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Message from the Pastor

Hello All,

Hope and pray this newsletter finds you safe and well.

This week, the lectionary text that we’ll be looking at, with the help of the Holy Spirit, is Matthew 21:23-32. In this text we find Jesus’ authority being challenged by the chief priests and elders of the temple. They didn’t like the idea that someone like Jesus was doing a better job than they were. So, Jesus returned their challenge in true rabbinic style by presenting their question with a question. Those challenging Jesus deserve credit for their answer, “We don’t know.”

After assuring them that he would not tell them where his authority came from, Jesus continued with the parable of the two sons. Their father approached each son separately, asking each to work in the vineyard. The first said no, but then later changed his mind and went. The second son said yes but didn’t go. Jesus then asked those present, “Who did the father’s will?” The answer? The first one. Jesus then shared how the people who the elite of the church looked down on were the ones who heard and believed God’s words spoken through John the Baptist. They responded by changing their hearts and lives and began helping to change the lives of others through their actions that were now centered in Christ.

As we go through this pandemic, we run the risk of becoming like those who were challenging Jesus’ authority. Not necessarily by challenging Jesus, but by becoming complacent in our responsibilities to the Holy Trinity and to each other. It is easy to let the pandemic and all the other man-made problems take center stage. But if we truly allow God full control of our lives, I firmly believe that we can make it through this pandemic and help to bring an end to systemic racism and violence.

As we read in Philippians 2: 1-4, the Apostle Paul reminds us that we must put ourselves aside and act, “If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.” (MSG)

Sisters and brothers don’t let the pandemic or anything else keep you from doing God’s work. I know we are tired and are feeling burned out, but we must do what we can to persevere. Make sure your taking time to be alone with God, that will always help. Then seek ways to help. For example, join the Parish Fellowship and Outreach team. This is a great way to help your sisters and brothers of the parish to be God’s hands and feet in our communities and beyond. And if you’re doing it for God, you just may be surprised how much you are able to accomplish. As we read in Philippians 2:12-13, “Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God. That energy is God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure.” (MSG) Sisters and brothers don’t let your faith become flat or your walk with Christ lose its cadence. Don’t end up like the son who, even with possibly the best of intentions, told his father that he would work in the vineyard only to get distracted and leave the work for others.

Please don’t lose hope, don’t lose your energy. Please stay safe and well. Together, with the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit, we will make it through these times.

Blessings and peace,

Pastor Paul

ANNOUNCEMENTS

September 27, 2020

  • The Paola Thrift Shop is now open- Hours are 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Donations are accepted only on Thursdays from 9:00 am-Noon and Saturday afternoons from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.  Parish Members are encouraged to help out with donations. The general public has not been able to donate due to COVID, therefore, it will take some time for them to realize the new donation schedule.  Thank you in advance for your help.
  • If you would like to volunteer as a Liturgist, please contact your church office.

What: Walk to Defeat ALS

Who: Team “All our Love for Suzy”

When: Saturday, October 3, 10:00 AM

Where: Paola High School track

ALS Continued: PLEASE READ: Since we will be using a district property for our walk, mask-wearing will be required.  Staff and students are required to wear masks while on school property so we would like to be respectful of their rules and guidelines since they are allowing us to use the property.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

  • DATE FOR AN ALL PARISH PICNIC-MARK YOUR CALENDARS: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH! At First Presbyterian Church Osawatomie, from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm.
  • If you or someone you know is unable to watch the worship service online or participate in online fellowship, please contact your church office for other ways to participate in worship. (DVD, VHS, CD, Cassette Tape, etc….)
  • To watch the live 11:00 am Service on Sunday and previously recorded services go to (Don’t forget to Subscribe and Follow) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDDMsp1jmJj8LCRA8pc1SrQ
  • NHP Kids TV is available at nhparish.org and click on Kids TV link.
  • Pastor Paul is available at 913-259-4235 if you need to talk or if you have a prayer concern.
  • The Food Pantry in Osawatomie is open on Wednesdays from 11:30-12:30. They are opening the Food Pantry up to Louisburg and Paola during this COVID-19 pandemic.
  • PACA: All food is welcomed during this unprecedented time.  Macaroni and cheese is especially needed, can evaporated milk, complete pancake mix and also the 5.5 oz complete pancake mix packages, pancake syrup, instant oatmeal, jelly, cereal, cookies bag mix. Or, a check can made out to PACA Food Pantry and sent to the FPC church office.

            Birthdays                                              Anniversaries

1st     John Farley                                           3rd     Bill & Lorrie Stull

7th     Meadow Stull                                         8th     Joe & Pat Fox

9th     Sulita Chathavong                                31st   Dale & Linda Prothe

14th   LuAnne Debrick

16th   Bonnie Dumpert

18th   Mary Ann Grimes

26th   Renee Haag

26th   Phyllis Stevens

30th   Doris War