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Friday, September 23, 2016

Compassion Sunday, October 2nd

You're Invited
 First Presbyterian Church at 201 S 11th Street is hosting a Compassion Sunday on October 2nd at 12:30. This is a national event that helps people grow in their understanding of God’s very special love for the poor. It’s also an opportunity for each of us to intervene in the life of at least one child in poverty.  You are invited to come to our church at 12:30 for a free picnic lunch on the grounds and then learn about the ministry of Compassion International. 

Who is Compassion International?
For more than 60 years God has been working through sponsors and local churches around the world to change the lives of impoverished children throughout the world.  Through Compassion’s child sponsorship program, children are reached on spiritual, physical, economic and social levels—meeting the needs of the whole child. And preparing them to become responsible Christian adults. Our mission is to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name!

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (9/25/16)

Please continue to pray for Jerry Hoggett, he is still in the hospital.

Genesis 45:1-15 (ESV)  
Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him. He cried, "Make everyone go out from me." So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. [2] And he wept aloud, so that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. [3] And Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?" But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence. 
[4] So Joseph said to his brothers, "Come near to me, please." And they came near. And he said, "I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. [5] And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. [6] For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. [7] And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. [8] So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. [9] Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, 'Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; do not tarry. [10] You shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children's children, and your flocks, your herds, and all that you have. [11] There I will provide for you, for there are yet five years of famine to come, so that you and your household, and all that you have, do not come to poverty.' [12] And now your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see, that it is my mouth that speaks to you. [13] You must tell my father of all my honor in Egypt, and of all that you have seen. Hurry and bring my father down here." [14] Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck and wept, and Benjamin wept upon his neck. [15] And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them. After that his brothers talked with him. 

Questions for Reflection
1. Why do families have family reunions?
2. When and why did Joseph finally make himself known to his brothers? (45:1-2)
3. What did Joseph tell his brothers when he revealed who he was? (45:3-13)
4. What did Joseph do after he told his brothers who he was? (45:14-15)
5. When has God used the bad intentions or bad actions of others to bring about good in your life?
6. Why is it hard to forgive someone who has wronged you?
7. Why is it important to forgive others?

Friday, September 16, 2016

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (9/18/16)

Update on Marc Simon:  Marc went in for heart surgery yesterday morning and had a double by-pass.  The doctors say that he is doing fine. i am on my way to San Angelo to see him, he is in Community Hospital.

Genesis 15:1-12 (ESV)  
After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: "Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great." [2] But Abram said, "O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?" [3] And Abram said, "Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir." [4] And behold, the word of the Lord came to him: "This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir." [5] And he brought him outside and said, "Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them." Then he said to him, "So shall your offspring be." [6] And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness. [7] And he said to him, "I am the Lord who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess." [8] But he said, "O Lord GOD, how am I to know that I shall possess it?" [9] He said to him, "Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon." [10] And he brought him all these, cut them in half, and laid each half over against the other. But he did not cut the birds in half. [11] And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away. [12] As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram. And behold, dreadful and great darkness fell upon him.

Questions for Reflection
1. Why did the Lord tell Abram not to be afraid? (15:1)
2. What promises did God make, and to whom did He make them? (15:1-17:27)
3. What did the Lord promise Abram? (15:4-5)
4. What is the basis of both Abraham’s and our relationship with God?
5. Why is it sometimes hard to trust God?

Friday, September 2, 2016

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (9/4/16)

  • Men's Breakfast Saturday morning 8 AM. Coffee will be on at 6:30 so come early to visit and bring a friend.
  • Swimming Party - Sunday, September 4th we have reserved the pool at the Texas Tech Center from 1:00 to 3:00 PM for an afternoon of swimming, fun and watermelon.
Matthew 6:25-34 (ESV)  
"Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? [26] Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? [27] And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? [28] And why are you anxious about clothing? Con sider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, [29] yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. [30] But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? [31] Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' [32] For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. [33] But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. [34] "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Questions for Reflection
1. What are your top three worries?
2. Why are God’s creatures consistently “fed and clothed”? (6:26)
3. Why should we take great comfort from the way the animal and plant kingdoms operate? (6:26)
4. What benefits does worry bring? (6:27)
5. How do you think worry is affecting you emotionally, physically, and spiritually?
6. In light of this passage, what would be some good principles on food and clothing for us to follow?
7. What is the difference between planning for the future and worrying about the future?

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (8/28/16)

Scripture for Sunday
Matthew 6:9-15 (ESV)  
    Pray then like this:
    "Our Father in heaven,
        hallowed be your name.
        [10] Your kingdom come,
        your will be done,
            on earth as it is in heaven.
        [11] Give us this day our daily bread,
        [12] and forgive us our debts,
            as we also have forgiven our debtors.
        [13] And lead us not into temptation,
            but deliver us from evil.
 [14] For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,
 [15] but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Questions for Reflection
1. What role did prayer play in your family’s life when you were growing up?
2. What should be our attitude toward life’s necessities? (6:11)
3. What should be our attitude toward those who have wronged us? (6:12)
4. If God knows what we need before we ask, why should we pray?
5. What sins or offenses by others do we find especially difficult to forgive?


Prayer Concerns

  • Emily Supak is out of surgery and in recovery.  Doctor said all went well. Please keep her in your prayers.
  • Zane Barker is having surgery on his eyes tomorrow.
Sunday School Kick-Off
We will be having breakfast during the Sunday School hour this Sunday, August 28th at 10:00 AM in the fellowship hall. Please bring a breakfast dish to share. The church will be providing milk, juice and coffee. 

Swimming Party 
Sunday September 4th we have reserved the pool at the Texas Tech Center from 1:00 PM  to 3:00 PM for an afternoon of swimming, fun and watermelon.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Prayer Request - Emily Supak

Emily Supak, daughter of Rudy Supak, will be having brain surgery tomorrow, Thursday at 10:00 AM. The surgery is for a Chiari Malformation. Her case is severe because the brain stem is now pressing on her spinal cord.