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.
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 are called to more. If that is true, if God is calling us to greater ministry, each and every one of us must do our part. In this season of stewardship awareness, you are being asked to consider your contributions for the coming year. What will you be willing and able to give in 2018?
While we are soliciting offerings of all gifts – including time, talent and prayer – financial contributions are critical this year. In 2018 we must raise our level of giving by at least $16,000-20,000 just to maintain our current level of spending. This is because of an anticipated loss of regular income from building use. In addition, our receipts have been falling slightly short of expenses for four out of eight months during 2017. So just to maintain our current staff and programs we must raise our giving in 2018. If we do not receive the needed pledges, your session will need to make some difficult cuts to current budget items. Even beyond meeting current budget expenses and maintaining status quo, your session has dreams of expanding our ministry in several ways. You will be hearing more about those dreams in the months ahead. We would love to raise our 2018 budget by $30,000 or even $40,000 to expand our ministry in Gardner and to grow our church for the next generation. To accomplish that every one of us will have to do our part. Every one of us will have to give of time, talent, prayer and property to the glory and by the grace of God.
Soon you will be receiving a letter from me and from our stewardship team. In anticipation of our pledge requests, we ask you to prayerfully consider both your needs and your gifts, in order that we all may respond to God’s grace with generosity and joy. Please pray also for our church that we may thrive and continue to serve God well. By God’s grace all things are possible.
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 →
Sunday, April 9, Palm Sunday Worship Service 9:00 AM… Waving Palms and shouting Hosanna, we will welcome in Holy Week with scripture and song, prayer and thanksgiving. We remember Christ the unexpected Messiah.Thursday, April 13, Maundy Thursday Service 7:00 PM Holy Communion, scripture and song remind us of Jesus last night with his disciples before his arrest and trial. Jesus’ … Continue reading →
There’s something in the air – and I’m not just talking about allergy season. April is full of signs of the changing seasons. Spring is upon us. Blossoms are opening and birds are singing. Easter is only two weeks away. With Easter comes all that promise of resurrection – newness, energy, hope, growth and goodness – God’s promise of life … Continue reading →