FPC Video Worship for 05-02-21

FPC Friends,
The link for our online worship service is here (YouTube):https://youtu.be/C_jvz80FoAA May 2nd is communion Sunday.
On May 9th we will return to worship in Bruner Hall at 9am (Praise Band!) and 11am (Westminster Bell Choir). Please wear a mask if you attend. You do not need to ‘sign-up’ for the service you wish to attend. We will have chairs in small group so you can sit with your household which will allow us to spread out across the room. If you are feeling sick in any way (a cold, flu, or something else) please stay home and take care of your self, which is best for you and for others. And note that for the foreseeable future both worship services will be in Bruner Hall.
If you can volunteer to help us out on Sunday mornings with some simple tasks as we get back to worship, please follow this link and fill out the survey. We will be in touch with more info if you sign up. A previous email from Pam has descriptions of the volunteer positions. Thank you!https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdtc8FhxaIX5Pu7bs3BU2qfaQ-dW_61qDOhzZc9za7RslAnbg/viewform?usp=sf_link
If you are interested, the next Red Cross Blood Drive at FPC is on May 28th. You may sign up at redcrossblood.org and searching for a blood drive opportunity in the 84321 area code (you will then have to scroll down to the May 28th date, which will list First Presbyterian Church).
Links to Pastor Meg’s Adult Ed class:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81079833059?pwd=UUI1QWVtc0RxZ01XSWFaOFF5ZUxZdz09
Pastor Derek’s Tuesday morning Bible study:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84861234310
grace and peace be with you all,Derek

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FPC Video Worship for 04-25-21

Hello FPC friends,
In this season of Easter the scripture passage for this weekend comes to us from the Acts of the Apostles, when Philip meets the Ethiopian. Pastor Meg shares the sermon with us, and the Westminster Bell Choir provides special music.https://youtu.be/vjvDPvxc-fc
Session and our Worship Committee have spoken, and there are some changes coming soon. We will have our first indoor worship service on May 9th (9 & 11am services). Then we will skip a week, and have our second indoor worship service on May 23rd, and thereafter. Masks will be required, and we will have seats spaced out to foster social distancing. A live-stream online option will continue to be available for those who prefer to worship from home. More details to follow in coming weeks.
Grace and peace be with you all,Derek

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Sunday School for Adults resumes 11-01-20

Join us for Adult Sunday School each Sunday afternoon from 4-5 pm via Zoom. The link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81387905694?pwd=RlYwTU5JMFowQ20vYVpJRUNnK0FtQT09

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Zoom Bible Study starts September 8

For the time being, our primary Adult Education activity will be a Zoom Bible Study on Tuesday mornings beginning September 8 from 8-9am. Pastor Derek will lead the discussion on the text for the upcoming Sunday. Hopefully we will have a lively and educational discussion about the subjects.

As this will be held via Zoom, you must have the invitation. Pastor Derek will post the Zoom invite link on the FPC Logan facebook page each Monday morning.

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  • After all this time…

    Well, this is it my fellow followers of Jesus, we are returning to in-person worship at First Presbyterian Church. It has been fourteen long months of us learning to be a worshiping community in the best ways we could figure out (thank you Jesus, even for things like YouTube and Zoom). It’s been challenging for me as your pastor (I imagine Pastor Meg would say the same). It’s been challenging for all of you in faith and life and with family and friends. 

    But we’re going back to church, praise the Lord.

    Many things seem to be happening in our world at this moment. How are you handling it all? We’re opening the church doors again. There was a verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis. Many of you have your Covid-19 vaccinations. It’s Springtime and the tulips are starting to bloom. The Sandhill Cranes and other migratory birds are back in the valley. So how are we doing as we process all of this? How are you doing?

    Relief? Sorrow? Joy? Sadness? 

    All of the above?

    I’ve heard several phrases of late, including ‘pandemic pain.’ I’ve felt fatigued myself. But having received the vaccination shots, I am ready to be back in our church building with you praising the Lord together. With high vaccination rates among our church members and several safety precautions, Session has voted for our return to in-person worship. Details are listed in another article inside this edition, but our first Sunday back will be Sunday, May 9th, with our regular service times of 9 & 11 a.m.

    This worldwide pandemic is not over. Not by a long shot as I watch the news from places like India and Brazil, or even Michigan. But many of us have received our vaccinations and we are implementing some practices that should allow us to worship the Lord together, safely. And to be clear (I cannot say this enough), if you do not feel safe coming to church in the near future, please continue to worship from home. I will do my absolute best to make sure our worship live-stream allows you to connect with God and connect with the rest of us from the safety of your own home. We have purchased a small and simple (yet high quality) camera that will live-stream Sunday morning worship directly to YouTube. You have the option to watch it ‘live’ as we are worshiping or watch it at a later time that is more convenient for you.

    So, what might we expect on Sunday mornings in May when we go back? First and foremost, we will be together singing, praying, and praising the Lord. Hallelujah! There will be a few changes, of course. We ask that everyone wear a mask while in the building. We will not have indoor fellowship to prevent ‘grouping’ around the food. Both services will be in Bruner Hall (this is to allow for social distancing). We will initially space chairs out in groups of one, two, three, four, etc. (please find a group of chairs that matches your household). Our air handling system will be on during the service. We won’t use hymnals so that multiple people aren’t touching them each morning (lyrics will be in the bulletin and projected onto the wall). And finally, if you are feeling under the weather, we ask that you please be extra-considerate of your fellow worshipers and remain home.

    Every day of life is a new endeavor. The same is true for us in this process of returning to worship. May we prayerfully and carefully take actions that promote good community health, along with our spiritual health. Thank you for your patience with us, and I look forward to seeing every one of you, whenever that might be.

    —Pastor Derek

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