Thursday, April 15, 2021

Worship Info for 4.18.21

 Hi, Friends-This Sunday is Scout Sunday!  Yes, usually it is in February, but as things have gotten safer, Troop 514 wanted to connect with the congregation and say 'Thank you!' for being their chartering organization.  Join us for worship as the Scouts help lead the service and share their musical talents.  They will not be serving breakfast this year, but you can always give a donation to help support the troop activities.  Make checks payable to Troop 514.

Join us in person or on line.  

If you are joining us in-person, we ask that you RSVP.  We do this to help monitor our numbers and have a checklist of names.  If you wake up Sunday morning and think, I want to go to church but I didn't RSVP,  please still come!  There has been plenty of room to spread out.  Remember to wear your mask.  You can call us to RSVP at 541-963-5114 (please leave a message if we aren't there), email us, or use this handy RSVP form:  https://forms.gle/DJHar4oWKqUVWFtn6.  

You can connect online at www.facebook.com/groups/fpclagrande to watch the service live and you can use that same link to access a recording of the worship service anytime. We are also posting the videos to the church's blog after the service and is available at http://fpclagrande.blogspot.com/

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Worship Info for 4.11.21

 Dear Friends-Join us for worship this Sunday either in person or online.


If you are joining us in-person, we ask that you RSVP.  We do this to help monitor our numbers and have a checklist of names.  If you wake up Sunday morning and think, I want to go to church but I didn't RSVP,  please still come!  There has been plenty of room to spread out.  Remember to wear your mask.  You can call us to RSVP at 541-963-5114 (please leave a message if we aren't there), email us, or use this handy RSVP form:  https://forms.gle/DJHar4oWKqUVWFtn6.  

You can connect online at www.facebook.com/groups/fpclagrande to watch the service live and you can use that same link to access a recording of the worship service anytime. We are also posting the videos to the church's blog after the service and is available at http://fpclagrande.blogspot.com/

Friday, April 2, 2021

Good Friday Prayer Walk/Worship Info for Easter Sunday 4.4.21

 Just a reminder that the Good Friday Prayer Station Walk starts today at noon and goes until 6PM.  Feel free to walk, drive, or bike the route. It starts at the west door of the Methodist Church.  Maps of the route are available there.  Pastor Roberta is out walking the route with her cell phone right now to make a virtual walk for those who are unable to participate in person.   We will get that link out as soon as we get it.


Join us for Easter Sunday worship in person or online at 9:30 as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus!

If you are joining us in-person, we ask that you RSVP.  We do this to help monitor our numbers and have a checklist of names.  If you wake up Sunday morning and think, I want to go to church but I didn't RSVP,  we still have space for you!  There has been plenty of room to spread out.  Remember to wear your mask.  You can call us to RSVP at 541-963-5114 (please leave a message if we aren't there), email us, or use this handy RSVP form:  https://forms.gle/DJHar4oWKqUVWFtn6.  Worship will start outside near the sanctuary entrance.  Please bring a flower to put on the Blooming Cross.  We will have extra flowers.  We will move inside after singing (with masks) and decorating the cross.

You can connect online at www.facebook.com/groups/fpclagrande to watch the service live and you can use that same link to access a recording of the worship service anytime. We are also posting the videos to the church's blog after the service and is available at http://fpclagrande.blogspot.com/.  We will attempt using the camera outside if our wifi signal is strong enough but for sure will get it inside.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Updated Holy Week information

 Dear Church Family,


Due to a health emergency in Keith's brother's family, we need to make some adaptations to our Holy Week/Easter plan.

The Maundy Thursday service will still be held at 5PM tomorrow, April 1 via this Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86509464656?pwd=MG9ZYmo2YjNiZVFIZU9MamttZnM4dz09
If we are unable to attend, Meg Valentine will facilitate this service.

The Good Friday Stations of the Cross will still happen as planned, from 12PM-6PM. We will get more information out, such as a map, probably tomorrow.

In consultation with the Worship Committee there will not be two services. We will now have one service at our regular 9:30AM time for Easter. We don't expect the numbers of attendees to go over 50 for one service. The Easter service will start outside with singing (with masks), and please bring a flower to put on the Blooming Christmas Tree Cross. We will have extra flowers. We will move inside to continue with our celebration of the resurrection of our Lord. After the service, there will be an Easter Egg Hunt for the children.

