FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH THE PULSE (641) 424 - 4273 Sunday, September 26 September 20, 2010 Vol. 48 SUNDAY MORNING CLASSES - 9:00 A.M. SUNDAY WORSHIP - 10:30 A.M. Ushers - www.1stpresbymc.com Reader - A Note from Pastor Paul Upcoming Dates Images of Advent Hope Wednesday, September 22 Where do you see hope in the world around you? Bible Study—10:15 am What images represent hope, or suggest hope, in Nooma—6:26 pm your eyes? Youth Night—7 pm Choir—7 pm I invite you to take your camera around with you for the next few weeks, and snap a photo of an image that you Thursday, September 23 think best represents hope. Or, maybe you already have some Session—7 pm photos that suggest hope to you. It doesn’t have to be a “religious” image—it could be anything you see as showing a sign Saturday, September 25 of hope. PALS—6 pm If you would be willing to share your photos (digital or print) please send them, drop them off at the church office, or email Sunday, September 26 them to me by October 31. And, if you would, please write a cou- Sunday morning classes - 9:00 am ple of sentences telling why this image suggests hope to you. Inquires Class—9:00 am Worship—10:30 am I will be using (and possibly projecting) these images in a series of sermons in Advent called “Images of Hope in Isaiah.” If you want Monday, September 27 to get some inspiration and get your creative juices flowing, I en- Hand Bell Choir—5:30 pm courage you to read the Isaiah Advent lectionary texts: Isaiah 2:1- 5; 11:1-10; 35:1-10; 7:10-16. Tuesday, September 28 Koinona Lunch—Noon This invitation is open to all ages and all levels of photographic experience. Wednesday, September 29 International Peacemaker Bible Study—10:15 am I think you would agree with me that one of the places in the Nooma—6:26 pm world that could use a healthy dose of hope is Pakistan. And we Youth Night—7 pm have a unique opportunity to hear how that hope is being lived out Choir—7 pm in one of the most volatile regions of Pakistan. We are very fortunate to be hosting Bishop Mano Rumalshah, of the Church of Pakistan, an International Peacemaker, on Monday, October 4, at 7 p.m. Bishop Rumalshah lives in Peshawar with his family and his parish includes areas in the mountainous region where the Taliban and al-Qaeda operate. He will speak about how dangerous it is to be a Christian in his part of the world, and how committed he is to bringing Christian presence and service in such a hostile environment. For Bishop Rumalshah and the Christians of his diocese, this means “smelling the sweat of your enemy, embracing him. This is where your faith is tested,” he says. “Our basic premise is conscious engagement and incarnational presence, which is service leading to a relationship. You cannot cultivate a relationship by remote control. You have to be there, physically, with them. That is at the heart of it. And we have space in that region as a church to do it. This is not a wishful thinking. This is real thinking, real thinking about a forsaken region.” I hope you make a special effort to welcome Bishop Rumalshah to Mason City, and become informed about how Presbyterians, along with our mission partners, are working toward hope and peace. With the love of Jesus Christ, First Presbyterian Church welcomes you just as you are — a child of God. COFFEE & CONVERSATION Prayer Concerns and News of Members Coffee and Conversation is on the second Tuesday of each month. Please keep the following people in your prayers: Come and join us anytime between 9:00 Dalton, (Lois Swanson & Norlyn Freese’s uncle and and 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 12. One of our friend of Bob & Sarah Kress) undergoing treatment for a nurses will be available to check your blood pressure. cancerous brain tumor. Hank Anderson at Heritage Care Center. Marv Bomgaars at Kentucky Ridge. PALS Wilma Cappel & Joyce Swift at Good Shepherd. PALS will be getting together on Saturday, September Carol Winston lung cancer. 25 at 6:00 pm at Whiskey Creek Restaurant. We have Fanchon Wilson seriously ill in Arizona. reserved the patio and if it is a cool evening they will Ruth Umbarger, pace maker. turn the heaters on for us to stay toasty warm. After Cody Dombrowski, (nephew of Dave & Tracy Grooters) dinner we have been invited to Jerry & Kathy Stephen’s heart surgery. house to be a part of the blessing of their new home by Our sympathy of Bruce & Diane Trimble & family on the Pastor Paul. This will be a special evening and we ask death of Diane’s mother, Elizabeth. that you make your reservations with the Attlesons or Kresses by Thursday, September 23. Bible Study Readings DO YOU HAVE ANY KEYS TO THE Each Wednesday at 10:15, several gather CHURCH? to study the Word of God, share a laugh We have decided that it is time to get an or two, and grow in our faith together. accurate account of all the church keys. If Give it a try! you have keys for entry doors, any offices, or closets, please inform the church office. Sept. 22 Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15; Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16; 1 This is not to take away anyone’s keys, we just need a Timothy 