First Presbyterian Church of Maumee
2/15 Women's Bible Study, Panera
2/15 Wild Wednesdays, Union
2/16 5Fs Fellowship Group, Union
2/18 Men's Breakfast, Fellowship Hall
2/20 President's Day: Office Closed
2/20 Jump Start Prayer Gathering
2/20 Confirmation, Canfield
2/23 Theology Group
For more events and more details,
|Dear Friend of FPC, |
Time is flying in the fine month of February and it is now time for Valentine's Day. Some people think of giving flowers, others give chocolates, jewelry, pajamas and now $99 teddy bears. Many people will go out for a meal together. Millions of dollars will be spent. Some people will wait until the last minute and then quickly grab a card and some gift. This holiday celebrates love and relationships. The key, of course, is in knowing the person that you are giving a gift and caring enough to give them something that matters to them. Books have been written about learning to "speak" each other's love language. I give dark chocolate with some regularity; but if I neglect my lovely wife's real love language...service and taking care of her "honey-do list" then giving flowers or candies means so much less than it might otherwise. The scriptures tell us that God has a love language as well. The book of I John tells us that if we say that we love God but fail to obey and follow His way then we are just fooling ourselves. It goes on to say that if we say that we love our neighbor but fail to act on it then we are lying to ourselves and to God.
The marketers of Valentine's Day have it down pretty well; they help us to understand that merely saying that we love someone without communicating it in actions just doesn't "say it right." Even as the media and marketers seek to inform us of all the proper ways to "say I love you", so God uses the love letter given to us in the Word of God to help us to see what real love looks like. The scriptures tell us that real love lays its life down for other people. Jesus did this and then tells us that as the Father sent him, so he sends us. So go out and be God's Valentine to the World this week. Be extravagant in your love even as God was in sending Christ Jesus.
Blessings on the journey..."go ahead and make someone's day"...in Jesus Name,
|Lent @ FPC|
(See many ways to engage at: http://fpcmaumee.org/#/news-events/lent-fpc)
Ash Wednesday Intergenerational Event, February 22, 5:30 pm, Union
Join us at Union Elementary for dinner at 5:30 pm followed by intergenerational fellowship and activity. Three small groups will be formed out of those who attend to share in conversation, scripture reading, and an activity in Ash Wednesday based prayer stations.
Ash Wednesday Worship,
February 22, 7:00 pm, Chapel
Following the intergenerational event will be an Ash Wednesday Worship service at 7 pm in the Chapel. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season in the church year known as Lent. Lent is a time to prepare for the celebration of Easter and to renew our life in the mystery of the saving death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We begin this holy season by acknowledging our need for repentance, and for the mercy and forgiveness proclaimed in the gospel of Jesus Christ. We begin our journey to Easter with the sign of ashes, a biblical symbol of mourning and penitence. Please join us for this special service.
The Agape Meal, Sunday, March 25, 5:30 pm, Fellowship Hall
Two thousand years ago, the first Christians gathered on Sunday evenings for worship. Although they were still devout Jews and had already worshiped in their synagogues on the Sabbath (Saturday), they wanted to worship as Christians too. To do this, they invented a new service, an Agape Service. The First Presbyterian Church still celebrates this custom, and the Worship Commission and Board of Deacons will serve the Agape Meal on Sunday evening, March 25th at 5:30 in Fellowship Hall. All we need is you and your platter. Any finger foods, such as appetizers, hors d'ouevres, sandwiches, cheese, crackers, fruits, vegetables, dips, chicken wings, cookies, etc. will do (utensils are not used). It will be fun, memorable, and moving. Why not join us!
Daily Devotions Available at D365.org
If you are desiring a daily devotion to take part in as part of your Lenten practices, check out the "Journey to the Cross" at D365.org. This site has daily devotions always available, but will be focusing on a "Journey to the Cross" during the season of Lent.
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Men's Breakfast, February 18, 8:30 am, Fellowship Hall
Our monthly men's breakfast will be held this Saturday, February 18 at 8:30 am in the Fellowship Hall. Bryce Harbaugh will be sharing about his experiences as an Army Ranger during the Vietnam war. Come enjoy fellowship with the FPC men!
Traditional Worship Service Moved for Construction, March 4, 11 am, Chapel
On March 4, our 11 am worship service will be held in the Chapel due to construction in the Sanctuary. As you are able, please park in the back of the church and walk around to the Chapel entrance to allow for the spaces closest to the Chapel to accommodate anyone who may need an accessible spot.
