Annual Community Worship Service

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Join us for our Community Worship Service at the Pine County Fair on Sunday, August 7, at 10 a.m. We will join together with area churches for this annual event which will be held in the Fair’s bandshell. The worship team from Pine City Evangelical Free Church will be providing music and Pastor Rob will be bringing a message from God’s Word. Invite your friends and plan on a great morning as we gather together. (There will not be services at the church building that Sunday as all are invited to attend this service.)

New Student Ministry Launch

youth-groupAn all-new student ministry is launching at First Pres on February 24. All students in 7-12th grades are invited to attend as we gather each week on Wednesday nights from 6:15-7:30 p.m. Weekly meetings will be filled with games, teaching from God’s Word, and the opportunity to connect with other students and caring adults as they grow in their walk with Christ. Our kickoff event on the 24th will also feature a free pizza party.

In addition to weekly Youth Group meetings, students will also enjoy monthly special event opportunities. All students not already attending an area youth ministry are invited to attend. Students: Grab a friend and be a founding member of this new group!

Help Kelly Rebuild – Benefit Dinner February 17 at FPPC

12573064_955071881214436_6630072541612945378_nA 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.

12565368_955046994550258_8377389582944051645_nIn 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 ( 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.12654571_954998157888475_3836862914259721684_n

Cookie Sale and Chili Lunch

Cookie Sale 2015Join 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).

Faith Promise


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!

Introducing Our New Missionaries

Our MissionPicture2 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 iNigers 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.


Summer Sermon Series

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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.

Digging Deeper on Genesis One

indexIf 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?)