6:6-19; Luke 16:19-31 counting of what is out there. If you have a key that Sept. 29 Lamentations 1:1-6; Lamentation 3:19-26 or you are not sure belongs to the church, bring it in and Psalm 137; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Luke 17:5-10 we will check it out. Thank you for your cooperation. Oct. 6 Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7; Psalm 66:1-12; 2 Timothy 2:8-15; Luke 17:11-19 Oct. 13 Jeremiah 31:27-34; Psalm 119:97-104; HAWKEYE FOOD BANK 2 Timothy 3:14-45; Luke 18:1-8 Going shopping? Clip and save this shopping list for your next shopping trip and add a few of these items for the food bank: NOOMA • Pancake Mix & Syrup Breakfast Cereal • Peanut Butter & Jelly Paper Towels Come and experience NOOMA. A • Tuna Fish & Mayonnaise Toilet Paper film series that takes a Bible lesson or thought and brings it to our lives • Brownie Mix & Vegetable Oil in a thought provoking way, NOOMA is only 30 minutes or less of your Many of the above items are usually in high demand, but time. Our first video was entitled in low supply at the food bank. The Hawkeye Food Bank RAIN and helped us to see that even continues to see an increase in need, so any of our con- in the storms of our lives, God is tributions are appreciated. with us whispering in our ears, “I love you, Buddy. We’re gonna make it.” At the Meeting of August 26, 2010, the Session decided NOOMA will be offered at two different times: Sundays that… at 9:26 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:26 p.m. in the Com- …a form for application to use the church for non-church puter Room on the first floor of the Education Wing. activities and associated fees be adopted and put to use. Each session will include to 10-12 minute film with time …David Little appointed as Session representative on the to reflect and respond. Nominating Committee If you would like to experience these awesome videos …that up to $900.00 from the Dottie Mae Lock Fund be but cannot make it at the two times offered, contact allocated to assist Jenny Ehlers with expenses at Du- Beth Ehlers to check one out. buque Seminary in the Fall semester. …that Election of new officers be held after worship on Sunday, October 17. With the love of Jesus Christ, First Presbyterian Church welcomes you just as you are — a child of God. Serve the Lord with Gladness! Forum Looks at “Beyond Theology” Our Lighthouse Kids need some fabulous BEYOND THEOLOGY explores the evo- teachers! Is that YOU?!? It could be! lution of consciousness. The series Check out the overviews of lessons and see examines topics such as the chal- how you can serve. lenges confronting humanity and the Ruth changing representations of God. October 10 & 17, 2010 Faith Today: Hear the story Throughout this next academic year, we will be present- of Ruth and learn about pockets of emptiness and ing this series. Noted theologians, scholars, and authors pockets of fullness. Create reversible pockets that are reflect upon the fundamental challenges of our time, ad- filled with love, hope, kindness, joy, patience ----- and dressing the roots of contemporary culture wars and hugs and kisses. global environmental crises. The series focuses on the Yes! I want to teach this one._____________________ emergence of a worldview that integrates science and October 24 & 31, 2010 Eat Your Way through the spirituality, while exploring the notion that the guiding Bible: Hear the story of Ruth as cooking ingredients are myths of modern civilization are in transition. arranged to make scones. Create recipe cards for the Series participants include Karen Armstrong, Dr. James scones that include personal blessings. Share scones in Forbes, Jr., Sister Joan Chittister, Bishop John Shelby class and with family. Spong, and Huston Smith among others. Yes! I want to teach this one. _____________________ September 26 The Ground of Being Daniel October 3 American Pluralism November 7 & 14, 2010 Bedouin Encampment: If you are able to facilitate (which basically means run- Daniel is the storyteller, using magic tricks to under- ning the DVD player and asking the questions, “So what stand the difference between hocus-pocus and God’s spoke to you in this video? To prompt the discussion), ultimate power. Build Nebuchadnezzar's tree, do a please contact Beth Ehlers, email@example.com or 424- handwriting-on-the-wall exercise and complete a giant 4273. crossword puzzle. Yes! I want to teach this one. ____________________ November 21, 2010 Video Live!: Watch the Veggie- COMING OCTOBER 10 Tales movie Pastor Paul will be presenting a four part se- Yes! I want to teach this one. ____________________ ries on The One Story of the Bible. The sixty- Christmas Dreams six books of the Bible, from Genesis to Revela- December 5 & 12, 2010 Created by the Spirit: Learn tion, contain a wide variety of literary styles how Christmas dreams affected those around Jesus’ (saga, law, history, poetry, wisdom, apocalyptic visions, birth and make bread dough dreamer ornaments to epistles, gospels), written over many centuries, covering remember this story. several cultures (Egyptian, Babylonian, Hebrew, Canaan- Yes! I want to teach this one. ____________________ ite, Persian, Greek, Roman), and told from multiple points December 5 & 12, 2010 Mary and Martha’s Bed and of view, sometimes by opposing interest groups. But for Breakfast: Hear the story of Jesus’ birth through the all its diversity and traditions and inconsistencies, this eyes of Joseph and make a wooden step stool. collection of ancient books gives us a glimpse of the One Yes! I want to teach this one. ____________________ Story that lies behind the Bible. Our focus will not be just December 19, 2010 Where in the World Is?: After a summary of the books of the Bible, but rather the over- hearing the Christmas story do an art scavenger hunt arching story they tell about the grand drama of the rela- and then create either a batik pillow case or a string tionship of God and People. art project. Yes! I want to teach this one. ____________________ Notes from the Budget Committee A Picture of Middle School For the following reasons, the church is currently on budget: • Some members & visitors have given beyond their Who knew picturing God could be so LOUD, so pledges CRAZY, so FUN? Apparently the BLAST kids • As planned, we are using $20,000 from savings (to are exactly that, loud, crazy and fun! What a great way meet our revenue needs), leaving the savings balance to learn about God! at $34,000 • Session reduced general mission giving by $8,293 from BLAST (Bible Learning And Sharing Together) is for grades the amount designated in the budget 5th-7th. It will be an awesomely fun time! Bring and • No raises were given. friend and plan to grow your faith! If you have any questions, please contact one of your Ses- sion members or a budget committee member. With the love of Jesus Christ, First Presbyterian Church welcomes you just as you are — a child of God. YOUNG AT HEART, Are You Connected? COME AND PLAY The vision of First Presbyterian Church is to glorify God by Gathering as children of Calling all young at heart adults! If you en- God, Growing together in faith, hope, and joy the laughter of friends, getting to know love, and Going out to make Christ known. YOU play a people, and sharing a little about your faith, key part in this vision. come to the Young At Heart group on Sunday evenings. In the pews and in the mail, you will have an opportunity We will be learning about Pictures of God in a fun and to complete our Ministry Connection pamphlet (formerly lighthearted way. We meet twice a month. Our next known as TEAM UP WITH GOD). In the pamphlet are a gathering is Sunday, September 26 and WILL BE AT THE number of ministry opportunities in which you can gather, CHURCH at 6:30 p.m. grow, and go to help further our vision. You are invited to look through these opportunities and prayerfully consider YAH is for those who wish to have fun with faith. So join how you might be connected to the ministries of our Steve Ehlers in an evening of fun, laughter, and faith. church this coming year. You are encouraged to check as many areas as you would like. GAME NIGHT COMING SOON Watch for the pamphlet. Get connected. Mark your calendars! October 16 at 6:30 p.m. will be our first Church Family Fun Night, Wii Bowling, board games, cribbage, and more. Bring a snack to share. Invite friends to come and enjoy Lighthouse Kids! an evening of fun! Choices and Willy Wonka We continue with the story of the Garden A Thought from Special Needs & of Eden. We will learn about Adam and Eve and how they disobeyed God. God Endowment Committee had to choose whether to destroy Adam Most people need a will. When you write and Eve or forgive them. When God chose to forgive them, yours, remember your church. Adam and Eve fall into God’s grace. Our human struggle is to try to withstand temptations that separate us from God and each other. When we fail, our only recourse is to News from our Neighbors pray, ask for forgiveness and hope that God will restore us to a full relationship. God is always faithful to us, even when we don’t live the perfect life in the Garden. Creating Community across Ethnic-Racial Boundaries an interactive workshop will be held Saturday, October 9 The next two weeks, we will learn about choices and Willy 9:30 am-4:30 pm at First Congregational Church of Wonka. Sound interesting? Well, to find out what choices Christ. The workshop is open to everyone who wants to and Willy Wonka have to do with Adam and Eve, you will begin mending the brokenness of racism by building re- just have to come to Lighthouse Kids! lationships and having open, honest dialogue—even when the conversations are difficult. Lighthouse Kids will begin at 9 a.m. sharp in its new loca- Registration if $10 per person and includes lunch and tion. Our gathering room will now be upstairs in the mid- materials. For more information please contact First dle room on the west side. Look for the Lighthouse! Congregational UCC, 100 1st St. NE, Mason City. If you have questions or want to learn more about Light- house Kids, contact Beth Ehlers, 424-4273 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Grieving: A Work of Love Healing: How Will I Know? The Building & Properties Ministry Team Tuesday, October 5, 2010 First United Methodist Church Would like to thank: 12:30—1:00 