RSS Feed This is an RSS Feed en Thu, 22 Oct 2020 09:34:36 +0000 Thu, 22 Oct 2020 09:34:36 +0000 5 Weekly Devotion <p align="center"><b>Weekly Devotional from Will </b></p><p align="center"><b>October 16, 2020 </b></p><p><b> </b></p><p><b>Scripture</b>: Acts 28:1, 8, and 9</p><p><b><sup> </sup></b></p><p><i><sup>1</sup></i><i>After we had reached safety, we then learned that the island was called Malta.</i><i> <b><sup>8 </sup></b>It so happened that the father of Publius lay sick in bed with fever and dysentery. Paul visited him and cured him by praying and putting his hands on him. <b><sup>9 </sup></b>After this happened, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases also came and were cured. </i></p><p> </p><p><b>Meditation: </b></p><p><b> </b></p><p><b>Never Waste A Detour</b></p><p><b> </b></p><p>We remember from last week’s devotional that Paul had set sail for Rome when he and his traveling companions encountered a storm on the sea. The ship was no match for the waves and the wind; the ship had been badly damaged. More time on the open water in the broken ship would have meant certain death. Finally, someone noticed a bay with a beach upon which to run the ship ashore, and thus seek refuge. It was called the island of Malta. </p><p> </p><p>We have all been to Malta. Malta was an unexpected detour for Paul and his fellow prisoners. Life is full of them. Some of us never expected to end up in places that we found ourselves in after we had gone through one of life’s storms. Try as we might, there is nothing we can do to prevent the detours. The question we must consider is this: what will we do when we arrive in our own “Malta?”&nbsp; Winston Churchill said never waste a crisis. Paul shows us that we ought not waste a detour. While Paul is in Malta, he does not give in to worry and fear but uses his time there to do good by healing the sick. Through his actions, he pointed to God’s kingdom. When we get to an unexpected place, may we ponder how we might show forth God’s coming kingdom for a world in desperate need of it. </p><p><b> </b></p><p><b>Prayer:</b><i>From John Wesley</i></p><p><i> </i></p><p>You are never tired, O Lord, of doing us good. Let us never be weary of doing your service. But as you have pleasure in the well-being of your servants, let us take pleasure in the service of our Lord and abound in your work and in your love and praise evermore. Amen. </p><p> </p> Tue, 09 Jun 2020 05:00:00 +0000 Newsletter <p><a class="fr-file" href="/uploads/blog/6fead75dec7a8aca36d4cacf2e312ee38908203e.pdf">October 2020.pdf</a></p> Tue, 09 Jun 2020 05:00:00 +0000 Ministry Update <p>Dear Church Family,&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I am excited to share with you a few updates on the horizon regarding our life and ministry together at First Presbyterian Church, Kilgore. Last Wednesday, April 30<sup>th</sup>, your session met to discuss and determine the church’s response to Governor Abbott’s gradual plan to reopen Texas. Before I share with you the decisions that were made, let me emphasize that our discussions were prayerful, nuanced, and were focused on our dual commitment to love God through corporate worship and to love all of you, our neighbors. That is, we take seriously our responsibility to be the Church of Jesus Christ as a gathered worshiping community but not at the expense of our own physical health.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;Therefore, in light of these considerations, the session&nbsp;<strong><em>has provisionally designated May 17<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;as our first Sunday back to in-person worship unless local and/or state officials recommend otherwise in the meantime.&nbsp;</em></strong>We will have one 10am service on that Sunday, and for the Sundays thereafter for the time being. This decision to resume in-person worship does not automatically mean a return to normal or business as usual. In order to be faithful to the governor’s recommendations for faith communities, some things will have to change for the foreseeable future. We will not have a choir, nor will we pass the offering plate, shake hands, and have moments with children. We will only sit in pews that have been designated for occupancy while maintaining recommended social distancing between individuals and families.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Regarding other activities outside of worship, the session also voted to provisionally resume committee meetings, PW Circle meetings, and regular in-person stated session meetings beginning the week of May 18<sup style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: ;">th</sup>. Groups that meet must follow CDC guidelines and we strongly encourage gatherings to take place either in the fellowship hall, chapel, or sanctuary so as to have enough space to practice social distancing. At this point, we will not gather for meals, or continue our first Wednesday fellowship nights until the situation drastically improves. Decisions have not been made regarding Vacation Bible School/Day Camp, but you should know they will be made well in time to plan accordingly should VBS Day Camp be cancelled.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>As I’ve said before, if you are part of the “at risk” category for COVID-19, please use caution when deciding to join us for in-person worship. We will continue making video and audio recordings of the services available online. Church offices will also reopen&nbsp;beginning May 18, with staff and volunteers maintaining their normal in-office hours.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Things will look and feel different, but one reality will never change: we are the body of Christ, knit together in his love and grace. Therefore, the presence of Jesus Christ within us and among us strengthens us for worship and service, even in a pandemic. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our plan to resume worship and other activities, do not hesitate to reach out to me or a member of session.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Grace and Peace,&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Will</p><p><strong>Rev. Will Wilson</strong></p><p><strong>Pastor</strong></p><p><strong>First Presbyterian Church</strong></p><p><strong>P.O. Box 1216</strong></p><p><strong>Kilgore, Texas&nbsp; 75663</strong></p><p><strong>Office: 903-984-1502</strong></p> Mon, 04 May 2020 05:00:00 +0000 Want to get involved? <p>Are you looking to get involved with the church? Check out <a href="/outreach/">our Outreach page</a>. There we showcase the different programs we run to enrich our community. If you'd like to volunteer or participate<a href="/contact-us"> just contact us!</a></p> Thu, 06 Jun 2019 05:00:00 +0000