Services

November 20, 2022 Today’s message is being presented by Seminarian Marta Pumroy, who grew up in this church.  She is currently going to school in Austin, TX, so has sent video files of her parts of the service.  During the first part of her message the audio has an echo.  It lasts for a couple of minutes and then is resolved.  You’ll want to listen as she brings us an important message of “A Royal Partner” based on Luke 1.68-79; 23.33-43.  Katelyn Peterson conducts the Chancel Choir in singing, “In The Spirit of Thanksgiving.”

November 16, 2022 In his message today, Pastor Jim reminds us that the race of faith is long, but the reward is worth it.  Using Hebrews 11 and 12 he tells us of “So Great a Cloud of Witnesses”.  The Praise Band leads us in “Lord I Lift Your Name on High”, “That’s Why We Praise Him”, “Come, Now Is The Time To Worship”, “You Are My King (Amazing Love)” and “Better Is One Day”.

November 13, 2022 “The race is long, but the reward is worth it.”  Pastor Jim reminds us that we are runners in the race of faith no matter what challenges we might face.  Using Scripture from Hebrews 11 and 12 he tells us of “So Great a Cloud of Witnesses”.  The Chancel Choir sings “Pie Jesu” from Requiem by Andrew Lloyd Webber.  This piece contains a duet that is beautifully sung by Brielle and Megan Anderson under the direction of Andrew Kendall.  The Chancel Bell Choir, under the direction of Katelyn Peterson, plays the Joel Raney arrangement of an Irish Melody “Be Thou My Vision.”  J. Kyle Coleman is the keyboardist.

November 9, 2022 “When we have the faith to take risks and say, “Yes” to God…we experience everything that is possible with God.”  That is the message Pastor Jim brings to us in this service.  Using passages from Hebrews 11 and Joshua 2, he tells the story of “An Unlikely Hero”.  The Praise Band leads us in “Loving God, Loving Each Other”, “Jesus Is a River of Love”, “Chain Breaker”, “Wonderful Cross” and “Old Church Choir”.

November 6, 2022 Authentic faith has the courage to take risks and say “Yes” to God and when it does, it allows us to experience everything that is possible with God.  That is the message Pastor Jim wants us to take away from his message today.  He uses Hebrews 11.30-38a and Joshua 2 to bring us the message.  The Chancel Choir, under the director of Andrew Kendall, sings “For the Beauty of the Earth” and J. Kyle Coleman plays keyboards for the service.

November 2, 2022 Pastor Jim continues his sermon series on Walking By Faith by reminding us that through the trials and tribulations we encounter in life, true faith, with the help of God and Jesus Christ, helps us persevere.  The Praise Band leads us in “Chain Breaker”, “I Just Feels Like Something Good Is About to Happen”, “Come Let Us Worship and Bow Down”, “We Believe” and “I’ll Fly Away”.

October 30, 2022 In today’s message Pastor Jim continues his sermon series on Walking by Faith and reminds us that through all the trials and tribulations that we encounter in this life, true faith, with the help of God and Jesus Christ, helps us persevere.  Andrew Kendall leads the choir while they sing “For Everyone Born” while Adrian Gonzales accompanies on cello and J. Kyle Coleman plays piano.

October 26, 2022 For this Synergy Service, Pastor Jim continues his messages about what it means to “Walk by Faith”.  Using Hebrews 11:17-19 and Genesis 22:1-19 to talk about Abraham and his son Isaac.  This is just one story in the book of Genesis that seems to paint God in an unfavorable light, but really shows us how God loves and cares for us.  Because members of our Praise Band were unable to attend the service, we have music videos including “Alive”, “All My Hope”, “I’m Listening”, “Glorious Day” and “Days of Elijah”.

October 23, 2022 Today Pastor Jim continues his talks about what it means to “Walk By Faith” in this week’s message entitled “When Put To The Test”.  It is the story of Abraham and Sarah and their son Isaac.  Using Hebrews 11:17-19 and Genesis 22:1-19 to talk about how even when stories in the Bible seem to paint God in an unfavorable light, the story really is about how much God loves us and cares for us.  The Chancel Choir sings, “The God of Abraham Praise” under the direction of Andrew Kendall.  J. Kyle Coleman plays keyboards.

October 19, 2022 For this service Pastor Jim uses Hebrews 11:11-12 and Genesis 18:1-15 to talk about Sarah and Abraham and the difference between Faith and Doubt.  The Praise Band leads us in singing “God of Wonders”, “Greater”, “You Are God Alone”, “Great I Am” and “Let It Rise”.

October 16, 2022 In this service, Pastor Jim uses Hebrews 11:11-12 and Genesis 18:1-15 to talk about the difference between Faith and Doubt.  This is the story of Abraham and Sarah.  The Chancel Choir, under the direction of Katelyn Peterson, sings “Lift Up a Song to the Lord” by Larry Shackley.  Caleb Estrade-Balentin plays flute with the choir and during the hymns while J. Kyle Coleman is the keyboardist.

October 12, 2022 For this service, Director of Youth & Family Ministries, Sara McCaw, will bring us the message of “Radical Hospitality” using Luke 17.11-19.  This is the story of Jesus healing the 10 lepers and only one praised God for his cure.  The Synergy Band leads us with “Greater”, “Today is the Day”, “My Savior My God”, and “This is the Day”.

October 9, 2022 Today our Director of Youth & Family Ministries, Sara McCaw, will be bringing us the message of “Radical Hospitality” using Luke 17.11-19.  This is the story of Jesus healing the 10 lepers and only one of them praised God for his cure.  The Chancel Choir, under the direction of Andrew Kendall, sings “Rejoice with Heart and Voice” by Austin C. Lovelace.  Kevin Sells lends his musical talent to the service through the playing of the trumpet and J. Kyle Coleman plays organ and piano.

October 2, 2022 In today’s message, Pastor Jim continues the discussion of what it means to walk by faith by talking about the story of Noah.  Using Genesis 6.5-9 and Hebrews 11.7 he reminds us that Noah is an example of authentic faith because Noah listens to God.  And we must do the same.  The Chancel Choir, under the direction of Katelyn Peterson, sings “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree” by Mark Patterson.  J. Kyle Coleman plays keyboards.

September 28, 2022 Pastor Jim uses 2 Bible passages, Genesis 4:21-24 and Hebrews 11:4-6 in his message, “Faith Pleases God”.  He reminds us that we should be asking, “What would Jesus have me do?”  The Synergy Band leads us in “Hold Us Together”, “Trading My Sorrows”, “Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)”, and “They Will Know We Are Christians”.

September 25, 2022 In this service Pastor Jim uses 2 passages from the Bible, Genesis 4:21-24 and Hebrews 11:4-6 to talk about how “Faith Pleases God”.  The Chancel Choir, under the direction of Andrew Kendall, is joined by Caleb Estrada-Valentin playing flute on “Psalm and Alleluia” arranged by Purifoy.  J. Kyle Coleman displays his talents on keyboards.

September 21, 2022 Pastor Jim’s message this evening introduces us to the theme for this year’s programs, “Walk By Faith”.  Using Hebrews 11.1-3 he explains that a community formed by faith must walk by faith and that faith must have an outward dimension.  The Praise Band leads us in singing, “Glorious Day”, “Your Are Worthy of My Praise”, “Hallelujah (Your Love Is Amazing)”, “Just A Closer Walk With Thee”,  and “In Christ Alone”.