If you have not done so already, please RSVP for the Easter service. If you have already RSVP-ed, you don't need to do so again, just note the time change! You may use this form https://forms.gle/ZoCsPaU2sRuHrcMGA and we will get your name on the list. Or feel free to call the church at 541-963-5114 or reply to this email.

We apologize for whatever confusion this might have caused. We hope one service will feel more worshipful, while allowing Keith to travel sooner to be with his brother's family in Colorado. Let us know if you have any questions.

We would also appreciate if you kept Keith's brother's family in your prayers.

Blessings,
Keith and Laura

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Maundy Thursday Info

 Maundy Thursday is one of my favorite moments in the Christian calendar. The name "Maundy" comes from the Latin word meaning "command," and the service is a remembrance and honoring of Jesus' "new commandment" in John 13:34-35, "love one another as I have loved you." It is also a night of remembering the first Lord's Supper. 


This year, we will host Maundy Thursday on April 1 at 5PM on Zoom. Here is the link: 
Meeting ID: 865 0946 4656
Passcode: 022553

We will read scripture, share stories, and commune in the Lord's Supper. You will need to prepare your worship space at home with bread and juice. We recommend that you print the liturgy out so that you can refer to it during the Zoom event.  Here is the link to the Maundy Thursday liturgy: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CMoyS2QKHwhI0jnpMKwYDl92nGT3SyMmkWCIZkspwTA/edit?usp=sharing

Let us know if you have any questions. We hope to see you Thursday evening! 
In Christ, 
Laura and Keith

Friday, March 26, 2021

Worship Info for 3.28.21

 Dear Friends-Holy Week is almost upon us!  Join us for worship this Palm Sunday either in person or online.  If you are in worship, we will take a picture of you with a palm for a celebration video.  If you are in the area and unable to join us in worship, the palms will be outside both doors of the church for you to pickup.  Please take a picture of yourself and family with a palm and email it to us.  Those out of town, take a picture of yourself with any branch and send it our way.  We need pictures by Thursday, April 1 to make the video.


If you are joining us in-person for worship, we ask that you RSVP.  We do this to help monitor our numbers and have a checklist of names.  If you wake up Sunday morning and think, I want to go to church but I didn't RSVP,  please still come!  There has been plenty of room to spread out.  Remember to wear your mask.  You can call us to RSVP at 541-963-5114 (please leave a message if we aren't there), email us, or use this handy RSVP form:  https://forms.gle/DJHar4oWKqUVWFtn6.  

You can connect online at www.facebook.com/groups/fpclagrande to watch the service live and you can use that same link to access a recording of the worship service anytime. We are also posting the videos to the church's blog after the service and is available at http://fpclagrande.blogspot.com/

This week's Shalom theme is reconciliation.  Our Lenten journey to the ways of shalom has brought us to the final week — Holy Week. It is a week that starts with the triumphal entry into the Holy City where soon the cheering crowds will become jeering crowds no longer praising Jesus but condemning him. How quickly the tide can turn. And yet, as the week ends with the cross of Good Friday and the tears of grief filling our Holy Saturday, joy will return. Resurrection Sunday comes and we are reminded that in Christ, God was reconciling the world. As we journey through Holy Week exploring the theme of reconciliation, think of the hurts, grudges and hatred that need to be nailed to the cross and laid to rest in a “tomb.” Think about the healing power of reconciliation and where you have seen it in your life.

Please reflect on these questions.  If you are in worship, you may write a word or phrase or other prayer on a ribbon and place it on the Prayer Cross.  The Cross will be placed outside until 4PM if you want to come place a ribbon on the tree then.  For those of you far flung friends, you may email your responses and prayers to us and we will add them to the cross.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Worship Video Link 2.21.21

 As we were having issues posting the Sunday video, we uploaded it to Youtube.  Here is the link: https://youtu.be/51bw-5o13d0

Sunday, March 21, 2021

 I'm having issues embedding today's video!  I will keep trying.  Keith

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Holy Week 2021

 Dear Saints, 


Palm Sunday, March 28th, marks the beginning of Holy Week.  Here is the information about the plans for special services the church will have from Palm Sunday to Easter.


Be safe and God bless as we journey with Jesus to the cross and empty tomb!

Pastors Laura and Keith

Friday, March 19, 2021

Worship Info for 3.21.21

 Dear Friends-Join us for worship this Sunday either in person or online.


