Journey to Easter
God in our hearts, God in our lives… We are traveling home.
Lent: A Journey into Hope
This Lent, join us in our journey to Easter.
What is Lent anyway? In the church, Lent is the season of the year that leads up to Easter. Lent is a time to deepen our relationship with God. It’s a time to remember your life comes from God, and God’s love for you is greater than you can imagine!
As you seek to deepen your relationship with God during Lent, it’s a good time to try something new. Try adding a regular prayer time to the day or try reading one of the gospels in the New Testament. Lent is also a good time to connect with a church, try a Bible Study or to go to special services. We hope some of the events we are offering at First Presbyterian will help you make the Journey to Easter.
"The Chosen", a Lenten Sermon Series, Sundays Jan 28 - Mar 17
Pastor Sally is taking a deep dive with us into the second season of the film series, “The Chosen” which can be viewed on Paramount, Amazon Prime or at https://www.angel.com/. Each week during Lent, in the Sunday morning sermon, we will be exploring the Biblical themes presented in season two of the “The Chosen.” Join us each Sunday for this unusual series during one of our morning worship services!
9:00 AM Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary
11:00 AM Contemporary Worship in the lower-level Coffee House
"The Chosen" Bible Studies: Monday 6:30pm, Wednesdays at 8:30am
Want to dive a little deeper into “The Chosen?” Pastor Sally is offering two Bible studies to supplement the Sunday sermon series.
The Monday Night Bible Study (6:30 PM) will actually view the films each week in the lower level Coffee House and then discuss the film and related scripture passages in small groups around tables.
The Wednesday Morning Men’s Bible Study (8:30 AM) will view the films ahead of time at home and discuss the film and related scripture passages together when they gather on Wednesday morning.
Bible studies are open to the public.
Third Annual Ukrainian Easter Egg decorating, Sunday, Mar. 10 (2 – 5 PM)
Ukrainian Egg Decorating is back again by popular demand!
Pastor Sally will be teaching us the ancient art of Ukrainian Easter egg decoration called Pysanky on Sunday, Mar 10. The egg decorating is done on raw eggs with metal tipped styluses warmed by candle flame and dipped in beeswax. The designs are then drawn on the eggs and dipped in successive dyes to create a truly extraordinary egg. The public is encouraged to attend. To reserve your seat, call the church office, 574.264.3109, or sign up using this form.
A free will offering will be taken to support the continued work of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance in Ukraine and relief aid for war victims in Gaza.
Palm Sunday, March 24
On Palm Sunday we remember Jesus was welcomed into Jerusalem with great joy and excitement! Join us for worship as we remember the Jesus’ Triumphant Entry. We will decorate with palms at the 9:00 AM Traditional service and the 10:00 AM Contemporary service, and there will be palms to take home after each service. (Cross folders will be at the door if you would like your palm stem folded into a cross.)
Maundy Thursday “Theater” and communion, March 28 at 7:00 PM
Did you ever wonder who made the last supper for Jesus and his disciples the night before he died? Join us for a funny yet poignant “short play” at First Presbyterian, entitled “Maundy Thursday from the Kitchen” where we get to listen in to the conversation of the women disciples preparing the Passover meal for Jesus. Communion will be served.
Good Friday Tenebrae, Mar 29 at 7:00 PM
Good Friday is the day of the cross. It’s a hard day for Christians but an important day as we remember the lengths God was willing to go to demonstrate his endless love for us. This year at First Presbyterian we will gather to read the story of Jesus’s passion with music and candlelight in a Tenebrae service. The word Tenebrae means shadows. Together we will mark the growing shadows of the events of the first Good Friday as the candles are gradually extinguished and the sanctuary grows increasingly dark. Is there any hope? There is always hope with God. Come be part of the God’s story on this holy night.
Join us for Easter joy in worship with glorious music, the Easter Story, communion, beautiful flowers and a message of Hope! The resurrection of the Jesus brings us hope for our personal lives and hope for our world. God’s love never leaves us alone!
We worship in two services on Easter Sunday:
9:00 AM Traditional worship in the sanctuary
11:00 AM Contemporary worship in the lower lever Coffee House
Children’s Easter Egg Hunt! (Easter Sunday at 10:15 AM)
We are happy to provide a little extra fun for children on Easter Sunday. Our Easter Egg hunt is open to the public as well as children of the church. Have your children meet Anna on Easter Sunday morning at 10:30 at the back of the Sanctuary for a special Easter Egg Hunt inside the sanctuary of the church!
Check out our Children and Youth happenings!
Our Children’s and Youth programs have lots of special things happening during the Lent and Easter Season. Music and More (our kid’s music club) will be working toward a special performance on Palm Sunday (Mar. 24) and enjoying some special Easter crafts as we approach Easter Sunday. Our Youth Group (grades 5 – 12) always has lots of fun activities for young people on Sunday nights. It’s the perfect time for your kids to try out some of the fun offerings at First Presbyterian. You can check out our programs for kids here!