September 18, 2022 With the beginning of the new program year, Pastor Jim starts a new sermon series discussing what it means to “walk by faith”.  Today he uses Hebrews 11.1-3 to explain that a community formed by faith must walk by faith and that for faith to be faith it must have an outward dimension.  Two members of the church are presented with Honorary Membership Pins into the Presbyterian Women’s group.  The Chancel Choir, under Conductor Andrew Kendall, sings “We Walk By Faith” by Karen Marrolli.  J. Kyle Coleman plays organ and piano.

September 14, 2022 This is the first Synergy Service of the fall season.  Pastor Jim’s message, “The Question of Your Life” comes from John 6.24-35.  Listen in to find out the question!  The Synergy Band, led by Jason Wright leads us in the songs, “You Are Worthy of My Praise”, “Because He Lives”, “Love the Lord”, “Eye of the Storm”, and “Let Everything That Has Breath”.

September 11, 2022 Welcome our new program year, 2022!  Today we have the Blessing of the Backpacks and the Commissioning of the Christian Education Leaders.  Pastor Jim’s message “The Question of Your Life” is based on John 6.24-35.  He is concluding his discussion on Liminal Space by talking about the most important thing we can do is have faith in God.  He reminds us the most significant question we can ask is “God, what do you want me to do?”  The Chancel Choir, under the direction of Andrew Kendall, sings “Come All Christians Be Committed.”  J. Kyle Coleman is the keyboardist.

September 4, 2022 This is the final Sunday of the summer schedule for 2022.  Next Sunday the service will begin at 9:00.   Pastor Jim’s message today is based on Genesis 12.1-4 , when Abram is called to go from the place he knows and setout across the wilderness to an unknown destination…talk about Liminal Space!  Pastor reminds us that “to trust God isn’t to arrive at the place of our own choosing, but to follow and know that we will find our identity on the journey.”  J. Kyle Coleman plays organ and piano for today’s service.

August 28, 2022 It is a very special service this morning.  Because it is Mission Sunday the emphasis will be on how members of our church continue God’s missions here on Earth.  The primary focus will be on the youth of the church that went on mission trips this past summer.  But, members, Larina and Wayne Seagren and Peg Heald will also talk about other mission activities they participate in right here in our community.  Tuba Professor John Manning from the University of Iowa joins us by presenting special music and also accompanying the hymns.  J. Kyle Coleman is the keyboardist.

August 21, 2022 Today Pastor Jim uses John 14.26-27 to talk about “Peace in the Process”.  This is a continuation of his talking about liminal space, the point between being one thing and becoming something else.  It is a place of transition and change.  He reminds us that we can’t have true peace without struggle.  Only seeds planted in the soil of pain and watered with our own tears can produce the life-giving fruit of peace and joy.  The Chancel Choir, under Andrew Kendall’s direction sings while J. Kyle Coleman plays keyboards for the service.

August 14, 2022 This is a very special Sunday with the service outdoors in the parking lot.  A cloudy sky and slight breeze made for a great setting.  Pastor Jim used Joshua 5.10-12 to talk about “Something to Hold Onto”.  He used it to introduce the theme for study starting this fall, “Walking By Faith”.  We all have faced uncertainty in our lives, particularly over the past couple of years.  This time of change can be identified as ‘liminal space’ as we cross from one area to the next.  We must remember we can’t control change, only our reaction to it.  The Praise Band provides the music and leads the congregation in “Chain Breaker”, “Come, Now Is the Time to Worship”, “Carry Me Through”, “Amazing Grace”, “Jesus is a River of Love” and “I Just Feel Like Something Good”.

August 7, 2022 Pastor Nancy is preaching today, giving Pastor Jim a well-deserved Sunday off.  The Scripture lesson today is Luke 12:32-40 and Pastor Nancy uses it to talk about “What About…Fear/Worry?”  She reminds us that through a relationship with God we learn to trust in Him.  He does not want worry to consume us.  Andrew Kendall leads the choir and J. Kyle Coleman is the pianist/organist for the service.

July 31, 2022 “What About…Salvation” is Pastor Jim’s message for us today.  Using John 3.1-17, he reminds us that as Presbyterians, we believe there is nothing we can do to be saved, that happened 2000 years ago.  It is not our job to save souls, or ourselves.  We are saved through the grace of Jesus Christ.  Ellen McGaughy is our guest organist for today’s service.(Click on the date to open the video in YouTube)

July 24, 2022 Pastor Jim continues his sermon series on “What About…?”  This week it centers on Prayer, using Luke 11.1-4, 9-10.  He explains that we too often thing about prayer as transactional…if we believe inn the Lord, he will do something for us.  But, what if prayer is really meant to change us, to open our hearts and point us toward the connections we long for in life?  We need God to give us the strength and love to do the work ourselves.  Andrew Kendall leads the choir in their anthem and J. Kyle Coleman is the keyboardist for today’s service.

July 17, 2022 This is Pastor Jim’s message on “What About…The Church and Christian Nationalism” taken from the July 17, 2022 church service. For those who want only to hear his message. A video of the entire service is available using the link below.

July 17, 2022 Pastor Jim continues his sermon series on “What About…” and this week continues on where he left off last week talking about politics and Christian Nationalism.  The Bell Choir under the direction of Dr. Timothy Hein contribute their music talents to the service.

July 10, 2022 This is Pastor Jim’s message on “What About…The Church and Politics” taken from the July 17, 2022 church service. For those who want only to hear his message. A video of the entire service is available using the link below.

July 10, 2022 Pastor Jim continues his series of messages on the theme of “What about…”  Today he tackles the timely topic of “What About…The Church and Politics?”  Using Matthew 22.15-22 he reminds us that our faith needs to inform our politics, not the other way around.  He asks if we can reconcile our political beliefs with doing justice, loving kindness and walking humbly with God?  If not, we need to take another look at our priorities and what we’re putting first in our lives.  Andrew Kendall directs the choir for their anthem and J. Kyle Coleman is today’s organist.

July 3, 2022 Today we are pleased to welcome back someone who grew up in this church and is now a Seminarian, studying in Texas.  Marta Pumroy brings us the message today, based on Matthew 25.31-46 and Galatians 6.1-16.  Karen Pierce provides special music on her Hammer Dulcimer.  J. Kyle Coleman is the keyboardist for today’s service.

June 26, 2022 Today Pastor Jim continues his sermon series on “What About…?”  Using Genesis 3.1-8 he talks about Original Sin.  He stresses that we are born beautiful because we are created in the image of a loving God and we are blessed to have a God who loves us and is faithful to us even when we aren’t faithful.  Member Sharon Colton provides the special music by playing “Amazing Grace” on the piano.  J. Kyle Coleman is the organist and pianist for today’s service.

June 19, 2022 Pastor Jim continues the sermon series entitled, “What About…”.  This week he looks at The Bible.  Using Psalm 119.105 and 2 Timothy 3.10-17 he explains that the Bible provides us a solid foundation but doesn’t answer every question we have about life.  Under the direction of Andrew Kendall, the choir sings and J. Kyle Coleman plays keyboard throughout the service.

June 12, 2022 Today we celebrate Trinity Sunday with Pastor Jim doing his best at explaining just what The Trinity means in church doctrine.  He uses Matthew 28.19 and II Corinthians 13.13 to help explain what The Trinity means.  But, just as important as trying to understand what The Trinity is, is what are we going to do with that information.  The choir, under the direction of Andrew Kendall, adds their talents to the celebration, the middle schoolers are commissioned as they plan their summer mission trip and J. Kyle Coleman contributes his talents on keyboards.