P.M. Registration Dr. Dave Little for taking charge of the boiler & seeing Cost—$5.00 that is being prepared for winter. To register or for more information, please contact Adriana Attleson for her help with cleaning the floors in The First United Methodist Church at the classrooms of the education wing. 641-423-4905 Members of the choir who have agreed to keep the choir loft neat & bug free. All of you are appreciated!! With the love of Jesus Christ, First Presbyterian Church welcomes you just as you are — a child of God. “Going out to make Christ known” Youth Night is Back! Wednesday Nights (7:00-8:30 PM) The renovation of Northern Lights Men’s Shelter is nearing 5th - 12th graders! Wednesday nights are back and better completion. The entire two- than ever! Come for crazy games and fun group discussions structure structure has been gut- all helping us to grow in our faith. Make sure to be there ted and refitted with new roof, early for a snack and time to hang out in the Fellowship windows, doors, flooring, furnace Hall. Everyone is meeting from 7-8:30pm and there’s no and air conditioning. New furni- meal before, so put some food in your mouth at home, get ture has been donated and will your homework done and then swing over to join us. Bring soon be delivered. All it needs your friends too! now is a little help from some friends. So, we will be joining with other area churches and N F ait adopting a room at the shelter to provide bedding, towels, D I h in blinds and window dressing, pictures, and other accessories. E UGG The Mission Ministry Team will be providing more details in 3D PL the near future, and you will have an opportunity to join us (5th as we help Northern Lights provide hospitality to those in -8th need. SEVEN SENIORS INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME HAVE A COLLEGE STUDENT? Seven Mason City High School seniors were named into the Please send your college student’s ad- school’s Academic Hall of Fame in 2010. To qualify for this dress to the church office so a Pulse can honor, the students had to achieve a cumulative 4.0 grade be sent to them. Everybody loves mail! point average over four years of high school. Each Hall of College students celebrate mail. Let us Fame student is recognized in front of the student body and help make their day! has their name and graduation year permanently displayed on a brass plaque in the Hall of Fame display. Students that were recognized from First Presbyterian were Christina Jellema and Matthew Patchen. Way to go!! DISPLAY ITEMS Susan Fisher has obtained information from the Health Department on what CROP Walk churches should be doing to serve food Sunday, October 3 @ 1:30pm safely. She has put together a display Community Kitchen regarding this data in the cabinet in the 606 North Monroe Avenue Friendship Room hallway. All of this in- formation is important for us to be aware What is CROP Walk? It is a cooperative of when preparing food and keeping our ministry of 35 Protestant, Orthodox, kitchens clean. Please take time to check it out. and Anglican denominations provid- ing help, disaster relief and refugee assistance around the world. Walking E- Want to get the E-Pulse? together we can take a stand against hunger in our world. We can raise The Pulse is also now available on our website at awareness and funds for international relief and develop- www.1stpresbymc.com in full color and in PDF form. If ment, as well as local hunger-fighting. you want to receive an email notification when the new- est Pulse newsletter is posted on the website just send an We’ll start over at the Community Kitchen at 1:30pm, and email to Bev Grell at email@example.com and we’ll walk a nice easy 3 mile loop back to Community Kitchen. add you to our email list. So come bring your family and friends and walk with us as we raise awareness and help those in need. With the love of Jesus Christ, First Presbyterian Church welcomes you just as you are — a child of God. First Presbyterian Church Non-Profit Org. 100 South Pierce Avenue U.S. Postage Mason City, IA 50401-1722 PAID Mason City, IA Return Service Requested Permit No. 16 THE PULSE First Presbyterian Church BOILER INFO 100 South Pierce Avenue The boiler has NOT been filled yet, so Mason City, IA 50401-1722 please dress in layers if the weather is a little cool for any church Telephone (641) 424 - 4273 activities. The boiler will be filled and Fax (641) 424 - 6965 turned on just as soon as the weather re- mains cold. Thank you for your patience. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.1stpresbymc.com Pastor, Paul Collier Christian Education Director, Beth Ehlers EAT—PRAY— EAT—PRAY—LOVE Youth Ministry Director, Nate Ruge (formerly the Banner Group) Office Hours: The Eat-Pray-Love group will be meeting at the church on the first and third Saturdays at 9:00 am each month. Monday -Thursday 8:00 - NOON and 1:00 - 4:30pm Church email: email@example.com Pastor Paul’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org Beth’s email: email@example.com Nate’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org With the love of Jesus Christ, First Presbyterian Church welcomes you just as you are — a child of God.