Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors
In church, we talk about the wonder of being forgiven by God and forgiving others (“Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors”), but what does that actually look like, sound like, feel like? This Sunday, the sermon will be on the very practical and difficult process of Forgiveness.
Here are some quotes from the book Forgiveness is a Choice by Robert Enright.
(I highly recommend this book–three copies of it are in the FPC library):
• If you are willing to go through the forgiveness process, I believe that you may be able to find freedom from anger, resentment, bitterness and the self-destructive patterns that accompany them.
• Sometimes, forgiveness involves facing not a single incident but a long series of hurts. Sometimes we forgive one person only to discover that there are others whom we need to forgive.
• Forgiveness does not remove all the pain, but after forgiving, the remaining pain is bearable. After forgiving, we realize that anger and bitterness have made bad situations worse.
• People who talk to me about forgiveness often say that their resentment was a way of keeping the one who hurt them in a kind of emotional prison. As long as they held onto the anger and bitterness, the other stayed in the jail cell. Over time they began to realize that it was they themselves who were imprisoned by their hatred and not the other person. Our hatred affects us emotionally more than it affects the one who hurt us.
• Forgiving begins with acknowledging that we are people who have a right to be treated with respect. Forgiving does not require denying that we have been hurt. On the contrary, to forgive we have to admit that we have been hurt and that we have a right to feel hurt, angry, or resentful. Forgiving does not require denying our feelings. In fact, as we will see, unwillingness to admit that we have been hurt is one of the major impediments to forgiving… the forgiving process does not produce amnesia.
• Forgiving is an act of mercy toward an offender, someone who does not necessarily deserve our mercy.
• If we find that our anger hasn’t passed away in a reasonable amount of time or if weeks, months or years after the hurtful event, we are still ruminating over the injury, plotting revenge, or feeling the same level of pain, our anger has turned into a smoldering resentment.
• Reconciliation is the act of two people coming together following separation. Forgiving, on the other hand, is the action of one individual that starts as a private act, an unseen decision within the human heart.
Some people take notes during this sermon; others want a copy to take home to study. After worship, 10 copies will be available for those who want them. I am happy to email anyone their own electronic copy of my sermon. See you on Sunday. Remember Christ is with us and leads us into healing and wholeness.
Be not afraid.
How You Can Help Earthquake Victims in Turkey and Syria
God of the whole world, hear us as we pray for lives lost and communities shattered by earthquakes and aftershocks in Turkey and Syria. Be present, O Lord, our Good Shepherd, to bring comfort, relief, shelter, and human kindness. In our prayers and with our gifts, and through all those who bring aid, let us testify that Light still shines, and darkness and dust shall not overcome it. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.
We have all seen the horrific images from Turkey and Syria, where a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit early Monday. As of February 17th, the death toll has risen above 43,000. Tens of thousands have been injured. This earthquake has affected millions.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (https://pda.pcusa.org/) is already on the scene, through its established global partner GOPA-DERD. They are acting first on immediate needs, distributing winterization items (blankets, mattresses), food items, and medicines. You can support PDA’s response directly by going here on their website or by clicking the button below. And this Sunday, in all of our churches, we encourage your prayers for the people of Turkey and Syria.
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
We exist as a congregation to know Jesus Christ and to make Him known:
- To proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ so all may come to know and love Him;
- To nurture His people in joyful faith, fellowship, and commitment; and
- To demonstrate His way of love in service to the world.
We use the Connector to share news of the coming week and beyond, the activities that involve a wide range of ages and interests at FPC.
News and Announcements
Penny War to help build a home for a family in need
Children’s Ministry is going to be having some friendly competition in February! All Funds collected will be donated to the Student Ministry Guatemala Mission Trip to help build a home for a family in need.
How to participate: Bring in your spare change and vote on your favorite house or houses that the children of FPC have created. Voting will be open in the Lobby, THIS SUNDAY, February 19 as well as February 26.
SAVE THE DATE – 2023 VBS Announced:
June 25-27 from 5:30-7:30 PM – More info to come!
Nursery is open
Nursery Age 2 and Under – Room 200
The Nursery is available on Sundays from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. It is staffed by church volunteers who love children and want to share God’s love with them.
New 3-4-year-old Kingdom Kids Sunday School
3-4-year-old Kingdom Kids now have their own Sunday School class from 9-9:50 am on Sunday, in the Kingdom Kids room.
4k-Kindergarteners will still be upstairs.
Are you familiar with FPC’s FOOF wall?
Are you familiar with FPC’s FOOF wall? It’s not just a funny name! Take a walk down to the children’s education wing, and there you will see photos of many of our church members, staff and volunteers. This is our FOOF wall – the Faces Of Our Family.
The FOOF wall is more than just a collection of photos. It helps our members recognize and get to know each other. It’s a useful tool for church leaders and staff. It’s a great connection mechanism within our congregation. And we need your help to make our FOOF wall current again!
