Notes From the Pastor
Ruling Elder Adrienne Danielson recently asked the congregation in her sermon, “if our church was given $1 million dollars to do ministry work with! What work do you dream of our church being able to do in the community with the money? “
One of the core Scripture passages that drives me is Matthew 25: 35-36: “for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”
I would want to make sure that everyone’s basic needs were taken of first. Feed anyone that is hungry. Find shelter for anyone that is homeless. Get medical care or dental care for anyone that needs it. Help unemployed people find jobs. Provide day-care. Provide educational scholarships. Befriend the lonely. I also would want to work on teaching us to treat one another better by striving to end racism, sexism, agism and the other hurtful isms. We are created in God’s image so we should love one another and treat one another with respect. I would want to give others a firm foundation in Jesus Christ so they can share Christ’s love with the world.
Did you know you are being prayed for?
Our deacons have divided a list of our entire church family up and are praying for you daily.
The Session prays for 1/12 of the congregation each session meeting by praying for each person by name.
I pray for you daily too by going through the directory, new names are added in as needed.
I know we have prayer warriors in the congregation praying for you too.
Isn’t that great to know? That your church family cares enough about you to pray for you? It makes me feel safe, secure and connected when I think about it.
We have a prayer chain that works by phone too.
If you ever need extra prayer let any elder, deacon, the prayer chain or me know and we will put it into action. There is power in prayer. If you need it, don’t be afraid to ask for it. Tap into God’s power.
Thanks For Your Support
Dear First Presbyterian Church of Redwood Falls, Thank you for faithfully supporting Presbyterian Mission in South Sudan. Your generosity allows mission co-workers to serve with our global partners, helping them develop better access to education and teach peace-building skills through the South Sudan Education and Peace-building Project (SSEPP). This work continues to have great impact despite challenging circumstances, as you can see in the attached Q4 2017 reports for SSEPP and the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOSS) Education Department. I’m writing to let you know that Leisa Wagstaff, mission co-worker serving as PCOSS Education Facilitator, will be visiting the U.S. on interpretative assignment from July-September 2018. Leisa hopes to visit as many supporting congregations as possible to share the work she is doing to help build capacity and strengthen South Sudan’s educational system. Lynn & Sharon Kandel, regional liaisons who are also part of the SSEPP staff, will be in the U.S. and available for interpretative visits from March-May and July-September 2018. There is nothing like a face-to-face conversation with a mission co-worker to develop greater energy and engagement for mission in a congregation. Leisa and the Kandels are eager to tell you about their ministry for the PC(USA) in South Sudan since 2014.
Congratulations to our Church Member, Lauren Karnitz
Redwood Valley High School is pleased to announce our 2017-18 ExCEL Award Winners Lauren Karnitz and Deon Estebo. The ExCEL award — Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership — is a unique recognition program designed exclusively for Minnesota high school juniors who are active in school activities, who show leadership qualities, and who work voluntarily in their community.
Lauren is involved in cross country, track and field, hockey statistics, musical (pit band), robotics, student council, NHS, band, jazz band, drum-line, honor band and dance. She has been on the A honor roll all semesters of her high school career. She volunteers with meals on wheels, Ruby’s Pantry, Big Buddies, church, shoe drive, NHS events, Celebrate Redwood Falls, Adopt a Highway, Urban Plunge and a weekend backpack helper. She has competed at the state cross Country meet three times. Lauren was selected as one of 36 ExCEL award winners in the state and will be honored during a state girls basketball game.
It has been awhile since we have hosted the Community Good Friday Service but we are this year on March 30, at 12:05 pm. The last three or four years we have done contemporary worship in a circle and this year the ministerial decided they wanted to have a more traditional worship service in a more traditional church setting. Bryant Kaden of Gloria Dei Lutheran, Randy Koppen of First United Methodist and I are planning the service. Our church choir will be singing and others will be invited to join. Please mark it on your calendars and plan to come. It would be nice to see lots of faces from our church family present at the service.
Presbytery Transformation Conference
Our Presbytery is putting on Transformation Conference in St. Cloud, Minnesota on April 5-7. We are looking for people from our congregation to go. We sent folks from our congregation to national transformation conference in Charlotte in 2004 and New New York City in 2005. Then the national church stopped doing them, but now we have an opportunity to go to a local one for a responsible price. Come here motivating speakers and how to leading change in the 21st century church, working within systems, cultural and systemic challenges to ministry today, transformation models, vocation discernment and visioning for the future. Please talk to Pastor Scott Prouty if you are interested as soon as possible. The Deadline to register is March 15 (hotel reservations must be confirmed by March 5). The cost is $169 for meals, lodging and the conference.
General Assembly is the National Meeting of the Presbyterian Church, USA that meets every other year. This year it meets in St. Louis, Missouri from June 16-23. Each of the 171 Presbytery sends commissioners to vote. Our Presbytery, Minnesota Valleys, voted to send Ruling Elder Deb Hess of our church and me. They also voted to send Julia Prouty as a Young Adult Advisory Delegate. I have been invited to serve as the Vice Moderator of the Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interfaith Issues at General Assembly. I am deeply honored by this.