1-22-2016 Scripture

January 20th, 2017

1-22-2017 Scripture PRAYER OF THE DAY Lord God, Your loving kindness always goes before us and follows after us. Summon us into your light, and direct our steps in the ways of goodness that come through the cross of your … Continue reading

1-15-2017 Sermon Video

January 15th, 2017

First Presbyterian Church 1/15/2017 Rev. Dr. Gene Sipprell www.fpcbelleplaine.org

1-15-2017 Scripture

January 15th, 2017

1-15-2017 Scripture Isaiah 49:1-7 1 Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the Lord called me; from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name. 2 He made my mouth like a sharpened … Continue reading

1-8-2017 Sermon Video

January 9th, 2017

First Presbyterian Church 1/8/2017 Rev. Bob Lundberg www.fpcbelleplaine.org

1-8-2017 Scripture

January 9th, 2017

Isaiah 42:1-9 1 “Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations. 2 He will not shout or cry out, … Continue reading

January 2017

January 4th, 2017

January 2017 WELCOME Pastoral Search update for January We are moving ahead with plans to hire Pastor Diane Goulson from Redeemer Lutheran as a ¼ time Stated Supply for FPC. She has been approved by the Presbytery’s Committee On Ministry, … Continue reading

1-1-2017 Sermon Video

January 4th, 2017

First Presbyterian Church 1/1/2017 Rev. Bob Lundberg www.fpcbelleplaine.org

1-1-2017 Scripture

December 30th, 2016

1-1-2017 Scripture Isaiah 63:7-9 (NIV) Praise and Prayer 7 I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the Lord has done for us – yes, the many … Continue reading

12-24-2016 Sermon Video

December 26th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 12/24/2016 Rev. Anna Kendig www.fpcbelleplaine.org

12-18-2016 Sermon Video

December 26th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 12/18/2016 Rev. Dr. Gene Sipprell www.fpcbelleplaine.org

12-18-2016 Scripture

December 19th, 2016

12-18-2016 scripture Isaiah 7:10-16 (NRSV)    10  Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz,    11  “Ask the Lord your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.”    12  But Ahaz said, … Continue reading

12-11-2016 Sermon Video

December 11th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 12/11/2016 Rev. Dr. Gene Sipprell www.fpcbelleplaine.org

December 2016

December 6th, 2016

  *************************************************************   FIRST   PRESBYTERIAN   CHURCH   NEWS   Our Mission Statement: Welcome, Learn, Serve We welcome persons to faith in Jesus Christ; Learning together to live that faith in the real world; Serving God Together.   PRACTICING   FAITHFULNESS   IN   ALL   … Continue reading

12-4-2016 Sermon Video

December 6th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 12/04/2016 Pastor Ken Ribe www.fpcbelleplaine.org

12-4-2016 Scripture

December 2nd, 2016

12-4-2016 scripture Isaiah 11:1-10 (NRSV) The Peaceful Kingdom 1  A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. 2  The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit … Continue reading

11-27-2016 Sermon Video

November 28th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 11/27/2016 Rev. Anna Kendig www.fpcbelleplaine.org

11-27-2016 Scripture

November 26th, 2016

11-27-2016 scripture Isaiah 2:1-5 (NRSV) 1 The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw was concerning Judah and Jerusalem. 2 In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and … Continue reading

Cookie Walk

November 21st, 2016

Holidays are always hectic. Let us make your holiday entertaining easier! COOKIE WALK First Presbyterian Church 219 West Main Street Belle Plaine December 3, 2016 10 am to 12 Noon $7.50 per pound Come by and fill a box with … Continue reading

11-20-2016 Sermon Video

November 21st, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 11/20/2016 Kelley Jepsen www.fpcbelleplaine.org

11-20-2016 Scripture

November 21st, 2016

11-20-2016 scripture   Psalm 46   1  God is our refuge and strength, an ever – present help in trouble. 2  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the … Continue reading

11-13-2016 Scripture

November 13th, 2016

11-13-2016 scripture John 4:1-39 Jesus Talks With a Samaritan Woman 1 Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but … Continue reading

11-13-2016 Sermon Video

November 13th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 11/13/2016 Stephanie Friant www.fpcbelleplaine.org

11-6-2016 Sermon Video

November 6th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 11/6/2016 Rev. Jim Brasel www.fpcbelleplaine.org

11-6-2016 Scripture

November 4th, 2016

11-6-2016 scripture Genesis 1: 24-26 & Genesis 2: 4b-9, 18-23    24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds:  the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, … Continue reading

November 2016

November 1st, 2016

NOVEMBER 2016 WELCOME Update on our Pastor search – from the pastor nominating committee: Pastoral Search update for November: To date, we received 3 inquiries. One of the candidates has decided to retire from preaching and has withdrawn his application. … Continue reading

Operation Christmas Child 2016

October 31st, 2016

A few pictures from Operation Christmas Child 2016, including a few from our Halloween Sloppy Joe dinner. Operation Christmas Child Recap A big thanks to everyone that helped with Operation Christmas Child this year. We delivered a total of 392 … Continue reading

10-30-2016 Sermon Video

October 30th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 10/30/2016 Angelie Ryah www.fpcbelleplaine.org

10-30-2016 Scripture

October 30th, 2016

Luke 19:1-10The Voice  Jesus enters Jericho and seems only to be passing through. 2 Living in Jericho is a man named Zaccheus. He’s the head tax collector and is very rich. 3 He is also very short. He wants to … Continue reading

10-23-2016 Sermon Video

October 23rd, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 10/23/2016 Stephanie Friant www.fpcbelleplaine.org

10-23-2016 Scripture

October 21st, 2016

10-23-2016  scripture Psalm 73:21-26    21  When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered,    22  I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.    23  Yet I am always with you; you … Continue reading

2016 Operation Christmas Child

October 16th, 2016

10-16-2016 Sermon Video

October 16th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 10/16/2016 Stephanie Friant www.fpcbelleplaine.org

10-16-2016 Scripture

October 14th, 2016

10-16-2016  scripture Psalm 66  (NIV)      1  Shout for joy to God, all the earth!    2  Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious.    3  Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!  So … Continue reading

10-9-2016 Scripture

October 10th, 2016

10-9-2016 scripture Psalm 111  (NRSV) Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all … Continue reading

10-9-2016 Sermon Video

October 9th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 10/9/2016 Kelley Jepsen www.fpcbelleplaine.org

10-2-2016 Sermon Video

October 2nd, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 10/2/2016 Rev. Jim Brasel www.fpcbelleplaine.org

10-2-2016 Scripture

September 30th, 2016

10-2-2016 scripture Mark 1:14-20 (NRSV) The Beginning of the Galilean Ministry    14  Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God,    15  and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the … Continue reading

October 2016

September 30th, 2016

OCTOBER 2016 WELCOME Update on our Pastor search – from the pastor nominating committee: Pastoral Search update for October: To date, we received 3 inquiries. One of the candidates withdrew his application due to commitments at his current church. Stephanie … Continue reading

9-25-2016 Sermon Video

September 25th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 9/25/2016 Stephanie Friant www.fpcbelleplaine.org

9-25-2016 Scripture

September 25th, 2016

9-25-2016 scripture Judges 4  (Good News Translation)        1  After Ehud dies, the people of Israel sinned against the Lord again.        2  So the Lord let them be conquered by Jabin, a Canaanite king who ruled in … Continue reading

9-18-2016 Sermon Video

September 18th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 9/18/2016 Stephanie Friant www.fpcbelleplaine.org

9-18-2016 Scripture

September 18th, 2016

9-18-2016 scripture Psalm 79:1-9 1 O God, the nations have invaded your inheritance; they have defiled your holy temple, they have reduced Jerusalem to rubble. 2 They have left the dead bodies of your servants as food for the birds … Continue reading

9-11-2016 Sermon Video

September 15th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 9/11/2016 Stephanie Friant www.fpcbelleplaine.org

9-11-2016 Scripture

September 9th, 2016

9-11-2016 scripture Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 11 At that time this people and Jerusalem will be told, “A scorching wind from the barren heights in the desert blows toward my people, but not to winnow or cleanse; 12 a wind too … Continue reading

9-4-2016 Scripture

September 6th, 2016

9-4-2016 scripture Galatians 5:1-25 1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. 2 Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become … Continue reading

9-4-2016 Sermon Video

September 4th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 9/4/2016 Rev Jeff Japinga www.fpcbelleplaine.org

Garage Sale

August 31st, 2016

On September 9-10th and 16-17th First Presbyterian Church will be having a garage sale as a fund raiser for the church. A featured item in those sales is a collection of over 25 1960s – 1980s dolls from a former … Continue reading

September 2016

August 31st, 2016

SEPTEMBER 2016 WELCOME Update on our Pastor search – from the pastor nominating committee: Pastoral Search update for September: To date, we received 3 inquiries. One of the candidates withdrew his application due to commitments at his current church. Stephanie … Continue reading

8-28-2016 Sermon Video

August 28th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 8/28/2016 Stephanie Friant www.fpcbelleplaine.org

8-28-2016 Scripture

August 26th, 2016

8-28-2016 scripture Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 1 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. 2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. 3 Continue … Continue reading

Operation Christmas Child Update

August 26th, 2016

It’s official that OCC collection week will be November 14-21. We are planning to pack boxes for the 5 Sundays leading up to collection week. Please mark your calendars and make plans to join us for one, some or all … Continue reading

8-21-2016 Sermon Video

August 21st, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 8/21/2016 Steven Boots www.fpcbelleplaine.org

8-21-2016 Scripture

August 19th, 2016

8-21-2016 scripture Colossians 3:1-11 1 So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on … Continue reading

8-14-2016 Sermon Video

August 14th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 8/14/2016 Stephanie Friant www.fpcbelleplaine.org

8-14-2016 Scripture

August 13th, 2016

8-14-2016 scripture Hebrews 11:29-12:2 29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned. 30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army … Continue reading

8-7-2016 Sermon Video

August 8th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 8/7/2016 Rev. Dr. Gene Sipprell www.fpcbelleplaine.org

7-31-2016 Sermon Video

August 8th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 7/31/2016 Anna Kendig www.fpcbelleplaine.org

8-7-2016 Scripture (God’s Covenant with Abram)

August 5th, 2016

8-7-2016 scripture Genesis 15:1-6 God’s Covenant with Abram 1 After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am you shield; your reward shall be very great.” 2 But … Continue reading

August 2016

August 1st, 2016

AUGUST 2016 WELCOME Pastor Don Genereux retired from the ministry and serving our congregation the end of June. His last day of service with us was on Sunday, June 26th. Until we find a replacement for him, we will be … Continue reading

7-31-2016 Scripture (The Multitude From Every Nation)

August 1st, 2016

7-31-16 scripture Revelation 7:9-17 The Multitude From Every Nation 9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no man could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before … Continue reading

7-17-2016 Sermon Video

July 17th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 7/17/2016 Rev. David Maghakian www.fpcbelleplaine.org

7-17-2016 Scripture

July 15th, 2016

7-17-16 scripture Luke 10:38-42 38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the … Continue reading

7-10-2016 Scripture

July 8th, 2016

7-10-16 scripture Amos 7:7-17 7 This is what he showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb,[a] with a plumb line[b] in his hand. 8 And theLORD asked me, “What do you … Continue reading

7-3-2016 Sermon Video

July 3rd, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 7/3/2016 Rev. Bob Lundberg www.fpcbelleplaine.org

6-26-2016 Sermon Video (Good Bye)

July 2nd, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 6/26/2016 Rev. Don Genereux Good Bye www.fpcbelleplaine.org

July 2016

July 1st, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 219 West Main Street Belle Plaine, Mn. 5601 Phone (952) 873-2966 Email: fpcbelleplaine@frontiernet.net Church website: http://www.fpcbelleplaine.org/ CHURCH OFFICE HORUS: Wednesday: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm Thursday and Friday: 8:30 am – 11:30 am July 2016 WELCOME Pastor … Continue reading

6-26-2016 Scripture

July 1st, 2016

6-26-16 scripture 2 Kings 2:1-14 Elijah Taken Up to Heaven 1 When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. 2 Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay … Continue reading

6-26-2016 Sermon Notes (Good Bye)

July 1st, 2016

6-26-16 sermon notes “Good bye” 1 Thessalonians 1: 2 We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 3 We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted … Continue reading

6-19-2016 Sermon Notes (Where is God in the massacres?)

June 23rd, 2016

6-19-16 sermon notes “Where is God in the massacres?” I have been struggling, praying and meditating on the passages today of where was God during this past week and seeing repeated scenes on the news reports of the massacre of … Continue reading

6-19-2016 Scripture

June 23rd, 2016

6-19-16 scripture 1 Kings 19:11-12 God is in the gentle whisper 11 The Lord said to Elijah, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a … Continue reading

6-19-2016 Sermon Video

June 19th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 6/19/2016 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

6-12-2016 Scripture

June 16th, 2016

6-12-16 scripture Psalm 5:1-8 1 Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament. 2 Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. 3 In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the … Continue reading

6-12-2016 Sermon Notes (Not Mary Magdalene)

June 16th, 2016

6-12-16 Sermon notes “Not Mary Magdalene” In context: Luke 7 has the stories about: the faith of the centurion and healing his servant; raising a widow’s son from the dead; John the Baptist’s disciples asking Jesus if he was the … Continue reading

6-12-2016 Sermon Video

June 12th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 6/12/2016 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

6-5-2016 Sermon Notes

June 8th, 2016

6-5-16 Sermon notes: 1 Kings 17:8-24 The Miracle of the jar of flour and the jug of oil   I want to focus on the Old Testament Passage this morning, the Miracle of the jar of flour and the jug … Continue reading

6-5-2016 Scripture (Third Sunday after Pentecost Service of the Lord’s Supper)

June 8th, 2016

6-5-16 Third Sunday after Pentecost Service of the Lord’s Supper   1 Kings 17:8-24 The Miracle of the jar of flour and the jug of oil   8 Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: 9 “Go at … Continue reading

6-5-2016 Sermon Video

June 5th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 6/5/2016 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

5-29-2016 Sermon notes

June 4th, 2016

5-29-16 sermon notes Happy Memorial Day Weekend. Tomorrow is the Memorial Day Observance at Veterans Park at 11 am. Please pray for our veterans and remember those who have died for us. This is a sacred occasion because so many … Continue reading

5-29-2016 Scripture

June 4th, 2016

5-29-16 Scripture Psalm 96 1 Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. 3 Declare his glory among the nations, … Continue reading

Survey

May 29th, 2016

We’re asking for your help in identifying what our greatest strengths are as well as our opportunities for improvement. Please take a few minutes (actually about 15) to complete an online survey for us. Use the following link to access … Continue reading

Prayer Request

May 29th, 2016

As part of our involvement with Ministries in a Changing World, we have been asked to pray for First Presbyterian Church of Howard Lake and First Presbyterian Church in Plymouth. FPC Howard Lake is similar to our church – founded … Continue reading

5-29-2016 Sermon Video

May 29th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 5/29/2016 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

June 2016

May 27th, 2016

June 2016 WELCOME Last notes from Pastor Don. To the congregation that is “Small but Mighty” that is the “Church that won’t die” I want to say goodbye and I love you. Au revoir, Ciao, Sayonara, Auf wiedersehen, Farewell . … Continue reading

5-22-2016 Scripture

May 27th, 2016

May 22, Trinity Sunday Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 Wisdom’s Call 1 Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? 2 At the highest point along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand; 3 beside the … Continue reading

5-22-2016 Sermon Video

May 22nd, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 5/22/2016 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

5-15-2016 Sermon Notes (Pentecost)

May 19th, 2016

5-15-16 “Pentecost” Acts 2:1-21   Today is Pentecost Sunday. Pentecost Sunday is when we celebrate the birth of the Church as recorded in our reading this morning from the Acts of the Apostles. It should really be called “Acts of … Continue reading

5-15-2016 Scripture (Day of Pentecost)

May 19th, 2016

May 15 Day of Pentecost   Psalm 104:24-34, 35b 24 How many are your works, Lord!     In wisdom you made them all;     the earth is full of your creatures. 25 There is the sea, vast and spacious,     teeming with creatures … Continue reading

5-15-2016 Sermon Video

May 15th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 5/15/2016 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

5-8-2016 Sermon Notes (Jesus’ Prayer for Unity)

May 11th, 2016

5-8-16 Sermon notes “Jesus’ Prayer for Unity”   Happy Mother’s Day. This is the first year that the opening of walleye fishing does not conflict with Mother’s Day. It’s a fluke of the calendar.   Since today is Mother’s Day, … Continue reading

5-8-2016 Scripture (Seventh Sunday of Easter – Mother’s Day)

May 11th, 2016

May 8, Seventh Sunday of Easter (Mother’s Day)   Acts 16:16-34 Paul and Silas in Prison 16 Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which … Continue reading

5-8-2016 Sermon Video

May 8th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 5/8/2016 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

5-1-2016 Sermon Notes (God dwells with us)

May 6th, 2016

“My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” (verse 23).   In my Thursday morning Men’s Bible Study we are trying to take 5 minutes a day to just be silent, … Continue reading

5-1-2016 Scripture (Sixth Sunday of Easter)

May 6th, 2016

Acts 16:9-15 9 During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave … Continue reading

5-1-2016 Sermon Video

May 1st, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 5/1/2016 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

2016 Renovation

April 24th, 2016

Here are a few pictures of the progress as we give a facelift to our fellowship hall. A big thanks to Tom (you know who you are) for keeping the project moving as well as Wayne Schmidt and his crew … Continue reading

4-24-2016 Sermon Video

April 24th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 4/24/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

4-17-2016 Scripture (Fourth Sunday of Easter)

April 20th, 2016

4-17-16 scripture, Fourth Sunday of Easter Acts 9:36-43 Peter raises Tabitha from the dead. 36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. 37 About … Continue reading

4-17-2016 Sermon Notes (Hearing God’s Voice)

April 20th, 2016

4-17-16 sermon Hearing God’s Voice I lost my cell phone on Thursday. Looked through the car, my coat pockets, on my desk, in my pants pockets, on the dresser, on the mantel, and in the junk dish that I put … Continue reading

4-17-2016 Sermon Video

April 17th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 4/17/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

4-10-2016 Sermon Notes (Reinstated)

April 13th, 2016

4-10-16 Sermon notes, “Reinstated” Good to see you all. I am glad to be back, except I could do without the snow and cold. I really want to thank Pastor David and all of you for the wonderful job you … Continue reading

4-10-2016 Scripture

April 13th, 2016

April 10, 2016 Third Sunday of Easter Acts 9:1-20 Saul’s Conversion 1 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in … Continue reading

4-10-2016 Sermon Video

April 10th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 4/10/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

April 2016

April 6th, 2016

April 2016 WELCOME Greetings from Pastor Don Pastor Don is on Medical Leave. He left for Florida with his wife, Sue on December 29th and will be returning to have services on Sunday, April 10, 2016. During his absence, Pastor … Continue reading

4-3-2016 Sermon Video

April 3rd, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 4/3/2016 Rev. David Maghakian www.fpcbelleplaine.org

3-27-2016 Easter Sunday Sermon Video

March 27th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church Easter Sunday (3/27/2016) Rev. David Maghakian www.fpcbelleplaine.org

Congratulations

March 20th, 2016

A belated congratulation to Jason, Tara and Liv on the arrival of Leyton Douglas Swain.

3-20-2016 Sermon Video

March 20th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 3/20/2016 Rev. David Maghakian www.fpcbelleplaine.org

Operation Christmas Child

March 13th, 2016

Don’t forget to keep your eyes open for great deals on items for Operation Christmas Child. Retailers often discount seasonal products as the seasons change, so take advantage of the deals that you encounter. And remember to hang on to … Continue reading

Holy Week Schedule

March 13th, 2016

Sunday, March 20 Palm Sunday Thursday, March 24, Maundy Thursday 5:00 pm Worship Service with Lord’s Supper Good Friday, March 25 Sunday, March 27, EASTER SUNDAY! 9:00 am Worship Service with Lord’s Supper

3-13-2016 Sermon Video

March 13th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 3/13/2016 Rev. David Maghakian www.fpcbelleplaine.org

3-6-2016 Sermon Video

March 6th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 3/6/2016 Rev. David Maghakian www.fpcbelleplaine.org

March 2016

February 26th, 2016

March 2016 WELCOME Greetings from Pastor Don Pastor Don is on Medical Leave. He left for Florida with his wife, Sue on December 29th and will be returning to have services on Sunday, April 10, 2016. During his absence, Pastor … Continue reading

No Labels – Only Love

February 24th, 2016

2-21-2016 Sermon Video

February 21st, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 2/21/2016 Rev. David Maghakian www.fpcbelleplaine.org

Ham Cards

February 21st, 2016

Ham Cards at Coborn’s Coborn’s has ham cards available through the Lenten season. As you purchase your groceries at Coborn’s you receive a point for each $10. If you cannot complete and/or use your card, we can combine uncompleted cards … Continue reading

Families moving forward

February 14th, 2016

Families moving forward will be hosted beginning the week of February 28th, by the West Union Church. We are looking for volunteers from First Presbyterian to help with hosting the families. There are several types of volunteer positions available during … Continue reading

2-14-2016 Sermon Video

February 14th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 2/14/2016 Rev. David Maghakian www.fpcbelleplaine.org

No Labels

February 8th, 2016

February 2016

January 31st, 2016

February 2016 WELCOME Greetings from Pastor Don As you are probably aware – Pastor Don is on Medical Leave. He left for Florida with his wife, Sue on December 29th and will be returning to have services on Sunday, April … Continue reading

Meals on Wheels

January 31st, 2016

FPC – Serves Meals On Wheels – Monday-Friday, February 1-5

1-31-2016 Sermon Video

January 31st, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 1/31/2016 Rev. David Maghakian www.fpcbelleplaine.org

1-24-2016 Sermon Video

January 24th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 1/24/2016 Rev. David Maghakian www.fpcbelleplaine.org

January 2016

January 11th, 2016

January 2016 WELCOME Greetings from Pastor Don As you are probably aware – Pastor Don is now on Medical Leave. He left for Florida with his wife, Sue on December 29th and will be returning to have services on Sunday, … Continue reading

1-10-2016 Sermon Video

January 10th, 2016

First Presbyterian Church 1/10/2016 Rev. David Maghakian www.fpcbelleplaine.org

01-03-2016 Scripture (2nd Sunday after Christmas Day)

January 6th, 2016

January 3 (2nd Sunday After Christmas Day) Service of the Lord’s Supper Jeremiah 31:7-14 I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow 7 This is what the Lord says: “Sing with … Continue reading

12-27-2015 Sermon Video

December 27th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 12/27/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

12/24/2015 Christmas Eve Sermon Video

December 24th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve (12/24/2015) Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

12-27-2015 Scripture

December 20th, 2015

December 27, 2009 (First Sunday after Christmas Day) 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26 Samuel’s youth 18 But Samuel was ministering before the LORD— a boy wearing a linen ephod. 19 Each year his mother made him a little robe and took … Continue reading

12-24-2015 Scripture

December 20th, 2015

12-24-15 scripture Isaiah 9:2, 6-7 To us a child is born. 2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. 6 For to us a … Continue reading

12-20-2015 Scripture

December 20th, 2015

12-20-15 Scripture Micah 5:2-5a The Savior will come from Bethlehem 2 “But you, Bethlehem Eph-rath-ah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins … Continue reading

