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1 From the Pastor's Desk I recently attended the Festival of Homiletics in Denver. Hundreds of pastors from many denominations gathered to hear sermons and lectures about the art of preaching. Preaching is different than a lecture. A lecture s goal is to teach and give knowledge. Sometimes I feel like my Sunday sermon is more like a lecture. But when I do it well, the sermon will lift or inspire you. I think that means you will be moved, to action or feel closer to God. That is what I strive for and I hope the Holy Spirit will help. The festival had three venues, all churches in downtown Denver. I heard two sermons and two lectures each day and had opportunity to spend time with fellow pastors in fellowship and discussion. The preachers were the best of the best bringing their best. Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry, an African American preacher made us laugh and cry. Craig Barnes, the president of Princeton Theological Seminary, could rightly be described as the pastor s pastor. He encouraged us to be hopeful and courageous in our preaching. While we studied how to craft a better sermon and give ourselves over to the Holy Spirit, it occurred to me there is another participant in the sermon; the hearer. So, you have a responsibility to show up, listen, and open up your heart and mind. It is a collaborative effort between you, me, and Holy Spirit. I will see you in worship. I very much enjoyed the Festival of Homiletics. Thank you for providing the opportunity. God Bless You, Pastor Brian REMINDER Worship/Picnic in the Park 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 21st Zearing Park shelter INSIDE THIS MONTH'S "LIGHT" p.2 Notes from the Session p.3 Church member "Spotlight" p.4 Our Daily Bread, Thinking of the Homebound p.5 June calendar p. 6 In honor of Father's Day - "A Message From God to You"

2 The Session met on April 21st for a regularly scheduled meeting. The meeting opened with prayer and the minutes of the last meeting and the treasurer's report were approved as written. 38 persons were served communion on April 6th. One person received home communion that afternoon. Pastor Brian said he was getting a lot of phone calls from people asking for money for utilities since Tri-County is out of funds for the fiscal year. He met with Carmi Bohnsack about her baptism and with Tim Bauer and Kathy Costerisan about their wedding plans. Church services at Zearing Park will be at 10:30 instead of the summer worship hours of 9:30. Presbyterian Women asked that the men of the church assist with pouring drinks and cleaning up at the annual Mother/Daughter/Friend dinner on May 6th. The quarterly report of the church's investments was received and accepted. The report of the Pastor evaluation was reviewed by the session members. Pastor Brian was asked to visit more members in their homes and he added that he felt that the church needed to establish a vision due to the decrease in membership and attendance at Sunday services. The Evangelism and Mission Committee encourage all church members to invite friends to the Church service at Zearing Park on the 21st of June. It is hoped that the insurance money due from the damage to the parking lot, sidewalks and lawn can be used to resurface the parking lot. Other improvements to be done were listed. There will be no graduation Sunday since the two 2015 college graduates will not be in town on that Sunday. May 17th is the last day of Sunday School until fall. June 12th is the day our church will cook and serve for Lunch in the Park. There will be no auction at the Ice Cream Social on August 8th. No totals have been received from our church's collection for One Great Hour of Sharing. There are no customers at the present time for our Shopping service. The Evangelism and Mission Committee encourage all church members to invite friends to the Church service at Zearing Park on the 21st of June. At the last Presbytery meeting in Crystal Lake a speaker talked about the need for a paradigm shift in the direction of the Presbyterian church as the times change. The meeting adjoined with all reciting the Lord's. FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 320 PARK AVE EAST PRINCETON, IL Phone: (815)

3 FPC MEMBER in the spotlight Name: Hometown: Barbara Brumbaugh Princeton, IL How long have you attended First Presbyterian Church: 47 years Favorite hobbies: Reading, Golf, following all sports. Tell us about a book or movie that you have read or watched recently and would recommend: "God Is Not Dead" Favorite music: Gospel If you could go back and visit any time period, what time would you travel to and why? I would like to visit the time when Jesus was on earth. Knowing what I know now, it would be awesome to be in his presence. If you could ask God one question right now, what would it be? All of my questions are answered in the Bible. Favorite scripture? John 3:16 and the 23rd Psalm. Deacon: Wanda Stenzel THOSE SERVING IN JUNE: Ushers: June & Dave Larson 6/7, 6/21 Len & Barbara Brumbaugh 6/14, 6/28 Lay Leaders: Beth Schultz 6/7 TBA 6/14 Chuck Stiles 6/21 Carolyn Workman 6/28 Communion: 6/7 Pam Cochran Karl Schultz Lisa Bettner Chuck Stiles Alexandra Powelson Brad Powelson Dana schultz June larson ann mickow ed kapp mary jeanne brown HAPPY JUNE BIRTHDAY! 3rd 13th 18th 19th 20th 25th 29th