June 5, 2022 Today is Pentecost, so most people in the congregation are wearing red to celebrate the birthday of the church.  Pastor Nancy Redman and our Director of Youth & Family Ministries, Sara McCaw will lead the service while Pastor Jim Langley is on vacation.  The message, “The Winds of Change” is based on Acts 2:1-21.  The Chancel Choir lends their talents to the service and communion is served.

May 29, 2022 For today’s message, Pastor Jim uses John 14.23-29 to talk about the final letter in “A New Alphabet for Humanity: Z is for Zen”.  Baritone soloist, Mitchell Widmer blesses us with “I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked”.  J. Kyle Coleman is the keyboardist for the service.

May 25, 2022 For this service Pastor Jim uses Genesis 12.1-4 to base his message entitled “A New Alphabet for Humanity: Y is for Yes”.  He talks about saying yes to being open to new ideas and experiences and committing your life to God and to go where God sends you.  The Praise Band leads us in: “Might to Save”, “Old Church Choir”, “Beautiful One”, “I Will Rise”, “This is the Day” and “The Preacher”.

May 22, 2022 For this service we welcome new members into our church through Confirmation.  Julian Anderson,  Freddie Hoffman, Lauren Kemp, Chloe Kozloski, Hailey Kozloski, Jace Kozloski, Jack Lantz, Ethan Schaub and Else Schoenbeck made the commitment to join the church after going through the confirmation process.  Pastor Jim continued his sermon series on “A New Alphabet for Humanity”, this week focusing on the letter “Y for Yes”.  He talked about saying yes means being open to new ideas and experiences.  The Scripture is from Genesis 12.1-4.  Jazz Saxophonist Ray Blue also contributed his musical talent to the service.

May 18, 2022 For this service, Pastor Jim continues his sermon series on “A New Alphabet for Humanity.”  This week focusing on the letter ‘x’.  Using Hebrews 13.1-2 to remind us that following Jesus is a commitment each and every day to share what we can with weary travelers and to love God and our neighbors as much as ourselves.  It is time to ask ourselves, “What would Jesus have me do?”  The music for today is; “Glorious Day”, “Hosannah”, “It Is You”, “Lord I Need You”, “Holy Is The Lord” and “That Lonesome Road”.

May 15, 2022 Since right after the first of the year, Pastor Jim has based his message on “A New Alphabet for Humanity”, taking a different letter each week.  This week brings us to the letter “X”.  If you want to know what the letter “X” stands for, you’ll have to watch the video.  It is based on Hebrews 13.1-2 and during the message Pastor Jim asks us to decide what kind of people we want to be and reminds us that following Jesus isn’t just something we do on Sunday morning, or when it is convenient.  We must ask, what would Jesus have me do?  Under the direction of Andrew Kendall and with the help of trumpet players Kevin Sells and Kelli Swehla, the Chancel Choir sings, “God is Our Refuge.”  J. Kyle Coleman is the pianist and organist.

May 11, 2022 The message for this service is a continuation of Pastor Jim’s sermon series on “A New Alphabet for Humanity: W is for Wisdom.”  Using the story of Solomon from 1 Kings 3.4-9, 16-28, the message is true wisdom is knowing the little things we do each day make a big difference and it can be found in love.  The Praise Band leads “Every Move I Make”, “Friend of God”, “Hold Us Together”, “Jesus Messiah”, “That’s Why We Praise Him” and “They Will Know We Are Christians.”

May 8, 2022 Pastor Jim continues his sermon series on “A New Alphabet for Humanity” for today’s service.  He is up to the letter “W for Wisdom.”  The Scripture passage is 1 Kings 3.4-9, 16-28 and focuses on King Solomon and the decision is makes has to make when two women claim the same baby.  We are reminded that with great power comes great responsibility and we must decide how we will use ours today.  The Chancel Choir, under Andrew Kendall’s direction, sings “He Is Seeking You” with accompaniment by J. Kyle Coleman and a Woodwind Quintet.  The quintet also provides the music during the Offertory.

May 4, 2022 Today’s message from Pastor Jim returns to his series called, “A New Alphabet for Humanity.”  This time focusing on the letter “V is for Vibrant.”  Using John 21:1-19 he talks about how Jesus gives us life and he gives it in abundance…vibrant and full of resurrection power and we are to share that power with the world and people around you.  The Praise Band leads the music with, “Where Do I Go?”, “All Because of Jesus”, “Blessed Be Your Name”, “How Can I Keep From Singing” and “He Reigns.”

May 1, 2022 Lent and Easter are over, and Pastor Jim says it is time to get back to the sermon series on “A New Alphabet for Humanity.”  Today’s message is on the letter “V is for Vibrant.”  We need to be happier and more full of energy when we share the good news of the resurrection of Jesus with the world.  We welcome new members to our church family during this service that includes music from the Chancel Choir and a Handbell Ensemble.  The choir, under the direction of Andrew Kendall with percussionist Greg Kanz, presents, “Give Us Hope” while the handbells, with Dr. Timothy Hein conducting, plays “Meditation on Beautiful Savior.”  J. Kyle Coleman lends his skills on keyboards to the service.

April 27, 2022 Our Director of Youth & Family Services brings us the message today based on the Gospel of John 20:19-31.  She talks about how doubt is not a hindrance to faith, it is how we respond to doubt that can be a hindrance.  She asks what does it mean to be resurrected with Christ?  The Praise Band leads us with: “Hallelujah (Your Love Is Amazing)”, “Sing For Joy”, “Open the Eyes of My Heart”, “Above All” and “Chain Breaker.”

April 24, 2022 Today’s message is being brought to us by Sara McCaw, our Director of Youth & Family Services.  Using John 20:19-31, her message is entitled “Life is Powerful.”  Megan Anderson provides special music by singing “Forward Into Light” by Charles E. Ives.  J. Kyle Coleman is the organist.

April 20, 2022 For today’s WoW service, Pastor Nancy uses the John 20:1-18 Scripture passage to talk about little ‘r’ resurrections as opposed to the large ‘r’ Resurrection experienced by Jesus.  The Praise Team leads us in singing, “My Redeemer Lives”, “Today Is The Day”, “You Are My King”, “All My Hope”, “Saved the Day” and “Joy in the Morning.”

April 17, 2022 Easter!  He is Risen Indeed!  What Today’s Scripture is John 20: 1-18 and Pastor Jim’s message is “24 Hours That Changed the World: Christ the Victor!”  Over 40 musicians contribute to the service including the Festival Brass, the Chancel Bells and the Chancel Choir. 

April 15, 2022 Good Friday is probably the most solemn and somber worship service in the church year.  Pastors Jim and Nancy take us through the 8 Stations of the Cross as our Savior sacrifices his life for ours.  We are now given us the mission to go out into the world to proclaim the good news and await the dawning of a new and glorious day.  The Chancel Choir, led by Andrew Kendall and accompanied by J. Kyle Coleman, sings “God So Love the World.”

April 14, 2022 We celebrate Maundy Thursday with this service, it is the last supper Jesus shared with his disciples.  Pastor Jim uses the Scriptures according to John: 13.21-31 to look at what happened during that meal and what it means that Judas was seated in a place of honor.  Andrew Kendall and Hannah Langley provide the music for the service.

April 10, 2022 It is Palm Sunday, the beginning of the most important weeks in the church calendar.  This week we will see Jesus ride triumphantly into Jerusalem, watch as he is hung from the cross and then return again on Easter.  For today’s service the youth will present a Palm Sunday Drama that was written and directed by our Director of Youth & Family Ministries, Sara McCaw.  Pastor Jim will use Mark 15.22-26 to talk about “24 Hours That Changed the World: The Crucifixion.”  The Chancel Choir, with Andrew Kendall directing and J. Kyle Coleman accompanying, will present, “Ride On, King Jesus.”

