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                                                         Sunday, September 26
                                                                                September 20, 2010      Vol. 48

SUNDAY MORNING CLASSES - 9:00                A.M.
SUNDAY WORSHIP - 10:30 A.M.                             Ushers -                                     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
                                                                         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, 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
                                                             • 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
           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.
                                                               The Mission Ministry Team will be providing more details in
                                                               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
                                                               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
              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- 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 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.
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  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.

  Pastor, Paul Collier
  Christian Education Director, Beth Ehlers                                EAT—PRAY—
  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: 
  Pastor Paul’s email:
  Beth’s email: 
  Nate’s email: 

        With the love of Jesus Christ, First Presbyterian Church welcomes you just as you are — a child of God.

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