Shoe Away Hunger

December 20th, 2015

Belle Plaine Food Shelf has an ongoing project called “Shoe Away Hunger”. They are collecting shoes that are in good shape. They will collect for a period of time and then sell them for 5.00/pair (probably in the spring). All … Continue reading

12-13-2015 Sermon Notes

December 20th, 2015

12-13-15 sermon notes Thank you for all of your prayers and support while I have been recuperating under the care of Dr. Sue. She has cracked the whip, and she has enjoyed it. She has told me that since I … Continue reading

12-13-2015 Scripture

December 20th, 2015

12-13-15 Scripture Zephaniah 3:14-20 The Lord your God will be with you. 14 Sing, Daughter Zion; shout aloud, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem! 15 The LORD has taken away your punishment, he has turned … Continue reading

12-20-2015 Sermon Video

December 20th, 2015

Share with your friends or tag someone that couldn’t make it today. First Presbyterian Church 12/20/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

Prayers for Pastor Don

December 13th, 2015

Prayers for Pastor Don Health update from 12/13/2015 Pastor Don will be undergoing an experimental treatment in January 2016 to hopefully help his lungs heal. Please keep him in your prayers and plan on joining our prayer circle on Saturday … Continue reading

12-13-2015 Sermon Video

December 13th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 12/13/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

12-6-2015 Sermon Video

December 13th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 12/6/2015 Pastor David www.fpcbelleplaine.org

12-6-2015 Scripture (God’s Messenger to prepare the way)

December 11th, 2015

12-6-15 Scripture Malachi 3:1-4 God’s Messenger to prepare the way. 1 “I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, … Continue reading

11-29-2015 Scripture

December 4th, 2015

11-29-15 Scripture Jeremiah 33:14-16 14 “‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah. 15 “‘In those days and at that time I will make a … Continue reading

December 2015

November 29th, 2015

December 2015 WELCOME Greetings from Pastor Don What Is Advent? For many Christians unfamiliar with the liturgical year, there may be some confusion surrounding the meaning of the Advent season. Some people may know that the Advent season focuses on … Continue reading

11-29-2015 Sermon Video

November 29th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 11/29/2015 Rev. Sara Hein www.fpcbelleplaine.org

11-22-2015 Sermon Notes

November 23rd, 2015

11-22-15 sermon “Thy Kingdom Come.” I am having a tough time reading newspapers or watching the news on TV with all the violence: ISIS attacks in Paris, Mali hotel, Ankara Turkey, Nigeria, and the protests on Plymouth Ave at the … Continue reading

11-22-2015 Scripture

November 23rd, 2015

November 22, 2015 – Christ the King 2 Samuel 23:1-7 David’s Last Words 23 These are the last words of David: “The inspired utterance of David son of Jesse, the utterance of the man exalted by the Most High, the … Continue reading

11-15-2015 Sermon Notes

November 22nd, 2015

11-15-15 sermon notes I’m not a big advocate of “The good old days,” but there are times like now that I wish things were more peaceful, quieter. There are times when I long for the days where we always left … Continue reading

11-15-2015 Scripture

November 22nd, 2015

11-15-15 Scripture 1 Samuel 1:4-20 4 Whenever the day came for El-ka-nah to sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to his wife Pen-in-nah and to all her sons and daughters. 5 But to Hannah he gave a double … Continue reading

Sermon Video from 11-22-2015

November 22nd, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 11/22/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

Cookie Walk 2015

November 22nd, 2015

Operation Christmas Child 2015

November 18th, 2015

A big thanks to everyone that helped with Operation Christmas Child this year. We delivered a total of 369 boxes to the Operation Christmas Child drop off location. It was a wonderful surprise to the volunteers helping us unload the … Continue reading

Sermon Video from 11/15/2015

November 16th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 11/15/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

11-8-2015 Sermon Video

November 8th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 11/8/2015 Rev. Sara Hein www.fpcbelleplaine.org

11-1-2015 Sermon Video

November 1st, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 11/1/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

November 2015

October 29th, 2015

NOVEMBER 2015 WELCOME Greetings from Pastor Don An observation by George Carlin: George Carlin’s wife died early in 2008 and George followed her, dying in July 2008. It is ironic George Carlin – comedian of the 70’s and 80’s – … Continue reading

10-25-2015 Scripture (30th Sunday in Ordinary time)

October 28th, 2015

October 25, 2015, 30th Sunday in Ordinary time Job 42:1-6, 10-13; 15-17 1 Then Job replied to the Lord: 2 “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted. 3 You asked, ‘Who is … Continue reading

10-25-2015 Sermon Notes (Jesus Stopped)

October 28th, 2015

10-25-15 sermon notes “Jesus stopped.” Jesus stopped many times during his ministry. He stopped many times and went to the wilderness or to a place of solitude to pray. He had his disciples stop and go away with him to … Continue reading

10-25-2015 Sermon Video

October 25th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 10/25/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.com

10-18-2015 Sermon Notes (Hokey Pokey)

October 21st, 2015

10-18-15 sermon notes “Hokey Pokey” The question for today for each of us is, “Do you hokey pokey for Jesus?” Because my background is education I have spoken often about all the things I really needed for life I learned … Continue reading

10-18-2015 Scripture (29th Sunday in Ordinary time)

October 21st, 2015

October 18, 29th Sunday in Ordinary time Job 38:1-7; 34-41 The Lord Speaks 1 Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said: 2 “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? 3 Prepare … Continue reading

10-18-2015 Sermon Video

October 18th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 10/18/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.com

Operation Christmas Child 2015

October 18th, 2015

We had a great time today visiting with our friends from the Presbytery, visitors from out of town as well as all the congregation members that stayed to pack boxes for Operation Christmas Child. A special thanks goes out to … Continue reading

10-4-2015 Sermon Notes (World Communion Sunday)

October 11th, 2015

10-4-15 sermon notes, World Communion Sunday. Before I get into my sermon, I feel compelled to talk about current events. Thursday’s shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon nine people were killed. This is happening too often. So far in … Continue reading

10-4-2015 Scripture (27th Sunday in Ordinary time)

October 11th, 2015

October 4, 27th Sunday in Ordinary time Job 1:1, 2:1-10 1 In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. 2:1 On another day … Continue reading

10-11-2015 Sermon Video

October 11th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 10/11/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.com

10-4-2015 Sermon Video

October 5th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 10/4/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.com

October 2015

October 2nd, 2015

OCTOBER 2015 WELCOME Greetings from Pastor Don We have had a busy few weeks. The State Fair ended and all students are back in school. The Renaissance Festival is in full swing. The Pope spent six days in the US … Continue reading

9-27-2015 Sermon Video

September 28th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 9/27/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.com

Cookie Walk

September 28th, 2015

Cookie Walk – Now that fall is fast approaching, we are planning our 4th Annual Cookie Walk. This year, the event will be held on Saturday, November 21st from 10:00 am until 12:00 noon. Please, mark your calendars and start … Continue reading

Sloppy Joe Halloween Event

September 28th, 2015

FPC Sloppy Joe Halloween event will be held on Friday, October 30 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm following and evening of ghosts and goblins trick and treating… Watch for a Signup sheet in early October for food items (hamburger, chips/buns, … Continue reading

Operation Christmas Child

September 28th, 2015

Operation Christmas Child is just around the corner. We currently have supplies for around 400 boxes. It’s time to bring in boxes to be wrapped or take home boxes to wrap so that we can get a head start on … Continue reading

9-20-2015 Sermon Notes

September 28th, 2015

9-20-15 sermon notes Part of my preparation for Sunday’s is to read and re-read the scripture passages for today’s service. All of the passages today are chocked full of messages that we should meditate on and live by. Proverbs: the … Continue reading

9-20-2015 Scripture (25th Sunday in Ordinary time)

September 28th, 2015

9-20-15 25th Sunday in Ordinary time Proverbs 31:10-12, 20, 25-31 The Wife of Noble Character 10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. 11 Her husband has full confidence in her and … Continue reading

9-20-2015 Sermon Video

September 20th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 9/20/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.com

9-13-2015 Sermon Notes (Who is this Jesus?)

September 15th, 2015

9-13-15 sermon notes “Who is this Jesus?” Jesus stopped their journey toward Jerusalem to pray like he usually did, and to ask Peter and the rest of the disciples a very important question. Jesus asked them, “Who do you say … Continue reading

9-13-2015 Scripture (24th Sunday in Ordinary time)

September 15th, 2015

9-13-15 24th Sunday in Ordinary time Psalm 19 1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. 3 They … Continue reading

9-13-2015 Sermon Video

September 14th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 9/13/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.com

9-6-2015 Sermon Video

September 6th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 9/6/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.com

Sunday School

September 5th, 2015

Sunday School – We will begin our Sunday School classes next Sunday, September 13th. Please bring your children. We look forward to seeing you on the 13th. Helen & Brenna

8-30-2015 Sermon Notes (What comes from inside us)

September 5th, 2015

8-30-15 Sermon notes. “What comes from inside us” How many of us are sinners? All. That is why we have the prayer of confession, the assurance of pardon, and the passing of the peace in the beginning of the service. … Continue reading

8-30-2015 Scripture (22nd Sunday in Ordinary time )

September 5th, 2015

8-30-15 22nd Sunday in Ordinary time Psalm 45: 1-2, 6-9 My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. You are the most excellent … Continue reading

September 2015

September 1st, 2015

SEPTEMBER 2015 WELCOME Greetings from Pastor Don Last Sunday I spoke of listening for God in the silence; making time on a regular basis to quiet our lives to listen for God’s voice. I came across these thing on the … Continue reading

8-30-2015 Sermon Video

August 30th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 8/30/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

Garage Sale

August 27th, 2015

Garage Sale – FPC is planning on a garage sale The weekend of September 11th and 12th. Do you have any items you would like to donate to our garage sale? Contact Helen or Walt Lehtinen with questions (952-878-3571). Watch … Continue reading

8-23-2015 Scripture (21st Sunday in Ordinary Time)

August 27th, 2015

8-23-15 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time I Kings 8: 22-30, 41-43 Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication 22 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in front of the whole assembly of Israel, spread out his hands toward heaven 23 … Continue reading

8-23-2015 Sermon Notes

August 27th, 2015

8-23-15 Sermon notes 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.” In Minnesota … Continue reading

8-16-2015 Scripture (20th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

August 27th, 2015

8-16-15 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 Solomon asks for wisdom Then David rested with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David. 11 He had reigned forty years over Israel— seven years in Hebron … Continue reading

8-16-2015 Sermon Notes (Abide in us)

August 27th, 2015

8-16-15 sermon notes “Abide in us” The key word for John seems to be the word ’remain’ or ’abide’ (KJV) I discovered in this definition of this word gives most of our Christian message. to remain; continue; stay: to put … Continue reading

8-23-2015 Sermon Video

August 23rd, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 8/23/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

8-16-2015 Sermon Video

August 16th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 8/16/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

8-9-2015 Sermon Notes

August 13th, 2015

8-9-15 sermon notes Last week I gave two sermons: David being convicted of his sin and that we all need a Nathan in our lives, and Jesus the bread of life leading into the Lord’s Supper. Tom told me at … Continue reading

8-9-2015 Scripture

August 13th, 2015

8-9-15 Scripture Psalm 130 Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But … Continue reading

8-9-2015 Sermon Video

August 9th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 8/9/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

8-2-2015 Sermon Video

August 3rd, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 8/2/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

7-26-2015 Sermon Video

August 3rd, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 7/26/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

7-26-2015 Scripture, 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 31st, 2015

7-26-15 Scripture, 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2 Samuel 11:1-15 David and Bathsheba 1 In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They … Continue reading

7-26-2015 Sermon Notes (What do we ask for?)

July 31st, 2015

7-26-15 Sermon notes “What do we ask for?” A Prayer for the Ephesians 14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. How often do we pray? … Continue reading

Mark your Calendars

July 31st, 2015

The Church Garage Sale will be held on Friday September 11th & Saturday September 12th. Our Cookie Walk will be held on Saturday, November 21st.

Belle Plaine Food Shelf

July 31st, 2015

Belle Plaine Food Shelf Food shelf hours are Wednesdays from 5pm-7pm and Saturday from 9am-12noon Children needing extra food can pick up bags of food once per week through September. If you know of someone who needs the extra nourishment, … Continue reading

Families Moving Forward

July 31st, 2015

The Families Moving Forward program is looking for volunteers to help with the hosting of 4 homeless families at Our Lady of the Prairie during the week of August 9th-16th. There are several types of volunteer positions available during the … Continue reading

August 2015

July 31st, 2015

AUGUST 2015 WELCOME Greetings from Pastor Don Most people never take advantage of God’s abundant resources. Ephesians: 3:20 says, “20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power … Continue reading

7-19-2015 Sermon Notes

July 23rd, 2015

7-19-15 sermon notes 34 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. I have been meditating on Jesus’ compassion. I know that I have received it throughout … Continue reading

7-19-2015 Scripture (16th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

July 23rd, 2015

July 19, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2 Samuel 7:1-14a God’s Promise to David 1 After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, 2 he said to … Continue reading

7-12-2015 Scripture (15th Sunday in Ordinary Time )

July 16th, 2015

July 12, 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 The Ark Brought to Jerusalem 1 David again brought together all the able young men of Israel— thirty thousand. 2 He and all his men went to Baalah in … Continue reading

7-5-2015 Scripture (14th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

July 8th, 2015

7-5-15 scripture, 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2 Samuel 5:1-5. 9-10 David Becomes King Over Israel 1 All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “We are your own flesh and blood. 2 In the past, … Continue reading

7-5-2015 Sermon Notes (Paul’s thorn in the flesh)

July 8th, 2015

7-5-15 sermon notes Happy 4th of July weekend. Paul’s thorn in the flesh Paul’s story in II Corinthians shows that the biography in the Bible is no way differs from life stories outside or in today’s world. There was given … Continue reading

7-5-2015 Sermon Video

July 7th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 7/5/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

July 2015

July 2nd, 2015

JULY 2015 WELCOME Greetings from Pastor Don Ecclesiastes 3 (New International Version [NIV]) A Time for Everything 3 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2 a time to be born and … Continue reading

6-28-2015 Scripture (13th Sunday in Ordinary Time )

July 2nd, 2015

June 28, 2015, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2 Samuel, 1:1, 17-27 David Hears of Saul’s Death and mourns for Saul 1 After the death of Saul, David returned from striking down the Amalekites and stayed in Ziklag two days. … Continue reading

6-21-2015 Sermon Notes (Jesus Calms the Storm)

June 26th, 2015

6-21-15 sermon notes Jesus Calms the Storm. What a fitting passage for today: Father’s Day, Charleston, and personal storms. Happy Father’s Day. It is not easy being a father. One cynic, speaking from his own experience, noted that children go … Continue reading

6-21-2015 Scripture

June 26th, 2015

6-21-15 – 12th Sunday in Ordinary time 1 Samuel 17: 1a, 4-12, 14-23, 32-49 David and Goliath 1 Now the Philistines gathered their forces for war and assembled at Sokoh in Judah. They pitched camp at Ephes Dammim, between Sokoh … Continue reading

6-14-2015 Sermon Notes

June 20th, 2015

6-14-15 sermon notes Mark 4: 34 He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything. Don’t you wish Jesus would explain everything to us, or speak … Continue reading

6-14-2015 Scripture (11th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

June 20th, 2015

June 14 – 11th Sunday in Ordinary time 1 Samuel 15:34 – 16:13 34 Then Samuel left for Ramah, but Saul went up to his home in Gibeah of Saul. 35 Until the day Samuel died, he did not go … Continue reading

6-14-2015 Sermon Video

June 14th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 6/14/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

6-7-2015 Scripture (10th Sunday in Ordinary time)

June 10th, 2015

June 7 – 10th Sunday in Ordinary time Service of the Lord’s Supper 1 Samuel 8:4-20 Israelites Demand a King 4 So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. 5 They said to him, … Continue reading

6-7-2015 Sermon Notes (Out of his mind)

June 10th, 2015

6-7-15 sermon notes, “Out of his mind.” Families: Family genealogy: Genereux/Generous and Clairmont/Clermont. Craziness in families – If you don’t know who the crazy one is, you may be it. Family church – Part of the back drop: The closer … Continue reading

6-7-2015 Sermon Video

June 7th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 6/7/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

5-31-2015 Sermon Notes (God so loved us)

June 7th, 2015

5-31-15 sermon notes God so loved us” John 3:1-17 Today is Trinity Sunday, which I feel I should be preaching on, but the scripture passages from the Lectionary don’t talk about the Trinity and are some of the most powerful … Continue reading

5-31-2015 Scripture (Trinity Sunday)

June 7th, 2015

5-31-15 – Trinity Sunday Isaiah 6:1-8 Isaiah’s Commission 1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were … Continue reading

5-31-2015 Sermon Video

May 31st, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 5/31/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

June 2015

May 31st, 2015

JUNE 2015 WELCOME Greetings from Pastor Don Summer travel. Jesus, throughout the New Testament went on various trips to get away from his daily mission, to get away to pray and refresh himself. John 11:54 Therefore Jesus no longer moved … Continue reading

5/24/2015 Scripture (Day of Pentecost, Memorial Day Weekend)

May 31st, 2015

May 24, 2015 Day of Pentecost, Memorial Day Weekend Acts 2:1–21 The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost 1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a … Continue reading

5-24-2015 Sermon notes (The Work of the Holy Spirit)

May 31st, 2015

5-24-15 sermon notes “The Work of the Holy Spirit” Happy Memorial Day weekend. Unofficial beginning of summer season. To remember those who have given their lives for our freedom. Thank you to all who have served and to the family … Continue reading

5-24-2015 Sermon Video

May 24th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 5/24/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

5-17-2015 Scripture (7th Sunday of Easter)

May 21st, 2015

May 17 7th Sunday of Easter Acts 1:15–17, 21–26 15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) 16 and said, “Brothers and sisters, the Scripture had to be fulfilled in … Continue reading

5-17-2015 Sermon Notes (Jesus’ Prayer for His Disciples)

May 21st, 2015

5-17-15 sermon notes. Jesus’ Prayer for His Disciples Jesus Prays because of God’s Love for His People God’s love pours from every word in this passage. See the Father’s love in election/being chosen, and in gifting. From Genesis to Revelation, … Continue reading

5-17-2015 Sermon Video

May 17th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 5/17/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

5-10-2015 Sermon Notes

May 15th, 2015

5-10-15 sermon notes It is appropriate on this Mother’s Day that the Gospel passage is on love. Happy Mother’s Day. From the internet, Mothers teach us many things: Think about if you have heard it or have even said it. … Continue reading

5-10-2015 Scripture

May 15th, 2015

May 10, 2015 6th Sunday of Easter Acts 10:44–48 Holy Spirit 44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished … Continue reading

5-10-2015 Sermon Video

May 10th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 5/10/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

5-3-2015 Sermon (Grafted to Jesus)

May 10th, 2015

5-3-15 sermon notes “Grafted to Jesus” Sunshine, warmer temps, trees budding, and all the nurseries are in full operation, many of us are out in our yards and gardens. Gospel today is right on. 15 “I am the true vine, … Continue reading

5-3-2015 Scripture (Easter Sunday)

May 10th, 2015

May 3, 2015 5th Sunday of Easter Acts 8:26–40 Philip and the Ethiopian 26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road— that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he … Continue reading

5-3-2015 Sermon Video

May 3rd, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 5/3/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

May 2015

April 30th, 2015

MAY 2015 WELCOME Greetings from Pastor Don May is a super busy month in everyones’ lives. At my house it is gardening, fishing opening, Mother’s Day, and getting ready for the summer coming on us with Memorial Day as the … Continue reading

4-26-2015 Scripture

April 30th, 2015

4-26-15 Scripture 4th Sunday of Easter Acts 4:5–12 5 The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. 6 Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others … Continue reading

4-26-2015 Sermon Notes (Shepherd)

April 30th, 2015

4-26-15 sermon notes. “Shepherd” John 10:11–18 11 “I am the good shepherd.” Since this psalm is so familiar, we’re in danger of missing the depth of its meaning. And, because it’s setting is in the world of sheep and shepherds, … Continue reading

4-26-2015 Sermon Video

April 26th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 4/26/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

4-19-2015 Sermon (Witnesses)

April 26th, 2015

4-19-15 Sermon notes, Witnesses Witness: our lives, our being. Boo, closet Golfing: penalty strokes. Dr. Amy: CT scan: Fuzz, spots and dots. Some gone, some stable, some new. Doing well, continue exercise and WW. Stop cheating at golf. 1 John … Continue reading

4-19-2015 Scripture

April 26th, 2015

3rd Sunday of Easter—April 19, 2015 Acts 3:12–19 12 When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had … Continue reading

4-19-2015 Sermon Video

April 19th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 4/19/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

Meals On Wheels

April 17th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church will be serving Meals On Wheels Monday-Friday, March 30 – April 3 and April 27-May 1. Thank you for your ministry in serving those in need.

April 2015

April 17th, 2015

APRIL 2015 WELCOME Greetings from Pastor Don Part of my Lenten discipline has been reading “The Books of the New Testament, NIV” daily with some of the men in my Thursday morning Bible study. It is the New Testament broken … Continue reading

The Notables – Sunday April 19th

April 17th, 2015

The Notables – Sunday April 19th The Notables are presenting a Star Spangled Americana Concert. This will be held at the Le Sueur-Henderson Middle/High School Auditorium. Concert begins at 4:00 pm – Admission free – refreshments follow.