April 6, 2022 Pastor Jim wasn’t feeling well, so Sara McCaw, our Director of Youth & Family Ministries, led today’s service.  She delivered the message based on the book “24 Hours That Changed The World”, focusing this week on “The Suffering of the King.”  The Scripture lesson is from Mark 15:16-21.  The Praise Team presents the music; “That’s Why We Praise Him”, “Marvelous Light”, “Shout to the North”, “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever”, “Where Do I Go?”, and “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”.

April 3, 2022 Once again Pastor Jim’s message is based on the book “24 Hours That Changed The World”, this week focusing on “The Suffering of the King.”  The Scripture lesson is from Mark 15.16-21.  In this part, Jesus suffers the pain of physical and emotional abuse along with humiliation at the hands of his captors.  For every person who has been bullied, taunted, abused, broken or humiliated, Jesus says, “I’ve been there.  I know what you’ve gone through.”  We need a story that puts to rest the shame and suffering of God’s creation and replaces them with grace and love.  Under the direction of Andrew Kendall, with J. Kyle Coleman accompanying on the piano, the Chancel Choir sings, “An Hour of Hallowed Peace” by Steve Danyew.

March 30, 2022 Pastor Jim Langley continues his sermon series on the book “24 Hours That Changed The World” focusing on “Jesus, Pilate and Barabbas.”  This week we walk with Jesus from the court of the High Priest to the court of Pontius Pilate.  The question is: where do we see ourselves in this story?  In the crowd?  In Pilate?  In the religious leaders of the day?  Or in Barabbas?  The Praise Band, under the direction of Jason Wright, leads us in: “Wonderful Cross”, “Let Everything That Has Breath”, “Better Is One Day”, “How Great Thou Art”, “We Fall Down”, and “Sweet Hour of Prayer”.

March 27, 2022 Today Pastor Jim Langley continues his sermon series on the book “24 Hours That Changed The World” focusing on “Jesus, Pilate and Barabbas.”  In this part we walk with Jesus from the court of the High Priest to the court of Pontius Pilate.  The question is; where do we see ourselves in this story?  In the crowd?  In Pilate?  In the religious leaders of the day?  Or in Barabbas?  The Chancel Choir, under the direction of Andrew Kendall and with J. Kyle Coleman at the piano, sings “The Perfect Wisdom of Our God.”

March 23, 2022 This evening’s service continues the study of the book “24 Hours That Changed The World” by using Mark 14:53-72 to learn about “Condemned by the Righteous.”  Sarah McCaw, Director of Youth & Family Ministries, brings us the message.  The Praise Band brings us the music; “Let Everything That Has Breath”, “Your Shine”, “Jesus Is a River of Love”, “How Great Is Our God”, “All God’s People Said Amen” and “This Is The Day.”

March 20, 2022 Today we continue our study of the book “24 Hours That Changed The World” by using Mark 14:53-72 to learn about “Condemned by the Righteous.”  Pastor Nancy Redman brings us the message this morning.  Under the direction of Andrew Kendall, the Chancel Choir sings, “Wondrous Love” and Dr. Timothy Hein leads the Chancel Bell Choir in “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.”  J. Kyle Coleman is the keyboardist.

March 13, 2022 Pastor Jim continues his sermon series based on the book “24 Hours That Changed the World”.  Today’s topic is The Garden of Gethsemane using Mark 14:26-52.  Anticipation is the word for this message, what is coming next?  And do we trust God enough to say, “Yet, not what I want, Lord, but what you want.”  Trust and faith are the lessons of Gethsemane and one we need to learn.  Under the direction of Andrew Kendall, the Chancel Choir sings, “Immortal Love, Forever Full”.  J. Kyle Colman is the keyboardist.

March 9, 2022 During Lent this year, Pastor Jim’s messages will be based on the book, “24 Hours That Changed the World.”  This week he talks about The Last Supper from Mark 14:12-25.  The message reminds us that labels describe us, but don’t have to define us.  Our faith is what should define us and that when we love our neighbors as ourself, we show the story of Christ which can make all the difference in the world.  The Praise Band leads us in, “Loving God, Loving Each Other”, “Love The Lord”, “Old Church Choir”, “Shout to the Lord”, “Soon and Very Soon” and “Lord Prepare Me.”

March 6, 2022 The Coe College Concert Choir joined us in worship this morning.  With Jesse Bunge conducting, they sang: “Pozdraveni Detatka Jezise (Greeting Baby Jesus) (in Czech) by Adam Michna, “It is Well With My Soul” by Philip Bliss and “The Lord Bless and Keep You” by Peter Lutkin.  Pastor Jim used Mark 14:12-25 to talk about “24 Hours that Changed the World: The Last Supper”.  He reminded us that labels might describe us, but they don’t have to define us.  Faith is what defines us and that we should live with faith now to bring peace and hope to our lives. 

March 3, 2022 It’s Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, a time of preparation, a time to look at ourselves and our lives and remember we are children of God.  We know we are broken and we seek God’s healing and wholeness.  The Praise Band leads us in “Heart of Worship”, “Come As You Are”, “Create in Me a Clean Heart”, “Sanctuary”, “Come Thou Fount”, “Living Hope” and “Joy In The Morning”.

February 27, 2022 All the people on this earth make up the human family.  Today Pastor Jim uses Galatians 3:23-29 to continue his sermon series, “A New Alphabet for Humanity: U is for Unity” to talk about how we must not allow labels to separate us.  We are all children of God and that is what matters.  Andrew Kendall conducts the Chancel Choir in “I Will Sing New Songs to the Lord” while J. Kyle Coleman plays organ and piano.

February 23, 2022 This week Pastor Jim is up to the letter “T” in his sermon series, “A New Alphabet for Humanity: T is for Thankful”.  He uses Luke 17:11-19 to let us know that unless gratitude and thankfulness are a part of our life, we are not whole people.  Jason Wright leads the Praise Band and the congregation in singing, “I Just Feel Like Something Good Is About To Happen”, “Come, Now Is The Time To Worship”, “Kindness” and “I’ll Fly Away”.

February 20, 2022 Too often we think about being thankful only in November around Thanksgiving.  But today, Pastor Jim uses Luke 17:11-19 to remind us that unless gratitude and thankfulness are a part of our lives, we are not whole people.  Continuing his sermon series, “A New Alphabet for Humanity: T is for Thankful”, he asks us what are we thankful for and how will we respond.  The Chancel Choir, under the direction of Andrew Kendall, sings “Jubilate Deo!  Come, Worship the Lord” and Dr. Timothy Hein directs the Chancel Bells in “Rejoice!”.

February 16, 2022 For this service, Pastor Jim continues his series on “A New Alphabet for Humanity” talking about the letter “S is for Sincere”.  He uses Romans 12:9-21 to talk about being truthful and honest, making good choices to practice sincere love.  The Praise Band leads us in singing, “Holy Is The Lord”, “Hosannah (Praise Is Rising)”, “God of Wonders” and “Blessed Be They Name”.

February 13, 2022 Today Pastor Jim brings us a Sincere message in his series of “A New Alphabet for Humanity: S is for Sincere”.  Using Romans 12:9-21, he says that the Apostle Paul wrote the letter to a growing Christian Church in Rome to show what it means to be followers of Christ when it comes to loving one another and showing that love.  The Chancel Choir sings “No Greater Gift” under Andrew Kendall’s direction with Kyle Coleman playing keyboards for the service.

