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Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Working in Pine Ridge South Dakota

In July 2019, 27 youth and adults from FPC traveled to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Pine Ridge, South Ridge South Dakota to work with Next Step Ministries.  They spent one week improving trailer homes on the Reservation, learning about the successes and struggles of this Native American community and growing their faith while working.  Following is an article from the…

Better Together by Rev. Glenn McDonald

Congregational leaders are currently wrestling with a question that no one alive has ever had to face: When the pandemic is finally behind us, will church attenders come back to church?  There are good reasons for believing that the New Normal will not look exactly like the Old Normal. Long before America was driven indoors by social distancing, mask-wearing, and Zoom meetings,…

The Greatest Spectacle in Life by Brian Wuerch

The Greatest Spectacle in Life I LOVE THE MONTH OF MAY!  Growing up in Indianapolis I looked forward each year to the Indianapolis 500 and all of the festivities surrounding the event.  One of my high school teachers, Mr. John Mackenzie, was an avid race fan and the “official keeper” of the Borg Warner Trophy.  We were fortunate enough to have the…

The Time is Now! by Brian Wuerch

The Time Is Now! Question:  What could be accomplished for the glory of Christ at FPC if EVERY person in our congregation were fully engaged?  What if we suddenly all moved from the comfort of the Sunday morning pew (or our home recliner) to a state of active participation in God’s call.  It’s time.  Don’t hesitate any longer.  No more excuses.  When…

The Cross, the Hat and the Rabbit by Jeff Nickloy

The Cross, the Hat and the Rabbit by Jeff Nickloy       Like other holidays, Easter has its own set of symbols which lend context to Christian perceptions of this holiday.   The cross, the Easter bonnet and the Easter Bunny lead the list for me.  But, I never thought much about them until recently. It turns out that the national sabbatical created by…

The Cat’s Tale by Jeff Nickloy

The Cat’s Tale             There was a cat that came to live with us shortly after my wife and I were married.  I knew Sandra was a cat-lover, so it wasn’t a total shock when I got a call from the local shelter informing me that a cat I knew nothing about was ready to be picked up.  We named him Bilbo…

A Biblical Perspective on Racism by Pastor David Layman

What do you think Jesus might say to us when it comes to the racial divide in America today? One thing is for sure; WE NEED TO READ WITH PERCEPTION WHAT THE BIBLE TELLS US! Christians should begin discussions of race relationships humbly.  The opening chapters of the Bible tell about how God created the world as a good and beautiful place.  …

Thoughts on Lent by David Layman

The season of‘ “Lent“ in the church year is so named, because it comes at the time of year when the sun  light begins to lengthen.  It marks 40 days before Easter, celebrating the resurrection of Christ.   As a teenager I heard many say “What are you going to “give up” for Lent?”  the Catholics at least in Milwaukee where we lived…

Pine Ridge Mission Trip July 2019

Saturday, July 20 Here We Go!  Twenty-Six excited, nervous, bright, ready to serve young and younger men and women left the FPC parking lot about 8:15pm Saturday evening for our 18 hour bus ride to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. We were surrounded by friends and family who, along with so many members of our congregation, have supported us over…

Did Jesus Really Rise From the Dead by David Layman

“Did Jesus really rise from the dead?” some ask.  I’ve heard skeptics question the resurrection since my college years.  Why I believe in Christ’s resurrection: If Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, evil would have won.  Paul wrote ‘I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received:  that Christ died for our sins in accordance to the scriptures, and…

A Great Banquet Testimony by Brad Hedrick

When I agreed to attend the Great Banquet in 2015, I came expecting very little impact on me.  I expected no change in me.  This was NOT because I felt my relationship with God was just right or that I was perfect.  On the contrary, I was fully aware of the heavy baggage I had been carrying for many years.   I had…