4 FROM "OUR DAILY BREAD" Do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Hebrews 13:16 Lee Geysbeek of Compassion International told about a woman who had the opportunity to travel to a distant land to visit the child she sponsored. She decided to take the child, who was living in abject poverty, to a restaurant. The boy ordered a hamburger, and the sponsor ordered a salad. When the food came to the table, the boy, who assuredly had never had such a meal in his life, surveyed the scene. He looked at his huge hamburger and over at his sponsor s small salad. Then he took his knife and cut the burger in half, offered it to his sponsor, rubbed his tummy, and asked, Hungry? A child who had next to nothing his whole life was willing to share half of what he had with someone he thought might need more. This child can be a good reminder the next time we meet someone in physical, emotional, or spiritual need. As followers of Jesus, our faith in Him should be mirrored through our actions (James 2:17). We encounter people in need every day. Some around the globe, some simply around the corner. Some in need of a warm meal, others a kind word. What a difference followers of Christ, who have experienced His love, could make by doing good and sharing (Heb. 13:16). Today, Lord, help me see beyond my own problems to the needs of others. Guide my hand to give instead of get, to offer instead of ask, and to bless instead of seeking blessings. May Your name be honored. Pick up your free copy of "Our Daily Bread" in the Narthex! "If you are thinking of someone today, say a prayer for them because you never know what they might be going through." (Thanks to Ron & Marlene Gibson for sharing!) Chuck & Margaret Stiles Len & Barbara Brumbaugh "For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them." Matthew 18:20 prayer is held every Monday in the Chapel at 2 p.m. Members & Friends at Home: Coyla Harris, Marjorie Hall, Emma Krase Members & Friends at Retirement Communities: Roy McKune Veteran s Home 1015 O' Connor, LaSalle, IL Norma DeRose Colonial Hall 515 South Bureau Valley Parkway Princeton, IL Helene Gleason Liberty Village 140 N. 6th Princeton, IL Marilyn Pryor Millcreek Care Center 3319 Ginger Creek Road Springfield, IL June 14th June 21st

5 First Presbyterian Church WORSHIP/PICNIC IN THE PARK Sunday, June 21st 10:30 a.m. At Zearing Park Shelter Please bring a dish to share and your own table service. ~ The Deacons

6 Worship Service now begins at 9:30 a.m. EXCEPT for Sunday, June 21st. S M T W TH F S Communion/ Worship Service 9:30 a.m. 8 9 Winnebago Movie Night 6p 12 Lunch in the Park 11a-1p Worship Service 9:30 a.m. 21 Salads for "Our Table" 22 Session 7 p.m Worship / Picnic in the Park 10:30 a.m. (Zearing Shelter) Father's Day 28 Worship Service 9:30 a.m Coming up in July & August: Movie night: July 9th at 6 p.m. Our Table Salads: July 20th Ice Cream Social: August 8th

7 "Father's Love Letter - An Intimate Message From God To You" My Child, You may not know me, but I know everything about you. Psalm 139:1 I know when you sit down and when you rise up. Psalm 139:2 I am familiar with all your ways. Psalm 139:3 Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. Matthew 10:29-31 For you were made in my image. Genesis 1:27 In me you live and move and have your being. Acts 17:28 For you are my offspring. Acts 17:28 I knew you even before you were conceived. Jeremiah 1:4-5 I chose you when I planned creation. Ephesians 1:11-12 You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book. Psalm 139:15-16 I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live. Acts 17:26 You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14 I knit you together in your mother's womb. Psalm 139:13 And brought you forth on the day you were born. Psalm 71:6 I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me. John 8:41-44 I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love. 1 John 4:16 And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. 1 John 3:1 Simply because you are my child and I am your Father. 1 John 3:1 I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. Matthew 7:11 For I am the perfect father. Matthew 5:48 Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand. James 1:17 For I am your provider and I meet all your needs. Matthew 6:31-33 My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. Jeremiah 29:11 Because I love you with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3 My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. Psalms 139:17-18 And I rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17 I will never stop doing good to you. Jeremiah 32:40 For you are my treasured possession. Exodus 19:5 I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul. Jeremiah 32:41 And I want to show you great and marvelous things. Jeremiah 33:3 If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me. Deuteronomy 4:29 Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 For it is I who gave you those desires. Philippians 2:13 I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine. Ephesians 3:20 For I am your greatest encourager. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you. Psalm 34:18 As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart. Isaiah 40:11 One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. Revelation 21:3-4 And I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth. Revelation 21:3-4 I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus. John 17:23 For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. John 17:26 He is the exact representation of my being. Hebrews 1:3 He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you. Romans 8:31 And to tell you that I am not counting your sins. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you. 1 John 4:10 I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. Romans 8:31-32 If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me. 1 John 2:23 And nothing will ever separate you from my love again. Romans 8:38-39 Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen. Luke 15:7 I have always been Father, and will always be Father. Ephesians 3:14-15 My question is Will you be my child? John 1:12-13 I am waiting for you. Luke 15:11-32 Love, Your Dad Almighty God Permission to reprint: Please feel free to copy and paste the text of Father's Love Letter and share with others. We only ask that you use the Father's Love Letter text in its entirety, that you do not use it for commercial purposes and that you include the following copyright notice wherever it is displayed... Father's Love Letter used by permission Father Heart Communnications 1999 FathersLoveLetter.com

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