February 9, 2022 R-E-S-P-E-C-T find out what it means to “A New Alphabet for Humanity” in this week’s message from Pastor Jim.  Using Matthew 7:12 Pastor Jim reminds us that Jesus taught us that, “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.”  The Praise Band leads us in singing, “Greater”, “You Are God Alone”, “Great I Am” and “Let It Rise”.

February 6, 2022 The “R” in “A New Alphabet for Humanity” is for Respect and today Pastor Jim talks about respect using Matthew’s scripture, 7:12; “In Everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.”  Pastor Jim reminds us that mothering is more important than respect, for everyone, everywhere because everyone is created in the image of God.  During the service Communion is served and the Chancel Choir, under the direction of Andrew Kendall, sings “I Will Sing Praise”.  J. Kyle Coleman is the keyboardist for the service.

February 2, 2022 Finally, the weather cooperated and allowed us to get together again for a Worship on Wednesday after having the service cancelled for several weeks.  Tonight’s message from Pastor Jim centers on the letter “Q”, as in Quality as he continues his sermon series on “A New Alphabet for Humanity”.  He uses the story of the two sisters, Martha and Mary from Luke 10:38-42, he talks about how important it is to spend time with the people we love including our Savior.  The Praise Band leads the congregation singing “In Christ Alone”, “Here I Am To Worship”, “Because He Lives (Amen)” and “This Is The Day”.

January 30, 2022 The letter for today is “Q” as in Quality, as Pastor Jim continues his sermon series on “A New Alphabet for Humanity”.  Using the story of the two sisters, Mary and Martha from Luke 10:38-42, he talks about how important it is to spend time with the people we love.  But not just time, quality time.  He reminds us that when you look at a tombstone, the most significant thing is not the name, or dates, but that dash between the date of birth and death.  How was that time spent?  The Chancel Choir under the direction of Andrew Kendall and with J. Kyle Coleman accompanying, sings “Glory, Hallelujah”.

January 23, 2022 Continuing with the “A New Alphabet for Humanity” sermon series, today Pastor Jim talks about the letter “P is for Peace”.  Using Psalm 23, he talks about how through the good times and bad, God is always with us.  That no matter what we might be going through, the good shepherd will bring us peace and lead us home.  Under the direction of Andrew Kendall the Chancel Choir sings, “Prayer for the New Year” with Dr. Courtney Miller on oboe and J. Kyle Coleman on piano.  Dr. Miller also plays a solo during the offertory.  Elders and Deacons for the coming year are ordained and installed during the service.

January 19, 2022 For tonight’s WoW Service, Pastor Jim is quarantining because he was exposed to Covid.  Our Director of Youth Ministries, Sara McCaw, will deliver the message, continuing the series on “A New Alphabet for Humanity”.  The focus for this service is “O is for Optimism” using Romans 8:31-39 to talk about how nothing, absolutely nothing can separate from the love of God.  The Praise Team, under the direction of of Jason Wright leads us in the songs; “Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)”, “He Reigns”, “Above All” and “Beautiful One”.

January 16, 2022 This morning Pastor Jim continues his sermon series, “A New Alphabet for Humanity”, using Romans 8:31-39 to talk about “O is for Optimism”.    He reminds us that even though the past couple of years have brought us much uncertainty, we shouldn’t focus on what we don’t have or what used to be, but rather focus on the possibilities and the promise of a new day.  And also that nothing, absolutely nothing can separate us from the love of God.  Andrew Kendall leads the Chancel Choir in, “You Will Direct Our Paths” with J. Kyle Coleman playing the piano accompaniment.

January 12, 2022 Finally!  The weather cooperated and we were able to have a WoW service this year.   Pastor Jim continues his sermon series on “A New Alphabet for Humanity”.  This week, using 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12, he talked about “N is for Nurturing”.  The Praise Band leads us in: “You Are Worthy of My Praise”, “Hallelujah (Your Love Is Amazing)”, Just A Closer Walk With Thee” and “Every Move I Make”. 

January 9, 2022 For the first time this year we were able to worship in the sanctuary.  Last Sunday and the past 2 Wednesdays, the weather has prevented us from safely worshiping in person.  Even though the forecast for this morning was again frigid temperatures and the chance of some light freezing drizzle, some of us gathered together in the sanctuary along with people joining in the live Facebook stream.  Pastor Jim continued his sermon series on “A New Alphabet for Humanity”.  This week, using 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12, he talked about “N is for Nurturing”.  He encouraged us to focus on nurturing our spirit and our hunger for God that plays an important part of a healthy faith and a healthy church.  The Chancel Choir, under the direction of J. Kyle Coleman and with Jason Wright accompanying on the piano, sang, “Lullaby on the Wind.”  Because last Sunday’s in-person service was cancelled, Communion was served today.

January 2, 2022 What an interesting beginning to 2022.  Over 6 inches of snow fell on Saturday, January 1, followed by extremely low temperatures and winds that made for dangerous wind chills.  It was decided to cancel all in-person activities at church and instead Pastor Jim brought us the message from his home.  Based on Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 and Romans 12:1-2 he talked about “A New Alphabet for Humanity: M is for Mindfulness”.  He asked, “How can we become more mindful of others as we seek to follow Jesus?”

December 26, 2021 Today is the first Sunday after Christmas.  Pastor Jim uses the Scripture passage of Luke 2:22-40 to explain that now the waiting is over, but Now What?  The promise that was made many, many years ago has been kept.  Connie Peake sings “All is Well” with Marilyn Mark playing piano and organ.

December 24, 2021 Merry Christmas!  What does Christmas mean to you?  During this service we pause to hear the ancient story of hope and faith.  The service is one of Lessons and Carols as Pastor Jim reads scripture and talks about the lessons they bring us and the Chancel Choir leads the singing of traditional carols.  The Festival Brass adds their musical talents to the service.

December 19, 2021 For the fourth Sunday in Advent, the message will be brought to us by the children of the church through a skit, “Symbols of the Season” written by our Director of Youth & Family Ministries, Sara McCaw.  The Chancel Choir sings “What Star is This?” with Andrew Kendall directing. 

December 12, 2021 Today, the third Sunday in Advent, Pastor Jim’s message continues the sermon series on “An Alphabet for Humanity” by talking about the “L is for Love”.  Using John 3:1 6-17, he explains that this passage is the gospel in a nutshell.  It is the message of Bible from beginning to end and that we need to be reminded that love came down at Christmas in the birth of Jesus, savior of the world.  A brass ensemble of FPCM members plays a selection of Christmas carols for the Prelude, Postlude and during the Offertory.  The Chancel Choir, under the direction of Andrew Kendall, sings “The Wexford Carol”.

December 8, 2021 Pastor Jim continues the sermon series “An Alphabet for Humanity”, this week talking about “K is for Kindness”.  He reminds us that as we move through this Advent Season, we must make kindness a priority, put others first and to love as we have been loved.  We must work together to make it happen.    Jason Wright leads the Praise Team on “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, “Angels, We Have Heard On High/Joy To The World”, “Mary, Did You Know”,  and “Children, Go Where I Send Thee”.

December 5, 2021 On this, the second Sunday of Advent, Pastor Jim uses Luke 3:1-6 to continue the sermon series on “An Alphabet for Humanity”.  This week he talks about “K is for Kindness”.  He reminds us that as we move through this Advent Season, we must make kindness a priority, put others first and to love as we have been loved.  We must work together to make it happen.  Under the direction of Dr. Timothy Hein, the Chancel Bells play “Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella” for the Prelude and “I Wonder as I Wander” during the Offertory.  The Chancel choir, under Andrew Kendall’s direction, sings “Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming.  J. Kyle Coleman plays organ and piano.