4-12-2015 Sermon Video

April 12th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 4/12/2015 Rev. Don Genereux

4-5-2015 Sermon Video

April 8th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 4/5/2015 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

March 22nd, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 3/22/2015 Candidate Stephanie Friant www.fpcbelleplaine.org

3-15-2015 Scripture (4th Sunday in Lent)

March 15th, 2015

4th Sunday in Lent—March 15 Numbers 21:4–9 The Bronze Snake 4 They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; 5 they spoke against God … Continue reading

3-15-2015 Sermon Video

March 15th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 3/15/2015 Bob Lundberg www.fpcbelleplaine.org

3-8-2015 Scripture (3rd Sunday)

March 12th, 2015

3rd Sunday in Lent—March 8, 2015 Exodus 20:1–17 The Ten Commandments 1 And God spoke all these words: 2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 3 “You shall … Continue reading

3-8-2015 Sermon Video

March 9th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 3/8/2015 Angelie Ryah www.fpcbelleplaine.org

March 2015

March 3rd, 2015

March 2015 WELCOME Greetings from Pastor Don Spiritual Practices for Lent A spiritual practice can be as small as saying the Lord’s prayer every day, or adding a grace before meals if you don’t already say one. Though many of … Continue reading

3-1-2015 Sermon Video

March 1st, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 3/1/2015 Rev. Newell Krogmann www.fpcbelleplaine.org

3-1-2015 Scripture (2nd Sunday in Lent)

February 28th, 2015

3-1-15 2nd Sunday in Lent Genesis 17:1–7, 15–16 The Covenant 1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty [Hebrew El-Shaddai]; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. 2 Then I … Continue reading

2-22-2015 Scripture (1st Sunday in Lent)

February 23rd, 2015

February 22: 1st Sunday in Lent Genesis 9:8–17 Rainbow: Sign of God’s Covenant 8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: 9 “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10 … Continue reading

2-18-2015 Scripture (Ash Wednesday)

February 23rd, 2015

2-18-15 Ash Wednesday Scripture Old Testament Isaiah 58: 5-12 5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for people to humble themselves? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying … Continue reading

2-22-2015 Sermon Video

February 22nd, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 2/22/2015 Candidate Barbara West www.fpcbelleplaine.org

Ham Cards

February 22nd, 2015

Ham Cards at Coborn’s Coborn’s has ham cards available through the Lenten season. As you purchase your groceries at Coborn’s you receive a point for each $10. If you cannot complete and/or use your card, we can combine uncompleted cards … Continue reading

Belle Plaine Food Shelf

February 22nd, 2015

The Belle Plaine Food Shelf Winter is here! Thanks to all for your many donations. Please continue to remember the food shelf and all those who are in need in our area. Please continue to pray for all who receive … Continue reading

2-15-2015 Sermon Video

February 17th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 2/15/2015 www.fpcbelleplaine.org

2-8-2015 Sermon Video

February 17th, 2015

  First Presbyterian Church 2/8/2015 Bob Lundberg www.fpcbelleplaine.org  

2-8-2015 Scripture (5th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

February 11th, 2015

February 8: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 40:21–31 21 Do you not know?     Have you not heard?  Has it not been told you from the beginning?     Have you not understood since the earth was founded?  22 God sits enthroned … Continue reading

Families Moving Forward

February 9th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church will be hosting Families Moving Forward February 22nd-March 1st. We will have 4 families and some kids (we do not know how many at this point). This is a group effort amongst all the faith communities in … Continue reading

February 2015

February 9th, 2015

February 2015 WELCOME Greetings from Pastor Don Our faith journeys are sometimes journeys of little steps and long slides. Sometimes this journey is like being carried along by a full river. Sometimes it is like walking in a dark room, … Continue reading

2-8-2015 Scripture (5th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

February 9th, 2015

February 8: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 40:21–31 21 Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded? 22 God sits enthroned … Continue reading

2-1-2015 Scripture (4th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

February 9th, 2015

February 1 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time/Service of the Lord’s Supper and Installation of Ruling Elders and Deacons. Deuteronomy 18:15–20 God ordains prophets 15 The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, … Continue reading

1-25-2015 Scripture (3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

January 28th, 2015

January 25 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Jonah 3:1–5, 10 Jonah Goes to Nineveh 1 Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the … Continue reading

1-18-2015 Sermon (God’s X-Ray Vision)

January 21st, 2015

FIRST READING 1 SAMUEL 3:1-10, 19-20 1Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. 2At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to … Continue reading

1-18-2015 Sermon Video

January 18th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 1/18/2015 Candidate Stephanie Friant www.fpcbelleplaine.org

1-18-2015 Scripture (2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

January 18th, 2015

2nd Sunday after Epiphany, January 18 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 1 Samuel 3:1–10; 19-20 The Lord Calls Samuel 1 The boy Samuel ministered before the LORD under Eli. In those days the word of the LORD was rare; there … Continue reading

1-11-2015 Scripture

January 12th, 2015

Baptism of the Lord, January 11, 2015 Genesis 1:1–5 The first day 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and … Continue reading

1-11-2015 Sermon Video

January 12th, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 1/11/2015 Rev. Newell Krogmann www.fpcbelleplaine.org

January 2015

January 8th, 2015

January 2015 WELCOME Greetings from Pastor Don Happy New Year. Here are some Biblical signs you may be going to a great local church. (Small but mighty) I love our church. This congregation is a true blessing for me and … Continue reading

1-4-2015 Scripture

January 8th, 2015

1-4-15 Scripture passages (NIV) Jeremiah 31:7-14 7 This is what the LORD says: “Sing with joy for Jacob; shout for the foremost of the nations. Make your praises heard, and say, ‘LORD, save your people, the remnant of Israel.’ 8 … Continue reading

12-28-2014 Sermon Video

December 28th, 2014

First Presbyterian Church 12/28/2014 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

12-24-2014 Scripture (Christmas Eve)

December 28th, 2014

December 24 (Christmas Eve) Isaiah 9:2, 6-7 2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. 6 For to us a child is born, to … Continue reading

12-21-2014 Scripture (4th Sunday of Advent)

December 28th, 2014

December 21 (4th Sunday of Advent) 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 God’s Promise to David 1 After the king was settled in his palace and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies around him, 2 he said to … Continue reading

12-21-2014 Sermon (Obedience)

December 28th, 2014

12-21-14 sermon notes “Obedience” What does it take to be obedient? When I worked in education I heard many times the opposite of what we hear in our Gospel passage this morning about obedience. “You’re not my mom, you can’t … Continue reading

12-24-2014 Sermon Video

December 26th, 2014

First Presbyterian Church 12/24/2014 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

12-21-2014 Sermon Video

December 21st, 2014

First Presbyterian Church 12/21/2014 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

12-14-2014 Sermon Video

December 21st, 2014

First Presbyterian Church 12/14/2014 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

12-14-2014 Scripture (3rd Sunday of Advent)

December 20th, 2014

December 14 (3rd Sunday of Advent) Isaiah 61:1-3, 8, 10-11 The Year of the Lord’s Favor 1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He … Continue reading

12-14-2014 Sermon

December 20th, 2014

12-14-14 sermon notes Last Sunday, our Gospel was the first eight verses of the Gospel of Mark, which began to tell us the good news of Jesus the Christ. It started not with stories of our Lord’s birth, but with … Continue reading

12-7-2014 Sermon (The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God)

December 12th, 2014

12-7-14 Sermon notes “The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God” We are all in the midst of getting ready for Christmas: buying presents, trimming the tree, decorating the house. Even KTIS, the Christian … Continue reading

12-7-2014 Scripture (2nd Sunday of Advent)

December 12th, 2014

December 7 (2nd Sunday of Advent) Isaiah 40:1-11 Comfort for God’s People 1 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. 2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has … Continue reading

12-7-2014 Sermon Video

December 9th, 2014

First Presbyterian Church 12/7/2014 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

Operation Christmas Child

December 3rd, 2014

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11-30-2014 Sermon Video

November 30th, 2014

First Presbyterian Church 11/30/2014 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

Turkey Cards

November 30th, 2014

Turkey Cards at Coborn’s As you purchase your groceries at Coborn’s you receive a point for each $10 – If you cannot complete and/or use your card, we can combine uncompleted cards to make a full one and receive a … Continue reading

Ecumenical Church Service

November 30th, 2014

Ecumenical Church Service was held on Tuesday, November 22nd. Good Samaritan Fund collected $700. Food Shelf 275 Lbs of food donated

December 2014

November 29th, 2014

December 2014 WELCOME Greetings from Pastor Don Prepare your heart for Christmas Advent, Week 1, November 30 – December 6 Longing Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 25, 1 Corinthians 1:4-9, Matthew 24:32-51 Waiting doesn’t resonate well in our culture. Our spending habits … Continue reading

11-23-2014 Sermon (The hands and feet of Jesus)

November 25th, 2014

11-23-14 sermon notes   “The hands and feet of Jesus”   Psalm 100:1-5  1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.  2 Worship the LORD with gladness;    come before him with joyful songs. 3 Know that the LORD is … Continue reading

11-23-2014 Scripture (Christ the King/Reign of Christ)

November 25th, 2014

November 23, 2014 (Christ the King/Reign of Christ)   Ezekiel 34:11-16 1 “‘For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. 12 As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock … Continue reading

Cookie Walk 2014

November 23rd, 2014

 

11-23-2014 Sermon Video

November 23rd, 2014

First Presbyterian Church 11/23/2014 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

Cookie Walk 2014

November 23rd, 2014

A big thanks to everyone that helped with our Cookie Walk. We had a great time visiting with friends, talking about cookies and sharing time together. We hope that everyone enjoys their cookies.

Noteables

November 23rd, 2014

Present The Joy of Song – November 30th at 4:00 pm Le Sueur/Henderson High School Auditorium – (Admission free, but donations encouraged.) See flyer on bulletin board.

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service

November 23rd, 2014

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service will be held at St. John Lutheran Church on Tuesday, November 25 at 7:00 pm. Monetary donations items will be given to the Good Samaritan Fund. All Food items will be given to the Belle Plaine Food … Continue reading

11-16-2014 Sermon (The Parable of the Bags of Gold)

November 21st, 2014

11-16-14 sermon notes The Parable of the Bags of Gold Jesus told this story of a wealthy landowner who was preparing for a long journey. He called his three servants and divided his money between them, each according to their … Continue reading

11-16-2014 Scripture (33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

November 21st, 2014

November 16, 2014 (33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time) 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 1 Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord … Continue reading

11-16-2014 Sermon Video

November 16th, 2014

First Presbyterian Church 11/16/2014 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

11-9-2014 Scripture (32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

November 7th, 2014

November 9 (32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time) Psalm 78:1-7 1 My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth with a parable; I will teach you lessons from the past— 3 … Continue reading

11-2-2014 Sermon

November 7th, 2014

11-2-14 Sermon notes In 2002 we hosted the family reunion from Sue’s side of the family: they Kennedy’s, not the JFK Kennedy’s but the poor side of the family. To memorialize it, we bought and planted with the relatives a … Continue reading

11-2-1014 Scripture (31st Sunday in Ordinary Time)

November 7th, 2014

11-2-14 (31st Sunday in Ordinary Time) Joshua 3:7-17 7 And the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was … Continue reading

November 2014

November 7th, 2014

November 2014 WELCOME Greetings from Pastor Don “Be still, and know that I am God.” We started the busy holiday season with our Halloween sloppy Joe’s on Friday, finishing the shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child the first two Sundays … Continue reading

11-2-2014 Sermon Video

November 2nd, 2014

  First Presbyterian Church 11/2/2014 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

Noteables – Present The Joy of Song

November 2nd, 2014

Noteables – Present The Joy of Song November 30th at 4:00 pm Le Sueur/Henderson High School Auditorium – (Admission free, but donations encouraged.)

Families Moving Forward

November 2nd, 2014

During the week of December 7th, the combine faith communities will be hosting 4 homeless families from Scott and Carver Counties at St. John Lutheran Church in Belle Plaine.  They are looking for volunteers to help during this week.

Turkey Cards at Coborn’s

November 2nd, 2014

As you purchase your groceries at Coborn’s you receive a point for each $10 – If you cannot complete and/or use your card, we can combine uncompleted cards to make a full one and receive a turkey for the food … Continue reading

Belle Plaine Food Shelf

November 2nd, 2014

The weather is turning colder.  Some of the people coming to the food shelf do not have hats, scarves, mittens and/or gloves.  If you knit or crochet or can make any of these items to donate to the food shelf, … Continue reading

10-29-2014 Scripture (29th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

October 26th, 2014

October 19 (29th Sunday in Ordinary Time) Exodus 33:12-23 The Glory of God passes by Moses 12 Moses said to the LORD, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will … Continue reading

10-19-2014 Sermon

October 26th, 2014

10-19-14 sermon notes “10, 10, 35, 45” Several years ago I went to a memorial service at Christ Presbyterian church for one of the founding members of that congregation. His son spoke, and did a wonderful eulogy. One of the … Continue reading

Cookie Walk 2014

October 26th, 2014

10-26-2014 Sermon Video

October 26th, 2014

First Presbyterian Church 10/26/2014 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

Halloween

October 19th, 2014

Halloween is not that far away. Make plans now to join us for some Sloppy Joes before heading out for a night of trick or treating. Friday, October 31st, from 4:00-6:00 pm.

2014 Belle Plaine Food Shelf Fundraiser

October 19th, 2014

Belle Plaine Food Shelf Fundraiser 4th Annual Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at the Valley View Golf Course. 5:30 social hour and 6:30 dinner. The evening will feature a buffet dinner, followed by the silent and … Continue reading

10-19-2014 Sermon Video

October 19th, 2014

First Presbyterian Church 10/19/2014 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

10-12-2014 Sermon (The Parable about the Wedding feast)

October 15th, 2014

10-12-14 sermon notes “the Parable about the Wedding feast.” “The Kingdom of heaven is like…” Jesus often told stories about he kingdom of heaven. He always gave hints in the stories using common, ordinary images from the peoples’ lives to … Continue reading

10-12-2014 Scripture (28th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

October 15th, 2014

October 12 (28th Sunday in Ordinary Time) Exodus 32:1-14 The Golden Calf 1 When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will … Continue reading

10-5-2014 Scripture (Service of the Lord’s Supper )

October 15th, 2014

October 5 (27th Sunday in Ordinary Time) Service of the Lord’s Supper Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 The Ten Commandments 1 And God spoke all these words: 2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out … Continue reading

10-5-2014 Sermon (Communion Sunday)

October 15th, 2014

10-5-14 sermon notes Today is World Communion Sunday. A special day, in that Christians, believers in Jesus, throughout the world are celebrating the Lord’s Supper. When we eat the bread and drink from the cup we are all united. We … Continue reading

Operation Christmas Child 2014

October 12th, 2014

Thanks to everyone that helped us pack a total of 969 boxes.

10-12-2014 Sermon Video

October 12th, 2014

First Presbyterian Church 10/12/2014 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

10-5-2014 Sermon Video

October 7th, 2014

First Presbyterian Church 10/5/2014 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

9-28-2014 Scripture (26th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

October 3rd, 2014

September 28 (26th Sunday in Ordinary Time) Exodus 17:1-7 1 The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the LORD commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for … Continue reading

October 2014

September 30th, 2014

October  2014 WELCOME Greetings from Pastor Don We see signs of summer’s passing in golden leaves, shortening days, misty mornings, autumn glow. We sense its passing in rain that dampens, winds that chill, harvests in all the farmers’ fields, the … Continue reading

9-28-2014 Sermon Video

September 28th, 2014

First Presbyterian Church 9/28/2014 Rev. Dean Seal www.fpcbelleplaine.org

9-21-2014 Sermon (It’s all about grace)

September 24th, 2014

9-21-14 sermon notes Matthew 20:1-16 Laborers in the Vineyard. “It’s all about grace.” Every Thursday morning I participate in a Men’s Bible study group at Christ Presbyterian Church. I have been in this Men’s group since I was in seminary. … Continue reading

9-21-2014 Scripture (25th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

September 24th, 2014

September 21, 2014 (25th Sunday in Ordinary Time) Exodus 16:2-15 God feeds the Israelites 2 In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. 3 The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the LORD’s … Continue reading

9-21-2014 Sermon Video

September 21st, 2014

First Presbyterian Church 9/21/2014 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

9-14-2014 Scripture (24th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

September 17th, 2014

September 14 (24th Sunday in Ordinary Time) Exodus 14:19-31 God’s vigilance and protection for his Chosen People 19 Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of … Continue reading

9-14-2014 Sermon (77 Times?)

September 17th, 2014

77 Times? 9/14/14 Stephanie Friant Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, how many times should I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Should I forgive as many as seven times?” Jesus said, “Not just seven times, but … Continue reading

9-14-2014 Sermon Video

September 14th, 2014

First Presbyterian Church 9/14/2014 Candidate Stephanie Friant www.fpcbelleplaine.org

9-7-2014 Sermon

September 10th, 2014

9-7-14 sermon notes Again I am cherry picking the scripture for today and focusing on just one verse that the Spirit put on my heart. Matthew 18 is a series of messages from Jesus that turn the thinking upside down … Continue reading

9-7-2014 Scripture (23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

September 10th, 2014

September 7, 2014 (23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time) Exodus 12:1-14 The Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread 1 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, 2 “This month is to be for you the first month, the … Continue reading

9-7-2014 Sermon Video

September 7th, 2014

First Presbyterian Church 9/7/2014 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

8-31-2014 Sermon (Response to Grace)

September 5th, 2014

8-31-14 sermon notes. Response to Grace Happy Labor Day weekend. This the last days of the State Fair – the unofficial end of summer, the start of high school and college football, and the beginning of school for all those … Continue reading

8-31-2014 Scripture (22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

September 5th, 2014

August 31 (22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time) Exodus 3:1-15 Moses and the Burning Bush 1 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the … Continue reading

8-31-2014 Sermon Video

August 31st, 2014

First Presbyterian Church 8/31/2014 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

Meals on Wheels

August 31st, 2014

First Presbyterian Church will be serving Meals On Wheels – Monday-Friday, September 15th – September 19th. Thank you for your ministry in serving those in need.

September 2014

August 31st, 2014

September 2014 WELCOME Greetings from Pastor Don Fall is in the air. We have all the signs: back-to-school catalogs and ads; preseason Viking football; college and high school football teams practicing; tiny inedible gourds littering the desks of teachers and … Continue reading

City Wide Garage Sale

August 31st, 2014

City Wide Garage Sale Friday-Saturday, September 19-20 Friday, 10:00 am-6:00 pm Saturday, 8:00am – noon Please bring items for sale to church fellowship hall before September 18. Consider joining us to help with the sale. See the signup sheet table … Continue reading

Sunday School

August 31st, 2014

Sunday School begins next Sunday, September 7th, following Pastor Don’s Children’s sermon.

8-31-2014 Scripture (22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

August 31st, 2014

August 31 (22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time) Exodus 3:1-15 Moses and the Burning Bush 1 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the … Continue reading

8-24-2014 Sermon (Who is this Jesus?)

August 28th, 2014

8-24-14 sermon notes “Who is this Jesus?” 13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say … Continue reading

8-24-2014 Scripture (21st Sunday in Ordinary Time)

August 28th, 2014

August 24 (21st Sunday in Ordinary Time) Exodus 1:8-2:10 8 Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. 9 “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. … Continue reading

8-24-2014 Sermon Video

August 28th, 2014

First Presbyterian Church 8/24/2014 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

8-17-2014 Sermon (A Strong Woman)

August 22nd, 2014

8-17-14 sermon notes Matthew “A Strong Woman.” In preparing for this message I ran across this poem titled “A Strong Woman” that helped me focus on this passage. A strong woman works out every day to keep her body in … Continue reading

8-17-2014 Scripture (20th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

August 22nd, 2014

August 17 (20th Sunday in Ordinary Time) Genesis 45:1-15 Joseph reveals himself to his brothers 1 Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all his attendants, and he cried out, “Have everyone leave my presence!” So there was no … Continue reading

8-17-2014 Sermon Video

August 17th, 2014

First Presbyterian Church 8/17/2014 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

8-10-2014 Sermon (Jesus is with us in the storm)

August 13th, 2014

8-10-14 sermon notes Matthew 14:22-33, “Jesus is with us in the storm” Charlie Brown built a beautiful sandcastle along the shore; he worked on it for hours. Finally he stood back and looked at it. He thought it was wonderful. … Continue reading

8-10-2014 Scripture (19th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

August 13th, 2014

August 10 (19th Sunday in Ordinary Time) Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 Joseph’s Dreams 1 Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan. 2 This is the account of Jacob’s family line. Joseph, a young man … Continue reading

8-20-2014 Sermon Video

August 10th, 2014

August 2014

August 10th, 2014

August 2014 WELCOME   Note from Pastor Don   We all see the signs of Fall approaching. Wheat is getting ripe, all the weeds alongside of the road are turning golden brown and ready to disperse, corn is growing tall, … Continue reading

Belle Plaine Food Shelf

August 10th, 2014

Special August event – “National Toilet Paper Day” is August 26th.  In honor of this day, the food shelf would like to have a special campaign for paper products.  We are blessed with a lot of donations at the food … Continue reading

8-10-2014 Scripture (19th sunday in Ordinary Time)

August 10th, 2014

August 10 (19th Sunday in Ordinary Time)   Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 Joseph’s Dreams   1 Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan. 2 This is the account of Jacob’s family line. Joseph, a … Continue reading

7-27-2014 Sermon (Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?)

August 5th, 2014

7-27-14 sermon notes, Romans 8:38-39 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” Chippie the parakeet was simply minding his own business and singing his song. One day when his owner decided to clean out his cage with the … Continue reading

7-27-2014 Scripture (17th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

August 5th, 2014

July 27 (17th Sunday in Ordinary Time) Genesis 29:15-28 15 Laban said to him, “Just because you are a relative of mine, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wages should be. 16 Now Laban had … Continue reading

8-3-2014 Sermon Video

August 3rd, 2014

First Presbyterian Church 8/3/2014 Rev. Newell Krogmann www.fpcbelleplaine.org

7-20-2014 Sermon (Weeds)

July 28th, 2014

7-20-14 sermon notes, “Weeds”   Thank you to all who helped at BBQ Days yesterday. Mark tells me that we made about $___. It was a great success.   Today’s Gospel is about weeds growing in the wheat. On my … Continue reading

7-20-2014 Scripture (16th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

July 28th, 2014

July 20 (16th Sunday in Ordinary Time)   Genesis 28:10-19a 10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. 11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the … Continue reading

7-27-2014 Sermon Video

July 27th, 2014

7-20-2014 Sermon Video

July 20th, 2014

First Presbyterian Church 7/20/2014 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org  

7-13-2014 Sermon (Good Soil)

July 16th, 2014

7-13-14 sermon notes “Good Soil” Picture the scene in your mind. Jesus is teaching from a boat on the shore of the Lake of Galilee. There is a breeze blowing as he nods in the direction of a farmer in … Continue reading

7-13-2014 Scripture (15th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

July 16th, 2014

July 13, 2014 (15th Sunday in Ordinary Time) Genesis 25:19-34 Jacob and Esau 19 This is the account of the family line of Abraham’s son Isaac. Abraham became the father of Isaac, 20 and Isaac was forty years old when … Continue reading

7-13-2014 Sermon Video

July 13th, 2014

7-6-2014 Sermon (What to do with your burdens)

July 9th, 2014

7-6-14 sermon notes Matthew 11:28-30 “What to do with your burdens”   28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for … Continue reading

7-6-2014 Scripture (14th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

July 9th, 2014

July 6 (14th Sunday in Ordinary Time)   Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 34 So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant. 35 The Lord has blessed my master abundantly, and he has become wealthy. He has given him sheep and cattle, … Continue reading

7-6-2014 Sermon Video

July 6th, 2014

6-29-2014 Sermon Video

July 6th, 2014

6-29-2014 Sermon (Acts of Love: Ordinary Blessings)

July 5th, 2014

6-29-14 sermon notes. “Acts of Love: Ordinary Blessings” I wish that I would have had a picture of Liv for the bulletin cover. Liv’s birth, and her presence in our small church has meant a lot to all of us. … Continue reading

6-29-2014 Scripture (13th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

July 5th, 2014

June 29 (13th Sunday in Ordinary Time) Genesis 22:1-14 God tested Abraham 1 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham” “Here I am,” he replied. 2 Then God said, “Take your son, ] your only son, … Continue reading

July 2014

July 1st, 2014

July 2014 WELCOME Note from Pastor Don   I am inclosing the joint letter from the Moderator, Clerk and Executive Directory of the Mission agency of the PC(USA) denomination and their summary of this past General Assembly meeting in Detroit, … Continue reading

6-22-2014 Scripture (Second Sunday after Pentecost)

June 25th, 2014

June 22 (Second Sunday after Pentecost/12th Sunday in Ordinary time)   Genesis 21:8-12 Abraham Sends Hagar and Ishmael Away 8 Isaac grew. The time came for his mother to stop nursing him. On that day Abraham had a big dinner … Continue reading

6-22-2014 Sermon Video

June 22nd, 2014

6-15-2014 Sermon (Jesus is always with us)

