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.
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 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