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.
The Mission Pillar has invited a friend of Pastor Kimby’s to set up a table demonstrating Fair Trade products like coffee, tea and chocolate. Look for the table on Sunday, September 24 before or after worship. The Mission Pillar is considering making these sales a regular option at First Presbyterian Church. So come, explore, buy what you would enjoy, and let us know if this is something you would enjoy periodically.
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.
Super Senior Sunday In celebration of our 65+ members, we would like to recognize and celebrate our church members and friends. We are dedicating Sunday, September 17th, at the 9:00 AM Worship Service to our 65+ members and show our appreciation for their dedication and service to our church community. Join us in the Fellowship Hall following church for cake, cookies, coffee and water. Contact Connie Crabbs, 913-856-4099
Women’s Fellowship Group will meet Wednesday September 6, 2017 at 10:00 AM. Donalie Zimmerman will have the devotions, Sharon Frahme will provide refreshments. Our project this month will be organizing the storage cabinet in fellowship hall. The meeting is open to all women of our congregation.
Ladies of the Church here are some dates and events coming this fall. Mark your calenders and plan to attend for some Bible Study and Fellowship. On Sunday’s August 27, 2017- September 10, 2017, sign up and order a book for the new Bible Study “More Than Enough”. The Bible Study is September 14, 2017 through October 19, 2017 in the Calvin Room at 7:00 PM. Six week study and volunteers are welcome to lead a lesson. Contact Char Bergene or Sharon Frahme the cost of the book is $7.50.
Divine Mercy Catholic Church has extended an invitation to the ladies of the churches of the community. They are hosting a potluck luncheon on September 23, 2017 at 11:30 – 1:30 PM. They will be furnishing all the dishes so just plan to attend and enjoy fellowship from other churches. Please, RSVP by Friday, September 15 to Judy Hadle: 913-220-1343; Barbara Keiter: 913-237-4962.
Coming on Thursday, November 2, 2017 is our annual “Ladies Night”. Mark your calendars and watch for more information.
Our next business meeting will be on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Everyone is welcome!
Men’s breakfast will be held in a NEW LOCATION for the month of September. It will be at Smokey’s Bar B Q Restaurant in Wellsville at 7:00 AM on Tuesday, September 12th. Dr. Tina, will be the speaker. She is a veterinarian discussing horse health and care. Hope you can make it.
JOY Closet continues to have as its goal to help the people of our community. Our volunteers go out of their way to help customers by making things organized and in good condition to take home. Some individuals and families come to us with vouchers distributed by churches and schools and the Multi-Service Center. They shop for free clothing, bedding, and shoes. Where circumstances have been difficult, we are able to shine some light and hope.
Our community also has many families who rely on JOY Closet to provide very low cost clothing and other items for their families. These families shop often and are able to stretch their spendable income by shopping with us. It is this income that makes JOY Closet a viable nonprofit for our community.
First Presbyterian Church has worked hard to reach out to our community. Please continue to pray for us and to pass the word to others. We continue to need more sorters. Ask Cindy Rollf or Ginger Crist how to join the team!
A big THANK YOU to EPIC for their community service at JOY Closet in August. We appreciate all of your sorting and organizing!
Matthew 25:35-36 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me.