June 20th, 2014

6-15-14 Sermon notes “Jesus is always with us.”   Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s in our congregation. I hope that this day helps bring to you joy. My wish for each dad on Father’s day: is to have … Continue reading

6-15-2014 Scripture (Trinity Sunday)

June 20th, 2014

June 15 (Trinity Sunday)   Psalm 8:1-9 How Majestic is your Name in all the Earth 1 LORD, our Lord,     how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory     in the heavens.  2 Through the … Continue reading

6-15-2014 Sermon Video

June 15th, 2014

6-8-2014 Sermon (Life Giving Breath)

June 14th, 2014

6-8-14 sermon notes “Life Giving Breath”   This week we have two watershed events: The 70th anniversary of D Day, which was the beginning of freedom for Europe and all the nations under Nazi control, and Today is Pentecost Sunday: … Continue reading

6-8-2014 Scripture (Day of Pentecost)

June 14th, 2014

June 8 (Day of Pentecost) Acts 2:1-21 The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost 1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from … Continue reading

6-8-2014 Sermon Video

June 10th, 2014

6-1-2014 Sermon (The Real Lord’s Prayer)

June 4th, 2014

6-1-14 sermon notes. John 17:1-11 “The Real Lord’s Prayer” Today we are celebrating two of our seniors who are graduating from High School. Congratulations to you, your parents and families, for your achievement. We are proud of you, and want … Continue reading

6-14-2014 Scripture (7th Sunday of Easter)

June 4th, 2014

6-1-14 Scripture (7th Sunday of Easter) Acts 1:6-14 Jesus’ Ascension 6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them: “It is not … Continue reading

6-1-2014 Sermon Video

June 1st, 2014

5-24-2014 Sermon (Loved by Jesus: Those we Remember)

May 29th, 2014

5-25-14 sermon notes. “Loved by Jesus: Those we Remember”   Happy Memorial Day. Would all the veterans in the congregation please stand? Thank you for your service. We remember, we value your sacrifice, and we appreciate it.   What do … Continue reading

5-25-2014 Scripture (6th Sunday of Easter)

May 29th, 2014

5-25-14 scripture, 6th Sunday of Easter   Acts 17:22-31 To an unknown God 22 Paul then stood up in the meeting of the A-reo-pa-gus and said: “Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. 23 … Continue reading

5-25-2014 Sermon Video

May 25th, 2014

5-18-2014 Sermon (AAA for the Soul)

May 21st, 2014

5-18-14 sermon notes “AAA for the Soul” The gospel passage today is one of those usually chosen for a memorial service. It is a message of comfort and reward: 1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in … Continue reading

5-18-2014 Scripture (5th Sunday of Easter)

May 21st, 2014

May 18, 2014 (5th Sunday of Easter) Acts 7:55-60 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 “Look,” he said, … Continue reading

5-18-2014 Sermon Video

May 18th, 2014

5-11-2014 Sermon

May 18th, 2014

5-11-14 sermon notes This week I was reflecting on both Mother’s Day and also the Gospel passage this morning about Jesus being the Good Shepherd. But I also did some research on women/mothers and had some other thoughts that I … Continue reading

5-11-2014 Scripture (4th Sunday of Easter)

May 18th, 2014

May 11 (4th Sunday of Easter) Acts 2:42-47 Fellowship of Believers 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders … Continue reading

5-11-2014 Sermon Video (Happy Mothers Day)

May 11th, 2014

5-4-2014 Sermon (We wouldn’t recognize Jesus either)

May 9th, 2014

5-4-14 sermon notes “We wouldn’t recognize Jesus either.” I want to thank Tom for giving his witness last week when I was sick. I am recovering very well. Tom’s theme was that even in his darkest days, God was with … Continue reading

5-4-2014 Scripture (3rd Sunday of Easter)

May 9th, 2014

May4 (3rd Sunday of Easter) Acts 2:14a, 36-41 Peter converts three thousand 14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain … Continue reading

May 2014

May 4th, 2014

MAY 2014 WELCOME   Greetings from Pastor Don In Between time. March winds, April showers, always bring May flowers. All of us are holding on, tired of winter and snow, tired of clouds, rain and polar vortexes. We want some … Continue reading

4-27-14 Sermon (Words Written That We May Believe)

May 4th, 2014

4-27-14 sermon, “Words Written That We May Believe”   31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.   That’s … Continue reading

4-27-14 Scripture (2nd Sunday of Easter)

May 4th, 2014

4-27-14 Scripture  (2nd Sunday of Easter)   Acts 2:14a, 22-32  Peter addresses the crowd 14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let … Continue reading

5-4-2014 Sermon Video

May 4th, 2014

4-20-2014 Sermon (Happy Easter)

April 26th, 2014

4-20-14 sermon, “Happy Easter.” Earlier this week, an older couple received a phone call from their son who lives far away. The son said he was sorry, but he wouldn’t be able to come for a visit over the holidays … Continue reading

4-20-2014 Scripture (Easter Sunday)

April 26th, 2014

4-20-14 Scripture, Easter Sunday Acts 10:34-43 34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is … Continue reading

4-20-2014 Easter Sunday Video

April 20th, 2014

4-17-2014 Maundy Thursday Meditation

April 18th, 2014

4-17-14 Maundy Thursday mediation.   Why do we participate in the Lord’s Table? Why do we share communion? I thought it would be good on this celebration of the night Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper, during the Jewish Passover celebration … Continue reading

4-17-2014 Scripture (Maundy Thursday)

April 18th, 2014

Maundy Thursday—April 17, 2014 Exodus 12:1-14 The Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread 1 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, 2 “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your … Continue reading

4-13-2014 Scripture (Palm/Passion Sunday)

April 15th, 2014

4-13-14 Scripture, Palm/Passion Sunday   Matthew 21:1-11 1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you … Continue reading

4-13-2014 Gospel (The Passion of Jesus)

April 15th, 2014

4-13-14 Gospel  Matthew 26:14 – 27:66 The Passion of Jesus   Narrator: 14 Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot— went to the chief priests 15 and asked, Judas:  “What are you willing to give me if I … Continue reading

4-6-2014 Sermon Video

April 13th, 2014

4-6-2014 Sermon (The Day Jesus Wept)

April 10th, 2014

4-6-14 sermon notes The Day Jesus Wept   The theme of today’s scripture readings is resurrection, preparing us for Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Ezekiel 37:1-14 The valley of the dry bones is about Ezekiel having the Spirit of the … Continue reading

4-6-2014 Scripture (5th Sunday of Lent)

April 10th, 2014

4-6-14 Scripture  (5th Sunday of Lent)   Ezekiel 37:1-14  The valley of the dry bones   1 The hand of the LORD was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in … Continue reading

3-30-2014 Sermon (Jesus Cures a Blind Man)

April 4th, 2014

3-30-14 sermon notes John 9:1-41 Jesus Cures a Blind Man   Have you seen the news report of the woman who was deaf from birth and given a cochliar implant and heard for the first time? She broke down in … Continue reading

3-30-2014 Scripture (4th Sunday in Lent)

April 4th, 2014

March 30 4th Sunday in Lent   1 Samuel 16:1-13  Samuel anoints David   1 The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with … Continue reading

April 2014

March 31st, 2014

APRIL 2014 WELCOME Greetings from Pastor Don   Since Pastor Don has returned from vacation, he has been participating in or attending three funerals of friends and church members.  He was unable to complete a message for the April Newsletter, … Continue reading

3-23-2014 Sermon (Hearing Directly from Jesus)

March 31st, 2014

3-23-14 sermon notes, “Hearing Directly from Jesus”  John 4:5-42   Have you ever heard directly from Jesus? Neither have I. I do have friends say, “When I talked to Jesus, he told me to do ___.” I wish I did … Continue reading

3-23-2014 Scripture (3rd Sunday of Lent)

March 31st, 2014

March 23 (3rd Sunday of Lent)   Exodus 17:1-7 Quarreling with Moses and Testing the Lord 1 The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the LORD commanded. They camped at … Continue reading

3-23-2014 Sermon Video

March 23rd, 2014

3-16-2014 Sermon

March 22nd, 2014

3-16-14 sermon notes John 3:1-17   I have been given grace upon grace. We all have been. God has been good to us. Our God loves us so much.   This sermon focuses on John 3:16. We have all seen … Continue reading

3-16-2014 Scripture (2nd Sunday of Lent)

March 22nd, 2014

March 16, 2014 (2nd Sunday of Lent)   Genesis 12:1-4a 1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2 “I will make you into … Continue reading

Community Events

March 22nd, 2014

Spring Brunch – Sunday, March 30 – 8:30am-12:30pm at the Belle Plaine Vet’s Club – See flyer on bulletin board in the fellowship hall for additional information. Belle Plaine Rotary Club will be hosting their annual Pancake Breakfast at St. … Continue reading

Meals on Wheels

March 22nd, 2014

Meals on Wheels – FPC serves meals week  of March 31 – April 4.

FPC Women

March 22nd, 2014

The FPC Women will be meeting on Thursday, April 3 at 1:00 pm at the home of Kathleen Geiser.  Making Dish cloths on the loom – all materials provided. If you need directions to her home or a ride, please … Continue reading

3-16-2014 Sermon Video

March 16th, 2014

Community Events

March 14th, 2014

Redeemer Lutheran Church – Church Men’s pancake & sausage supper Sunday, April 6 – 4:00-8:00 pm All you can eat – Free Will Donation See flyer on bulletin board in fellowship hall.   Spring Brunch Sunday, March 30 – 8:30am-12:30pm  … Continue reading

Easter Flowers

March 14th, 2014

Easter flowers for our church need to be ordered on or before Friday, March 28.  A signup sheet has been placed on the table in the narthex.  All flowers are $12.00 each unless otherwise indicated.  Payment can be made after … Continue reading

3-9-2014 Sermon

March 14th, 2014

3-9-14 Sermon Notes   It is good to see everyone after my two month vacation. Thank you and thank the council for allowing me this time to be off with Sue, especially during the coldest winter vortexes in recent memories. … Continue reading

3-9-2014 Scripture (1st Sunday of Lent)

March 14th, 2014

March 9 (1st Sunday of Lent)   Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the … Continue reading

Community Events

March 9th, 2014

Redeemer Lutheran Church Church Men’s pancake & sausage supper Sunday, April 6 – 4:00-8:00 pm  All you can eat – Free Will Donation See flyer on bulletin board in fellowship hall.

March is Food Share Month

March 9th, 2014

Non perishable food items and cash donations will be collected for our local food shelf during each Sunday in March.  A box has been placed on the table in the narthex for your donations. Suggested food items:  Canned fruit, peanut … Continue reading

Ham Cards at Coborn’s

March 9th, 2014

Coborn’s is offering hams – for each $10 purchase you will receive a credit mark on your card.  If you cannot complete a card for your own ham – you can bring your card to the church, we can combine … Continue reading

Alzheimer Association

March 9th, 2014

The support group will be meeting on Tuesday, March 18, from 6:30-7:30 pm at Kingsway Retirement Living in the Ratzkeller.

March 2014

March 5th, 2014

MARCH 2014 WELCOME   Greetings from Pastor Don March 2014 Pastor’s notes. It is really hard for me to write this March note for the newsletter, while sitting at the pool, enjoying the sun and thinking about golfing with Sue … Continue reading

3-5-2014 Scripture (Ash Wednesday)

March 5th, 2014

  3-5-14 Ash Wednesday Scripture   Isaiah 58: 5-12 5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen,         only a day for people to humble themselves?         Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed         and for lying … Continue reading

3-2-2014 Scripture (Transfiguration of the Lord)

March 5th, 2014

March 2 (Transfiguration of the Lord) Service of the Lord’s Supper Exodus 24:12-18 12 The LORD said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone with the … Continue reading

2-23-2014 Scripture (7th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

March 5th, 2014

February 23, 2014 (7th Sunday in Ordinary Time) Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 The LORD said to Moses, 2 “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy. 9 “‘When … Continue reading

2-23-2014 Sermon Video

February 24th, 2014

Minnesota Food Share Month

February 24th, 2014

March Is Minnesota Food Share Month – A box has been placed in the narthex for any food items you care to donate during the month of March – Cash donations are also accepted. Thank you

Presbyterian Women

February 24th, 2014

UPW will meet on Thursday, March 6 at 1:00 pm at the home of Doris Edberg. Please plan to come. Do you need a ride? Contact Marilyn Johnson, Doris Edberg, Doris Bartholomew or Kathleen Geiser. Come for fellowship, stay for … Continue reading

Meals on Wheels

February 24th, 2014

FPC – serves Meals on Wheels Monday-Friday, March 3-7

2-16-2014 Sermon Video

February 16th, 2014

2-16-2014 Scripture (6th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

February 16th, 2014

February 16 (6th Sunday in Ordinary Time)   Deuteronomy 30:15-20 15 See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. 16 For I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to … Continue reading

Food Shelf

February 16th, 2014

The Belle Plaine Food Shelf Winter is here! Thanks to all for your many donations. Please continue to remember the food shelf and all those who are in need in our area.  Please continue to pray for all who receive … Continue reading

Alzheimer’s Association

February 16th, 2014

Belle Plaine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association Will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, February 18 from 6:30-7:30 at Kingsway Retirement Living in the Ratzkeller.

2-16-2014 Scripture (6th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

February 12th, 2014

February 16 (6th Sunday in Ordinary Time)   Deuteronomy 30:15-20 15 See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. 16 For I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to … Continue reading

2-9-2014 Sermon Video

February 9th, 2014

February 2014

February 3rd, 2014

February 2014   WELCOME            Greetings from Pastor Don   Micah 6:8  He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.     And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy     and to walk humbly … Continue reading

Presbyterian Women

February 3rd, 2014

UPW – Our church women will be meeting on Thursday, February 6 at 1:00 pm at the church.  Please plan to join us and invite a friend to come with you.

Meals on Wheels

February 3rd, 2014

Meals on Wheels – First Presbyterian church Serves meals on wheels, Monday-Friday, February 3-7.

2-2-2014 Scripture (4th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

February 3rd, 2014

February 2, 2014 (4th Sunday in Ordinary Time) Micah 6:1-8 Listen to what the LORD says: “Stand up, plead my case before the mountains;     let the hills hear what you have to say. “Hear, you mountains, the Lord’s accusation;     listen, … Continue reading

1-26-2014 Scripture (3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

January 31st, 2014

January 26 (3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time) Isaiah 9:1-4 1 Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the … Continue reading

1-26-2014 Sermon Video

January 26th, 2014

1-19-2014 Scripture (2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

January 26th, 2014

January 19 (2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time)   Isaiah 49:1-7 1 Listen to me, you islands;     hear this, you distant nations:  Before I was born the LORD called me;     from my birth he has made mention of my name.  2 … Continue reading

1-19-2014 Sermon Video

January 19th, 2014

1-12-2014 Scripture (Baptism of the Lord)

January 16th, 2014

January 12 (Baptism of the Lord)   Isaiah 42:1-9 1 “Here is my servant, whom I uphold,     my chosen one in whom I delight;  I will put my Spirit on him,     and he will bring justice to the nations.  2 … Continue reading

1-12-2014 Sermon Video

January 12th, 2014

January 2014

January 8th, 2014

 January 2014 WELCOME Greetings from Pastor Don   Happy New Year.             Many people complain about how dark it is this time of the year. Because Sue and I were in Alaska this past June ,we experienced the “Land of … Continue reading

1-5-2014 Scripture (2nd Sunday After Christmas Day)

January 8th, 2014

January 5 (2nd Sunday After Christmas Day) Service of the Lord’s Supper   Ephesians 1:3-14 Praise for the spiritual blessings in Christ. 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in … Continue reading

12-29-2013 Scripture (Sunday after Christmas Day)

January 3rd, 2014

12-29-13 Sunday after Christmas Day   Isaiah 63:7-9 Praise and Prayer 7 I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord,     the deeds for which he is to be praised,     according to all the Lord has done for us— yes, … Continue reading

Services on 1/5 are cancelled

January 3rd, 2014

All services are cancelled for Sunday (1/5) due to weather conditions.  Please stay safe and warm.

12-24-2013 Sermon (The Tweleve Days of Christmas)

December 27th, 2013

There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me. What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won’t come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?   This … Continue reading

12-24-2013 Scripture (Christmas Eve)

December 27th, 2013

December 24, Christmas Eve Isaiah 9: 2-7 2 The people walking in darkness     have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness     a light has dawned. 3 You have enlarged the nation     and increased their … Continue reading

12-24-2013 Christmas Eve Sermon Video

December 24th, 2013

12-22-2013 Sermon (Obedient like Mary and Joseph)

December 24th, 2013

12-22-13 Sermon notes Obedient like Mary and Joseph   Joseph 24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. (Matthew 1:24) Mary 38 Then Mary said, … Continue reading

12-22-2013 Scripture (4th Sunday of Advent)

December 24th, 2013

December 22 (4th Sunday of Advent)   Isaiah 7:10-16 10 Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, 11 “Ask the Lord your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.” 12 But Ahaz said, “I … Continue reading

12/22/2013 Sermon Video

December 22nd, 2013

12-15-2013 Scripture (3rd Sunday of Advent)

December 22nd, 2013

December 12 (3rd Sunday of Advent) Isaiah 35:1-10 Joy of the Redeemed 1 The desert and the parched land will be glad;     the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.  Like the crocus, 2 it will burst into bloom;     it will rejoice … Continue reading

12-15-2013 Sermon (Mary’s Song)

December 22nd, 2013

12-15-13 sermon notes “Mary’s Song” Luke 1:46-55   Paula Sanders, who has been pulpit supply for me when I have been on vacation, and will also be here some of the Sundays in January and February is working on her … Continue reading

John 3:16 – I don’t understand it.

December 22nd, 2013

John  3:16 – I don’t understand it. A little boy was  selling newspapers on the corner, the people were in and out of the  cold. The little boy was  so cold that he wasn’t trying to sell many papers.  He … Continue reading

12-15-2013 Sermon Video

December 15th, 2013

12-8-2013 Sermon (Prepare the Way)

December 11th, 2013

12-8-13 sermon notes, “Prepare the Way.” Matthew 3:1-12 Second Sunday of Advent. Are you ready for Christmas? Normally when this question is asked we can point to a number of things to gauge our readiness. Do we have our tree … Continue reading

12-8-2013 Scripture (Sunday of Advent)

December 11th, 2013

12-8-13 Second Sunday of Advent Isaiah 11:1-10 The Branch From Jesse 1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— … Continue reading

12-8-2013 Sermon Video

December 8th, 2013

12-1-2013 Sermon (Waiting)

December 5th, 2013

12-1-13 sermon notes. “Waiting” Don’t you just hate to wait? I do. It is not something that I am exceptionally good at patience. God has been giving me many opportunities over this past week to work on patience. Sue and … Continue reading

12-1-2013 Scripture

December 5th, 2013

12-1-13 scripture Isaiah 2:1-5 let us walk in the light of the Lord. 1 This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem: 2 In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established … Continue reading

12-1-2013 Sermon Video

December 1st, 2013

December 2013

December 1st, 2013

December 2013 WELCOME Greetings from Pastor Don Merry Christmas. A little early, but I did want to make sure that you were greeted with Merry Christmas and not Happy Holidays, because we are celebrating the birth of Jesus, the Christ, … Continue reading

Operation Christmas Child

December 1st, 2013

We packed 453 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child this year (2013). Please pray for the children who will receive them. Thanks for your support. Denise Johnson.

Meals on Wheels

December 1st, 2013

FPC serves Meals on Wheels Monday – Friday, December 9-13

Turkey Cards at Coborn’s

December 1st, 2013

As you purchase your groceries at Coborn’s you receive a point for each $10 – If you cannot complete and/or use your card, we can combine uncompleted cards to make a full one and receive a turkey for the food … Continue reading

11-24-2013 Scripture (Christ the King)

November 26th, 2013

11-24-13 Christ the King Scripture Jeremiah 23:1-6 The Righteous Branch 1 “Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!” declares the Lord. 2 Therefore this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says … Continue reading

11-24-2013 Sermon (Christ is our King)

November 26th, 2013

11-24-13 Christ is our King Royalty is fascinating. We are all intrigued with the Royal family in England: the coronations, marriages, births, who is next in line for King or Queen. But it is hard for us to bring royalty … Continue reading

11-24-2013 Sermon Video

November 24th, 2013

11-17-2013 Sermon Video

November 24th, 2013

11-17-2013 Sermon (Keep calm and Carry on)

November 20th, 2013

11-17-13 sermon notes, “Keep calm and Carry on.” I took the last sentence in the Gospel today as the start of my meditation on this week’s gospel. 19 Stand firm, and you will win life. I looked up the different … Continue reading

11-17-2013 Scripture (New Heavens and a New Earth)

November 20th, 2013

Isaiah 65:17-25 New Heavens and a New Earth 17 “See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. 18 But be glad and rejoice forever in … Continue reading

11-10-2013 Scripture (The Promised Glory of the New House)

November 12th, 2013

11-10-13 Scripture Haggai 1: 15b – 2:9 The Promised Glory of the New House 15 on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month. In the second year of King Darius, 2: 1 on the twenty-first day of the seventh month, … Continue reading

11-3-2013 Sermon (Jesus came to seek and to save the lost)

November 12th, 2013

11-3-13 sermon notes, “Jesus came to seek and to save the lost.” A little boy opened the big and old family Bible with fascination; he looked at the old pages as he turned them. Then something fell out of the … Continue reading

11-3-2013 Scripture (Habakkuk’s Complaint)

November 12th, 2013

11-3-13 Scripture Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 1 The prophecy that Habakkuk the prophet received. Habakkuk’s Complaint 2 How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? … Continue reading

Cookie Walk 2013

November 4th, 2013

11-3-2013 Sermon Video

November 3rd, 2013

Meals On Wheels

November 2nd, 2013

First Presbyterian Church will be serving Meals On Wheels – Monday-Friday, November 11th – November 15th. Thank you for your ministry in serving those in need.

