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  • Church and Home NOVEMBER 2014

    “Boldly with Christ We Belong, Believe, Grow and Reach Out”

    First Presbyterian Church 1901 W Leota Street

    North Platte, NE 69101

    Telephone: (308) 532-1083 Fax: (308) 532-2968

    Web site: Church e-mail address:


    PASTOR: Polly K. Deppen-Williams

    Admin Assist: Naomi Okoye

    Custodian: Regan Brown

    Choir Director: Connie McCreery

    Bells Director: Ann Jones

    Child Care: Deb Welsh

    ELDERS Clerk of Session:

    Jon Beggs Larry Pedersen, Treasurer

    Scott Baker Doris Craig

    Lowell Fenster Darlene Finke Chuck Francis

    Rhonda Godbey JoAnne Greene

    Ann Jones Dean Kurth Ned Mack

    Martha Orcutt Glenn Petersen

    Deb Weitzel Jim Whitney

    DEACONS Jody & Tim Hudson

    Glenda Feeney Jim McClymont

    Marlene Minshull Maxine Mulder

    Christina Ochsner Scott Orr

    Susan Peters Betty Priel

    Irene & Danny Ridgway Bev & Cecil Sallee

    Maris Schad Gertrude Stewart

    Doris Wells

    PW Moderator: Joyce Kohler Vice Moderator: Dixie Francis

    Dear Friends,

    Have you noticed that Thanksgiving seems to get lost in between Halloween and Christmas? The wonderful thing about Thanksgiving is that it causes us to think about the blessings in our lives and to give thanks to God for these blessings. As you gather with family or friends or both for the holiday, I hope you will take time to share your blessings with one another. Recently, I came across this prayer and I wanted to share it with you. Perhaps it will be a prayer you can use at the table for your Thanksgiving meal.

    Prayer of Thanksgiving by Vienna Cobb Anderson

    God of all blessings, source of all life, giver of all grace: We thank you for the gift of life: for the breath that sustains life, for the food of this earth that nurtures life, for the love of family and friends without which there would be no life. We thank you for the mystery of creation: for the beauty that the eye can see, for the joy that the ear may hear, for the unknown that we cannot behold fill- ing the universe with wonder, for the expanse of space that draws us beyond the definitions of our selves. We thank you for setting us in communities: for families who nurture our be- coming, for friends who love us by choice, for companions at work, who share our burdens and daily tasks, for strangers who welcome us into their midst, for people from other lands who call us to grow in understanding, for children who lighten our moments with delight. We thank you for this day: for life and one more day to love, for opportunity and one more day to work for justice and peace, for neighbors and one more person to love and by whom be loved, for your grace and one more experi- ence of your presence, for your promise: to be with us, to be our God, and to give salvation. For these, and all blessings, we give you thanks, eternal, loving God, through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen. May the month of November bring you joy as you remember the many bless- ings God has given each of us. May you be thankful! Thanking God for each one of you! Grace & Peace,

    Pastor Polly

  • FPC & ME Our children and youth gather each Wednesday for fellowship, food, fun, and Bible study. In the story of Moses God showed that he had a plan – a plan for his people. Moses questioned his call to lead, but God reassured him, “I will be with you.” The prophet Jonah tried to run from God's call. Trapped in the whale, Jonah came to understand that God would give him a second chance. Jonah went on to speak for God. Knowing God will be with me and knowing God will give me another chance is valuable knowledge for God's children of any age.

    In worship the children are meeting other prophets and sharing their message for the coming of a Messiah. Micah; the Messiah will be born in Bethlehem. Jeremiah; the Messiah will be of David's family. Isaiah; the Messiah will come as a child. As we move toward Advent we will see how these prophesies play out. On a recent beautiful fall evening we closed our time together around the campfire. What better way to know God's presence: beautiful fall foliage, a slight hint of chill in the air, the smoky warmth of a campfire, smiles and laughter, biting into a s'more I made myself!

    Senior High toilet paper mummies and charades!

