First Presbyterian Church of Gardner, Kansas, is a Presbyterian Church (USA) member congregation founded in 1866 to serve God in this community. Our vision is to glorify God by being a warm, caring and loving church. Join us and help us to become even greater by God’s grace. Everyone is welcome. Contact us for more information.
The hustle and bustle is upon us. The crazy busy holiday season has begun. Amid all the fun and festivity, we sometimes get a little overwhelmed and forget the meaning of it all. We sometimes lose Advent in the rush toward Christmas. You are invited to pause and refocus. Take some time to remember God’s presence and to listen to God’s voice in your life.
The themes of Advent are all about getting ready for God – waiting, watching, anticipating, preparing, paying attention, making room in your life and in the world. Sometimes that means slowing down. That’s hard to do this time of year. In worship this month we will light our candles and explore themes of hope, peace, joy and love. We will anticipate the coming of Christ, and we will open our hearts to God’s presence.
You are invited to come along on the journey, and to invite a friend or neighbor to any of our worship services or programs. Think about someone who might enjoy a community connection, or someone who might need to experience the light of Christ this season. Extend an invitation to worship or to any of our programs.
I know for some people the holiday season is stressful. If you are facing a challenge and need some support, please give me a call. I can come for a visit, or just a phone call. This season is full of emotion – some wonderful and affirming, some overwhelming and difficult. Sometimes it helps just to know someone is praying for you. If you need a listening ear or a shoulder to lean on, give me a call, or reach out to someone else in the church. If you notice someone around you in need of help, show them you care and offer their name to God in prayer.
My prayer this season is that all of you may be ready for God’s miraculous movement in your life. May you be blessed this season with the knowledge of the presence of God. May you be filled with hope and peace. May you bask in the joy of God’s love and light. May you find God’s greatest gift of grace, and may you share it with others with power and promise.
In some ways it feels like I just got here. In other ways I think I have known you most of my life. This month marks two years for me as your pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Gardner. I have listened to some of your stories. I have mourned a few of your losses. I have celebrated many of … Continue reading →
It’s time for a frank conversation. First Presbyterian Church of Gardner is doing well. We have pleasant times of fellowship, powerful moments of worship, and profound opportunities for mission service. It would be easy to settle into complacency. It is tempting to rest in our history and just continue to do what we have always done. However, we believe we … Continue reading →
Get out your calendars and start marking dates. So many programs are beginning again, and a few brand new projects are about to start. In the following pages you will note specific events and dates. Make sure you don’t miss anything. If you have any questions, be sure to give us a call. I am excited about this time of … Continue reading →
Some years ago I heard the phrase, “Pray first – worry less.” I need to be reminded of that frequently. Fortunately God is persistent. This month I have received multiple reminders of the value of prayer. The Pastor’s School I went to on study leave had prayer as a central theme and practice. Several books I have been reading about … Continue reading →
Wednesdays at noon and 5:30 p.m. For one hour of prayer Pastor Kimby has started two midweek prayer opportunities. Every Wednesday in July and August at noon and 5:30 p.m. a group will gather in the chapel at church to pray for one hour. This is a total of nine weeks. You may come once or any time you are available. … Continue reading →
Pray for PYF – Presbyterian Youth Fellowship – during their mission trip – July 8-17 The PYF will be embarking on their summer mission trip in July. Eight youth and three adults will be serving with Team Effort in Washington, D.C. The trip is July 8-17 and will cover about 2500 miles. With an adventure this big, we’ll need your … Continue reading →
July: Shoes/Flip Flops, Composition Notebooks, umbrellas August: Composition Notebooks, Crayons, Pencils/Sharpeners, School Scissors September: Erasers, Crayons, School Scissors October: Socks, Underwear, T-Shirts, Shoes There will a basket in the Narthex for the monthly donations. The items collected will be used at our Packing Party in November. Toothpaste and candy are not allowed in the boxes as of this year. A … Continue reading →
“Summertime and the living is easy,” sings the first line of the old song from “Porgy and Bess” by George Gershwin. I love the song, but I always laugh a little when I hear it. Easy? Not so much anymore. “Crazy” might be a better word – which leads me to another song, “Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days … Continue reading →
I read a sermon by a friend of mine this week with the title “Eastering” – changing the noun defining the day or season into a verb describing the action of the season. So what is the action of the season of Easter? I would say it is threefold: 1) Living with JOY, knowing that we are loved by God … Continue reading →