A New Stage, Saturday, March 10, 5:15 pm, Union School Gym
The youth group fundraiser titled, A New Stage, will be taking place on Saturday, March 10th beginning at 5:15 p.m. in the Union School gym. The evening will include a finger food dinner and dessert, a silent auction, a live variety show performed by the youth and adults of the church, and a live auction. Tickets for the fundraiser are $10.00. The proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards the Youth Group's summer trips. See Jason Armstrong for more details. Click here for a flyer to print out to invite a friend.
Weekend to Remember Marriage Conference: Love Like You Mean It
March 16-18, 2012 at Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center
Join FPC Maumee & FamilyLife as we seek to strengthen marriages together! FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember conference is a chance to get away from the distractions of daily life. Cell Phones are shut off. To do lists are temporarily forgotten. It's time to slow down and reconnect. Each conference is a warm, engaging gathering that's all about making progress, not placing blame. Insightful speakers will help you work through your differences, improve communication, and even rekindle your romance.
For more than 30 years, we've helped people reach a turning point in their marriages. Over a million couples who wanted to take their marriages from just fine to fantastic have come to FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember to help make it happen.
See more information about the conference on the FamilyLife Website at www.familylife.com or on our church's page. Register online at: http://shop.familylife.com/p-775-toledo.aspx. Make sure to enter"fpcmaumee" for "Group Name." Contact Pastor Clint Tolbert at 419-893-0223 with questions or for help registering.
In order to better serve you, we would like to know who will be attending this conference by no later than Sunday, February 26. So, in addition to registering with "FamilyLife" would you also send Pastor Clint a note at firstname.lastname@example.org letting him know that you plan to attend? Scholarships are available. Please talk to Pastor Clint to request a scholarship.
2012 Per Capita Apportionment
In January we sent a check to the Maumee Valley Presbytery for $13,079.12 to cover our 2012 Per Capita dues. This number was based on $27.71 per each confirmed member of our church. Thank you to all who have contributed towards this bill. To date, we have collected $2,175.47 towards this $13,079.12 bill. If you would like to help us defray the cost of this bill, you can write a check to "First Presbyterian Church" and put "per capita" in the memo line.
Associate Pastor Nominating Committee Soon to be Formed
The nominating committee is seeking people who are interested in being part of a search team to nominate our new associate pastor. Might God be calling you to be a part of this team? Please read the position description by clicking on the following link: APNC description and duties. (or the description may be picked up at the church office) Serving as a member of the APNC promises to be very challenging, but rewarding! If you would like to be considered for this team please make this indication to Elder Jack Hemple at email@example.com.
Help People Stay Warm this Winter through Donations to St. Paul's
St. Paul's Community Center has asked for donations of new or gently used coats, socks, towels, hats, and mittens (for adults only please). A large box for donations will be located in the foyer, and another will be on the lower level. Thank you so much for your generous support.
Welcome New Members
This past Sunday, February 12th we welcomed new members: Bill & Dorothy Bonser, Jeff DeArmond, Brent Harrill, Sandra Laas, Cortney Lefebvre, Chaz Price, Jason Rager, John Sluhan, & Barbara Wingate.
We also celebrated the baptism of Jackson Joseph Price, born on January 30, 2003 & Olivia Juliana Price; born on June 30, 2006. Parents are Chaz Price & Erica Artiaga.
John Sluhan has been attending church with his mother Maryann Sluhan. Maryann and her late husband Elliott have been active members of the church for years. John grew up in Toledo and took correspondence courses throughout high school so he could travel with his parents and play golf at a national junior level. He is a University of Toledo graduate with a major in History/Economics and was a member of The University of Toledo's Golf Team. John traveled extensively in Europe, New Zealand and Australia after graduation. Ireland is his favorite golf venture. On returning home, John worked as an Assistant Golf Pro at Stone Oak Country Club for seven years. For the past eight years, John has been a commercial real estate agent with CBRE/RK where he specializes in professional and medical office consultation, negotiation, and relocation. John enjoys golf, cooking, shooting, travel, anything competitive and reading. He is an avid follower of politics.
Jason Rager & Cortney Lefebvre currently reside in Maumee with their cat named Charlie. They both grew up on Perrysburg, graduating from Perrysburg High School in 2005 & 2007 respectively. Jason graduated from Tiffin University with a degree in business & has a MBS from BGSU. Cortney is completing her early childhood education degree from BGSU & is student teaching at St. Rose in Perrysburg. They both enjoy reading and traveling. Jason's other hobbies include soccer, fishing and video games. Cortney also enjoys baking, babysitting and organizing. They are to be married her at 1st Presbyterian on October 13th of this year.
