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Notes from Pastor Steve 
January/February 2018

The 2017-2018 Youth Confirmation Experience began last Fall and will continue through this Spring. There are six youth who are participating in this "experience" and I know the entire congregation is supporting their journey as well. The youth include: Kaden Buatte, Logan Moore, Blake Morganthaler, Drew Newman, Luke Terry and Maddie Terry. This is a great group of young people and it is my pleasure to have the opportunity to work with them on a regular basis. We meet at 9:00 a.m. on the first Sunday of each month for study, prayer, fellowship, and various opportunities to deepen our faith. Please be in prayer for the spiritual journey these young people are presently undertaking.

The beginning of a new year always brings a sense of anticipation and excitement about what may unfold in the next 12 months. On the first Sunday of 2018, we ordained and installed our new church officers. This year Amy Pfaff joins our Board of Deacons as a newly ordained Deacon, and Becky Millinger and Barb Sherry begin their service as Elders on the Session. Becky is a previously ordained Elder and Barb was ordained along with Amy on January 7th. Please thank them for their willingness to serve our church body in this way.

The Annual Congregational Meeting will be held at the end of worship on January 14th. This meeting always summarizes the activities of the previous year and presents the budget for the new year which has been approved jointly by the Board of Deacons and the Session. It takes the contributions of each and every member and friend of this church to allow the many ministries of First Presbyterian Church to successfully continue. Are you doing all that you can to support our church activities and ministries--through prayer, financial support, giving your time and talents, etc.? Perhaps a new year's resolution could be to "give" more of yourself to your church in 2018.

Easter falls on April 1st this year which means the season of Lent begins in mid-February, February 14th to be exact.  I will be suggesting a few specific spiritual practices for church members and friends to try during Lent in 2018. Each Sunday of Lent (beginning February 18) I will be suggesting a specific practice for that coming week--I hope our congregation will find these spiritual practices beneficial during this Lenten season.

....when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you-not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. --1 Peter 3: 20b-21 (NRSV)

Yours in Christ,                    
Pastor Steve