If you are joining us in-person, we ask that you RSVP.  We do this to help monitor our numbers and have a checklist of names.  If you wake up Sunday morning and think, I want to go to church but I didn't RSVP,  please still come!  There has been plenty of room to spread out.  Remember to wear your mask.  You can call us to RSVP at 541-963-5114 (please leave a message if we aren't there), email us, or use this handy RSVP form:  https://forms.gle/DJHar4oWKqUVWFtn6.  

You can connect online at www.facebook.com/groups/fpclagrande to watch the service live and you can use that same link to access a recording of the worship service anytime. We are also posting the videos to the church's blog after the service and is available at http://fpclagrande.blogspot.com/

This week's Shalom theme is repairing.  In Lent, as we journey to the cross with Jesus, we are reminded that along the way the Lamb of God repaired what was broken — healing bodies and spirits. As we get closer to Holy Week — and to the cross of Good Friday — how can we see the broken world with compassion? How can we stop long enough on the roads we travel to reach out and bring shalom into our communities?

Please reflect on these questions.  If you are in worship, you may write a word or phrase or other prayer on a ribbon and place it on the Prayer Cross.  The Cross will be placed outside until 4PM if you want to come place a ribbon on the tree then.  For those of you far flung friends, you may email your responses and prayers to us and we will add them to the cross.

Blessings,
Keith and Laura

Friday, March 12, 2021

Worship Info for 3.14.21

 Dear Friends-Join us for worship this Sunday either in person or online.


Don't forget to 'spring forward'.  Daylight saving time begins.

If you are joining us in-person, we ask that you RSVP.  We do this to help monitor our numbers and have a checklist of names.  If you wake up Sunday morning and think, I want to go to church but I didn't RSVP,  please still come!  There has been plenty of room to spread out.  Remember to wear your mask.  You can call us to RSVP at 541-963-5114 (please leave a message if we aren't there), email us, or use this handy RSVP form:  https://forms.gle/DJHar4oWKqUVWFtn6.  Bulletin info is https://docs.google.com/document/d/19uRQVIfF6V7Tf2F4nyJWkcuvgAq1JluhpWOnv962dRA/edit?usp=sharing

You can connect online at www.facebook.com/groups/fpclagrande to watch the service live and you can use that same link to access a recording of the worship service anytime. We are also posting the videos to the church's blog after the service and is available at http://fpclagrande.blogspot.com/

This week's Shalom theme is hope.   As Christians we hope for things yet seen. We look forward to the promise of a new day. Hope, though, can be hard to hold on to. In the season of Lent, what are you hoping for? Who do you hope in?

Please reflect on these questions.  If you are in worship, you may write a word or phrase or other prayer on a ribbon and place it on the Prayer Cross.  The Cross will be placed outside until 4PM if you want to come place a ribbon on the tree then.  For those of you far flung friends, you may email your responses and prayers to us and we will add them to the cross.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Worship Info for 3.7.21

 Dear Friends in Christ-Join us for worship this Sunday at 9:30AM either in-person or online.

If you are joining us in-person, we ask that you RSVP.  We do this to help monitor our numbers and have a checklist of names.  If you wake up Sunday morning and think, I want to go to church but I didn't RSVP,  please still come!  There has been plenty of room to spread out.  Remember to wear your mask.  You can call us to RSVP at 541-963-5114 (please leave a message if we aren't there), email us, or use this handy RSVP form:  https://forms.gle/DJHar4oWKqUVWFtn6

You can connect online at www.facebook.com/groups/fpclagrande and you can use that same link to access a recording of the worship service anytime.  Bulletin information is https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KEjnju1e6R8Be5f06I1vjTQBNdZX7ZdBwRW7v9mPJPI/edit?usp=sharing

This week's Shalom theme is about healing.   When Jesus first appeared to his friends as the Risen Lord, he greeted them with words of shalom. “Peace,” he said. What he was wishing for them was healing in their grieving and wholeness for their shattered dreams. What healing do you need this Lent? What would it take to achieve wholeness in the life of your immediate family, church community or neighborhood? And do you have the courage to be the one who stands amid the brokenness and proclaims shalom — wholeness — to others?  

Please reflect on these questions.  If you are in worship, you may write a word or phrase or other prayer on a ribbon and place it on the Prayer Cross.  The Cross will be placed outside until 4PM if you want to come place a ribbon on the tree then.  For those of you far flung friends, you may email your responses and prayers to us and we will add them to the cross.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Worship Info for 2.28.21

 Dear Friends-Join us on Sunday at 9:30AM for worship.  Come in-person or join us online!


