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!
Be sure not to miss this Sunday, June 14, when we will be we will welcoming special guest speaker Randy Potratz who will be sharing with us during the worship service. Randy and his wife, Wanda, will be here and will share some of their adventures on the mission field in Niger as well as opening up God’s Word for us in a message titled “Get Off Your Island”. You won’t want to miss this special week.
Journey through Exodus and Beyond
Join us throughout the summer for our new series, Learning to Live: The Exodus and Beyond. Throughout the summer we will be going on an adventure through Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy as a part of our church-wide Old Testament Challenge. Find out what it means to live as the people of God and how we are to live with one another.
Come Celebrate Spring with us at our annual Spring Salad Luncheon featuring homemade salads, bread, bars and a beverage. There is no set charge but a Free Will Offering will help cover costs and go to support the ministries offered by the Presbyterian Women of FPPC. Meal is served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
If you’re enjoying the series on Genesis and would like to dig a little deeper, I’ve found John H. Walton’s book, The Lost World of Genesis One to be particularly helpful and very interesting as it explores the culture and worldview of the Ancient Near East and how that helps shed light on our understanding of the first chapters of Genesis. His commentary on Genesis in the NIV Application Commentary series is also exceptional. (Plus, what a great name for a writer, right?)