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 May 22, 2020
We look forward to sharing virtual worship with you this Sunday, May 24, Ascension of the Lord Sunday, when we will also be honoring our high school class of 2020 graduates. On May 31 we will celebrate the Day of Pentecost, the birthday of the church. In honor of the day, Wear red—yes, even at home 😊. Look forward to special music offered by Patty Faber and Tracy Olson, and to sharing Holy Communion, virtually.
Congratulations 2020 Graduates!
Class of 2020 Graduating Seniors from our FPC family:
High School Graduates college plans: Isaac Eberl will attend St. Cloud State University (St Cloud MN) for sports management in the fall; Lucas Paulman will attend UW Madison School of Engineering.
Madeleine Lawler, Loyola University Chicago, BA in History and minor in English;
Connor Sandok, Gustavus Adolphus College with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in Classics;
Toni Schmitt, UW-Madison, BS in Biology and certificate in Environmental Studies.
Thanks to all who responded so generously with time and money to help our Canasta Basic Gratuita (Free Basic Basket) successfully distribute last Saturday a generous and healthy supply of food, as well as books and hygiene products to 120 families in our area. Gracias!
New this week: We have added a button on our online giving page for the Blessing Box, that goes to help those in need right here in Marshfield. Many of you place loose offering in this box every Sunday when we gather in our sanctuary for worship. Now you can do that, any time—even during the offertory, as you worship with our online service.
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)
Our session has extended our “Safer at Home” protocols, suspending all in-building activities (except for SOS Food Pantry) to at least May 26. 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…”
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)
Could we chat?
Pastor Laurie would love to see your face, and/or hear your voice! She is holding a Zoom office hour from 4:00-5:00 p.m..
Jump in anytime during that hour, using the following invite, and she will be there waiting. Share a cup of coffee or tea, virtually. Not as good as “real life” but much better than no contact at all. The Zoom invite with password is in your twice-weekly e-blast, 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.