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“Come With Me” by Judy Bunch

I have been asked  to share my experience in writing my book about my father, Ronald J. Linginfelter, and his experiences in WW II.  I  wanted to write this book for years, and finally got to it about five years ago.  Dad was inducted into the Army in December of 1942 and was separated from the Army in October of 1945.  The writing…

Believe Buzz — Week 14 — Single-Mindedness

Here’s the buzz from the small groups week 14: Our small group discussion covered a wide range of areas where we often find it difficult to keep God foremost in our thoughts.  Those areas include work, where we often find it difficult because of restrictions on discussing religion and fears of having our viewpoints alienate others.  Another area was the discussion of…

Believe Buzz Week 13 — Bible Study

Here’s the buzz from the small groups PLUS a couple of special contributions: Brad Hedrick spoke in church and shared this: I grew up in a home environment where the Bible was never discussed – let alone read – by anyone.  As most youngsters at that time, I did go to a church, and attended Sunday school. At age 9, I “graduated”,…

Does God Answer Prayer? by Bob Moore

Does God Answer Prayer? We recently read the chapter of the Believe series that deals with prayer. Pastor Eric did his sermon on prayer and the small groups discussed it in their meetings. I am a firm believer that God does answer prayers and have several stories that affirm this in my life. Let me share this one with you. About 3…

Believe Buzz — Week 12 — Prayer

Here’s the buzz from the small groups week 12: Our discussion of Chapter 12,  “Prayer”, totally involved every group member.  Everyone had lots to contribute, and questions to ask, about prayer.  We determined that the most difficult aspect was in remembering that it is His will, not our will.  As we closed, we charged one another to pray daily and often for…

FPC’s Prayer Blanket Ministry by Ed Adams

FPC’s Prayer Blanket Ministry The FPC Prayer Blanket Ministry began when Judy and I  attended a “Prayer Blanket Sunday” at Judy’s sister’s church in the summer of 2004.   We were so impressed with their blanket ministry that we approached the FPC deacons and our congregation and the prayer blanket ministry was born! In November of 2004 the first blanket was passed around…

Believe Buzz — Week 11 — Worship

Here’s the buzz from the small groups week 11: Our group had quite a bit of discussion about the key idea, “I worship God for who He is and what He has done for me.”  We believe that perhaps the wording “as well as what He has done for others” should be added to that idea.  We pray for others, individually and…

A Boyhood Story About Grace by David Layman

My parents wrote me a letter when I was attending a 1992 Emmaus Walk (a spiritual renewal experience almost identical to “The Great Banquet”.)  My father began “As we go back in memory to your beginning we want to remind you that you were the one child we almost did not have.  Your mother got to bleeding and had to spend about…

Meet Lt. Colonel John Brill – One of Our Many Veterans

In honor of Veteran’s Day, I’ve chosen to use part of an article on John Brill, one of our many veterans and member of FPC.  This was excerpted from Noblesville Magazine November 2015 and written by Kara Reibel. “You know you’re getting old when planes you’ve flown are in the USAF museum at Wright Patt, ” says Korean and Cold War fighter…

One Place I Can Turn

I don’t have all the answers, but I used to think that I did, or at least I thought that I could figure it out on my own if I just read the right articles, talked to the right people or embraced the right behaviors. Thought leaders, best-selling writers and psychologists who offered up ways to achieve happiness, success and fulfillment were…

Josie and Norman Chinkono – Part 2: New Life in America

If you haven’t read Part 1 of Josie and Norman Chinkono’s story, click here to read it. We left Josie and Norman as they met and married and prepared to travel to the United States to continue their education. Norman graduated from college in Malawi with a degree in engineering and mechanics.  After graduation, he couldn’t find a job in his field…

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…