Many of the photos on the FOOF wall were taken years ago while putting together our church directory. Most of us look very different today! Some of us have gotten married or had babies over the past few years. Some of us may be new to the church, and did not have an opportunity to submit a picture for our wall. So we would appreciate your assistance as we update the “faces of our family.”
Do you have a family photo that you used for your Christmas card this year? Or perhaps a picture taken over the holidays? Please take a moment to send the picture to us by clicking the button below. Thank you!
Upcoming Music in Worship
February 19 – Contemporary Worship Music with Audrey Manning, Cherith Brown, Eli Strangfeld and Brett and Jason Cable
February 26 – FPC Choir
Coming Events | Feb. 19 – Mar. 11, 2023
This Sunday, February 19 – Service for Healing and Wholeness
This Sunday, February 19th, a Service for Healing and Wholeness will take place in the Chapel right after the 10 am service. All of us are in need of healing on some level. So come.
Pastor Glen and Ben
Each Sunday of Lent – 11 AM – Prayer Circle
After each Sunday morning worship service in Lent, the Deacons, Pastors Ben and Glen invite this body of Christ into the Chapel for a prayer circle. We will be praying for any individual needs that arise as well as for any joys and concerns within our church-specifically the Mission Study Process that FPC is going through. Please plan on attending one or more of these holy moments.
Sundays at 9 AM – Graceland Student Ministry
7th-12th Graders, join us each week for a time of connection, Bible discussion, and prayer.
Sundays at 9 AM – Sunday School for 4K-Adults
Sundays – During Service – Kingdom Kids
During the worship service kids can leave the worship service after the Children’s Moment and need to be picked up in room 202 after the service is over.
We offer Kingdom Kids for 3-year olds – kindergarten. Kingdom Kids offers a fun, unique time for children to explore their faith and form positive relationships with peers.
Mondays, Now-March 27 from 1-2:30 PM – The Light Team Meeting
The Light Team is comprised of women who want a chance to meet for fellowship and Bible study. We pray for each other and those in our church family and community. When possible, we extend ourselves in projects to help others. There is no homework and we include humor and laughter! We meet in the Gathering Place on Mondays at 1:00 – 2:30 PM. All are welcome to attend any or all of our sessions. Light Team’s current five week series for “The Longing in Me” by Shelia Walsh is running from February 20, 27, skipping March 6, returning March 13, 20 and 27.
DATE CHANGE: Tuesday, February 21 – MOPS and MOMSnext
WE GO TOGETHER! We are a tribe of moms desiring to become the women God has designed us to be. We meet every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:45-9 PM. Moms of kids 0-5 are welcome for MOPS or school-age kids for MOMSnext.
Wednesdays, Now – May 24 from 8:30-10:00 AM – Women’s Community Bible Study
The Wednesday Morning Women’s Bible Study Group is made up of women from the surrounding community at large. All are welcome. This season we are exploring “How Much More” by Lisa Harper. Meet us on Wednesdays 8:30 -10:00 AM in the Conference Room, entering through the west side Education Wing doors. Contact Beth Stellmacher for more info: email@example.com. We will be off Wednesdays, February 22 and March 22.
Wednesdays from 7:00-8:15 PM – Graceland Student Ministry
7th-12th Graders, join the fun upstairs in the Youth Room for a time of connection, games, message, meaningful small group discussion with students your same grade, and prayer.
Wednesday, February 22 – 7:30-8:30 AM – Drive-by Ashes
If members (and friends) of FPC Waunakee are unable to attend the 6pm Ash Wednesday Service, Pastor Glen will be outside the front door of the church from 7:30am-8:30am on the morning of Ash Wednesday for his traditional offering of “Drive-by Ashes.” Drive on up and open your car window. Pastor Glen will smudge you as he says, “Remember that we are dust and to dust we shall return.” It is a way for those who cannot attend the later service to dedicate ourselves to the wonder of this sacred season. Tell your friends.
TIME CHANGE: Wednesday, February 22 – Ash Wednesday Service – 6pm
Our Ash Wednesday Service this year is on February 22 @ 6pm (please note the time change). Right after the Ash Wednesday Service is GEMS/History night from 7-8pm. Dessert will be served.
Sundays, February 26-March 26 – 9-9:45AM – Lenten Bible Study: Deep Dive into John 4: 1-26
Pastor Glen along with retired Pastor Susan, will be leading all who choose to take a deep dive into Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan Woman at the Well. She does not hold back. And neither does he. Jesus forms a unique relationship with her. How might we deepen our own relationship with “the Mystery at the heart of our existence that we call God?”