If you are joining us in-person, we ask that you RSVP so we can keep a list of names and monitor numbers.  You can email us, call the office at 541-963-5114 (please leave a message if we are not around), or use this handy RSVP form RSVP Form.  Remember to wear your mask and to social distance!

Online, we can be found at Worship 2.28.21.  This link can be used to watch the service any time after we are done.  Bulletin info is Bulletin 2.28.21.

Sunday marks the second week of Lent and we hope you have been able to read along the devotional.  The second week's theme is Shalom: The Way to the Promise of Peace.  Here are the questions to contemplate this week:

-Where in your life can you recall the stormy seas being calmed?
-How did it feel to know that amid trouble you were being held safe and secure?
-Where is this peace that passes all understanding needed right now in your home, community, church or country?

If you are here for worship, you can write a word, phrase or image that comes to mind in answer to these questions and place it on the Prayer Cross on Sunday.  We will also move the cross outside after worship on Sunday until 4PM for those who want to add their ribbon.  And if you are out of town, feel free to email us with what you would like to add to a ribbon and we will do it for you!

Shalom!
Keith and Laura

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Worship Info 2.21.21

 Please join us for worship on Sunday at 9:30 AM either online or in person.

If you join us online, the link is www.facebook.com/groups/fpclagrande and the bulletin info is Bulletin 2.21.21.

If you are coming in person, please RSVP to pastorshudson@eoni.com, call the church at 541-963-5114 (please leave a message if we aren't there) or use this handy RSVP form https://forms.gle/eP1jv4Tw6yz5HUBVA.

This Sunday's questions from our Lenten devotional on Shalom are:

Recall a moment in your life when you received God’s mercy and grace. 
What was the situation? 
How did it feel to know you were forgiven?
 Now think about a time when you withheld forgiveness and when you sought justice on your own. 
How did that work? 
Were fractured relationships healed by your own actions? 
What would have been different if the justice you sought was turned over to God

On Sunday, there will be ribbons to write a picture, word, or phrase in reply to these questions to tie to the cross during worship.  Our plan was to place the outside for people to add to it through the day, but the weather doesn't look to great.  We will send out an email on Sunday on what we decide to do.  If you don't get a chance to put a ribbon on in response to this week's questions, there will be other Sunday opportunities through Palm Sunday.  Or you can email us your response and we will add it.  

Blessings,
Keith and Laura

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Ash Wed/Lent

 Hi, Friends-Just a reminder that tomorrow (Feb 17) is Ash Wednesday and Lent begins!

The sanctuary will be open from 9AM-5PM tomorrow for anyone who wants to stop in and pray or meditate in the beauty of our sanctuary.

Hopefully you received the mailer we sent out with the sticker of the ashes.  We understand there have been some mail issues because of the weather.  Feel free to display that sticker in your house or put it somewhere you can see it to "remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.  In life and in death, you belong to God."

The other item in that mailer was a tear drop.  Please write on that tear drop those things that separate you from God or keep you from having a full relationship with Christ.  You can drop that tear drop off at the church tomorrow in the basket in the back of the sanctuary.  At 5:30 PM we will burn the tear drops.  Watch us live at www.facebook.com/groups/fpclagrande as we burn the ashes.

And here is the link to the Lenten devotional we are inviting church members to read this Lent.  For the whole devotional, check out https://www.presbyterianmission.org/wp-content/uploads/Lent-2021.pdf

Ash Wed through the first week of Lent readings are found at https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/today/lent2021/lent-week-1/ that keeps the readings on a webpage instead of a PDF.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Worship Info for 2.14.21

 Greetings, Saints!  Here is the information for worship on 2.14.21.


Join us online at www.facebook.com/groups/fpclagrande at 9:30AM. You may also use this link to watch the worship at anytime.

Or you may join us in person at 9:30AM in the sanctuary.  Please RSVP by calling 541-963-5114 (leave a message if we aren't here), emailing us at pastorshudson@eoni.com or using this handy RSVP form https://forms.gle/F9kuTGin24384GdV9



Thursday, February 11, 2021

Midweek Connection 2.11.21

 Hi, Friends-Check out this week's Midweek Connection.  We attempted a live video at www.facebook.com/groups/fpclagrande.  It includes information about the upcoming season of Lent and the info we put in the mail.


