Posts by Anne Kenley

Always Choose Kindness by Theresa Wilson

Always Choose Kindness by Theresa Wilson Which people have been the kindest to you in life? I have been very fortunate to have many friends, members of my family and even strangers who have shown kindness to me over the years.  There are nice people but then some who truly show acts of kindness by doing things for others with a cheerful…

New Year’s Resolutions… God’s Way by Brian Wuerch

New Year’s Resolutions… God’s Way by Brian Wuerch I don’t do new year’s resolutions.  Too much pressure!  I know myself well enough to know that I won’t stick with them.  I do much better with long term goals.  Goals that can be broken down into little pieces and slowly, but surely be realized. It’s not cynicism, as suggested by one of my…

The Power of Prayer by Bill Jourdan

The Power of Prayer by Bill Jourdan Since I first was diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year, you may say that I was blown out of the saddle. It was a shocker, and Sue and I were beyond belief. This could not be happening to us! After the initial kick to the inner gut. I felt that I had very few…

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…