A fire broke out at the home of Pine City resident Kelly Darwin on the morning of January 5, 2016. She had just arrived at her job at Pine Technical and Community College when she got word of the fire. By the time she arrived back at her mobile home, she found two fire departments there fighting the fire. Her home was engulfed in flames. Kelly lost everything in the fire including her beloved cat, Teqi. Left with her truck and the clothes on her back, Kelly is beginning the process of trying to rebuild her life.
Her residence – recently remodeled – was underinsured and Kelly is facing thousands of dollars just in cleanup costs as well as paying the fire departments for their services. All of this is in addition to finding a place to live, furnishing it, paying security deposits, and so on. Kelly has two adult children, Ron and Alicia, and is currently staying with them, alternating between their houses in Lindstrom and Forest Lake. She also has a younger son who lives with her, Coltin, a 2014 Pine City High School graduate.
In order to help Kelly, First Presbyterian Pine City will be hosting a Chili Meal, Raffle and Silent Auction on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, from 5:00 to 6:30 PM. at the church (405 Main Street South). The meal will include chili, cornbread, and a beverage. Donations for the meal and all proceeds from the raffle and silent auction will go to help Kelly with her expenses. This benefit dinner will take place at the church The entire Pine City community is invited to this event.
Businesses and organizations who are willing to contribute toward the Silent Auction and Raffle should contact the church office (email@example.com) for more information. All donations are tax deductible. A donation can be something as simple as a gift certificate to your business, a product, or perhaps a gift basket of products. If you would like to make a monetary donations it should be made payable to First Presbyterian Church with a notation that it is for the Helping Kelly Rebuild fund.
All are invited to join us for a traditional Candlelight Service on December 24 as we explore how God works in a messy world!
Join us this Saturday for our annual Cookie Sale and Chili Lunch. This event is a part of the annual Christmas Marketplace which include three other participating churches. Be sure to check out the things happening at the Evangelical Free Church (craft show) , Our Redeemer Lutheran (bake sale), and the Immacualte Conception Catholic Church (breakfast).
Our church is implementing a new way to fund our giving to world missions called Faith Promise. Faith Promise has been used for decades by various churches and denominations with great success. Here’s a brief rundown of how it works:
What is Faith Promise
Faith Promise is a promise to give a certain amount – over and above your regular giving – to support the work of world evangelism through our church. You trust God by faith to provide what he would direct you to give, and you have faith that he will supply for other needs which arise as you proceed in giving what you promised.
How the Faith Promise Plan Is Carried Out
At the end of our Mission Emphasis month each October you will be asked to indicate, on a special card provided, what amount you will give weekly or monthly for the next year.
The money given through Faith Promise Missions will be used by the Mission and Outreach Team to support our church’s missionaries and other special missions projects. The Faith Promise Missions money can be placed in the offering plate during any service of the church. It must be marked “Faith Promise Missions.”
What it is not
1. It is not a pledge! You sign nothing. No one but God knows what you promised.
2. It is not something that someone will call on you to collect.
3. It is not to be taken away from your tithes & offerings.
Start praying now about what God would – by faith – have you give to support our mission efforts to reach people all around the world with the Good News about Jesus!
Our Mission and Outreach Ministry Team and church elders have voted to officially support Randy and Wanda Potratz both financially and in prayer as they prepare for a return to the mission field in Niger. Randy and Wanda shared with us this past spring and they will be with us again on October 25 as part of our Mission Emphasis Month. We will be able to hear from them personally in more detail about their ministry and all of the preparation they are doing prior to returning to Niger.
About Their Ministry In Their Own Words:
“Our vision is to share the love of Jesus with Nigeriens and the mission community, through literacy, discipleship, and technical services. We desire to return to the field with SIM in the fall of 2016, first with language school in Quebec and then on to Niger. Until then we are building our support team, being trained, and ministering to those we come in contact with here. We stand ready to return earlier to the field if the Lord so provides. We seek to return to where we know we have ample ministry opportunities that fit what how Lord has gifted us. We have a heart for the people and country of Niger, that we feel the Lord has given us, so that we may serve more effectively in that country.”
Timeline for Return to Niger
- Summer 2016 – Take the how-to-learn-a-language course
- Fall 2016 – French language school in Quebec City in Canada. Language School is a full school year.
- Summer 2017 – Depart for Niger, West Africa. We intend to minister in Niger, except for short trips home, until Fall of 2020. At that point we would, Lord-willing, consider another four years of service.
Worship Service at the Fair will be held next Sunday, August 2, at 10:00 am. Join us for this annual event as we worship with the Pine City Evangelical Free Church for a service open to all Pine County Fair workers and attendees. The worship service will take place at the band shell on the fairgrounds. This year we will enjoy the ministry of Teen Challenge Men’s Choir and be encouraged as they share with us from God’s Word.
No service will be held at the church that Sunday.
Join us this Sunday, July 5, at our regular worship time – 10:30 a.m. – for our worship service and church potluck picnic at the home of Margaret Holler, 13827 Cross Lake Road, in Pine City. Margaret is our church’s oldest member and recently celebrated her 100th birthday. She has graciously opened up her lakeside property for us to enjoy our annual picnic.
In addition to our regular worship service, we will be challenged from God’s Word by guest speaker Jordan Spahr. Jordan is will be in his second year at the University of Northwestern – St. Paul. Jordan is a 2014 graduate of Pine City High School and has spoken for our church on two previous occasions.
Come for the worship – stay for the food! Regular attenders are asked to bring a dish to share, your own table service and a lawn chair to sit in. Beverages will be provided.
Check out our Facebook page for a full album of pictures from this year’s annual Pontoon Progressive Supper! We had a little rain to start, but a lot of fun, food and fellowship for the afternoon!
If you missed our tribute to dads during the worship service on Father’s Day you can check out the video we showed below. Thanks to all the dads and granddads in our church family and for the legacy you leave behind!