Cookie Walk 2013

November 2nd, 2013

Annual cookie walk will be held on Saturday, November 23rd, 10:00am-12:00 noon. Mark your calendars! Dig out your favorite recipes and start planning for our winter fund raiser. Any baked item or sweet is welcome, but the favorite seller is … Continue reading

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service 2013

November 2nd, 2013

The Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service will be held at West Union Church, 15820 Market Avenue in Cologne, MN., on Tuesday, November 26th at 7:00 pm. West Union be the host for this service led by Pastor Wolfgang Laudert. There will be … Continue reading

Food Shelf Fundraiser

November 2nd, 2013

Saturday, November 16th – Valley View Golf Club Tickets are $25 for dinner and raffle, $15 for raffle only. Social hour 5:30 pm – Dinner 6:30pm Raffle winning tickets include: 1st prize – $500, 2nd prize $150, 3rd prize – … Continue reading

Give a Little, Feed a lot

November 2nd, 2013

Give a Little, Feed a lot – Thursday, November 14, 4-7pm at Kingsway Retirement Living, 815 West Main St., Belle Plaine, MN. Come enjoy complimentary refreshments, giveaways and make a donation. You are cordially invited to attend a reception to … Continue reading

November 2013

November 2nd, 2013

November 2013 WELCOME Greetings from Pastor Don 2 Timothy 3:16-17 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good … Continue reading

10-27-2013 Scripture

November 2nd, 2013

Joel 2:23-32 23 Be glad, people of Zion,     rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains     because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers,     both autumn and spring rains, as before. 24 The … Continue reading

10-27-2013 Sermon Video

October 27th, 2013

 

10-20-2013 Sermon (Persistence)

October 24th, 2013

10-20-13 sermon notes, Luke 18:1-8 “Persistence”   Chapter eighteen opens with Jesus telling his disciples a parable. “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. ”   I was … Continue reading

10-20-2013 Scripture

October 24th, 2013

10-20-13 Scripture   Jeremiah 31:27-34The days are coming… 27 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will plant the kingdoms of Israel and Judah with the offspring of people and of animals. 28 Just as I watched over … Continue reading

Operation Christmas Child 2013

October 23rd, 2013

Food Shelf Fundraiser

October 20th, 2013

Food Shelf Fundraiser Saturday, November 16th – Valley View Golf Club Tickets are $25 for dinner and raffle, $15 for raffle only. Social hour 5:30 pm – Dinner 6:30pm Raffle winning tickets include: 1st prize – $500, 2nd prize $150, … Continue reading

Turkey Cards at Coborn’s

October 20th, 2013

As you purchase your groceries at Coborn’s you receive a point for each $10 – If you cannot complete and/or use your card, we can combine uncompleted cards to make a full one and receive a turkey for the food … Continue reading

Christmas Concert – Home Free

October 20th, 2013

Christmas Concert – Home Free Friday, November 29, 2013 Sponsored by Le Sueur United Methodist Church – UMW Concert begins at 7:00 pm – (doors open at 6:00pm) LSH Auditorium – 901 Ferry Street – Le Sueur MN. $15 advance … Continue reading

Operation Christmas Child 2013

October 20th, 2013

Operation Christmas Child is already underway. Please bring in empty shoe boxes and any items you would like to donate. We will begin packing boxes today, October 20th and continue following Sundays’ October 27th, November 3rd , November 10th and … Continue reading

10-20-2013 Sermon Video

October 20th, 2013

Halloween Party

October 20th, 2013

Church Halloween Party Thursday, October 31st, from 4:00-6:00 pm. Our member, Brian Stolt, will be making his wonderfully, tasty sloppy Joes.  We will have a signup sheet for helpers and for donations (food and/or money).  In the past years, everyone … Continue reading

10-13-2013 Scripture (A Letter to the Exiles)

October 17th, 2013

10-13-13 Scripture   Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 A Letter to the Exiles 1 This is the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and … Continue reading

10-6-2013 Sermon (Little Things)

October 9th, 2013

10-6-13 sermon notes “Little Things”   In the ancient word a mustard seed was proverbial for something really really small. In Matthew 13:30 Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted … Continue reading

10-6-2013 Scripture

October 9th, 2013

October 6 Scripture Lamentations 1:1-6 The Punishment of Exile 1 How deserted lies the city,     once so full of people! How like a widow is she,     who once was great among the nations! She who was queen among the provinces     … Continue reading

10-6-2013 Sermon Video

October 6th, 2013

Operation Christmas Child

October 5th, 2013

Operation Christmas Child – Kick Off Sunday October 20th. It is time to start thinking about Operation Christmas Child. Please start bringing in empty shoe boxes and any items you would like to donate.  We will begin packing boxes on … Continue reading

Belle Plaine Food Shelf Update

October 5th, 2013

Belle Plaine Food Shelf Update School is starting – and soon we will be having cold weather.  With that in mind, do you knit or crochet?  We are looking for hats, gloves, mittens and scarves.  If you make any of … Continue reading

FPC T-Shirts

October 5th, 2013

The tee-shirts and sweat shirts have arrived and many are wearing them around town.  Over thirty have been ordered. (Maybe we could have a group photo taken). We can order more shirts, but we will need at least 10 orders. … Continue reading

Meals On Wheels

October 5th, 2013

First Presbyterian Church will be serving Meals On Wheels – Monday-Friday, October 14th- October 18th. Thank you for your ministry in serving those in need.

9-29-2013 Sermon (We have Moses, the Prophets, the Gospels and the Epistles.)

October 5th, 2013

9-29-13 Sermon notes “We have Moses, the Prophets, the Gospels and the Epistles.”   The rich man in hades he asked Father Abraham to send Lazarus, the beggar who was in heaven, to dip the tip of his finger in … Continue reading

9-29-2013 Scripture (19th Sunday after Pentecost)

October 5th, 2013

September 29 19th Sunday after Pentecost   Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 Jeremiah Buys a Field 1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year … Continue reading

October 2013

October 5th, 2013

October 2013 WELCOME Greetings from Pastor Don I came across this article in my weekly readings and meditations, and thought that it had much to speak to us. We are “mending the world.” We are doing “The Work of Christmas.” … Continue reading

9/29/2013 Sermon Video

September 29th, 2013

9-22-2013 Scripture

September 25th, 2013

9-22-13 Scripture passages Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 Balm in Gilead 18 You who are my Comforter in sorrow,     my heart is faint within me. 19 Listen to the cry of my people     from a land far away: “Is the Lord not in … Continue reading

9-22-2013 Sermon (Cannot serve both money and God)

September 25th, 2013

I have always had difficulty with this story about the shrewd manager who worked for a rich man. But I found a better story about a decent manager who worked for another rich man.   Does $20 make a difference? … Continue reading

9-22-2013 Sermon Video

September 22nd, 2013

9-15-2013 Sermon (The Lost is Found)

September 19th, 2013

9-15-13 sermon notes, “The Lost is Found” Some time ago, a former homeless man was buried at the prestigious St. John’s Episcopal Church, across from the White House. St. John’s is called the “church of presidents” since nearly every U.S. … Continue reading

9-15-2013 Scripture (17th Sunday after Pentecost)

September 19th, 2013

September 15 17th Sunday after Pentecost Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 God’s judgments against his people 11 At that time this people and Jerusalem will be told, “A scorching wind from the barren heights in the desert blows toward my people, but … Continue reading

9-15-2013 Sermon video

September 15th, 2013

First Presbyterian Church 9/15/2013 Rev. Don Genereux

9-8-2013 Sermon

September 14th, 2013

9-8-13 sermon notes   I don’t remember preaching out of the Psalms. I was led this week to preach on our Psalm today, Psalm 139. It is one of the most beautiful Psalms, describing how God knows us intimately and … Continue reading

9-8-2013 Scripture (16th Sunday after Pentecost)

September 14th, 2013

September 8 16th Sunday after Pentecost   Jeremiah 18:1-11 At the Potter’s House 1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” … Continue reading

9-8-2013 Sermon Video

September 8th, 2013

First Presbyterian Church 9/8/2013 Rev. Don Genereux

September 2013

September 8th, 2013

September 2013 WELCOME   Greetings from Pastor Don “We fearlessly follow the Holy Spirit into a changing world” Pastor Don hours: Pastor Don is  in the office on Wednesdays.  If you would like to set up an appointment with Pastor Don, … Continue reading

9-1-2013 Sermon (We have the opposite problem: everyone sits in the back)

September 8th, 2013

9-1-13 sermon notes: “We have the opposite problem: everyone sits in the back”   Our Gospel passage today Jesus told a story, a parable, about the best seat in the house. It’s only human nature for us to want to sit … Continue reading

9-1-2013 Scripture

September 8th, 2013

September 1, 2013 Scripture   Jeremiah 2:4-13 Straying from the Lord 4 Hear the word of the Lord, you descendants of Jacob,     all you clans of Israel. 5 This is what the Lord says: “What fault did your ancestors find … Continue reading

9-1-2013 Sermon Video

September 1st, 2013

First Presbyterian Church 9/1/2013 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

September Events

August 30th, 2013

At First Presbyterian Church Sunday, September 1  Church Council Meeting follows worship service Thursday, September 5 UPW meets at the church at 1:00 pm Saturday, September 7 Fall church cleanup from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon Sunday, September 8 Sunday … Continue reading

8-25-2013 Sermon (Constant Criticism)

August 28th, 2013

8-25-13 sermon notes, “Constant Criticism” Have you ever had one of those days when everything goes wrong, and everyone sees what you have done wrong and everyone criticizes you? Or even though your intentions were very good, you get criticized. … Continue reading

8-25-2013 Scripture (14th Sunday after Pentecost)

August 28th, 2013

August 25, 14th Sunday after Pentecost Jeremiah 1:4-10 The Call of Jeremiah 4 The word of the Lord came to me, saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you … Continue reading

8-25-2013 Sermon Video

August 25th, 2013

First Presbyterian Church 8/25/2013 Rev. Don Genereux  

City Wide Garage Sale

August 23rd, 2013

The City Wide Garage Sale is Friday-Saturday, September 20-21 Friday, 10:00 am-6:00 pm Saturday, 8:00am – noon Bring items for sale to church fellowship hall before September 18. Signup sheet available soon on the table in the narthex.

Meals on Wheels

August 23rd, 2013

UPC serves Meals on Wheels Monday-Friday, September 16-20

Sunday School

August 23rd, 2013

Sunday school begins on Sunday, September 8

Fall Church Cleanup

August 23rd, 2013

Join us on Saturday, September 7  for the Fall church cleanup from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

8-18-2013 Scripture (13th Sunday after Pentecost)

August 21st, 2013

August 18, 13th Sunday after Pentecost Isaiah 5: 1-7 The Song of the Vineyard 1 I will sing for the one I love     a song about his vineyard: My loved one had a vineyard     on a fertile hillside. 2 He … Continue reading

8-11-2013 Sermon (God has given us the kingdom of heaven)

August 16th, 2013

8-11-13 sermon notes God has given us the kingdom of heaven   In our Gospel passage, Jesus tells us, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” I think Jesus … Continue reading

8-11-2013 Scripture (12th Sunday after Pentecost)

August 16th, 2013

August 11, 12th Sunday after Pentecost   Isaiah 1:10, 16-20 the Word of the Lord 10 Hear the word of the Lord,     you rulers of Sodom; listen to the instruction of our God,     you people of Gomorrah! 16 Wash and … Continue reading

National Night Out 2013

August 13th, 2013

FPC Shirts

August 13th, 2013

We’ll be placing an order for FPC shirts on October 1st. Let us know if you’d like one and we’ll be sure to reserve one for you. Copies of the order form for long and short sleeved shirts and sweatshirts … Continue reading

8-11-2013 Sermon Video

August 11th, 2013

First Presbyterian Church 8/11/2013 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

8-4-2013 Sermon (What are you Storing up?)

August 11th, 2013

Are we, to take life easy; eat, drink and be merry?”’ like the foolish farmer. Or does this passage make us look at our lives in a different way. The questions that keep coming to me are: ”What’s really important … Continue reading

8-4-2013 Scripture (God’s Love for Israel)

August 11th, 2013

Hosea 11:1-11 God’s Love for Israel 1 “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. 2 But the more they were called, the more they went away from me. They sacrificed to … Continue reading

National Night Out 2013

August 4th, 2013

Be sure to join us Tuesday (8/6) for National Night out.

8-4-2013 Sermon Video

August 4th, 2013

First Presbyterian Church 8/4/2013 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

7-28-2013 Sermon Video

August 4th, 2013

First Presbyterian Church 7/28/2013 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

Presbyterian Women

July 31st, 2013

The Women of First Presbyterian will not be meeting in August. We will gather together again in September. If you have not been to one of our meetings, please consider joining our group. We have Bible study, share fellowship, and … Continue reading

Sunday School

July 31st, 2013

We are preparing our Sunday School Schedule for fall. We are looking forward to seeing all the children back in class. Our Sunday school will follow the Pastor’s Children’s sermon each Sunday. Watch for news on Fall Sunday School start … Continue reading

2013 BBQ Day Parade Fund Raiser

July 31st, 2013

The 2013 BBQ Day Parade Hot Dog Sales fund raiser was a success! We sold out, and made a profit of $1,029 after expenses. This exceeded last year’s profit by almost $100. A big thank you to all who helped … Continue reading

Belle Plaine Food Shelf Update

July 31st, 2013

School is just around the corner. The Belle Plaine food shelf is collecting school supplies/item. We are in need of notebooks, pencils, erasers, rulers, calculators etc. If you can contribute any of these Items, there is a box set up … Continue reading

August 2013

July 31st, 2013

August 2013 WELCOME   Note from Pastor Don   New Poll: What’s the Average Length of Sermon Prep? Thom Rainer   Most church members give little thought to the amount of time it takes a pastor to prepare each sermon. … Continue reading

7-28-2013 Scripture (Tenth Sunday After Pentecost)

July 31st, 2013

7-28-13 Tenth Sunday After Pentecost.   Hosea 1:2-10 Hosea’s Wife and Children 2 When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous … Continue reading

7-28-2013 Sermon (Teach us to pray)

July 31st, 2013

7-28-13 sermon notes “Teach us to pray”   I am easily distracted when I pray. Do any of you suffer from this disability? I don’t think I can focus on praying for longer than 30 seconds, and during that time … Continue reading

7-21-2013 Scripture

July 28th, 2013

Amos 8:1-12 A Basket of Ripe Fruit 1 This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me: basket of ripe fruit. 2 “What do you see, Amos?” he asked. “A basket of ripe fruit,” I answered. Then the Lord said to … Continue reading

7-21-2013 Sermon (Distracted)

July 28th, 2013

40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help … Continue reading

BBQ Days 2013

July 28th, 2013

School Supplies

July 28th, 2013

Did you see the box on the table in the narthex? The food shelf is looking for school supplies for those in need in our community.  Notebooks, pencils, erasers, rulers, calculators etc., are all needed. Thanks for all your many … Continue reading

Sermon Video from 7/21/2013

July 21st, 2013

First Presbyterian Church 7/21/2013 Rev. Don Genereux www.fpcbelleplaine.org

Meals on Wheels

July 21st, 2013

FPC serves Meals on Wheels Monday-Friday, July 22-26

Hot Dogs

July 21st, 2013

A big thanks to everyone that helped with our hot dog sales and/or enjoyed a hot dog during the parade.

Sermon Video from 7-14-2013

July 14th, 2013

7-7-2013 Sermon (Sending out)

July 13th, 2013

7-7-13 sermon notes “Sending out”   Sue and I had a great time touring Alaska. It was the trip of a life time. We traveled with John Hall’s Alaska, a local company, which has their offices in Lake City, MN. … Continue reading

7-7-2013 Scripture (Seventh Sunday After Pentecost)

July 13th, 2013

7-7-13 Seventh Sunday After Pentecost. Service of the Lord’s Supper   2 Kings 5:1-14 Naaman Healed of Leprosy 1 Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of … Continue reading

7-7-2013 Sermon Video

July 8th, 2013

6-30-2013 Scripture

July 4th, 2013

Old Testament   Genesis 1:1-2 The Beginning 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was … Continue reading

6-30-2013 Sermon Video

June 30th, 2013

Meals On Wheels

June 30th, 2013

First Presbyterian Church will be serving Meals On Wheels – Monday-Friday, July 22nd – July 26th. Thank you for your ministry in serving those in need.

July 2013

June 30th, 2013

July 2013 WELCOME Note from Pastor Don Fund raiser. Parable of the Talents/ Bags of Gold. The first Sunday in April $10 was given to any member of the congregation who wanted to participate to grow the money as our … Continue reading

6-30-2013 Scripture

June 30th, 2013

Old Testament   Genesis 1:1-2 The Beginning 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was … Continue reading

6-23-2013 Scripture

June 30th, 2013

Old Testament   Psalm 30:1-12 A song.  For the dedication of the Temple of David. 1 I will exalt you, O LORD, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. 2 … Continue reading

6-23-2013 Sermon Video

June 24th, 2013

6-16-2013 Scripture (Naboth’s Vineyard)

June 15th, 2013

1 Kings 21:1-22 Naboth’s Vineyard 1 Some time later there was an incident involving a vineyard belonging to Naboth the Jezreelite. The vineyard was in Jezreel, close to the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. 2 Ahab said to Naboth, … Continue reading

6-9-2013 Sermon (The Miracle of the jar of flour and the jug of oil)

June 15th, 2013

6-9-13 Sermon notes: 1 Kings 17:8-24 The Miracle of the jar of flour and the jug of oil   I want to focus on the Old Testament Passage this morning because it has a special meaning for us. I have … Continue reading

6-9-2013 Scripture (Third Sunday after Pentecost)

June 15th, 2013

6-9-13 Third Sunday after Pentecost   1 Kings 17:8-24 The Miracle of the jar of flour and the jug of oil 8 Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: 9 “Go at once to Zarephath in the region … Continue reading

6-9-2013 Sermon Video

June 10th, 2013

6-2-2013 Scripture (Second Sunday after Pentecost)

June 8th, 2013

6-2-13 Second Sunday after Pentecost   Psalm 96 1 Sing to the Lord a new song;     sing to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Sing to the Lord, praise his name;     proclaim his salvation day after day. 3 Declare his … Continue reading

6-2-2013 Sermon/Talent Video

June 6th, 2013

June 2013

June 2nd, 2013

June 2013 WELCOME Note from Pastor Don Romans 8:27-28 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. 28 And we know … Continue reading

5-26-2013 Sermon (Suffering is overrated)

May 30th, 2013

5-26-13 sermon notes Romans 5:1-5  “Suffering is overrated”   Happy Memorial Day. Tomorrow I have been asked to give the invocation at the Memorial Day Observance at Veterans Park at 11 am. Please join me there to pray for our … Continue reading

5-26-2013 Scripture (Trinity Sunday)

May 30th, 2013

May 26, Trinity Sunday   Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 Wisdom’s Call 1 Does not wisdom call out?     Does not understanding raise her voice? 2 At the highest point along the way,     where the paths meet, she takes her stand; 3 beside … Continue reading

Memorial Day

May 26th, 2013

Join us at Veteran’s Park at 11:00 AM (5/27) for a Memorial Day Celebration.

5/26/2013 Sermon Video

May 26th, 2013

5-19-2013 Sermon (Pentecost)

May 22nd, 2013

5-19-13  “Pentecost” Acts 2:1-21   Today is Pentecost Sunday, the day when we remember God’s great gift to us following the death of his Son in our place on the Cross. It is the gift of the Holy Spirit. Yet … Continue reading

5-19-2013 Scripture (Day of Pentecost)

May 22nd, 2013

May 19 Day of Pentecost   Psalm 104:24-34, 35b 24 How many are your works, Lord!     In wisdom you made them all;     the earth is full of your creatures. 25 There is the sea, vast and spacious,     teeming with creatures … Continue reading

5-19-2013 Sermon Video

May 19th, 2013

5-12-2013 Sermon (Jesus’ Prayer for Unity)

May 14th, 2013

5-12-13 Sermon notes“Jesus’ Prayer for Unity”   Happy Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day was declared an annual National Holiday in 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson. He directed Congress to designate the second Sunday of May as a special day for public … Continue reading

5-12-2013 Scripture (Seventh Sunday of Easter)

May 14th, 2013

May 12, Seventh Sunday of Easter   Acts 16:16-34 Paul and Silas in Prison 16 Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted … Continue reading

5-12-2013 Sermon Video (Mothers Day)

May 12th, 2013

5-5-2013 Scripture (Sixth Sunday of Easter)

May 11th, 2013

May 5, Sixth Sunday of Easter   Acts 16:9-15 9 During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 After Paul had seen the vision, … Continue reading

5-5-2013 Sermon (Foreshadow of Pentecost and Trinity)

May 11th, 2013

5-5-13 sermon notes John 14:23-29, “Foreshadow of Pentecost and Trinity”   Pentecost is in two weeks and Trinity Sunday is in three weeks. This passage from John foreshadows both of these special observances.   In the first sentence, Jesus highlighted … Continue reading

5-5-2013 Sermon Video

May 11th, 2013

4-28-2013 Sermon (Love one another)

May 3rd, 2013

4-28-13 sermon notes, “Love one another.”   I want to thank everyone who came out yesterday to make Family Fun Day a great success. I bid on almost every item in the silent auction hoping to drive the price up. … Continue reading

4-28-2013 Scripture (Fifth Sunday of Easter )

May 3rd, 2013

April 28, Fifth Sunday of Easter   Acts 11:1-18 Peter’s Vision 1 The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. 2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised … Continue reading

May 2013

April 30th, 2013

MAY  2013 WELCOME Note from Pastor Don 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, … Continue reading

Meals on Wheels

April 30th, 2013

First Presbyterian serves – Meals on Wheels – Monday-Friday, April 29th-May 3rd.

FPC Women

April 30th, 2013

FPC Women will be meeting on Thursday, May 2nd at 1:00 pm here at church. Please plan to come.

Family Fun Day

April 30th, 2013

Thanks for everyone’s hard work to make the Family Fun Day so successful.

4-28-2013 Sermon Video

April 28th, 2013

4-21-2013 Sermon Video

April 28th, 2013

The Traveler and the Guides

April 25th, 2013

The Traveler and the Guides.   A traveler was returning to his home from a journey to a distant country. At nightfall he arrived at the entrance to a vast forest. Unable either to delay his journey or retrace his steps, he … Continue reading

4-21-2013 Scripture (Fourth Sunday of Easter)

April 25th, 2013

April 21, Fourth Sunday of Easter   Acts 9:36-43   Peter raises Tabitha from the dead. 36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. … Continue reading

4-21-2013 Sermon (Snatched)

April 25th, 2013

4-21-13  Sermon notes “Snatched”   At first glance, our gospel lesson this morning seems out of place. This story takes place before the events of the Passion week, before Jesus’ death on the cross, before his resurrection. As a matter … Continue reading

4-14-2013 Sermon (Reinstated)

April 18th, 2013

4-14-13 Sermon notes, “Reinstated”   One of the themes that comes across, not only in today’s passages, but throughout all the Bible is the idea that God knows our sins, but is willing to forgive. In our usual worship service … Continue reading

4-14-2013 Scripture (Third Sunday of Easter)

April 18th, 2013

April 14, Third Sunday of Easter   Acts 9:1-20 Saul’s Conversion 1 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest  2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in … Continue reading

Sermon Video from 4/14/2013

April 14th, 2013

4-7-2013 Sermon (Invest in ourselves)

April 11th, 2013

4-7-13 sermon notes, “Invest in ourselves.”   Thank you for your thoughts and prayers during my hospitalization last weekend. I missed being here to celebrate the reason for our faith: the resurrection of Jesus. Without the resurrection our faith is … Continue reading

4-7-2013 Scripture (Second Sunday of Easter)

April 11th, 2013

April 7, Second Sunday of Easter   Acts 5:27-32 27 The apostles were brought in and made to appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. 28 “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this … Continue reading

Family Fun Day

April 7th, 2013

Presbyterian Family Fun Day! Saturday, April 27th 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At the First Presbyterian Church in Belle Plaine Fun for all ages! Games and Prizes! Lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. Silent Auction from 11:00 a.m. to … Continue reading

Sermon video from 4/7/2013

April 7th, 2013

Food Shelf

March 31st, 2013

The food shelf received a Star of the North Award from Congressman John Kline  for its contributions to the community.  Congratulations for a job well done. Thanks to all the Belle Plaine Community people that have donated their time, cash … Continue reading

Family Fun Day

March 31st, 2013

Family Fun Day – will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church *** There will be games and prizes at the cost of 25 cents a chance or buy 5 … Continue reading

Meals On Wheels

March 31st, 2013

Meals On Wheels First Presbyterian Church will be serving Meals On Wheels – Monday – Friday, April 1-April 5. Thank you for your service to those in need in our community.

