Giving is a principle that is taught
throughout the entire Bible. When we
give, we are expressing worship in a
tangible way by putting God first in our lives, all
while allowing us to be a part of the most important
work in life — spreading the Good News of Jesus
In keeping with our recent audit recommendations and to provide members additional options to cash or check, St. John’s now offers online or mobile giving options through Tithe.ly. It’s quick, convenient and easy to use.
CommUNITY VBS is once again beyond excited to invite the area communities to join together for an amazing week of adventure and mission. Join us at First Presbyterian Church this year for Rolling River Rampage VBS! This VBS is for kids Pre-K through 5th grade. Pre-K includes children ages 4 & 5 who have not been in kindergarten. This year's CommUNITY VBS is scheduled for July 15-19, 2018, from 5:30-8pm at First Presbyterian Church, Sterling. Click here to register online! Paper registration forms are available at the church and will be available in future editions of the Messenger.
From the Pastor's Desk: This month I’d like to talk a little bit about
something exciting happening in July. On the 8th,
15th and 22nd, I’ll be teaching a confirmation
class for adults. This class is intended for anyone age 18
and up. However, it is also open to families who would
like to participate.
For our first venture, we will be focusing on three of the chief parts of the Small Catechism. Martin Luther began his work on the Small Catechism in late 1528 or early 1529 and published his revisions in 1531. Since that time the Small Catechism has been a central teaching tool for the basics of Christian faith within the Lutheran tradition.
The use of catechisms as teaching tools for the faithful was not something that Luther came up with on his own. In fact, St. Paul uses the Greek word katecho in Galatians 6:6. Katecho means to share in something or to share in common. It can also mean to sound again or repeat. It is from this Greek word katecho that we get the word catechism.
For our conversations in July, will be focusing on the Ten Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer. For the benefit of class discussion, we’ll only focus on one of these each week. Participants are also encouraged to bring a copy of Luther’s Small Catechism with them to each class. You can download a free copy of the catechism from either Google Play or the iPhone App Store.
For those who may be thinking, “I’ve already been confirmed and remember going to class with ...”: That’s great and I’m thrilled you had those experiences, so please come out and share your experiences with others. Likewise, everyone’s faith journey is just that: a journey. It’s ongoing. As people of faith, we regularly need to go back and refresh our hearts and minds through the hearing and proclamation of scripture, just as we need to reacquaint ourselves with those central pillars of faith.
I look forward to our conversation this July and where the discussion will lead. Blessings to you!
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