Posts by Anne Kenley (Page 4)

Meet Josie and Norman Chinkono and follow their journey…

I had the privilege of spending a recent afternoon getting to know Josie Chinkono.  Josie and Norman Chinkono are members of our congregation who left their home country of Malawi, Africa as young adults and came to the United States.    Josie spent the afternoon telling me part of their story which I’m going to share with you in multiple parts.  It’s a…

Believe Buzz — Week 10 — Eternity

Here’s the buzz from the small groups week 10: Our group discussed what it means to “trust in Jesus Christ”; that it is more than knowing He existed, but following His teachings and doing what He instructed us to do. That our “trusting” is a verb requiring action and that our reward for having that trust is eternal life with Him in…

Believe Buzz — Week 9 — Stewardship

Here’s the buzz from the small groups week 9: We discussed how being a steward for God means more than just writing a check, but using our time and talents as well. The idea that we are managers not owners created interesting views that related well to what we see happening in business these days. We considered how from the beginning of…

Believe Buzz — Week 8 — Compassion

Here’s the buzz from the small groups week 8: We considered the wonderful Biblical passages on “Compassion”, and reflected on examples of Christian compassion we have seen.  Notable among them is what we have seen in the lives of Ed and Judy Adams. Compassion – a chapter that was short and simple, but also very difficult. Our group strongly agreed with this…

Believe Buzz — Week 7 — Humanity

Here’s the buzz from the small groups week 7: Pastor Eric shared an illustration in last Sunday’s message on humanity.  The hospital he was born at in Richmond has been replaced about 10 years ago by a beautiful new structure a couple of miles to the north, on a spacious and marvelous campus.  The grounds are beautifully maintained, with ponds and fountains. …

OCC — Every Gift is an Opportunity

Since 1993 Operation Christmas Child has been providing shoe boxes full of gifts to children all over the world.  In this way, they provide access to the gospel of Jesus Christ even to the most remote communities. These shoe boxes are filled with toys, soap, washcloths, toothpaste, toothbrushes, school supplies, and many other surprises. Our church is filled with servants, generous folks…

Meet Bob Minton and Discover His Gift to FPC

Have you ever looked at the stained glass windows over the doors in the front of the sanctuary and wondered who made them?  Did you think they’ve been there since the church was built? Bob Minton, a 50 year member of FPC,  saw the need to fix the cracked glass over the doors and  thought he might be able to replace it…

Believe Buzz — Week 6 — The Church

Here’s the Believe buzz from the small groups week 6: In our reading this week from Acts 1:9-11, the risen Christ has just ascended into heaven.  The disciples were still gazing up to heaven when two dressed in white stood beside them and asked “Why do you stand here looking into the sky?  This same Jesus…will come back the same way you…

Believe Buzz — Week 5 — Identity in Christ

Here’s the Believe buzz from the small groups week 5: People may find their sense of identity from their job, the family they come from,  their home, the car they drive, the team they support (T shirts proclaiming “No. 1 IU (or Colts) fan”).  Inner city youth may find identity in the gang they belong  to, their gang’s symbol spray painted on…

Believe Buzz — Week 4 — The Bible

Here’s the Believe buzz from the small groups week 4: Great discussion (as usual) this week!  We reflected on the idea that while we don’t have the physical signs and voice of God that Moses had through the burning bush, we do have the very Word of God in the form of the Bible.  Like Moses, we treat the Bible with reverence. …

Pastor Eric/FPC is awarded Clergy Renewal Grant

September 8, 2016 Dear FPC Family, Recently, First Presbyterian Church received word that the church has been awarded a grant of $50,000.00 through Christian Theological Seminary and funded by the Lilly Endowment. The purpose of the Grant, as described by the Grantor is “…to enable the Grantee to participate in the ‘Clergy Renewal Program,’ a program designed to strengthen Christian Congregations by…

First Fruits by Steve Younce

Every Sunday we hear these words; “Now we honor God with the giving of our Tithes and Offerings.” The ushers pass the plate and everyone in the congregation has their opportunity to tithe and to offer to God that which He’s given to us already.  The few times when the sermon topic is Tithes and Offerings, it makes some of us uncomfortable.…

Believe Buzz — Week 3 — Salvation

Here’s the Believe buzz from the small groups week three: Randy Frazee tells of bringing his seriously ill mother to see a Cleveland Clinic physician.  Not having grown up in a religious home, Randy as a teenager knew his mother had prayed with a pastor to accept Jesus as her saviour.  But not having become very involved in a church since that…