Missions

The outreach goal of First Presbyterian Church is to educate, foster awareness, and create opportunities for hands-on participation.

We as a church are involved in volunteer support of local agencies, such as Loaves and Fishes Community Meal, Cache Community Food Pantry, Somebody’s Attic and Community Abuse Prevention Service Agency.

Global missions include support of programs sponsored by Presbyterian Church (USA) like Disaster Assistance and Earth Care Ministry.  We also work with Sustainable Engineering, Education and Economics projects in Uganda and East Africa.

The mission committee oversees disbursement of funds from a designated percent of the total church budget and special offerings that are received annually.  The special offerings include One Great Hour of Sharing, Pentecost, Peacemaking, Christmas Joy and 5th Sunday.

If you would like to know more about outreach at First Presbyterian Church or if you would like to get involved contact our church office at 435-752-0871.

 

Links to agencies

Presbyterian Church (USA)    https://www.pcusa.org/

Loaves and Fishes Community Meal    https://www.facebook.com/LoavesFishesCommunityMeal

Cache Community Food Pantry   http://cachefoodpantry.com/

Somebody’s Attic     http://www.somebodysattic.org/

CAPSA     http://capsa.org/

Sustainable Engineering, Education and Economics   http://seeeme.org/

 

  • 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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