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Youth Mission Sunday – October 22

The high school youth who went on the mission trip to Albuquerque, NM this past summer will be sharing their stories as our sermon  message on October 22. This is a chance of them to share their experiences serving others and growing in their relationship with Jesus Christ, and to say thank you to the […]

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Movie Night on October 28

Youth and adults! Join us for Movie Night on Saturday, October 28 at 6:30pm in Bruner Hall. We will be showing Luther, the biography of Martin Luther, a German monk and priest in the 16th century whose questions about the church and the church’s practices led to the Protestant Reformation. We are approaching the 500th […]

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Poinsettia sales begin November 5

Beginning November 5, youth again will be selling poinsettias to earn money for for Snowblast (January trip to Beaver Mountain Yurt), the Middle School Mission weekend in summer 2018 and the High School Summer Mission trip. Sign up for flowers for your home or put them in the sanctuary in honor or memory of loved […]

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Youth Groups schedule

Middle School will meet on the 1st and 3rd Mondays at 5:30pm. High School will then meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays at 6pm. Both groups meet in the Youth room (green room downstairs). Neither group meets on 5th Mondays.

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Savory Sunday for college age and young adults

Each Sunday evening at 6pm college age and young adults meet at Laura Sawyer’s home to share a meal and fellowship time. Chat with Pastor Derek or Laura Sawyer if you have questions.

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  • Reformation Celebration!

    There is something wonderful for us to celebrate this month!  October 31st is the 500th anniversary of an event that many look to as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.  On that date—All Hallow’s Eve—in 1517, the German monk, priest, and theology professor nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the church door in Wittenburg, Germany, an event that sent the Church (the Roman Catholic Church) and much of Europe into decades of chaos.  It’s not clear if Luther actually nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the church door or if the paper was distributed amongst the university and others posted it on the door, but many scholars believe it was Luther.  
    These 95 theses were list of topics which Luther wished to engage in debate with others within the Church.  His meticulous study of scripture led him to believe that the church was mistaken in many of it’s practices, and Luther wished to challenge those teachings and reform the church from within.  As one might understand, the Church did not wish to undertake such reform at the time.  Those who followed the teachings of Luther became known at Protestants (because of their protests), and later formed into denominations such as as Lutherans, Anabaptists, and Presbyterians. 
    What came out of the Reformation (actually a number of reformations throughout Europe, rather than one solitary path) altered the history of the world.  Lutherans, Anabaptists, Presbyterians, and even the Anglican (Episcopal) church all were formed in the decades after 1517.  There are well over 500 million Protestant Christians in the world today, descendants in the faith from Martin Luther’s pivotal theological work.
    Luther’s work—along with others such as John Calvin and Huldrych Zwingli—led to many of the strong theological themes of Protestantism.  We are saved by grace alone, and not by our works.  We are both saint and sinner (simul justus et peccator, in the Latin), and the three-headed Latin theme: sola scriptura, sola fides, sola gratia (scripture alone, faith alone, grace alone)—those being the three claims upon which Christians base our faith in God.  Luther also preached an idea called the priesthood of all believers, meaning that we all can interact with God in ways that the Church thought were reserved only for priests.  Luther wanted everyone reading the Bible and thinking deeply about their faith in God, not just listening to a priest for all of the answers about faith.
    I invite each of you to join us at First Presbyterian Church on the evening of October 28th for movie night.  We will be watching the 2003 film Luther, starring Joseph Fiennes as Martin Luther.  This film tells a fairly accurate and very entertaining story of Martin Luther’s life and his role in the Protestant Reformation.  The film will show in Bruner Hall, at 6:30pm.  Join us!
    May the grace and peace of Jesus Christ be with you all.
    Pastor Derek
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