27He answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind’ Luke 10:27
Glorify God means that we express and celebrate our love for God.
Some ways in which we can glorify God are by:
• participating in worship
• developing a family devotion time
• being aware of God’s presence in every part of our lives
• living our lives in a way that is pleasing to God
Reaching Out in Love
27He answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God … and your neighbor as yourself.’ Luke 10:27
Reaching Out in Love means that we help others in need and treat others with compassion, kindness, and respect both within the congregation and the community beyond. Some ways in which we can reach out in love are by:
• supporting and/or participating in mission both locally and worldwide
• showing appreciation for others
• carrying out random acts of kindness
• taking the time to say “I love you”
18And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:18-19
Opening Hearts means that we share the love and teachings of Christ with others. Some ways in which we can share the good news of Christ are by:
• sharing our faith stories
• inviting others to church
• making new friends with the unchurched
• supporting and/or participating in mission
Walking with Christ
11The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13
Walking with Christ means that we are becoming more like Christ through personal spiritual growth. Spiritual growth is a life-long process. Some ways in which we can grow spiritually are by:
• participating in Christian education, Bible studies, small groups
• growing our prayer life
• serving others
• discovering and using the gifts and abilities God has given to us.
Workshops with Lombard Mennonite Peace Center
The first workshops were held June 24 and 25. They were informative, engaging and thought-provoking. We talked, laughed, discussed and engaged. Most importantly, participants acquired new skills for working together for the common good.
One member admitted he was skeptical about the possible benefit of these workshops but was “very pleasantly surprised by the end of Saturday afternoon”.
The second set of workshops is coming up quickly. The “Conflict in the Church” sessions will be held July 8 and 9. These workshops are meant to help people improve their ability to handle conflict effectively, whether in church, at home, at work or in the community.
It is important for members to complete the Friendly Style Profile (available at church or you can call the office at 920.922.0425). This tool will identify how you usually respond to conflict and how your style can be used in conjunction with the styles of others.
Even if you were unable to make the first workshops, please consider coming to the second series. You can register by calling the church office. You can also register online, this week.
If you have questions please ask a member of the Logistics Committee: Jim Dassow, Dave Erickson, Pastor Jack Harrison, Carol Smith, Terri Wilke, Jolene Schry.
Hope to see you on July 8 and 9!
Feed My Starving Children – Saturday, April 9, 2016
Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children who are hungry in body and spirit.
For over a year, churches in Fond du Lac have been diligently working to make MobilePack become a reality in Fond du Lac. This year, with generous support from the community we raised more than $40,000 to feed God’s starving children. The MobilePack meals are specifically formulated for malnourished children and are sent to nearly 70 countries around the world.
On April 9, over seven hundred children and adult volunteers, 60 from First Presbyterian Church headed to the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds to help pack meals. We packed over 171,072 meals for those in need! That is enough meals to feed 469 children for an entire year!!
Our meals from Saturday, April 9 have already shipped! Our boxes left the Eagan, MN warehouse heading to the Dominican Republic through Feed My Starving Children partner Cross International.
It was wonderful to see everyone working hard for the benefit of others under God’s watchful guidance. This powerful event will impact the lives of thousands of children. We are truly blessed to be able to be a part of this team.
Over the past 4 years, our community has packed 660,528 meals. What a blessing to see hundreds of people working together to reach this goal!