We hope you’ll join us in the Chapel
Sunday, February 26 – 11:15-12:30PM – GEMS*/History
The MIF Committee is inviting All FPC members and friends to an event in which we will dig through our church memories for GEMS* from various eras which will help the MIF Committee answer these important questions:
- Who are we?
- What are our strengths?
Downstairs in Fellowship Hall, a light brunch will be served. All voices need to be heard.
*Generational Engagement; Memorable stories
Sunday, March 5 – 9 AM-10AM – Donut Breakfast
Fellowship Ministry is offering a Donut Breakfast before Sunday Worship on Sunday, March 5 in Fellowship Hall. All are welcome!
Save the Date | More Info to come
Friday, March 17 – 11 AM-6 PM – Red Cross Blood Drive
Sunday, March 19 – 2 PM – Organ Recital
Please mark your calendars! FPC will host an organ recital on Sunday, March 19, 2023, at 2 PM featuring highly regarded organist Dr. Andrew Schaeffer, Director of Music at the Luther Memorial Church in Madison. The recital will be dedicated to the life and service of Pat Ronspiez. Pat served as our organist for 46 years. She also played piano and accordion.
Our church features an historic 1890 Schuelke organ built in Milwaukee and rebuilt by Wahl Organ Builders of Appleton in 1992. You can read about our historic organ here.
A Chicago native, Schaeffer holds degrees from St. Olaf College, Yale University and a doctoral degree from the University of Oklahoma. Andrew’s responsibilities include playing organ for Sunday services, directing the children, youth and adult choirs, various instrumental ensembles and overseeing the general music ministry of the congregation. He has been at Luther Memorial since 2018. Schaeffer is also editor-at-large of The Diapason, a nationally published organ and church music magazine.
A free will offering will be collected at the recital. FPC will donate 90% of the free will offerings to the Waunakee High School Music Department’s grand piano purchase. The remaining 10% will go towards our church missions.
Thursday, March 23 – Network 56 Pres House Service Project
Sunday, April 9 – 8 AM and 10 AM – Easter Worship Services
FPC will host two worship services on Sunday, April 9th for Easter. One at 8 am and another at 10 am. There will be no Children’s Sunday School, Graceland, or Kingdom Kids as volunteers will be spending Easter with their families.
Opportunities to Serve
RePlanting the Nursery
We are in the middle of RePlanting the Nursery at FPC! God has given us a whole team of volunteers. If you would like to volunteer as a sub, please click below!
It takes a lot people to pull together a Sunday Worship service. Pastor Glen and Pastor Ben do a great job putting Jesus front and center. But there many more in the background working hard to improve the worship experience for all of us. We need you!
Please consider signing up to volunteer to help hand out bulletins, greet folks as they come in, set up or attend the coffee table for post-service fellowship and there are many more opportunities to serve!
As Pastor Glen likes to say “There are no spectators in the Presbyterian Church, only folks on the sidelines either waiting to get into the game or who have just been subbed out.”
Shelter From The Storm Ministries Needs Volunteers
Shelter From The Storm Ministries (SFTSM), located in Sun Prairie, is currently in need of crews that can clean rooms and prepare them for their next residents. Shelter from the Storm Ministries currently has three rooms vacant and is in the process of interviewing new families to move in and welcome. A crew of four (4) people volunteering to clean one room usually takes 2-4 hours. SFTSM is extremely flexible on dates/times. For any questions or to sign up, please contact Pastor Kent Van Horn from Shelter From The Storm Ministries at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (608) 535-0067.
Thank you! Your FPC Mission Team
Calling Vocalists and Instrumentalists (Piano, too!)
If you’d like to sing or play an instrument at a Sunday service, please contact Sam Robinson at email@example.com or call 608-949-9450. We have open dates on our music calendar for January through May. You are welcome to sing/play a special song or two, no matter what your skill level is. We have open dates when the Choir and Joyful Noise are not playing and would like to fill those with students and adults from our congregation whenever possible.
Stephen Ministry at FPC: Providing God’s Care to Hurting People
What is this ministry about?
Extensively trained and supervised Stephen Minister Caregivers provide high-quality, one-on-one confidential Christian care to anyone in need. They provide weekly visits and ongoing support as long as the care receiver needs. Should the care receiver have needs that are beyond the scope of a Stephen Minister Caregiver, they are referred to professional caregivers.
What kind of care is offered from a Stephen Minister?
- CRISIS CARE – For people experiencing change(s) that significantly challenge their ability to cope.
- FOLLOW-UP CARE – After the crisis event.
- CHRONIC CARE – For a person whose situation is unlikely to change.
- PREVENTIVE CARE – Providing care before a crisis occurs.
- SUPPORTIVE CARE – Care for the caregiver.
How can I find out more about this ministry?
Call the church office at 608-949-9445, or reach out to a pastor or deacon. Stephen Minister Caregivers don’t replace the care of pastors and deacons. They carry it a step further.
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