  • We express our sympathy to Dick & Evelyn Headen on the death of their daughter, Elizabeth, ‘Beth’, who passed away August 31

    To our (former) church family at First Pres.: We wanted to let you know that our daughter, Elizabeth, died on August 30th, following a long I llness related to myotonic muscular dystrophy. She was in a rehab facility and making progress toward independence when she went into cardiac arrest and died. Details are on Liz's Caring Bridge site under "Elizabeth Gillespie." (The North Platte church knew her as Beth. Dick served as pastor there from 1973 -79.) Dick & Evelyn Headen (612) 618-6914

    We express our sympathy to the family of Doris Kugler who passed away October 8.

    We express our sympathy to Joan Callahan and family on the death of Bill who passed away October 15.

    Fellowship Time!!!

    MS Friendship meets Friday, November

    6:00pm at Merricks

    RSVP to Deb Welsh or Rhonda Godbey if you plan to attend.

    ALL are welcome!

    You are cordially invited to the 100th Birthday Celebration in honor of George Robertson on Saturday, November 22, from 2-4pm in the Linden Estates Dining Room.

    1 Shad Connick John Zachry 2 Rhonda Godbey John Handlin 3 Ford Craig 4 Pennie Mattke 6 Gaylene Lombardi Linda Nelson 7 Regan Brown Nick Henline Sam Henline 8 Sarah Kaminski Tammy Miller 9 Drew Callaghan 10 Tanya Connick

    10 Matt Williams 12 Rosalyn Finke Dave Glenn Lyle Johnson Clif Orcutt 15 Katie Ackerman 16 Jackson Erickson 17 Nicole Weitzel 19 Mary Mougey 20 George Robertson Blakeley Staroska Becky Tiedeman 21 Doris Craig 22 Amy Cauffman 23 Derek Finke 26 Susan Petersen 27 Melvin Ackerman 28 Tom Callaghan Carroll Miller 30 Ally Pierce

    November Anniversaries 11/02/1985 Kay & Doug Wright 11/04/2006 Chad & Jennifer Finke 11/10/1946 Margaret & Roland Johnson 11/16/1968 Nancy & Stephen King 11/25/1960 Maris & Murray Schad

    The congregation is invited to provide poinsettias for Christmas.

    There are 2 ways to participate: * Buy a poinsettia in full. A poinsettia is $15.00. ___ Check yes, if you want to take yours after the 7:00pm worship service on Christmas Eve (24). Name those for whom your plant is in memory of or in honor of.

     Contribute toward the purchase of a poinsettia. Name those for whom your plant is in memory of or in honor of.

    The names of all donors will be printed in the bulletin.

    Orders must be in by December 5.

    (in memory of / in honor of ) please circle______________________________ Your name ________________________________________

  • Adventures of Bob and Kristi Rice Democratic Republic of Congo / Kanaga, West Kasai

    Keeping up With the Rices In June, Bob and Kristi Rice went to Mutoto for the graduation ceremony at the Pastoral Institute. It was a huge celebration, the event of the year for this village. Along with pastoral studies, they were taught trades of carpentry, sewing and rais- ing livestock. When the graduates go out to serve as Pastors in rural villages they will have a trade to help support their families. As you can see in the picture, they are wearing the green choir robes that our church sent them.

    By the end of July, the curriculum for teaching the Christian faith in primary schools was finally produced and distributed. Bob and Kristie spent many long days working with the group to get this finished.

    In August, they had the grand opening of the Diteke- mena program. This is a first step of the Congolese Presbyterian Church to address the challenges faced by families as they care for their children. They have rescued 23 children that live on the streets. They are being cared for as a group at a center in Kananga, with the goal of reinserting them into their families of origin or foster families. Local churches are being trained and empowered to give emotional, spiritual and food support to these families who welcome the children. This program was started with a generous grant from Presbyterian Women. Please pray for these children.


    MTD YTD Receipts Receipts Actual: $9,545.25 $149,513.61 Budget: $19,351.24 $174,161.16

    MTD YTD Expenses Expenses Actual: $18,415.65 $183,574.61 Budget: $23,305.72 $193,850.46

    Annual Youth Turkey Dinner Sunday, November 23

    The annual Youth Turkey Dinner will be held November 23rd following morning worship. The senior high will be hosting it. Your donations will be used for youth activities.

    Contact Renee Callaghan or Susan Petersen if you would like to help.

    Thanksgiving Day Dinner

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