December 1, 2021 We welcome back our Pastor, Rev. Jim Langley, after his surgery.  He continues the sermon series, “An Alphabet for Humanity”.  Using Luke 1:45-55 Pastor Jim talks about Mary’s song, or the Magnificat.  The Praise Band, under the leadership of Jason Wright, leads us in; “Lord I Lift Your Name On High”, “Where Do I Go?”, “We Believe”, and “Soon and Very Soon”.

November 28, 2021 This Sunday we welcome back our Pastor, Rev. Jim Langley, now recovered from his surgery.  Today he continues the sermon series, ““An Alphabet for Humanity”.  Using Luke 1:45-55 Pastor Jim talks about Mary’s song, or the Magnificat.  The Chancel Choir, under the direction of Andrew Kendall, sings, “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus”.  The first candle on the Advent Wreath is lit by the Lausen Family: Patrick, Cara, Frances and Chayse.  The congregation takes part in the Lord’s Supper, and we welcome J. Kyle Coleman as our organist and keyboard player.

November 21, 2021 Our guest preacher today is the Rev. Connie Peake and her message asks, “What Is Truth?” using John 18:33-38 to talk about the subject in today’s world.  Andrew Kendall leads the Chancel Choir in “Give Thanks” and the Chancel Bells, under the direction of Dr. Timothy Hein plays “Praise To The Lord, the Almighty” during the Offertory.  We say goodbye to our organist, Marilyn Mark who has served the church over the past couple of years. 

November 17, 2021 Sara McCaw, Director of Youth and Family Ministries, brings us the message using the book by writer and poet, James Weldon Johnson titled “The Creation”.  Her topic is “A New Alphabet for Humanity: I is for Imagination”.  The Praise Band leads the congregation singing, “Open The Eyes of My Heart”, “Marvelous Light”, “Hold Us Together” and “That’s Why We Praise Him”.

November 14, 2021 With Pastor Jim is still at home recovering from his surgery, our Director of Youth and Family Ministries, Sara McCaw, brings us the message today. She uses the book by writer and poet James Weldon Johnson called “The Creation” to illustrate her topic “A New Alphabet for Humanity: I is for Imagination”. The chancel choir, under the direction of Andrew Kendall, sings “Come, With Me” arranged by Althouse. Marilyn Mark is the keyboardist.

November 10, 2021 Pastor Nancy Redman brings the message today entitled, “A New Alphabet for Humanity: H is for Happiness.”  Using Matthew’s gospel 5:1-12, part of the Sermon on the Mount called the beatitudes, she talks about true happiness.  Songs from the Praise band this week include: “Today Is The Day”, “Trading My Sorrows”, “You Are My King (Amazing Love)”, and “It is You”.

November 7, 2021 While Pastor Jim continues to recover from his surgery, Pastor Nancy Redman brings us today’s message entitled, “A New Alphabet for Humanity: H is for Happiness.”  She uses Matthew’s scripture 5:1-12 which is part of the Sermon on the Mount and specifically the beatitudes.  The Chancel Choir under the direction of Andrew Kendall sings, “We Are Singing, for the Lord is our Light” with the help of Greg Kanz on percussion.  Ryanne McLaren is the guest keyboardist.

November 3, 2021 Pastor Jim is at home recovering from his surgery, so Pastor Nancy brings us the message based on “A New Alphabet for Humanity” this week focusing on “G is for Gratitude”.  The Praise Band leads us on “Come Let Us Worship and Bow Down”, “Glorious Day”, “The Heart of Worship” and “You Shine”.

October 31, 2021 With Pastor Jim recovering from his surgery this past week, Pastor Nancy Redman brings us the message continuing on the theme from “A New Alphabet for Humanity”.  This week she talks about “G is for Gratitude”.  The Chancel Choir under the direction of Andrew Kendall and with Hanna Langley again on flute presents “A Simple Thanksgiving”. On this day before All-Saints Day we honor all the saints that came before us.  Marilyn Mark is our keyboardist today. 

October 27, 2021 Pastor Nancy Redman and Sarah McCaw, Director of Youth and & Family Ministries bring us the message based on our study of the “Alphabet for Humanity—F is for Forgiveness”.  The Praise Band leads us on “Sing for Joy”, “Let Everything That Has Breath”, “Lord I Need You” and “In The Hands Of God”.

October 24, 2021 Pastor Jim uses the story of Jacob and Esau from the book of Genesis today to talk about the next letter in the “Alphabet for Humanity—F is for Forgiveness”.  He weaves that story into a message about stewardship and what it means to be a good steward of the blessing we have received.  The Chancel Choir sings “Kyrie” under the direction of Andrew Kendall with Hanna Langley on flute.  Marilyn Mark is today’s pianist and organist.

October 20, 2021 The Praise Band leads us on “They Will Know We Are Christians”, “Carry Me Through”, “Chain Breaker” and “Old Church Choir” on this week’s WOW service.  Pastor Jim talks about “E for Empathy” in our “Alphabet for Humanity” series.

October 17, 2021 Our sermon series of “Alphabet for Humanity” continues today with Pastor Jim using Luke 19:1-10 to talk about “E is for Empathy”.  He asks who among us has been left on the margins?  Who are the outcasts?  Who are the lost and the broken and who do we need to start seeing?  The Chancel Bells under the direction of Dr. Timothy Hein and the Chancel Choir under Andrew Kendall’s direction add to the service.  Marilyn Mark is today’s keyboardist.

October 13, 2021 Tonight’s WOW service features our fantastic Praise Band on, “Shout To The North”, “Friend of God”, “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” and “Better Is One Day”.  Pastor Jim’s message from “A New Alphabet for Humanity” tonight uses Genesis 11:1-9, the story the Tower of Babel, to talk about “D is for Diversity”.

October 10, 2021 Today Pastor Jim continues the sermon series “A New Alphabet for Humanity” using Genesis 11:1-9 the story of the Tower of Babel to talk about “D is for Diversity”.  The Chancel Choir, under the direction of Andrew Kendall and with help from percussionist Greg Kanz, sings “Halle, Halle, Halle”.  Sue Kelly is the organist.

October 6, 2021 The Praise Band really gets going for this week’s Worship On Wednesday (WOW).  Their songs include: “Jesus Is A River Of Love”, “And All The People Said Amen”, “How Can I Keep From Singing” and “Love The Lord”.  Pastor Jim continues his sermon series “A New Alphabet for Humanity” with “C is for Compassion”.

October 3, 2021 The sermon series “A New Alphabet for Humanity” continues today with “C is for Compassion”.  Pastor Jim uses Luke 13:10-17 to talk about Biblical compassion: you see the problem, you are moved by the need, you meet the person where they are, and you get your hands dirty helping them.  World renowned jazz saxophonist Ray Blue plays a solo, “Come Sunday” and joins in playing along with the hymns and the chancel choir on their anthem “On Eagle’s Wings”.  Marilyn Mark is our organist.

September 29, 2021 Worship On Wednesday (WOW) includes our Praise Band and Pastor Jim’s message series of  “A New Alphabet for Humanity”.  This week’s topic is: “B is for Bravery” based on the Scripture reading from Matthew 15:21:28.

September 26, 2021 Today Pastor Jim continues the sermon series of “A New Alphabet for Humanity”.  The topic? “B is for Bravery” based on the Scripture reading from Matthew 15:21:28. The Chancel Choir sings “Give Me a Song”.  Marilyn Mark is the organist.