The link to the devotional not in the Midweek Connection is https://www.presbyterianmission.org/wp-content/uploads/Lent-2021.pdf

Friday, February 5, 2021

Worship Info for 2.7.21

 Dear Friends in Christ-Please join us for worship either in-person or online at

www.facebook.com/groups/fpclagrande
. If you plan to join us in person, please remember to RSVP to pastorhudson@eoni.com or call 541-963-5114. Please leave a message if we aren't at the church. You can also send us a message on Facebook.
Bulletin information is https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jv1cFQBhMcNsthIOcH48OfYnBB0UheCUcUTKnrUo9Tc/edit?usp=sharing

Friday, January 29, 2021

Worship Info for 1.31.21 & Announcements

 Please join us online Sunday morning at 9:30AM to glorify God together.  The link is FPC Worship 1.31.21.  We will be ordaining new church officers and celebrating communion.  You may participate at home with communion by having your own bread and juice/wine and partaking when we do.  Or you may come to the Friendship Center between 11AM and 12:30PM for a drive through communion.  Please enter through the Spring Ave entrance to the parking lot.  


Bulletin information is Bulletin 1.31.21

We will again attempt in-person worship starting February 7th.  The same safety protocols will be in effect that we had last fall when we met.  These include masks, no singing, RSVPing and social distancing.  We will get more information out next week.  We will continue to offer online worship.  We will continue to monitor the county Covid situation closely so be prepared for changes to the plan, especially if we experience a spike in cases.

The office doors will remain locked during office hours (Tues-Thurs, 8:30AM-Noon).  If you need to set up a meeting with us or Donna, we invite you to call ahead at 541-963-5114.  This is to help to make sure we don't have too many people in the office area at one time.

Let us know if you have any questions!

Friday, January 22, 2021

Worship Info for 1.24.21

 Dear Friends in Christ,


       Please join us for worship online at www.facebook.com/groups/fpclagrande at 9:30AM Sunday morning.  You may also access the service anytime with that same link and you do not need to be a member of Facebook to watch.

      Bulletin information is https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lG0uddVifg-w1kg3PEKEn6uTA3qlCuObEuYxDq4WZgM/edit?usp=sharing

Thursday, January 21, 2021

FPC Midweek Connection 1.21.21

Here is a Midweek Connection for this week, with a few announcements, a reading of a blessing poem by John O'Donohue called "For a Leader," and Mary Helen's organ rendition of "When Peace Like a River (It is Well with My Soul)" arranged by Michael Burkhart. Enjoy!
Please note there will be no in-person worship through the end of January.  We are shooting for a startup in early February so please stay tuned for further updates!

In Christ,
Laura and Keith

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Worship Info for 1.17.21

 Dear Friends-Please join us for worship at 9:30AM at www.facebook.com/groups/fpclagrande.


Bulletin info is Bulletin 1.17.21.

A reminder that we will have a Congregational Meeting at 11AM via Zoom.  The information on how to connect to that meeting was previously emailed out.  If you need it, please let us know before Sunday morning.

Blessings,
Keith and Laura

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

January Worship Update

 Happy Epiphany!  We hope you had a blessed Christmas, and may the New Year open up new opportunities for experiencing Christ.

On Tuesday, the Worship Committee met and decided that FPC will not have in-person worship through Jan. 17 because of the current status of Covid cases in Union County. The Worship Committee will meet on January 19 to review the Covid situation at that time and assess in-person worship accordingly. Please continue praying for a decrease in case counts in Union County!

On January 17, we are scheduled to have a Congregational Meeting to elect officers and review the pastors’ terms of call.  This Congregational Meeting will be held electronically via Zoom.  Early next week we will send out information on how to connect, and we will set up a ‘test’ time so that you can make sure you can connect to the Congregational Meeting. We want to have as many of you present for the meeting as possible.

Blessings,

Keith and Laura

Friday, January 1, 2021

Worship Info for 1.3.21

 Dear Saints,


Blessed New Year!  Here is the link for this Sunday's worship service.  We did our traditional Ecumenical Epiphany service with Roberta from Zion Lutheran/St. Peter's Episcopal Churches and Taylor from the United Methodist Church.  There isn't a bulletin, but the order of worship is included in the YouTube description. 


Christ's Peace be with you in 2021!

Pastors Keith and Laura