April 2013

March 31st, 2013

APRIL 2013 WELCOME Note from Pastor Don SPECIAL NOTE FROM THE CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2013: Financial Report. January income – $3,758     February income – $3,451 Expenses              $4 588     Expenses                $5,107 Deficit                  -$  830                Deficit                –  $1,656 … Continue reading

The Spring Gatherings for all Presbyterian Women

March 31st, 2013

Attention All Presbyterian Women The Spring Gatherings for all Presbyterian Women will be held in Rochester, MN on Saturday, April 13 starting  at 9:00 am. The speaker will be Linda Hora who will be sharing the Global Exchange experience in India … Continue reading

Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women

March 31st, 2013

Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women is in need of volunteers to answer the 24 hour crisis line.  Free training begins April 6.  For more information call 952-873-4214 (Cindy or Jan)   Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women will be holding … Continue reading

FPC Women meeting

March 31st, 2013

FPC Women will be meeting on Thursday, April 4th at 12:00 am at the church. Kathleen Geiser will be our hostess. Please plan to come and bring a friend.

Matching Grant

March 31st, 2013

An anonymous donor has offered our church $5,000 matching grant. For every dollar, above our usual operating expenses, that we raise over the next two months, they will match dollar for dollar, up to the $5,000. Please help us brain … Continue reading

3-31-2013 Scripture (Resurrection of the Lord, Easter Sunday)

March 31st, 2013

March 31, Resurrection of the Lord, Easter Sunday   Acts 10:34-43 34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears … Continue reading

3-24-2013 Passion/Palm Sunday – Sixth Sunday in Lent

March 27th, 2013

March 24, Passion/Palm Sunday – Sixth Sunday in Lent   Liturgy of the Palms   Luke 19:28-40 Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem 28 After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 When he had come … Continue reading

3-24-2013 Choral reading of the Passion

March 27th, 2013

Narrator: Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial   Jesus: “Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, 32 but I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail; and you, when once you have … Continue reading

3-17-2013 Sermon (The anointing of Jesus)

March 27th, 2013

3-17-13 Sermon notes “The anointing of Jesus.”   Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all the Irish. Happy St. Urho’s Day for all the others.   There are stories about Jesus being anointed by a woman in each Gospel. Our Gospel … Continue reading

3-17-2013 Scripture (Fifth Sunday in Lent)

March 27th, 2013

March 17, Fifth Sunday in Lent   Isaiah 43:16-21 16 Thus says the Lord,     who makes a way in the sea,     a path in the mighty waters, 17 who brings out chariot and horse,     army and warrior; they lie down, … Continue reading

3-17-2013 Sermon Video

March 17th, 2013

3-10-2013 Scripture (Fourth Sunday in Lent)

March 15th, 2013

March 10, Fourth Sunday in Lent   Joshua 5:9-12 9 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” So the place has been called Gilgal to this day. 10 On the … Continue reading

3-10-2013 Sermon (Are we the prodigal child, or the good child?)

March 15th, 2013

Luke 15:1-3. 11b-31 “Are we the prodigal child, or the good child?”   Thank you and the Session for giving me the last month off to join my wife in Ft. Myers, Florida. I appreciate Paula Sanders subbing for me, … Continue reading

Upcoming Events

March 15th, 2013

March 24, 2013 – Palm Sunday – Worship & Sunday School at 9:00 a.m. – French toast breakfast from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. March 28, 2013 – Maundy Thursday – Bible Study at 1:00 p.m. – Communion worship service … Continue reading

3-10-2013 Sermon Video

March 10th, 2013

Attention All Presbyterian Women

March 10th, 2013

Attention All Presbyterian Women The Spring Gatherings for all Presbyterian Women will be held in Rochester, MN on Saturday, April 13 beginning  at 9:00 am. The speaker will be Linda Hora who will be sharing the Global Exchange experience in … Continue reading

Holy week schedule

March 10th, 2013

Palm Sunday, March 24 – French Toast Breakfast  follows worship service Maundy Thursday, March 28 – 5:00 pm  Communion worship Service Good Friday, March 29 – 3:00 pm Worship Service Easter Sunday, March 31 – 9:00 am Worship Service

3-3-2013 Sermon Video

March 3rd, 2013

French Toast Breakfast

March 3rd, 2013

We’ll be having a French Toast Breakfast following worship service for all members and their families on Palm Sunday, March 24th.

Easter Flowers

March 3rd, 2013

If you would like to place flowers in church on Easter Sunday in memory or in honor of someone, please contact Kathleen Geiser at 952-873-2743 or the church office at 952-873-2966. Cost of flowers is $12. Orders must be in … Continue reading

Bible Study

March 3rd, 2013

Come Join Our Bible Study The women of First Presbyterian will be meeting on Thursday, March 7th at 12:00 at the church. Our hostess is Marilyn Johnson. Please come and join in fellowship with our church women. Bring a friend!

Meals On Wheels

March 3rd, 2013

First Presbyterian Church will be serving Meals On Wheels – Monday – Friday, March 4-March 8. Thank you for your service to those in need in our community.

March 2013

March 3rd, 2013

MARCH 2013 WELCOME Note from Pastor Don It is kind of hard writing this from a table poolside at our condo unit. Temperature is in the mid 80’s, very sunny, and Sue and I are enjoying our last week here … Continue reading

3-3-2013 Scripture

March 3rd, 2013

March 3 Third Sunday in Lent   2 Samuel 11:1-17, 26-27 1In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army.  They destroyed the Ammonites … Continue reading

Words of Inspiration

March 3rd, 2013

Need a little pick-me-up during the week. Give a call to our Inspirational message line at phone #: 952-583-3302

Change for Change

March 3rd, 2013

Did you notice the parking meter as you entered in to the church doors? The sign on it says “Change for Change”. The loose change we collect will be used for repairs needed around the church. Please bring your ‘loose’ … Continue reading

Kwik Trip Script Cards

March 3rd, 2013

First Presbyterian is selling Kwik Trip script cards. Available denominations are: $10, $20, $50 and $100.This is a good fund raiser for our church and a quick and easy way to give a gift to someone else or to yourself. … Continue reading

2-24-2013 Sermon Video

February 24th, 2013

2-24-2013 Scripture (Second Sunday in Lent)

February 24th, 2013

February 24 Second Sunday in Lent Ruth 1:16-17 16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go and where you stay I will stay. Your people will … Continue reading

2-17-2013 Sermon Video

February 17th, 2013

Presbyterian Women

February 17th, 2013

Attention All Presbyterian Women The Spring Gatherings for all Presbyterian Women will be held in Rochester, MN on Saturday, April 13 beginning at 9:00 am. The speaker will be Linda Hora who will be sharing the Global Exchange experience in India … Continue reading

Minnesota food share month

February 17th, 2013

MARCH is designated as Minnesota food share month The goal is to raise enough money and food to provide more than half the food distributed anually by food shelves statewide.  The theme for 2013 – “Be the Hero. Fight Hunger.”

Ham for Easter

February 17th, 2013

Coborn’s is offering Ham Cards for Easter. Your purchases help fill the card.  If you are unable to complete the card, you can bring it to the church.  We will combine partially filled cards, turn them in to Coborn’s and … Continue reading

2-10-2013 Sermon (TAMAR & Judah)

February 17th, 2013

TAMAR & Judah Genesis 38:6-30, Matthew 1:1-6 Intro Good Morning , First Presbyterian Belle Plaine. Pastor Don has told me a little bit about you, mostly how much he loves you, and I look forward to getting to know you … Continue reading

Sermon Video 2/10/2013

February 10th, 2013

2-3-2013 Sermon

February 7th, 2013

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.   Yesterday was Ground Hogs Day. Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, so we only have a half dozen … Continue reading

2-3-2013 Scripture (Fourth Sunday after Epiphany)

February 7th, 2013

Jeremiah 1:4-10 The Call of Jeremiah 4 The word of the Lord came to me, saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a … Continue reading

Meals On Wheels

February 2nd, 2013

Meals On Wheels First Presbyterian Church will be serving Meals On Wheels – Monday – Friday, February 4-Feburary 8.  Thank you for your service to those in need in our community.

February 2013

February 2nd, 2013

FEBRUARY 2013 WELCOME Note from Pastor Don During Lent each year, Christians give up something as an act of sacrifice and spiritual discipline. Often it is something like chocolate, knowing that after Easter Sunday they can once again enjoy what … Continue reading

Attention all Presbyterian Women

February 2nd, 2013

The Spring Gatherings for all Presbyterian Women will be held in Rochester, MN on Saturday, April 13 beginning at 9:00 am. The speaker will be Linda Hora who will be sharing the Global Exchange experience in India to include the … Continue reading

1-27-2013 Sermon (Keep the main thing, the main thing)

February 1st, 2013

1-27-13 sermon notes Luke 4:14-21 “Keep the main thing, the main thing.”   God’s timing is perfect. Last Sunday the Epistle from Paul, 1 Corinthians 12, was on the gifts of the Spirit. We had our congregational meeting after the … Continue reading

1-27-2013 Scripture (Third Sunday after Epiphany)

February 1st, 2013

January 27, Third Sunday after Epiphany   Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 1 all the people assembled with one accord in the square before the Water Gate. They told Ezra the teacher of the Law to bring out the Book of … Continue reading

1-27-2013 Sermon Video

January 27th, 2013

UPW

January 27th, 2013

The UPW will be meeting on Thursday, February 7th at 1:30 PM at the church.  Doris Edberg is our hostess.  Please plan to attend and join in devotion with the women of the church.

1-20-2013 Sermon (Gifts of the Spirit)

January 27th, 2013

1-20-13 sermon notes “Gifts of the Spirit”   The context 1 Corinthians 12. The Corinthian church was beset with many problems and difficulties. The church was filled with division, arguments, lawsuits, and immorality. On top of that, there was confusion … Continue reading

1-20-2013 Scripture (Second Sunday after Epiphany)

January 27th, 2013

January 20, Second Sunday after Epiphany   Isaiah 62:1-5 1 For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her vindication shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch. … Continue reading

1-13-2013 Sermon (Baptism)

January 18th, 2013

1-13-13 Baptism   As our response to the Word read and proclaimed we will renew our baptismal promises after the sermon. This has become almost traditional for us to do on the Baptism of Jesus, which is a good time … Continue reading

1-13-2013 Scripture (Baptism of the Lord)

January 18th, 2013

January 13, Baptism of the Lord   Isaiah 43:1-7 Israel’s Only Savior 1 But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I … Continue reading

Congregational Meeting – Sunday – 1-20-13

January 11th, 2013

Congregational Meeting Sunday, 1-20-13, immediately after the service. Agenda: 1. Election of Ruling Elders and Deacons. Kathleen Geiser and Walt Lehtinen are on the ballot for Ruling Elders, and Doris Edberg is on the ballot for Deacon. There is an opening … Continue reading

1-6-2013 Sermon

January 10th, 2013

1-6-13 sermon notes   I used the story of the Magi as the basis of my Pastor’s notes for January and I am expanding it in this meditation. Lessons from the Magi: Guidance: God gave them the star to guide … Continue reading

1-6-2013 Scripture (Epiphany of the Lord)

January 10th, 2013

January 6, Epiphany of the Lord   Isaiah 60:1-6 1 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. 2 See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but … Continue reading

12-30-2012 Sermon (Jesus Got in Trouble Too)

January 10th, 2013

12-30-12 Sermon notes Jesus Got in Trouble Too   Where we live in Robbinsdale, there are three culdesacs that frame the neighborhood. So there are no back alleys: backyards flow into back yards or fences, with the only property lines … Continue reading

12-30-2012 Scripture

January 10th, 2013

December 30, 2012   1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26 18 But Samuel was ministering before the Lord— a boy wearing a linen ephod. 19 Each year his mother made him a little robe and took it to him when she went … Continue reading

12/30/2012 Sermon Video

December 30th, 2012

Presbyterian Women

December 30th, 2012

The women of First Presbyterian will not be meeting in January. Happy New Year!

Meals on Wheels

December 30th, 2012

First Presbyterian Church will be serving Meals On Wheels – Monday – Friday, January 7 – January 11. Thank you for your service to those in need in our community.

January 2013

December 30th, 2012

JANUARY 2013                               WELCOME Note from Pastor Don Happy New Year.   Budget numbers for our consideration for the January 20 Congregational meeting.   Average expenses per month: People:             Pastor’s salary .5 position                   $2,000             Family insurance and retirement   … Continue reading

12-24-2012 Sermon (Christmas Eve – Real Meaning of Christmas)

December 30th, 2012

12-24-12 Sermon notes, Christmas Eve“Real Meaning of Christmas”   I heard about a young boy who received a harmonica for Christmas from his uncle. Several months later he saw his uncle for the first time since receiving the harmonica. With … Continue reading

12-24-2012 Scripture (Christmas Eve)

December 30th, 2012

December 24, Christmas Eve   Isaiah 9: 2-7   2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. 3 You have enlarged the nation and … Continue reading

12-23-2012 Sermon (Mary’s Song)

December 30th, 2012

12-23-12 sermon notes “Mary’s Song”   This week has been another difficult week for me in preparing the sermon. Monday, when I developed the bulletin draft I thought it would be good to talk about “Mary’s Song” and read the … Continue reading

12-23-2012 Scripture (4th Sunday of Advent)

December 30th, 2012

December 23, 4th Sunday of Advent   Micah 5:2-5a 2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are … Continue reading

12-23-2012 Sermon Video

December 23rd, 2012

12-16-2012 Scripture (3rd Sunday of Advent)

December 22nd, 2012

December 16, 3rd Sunday of Advent   Zephaniah 3:14-20   14 Sing, Daughter Zion; shout aloud, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem! 15 The Lord has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your … Continue reading

12-16-2012 Sermon (John yelled at the people)

December 22nd, 2012

12-16-12 sermon notes Luke 3:7-18 “John yelled at the people”   It has been very hard to write my sermon this week because of the murders at the at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday. Twenty children … Continue reading

12-16-2012 Sermon Video

December 16th, 2012

12-9-2012 Sermon (Prepare the way)

December 12th, 2012

12-9-12 sermon notes Luke 3:1-6 “Prepare the way”   This gospel passage lends itself to two things that most of us did not excel in: history and geography. But it is important to look at both as we prepare our … Continue reading

12-9-2012 Scripture (2nd Sunday of Advent)

December 12th, 2012

December 9, 2nd Sunday of Advent   Malachi 3:1-4 1 “I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom … Continue reading

Nixle

December 12th, 2012

The City of Belle Plaine  has launched a new Community Notification Service called “Nixle”  to improve communication with people who live, work, and visit our area. Follow the links below to register or find out more about the service. http://www.belleplainemn.com/nixle-notification-service … Continue reading

12-9-2012 Sermon Video

December 9th, 2012

12-2-2012 Sermon (The Day and Hour Unknown)

December 5th, 2012

12-2-12 Sermon notes “The Day and Hour Unknown”   33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.   We live in a nation of signs. Some of them are helpful and some are not. … Continue reading

12-2-2012 Scripture (1st Sunday of Advent)

December 5th, 2012

December 2, 1st Sunday of Advent   Jeremiah 33:14-16 14 ‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah. 15 ‘In those … Continue reading

12-2-2012 Sermon Video

December 2nd, 2012

Cookie Walk 2012

December 1st, 2012

December 2012

November 30th, 2012

DECEMBER 2012 WELCOME Note from Pastor Don 1 Kings 17 The Widow at Zarephath 10 So Elijah went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would … Continue reading

11-25-2012 Sermon (Listen to the King )

November 30th, 2012

11-25-12 sermon notes “Listen to the King” “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to … Continue reading

11-25-2012 Scripture – Christ the King

November 30th, 2012

November 25 – Christ the King   2 Samuel 5 David Becomes King Over Israel All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “We are your own flesh and blood. And the Lord said to you, … Continue reading

Cookie Walk

November 30th, 2012

Are you on a gluten-free diet and afraid you’ll miss out on all the holiday cookies? Do you have a dairy or nut allergy, but love chocolate chip cookies? Are you planning a house full of guests, but not sure … Continue reading

11-25-2012 Sermon Video

November 25th, 2012

Sermon video from 11-25-2012

Operation Christmas Child 2012

November 25th, 2012

The Food Shelf

November 24th, 2012

Thanks to all for your many donations.  The turkey cards are used to purchase turkeys through December 1. Please continue to pray for all who receive food shelf help and for all you volunteer at the food shelf. You are … Continue reading

Women of First Presbyterian

November 24th, 2012

We will be meeting for our Christmas lunch on Thursday, December 6.  Meet at the church at 12:00 noon and we will Car pool to St. Peter. Mark your calendar!

11-18-2012 Scripture (33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

November 20th, 2012

11-18-12 Scripture   33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time   1 Samuel 1:4-20 4 Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters. 5 … Continue reading

11-18-2012 Sermon (Wars, earthquakes and famines)

November 20th, 2012

11-18-12 sermon notes “Wars, earthquakes and famines”   Today we’re going to study the end times. My aunt Gloria, who just turned 89, thinks we are in the end times. She and I respectfully and loving disagree.   I went … Continue reading

11-18-2012 Sermon Video

November 18th, 2012

Sermon Video from 11/18/2012

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service

November 18th, 2012

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service: Tuesday, November 20th, 7:00 pm; Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic Church. FPC is the host and we are responsible for treats after the service and taking the food offerings to the Food Shelf. Please prepare treats … Continue reading

Bible Study Tuesday, 11/20

November 18th, 2012

Bible  Study Tuesday, November 20, 1:00 – 2:30 pm Pastor Don will be in the office on Tuesday, November 20 instead of Wednesday, this week.  Bible Study will be held from 1:00-2:30 pm on Tuesday.  The office will be open … Continue reading

Cookie Walk

November 18th, 2012

Cookie Walk is scheduled for Saturday, December 1st. Please put it on your calendar, and make cookies (only) for this fund raiser.

Operation Christmas Child 2012

November 18th, 2012

Thank you for all you have done to fill shoe boxes. We filled 672 shoe boxes this year. This is an amazing ministry and we are grateful for Denise Johnson, Tom and Doris Bartholomew for all they have done to … Continue reading

11-11-2012 Scripture (32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

November 18th, 2012

Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17 Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor 1 One day Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, I must find a home for you, where you will be well provided for. 2 Now Boaz, with whose … Continue reading

11-11-12 Sermon (The Widow’s Offering)

November 18th, 2012

  At the council meeting last Wednesday we received our regular monthly financial report from June who has faithfully been our treasurer and paid the bills of this church for the past 21 years. Thank her for her service to … Continue reading

11-4-2012 Scripture (31st Sunday in Ordinary Time)

November 7th, 2012

November 4 – 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time   Ruth 1: 1-18 Naomi Loses Her Husband and Sons 1 In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, … Continue reading

10-28-2012 Scripture (30th Sunday in Ordinary time)

November 4th, 2012

October 28, 30th Sunday in Ordinary time   Job 42:1-6, 10-13; 15-17 1 Then Job replied to the Lord: 2 “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted. 3 You asked, ‘Who is … Continue reading

10-28-2012 Sermon (Jesus stopped)

November 4th, 2012

10-28-12 sermon notes, “Jesus stopped.”   I was struck in this passage by the phrase, “Jesus stopped.” and also by the last sentence, 52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” My questions are: has Jesus stopped for you? … Continue reading

11-4-2012 Sermon Video

November 4th, 2012

Sermon Video from 11/4/2012

10-28-2012 Sermon Video

October 29th, 2012

Sermon Video from 10-28-2012

10-21-2012 Sermon (Being Servant)

October 27th, 2012

10-21-12 sermon notes “Being servant” Arnold Schwarzenegger was guest on a talk show after he had won the Mr. Universe crown for all his muscles. During the interview, the host asked, “Why do you develop those particular muscles?” Arnold simply … Continue reading

10-21-2012 Scripture (The Lord Speaks)

October 27th, 2012

October 21, 29th Sunday in Ordinary time Job 38:1-7; 34-41 The Lord Speaks 1 Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said: 2 “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? 3 Prepare … Continue reading

Ecumenical Service

October 27th, 2012

Ecumenical Service – will be held at Our Lady of the Prairie Church on Tuesday, November 20th at 7:00pm. First Presbyterian will be the host for the service and will provide usher and kitchen help. Worshippers are encouraged to bring … Continue reading

November 2012

October 27th, 2012

NOVEMBER 2012 WELCOME Note from Pastor Don Snow flurries are falling as I drove down to Belle Plaine today, thinking of what I was going to write for my newsletter notes. I didn’t see the flocks of geese flying in … Continue reading

Cookie Walk

October 27th, 2012

Our next Fundraiser will be a cookie walk – on Saturday, December 1st You may be asking what is a Cookie Walk?   People donate cookies and we sell them for $7.00/pound. What do we need? We need everyone to bake … Continue reading

Halloween

October 27th, 2012

Make plans to join us for our 2nd annual Halloween Fundraiser on October 31st from 4:00-6:00 pm.

Food Shelf

October 27th, 2012

The Food Shelf is having a fundraiser on Saturday, November 17th  (5:30 social hour, 6:30 supper) in the party room at the Borough Bowl.  We encourage all to purchase a $25 dinner ticket, which includes a raffle ticket, or just … Continue reading

Coborns Turkey Cards

October 27th, 2012

Thanks to all for your many donations.  Coborn’s is giving out turkey cards. (If you fill a card, you receive a turkey!)  If you are unable to ‘fill’ a card, please bring your card to the church.  We can combine … Continue reading

Meals On Wheels

October 27th, 2012

First Presbyterian Church will be serving Meals On Wheels – Monday – Friday, November 12-16. Thank you for your service to those in need in our community.

UPW

October 27th, 2012

UPW will be meeting on Thursday, November 1st at church at 12:00 noon.  We will have our annual ‘soup dump’.  Please bring a can of soup (no cream soups, please) All are welcome to come, bring a friend.

10-14-2012 Scripture

October 17th, 2012

October 14, 28th Sunday in Ordinary time   Job 42:1-9 1 Then Job replied to the Lord: 2 “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted. 3 You asked, ‘Who is this that … Continue reading

10-14-2012 Sermon Video

October 14th, 2012

Sermon Video from 10/14/2012

H A L L O W E E N!

October 14th, 2012

H A L L O W E E N! Wednesday, October 31st, from 4:00-6:00 pm, right here at First Presbyterian Church, we will have our 2nd annual Halloween Sloppy Joe Event! Last year the weather was beautiful and Brian Stolt’s … Continue reading

Operation Christmas Child 2012

October 14th, 2012

We started packing the shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child today (10/14/2012).  We will continue packing boxes in the fellowship hall after service for the next four Sundays.  We look forward to having you join us to wrap boxes, pack boxes or … Continue reading

10-7-2012 Sermon

October 13th, 2012

10-7-12 sermon notes. Mark 10: 13-16   The Little Children and Jesus 13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was … Continue reading

10-7-2012 Scripture

October 13th, 2012

October 7, 27th Sunday in Ordinary time   Job 1:1, 2:1-10 1 In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.   2:1 On … Continue reading

10-7-2012 Sermon

October 7th, 2012

Sermon video from 10/7/2012

Meals on Wheels

October 3rd, 2012

First Presbyterian Church will be serving Meals On Wheels – Monday-Friday, October 15-19, 2012. Thank you for your ministry in serving those in need.