Barbara Wingate moved from Massachusetts to Toledo 2 years ago to be closer to her oldest daughter when she told her she was expecting her first grandchild. Her youngest daughter lives in Phoenix, AZ, which is where you'll find her warming her toes at some point during the winter months. She's always enjoyed fixing up older homes so she decided to make it her living. She's currently rehabbing her second house and hopes to have it rented in the next couple of weeks. She says: "Music has always been my passion and I feel so blessed to have found a church with such a gifted director and choir. My daughter and I attended our first service on Easter and I immediately felt a kinship. The pastor and congregation welcomed me and filled the void in my life. I thank you for that, and am proud to join you as a member of First Presbyterian Church"
Sandra Laas is a lifelong resident of Toledo. Currently she is retired from being a professor at Owens Community College where she taught for many years. She volunteers at UTMC and is active with the Toledo Symphony League. She enjoy traveling.
Brent Harrill, his wife Michelle and his three daughters moved to Toledo from Texas nine years ago. He is employed at Johns Manville in Waterville. One of the girls is in college, one just graduated from the University of Toledo and is currently looking for employment, and the oldest daughter graduated and is a nurse in Texas. Brent's hobbies include: playing golf, snow skiing (when there is snow) and both Brent and Michelle are avid fans of the university of Tennessee football games.
Chaz Price is the father of Jackson and Olivia price, 9 and 5 years old. Chaz lives in Waterville and works at PNC as a financial adviser for the last 8 years. He earned a BS in Finance from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from The University of Toledo. Chaz has been a member of First Presbyterian in Sandusky. His mother is Wendy Kaiser on Session.
Jeff DeArmond grew up in Oregon, Ohio and was a graduate of Clay High School. After graduating from high school Jeff began working and is a trained and skilled finish carpenter. He currently is employed as a delivery driver for the 7-Up distributor. His hobbies include exercising, working out, and finish carpentry and is an avid fan of the Michigan Wolverines. Jeff currently resides in Maumee. He has two adult children, a son and daughter and is blessed with two young granddaughters Bren and Kenly who are 6 months and 21 months old. Jeff is a returning member of the Presbyterian church. Jeff and his daughter were baptized together in the Presbyterian church in Toledo.
The Youth Group students and parents are busy planning, preparing and practicing for the upcoming fundraiser titled A New Stage. The event will take place on Saturday, March 10 and begins at 5:15pm. Tickets are $10.00 per person and can be purchased on Sundays from 10:00am - 10:30am in Fellowship Hall and from 10:30am to 11:00am in the Narthex. Tickets can also be purchased in the church office at 419-725-9061
The Youth Group will be participating in an intergenerational activity and worship service on Ash Wednesday, February 22. We will be having our normal meal time beginning at 5:30pm with activities beginning at 6 pm. The worship service will begin at 7:00pm in the Chapel.
Joys and Concerns
June Baker Swan Creek Health Care
Bill Bonser St. Luke's ICC
Dolores Finch Flower Hospital
Glenn Meerdink Home
Our collegiates of the week are Andrew Bova and Craig Blaisman. Members may send a card or note to Andrew at SMC 1047, Carnegie Mellon University, 5032 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15289. Andrew's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Members may send a card or note to Craig at 317 N. Enterprise, Bowling Green, OH 43402. Craig's e-mail address is email@example.com. Please keep them in your prayers.
Our home centered member of the week is Lucille Marquardt. Members may send a card or note to her at Lutheran Home at Wolf Creek, 2015 Perrysburg Holland Road, #106, Holland, OH 43528. Please keep Lucille in your prayers.
The sympathy of our congregationis offered to Holly Thomas and her family on the death of her father Dr. James Bradford, who died on Saturday February 4th. His obituary can be viewed online at the Toledo Blade website.
14th Elena Stansbury
15th Julie Bodette, Amy Sheets
16th Betty Reynolds John & Vicky Hudson (38th)
17th Marisa Abbott
18th Katie Gaster, Luc Langlois, Nancy Schneider
19th Bruce Russell, Joseph Syrnichenko
20th Diane Haas, James Stahl
21st Ellen Flemming, Matthew Hudson Robert & Dori Boggs (36th)
In Worship this Week: Sunday, February 19th
8:00 a.m. in our Chapel Service. Pastor Steve Nelson is preaching. Confirmand Mike Cole is Liturgist.
9:00 a.m. at the Edge Service in Fellowship Hall. Pastor Steve Nelson is preaching.
11:00 a.m. in our Sanctuary Service. Pastor Steve Nelson is preaching. Ginny McCook is Liturgist. Our Chancel Choir sings "My Savior" by Don Besig.
|Sunday Worship Schedule
8:00 am Chapel Service 9:00 am The Edge Service
10:20 am Children of God Bible Time 11:00 am Sanctuary Service