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Pastor’s Corner (11/14/19)

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.”       French Proverb  Noted author Diana Butler Bass begins her newest book Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks with the above quote. Bass has written nine other books with a focus on American religion and spirituality. She was guest speaking in Lincoln this past weekend, November 8-10. In […]

Messenger – November 14 2019

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Pastor’s Corner (10/31/19)

For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”  In […]

Messenger – October 31, 2019

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Pastor’s Corner (10/17/19)

“For you I am a bishop, with you, I am a Christian”                                               St. Augustine This quote comes from St. Augustine’s sermon “On the Anniversary of His Ordination.” Last week, I had the privilege of attending a retreat for pastors in which one of our presenters told us this quote. […]

Messenger – October 17, 2019

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Pastor’s Corner (09/26/19)

Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the friends, even though they are strangers to you; they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on in a manner worthy of God; for they began their journey for the sake of Christ, accepting no support from non-believers. […]

Messenger – September 26, 2019

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Pastor’s Corner (09/12/19)

I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.                     Phil. 1:6 What a joyous weekend we just had as we celebrated the 150th anniversary of our congregation. About 50 of us gathered at Wyuka Cemetery on Saturday September […]

Messenger – September 12, 2019

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Pastor’s Corner (08/29/19)

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in […]

Messenger – August 29, 2019

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Pastor’s Corner (08/15/19)

“Always we begin again” St. Benedict The author of the Rule and founder of the Benedictine order reminds us that life is full of new beginnings. I am particularly mindful of this promise as we transition from summer to fall. As students are at the end of their first week of school here in Lincoln, […]

Messenger – August 15, 2019

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Pastor’s Corner (07/25/19)

After saying farewell to them, he went up to the mountain to pray.   Mark 6:46 After feeding the multitude, Jesus says farewell to the crowd and goes off to a mountain to pray. Undoubtedly, he was tired and ready for some rest and renewal. It must have been difficult for the crowd to say goodbye […]

Messenger – July 25, 2019

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Pastor’s Corner (07/11/19)

Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me […]

Messenger – July 11, 2019

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Pastor’s Corner (06/20/19)

While living in Prague, Czech Republic I was impressed by all the bridges. Many of them were newer and accommodated heavy traffic. However, the oldest and most well-known bridge is Charles Bridge which was built centuries ago. Due to its age and importance it had been made into a pedestrian bridge that accommodated visitors from […]

Messenger – June 20, 2019

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Pastor’s Corner (06/06/19)

“Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.”   Psalm 32:11 The author of Psalm 32 invites us to “be glad in the Lord and rejoice.” Although there are reasons that many of us feel tremendous sadness, there are also ample reason to be glad and […]

Messenger – June 6, 2019

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Pastor’s Corner (05/16/19)

“And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”  –  Matthew 25:40 For my Pastor’s Corner I want to invite you to read this article from our Outreach Team.  The Outreach […]

Messenger – May 16, 2019

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Pastor’s Corner (05/02/19)

Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.     Colossians 3:13 In my previous Pastor’s Corner I invited us to ponder the process of repentance and forgiveness as outlined by Marjorie Thompson in her six-session study entitled […]

Messenger – May 2, 2019

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Pastor’s Corner (04/18/19)

When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots to divide his clothing.  –  Luke 23:33-34 Throughout Lent […]

Messenger – April 18, 2019

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Pastor’s Corner (04/04/19)

“Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people.”  Karen Salmansohn At our most recent Outreach Team meeting, Team Leader Elaine Parman shared the above quote. She shared it as an invitation to guide our thinking about our ministry of Outreach on behalf of FCC. It also struck me as a powerful way of […]

Messenger – April 4, 2019

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Pastor’s Corner (03/21/19)

As a Mission Coworker with World Missions we had a mantra that really resonated for me; “We do mission in partnership.” This has really been a theme for me throughout my ministry. This sense of working in partnership is part of what attracted me to service here at FCC. This congregation nurtures and fosters ministry […]

Messenger – March 21, 2019

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Pastor’s Corner (3/07/19)

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. – – Luke 4:1-2 As the Messenger rolls out this […]

Messenger – March 7, 2019

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Pastor’s Corner (2/21/19)

Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!”  – – Luke 9:35 Arguments about who can be considered God’s Chosen have divided the faithful throughout the ages. In this passage from Luke, which we’ll read on the 3rd of March for Transfiguration of the Lord, we have […]

Messenger – February 21, 2019

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Pastor’s Corner (2/7/19)

Then David took his staff in his hand, and chose five smooth stones from the wadi, and put them in his shepherd’s bag, in the pouch; his sling in his hand, and he drew near to the Philistine Goliath.  –  I Samuel 17:40  Last Saturday, Feb. 2nd, 20 leaders from FCC gathered in the conference […]

Pastor’s Corner (1/24/19)

“Honor Our Past, Embrace Our Future”  Happy Anniversary! As the Messenger goes out today we mark the actual date of the founding of FCC, January 24, 1869. During our stewardship campaign last fall we had the theme “Honor Our Past, Embrace Our Future.” As we officially enter our 150th year we are invited to embody […]

Pastor’s Corner (1/10/19)

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”  Revelation 22:13 It seems a bit ironic that the last book of the Bible talks about God as the beginning and the end. As we move into the beginning of a New Year, many of us are undoubtedly […]

Pastor’s Corner (12/13)

Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”  – – Luke 1:38  This year we’re exploring Advent through the eyes of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. In our daily devotional I Am Mary Carol Howard Merritt invites us to traverse these weeks of […]

Messenger – Feb. 7, 2019

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Messenger – Jan. 24, 2019

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Messenger – Jan. 10, 2019

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Messenger – December 13, 2018

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November 29 Messenger

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November 2018 Newsletter (11/15)

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Pastor’s Corner (11/01)

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. John 1:5 The Messenger will come out on the 1st of November, All Saints Day. As I ponder my Pastor’s Corner for this edition of our newsletter, I’ve had a number of things float through my mind. Initially, I had thought I’d […]

Pastor’s Corner (10/18)

Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, […]

Pastor’s Corner (10/04)

“For we are God’s servants, working together.” 1 Corinthians 3:9 While living in Prague I came to appreciate the beauty and functionality of bridges. The Vltava River flows through the heart of the city and several bridges link the various parts of the city to one another. The Charles Bridge is world famous and dates […]