Building Use Policy

Building Use for FPC‐Sponsored Events

Facilities and equipment of First Presbyterian Church exist for the primary purpose of being used by its members through its organization and ministries. All FPC‐sponsored events (e.g. Youth and Christian Education events, Mission events, church music practices and performances, church dinners, church‐member socials, etc.) must be entered on the church calendar through the Administrative Secretary. A “contact person” must be designated to oversee the event and that person needs to have a kitchen orientation if the group will be using the Bruner Hall kitchen. There are no fees or damage deposits attached to FPC‐sponsored events.

Building Use for Non‐FPC‐Sponsored Events

We also openly welcome requests from members and outside groups to use the facilities for non‐FPC‐sponsored events. To be approved, individuals or groups must meet eligibility requirements. Any violations of these building use requirements will result in the group being asked to leave the building and/or the group will not be approved for any subsequent use.

Please download and review the Building Use Policy document if you are interested in using church facilities. A copy can also be obtained by calling the church office at 435-752-0871. If you are interested, please fill out the Request Form and return it to pamr [at] firstprelogan.org.

Building Use Policy Final May 2013

Facility Use Request Form (Blank) May 2013

  • The Season of Lent Is Upon Us

    March 1st is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the church season of Lent.  Easter Sunday is the holiest day for the Christian faith, but Christians have long known that if we don’t prepare our hearts for the joy and excitement of Easter Sunday, then we might dilute its significance.  Depending on your individual faith journey, Lent may or may not be something that you appreciate.  Some of you look forward to the season, and perhaps ‘give up’ some earthly pleasure as a reminder of Christ’s suffering on the cross.  

    The season of Lent brings about a tone of solemnity in worship, and in our lives.  Some of us might find it to be the most meaningful season of the year because we take the time to reconcile our lives with the difficulties that we face, and we imagine ourselves walking with Jesus through the darkest days of his life leading up to his crucifixion.  I usually associate Lent with the idea of thin places.  'Thin places' is an old Celtic belief that the veil between heaven and earth is so thin that you can feel the presence of heaven from earth.  Perhaps you recall me preaching about thin places a few years ago.  Thin places may be specific geographical locations in this world, significant periods in your life, or a sense of the presence of someone special in your life.  Perhaps the season of Lent will be a thin place for you this year; where you can experience a bit of heaven on earth because the veil between this world and the next is so thin.

    This year, our Ash Wednesday worship service will be held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, at 7pm.  Please join us; I will be preaching.  For many years now we have been partnering with Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and St. John’s Episcopal Church for ecumenical services on the high holy days of Lent.  On Ash Wednesday, we gather to begin this Lenten journey together with the imposition of the ashes upon our foreheads, with the stark reminder that from ashes we came, and to ashes we shall return.  This seemingly dark practice reminds us, however, that to God we belong, both in life and in death.

    Later, during Holy Week, we will again join with St. John’s and Prince of Peace for our Maundy Thursday worship service (at First Presbyterian on April 13th), and for Good Friday (the stations of the cross walk from FPC to St. John’s on April 14th), and an evening Good Friday service (at St. John’s).  I am so thankful that our three congregations can come together for these ecumenical services, reminding ourselves of the similarities we have in being followers of Jesus, rather than focusing on the differences of the world’s Christian denominations.

    You may notice the more solemn tone of worship during these weeks leading up to Palm Sunday and Easter.  It’s a chance for us to think about the significance of our own journeys with Jesus Christ, and just how much his life, death, and resurrection mean to us later.

    Grace and peace to you all this day,
    Pastor Derek

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