, text or email your prayer concerns to me before 7:00 am on Sundays and I will include them.
Here is a prayer I we could pray every day:
O Great Love, thank you for living and loving in and through us. May all that we do flow from our deep connection with you and all beings. Help us become a community that vulnerably shares each other’s burdens and the weight of glory. Listen to our hearts’ longings for the healing of our world. Knowing you are hearing us better than we are speaking, we offer these prayers in all the holy names of God, Amen. (Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation, The Beloved Community)
Keep washing your hands thoroughly! Here is way to turn that time into prayer time:
Hand Washing 20 second Prayers & Meditations for Soul Cleansing
Why not multi-task during our multiple hand-washings each day? Getting a little tired of singing the “Happy Birthday” song twice, or Counting to 20? How about this: Let those 20 seconds become a chance for a little Soul Cleansing, too.
Click this link for three different ones to get us going! Add yours to the mix as you think of them.
If you have children at home, have them copy the words and color or illustrate them,
Then place them somewhere near the sink😊.
Green Team Face Mask Project for our Church and SOS
We invite you to join the FPC/Green Team Face Mask Project for our church family and SOS.
There are several ways to help, so we hope each of you might find one that fits your skills or supplies.
- Donations of woven cotton fabric and flannel in patterns or solids appropriate for men, women and children. Please wash/dry before donating.
• Donations of quarter inch elastic, any colored thread, bias tape.
• Volunteers to cut fabric rectangles into 9X6″ pieces, 8X6” pieces or 5.5X7” pieces. (Rotary cutter and mat are recommended)
• Volunteers to donate and/or cut old tee shirts into one half inch by 12” strips, which make great stretchy ties for the masks. (rotary cutter helps)
• Volunteers to pick up supplies and stitch masks following patterns we’ll provide.
All supplies may be taken to or picked up from Bin #1 at the drop off sites. Completed masks should be placed in Bin #2.
Front porch of Sarah and Curt Hanson
Front porch of Nadene and Bruce Lautenschlager’s new home
Questions? – Contact Barb Gillespie
(see church directory for address & contact info or call the church office).
Worship At Home Photo Gallery
The food pantry of SOS (Soup or Socks) remains open during the pandemic.
To obtain food or to volunteer to help,
call SOS directly: 715-387-1796.
Parish Nurse Karen
First Presbyterian Church, Marshfield, Wisconsin seeks to welcome all to join us on our journey of faith, denying no one, based upon his or her particular human condition, participation in the life of the church. We want to be a safe place, a sanctuary where people are accepted, included, and cared for as they are. We will be agents of God’s transforming power, aligning ourselves with the Holy Spirit as we pray, worship, learn, share fellowship and serve together. By attending to the love of Jesus Christ in our midst, we discover a deepening faith that makes a difference in our lives. As a community based on God’s love, we strive to be of service to our neighbors and to the world.