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.
Streaming Worship Services
Starting April 25th, 2021, our live streaming worship service will be available directly on our Facebook page and on our YouTube Channel. Live-Stream will begin approximately 9:25 with the service starting at 9:30 Sunday morning. In case you miss the live streaming, an archived version will become available to watch later in the afternoon. Our YouTube Channel also contains all past live streamed and prerecorded videos. If you use Gmail you can also subscribe to our YouTube Channel (by clicking the red Subscribe button in the YouTube Channel) and you will get real time notifications (click on the bell and choose all) in your Gmail whenever there’s a new video available. You can also access our YouTube Channel by typing: fpcmarshfield.org/livestream
For Sunday Morning Live Stream, prerecorded services and all past videos please click on our easy to remember access:
Pastoral Letter April 30, 2021
Is it almost May, already? As April recedes in our rearview mirror, and more and more of us are achieving full vaccination status, we are eager to resume the activities we have sorely missed like gathering for worship. It would be so easy to ignore the warnings and to go about life as though we aren’t still in the midst of a global pandemic. And yet, as Dr. Clouse has shared on more than one occasion, “people may be done with the virus, but the virus is not done with them.” Our hearts are heavy with the devastating level of COVID-infection and deaths wreaking havoc in India and Brazil. Let us pray for the people who are suffering in these lands, and for the help they need to be found.
Here at home, the Reopening Workgroup alongside our Elders, are working to make informed decisions as we seek to reopen the doors at church. And you can help! A church-wide survey was created to help determine where we are as a congregation as it relates to vaccination. The vaccination rate amongst parishioners is one criteria the Wisconsin Council of Churches is using in its advisement to churches as we reopen. So, the higher the vaccination rates, the sooner we can look at expanding our current re-opening guidelines. We are asking that each member of the household complete the survey and while names are not required, they are helpful. Click here to complete the survey.
And now some good news! While current metrics demand that we must continue to limit the number of pods gathering for worship on Sunday mornings, we have expanded the definition of a pod. Beginning on Sunday, May 9,the definition of a pod for the purpose of church registration at FPC has been updated to this: “one pod = a group of persons living in one household or a group of up to 6 fully vaccinated people.” What this means is that you can bring your household or a group of up to 6 fully vaccinated friends, and your group will be counted as one pod and only one registration is needed. Complete your registration by calling or Emailing the church office or using the form provided here: served basis. Click here to Request a Seat for Worship.
The challenges of reopening safely are teaching us anew about the need for grace as we navigate this path and make a fumble from time to time. Thanks to the Risen Christ, grace abounds. And the bright hope of better days, beckons on the horizon. I look forward to seeing and hearing from you all!
JOIN US THIS SUNDAY MORNING!
- SUNDAY SCHOOL BY ZOOM @ 9:00 am for students in grades 1-5. Sunday School will be held at church for children attending worship in-person.
- LIVE WORSHIP @ 9:30 AM whether you join us in the Sanctuary or tune in by LIVE-STREAM, together we will worship. This Sunday, May 2 the Fifth Sunday of Easter Sunday, my communion meditation is titled “Abide in my Love.” We will celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
- 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.
- FORUM FOR ALL @ 11:00 AM*: Please join Dan Crump and Jennifer Anderson for a discussion of the topics covered in weeks 1-12 of the United Way 21-week Equity Challenge.
- CONGREGATIONAL MEETING @ 12:00 PM BY ZOOM*: FPC MEMBERS plan to attend a brief congregational meeting for the purpose of electing Ruling Elders & Deacons who will begin serving July 1, 2021.
* More information & Zoom links can be found in the Thursday Eblast.
DO YOUR PART TO HELP OUR CHURCH REOPEN. WE CAN HELP YOU!
Have you been vaccinated yet? The more quickly everyone who is able to get vaccinated is fully vaccinated, the more quickly we can reopen the church. If you need help signing- up online, or ﬁnding a site that will work for you, contact Meranda at the church ofﬁce, or Carmen Lawler. They have already helped several of our members and staff to get their shots and are eager to help you, too.
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.