Last Sunday, we gathered for worship and worked through the newness of masks and social distancing. The joy was palpable from singing and praying in the same room. It was great to be back.
So join us! No need to sign up. Just come for 9 am Contemporary and 11 am Classic Reformed.
As of now, there is no gathered Sunday school or nursery, but we will let you know as soon as this is figured out. For the foreseeable future, we will continue to follow guidelines regarding wearing masks, using the North Blvd entrance, and sitting in designated distancing areas by household groups.
No matter what happens, God's seed and harvest time never stops: even during a pandemic. Albert & Adraine White of sister church Abounding Love Ministries, share how our seeds of love via social media, texts, phone calls, food donations . . . are the seeds of Christ's love. Genesis 8: 22.
Darin Travis is the First Presbyterian Church Director of Discipleship. He and his wife Barat, have tapped into the RightNow Media resource of over 20,000 Biblical videos. It's like Netflix for Christian Bible study!
A heartfelt thank you from Nancy Zito, Founder and Principal of Gardere Community Christian School, to First Presbyterian members who have donated food to the school's underserved students and their families.
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us (Romans 5: 3-5).
Gerrit explains how to prepare for participating in Thursday’s 7 pm Service of Shadows. Four candles, a piece of bread and a cup of wine or juice, and you’re set to interact with the passion of Jesus and connect to him, together with our whole church, through the Lord’s Supper.
Links to watch the Service of Shadows are below. The video will be available at 7 pm Thursday, April 9.
Our beloved pastoral care minister Jim Solomon invites us to the challenge of Tuesday lunch-fasts and how such practice can ignite your prayer life. Jim also asks that you check out the guidelines and insights on fasting that are included on our denomination’s website (epc.org) especially if you will fast not only on Tuesdays at lunch time but also the entire day on Good Friday, April 10.
In part 2, counselor Sherry Kadair shows how to deal with the discomforting feelings arising from these strange times. Avoiding outright denial or total giving in to emotion, we Christians can take raw feelings before our Father and learn how he receives them.
FPC deacon and BRCCC therapist Sherry Kadair puts words to some of the strange feelings we’ve all been having. You’re not crazy! We’re having ordinary reactions to extraordinary circumstances.
Tuesday Lunch Fasts
Following Gov. Edwards' call last week for a statewide day of prayer and fasting, Senate Chaplain Rodney Wood invites all Louisianans, and pastor Jim Solomon invites all First Presbyterians who can, to make fasting from lunch a Tuesday routine. We can use this bit of deprivation to focus our prayers and ask for God’s mercy, grace and revelation upon our nation.
Are you breathing the toxic breath of stress these days? Tension and fatigue are in the air. But what if we could draw breaths that bring peace. Katie Forsthoff introduces the ancient spiritual technique of breath prayer.
All around town, parents are spending more time with their children. That’s a good thing, right? It may also be making you crazy. Jaime Carnaggio talks about what it’s like to go Mom-sane and how to beat that feeling.
If you would like a friendly voice, prayer, comfort, have live stream questions, or if you have a practical need for groceries or a pharmacy run, contact the church office (225.387.0617 or firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will get you connected.
Don't forget to download the church APP. The app has all the same information as the website, including connecting to the Sunday live stream, an option to give online and accessing all archived sermons.
If you would like a friendly voice, prayer, comfort, have live stream questions, or if you have a practical need for groceries or a pharmacy run, contact the church office at 225.387.0617 or click the link below to email us.
Here’s a new video encouragement for home worshipers that I made with Chris Phillips.
Also, big news. For the next two Sundays, at 10.30 am we will have online worship only, no live attendees!
Why? Well, not only to comply with health guidelines, but in order to change the format of the live stream so it appeals to more home viewers. The video will be more “up close and personal,” as Chris and I lead you through worship.
Also, send us your selfies from where you’re watching worship and any prayer requests to email@example.com. We’ll get the selfies on our Facebook page and show them next week too!
News on Palm Sunday to follow in about ten days.
Keep praying for each other, our city, our medical professionals, our nation and world.
It’s so hard to be apart! Seldom have we realized how precious it is to be together.
Technology gives us a chance to be connected, albeit without touch or eye contact.
So for the next few days, expect a brief video encouragement from me and other pastors and staff.
Our 10.30 am Sunday gatherings are limited to 50. You can sign up to be part of our "Live Fifty" below. We’ll have a waiting list in case some have to drop out: so if you sign up but can’t make it, you can let us know. Others can worship from home via the FPC live stream.
This week’s message will be Corona Christians.
If you would like a friendly voice, a prayer, some comfort, or if you have a practical need for groceries or a pharmacy run, contact the church office (225.387.0617 or firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will get you connected.
If you’d like to talk with a professional counselor by phone, you can contact our Baton Rouge Christian Counseling Center and they will have a counselor call you. (225.387-2287) or email BRCCC@brchristiancounseling.com.
Keep praying for each other. Keep checking on each other. Keep looking to Jesus!