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September 10, 2017

From Chrisy Ennen, Growth and Nurture Leader
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            Romans 13:8-14 – As we wake up, we are intentional to make sure we are abiding in Christ and are attached to the vine. But that isn't all there is, and Paul tells us as much in this passage.
            What happens when we are awake? We are engaged in a life filled with love. The scripture starts with a reminder that we are to owe no one anything except love and it ends with a call to put on Christ and not indulge in selfish desires. This leads me to believe that waking up involves being other-centered and offering the kind of love that was defined for us when Christ went to the cross.
            And this love isn't conditional. We don't get to pick and choose who and how we love. Christ offers His love to all, and that is how we are to love as well. The problem comes when we don't actually love others as we love ourselves. Our job is not to judge. Our job is not to figure out if someone deserves something. Our job is to lift the fallen, to restore the broken, to heal the hurting. Our job is to love our neighbor as ourselves.
            It's time to embrace everyone. Listen to their stories, their struggles, their joys, their hardships, and their hopes. It's time to walk alongside them and work as ardently for their good as we work for our own. It's time to champion their cause as enthusiastically as we champion our own.
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  • September 17 – Pastor Kurt Simon, Worship in the Park (Vandalia)
  • September 24 – Chrisy EnnenOctober 1 – Pastor Kurt Simon, Communion, Peace & Global Witness Offering
  • October 8 – Pastor Kurt Simon
  • October 15 – Chrisy Ennen
  • October 22 – Chrisy Ennen
  • October 29 – Pastor Kurt Simon 
            The Zion Class, taught by Susan Bryant, is studying 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke.
            The Lunch-Time Bible Study Group meets each Wednesday at noon. They are studying the book of Job. All are welcome to attend.
            On Sunday, September 17, the Greenville and Vandalia Presbyterian Churches will gather together at the park across from the Vandalia church for worship at 10:30 a.m., followed by a picnic lunch. Please bring a dish to share and chairs for comfortable seating.
            Directions: Take I-70 to Exit 61. Turn right off of the exit, followed by a left at the light (Veteran's Ave). Take the first right (Fillmore Ave.) and follow this road past Kaskaskia College, through a stop sign (intersection of Fillmore Ave. and Sunset Drive), and continue PAST the First Presbyterian Church (on the left) to the park (just across the railroad tracks). The pavilion is on the right.
            Youth group will meet officially for the first time this fall on Sunday, October 1, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Unofficially, we will meet together at WORSHIP IN THE PARK on Sunday, September 17, at 10:30 a.m. Come ready to play some Frisbee, kickball, and have fun following worship and lunch.
            Also, Heidi Olson needs parents to volunteer to help with MEALS for the youth this year. Contact the church office with your willingness to help.
            Looking forward to a GREAT year of Youth Group!
            Some were asking about the location of the Fall Festival that was in the bulletin recently. The Fall Festival is being held at the WJLY station.  To find WJLY, travel 1/4 mile south of Ramsey. Turn off of Rout 51 onto road #2725. Look for a log-cabin building under the radio tower.
            The church and the Simple Room have begun conversations about partnering in such a way that the Simple Room programming could take place in the church building. These are preliminary conversations and the Session would like to hear from the congregation regarding their input and any questions that they may have. Please talk with Kurt, Chrisy, or any member of the Session about your thoughts and questions.
            Did you know our church has a prayer chain ministry? If you would like to be included on the list of people called upon to pray when prayer requests arise, let Linda know, in the church office. If you are currently on the list, and would like to be removed, you may let Linda know that as well.
            The Session has created a Seminary Education Fund to help supplement the cost of theological degrees pursued by members of First Presbyterian Church. Any monies given to this fund will be used to supplement the expenses of obtaining a theological degree. Gifts to this fund are tax-deductible. Currently, Chrisy Ennen is studying in the Masters of Divinity program at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and is approved to receive assistance from this fund. If you would like to make a donation, checks may be made payable to First Presbyterian Church with "Seminary Education Fund" on the memo line. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Katy Wise, the session-appointed overseer of this fund.
            Tithes and offerings may be given online (securely through PayPal)! Just visit and click on the Donate button at the bottom of the page!
            EXERCISE CLASSES meet throughout the week in Gaffner Hall.
            WALKING INDOORS: We open Gaffner Hall during weekday office hours for walkers. We have at least a few people walking every day and hope their comfort in our church will lead to them considering membership.