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 Pastor's Corner

 

A Word from our Pastor

 

A Church Home

 

Church has always felt like home to me. I was the child of a Presbyterian minister. My husband and I raised four “PKs,” (Preacher’s Kids); who were made to feel at home in the church and sometimes acted too much at home. (Like the occasions where my children removed the sanctuary clock from the wall just before worship so they would know what time it was; one was seen on the roof of the church; they were all spoiled with ‘grandmothers’ and sweets, and were sometimes missing in action when worship began.)

 

Yet, FPC has struck me as being “home” in moving ways this spring. I am thrilled to see our out-of-state people return, and missing those who cannot return when they would like, due to health issues. Our affiliate members are greeted with warmth because we are so glad to have a new complexity to our fellowship as the weather also becomes more welcoming.

We have provided a place of safety and a shower for someone who is homeless. We have placed those who have died and were unclaimed in a lovely place of rest. We have prayed and reached out to those who cannot find their needs met in their own residences. We have assisted a church member take one step at a time to get her life on solid ground and to head toward having a home of her own, and helped another as she has moved between dwellings.

The challenges of being together “at home” are everywhere and we are being the Church in being a church home for each other. This is kingdom work. As Jesus reminds us—

In my Father’s house are many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?

Thank you for letting me abide with you, in our house of worship.

 

                                                            Yours in the Spirit,                                                   

Tempe'