What makes First Presbyterian special?
You will find First Presbyterian Church sitting near the bottom of Snake Alley on the corner of Washington Street and North 5th Street. Located in the heart of the city of Burlington, Iowa. You're always invited to worship with us!
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I would like to invite you to my blog. It offers insights on faith, ministry, beliefs and the church. It is non-political, very Christian, and is intended to stimulate thinking on what it means to live in the world as a Christian.
I have spent 50 years serving the Lord and reflect not only from that perspective, but now as one who enjoys retirement and the many blessings and oppurtunites the Lord provides. I believe this blog is just another way I can continue to share the Word and sing the Lord's song in what can be at times a strange land.
~Honorably Retired Rev. Dick Johnson, Adult Sunday Educator
link: Rev's Reflections
Our engagement with the community is a huge reason why we are special. Our involvement in the community includes the Backpack Program for the North Hill Elementary students, Sandwich Ministry (we make 36 sack lunches on Sunday to take to a local neighborhood), 5th Sunday Ministry (includes taking meals to firefighters and police, serving at the Salvation Army and Halfway House), hosting a monthly birthday party for Hope Haven friends, the Angel Tree Ministry at Christmas time, ringing the Salvation Army bell at Christmas, participating in the Paint-A-Thon and Take Away Hunger.
Our children's program is another ministry that we are proud of. The children have Sunday School at 9am September through May. During this time they also have children's choir and youth handbells. In the summer the kids get together for outside activities like going to the lake, the observatory, movies at the Drake and the swimming pool. They also go to Camp Wyoming, for which they can receive scholarships from the church to help with the cost. The children also have roles in the worship service; every age group has their own role, from presenting the Bible in early elementary to acolyte in the upper elementary to liturgist and ushering in high school. Every child is equally important to this congregation.
Pastor Deb willbe on vacation May 3-10. She will be away on study leave at Dubuque Theological Seminary May 21-29.
Upcoming Worship Schedule
May 5: NO COMMUNION; Elder Ed Whitmore preaching.
May 12: Communion, Recognized in the Breaking of the Bread, based on Luke 24:13-35; Special-Called Congregational Meeting following worship; Second Sunday Lunch following meeting.
May 19: Feed and Follow, based on John 21:1-19; Teacher Appreciation Sunday.
May 26: The Rev. Dr. Dick Johnson preaching.