October 2012

October 3rd, 2012

OCTOBER 2012 WELCOME Note from Pastor Don In one of the stories about how Jesus multiplied loaves and fishes (John 6:1-15), a boy with five loaves and a couple of dried fish is pivotal. These are the loaves and the … Continue reading

9-30-2012 Scripture

October 3rd, 2012

All of us know or have used many different common sayings in our every day talking. Let’s try it. I’ll start and you finish. Make hay while the sun … shines. Cut off your nose to spite your … face. … Continue reading

9-30-2012 Scripture

October 3rd, 2012

Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 for such a time as this 1 So the king and Haman went to Queen Esther’s banquet, 2 and as they were drinking wine on the second day, the king again asked, “Queen Esther, what is … Continue reading

9-30-2012 Sermon Video

September 30th, 2012

Sermon Video from 9/30/2012

Operation Christmas Child 2012

September 30th, 2012

We will start packing boxes on Sunday, October 14th and the next four Sundays, October 21st and 28th and November 4th and 11th. We need the following items to fill the boxes: School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons or … Continue reading

Fall Cleanup

September 30th, 2012

If you have some time to come in and do a little cleaning, a list of items to be cleaned will be on the table in the narthex. Please check off what you have finished before you leave. Thanks in … Continue reading

9-23-2012 Sermon (The servant of all)

September 26th, 2012

9-23-12 Sermon notes “The servant of all” Mark 9:30-37   How much of our lives do we spend waiting? The doctor’s office, the store, the stoplight – there are hundreds of places we have to wait each day. There is … Continue reading

9-23-2012 Scripture (25th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

September 26th, 2012

9-23-12 25th Sunday in Ordinary time   Proverbs 31:10-12, 20, 25-31 The Wife of Noble Character 10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. 11 Her husband has full confidence in her … Continue reading

9-23-2012 Sermon Video

September 24th, 2012

Sermon Video from 9/23/2012

9-16-2012 Sermon (Who is this Jesus?)

September 22nd, 2012

9-16-12 sermon notes “Who is this Jesus?” I was taught in seminary that pastors should preach with a Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other. I prefer the Bible – it is constant. It is divided into … Continue reading

9-16-2012 Scripture (24th Sunday in Ordinary time)

September 22nd, 2012

9-16-12 24th Sunday in Ordinary time Psalm 19 1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. 3 They … Continue reading

9-9-2012 Sermon (Miracle)

September 16th, 2012

9-9-12 sermon notes, “Miracle”   Today’s gospel passage depicts two miracles with Gentiles: 1. curing Greek woman’s daughter who was possessed by a demon from a distance. 2. healing a deaf and mute man up close and personal: putting his … Continue reading

9-9-2012 Scripture (23rd Sunday in Ordinary time)

September 16th, 2012

9-9-12 23rd Sunday in Ordinary time   Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 1 A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. 2 Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord … Continue reading

9-16-2012 Sermon Video

September 16th, 2012

Sermon Video from 9-16-2012

9-9-2012 Sermon Video

September 9th, 2012

Sermon Video from 9-9-2012

9-2-2012 Sermon (Do As I Do)

September 6th, 2012

9-2-12 sermon notes “Do As I Do” Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 My Mom was super honest with us as children. She would say to us, “Don’t do as I do, do as I say.” I think she really knew a … Continue reading

9-2-2012 Scripture (22nd Sunday in Ordinary time)

September 6th, 2012

9-2-12 22nd Sunday in Ordinary time   Psalm 45: 1-2, 6-9 My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. You are the most … Continue reading

Meals On Wheels

September 3rd, 2012

First Presbyterian Church will be serving Meals On Wheels – Monday-Friday, September 17th – 21st. Thank you for your ministry in serving those in need.

September 2012

September 3rd, 2012

SEPTEMBER 2012 WELCOME Note from Pastor Don We are in the beginning of the change of the seasons. We are seeing many signs. On the drive up and back to North Dakota I noticed the Sumac along the highway turning … Continue reading

8-26-2012 Sermon

September 3rd, 2012

8-26-12 sermon notes John 6:56-69 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.” … Continue reading

8-26-2012 Scripture (21st Sunday in Ordinary Time)

September 3rd, 2012

8-26-12 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time   I Kings 8: 22-30, 41-43 Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication 22 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in front of the whole assembly of Israel, spread out his hands toward heaven … Continue reading

9-2-2012 Sermon Video

September 2nd, 2012

Sermon Video from 9/2/2012

FPC Women

September 2nd, 2012

The FPC Women will meet on Thursday, September 6th at 1:00 pm at Cardinal Ridge.  Sid Anderson is our hostess.  Kathleen Geiser will be showing us how to knit hats on a loom.  Please plan to come, bring a friend.  … Continue reading

Sunday School

September 2nd, 2012

Sunday School begins next Sunday, September 9th, following Pastor Don’s Children’s Sermon.

Fall Cleanup

September 2nd, 2012

Our fall cleanup is coming up in September.  At this time we have no “official” date to get together to clean, so if you have some time to just come in and do a little cleaning, a list of items … Continue reading

Operation Christmas Child

September 2nd, 2012

We are starting to look for shoe boxes and items to put tin them.  We will start packing boxes Sunday, October 14th.  Watch for more information in your September Newsletter.

Food Shelf

September 2nd, 2012

People are still asking for school supplies, so feel free to keep them coming!  Thinking of the winter, feel free to donate hats, gloves, mittens either gently used, purchased or made.  Thanks also, for all your food and monetary donations.  … Continue reading

Southern Valley Alliance

September 2nd, 2012

The Southern Valley Alliance for battered women is in need of volunteer to answer the 24 hour crisis line.  Also, seeding volunteers to facilitate support groups and provide childcare.  Free training begins September 15th.  Contact Cindy for more information 952-873-4214.

8-26-2012 Sermon Video

August 26th, 2012

Sermon video from 8-26-2012

8-19-2012 Scripture (20th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

August 24th, 2012

1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 Solomon asks for wisdom 10Then David rested with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David. 11 He had reigned forty years over Israel— seven years in Hebron and thirty-three in Jerusalem. 12 So … Continue reading

8-19-2012 Sermon Video

August 19th, 2012

Sermon video from 8/19/2012

8-12-2012 Sermon

August 18th, 2012

8-12-12 sermon notes, John 6:35, 41-51 35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”   I just returned Friday from Walhalla, … Continue reading

8-12-2012 Scripture

August 18th, 2012

8-12-12 Scripture Psalm 130 Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But … Continue reading

Sermon Video from 8-12-2012

August 12th, 2012

Sermon Video from 8-12-2012

8-5-2012 Scripture

August 11th, 2012

Ezekiel 37:1-10 The Valley of Dry Bones 1 The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of … Continue reading

National Night Out 2012

August 9th, 2012

National Night Out

August 2nd, 2012

Mark your calendars and make plans to join us on August 7th from 6:00PM to 9:00PM for National Night Out.  Come and enjoy the talents of the band “Horseplay”, enjoy some tasty treats and take the opportunity to meet some of … Continue reading

Sermon Video 7-22-2012

August 1st, 2012

Sermon Video

Meals On Wheels

August 1st, 2012

First Presbyterian Church will be serving Meals On Wheels – Monday-Friday, August 20 – 24, 2012. Thank you for your ministry in serving those in need.

August 2012

August 1st, 2012

AUGUST 2012 WELCOME Note from Pastor Don On Wednesday, July 25th, you should have received a copy of EMerge, a publication of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities area. (via email) Hopefully, you have all received and had a chance … Continue reading

7-29-2012 Scripture

August 1st, 2012

July 29, 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time   2 Samuel 11:1-15 David and Bathsheba 1 In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. … Continue reading

7-22-2012 Sermon

August 1st, 2012

7-22-12 sermon notes, “Jesus saw the crowds and had compassion on them. That was the focus before I went to General Assembly. I was hoping that Jesus would see all of us gathered in Pittsburg and have compassion on us. … Continue reading

7-22-2012 Scripture

August 1st, 2012

July 22, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time   2 Samuel 7:1-14a God’s Promise to David 1 After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, 2 he said … Continue reading

7-15-2012 Scripture (15th Sunday in Ordinary Time )

July 18th, 2012

July 15, 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 The Ark Brought to Jerusalem 1 David again brought together all the able young men of Israel— thirty thousand. 2 He and all his men went to Baalah in … Continue reading

BBQ Days Hot Dog Sales Event 2012

July 17th, 2012

Our annual summer fund raiser was a great success again this year.  Thanks to everyone who helped in any way.   A big thanks to the members who came out in the heat and stepped up to the plate.  A … Continue reading

7-15-2012 Scripture (15th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

July 13th, 2012

July 15, 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time   2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 The Ark Brought to Jerusalem 1 David again brought together all the able young men of Israel— thirty thousand. 2 He and all his men went to Baalah … Continue reading

7-8-2012 Scripture (14th Sunday in Ordinary Time )

July 13th, 2012

July 8, 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time   2 Samuel 5:1-5. 9-10 David Becomes King Over Israel 1 All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “We are your own flesh and blood. 2 In the … Continue reading

BBQ Days – Hot Dog Sales

July 12th, 2012

For anyone who is able to help with BBQ Days hot dog sales on Saturday (7/14), here is the schedule: 9:00 am Set up tables, electricity, ice in stock tanks, load water bottles 10:00 am – Cook hot dogs 10:30 … Continue reading

BAR B Q DAYS

July 8th, 2012

We’re still looking for volunteers to help with our hot dog sales during the parade on Saturday, July 14. Come and join in the fun in any way that you can. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Sermon Video 7-8-2012

July 8th, 2012

Sermon Video

7-1-2012 Scripture (13th Sunday in Ordinary Time )

July 5th, 2012

July 1, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Psalm 130 Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, … Continue reading

Sermon Video 7/1/2012

July 1st, 2012

Sermon Video

BAR-B-Q Days

July 1st, 2012

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN BAR B Q DAYS HOT DOG SALES It’s time for one of the funnest events of the year – the BBQ parade hot dog sales fundraiser Saturday, July 14. Be there early to help set up. The sign-up … Continue reading

UPW

July 1st, 2012

The women of First Presbyterian will not be meeting during the months of July and August. See you again in September. Have a wonderful summer!

Meals On Wheels

July 1st, 2012

First Presbyterian Church will be serving Meals On Wheels – Monday-Friday, July 23rd – July 27th, 2012. New schedules for July-December, 2012 have been sent out. Please let the church office know if you serve meals- on-wheels and have not … Continue reading

July 2012

July 1st, 2012

JULY 2012 WELCOME Note from Pastor Don Please keep me in your prayers as I participate in the General Assembly of PC(USA) in Pittsburg, PA, June 29 – July 8. It is a crucial time for our denomination. I am … Continue reading

Sermon video from 6/24/2012

June 28th, 2012

Sermon Video

6-24-2012 Sermon Notes (Jesus Calms the Storm)

June 28th, 2012

6-24-12 sermon notes Mark 4:35-41 Jesus Calms the Storm   If you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes and it will change – it’s Minnesota. Earlier this spring, I was worried about the draught. We the winter snow … Continue reading

6-24-2012 Scripture (12th Sunday in Ordinary time)

June 28th, 2012

June 24 – 12th Sunday in Ordinary time   1 Samuel 17: (1a, 4-11, 19-23) 32-49 David and Goliath 1 Now the Philistines gathered their forces for war and assembled at Sokoh in Judah. They pitched camp at Ephes Dammim, … Continue reading

6-17-2012 Sermon Notes (Parables)

June 28th, 2012

6-17-12 sermon notes “Parables”   I love stories, don’t you? When I taught Canoe Quest at Camp Tamarac on the St. Croix River I took high school students on 12 day canoe trips down the Namekogan River from Hayward, Wisconsin … Continue reading

6-17-2012 Scripture (11th Sunday in Ordinary time)

June 28th, 2012

June 17 – 11th Sunday in Ordinary time   1 Samuel 15:34 – 16:13 34 Then Samuel left for Ramah, but Saul went up to his home in Gibeah of Saul. 35 Until the day Samuel died, he did not … Continue reading

Sermon video from 6/17/2012

June 17th, 2012

Sermon Video

6-10-12 Sermon (Blessing of the animals)

June 16th, 2012

Prayer: “Lord, help me to be the kind of person my animal thinks I am.”   Psalm 8 Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!… You made humans rulers over the works of your hands; … Continue reading

6-10-2012 Scripture

June 16th, 2012

Genesis 1:24-31     Creation, the sixth day   24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And … Continue reading

Sermon Video 6/10/2012 Blessing of the Animals

June 10th, 2012

Blessing of the Animals Sermon

6-3-2012 Scripture (Trinity Sunday)

June 7th, 2012

June 3 – Trinity Sunday, Service of the Lord’s Supper   Isaiah 6:1-8 Isaiah’s Commission 1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe … Continue reading

6-3-2012 Sermon (God so loves us – Trinity Sunday)

June 7th, 2012

6-3-12 sermon notes “God so loves us” Trinity Sunday   I always have trouble conceptualizing the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Three persons in one God. Once someone told me to think of water as an analogy to the … Continue reading

Volunteering with Second Harvest Heartland

June 7th, 2012

Hello!   I’m sending you information on Second Harvest Heartland food bank’s agricultural gleaning program, Harvest to Home.  I would like to invite First Presbyterian to join our fight to end hunger by volunteering to collect more fresh food for … Continue reading

June 2012

June 1st, 2012

WELCOME Note from Pastor Don “Summer time, and the living is easy…” Most of us know the lyrics and tune. And, as we have celebrated Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial start of summer, we have started summer. Most children attending … Continue reading

Meals On Wheels

June 1st, 2012

First Presbyterian Church will be serving Meals On Wheels – Monday-Friday, June 25 – June 29t, 2012. Thank you for your ministry in serving those in need.

5-27-2012 Sermon (Pentecost and Memorial Day)

June 1st, 2012

5-27-21 sermon notes. Pentecost and Memorial Day The Work of the Holy Spirit   Happy Memorial Day. It is time to remember and appreciate all those who have gone before us. Particularly those in the Armed forces, who gave their … Continue reading

5-27-2012 Scripture (Day of Pentecost)

June 1st, 2012

May 27 Day of Pentecost   Acts 2:1–21 The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost 2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came … Continue reading

Belle Plaine Food Shelf is on the Move!!!

June 1st, 2012

The food shelf will be moving from its current location to the old Belle Video building sometime this summer (early July). We are looking for some help with the move and with getting the new building ready for our use. … Continue reading

UPW

June 1st, 2012

Will be meeting on Thursday, June 7 at 12:30 at the church. We will carpool and go to lunch at The Feed Mill in Jordan. All are invited to join us. Note: We will not be meeting in July and … Continue reading

Sermon video from 5/27/2012

May 28th, 2012

Sermon Video from 5/27/2012

5-20-2012 Sermon (Jesus Prays for His Disciples)

May 26th, 2012

5-20-12 Jesus Prays for His Disciples   I have just returned on Thursday from vacation at River Bend Resort up on Rainey Lake Lake of the Woods. We drove up on Monday, fished for Tuesday and Wednesday and returned home … Continue reading

5-20-2012 Scripture (7th Sunday of Easter)

May 26th, 2012

May 20 7th Sunday of Easter   Acts 1:15–17, 21–26 15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) 16 and said, “Brothers and sisters, the Scripture had to be fulfilled … Continue reading

Sermon Video for 5/20/2012

May 20th, 2012

Sermon Video 5/20/2012

5/13/2012 Video

May 16th, 2012

Sermon Video from 5/13/2012

Two X Two

May 16th, 2012

Please plan to help in our visitation with new residents to the Belle Plaine area.Here are a few ways to participate: 1) Small loaves of banana bread to include in the visitation baskets. 2) Prayer for the ministry, the people … Continue reading

Blessing of the Animals

May 16th, 2012

Join us in North Park on June 10th at 9:00 AM for an outdoor service followed with a “Blessing of the Animals” (cats, dogs, horses, gerbils, parakeets, or any other family pet or animal) and a pot luck lunch.

Bible Study

May 16th, 2012

Please sign up if you would like to participate in a weekly Bible study focused on the lectionary readings for the coming Sunday. The initial meetings will be held at church, Wednesday 1:00 – 2:30 pm.

Worship committee

May 16th, 2012

We are looking for ideas for our worship. We are open to having the Spirit lead us if there is anything we could change, add or do differently in our worship. Drop a note in the suggestion box, tell an … Continue reading

Upcoming events

May 16th, 2012

BBQ Days (7/21) Blessing of the Animals (6/10). Services will be at North Park with potluck lunch afterward. National Night Out (8/7). Join us for fun.  The band “Horseplay” will perform. Halloween Sloppy Joes (10/31) Cookie by the pound (11/?)

Presbyterian Women

May 16th, 2012

The Presbyterian Women meet once a month from February to December. We have a business meeting and also have several readings. Once a year we go to the Lutheran Home to have bingo for the people there. We also give … Continue reading

5-13-2012 Sermon (Jesus Command: Love each other)

May 16th, 2012

5-13-12 sermon notes. Jesus Command: Love each other   Happy Mother’s Day. It is fitting that Jesus command: Love each other is the primary passage for today. When most of us think of Mother, we think of love.   My … Continue reading

5-13-2012 Scripture (6th Sunday of Easter)

May 16th, 2012

May 13 6th Sunday of Easter   Acts 10:44–48 44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the … Continue reading

5-6-2012 Sermon (Pruning)

May 12th, 2012

5-6-12 sermon notes “Pruning”   When I drive down 169 to BP I pass Jim’a big yellow barn store. On his bill board he gives an update on what is happening in the apple orchard. Several weeks ago it was, … Continue reading

5-6-2012 Scripture (Philip and the Ethiopian)

May 12th, 2012

May 6 5th Sunday of Easter   Acts 8:26–40 Philip and the Ethiopian 26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road— that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he … Continue reading

4-29-2012 Sermon (The Good shepherd)

May 6th, 2012

4-29-12 Sermon notes 2. “the Good shepherd.”   I told you that I went to St. John’s Prep in Collegeville, MN for high school. We had monks who supervised our study halls from 7 pm until 10 when we were … Continue reading

4-29-2012 Scripture (4th Sunday of Easter)

May 6th, 2012

4-29-12 Scripture 4th Sunday of Easter   Acts 4:5–12 5 The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. 6 Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and … Continue reading

4-22-2012 Sermon (Jesus is not Casper)

April 27th, 2012

4-22-12 sermon notes “Jesus is not Casper”   This is another account of Jesus first appearing to the disciples in the Upper Room that first day after the Resurrection. It is similar to the other passages we read on Easter … Continue reading

4-22-2012 Scripture (3rd Sunday of Easter)

April 27th, 2012

3rd Sunday of Easter—April 22   Acts 3:12–19 12 When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had … Continue reading

May 2012

April 27th, 2012

MAY 2012 WELCOME Note from Pastor Don May is the season of new growth, of the land renewing itself after a winter’s slumber. I have just loved the lilacs blooming, all the flowering trees wearing their finest colors, and the … Continue reading

4-15-2012 Sermon (He is Risen, So What?!)

April 22nd, 2012

4-15-12 sermon notes 2   “He is Risen, So What?!”   One week after Easter. How was Easter for you? How was this week for you? How are you today, exactly one week after Easter? Is any of the excitement … Continue reading

4-15-2012 Scripture (Second Sunday of Easter)

April 22nd, 2012

2nd Sunday of Easter—April 15   Acts 4:32–35 The Believers Share Their Possessions 32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. … Continue reading

04-08-2012 Sermon (Easter Choice)

April 11th, 2012

4-8-12 Easter Choice   Christ is Risen: Christ is Risen indeed!   I want to talk about a few things this morning: How Easter became established in the Christian calendar. Some of the customs we have around Easter. The reality … Continue reading

04-08-2012 Scripture (Resurrection of the Lord/Easter)

April 11th, 2012

Resurrection of the Lord/Easter—April 8   Psalm 118:1–2, 14–24 1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. 2 Let Israel say: “His love endures forever.” 14 The LORD is my strength and my defense; … Continue reading

04-01-2012 Scripture (Passion/Palm Sunday)

April 8th, 2012

Passion/Palm Sunday—April 1 Liturgy of the Palms Mark 11:1–11 Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King 1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, 2 saying to … Continue reading

04-05-2012 Scripture (Maundy Thursday)

April 8th, 2012

Maundy Thursday—April 5 Exodus 12:1-14 The Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread 1 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, 2 “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. … Continue reading

April 2012

April 1st, 2012

Note from Pastor Don THE MEANING OF HOLY WEEK I am writing this note in the middle of preparations for Holy Week. This is the central week of Christian religion, and our Presbyterian Denomination. About 2000 years ago an event … Continue reading

3-25-2012 Sermon (The Path to New Life )

March 28th, 2012

Sermon on John 12:20-33: The Path to New Life   A couple years ago, after four long years of college, and then three more long years of intensive study at seminary, I was ready for an intellectual vacation. I had … Continue reading

3-25-2012 Scripture (5th Sunday in Lent)

March 28th, 2012

5th Sunday in Lent—March 25   Jeremiah 31:31–34 31 “The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. 32 It will not be like … Continue reading

3-18-2012 Sermon

March 25th, 2012

3-18-12 sermon notes “Some of the most important passages of our faith”   Early this week when I was writing the bulletin draft for LuAnn to put in its final form I thought the Epistle and Gospel passages are some … Continue reading

3-18-2012 Scripture – 4th Sunday in Lent

March 25th, 2012

4th Sunday in Lent—March 18   Numbers 21:4–9 The Bronze Snake 4 They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; 5 they spoke against … Continue reading

3-11-2012 Sermon

March 17th, 2012

3-11-12 Sermon “Did Jesus always get in trouble when he went to church?   The short answer is, “No.” He didn’t get in trouble when he went to church. He caused trouble for others, and today’s passage is the most … Continue reading

3-11-2012 Scripture (3rd Sunday in Lent)

March 17th, 2012

3rd Sunday in Lent—March 11   Exodus 20:1–17 The Ten Commandments 1 And God spoke all these words: 2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 3 “You shall … Continue reading

3-4-2012 Sermon

March 11th, 2012

3-4-12 Sermon notes   After graduating from Bethel Seminary, I went to Israel/The Holy Land in June 2007 for a month with group from CPC. We studied for the trip for six months before we went: The study was “The … Continue reading

3-4-2012 Scripture (2nd Sunday in Lent)

March 11th, 2012

3-4-12 2nd Sunday in Lent   Genesis 17:1–7, 15–16 The Covenant 1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty [Hebrew El-Shaddai]; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. 2 Then … Continue reading

2-26-2012 Sermon (This is only a test…)

March 4th, 2012

2-26-12 sermon notes “This is only a test…” Do you remember during the Cold War when TV stations would announce: “This is a test. For the next sixty seconds, this station will conduct a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. … Continue reading

2-26-2012 Scripture (1st Sunday in Lent)

March 4th, 2012

February 26: 1st Sunday in Lent   Genesis 9:8–17 Rainbow: Sign of God’s Covenant 8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: 9 “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you … Continue reading

March 2012

February 26th, 2012

Note from Pastor Don Spiritual Practices for Lent   A spiritual practice can be as small as saying the Lord’s Prayer every day, or adding a grace before meals if you don’t already say one. Though many of us have … Continue reading

2-19-2012 Scripture – Transfiguration of the Lord

February 22nd, 2012

February 19: Transfiguration of the Lord   2 Kings 2:1–12 Elijah Taken Up to Heaven 1 When the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. 2 … Continue reading

2-12-2012 Sermon – If you are willing?

