FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
where all are welcomed and embraced in the inclusive Love of God
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.
Pastoral Letter April 2, 2021
“I have much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink; instead I hope to see
you soon, and we will talk together face to face.” 3 John 1:13-14
Friends, this Sunday, Easter Sunday, we will gather for the first time—LIVE and IN PERSON for our Sonrise Service at 7:00 am! That seems like a resurrection moment right there, after over a year of not being able to be together in person. While the service will be broadcast over radio transmitter with a 150-foot range, and the congregation will be worshipping from cars in the FPC Parking lot, we will be gathered together in one space as a congregation! Gathered to light the Christ candle, hear the Word, sing songs, share Holy Communion. And like the sign in our church yard exclaims, All are Welcome!
For over a year we prayed for this moment and even as we continue to pray and discern our next steps relative to in person worship, this Easter Sunday we will gather together—face-to-face just a car apart! Over the past year we have latched onto technology to bring us together for worship and small gatherings, and we quickly realized how much we took for granted the ability to gather together! No technology, could ever be the same as gathering together in our Sanctuary, Narthex, of Fellowship Hall. We have missed out on eye contact, hugs, tone, and the interpersonal connection that was intended for us. And while we are deeply thankful for the technology (and those who made it work for us) that powered the Word of God this past year, it could not replace the sound of a new baby’s cry, the taste of bread and wine while we share in the sacrament, nor could it replace the embrace of a friend.
And while, we are not out of the woods yet, we are getting closer. I look forward to unpacking the pandemic of 2020-21 with you one day when we can freely gather together and talk face-to-face, just an arm’s reach apart. That day will come. However everyone’s continued commitment to vaccination, social distancing, and wearing masks will help us reach this goal more quickly.
JOIN US THIS SUNDAY MORNING!
- 7:00 AM SONRISE SERVICE LIVE & IN-PERSON at FPC PARKING LOT FROM YOUR CAR: Follow the directions of the Deacons as you park your car and tune into 88.9 so you can hear the service. Worshipping from your car you are free to sing & speak at any volume without a mask! The communion elements will be distributed by the deacons as you arrive, along with your bulletin. The cup/juice combo is individually wrapped in plastic.
- Worship by online platform at 9:30 AM. This Sunday, April 4, Easter Sunday, my sermon is titled “Again & Again, The Sun Rises” and is part of the Lenten series titled, “Again & Again, A Lenten Refrain.” We will get to hear the organ, our Chancel Choir, and Low Brass Quartet add to our Easter Hallelujahs!
- Sunday morning Joys and Concern Prayers at 10:30 by Zoom: The link and/or phone number and code can be obtained at our church office or from any member of the FPC community. Refer to the Thursday Eblast for Zoom link.
FROM THE SESSION: We are your Session: Called by God, and elected by you, to be the spiritual and governing leaders of our FPC congregation. The minutes of our monthly meetings are available in the Parlor for review. We can also email them to you by your request, once they are approved at the following meeting. Session members are available for any questions or concerns. If you have questions that are speciﬁc to a certain committee, you can ﬁnd a list of your Ruling Elders and session committees here: Link
Also, we want you to know that we are in the process of working to establish the optimum set up for ongoing livestreaming capabilities of our Sunday service. We appreciate your patience as we work through different viewing angles and positions in the Sundays leading up to April 18.
DO YOU NEED HELP OBTAINING THE COVID-19 VACCINATION? If you could use a hand in getting your vaccination scheduled or with transportation please reach out to the church office and one of our angels committed to this work would be happy to assist you.
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.
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.