September 22, 2021 This is our first Worship On Wednesday (WOW) Service of the year featuring our wonderful Praise Band.  Pastor Jim’s message is “A New Alphabet for Humanity—A is for Abundance”.  Come join us and make sure you sing along!

September 19, 2021 Once again the computer gremlins struck us this Sunday so we had trouble streaming the service to FaceBook and we didn’t get a full recording of the service, but most of it is here.  The problem has been fixed and we hope everything goes smooth next Sunday.  This recording includes Pastor Jim’s sermon and much of the rest of the service.  This week begins a sermon series entitled “A New Alphabet for Humanity” and today’s topic is “A is for Abundance”.  Marilyn Mark is the organist and the Chancel Choir has made their first appearance of the year!

September 12, 2021 Today is Education Sunday in our church.  Young children will receive their first Bibles and the Christian Education Leaders for the coming year are commissioned.  Our new Director of Youth and Family Ministries, Sara McCaw will present the message, “Facing The Truth” using the Gospel of Mark, 8:27-38.  She will talk about why it is so hard to face the truth, because we are directed to put the needs of others in front of our own.  Sue Kelly plays piano and organ this week.

September 5, 2021 Pastor Jim Langley bases his message “Building On A Strong Foundation” on Matthew’s Gospel, 7:24-29.  Holy Communion will be celebrated.  Marilyn Mark is the organist and Connie Kent the Liturgist.

August 29, 2021 Today Pastor Jim Langley’s message is “Embracing The Other”.  He talks about refuges and outsiders.  Using Joshua 24 with its well-known verse “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord” he asks: “which god will we serve?”  During the service 2 new members of the staff are introduced, Sara McCaw is the Director of Youth & Family Ministries and Andrew Kendall is the Director of Music Ministries.  Marilyn Mark is today’s organist.

August 22, 2021 “What’s Your Superpower?”  Pastor Jim Langley uses Ephesians 6:10-20 to bring us the message that Love Is our superpower and that through Jesus Christ we are all Super Heroes.  Marilyn Mark is our organist while Sharon Colton provides special music on the piano. 

August 15, 2021 Ruling Elder, Marta Pumroy, brings us the message today just before she leaves to begin a new chapter in her life at the seminary in Austin, TX.  She talks about “Students of Wisdom” using the scripture lessons found in I Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14 and Ephesians 5:15-20.  Megan Anderson blesses us with her musical talent singing “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” with Sue Kelly accompanying on the piano.  Sue also plays the organ for the hymns and the prelude and postlude.

July 25, 2021 Pastor Jim talks about what it means when Jesus says, “Come to me and find your rest.” The Scripture text for today is Matthew 11:25-30. Special music is a video from a few years ago when the men of the choir sang.

July 11, 2021 Pastor Jim Langley today will use Matthew 5:1-12 to look at the beloved community through the lens of the words of Jesus.  “The Beatitudes and the Beloved Community” helps us to look at the world from a kingdom perspective when we recognize the divine image of God in every human being and begin to love them more than ourselves.  Marilyn Mark is today’s organist.

July 4, 2021 Happy 4th of July!  Today Pastor Nancy Redman’s sermon is “Will There Be Enough?” using Matthew 14:13-21.  She talks about the time when the large crowd was fed using very little food.  Through the Gospel of Abundance, if we are willing to share, there will be enough for everyone.  Marilyn Mark blesses us with her talents on the piano and the organ.  The FPCM Bell Quartet plays a patriotic medley.

June 27, 2021 For the last Sunday in June, Pastor Jim Langley continues his sermon series on the 5 Purposes of the church: Worship, Discipleship, Fellowship, Ministry and Evangelism.  Today his message centers of Evangelism.  Using Mark 28:16-20 he reminds us that Evangelism comes from a Greek word meaning “good news” and it is time to reclaim the Great Commission so we can accomplish the mission of sharing the love of Jesus with the world.  Sue Kelly is the guest organist for today’s service.

June 20, 2021 This Sunday, Pastor Jim Langley continues his sermon series on the 5 purposes of the church: Worship, Discipleship, Fellowship, Ministry and Evangelism.  Using Mark 10:35-45 he reminds us that Ministry is just a fancy way of saying Service and we must figure out our gifts and how to use them in the service of the church.  Life is better, the church is better, when we work together.  Marilyn Mark provides the music through the organ and piano.

June 13, 2021 Pastor Jim Langley continues his sermon series this morning on the 5 purposes of the church: Worship, Discipleship, Fellowship, Ministry and Evangelism.  Using Paul’s letter to the Philippians 2:1-4 Pastor Jim today focuses on Fellowship.  The message is that if we are united in Christian fellowship, we are called to serve others.  Service is at the heart of who we are and what we do.  There are many people in the world who are lost and broken.  Let us be the beloved community that shows them what Christian fellowship and love is really all about.  Marilyn Mark is the organist and Young At Harp provide special music.

June 6, 2021 There are 5 purposes of the church: Worship, Discipleship, Fellowship, Ministry and Evangelism.  Pastor Jim Langley continues his sermon series today, focusing on Discipleship.  Using Mark 8:34-37 he talks about the meaning of Discipleship.  Is its purpose getting more people to join the church and increase numbers?  Or is it to help people develop a deeper understanding of what it means to follow Jesus?  Sue Kelly is the guest organist today.

May 30, 2021 There are 5 purposes of the church: Worship, Discipleship, Fellowship, Ministry and Evangelism.  Today, Pastor Jim Langley uses Romans 12: 1-2 to talk about how you must make worship a part of everything you do, everyday.  Organist Marilyn Mark provides outstanding music throughout the service.

May 23, 2021 Pentecost, the day recognized as the birthday of the church.  And this year it is the first service with people in the sanctuary on a Sunday morning.  Pastor Jim Langley uses the Scripture from Acts 2:41-47 in his sermon titled, “The Beloved Community: A Church Reborn”.  The FPCM Bell Ensemble and a brass quintet add special music.

May 16, 2021 You’ve got to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.  Especially after this past year, we know what it means to feel cut off and hopeless.  Today Pastor Jim Langley uses the story from Ezekiel 37:1-14 to talk about the way we frame a situation that has a huge impact on our attitudes and future behaviors.  The FPCM Bells Ensemble provides special music.

May 9, 2021 What does it mean when Jesus says that he loves us?  Is it a verb?  Pastor Jim Langley’s message this morning is “Love Is A Verb…Or Is It?” using John 15:9-17.  FPCM member Keelyn Kanz sings “Thy Word”. 

May 2, 2021 What is the mission of the Church?  Are we doing a good job fulfilling that mission?  This morning Pastor Jim Langley uses Acts 8:26-39 to talk about being a witness to our faith.  FPCM member Gary Kent will sing a solo and the Lord’s Supper will be served.

April 25, 2021 What’s in a name?  Plenty when that name is Jesus.  On this, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Pastor Jim Langley bases his sermon, “The Power Of A Name” on the scripture reading of Acts 4:1-15.  The group Young At Harp provides special music

April 18, 2021 The Third Sunday of Easter.  For today’s message, Pastor Jim Langley uses Luke 24:36-49 in his sermon titled, “Start With Why”.  Why is the fundamental question in our search for meaning.  Why things happen and why are we here on Earth.  What we do in life and as a church is not as important as why we do it.  The why gives us purpose.

