FPC Video Worship for 06-13-21 11am

Dear Friends,

Please join us for worship this Sunday, June 13th, as we celebrate what God continues to do in our midst and in our ministry. Our Praise Band and a Chancel Choir Quartet will lead us as we worship in song at our 9:00am and 10:30am services, respectively.

I would like to recognize and thank Clay Essig for the many hours he has spent this week researching and troubleshooting our worship live-streaming. He believes he has good news for us in this regard, and will be live-streaming both the 9:00am and 10:30am services this Sunday. Thank you, Clay! To access the livestream, please go to our First Presbyterian Church, Logan UT YouTube page at the appropriate time: (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbfLtSn2Lt2fhyji2IifZeQ/featured)

Direct link: https://youtu.be/irvU038WjJU

Finally, a stewardship note. In his May 23rd sermon, Pastor Derek noted that FPC has some “catching up” to do on our finances this year. It’s important to share that although our expenses have exceeded our offerings in recent months, we are consistently at or under budget in every expense category in our church. The staff and elders of the church are careful stewards of the financial gifts that support our ministry.

As we seek to grow our offerings, you may be asking yourself, “what does it take to catch up?” Or,”what does this mean for my giving?” Our administrator, Pam, suggests that an increase of $75/month per giving member or family would help us meet our financial goals and sustain our ministry vision as a church this year. Thank you for giving as you are able; there is no gift too small. Together, we will continue to respond generously to a generous God!

If you have any questions about how your giving blesses our ministry, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I welcome every opportunity to visit with members and friends of FPC Logan!

Have a wonderful week, and see you Sunday in Bruner Hall or on YouTube!

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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