First Congregational Church UCC
220 West Lyon Avenue
Lake City, Minnesota

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JANUARY 21, 2023

THE FISHERMEN IN JANUARY
     
     They always come around this time of year: the fishermen.

     It's always in the month of January, usually on the third or fourth Sunday, when we hear the biblical account of Jesus meeting some fishermen and inviting them to follow him. 

     They are his first disciples -  the first four of twelve disciples -  who remain with Jesus for about three years, observing him, learning from him, and sometimes even arguing with him and with each other.  It's not pretty.  And that's okay because we learn from them as they mirror our own human struggles to follow Jesus. 

     The timing of the fishermen in January is part of how the Church calendar follows the life of Jesus, which I have been explaining to you in previous Flow newsletters.  

      The fourth Sunday before Christmas begins the New Year of the Church with the season of Advent to anticipate the arrival of God's Messiah.  That leads us to Christmas Day on December 25 to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Messiah.  That's followed by Epiphany on January 6 to commemorate the arrival of the wisemen.  That's followed by the Baptism of Jesus on the Sunday after Epiphany.  And after that is the calling of the fishermen, which is the formal beginning of the ministry of Jesus as he gathers followers to accompany him and to help him in his work. 

    It's all a fantastic way to end our calendar year and begin our calendar year, all focused on the life of Jesus and his impact on our lives and the world!  For eight weeks now, since November 27, we have been looking at the life of Jesus in a very orderly, chronological way.  

    And that brings us to the fishermen, tomorrow.  Their story is not some spiritual spell that comes over them when Jesus says, "Follow me." There is something much deeper and human going on in the story of the fishermen. And it applies to all of us.

     I'll tell you more about it in my message tomorrow. 

     Hospitality will be served after worship.

     Join us for worship tomorrow at 10 a.m.  


-Pastor David

TOMORROW'S MESSAGE 

You've heard the familiar story about Jesus calling fishermen.  But why fishermen?  Why on the Sea of Galilee?  It has to do with daily life.  With the help of a pop song from the 80s (by a musician on tour this year) Pastor David will reveal why Jesus went to the fishermen and what it means to us.  

JOIN US IN CHURCH TOMORROW AT 10 A.M.

 
HOSPITALITY TIME IS ON!

STAY A WHILE AFTER WORSHIP.

AND SIGN UP TO SERVE. 

 
SUNDAY SCHOOL IS COOL!
ALL KIDS AGE 3 TO GRADE 5 ARE INVITED TO COME TO SUNDAY SCHOOL RIGHT AFTER THEIR "TIME FOR KIDS" WITH PASTOR DAVID IN WORSHIP.   THE KIDS ENJOY BIBLE STORIES, ACTIVITIES AND FRIENDSHIP.
CONFIRMATION GROUP 
Our Confirmation Group meets Wednesday nights, 6:30 to 7:30, at the church.  

Thank you for all the ways you give to our church.
Your financial support give us life. 
Thank you for your generosity.


If you are unable to attend worship, you may continue to make financial contributions through electronic transfer, and through checks in the mail.  
 
Mail your offerings to: 
First Congregational Church UCC
114 North Oak Street
Lake City, MN  55041
ENJOY THE NEW YEAR AT PASS IT ON!
Come and see the latest inventory at our Pass It On Thrift Shop, located two doors down from the church, at 118 North Oak Street.  We are full of seasonal décor, clothing, housewares, and curious finds, all at low prices, and all donated by generous people like yourself.  We donate thousands of dollars to community organizations that serve others, passing on the blessings we have received. On each Third Thursday, all clothing and shoes are half price. Sales happen regularly.  Follow us on Facebook. Consider being a volunteer. Hours: Mon. 10-4, Thurs. 4-7, Sat. 9-12.  Phone: 651-345-4901. 
CHECK OUT THE SPECIAL SALES AND EVENTS HAPPENING AT PASS IT ON THIS SEASON.  CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE TO VISIT THE PASS IT ON FACEBOOK PAGE.
WORSHIP WHILE YOU SIP
It's okay to bring your favorite coffee brew to enjoy in your pew during morning worship.  Fill up your travel mug or to-go cup and join us for worship at 10 a.m.
ARRIVING IN YOUR EMAIL AT 11 A.M.
Pastor David's Sunday Morning Reflection (a.k.a. "the illustrated sermon") is delivered by email at 11 a.m. Sundays. You can subscribe to receive them, and you can find previous Sunday messages in the archives on our website.  Click the image. 
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