April 11, 2021 After he rose from the dead, Jesus appears to his disciples and breathes on them.  Pastor Nancy Redman talks about that in light of our lives today with the Co-Vid pandemic.  FPCM member Keelyn Kanz once again shares her musical talents with us.

April 4, 2021 He is Risen!  He is Risen indeed!  Easter is here, Christ has risen from the tomb.  But what does that mean?  Pastor Jim uses John 20: 1-18 to explain it means Life.  FPCM member Gary Kent sings a solo and the Young At Harp group again provides a musical interlude.

April 2, 2021 What is good about Good Friday?  Pastors Jim Langley and Nancy Redman discuss the 7 last words Jesus said on the cross.  FPCM member Sharon Colton plays piano, the Young At Harp group and the FPCM Bell Ensemble grace us with their musical talents.

April 1, 2021 Maundy Thursday Jesus met with his disciples in an upper room for his last supper.  Join Pastor Jim Langley as he discusses the importance of this meal and share in Communion.

March 28, 2021 On this sixth Sunday in Lent, Pastor Jim uses Luke 23:44-46 to continue his Lenten series of “Word To Live By”, this week talking about Trust.  FPCM members Sharon Colton and her daughter Kristi Schamburger provide the special music with a piano duet, “Come Thou Almighty King.”

March 21, 2021 When it is finished, is there any hope?  Yes!  Through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, our salvation is complete.  This is the fifth Sunday in Lent and Pastor Jim continues his Lenten series of “Words To Live By”.  This week he will be using John 19:30 to talk about Hope.  FPCM member Sharon Colton plays “Beneath The Cross Of Jesus” on the piano for our special music.

March 14, 2021 Thirsty?  As Pastor Jim Langley says in his message this morning, “as followers of Jesus, we should always be thirsty for a deeper relationship with our Savior.”  On this fourth Sunday in Lent, we hear the words of Jesus from John 19:28-29 as we hear the next word in the sermon series “Words To Live By.”  The FPCM Bell Ensemble plays “What Wondrous Love Is This” for special music.

March 7, 2021 On this, the third Sunday in Lent, Pastor Jim continues his series “Words To Live By” based on the 7 last words Christ spoke on the cross.  This week he focuses on Faith.  Communion is served and FPCM member Keelyn Kanz plays piano and sings “El Shaddai” for our special music.

February 28, 2021 Think you don’t belong?  Think again!  FPC Marion is an open-hearted, open-minded congregation that welcomes all people.  Pastor Jim continues his Lenten series on the 7 last words of Christ, this week talking about Belonging.  The FPCM Bell Ensemble performs “Kingsfold” and there is a special video about Camp Wyoming.

February 21, 2021 In today’s message, Pastor Jim continues his series on the seven last words of Jesus.  “Grace” is the “Word To Live By” for this Sunday, and he uses passages from Genesis 9:8-17 and Luke 23:32-33, 39-43.  The group Young At Harp performs “Amazing Grace” for the special music.  New officers of the church are ordained and installed as Ruling Elders and Deacons.

February 17, 2021 During Lent, Pastor Jim will be sharing a series of messages on the seven last words of Jesus.  Entitled “Words To Live By” the series will reflect on the depth and breadth of God’s love for us.  The word for this Ash Wednesday service is: Forgiveness.

Lent 2021

During Lent this year, Pastor Jim will be sharing a series of messages on the seven last words of Jesus. Entitled “Words to Live By,” the series will reflect on the gospel accounts of the final words (statements really) that Jesus spoke from the cross during the last 6 hours of his life. Each word conveys a powerful message about the depth and breadth of God’s love for us. We hope you will join us on Facebook on Wednesday, Feb 17 at 6:00pm for the first word: Forgiveness and then on Sunday mornings at 9:00 beginning Sunday, Feb 21 as we discover the meaning of Jesus’ words for us today. Links to the services will be posted here following each service.

February 14, 2021 Pastor Nancy Redman brings us the message this week based on the passages found in 2 Kings 2:1-12 and Mark 9:2-9.  Her sermon is entitled “Listen To Him”.  Gary Kent honors us by singing “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” for the special music.

February 7, 2021 Pastor Jim Langley uses the reading from Mark 1:29-39 to talk about “Looking For Jesus”.  We must make time in our busy schedule to allow Jesus to come into our lives.  FPCM Youth Ashley and Jack are a part of the service as are Marta Pumroy and Louise White.  The local group, “Young At Harp” contributes a beautiful arrangement of “Just As I Am”.

January 31, 2021 This week Pastor Jim Langley ‘s message is a continuation from last week on the subject, “Are We Following?”  The scripture lessons are from Mark 1:14-20 and 2 Corinthians 5:11-21.  Marilyn Mark, who plays keyboard instruments for the church provides the special music with an arrangement of “Speak, O Lord, Your Servant Listens” on the piano.  FPCM Youth Maddy provides us the “Life In The Church”. 

January 24, 2021 Pastor Jim Langley once again uses the scripture from 1 Samuel 3:4-14 and from the Gospel according to Mark 1:14-20 to ask the question, “Are We Following?”  The FPCM Bells Ensemble provides the special music with “Come, Christians Join To Sing”.  FPCM Youth Ethan brings us the “Life In The Church”.

January 17, 2021 While CoVid continues to limit what we can do safely, technology allows us to continue worshipping “together”. Today Pastor Langley uses the passage from 1 Samuel 3:1-18 to ask the question, “Are We Listening?”. Louise White helps with the liturgy and FPCM Youth Hannah brings us the Life In The Church.

January 10, 2021 In the beginning, God brought light to bring order to chaos.  Today Pastor Jim Langley talks about the events of this past week in light of Genesis 1:1-5 and John 1:1-14.  Watch as he presents his message “In The Beginning” while Marilyn Mark provides the music and Connie Kent and Sheri Goldberg help with the liturgy.

January 3, 2021 The new year means “New Beginnings” as Pastor Jim Langley preaches this morning.  Communion is served as part of the service.  The FPCM Brass Ensemble and the FPCM Bell Ensemble lend their talents to our service.

December 27, 2020 Collaboration between members of the Congregational Development and Vitality Team and the Mission and Social Justice Team of the Presbytery of East Iowa. Marta Pumroy delivered the message.

December 25, 2020 Virtual Christmas Card featuring pictures and videos from members

December 24, 2020 Christmas Eve Service, Sermon: “Peace On Earth” by Jim Langley

December 20, 2020 Fourth Sunday in Advent, Sermon: “The World Turned Upside Down” by Rev. Jim Langley

December 13, 2020 Third Sunday in Advent Sermon: “Darkness Into Light” by Rev. Dr. Nancy Redmond

December 6, 2020 Second Sunday in Advent Sermon: “Comfort, O Comfort” by Kim Langley

November 29, 2020 First Sunday in Advent, Sermon: “Purposeful Waiting” by Rev. Dr. Nancy Redmond

November 22, 2020 Sermon: “Christ The King Sunday” by Marta Pumroy

November 15, 2020 Sermon: “A Promise to Trust” by Rev. Kristin Hutson

November 8, 2020 Sermon: “Peace in Time of Trouble” by Rev. Dr. Connie Peake

November 1, 2020 Sermon: “The Sainthood of Stewardship” by Marta Pumroy

October 25, 2020 Sermon: “Reforming by Peace” by Marta Pumroy

October 18, 2020 Sermon: “God and Emperors” by Rev. Katie Styrt

October 11, 2020 Sermon: “The Big Question” by Rev. Dr. Connie Peake

October 4, 2020 Sermon: by Rev. Dr. Byron A. Wade