February 17th, 2012

2-12-12 Sermon “If you are willing?”   The thing that stands out for me in today’s gospel, is that the man with leprosy asked Jesus, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” The next verse is translated, 41 … Continue reading

2-12-2012 Scripture – 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 17th, 2012

February 12: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2 Kings 5:1–14 Naaman Healed of Leprosy 1 Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly … Continue reading

2-5-2012 Sermon – Prayer Powers Work

February 12th, 2012

PRAYER POWERS WORK   Prayer powered Jesus work. He prayed continually. He prayed by himself and prayed with others and for others. Pray or prayer is mentioned 366 times in the Bible, once for every day of the year, including … Continue reading

2-5-2012 Scripture – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 12th, 2012

February 5: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 40:21–31 21 Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded? 22 God sits enthroned … Continue reading

Prayer Request

February 12th, 2012

Please pray daily that the Holy Spirit will call new members to our church. Prayer can move mountains, and when we pray together for the same thing God hears our prayers. Our goal is to add to our numbers those … Continue reading

1-29-2012 Sermon (Jesus begins his public ministry)

February 3rd, 2012

1-29-12 Sermon “Jesus begins his public ministry”   I have read and studied the lectionary passages today and have come to a conclusion of a theme that runs through all the passages. All are powerful passages and I could develop … Continue reading

1-29-2012 Scripture (4th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

February 3rd, 2012

January 29 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Deuteronomy 18:15–20 God ordains prophets 15 The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. 16 For … Continue reading

February 2012

January 30th, 2012

Note from Pastor Don  The Season of Lent  The season of Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and self-examination in preparation for the celebration of the resurrection of the Lord at Easter. It is a period of 40 days … Continue reading

1-22-2012 Scripture (3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

January 30th, 2012

January 22 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Jonah 3:1–5, 10 Jonah Goes to Nineveh 1 Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the … Continue reading

1-22-2012 Sermon (Fishing and Catching are two Different things)

January 30th, 2012

1-22-12 Fishing and Catching are two Different things   As you know, I like fishing. As a matter of fact, I am going ice fishing in mid February. Most of the time I go fishing, I rarely catch a thing. … Continue reading

1-15-2012 Sermon (God’s Call on All)

January 21st, 2012

1-15-12 sermon notes, “God’s Call on All”   Aloha. Mahalo.   Thank you for the time off. It was good for me, Sue and our son, Paul, and probably the last vacation that we will have together.   Vacations are … Continue reading

1-15-2012 Scripture (2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

January 21st, 2012

2nd Sunday after Epiphany, January 15 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 1 Samuel 3:1–10; 19-20 The Lord Calls Samuel 1 The boy Samuel ministered before the LORD under Eli. In those days the word of the LORD was rare; there … Continue reading

1-8-2011 Scripture – Baptism of the Lord

January 10th, 2012

Baptism of the Lord, January 8   Genesis 1:1–5 The Beginning 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the … Continue reading

January 2012

January 1st, 2012

JANUARY 2012 WELCOME Note from Pastor Don Happy New Year and may it also be a blessed New Year for you. How many of us set New Year’s resolutions? We may even write them down. Most have to do with … Continue reading

1-1-2012 Scripture

January 1st, 2012

1st Sunday after Christmas, January 1, 2012   Isaiah 61:10-11,   10 I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of … Continue reading

12-24-2011 Sermon

January 1st, 2012

12-24-11 Sermon notes, Christmas Eve   “There is no time for sermon”   No, it is not that there is no time for a sermon because we sang so many beautiful Christmas songs or that it took so long to … Continue reading

12-24-2011 Scripture – Christmas Eve

January 1st, 2012

December 24 (Christmas Eve)   Isaiah 9:2, 6-7 2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. 6 For to us a child is born, … Continue reading

12-18-2011 Sermon

December 23rd, 2011

12-18-11 Sermon notes Luke 1:26-38 “May your word to me be fulfilled – obedience”   I was thinking about Mary being a teenager, maybe about 13 or14. Which led me to think about teenagers, and who were their role models, … Continue reading

12-18-2011 Scripture (4th Sunday of Advent)

December 23rd, 2011

December 18 (4th Sunday of Advent)   2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 God’s Promise to David 1 After the king was settled in his palace and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies around him, 2 he said … Continue reading

12-11-2011 Scripture (3rd Sunday of Advent)

December 16th, 2011

December 11 (3rd Sunday of Advent)   Isaiah 61:1-3, 8, 10-11 The Year of the Lord’s Favor 1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. … Continue reading

12-11-2011 Sermon

December 16th, 2011

12-11-11 Sermon notes: “John’s Witness”   Let us pray: Dear Heavenly Father, as we progress through this season of Advent, continue to move us by the power of your Spirit to prepare our hearts and minds to appreciate anew the … Continue reading

The Christmas Story

December 14th, 2011

12-4-2011 Scripture – 2nd Sunday of Advent

December 8th, 2011

December 4 (2nd Sunday of Advent)   Isaiah 40:1-11 Comfort for God’s People 1 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. 2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin … Continue reading

12-4-2011 Sermon – John the Baptist Prepares the Way

December 8th, 2011

12-4-11 sermon notes Mark 1:1-8 John the Baptist Prepares the Way “The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God”   Because this is the beginning of the liturgical year, and the lectionary for this … Continue reading

11-27-2011 Sermon – Watch and Wait

November 30th, 2011

11-27-11 Sermon notes. “Watch and Wait”   Where will we look for God this Advent season? What are we watching and waiting for in these weeks before Christmas. This season of advent welcomes us, even beckons us to cast a … Continue reading

11-27-2011 Scripture (1st Sunday of Advent)

November 30th, 2011

November 27 (1st Sunday of Advent)   Isaiah 64: 3-5, 8 3 For when you, God, did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you. 4 Since ancient times no one has … Continue reading

December 2011

November 26th, 2011

DECEMBER 2011 WELCOME Note from Pastor Don 1 Kings 17: Elijah and the Widow 7 Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. 8 Then the word of the LORD came to … Continue reading

11-20-2011 Scripture (Christ the King/Reign of Christ)

November 26th, 2011

November 20 (Christ the King/Reign of Christ) Ezekiel 34:11-16 1 “‘For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. 12 As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he … Continue reading

11-20-2011 Sermon

November 26th, 2011

* Christ the King Sunday. * Last Sunday in Liturgical year. * Next Sunday begins our new liturgical year, First Sunday in Advent. * Idea of King.   Jesus came as a different kind of King. Not the kind that most … Continue reading

11-13-2011 Sermon – Faithful in a few things

November 19th, 2011

11-13-11 Sermon notes “Faithful in a few things”   Often times we find ourselves in situations where we affect peoples lives, and we don’t know what impact we have. We may not know it at the time, and we may … Continue reading

11-13-2011 Scripture (33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

November 19th, 2011

November 13 (33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)   1 Thessalonians 5:1-11   1 Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the … Continue reading

11-6-2011 Scripture (32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

November 10th, 2011

November 6 (32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time)     Psalm 78:1-7 1 My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth with a parable; I will teach you lessons from the … Continue reading

Operation Christmas Child

November 10th, 2011

Helpers Wanted for Operation Christmas Child Program For the past several years, the First Presbyterian Church congregation of Belle Plaine has been packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. The boxes, which are filled with hygiene items, school supplies and toys, are … Continue reading

10-30-2011 Sermon

November 3rd, 2011

10-30-11 Sermon notes. “Why make yourself so big, you’re not so little”   When I was a child if I started bragging around my mom, she would say, “Why make yourself so big, you’re not so little” There are times … Continue reading

10-30-2011 Scripture (31st Sunday in Ordinary Time)

November 3rd, 2011

October 30 (31st Sunday in Ordinary Time)     Psalm 107:1-7, 35-37 1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. 2 Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story— those he redeemed from … Continue reading

November 2011

October 29th, 2011

NOVEMBER 2011 WELCOME Note from Pastor Don As I was preparing the November Newsletter I was thinking about what a great time of transition our congregation is in. We are in the midst of filling Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child … Continue reading

10-23-2011 Sermon

October 29th, 2011

10-23-11 sermon notes “Love God, Love People”   OT reading: Moses viewing the Promised Land from Mt. Nebo in present day Jordan before his death. In 2007 after I graduated from seminary I went to the Holy Land for a … Continue reading

10-23-2011 Scripture (30th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

October 29th, 2011

October 23 (30th Sunday in Ordinary Time)   Deuteronomy 34:1, 4-12   The Death of Moses   1 Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo across from Jericho. There the LORD showed him the whole land— 4 Then the LORD said to … Continue reading

10-16-2011 Sermon

October 23rd, 2011

10-16-11 sermon notes: “To whom do we give our treasurers?”   Each of the scripture passages today has some ideas that are important to our faith journey. In Exodus, God said to Moses, ‘I know you by name and you … Continue reading

10-16-2011 Scripture (29th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

October 23rd, 2011

October 16 (29th Sunday in Ordinary Time)   Exodus 33:12-23 The Glory of God passes by Moses 12 Moses said to the LORD, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you … Continue reading

Operation Christmas Child 2011

October 16th, 2011

10-9-2011 Sermon (Seat Belt Sign)

October 15th, 2011

Click here to Watch the Sermon   10-9-11 sermon notes Seat Belt Sign   For all of us who have flown, when the fasten seatbelt sign comes on, it means one of three things: You are taking off, landing, or … Continue reading

10-9-2011 Scripture (28th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

October 15th, 2011

October 9 (28th Sunday in Ordinary Time)   Exodus 32:1-14 The Golden Calf 1 When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who … Continue reading

Inspirational message line

October 8th, 2011

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10-2-2011 Sermon

October 8th, 2011

Click here to Watch the Sermon   Today is World Communion Sunday. We are celebrating the Lord’s Supper with Christians throughout the world. This is one of those instances where Jesus’ prayer that we may all be one, as Jesus … Continue reading

10-2-2011 Scripture (27th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

October 8th, 2011

October 2 (27th Sunday in Ordinary Time)   Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 The Ten Commandments 1 And God spoke all these words: 2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of … Continue reading

October 2011

September 30th, 2011

 Note from Pastor Don  Ecclesiastes 3: 1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:   Our lives, like the world around us, have seasons. Our seasons, however, don’t necessarily line up with … Continue reading

9-25-2011 Scripture (26th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

September 30th, 2011

September 25 (26th Sunday in Ordinary Time)   Exodus 17:1-7 1 The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the LORD commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water … Continue reading

9-18-2011 Sermon “Covet”

September 25th, 2011

9-18-11 Sermon notes “Covet” Click here to Watch the Sermon   The Parable of the Vineyard Workers This is not a fun story because it goes against our sense of what is fair and just. Our first impression is that … Continue reading

9-18-2011 Scripture (25th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

September 25th, 2011

September 18 (25th Sunday in Ordinary Time)   Exodus 16:2-15 God feeds the Israelites 2 In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. 3 The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the LORD’s … Continue reading

9-11-2011 Sermon

September 18th, 2011

9-11-11 Sermon notes   Need To Remember The Cost In Human Lives. On September 11, 2001, ten years ago today, nearly 3,000 people lost their lives at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in rural fields in Pennsylvania. It … Continue reading

9-11-2011 Scripture (24th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

September 18th, 2011

September 11 (24th Sunday in Ordinary Time)   Exodus 14:19-31 19 Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and … Continue reading

9-4-2011 Sermon

September 9th, 2011

9-4-11 sermon   Welcome everyone. This holiday weekend marks the unofficial end of summer. School has started for many districts, and others are starting tomorrow. State Fair is winding down, The Renaissance is going full steam, the Gophers almost won … Continue reading

9-4-2011 Scripture (23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

September 9th, 2011

September 4 (23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)   Exodus 12:1-14 The Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread   1 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, 2 “This month is to be for you the first month, … Continue reading

8-28-2011 Scripture (22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

September 4th, 2011

August 28 (22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time)   Exodus 3:1-15 Moses and the Burning Bush   1 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side … Continue reading

September 2011

August 28th, 2011

 Note from Pastor Don  “Hard times.”  Every industry, every investment is getting hammered by the recession. But churches and especially small churches are getting hit especially hard. As I think of our congregation I know how many members are on … Continue reading

8-21-2011 Sermon

August 25th, 2011

Click here to Watch the Sermon 8-21-11 Sermon notes “Who do you say Jesus is?   Lord, breathe Your Spirit upon us at this time. Bless now the words of my lips and the meditations of our hearts – give … Continue reading

8-21-2011 Scripture (21st Sunday in Ordinary Time)

August 25th, 2011

August 21 (21st Sunday in Ordinary Time)   Exodus 1:8-2:10 8 Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. 9 “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. … Continue reading

8-14-2011 Sermon

August 25th, 2011

8-14-11 sermon notes The scripture passages this morning have the theme of faith and mercy. Joseph: God used his faith when he was sold into slavery to save many from the famine and Joseph showed mercy on his brothers and … Continue reading

8-7-2011 Sermon

August 25th, 2011

8-7-11 sermon notes Matthew 14: 22-33 “If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat” John Ortberg.   Water Walking.   This story about Jesus and Peter walking on water is one of the … Continue reading

BBQ Days 2011

August 14th, 2011

August 2011

August 13th, 2011

AUGUST 2011 WELCOME Note from Pastor Don In PC(USA), “Minister” no more. Now: “Teaching Elder.” Posted on July 13, 2011 by Adam J. Copeland A Gathering Voices post I’ve struggled with living into a pastoral identity ever since I started … Continue reading

8-14-2011 Scripture (20th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

August 13th, 2011

August 14 (20th Sunday in Ordinary Time)   Genesis 45:1-15 1 Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all his attendants, and he cried out, “Have everyone leave my presence!” So there was no one with Joseph when he … Continue reading

8-7-2011 Scripture (19th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

August 13th, 2011

August 7 (19th Sunday in Ordinary Time)   Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 Joseph Sold into Slavery   1 Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan. 2 This is the account of Jacob’s family line. … Continue reading

7-31-2011 Scripture (18th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

August 13th, 2011

July 31 (18th Sunday in Ordinary Time)   Genesis 32:22-31 Jacob Wrestles With God 22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. … Continue reading

7-3-11 Sermon (Rest for the Soul)

July 9th, 2011

6-29-11/7-3-11 sermon notes.“Rest for the Soul” This is our fourth of July service. Especially for those who will be out of town for the 4th of July weekend. It is time to celebrate our freedoms, the birth of our nation, … Continue reading

7-3-11 Scripture (14th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

July 9th, 2011

July 3 and June 29, 2011 (14th Sunday in Ordinary Time) Romans 7:15-25 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if … Continue reading

July 2011

July 5th, 2011

Note from Pastor Don After months of rain and cold weather, we finally have summer and some heat. Enjoy it and the road construction while it lasts. We are also on the season of the Government Shut down. Please keep … Continue reading

July 5th, 2011

We live and die; Christ died and lived! ~ John Stott

Withered Leaves

July 5th, 2011

Where man sees but withered leaves, God sees sweet flowers growing. ~ Albert Laighton

Prayer of Bike Blessing

July 5th, 2011

Prayer of Bike Blessing May God bless you and keep you safe on this machine. May you meet and encounter the risen Lord in your travels, in the freedom of the open road, the fellowship of other bikers and in … Continue reading

6-26-11 Sermon

July 5th, 2011

6-26-11 sermon notes 42 And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”   Today’s message is … Continue reading

6-26-11 Scripture (13th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

July 5th, 2011

June 26 (13th Sunday in Ordinary Time) Genesis 22:1-14 God tested Abraham 1 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham” “Here I am,” he replied. 2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom … Continue reading

6-19-11 Sermon

June 25th, 2011

6-19-11 Sermon notes “How can our little church live out the Great Commission?”   18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples … Continue reading

6-19-11 Scripture (Trinity Sunday)

June 25th, 2011

June 19 (Trinity Sunday)   Psalm 8:1-9 How Majestic is your Name in all the Earth 1 LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. 2 Through the … Continue reading

6-12-11 Sermon – Live Giving Breath

June 15th, 2011

6-12-11 Live Giving Breath   John 20: 22 … Jesus breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”   Jesus was bringing us back to the symbolic and literal meaning of breath when he breathed on the disciples. I … Continue reading

6-5-11 Sermon

June 12th, 2011

6-5-11 Sermon Notes, the Real Lord’s Prayer   We usually call Matthew 6 “The Lord’s Prayer” and we pray it every Sunday, just as we will do today during the communion service. In a sense, it is Jesus’ prayer – … Continue reading

6-5-11 Scripture (7th Sunday of Easter)

June 12th, 2011

June 5 (7th Sunday of Easter)   Acts 1:6-14 Jesus Ascension 6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them: “It is … Continue reading

5-29-2011 Sermon

June 7th, 2011

“The Holy Spirit is Jesus’ Gift to us”   In today’s passage Jesus promised us the Spirit, 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of … Continue reading

5-29-2011 Scripture (6th Sunday of Easter)

June 7th, 2011

Acts 17:22-31 To an unknown God 22 Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I walked around and looked … Continue reading

2 X 2 Visitations at FPC Belle Plaine

June 7th, 2011

2 X 2 Visitations at FPC Belle Plaine HISTORY The First Presbyterian Church (FPC) of Belle Plaine, Minnesota is a small, rural church in the great Minnesota River valley, southwest of Minneapolis. The church currently has 49 active members, Sunday … Continue reading

June 2011

May 27th, 2011

Note from Pastor Don Dorothy Miller passed away March 12, 2011 at age 93. We had a service of celebration of the Resurrection on Monday, May 16th. Dorothy knew the promises of Jesus and knew that Jesus had prepared a … Continue reading

5-22-11 Scripture (5th Sunday of Easter)

May 25th, 2011

May 22 (5th Sunday of Easter)   Acts 7:55-60 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 “Look,” he said, … Continue reading

5-22-11 Sermon

May 25th, 2011

5-22-11 sermon notes 2 “I am the way and the truth and the life.”   This has been a busy week: Dorothy Miller’s memorial service on Monday, Harmon Killebrew’s funeral on Friday, and the rapture yesterday. Because the end of … Continue reading

5-15-11 Sermon

May 18th, 2011

5-15-11 the Good Shepherd, meditation Disclaimer: I used this part of this meditation during one of our Wednesday Lenten services. When I attended St. John’s Prep in Collegeville, MN for high school, one of the monks, Fr. Otto, was our … Continue reading

5-15-11 Scripture (4th Sunday of Easter)

May 18th, 2011

Acts 2:42-47 Fellowship of Believers 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. … Continue reading

5-8-11 Sermon

May 12th, 2011

“We would not have recognized Jesus.”   Take a moment to put yourself in the shoes of the early disciples or the early followers of Christ. It was truly an emotional rollercoaster: The glory and pageantry of Palm Sunday; the … Continue reading

5-8-11 Scripture (3rd Sunday of Easter)

May 12th, 2011

Acts 2:14a, 36-41 Peter converts three thousand 14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully … Continue reading

5-1-11 Sermon

May 6th, 2011

Jeremiah 17: 7 “But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. 8 He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not … Continue reading

5-1-11 Scripture (2nd Sunday of Easter)

May 6th, 2011

Acts 2:14a, 22-32 Peter addresses the crowd 14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully … Continue reading

May 2011

April 30th, 2011

Note from Pastor Don March winds, April showers, always bring May flowers. All of us are holding on, tired of winter and snow, tired of clouds, rain and cold fronts. We want some warmth, some vitamin D from the sun. … Continue reading

4-24-11 Sermon

April 27th, 2011

4-24-11 Sermon notes, Resurrection of the Lord, Easter Sunday, ‘Jesus called Mary by name’   As we go through life, many different people call our names. It’s amazing just how many different messages that being called by your name can … Continue reading

Jelly Bean Prayer

April 24th, 2011

RED is for the blood He gave. GREEN is for the grass He made. YELLOW is for the sun so bright. ORANGE is for the edge of night. BLUE is for the sins we made. WHITE is for the grace … Continue reading

Easter 2011

April 23rd, 2011

4-24-11 Scriptures, Easter Sunday

April 22nd, 2011

4-24-11 Scriptures, Easter Sunday   Acts 10:34-43 34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what … Continue reading

4-21-11 Maundy Thursday Scripture

April 22nd, 2011

4-21-11 Maundy Thursday Scripture   Exodus 12:1-14   1 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, 2 “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. 3 Tell the whole community … Continue reading

Faith

April 17th, 2011

French Toast 04-2011

April 17th, 2011

4-17-11 Scripture

April 17th, 2011

4-17-11 Palm Passion Sunday Gospel. Matthew 26:14 – 27:66   14 Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot— went to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over … Continue reading

4-17-11 Sermon

April 17th, 2011

4-17-11 Scripture, Palm/Passion Sunday   Matthew 21:1-11 1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you … Continue reading

4-10-11 Sermon

April 15th, 2011

  Jesus wept. The shortest verse in the Bible.   As men, we see crying as weakness. We think that that tears are reserved for when you are hurt or when someone dies. Most guys function with the mentality of … Continue reading

4-10-11 Scripture

April 15th, 2011

4-10-11 Scripture (5th Sunday of Lent)   Ezekiel 37:1-14 The valley of the dry bones   1 The hand of the LORD was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in … Continue reading

Operation Christmas Child 2010

April 7th, 2011

4-3-11 Sermon

April 6th, 2011

“Does sickness mean we have sinned?” People in Jesus’ time thought that if you had a physical disease, as in this case, blind from birth, that you had sinned or your parents had sinned, and the illness was your punishment. … Continue reading

4-3-11 Scripture

April 6th, 2011

April 3 (4th Sunday of Lent) 1 Samuel 16:1-13 Samuel anoints David 1 The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and … Continue reading

Genesis 21:22

April 6th, 2011

God is with you in all that you do.  – Genesis 21:22

Church Pictures

April 6th, 2011

 

April 2011

April 6th, 2011

WELCOME             Note from Pastor Don Luke 10 Jesus sends out the 72 1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to … Continue reading

3-27-11 Scripture

April 6th, 2011

Exodus 17:1-7 1 The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the LORD commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2 So they … Continue reading

3-27-11 Sermon

April 6th, 2011

  When my son, Paul, was little we had a ritual to put him to bed. Sue and I shared the duty, switching every other night. First a bath, then pajamas, then read him a story, then say prayers: God … Continue reading

March 2011

March 6th, 2011

            Note from Pastor Don Spring is in sight, just around the corner. The Twins have started their practices in Florida, and the new Twins ads are playing both on the radio and TV. We just have to put up … Continue reading

February 2011

February 6th, 2011

Notes from Pastor Don:   We had robins visit our bird feeders during the January “thaw.” I thought that they might be either late in going south or wayward, and I was informed that some do stay around all winter. … Continue reading

January 2011

January 6th, 2011

Notes from Pastor Don:   Happy New Year. New Years Resolutions. Statistics show that only 45 percent of Americans still make resolutions. That may be because about 97 percent aren’t kept. Take it easy on yourselves, don’t make any. But … Continue reading