As we follow Jesus Christ we seek to grow both individually and communally as believers. We gather for prayer and study, service and fellowship. New groups are being formed. So let us know if you have an idea for a group of gathered disciples.
Hello to Everyone!! Well Christmas is just around the corner. It is truly the ‘Most Wonderful Time of the Year’. It is the time for reflection and building memories with Family and Friends. Most importantly it is the time to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Starting Wednesday October 11th the choir will begin working on the Christmas Cantata ‘Comfort and Joy’. If you would like to sing with the choir and just sing the Cantata please feel free to join us. Rehearsals will be from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. Comfort and Joy will be performed on Sunday December 17th. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet people, building new relationships, and just have a great time.
Blessings to All, Dean Faulk
–Make music to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing……Psalm 98:5 NIV
Women’s Bible Study and Fellowship are on Thursday nights 7:00 PM. We are studying “More Than Enough” How Jesus Meets Our Deepest Needs.
Our annual Ladies Night is fast approaching. It will be held Thursday, November 2, 2017, 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. It will be a soup supper, with soup being provided. Bring a side dish, (sandwiches, crackers, etc.) and or dessert. Harvesters will be there for a presentation. We ask for food donations of non-perishable food items. Please join us for an evening of Christian Fellowship!
Women’s Fellowship Group will meet Wednesday October 4th, 2017 at 10:00 AM. Peggy Beach will provide both devotions and refreshments. The meeting is open to all women of our congregation. We will meet in Fellowship Hall. Pat Rankin has completed 9 additional bags for Safe home. They have been delivered along with 2 additional boxes to Safe home.
Join us on Saturday, October 7 at 4:00 PM for a blessing of the animals celebration. We will meet on the lawn (or in fellowship hall if weather requires a move.) Creatures of all kinds are welcome. Pictures may be brought for larger animals if you wish. Please bring animals on leashes, cages or otherwise contained. After a brief ceremony and prayer for all God’s creatures, individual animals and their families may receive a blessing with Pastor Kimby. Invite your friends and come along. This celebration is open to the community.
Sunday, October 29 at 6:00 PM – Join us!
Chili, Food, Fun and Fellowship. Costume Contest for all ages! Games for the little ones. Please sign up needed for chili supper: chili, corn bread, fritos, saltines crackers, desserts, shredded cheese. Sign up if you plan to attend. Fun games and activities are sure to be enjoyed by all.
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 year. Yes there’s a lot to do and I am constantly running behind, but it is fun and fulfilling. We have many opportunities for growth and discipleship, fellowship and service. Take advantage of any of our classes or groups, join the choir or bell choir, volunteer for a committee or pillar. If you are already fully plugged in, think about a friend, relative, neighbor or co-worker who might enjoy something we offer.
While you are thinking about inviting guests, this is also a time of year that people visit churches looking for a new church home. Keep your eyes open and be sure to welcome anyone you see. Look for strangers and people who might need help finding their way, then greet them and see if they need anything. And if someone sits in your favorite pew on Sunday morning – welcome them warmly and introduce yourself. You never know when you might meet a new member of your church family. Be sure to welcome them home.
For the fall we are starting intentional small groups, called Disciple Groups, designed to help participants grow closer to God. The groups will begin on Sunday, September 10 with a kick off potluck beginning at 6 pm in the evening. If you are not able to make that event, you may still participate in a group. Talk to Pastor Kimby to catch up on what you will miss. Though sign ups were in August, it is not too late for you to join, or to invite a friend. You don’t have to be a church member to join. You do have to commit to participate fully as your group decides. Most groups will meet once a month from September to May – just 9 gatherings of about an hour and a half each. Although you could choose as a group to meet more often.
The point of a Disciple small group is to help you deepen and develop your faith, to help you become a better disciple of Christ and to invite others to do the same. These new Disciple groups are an easy organized way to make a huge step forward in faith. We will suggest an agenda for the group, and helpful activities, but they will be flexible enough to adjust to your particular interests and styles.
The suggested curriculum for the groups is “The God We Can Know: Exploring the ‘I AM’ Sayings of Jesus.” Groups will spend a year thinking about who God is as revealed in Jesus Christ, and how the nature of God impacts who we are as disciples of Jesus Christ. It will be an excellent chance to explore what you believe about God and to share your faith with others in a deeper way. Pastor Kimby will also explore the nature of God in sermons later in the year as you journey together in faith.
On September 10 in the evening, beginning at 6 pm, we will kick off the groups with an all church gathering and potluck. Anyone is welcome to bring a dish and share the fellowship. Then we will introduce the groups and lead a “sample” session. Pastor Kimby will lead a lesson about “Who Do You Say ‘I AM’.” Then table groups will experience what a “typical” small group gathering might be like. Even if you have not signed up for a year-long group, you are welcome for this event. And if you have signed up for a group, but can’t make it that Sunday, that’s ok, we will catch you up later.
Please consider signing up for a Disciple group by calling Pastor Kimby Young. Invite a friend or neighbor to join as well.
One of the highest requests for topics revealed in the discipleship survey was to learn more about what it means to be Presbyterian. Pastor Kimby will teach a 10 week study on Sunday mornings at 10:15 a.m. beginning on September 17 and ending before Thanksgiving. If you are interested in the class but that time does now work for you, let Kimby know. We are considering a repeat of the class at some other time during the week. The class will cover our place in the Presbyterian story, core beliefs, polity and process, changes thru the years and possible future directions for the denomination. We will compare our tradition to other faith traditions in all of these areas, and we will have time for all of your questions. Join us any Sunday that you are available. Long term Presbyterians and novices are welcome. Come, share the journey.
I am so excited to be a part of the First Presbyterian Church of Gardner. As I mentioned before I truly feel led by God to be here. Thank you for making me and my family feel welcome. I am excited about the new season that is quickly approaching. We have something for everyone from new music to new friendships all for the glory of God. How much more exciting can it get!!!
We are going to kick off the season on Wednesday, September 6th at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall with a potluck dinner (one of my personal favorites in life). Meat will be provided. Please bring your favorite side dish to share.
A brief meeting and a short rehearsal will follow. I will enjoy seeing everyone again and hopefully will see some new faces. If you love to sing and want to find out what is going to be transpiring over the next several months please come and join us. We would love to have you.
Blessings To All, Dean Faulk, Director of Music Ministries
“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” —Colossians 3:16 NIV
Seekers & Servants Sunday School Class we will have a new study “Just Like Jesus” by Max Lucado. They will start in late September, the class meets in the Library at 10:15 AM.