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Summer Sermon Series
Have you ever experienced an old habit that just won’t go away? I can remember during a days-long power outage a few years back that I would flip on the light switch almost every time I walked into a dark room. I knew the power was out. In fact, I was holding a flashlight in hand at the time. And yet the pattern of reaching for the light switch was so deeply ingrained in me that it had become second nature; stronger even than the influence of the facts I knew to be true.
Everyone is born with a deeply ingrained instinct that insists we can make our way to God. If we are just good enough, religious enough, holy enough, moral enough or sorry enough, we believe God can be convinced to love and accept us. Even after we receive by faith that we have been saved by grace, we still struggle to overcome this spiritual performance mentality.
This summer at First Presbyterian we will study the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Galatians; a group of Christians who were struggling mightily to embrace the Gospel and live in freedom. We will come face to face with the Good News of Jesus Christ and grow in our understanding of what it means to live in reliance on God’s action for you in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Support Our Montana Mission Trip, July 24-31
Our mission trip this July is a Vacation Bible School for the children on the Ft. Peck Indian Reservation in Montana. Because of the socio-economic level on the reservation, and the fact that families live far from the kinds of stores we go to, the Native American children do not have access to the toys that are probably overflowing your toy box.Could you donate some of your gently used small toys, beanie babies, or small stuffed animals that we could share with the Native American children? Bring them to the Gathering Place and drop them in the basket marked “Toys for Montana.” You will make the kids very happy!If you have questions about our mission trip, or if you would like to make a cash donation to support our trip, please contact Mary Clauss at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ugandan Gold Coffee is for Sale
We have bags of Ugandan Gold coffee left over from Coffee for a Cause in May; Regular, Decaf, and Cinnamon Sticky Bun; while supplies last. $12/bag. Contact Barb Retelny at 630-858-3171 or email@example.com. Proceeds help to build a S.T.E.M. Science and Technology Center at Kamwenge Secondary and Vocational School in Uganda for Partners in Mission.
Partners in Mission 2nd annual Bike to the Lake
Saturday, August 8, 2015 Let’s Bike to Lake Geneva on August 8th to help fund the construction of a S.T.E.M. Center (Science and Technology) at Kamwenge Secondary and Vocational School (KSVS) in Uganda. After the successful ride, please join us for a celebration meal with entertainment The Abbey Resort in Fontana, WI. 50 or 84 miles from Glen Ellyn or South Elgin to The Abbey Resort in Fontana, WI. Transportation back to Glen Ellyn will be provided. Minimum donation is $235.* Riders are encouraged to raise as much as possible through sponsorship. Sign up at www.pim-africa.org/event/bike-to-the-lake *100% of your donation is tax deductible. EIN tax #26-0860327
First Pres Family Camp 2015
Join us on the shores of Lake Geneva at Covenant Harbor Retreat Center for Labor Day Weekend. Day Rates available for Sunday. Contact Janelle Metz firstname.lastname@example.org or Erin Griggs email@example.com with questions.