Pastor Lee's blog

The Consideration of a New Worship Service

In September of 2010, we began “The Gathering” as a time for fellowship, food, and worship. When I looked at the calendar, I could not believe we have had four years of the Gathering. Time sure has flown by.

One major part of The Gathering has been the time of worship led by the Gathering band. Many people in the church have grown to love the kind of music shared in the Gathering and have asked if our church would ever consider expanding “The Gathering” into a full service of worship with more music.

Controversial Decisions at the 2014 PCUSA General Assembly

Well, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) did it again and made a number of very controversial decisions at its latest meeting in Detroit. Before I explain what those decisions are, let me remind you of the structure of the PCUSA.

Are You Ready for "The Story?"


What if I told you there was a simple way for you to grow much closer to God and in the process be empowered to tell others more about the God you love and be encouraged to be more active in serving others in Christ’s name? Would you be willing to try? What if I told you that it would take less than 30 minutes a week? Would that make a difference? (click on 'read more' to read on)

Returning from the Dominican Republic

Greetings in the name of Christ!

I have just returned from the Acts Alive Work Camp mission trip to the Dominican Republic. This trip was the 3rd for Acts Alive (2005, 2009, 2014) and the 10th over all for our church (Adult 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) to work with Mission Emanuel.

This trip was as moving and meaningful as I have come to expect. The difference for me on this trip was sharing it with the youth and advisors of Acts Alive. It truly was a privilege to be a part of the Acts Alive work camp experience, and I came away more convinced than ever that our youth group ministry is special. Our leaders have a deep faith in Christ and a commitment to sharing that faith with our youth. Our youth are receptive to the guidance of the leaders and truly seek to serve those they minister too.

That's Whats Good About the Church!

In the month of May in worship, we spent some time looking at what is good about the church of Jesus Christ. Sometimes the perception of the church by those outside of the church is not very positive. (Sometimes even by those inside the church!) So, I wanted to remind us a number of positive results that have come from God calling the church into being. Some of you missed a Sunday or two, so I thought I’d summarize the four good things that I lifted up.

A Change of Pace...But Not From Our Faith!

Well summer is just about upon us, and one of the things I like about summer is its different quality of time when compared to the rest of the year. There are more daylight hours, and life seems less rushed. Summer provides a great opportunity to catch our breath and catch up on any number of things that we have been putting off.

The Gathering Band Leads Worship

Sunday, May 25th will be an exciting day in our church!
First, our Gathering Band will be leading all the music in worship, and the elements of the service will be moved around so that we may experience a different style of worship. Members of Shady Side Presbyterian Church will be joining us in worship as well, and their new pastor Kaye Ziglar will be participating.

We Need Easter

The world needs Easter. I am more convinced of this every day I live.

There is so much violence, grief, and sorrow in our world that it is easy to become discouraged. Every day the news reports bring hope crushing stories of nations invading nations, neighbors shooting neighbors, mud-slides destroying towns, and illness ravaging loved ones. It seems like there is more than enough death and disease, betrayal and hurt to go around.

We do live in a fallen and broken world, but this realization is not always enough to help us cope with the mayhem. It seems like evil and the powers of this world are consistently winning against the good, the right, and the will of God. (Please click on "read more" below to continue reading.)

Sending to Serve

During worship in January, I explored our vision statement which guides our work here at First Presbyterian. It reads, “First Presbyterian Church is a loving community in Christ where we
Call People to Faith, Develop them as Disciples, and Send them to Serve.”

This vision is based on the three movements of Jesus’ ministry on earth. Jesus 1) proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God; 2) taught people how to live; 3) ministered to the needs of those around him. Over the last few newsletters, I have explored the first two movements. This week I want to say a few words about the final movement “Sending to Serve.”

Developing Disciples

In my last post, I began an exploration of our vision statement which guides our work here First Presbyterian. It reads, “First Presbyterian Church is a loving community in Christ where we
Call People to Faith, Develop them as Disciples, and Send them to Serve.

This vision is based on the three movements of Jesus’ ministry on earth. Jesus 1) proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God; 2) taught people how to live; 3) ministered to the needs of those around him. This week I want to write a few words about developing disciples.

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