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YOUTH MISSION TRIP

July 9 - July 15, 2017

If you are interested in the youth mission trip this summer, please contact Pastor Gillian as soon as possible. All youth aged over 12 years are welcome to come on this trip to South Carolina.

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First Presbyterian Church April 18, 2017

Mid-Week Evotional

Dear Friends:

We hope this week's E-votional brings you all the news, information, and insight you've been wanting. Please feel free to comment on or share your weekly message with friends, family, and co-workers.

Autumn Rain

In those quiet moments in the still of the night

Remember to rejoice and celebrate life

Do not think of me gone and weep

I am not there, I do not sleep

I am a thousand winds that blow

I am the diamond glints on snow

I am the sunlight on the grain

I am the gentle autumn's rain

When you awaken in the morning hush

I am the swift uplifting rush

of quiet birds in flight

I am the soft stars that shine

You will hear my gentle voice

and remember to rejoice

Never give up your fight

and remember always

to Celebrate Life.....

Mary Frye

Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed!

This is the cry on the lips of the faithful on Easter Sunday, as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Having walked once more through the introspective days of Lent, and having journeyed from Palm Sunday through the harrowing days of Holy Week, to the crucifixion on Good Friday, we heave a sigh of relief when Easter Sunday dawns.

Once again we celebrate Easter. With the resurrection of Jesus, we rejoice in knowing that death does not, and never will, have the last word. We rejoice that Jesus has conquered the power of death, and that His love continues to conquer the powers of hate that are so evident in our world today.

But with the dawning of Easter, we also rejoice in being able to celebrate life, knowing that life is all the fuller and richer because Christ has risen and keeps His promise to be with us always.

The poem above speaks to me of how the risen Christ is in the very air we breathe, the beauty of the world around us, and in the stillness that befalls in the quiet of night.

To this we may add that the risen Christ is seen in the faces of family, friend and stranger. The risen Christ is there in our moments of complete despair, as well as our moments of joy.

Knowing that Christ has risen, and that His Spirit is with us always, enables us to truly celebrate life.

In Mark's gospel the women who have turned up at the tomb ready to anoint the body of Christ, are told:

"He has been raised; he is not here.......tell his disciples that He is going ahead of you."

Not only does the risen Christ walk ahead of us, but He also walks beside us and, when needed, He carries us in arms that are gentle, loving and safe.

Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed!

Let us celebrate life that is lived in the presence of this risen Christ.

Blessings and peace,

Pastor Gillian

Prayer Points

Please pray for all who grieve and mourn, whose hearts are broken by loss of any kind and those who struggle with addiction, unemployment, hopelessness or illness of body, mind or spirit.

Prayers are requested for our mission partners in Cuba, pastors Ary and Beidy and the congregation of Central Presbyterian Church in Matanzas.

Prayers for healing are requested for Peggy Taylor, Nancy Tobias, Bonnie Eastman, Mary Larscheidt, sister of Carrie Massey, Kathi Wilson and Marlene Wilson.

Pray for all who grieve and mourn the loss of loved ones and who seek God's healing peace and consolation.

Prayers are offered for our world, and for its security, peace and for a brighter future.

Remember that you can contact the church office any time with prayer requests, and our church secretary, Shelley, will pass them along to our faithful and confidential Intercessory Prayer Group and/or publish the names of those needing prayer here and in the Sunday bulletin.

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8

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