FPC Video Worship for 05-30-21

Dear FPC Friends,

Our 11:00am May 30th worship service was recorded by one of our generous tech volunteers on Sunday, but the livestream was not successful, as you may have noted if you attempted to worship online. Our apologies; we hope to address the livestream capability for our upcoming worship services on June 6th.

Our May 30th service is being uploaded at this time and will be available to watch on our YouTube page at this link around 2:30pm MT this afternoon:
https://youtu.be/XqZhrcXZnzg

I am delighted to welcome Breanne Magill to First Presbyterian Church of Logan as our guest preacher on Sunday, June 6th. Bre is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary Northwest and current lives in Salt Lake City. She is a former youth minister from Mount Olympus Presbyterian Church in Salt Lake City and is seeking a call with a congregation here in Presbytery of Utah.

Sunday, June 6th is Communion Sunday, and it also marks the beginning of our summer worship schedule with services at 9:00am and 10:30am. Please note the time change for our second service. I look forward to leading worship with Bre, our Praise Band (9am), and Westminster Bell Choir (10:30am). We will recognize our Christian Educators in both services.

With joy,
Pastor Meg

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  • Sabbatical

    Well my friends, this is my last point of contact with you for the next three months, barring unforeseen circumstances. I am taking a sabbatical this summer, granted to me by you (through a congregational meeting some time ago). Clergy sabbaticals are designed for rest, recovery, and restoration. It’s a healthy thing to do, of course, and the Presbytery of Utah recommends that congregations grant their pastors a sabbatical every seven years (serving the same church, that is). It’s hard for me to believe, but I’ve been here in Logan for eight and a half years.

    The end goal for such a time is to provide pastors with opportunity for spiritual and mental rest and restoration, to help re-energize pastors, and to prevent burnout. Pastors have a fairly high rate of burnout, but providing time for spiritual, mental, and physical self-care is one of the best ways to prevent such things.

    It’s not only about rest, however. I’ll be studying and engaging in some healthy spiritual practices too. I will be worshiping at other churches each Sunday to experience the ways that other congregations praise the Lord, so that I might observe and consider new things for the ministry life of FPC Logan. I have a small collection of books I plan to read, including Canoeing the Mountains (a book about Christian leadership in uncharted territory) and One Long River of Song (recommended by someone at FPC), and a few others that I hope will inspire good preaching and pastoral leadership when I return. These readings will go along with daily scripture study. Due to the Covid pandemic I didn’t attend any continuing education conferences last year, but I plan to use part of this sabbatical time to so some individual continuing education. There is always something more for me to learn about my role as your pastor. I look forward to sharing some of this with you upon my return to First Presbyterian Church in September.

    Summer Worship—

    A reminder to you all that during the months of June, July, and August worship will be at 9am and 10:30am. If you show up at 11 you’ll miss half of the sermon!Masks will be required until Session determines otherwise, and worship will be in Bruner Hall for both services (this allows us to space out our seating). I have carefully chosen guest preachers for you on the Sundays that Pastor Meg won’t be preaching. They range from experienced pastors to seminary graduates, but I fell they will all bring a wonderful message to you each Sunday. Please give them the warmest welcome when they help lead worship.

    We have a system in place to live stream worship to YouTube, but there are a few technical challenges with this that I’ve been trying to work out over the last month (with audio and live streaming the video). If you choose to worship from home and the live stream is not available on Sunday mornings (because of some technical difficulty), we will try to post the recording for your viewing on Monday morning when the office is open. Please extend us some grace with this. I think it will all work out, but it’s not always a simple process and complications arise.

    Praying that you all have a wonderful, Spirit-filled summer. I’ll see you soon.

    May the grace and peace of Jesus Christ be with you all, —Derek

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