February / March 2020
Many Blessings, Dear Friends, as we begin Lent.
Last evening we experienced one of the worst traffic days to worship in a very long while. Ash Wednesday worship, though not one we receive high attendance for, is a significant worship time in the life of the church. We had 21 saints attend and we remembered the amazing blessings of God, many that we do not understand the full impact of unless we acknowledge our sin, brokenness and failings.
We remember our sin but we also remember the forgiveness and new life we receive because of what Jesus the Christ did for each one of us. How often do you contemplate or take stock of your last year? What has gone really well and what has not? What are the things that have changed and transformed you as a person and how God was active in those aha moments?
Lent is a special time to do the introspective work we let go by the wayside during the year. We get busy. We have children and grandchildren to transport to activities and school. We have family and friends we have made commitments to. We have social engagements and church activities. We have life. Time marches on.
Yet this Lent I pray you will take the time to reflect, to read, to study the Scriptures, to join in Bible Study, to worship and to pray. Take this time and may you take extra time to listen for the voice of God directing you to someone or something. Take extra time listening for the will of God and God’s work in the world. Take extra time listening for ways to work with your brothers and sisters together for God’s praise and glory.
We are so blessed to have each other and live together in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God and in communion with the Holy Spirit.
Welcome to Lent. May all be well with your soul, always.
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Happy New Year, First Presbyterian Church!
Friends, it is with joy I write to you this wintery day as we begin a new decade together. It amazes me how quickly time indeed does go by. It seems only yesterday that we gathered for my first Sunday as your pastor, and yet on Valentine’s Day we will mark 5 years of ministry together. Over the last five years we have seen many changes in our church and in the Pontiac community and through them all First Presbyterian Church has continued to be a place where the people of our community and each of us have found a home, the heart of God, and people who are willing to walk with them on the journeys of life.
As we move into this next year in the life of First Presbyterian (February 24 marks our 196th Anniversary), I believe we will experience many continued blessings from God. We will see our community continue to grow as new restaurants and businesses join the Pontiac family. We will find new people to do ministry beside and God will continue to guide us in our ministries with the residents of Pontiac and our church members and friends – whether children and families, adult ministries, mission and compassion ministries or fellowship opportunities for all. We will continue to experience the blessings of God together.
Often in church we have the hills and valleys just like in life. However, right now I have been feeling a great sense of God at work in our midst. There is an excitement in my heart as God continues to lead us and the people of God here at FPC. God is listening and wants us to share the joyous spirit of God with others. I love watching our choir members enjoy one another and laugh and smile as God continues to use them. I love watching our children who love showing off their church. Did you know that they give secret tours of the church from a kid’s eye view? I’ve been on one of the them and it was wonderful.
Philippians 4:4-7 NRSV, speaks about rejoicing: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
My friends, I encourage you to embrace the blessings and joy that we receive through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. May this be a year of joy and blessing for you and your family and may we be content and full of peace in our hearts as a disciple of Christ.
Many Blessings upon you all,
Rev. Laura C. Kelsey, Pastor