On Ground Hog’s Day, he saw his shadow which means that there were six weeks to spring. That would put us right in the middle of March, just before the first day of spring! Praise God!
I am looking forward to experiencing spring in Allegan. I am thinking about the wonderful colors that will come springing forth. After a bleak, cold winter it will be a refreshing change to see the community come alive in so many important ways!
The Community Lunch at First Presbyterian Church of Allegan will be closed unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 14, due to illness and unexpected family emergencies of both several staff and volunteers. We will resume operations next week, February 21.
See you next week.
“I give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted your name and your word above everything.” (Psalm 138:2)
It has been three months since my arrival in Allegan. During that time, I have experienced downtown life through Festive Fridays, having Carolers on my porch and the ball drop at the Waterfront. I have experienced some snow and lots of bitter cold weather. Throughout the season, I am thankful for the ways that God showed his faithfulness and love through interactions with members and neighbors of Allegan.
The season of Advent/Christmas is one of my favorites. There is something about Christmas that brings out the best in people. It just seems that people in general are more generous, more loving, more friendly, more caring, and more neighborly from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. I have found this to be true regardless of my location; whether, in the city, a suburb or in rural America. I believe that it could be the lights that seems to change us for the better.
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined.” Isaiah 9:1 (NRSV)
Just a reminder that all events scheduled at First Presbyterian Church of Allegan — including the Community Lunch — are cancelled if Allegan Public Schools closes for weather-related conditions, including fog and snow. (In the case of a 2-hour school delay or bad weather on a weekend, church leaders will determine whether or not to cancel events then share the info via media outlets and phone calls.)
This article captures a devotion that Elder Sally Trabulsi shared as the Session began its February 2017 meeting before considering how to proceed with calling a pastor to serve with First Presbyterian Church of Allegan.
Life is full of tough decisions. Is it any wonder that congregation members have difficulty responding when asked what the church should look like in the future? For each of us has gone through a lifetime full of tough decisions, and we hesitate every time to make a choice. People hate making decisions, mostly because we’re terrified of making the wrong one.
We Seek to Reflect God’s Grace…
When we understand that we are loved by God, we immediately ask ourselves, “Why”? We remember all of the things that we do to ourselves and do to others to not live into our God given potential are sin. Our sin and guilt keep us from growing closer in a relationship with God. The good news is that there is grace from God and forgiveness. We are called to reflect that grace and forgiveness from God to others.
A daily devotional can assist in keeping us on track concerning how we reflect God’s love, grace and forgiveness to others. Click below to go to the D365 Devotional.
On October 15, 2017, the members and friends of First Presbyterian Church of Allegan welcomed their new Pastor, Kathy Nealand. After 18 months, the Search Committee was happy to announce the appointment. Pastor Kathy brings to our community 12 years of ordained ministry. She loves the Lord with her whole heart, mind, body and soul and loves all people as God loves her. She has a passion for encouraging congregations grow both in faith and number. God has truly blessed us for leading her to leave her home to come and serve our congregation. We look forward to what God will do through us as we enter this new season of our beloved church and community!