Worship - August 6, 2017- Sermon: Hidden in Plain View” Rev. Kim Rodrigue

"Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs. -- Jesus


We are blessed with the happy condition of having lots of children! Please join us for a meeting after church next Sunday, August 13.

We'll talk about:

  • Christian education
  • Children in worship
  • Preparing children for communion
  • Child protection policy
  • Any other questions you might have. 

We will meet in rooms 207 and 208 so the children will be close by. 

Cheese, crackers, carrots & hummus will be provided. Feel free to bring a snack lunch if you want more. You may use the fridge in the kitchen if you need to.


One of my commitments in my weekly work schedule is to have some set hours at a place outside the church building. Sometimes people are more comfortable talking with a pastor outside of the walls of a church. It may be a time for you to drop by or to bring a friend to visit. You don't have to have a particular need to stop by, but it is fine if you do.

It’s a time for conversation on anything from personal matters to church concerns to world peace – or anything else.

It is also a good way for me to meet people who aren't already in the church, but who may have interest in issues of spirituality and meaning. I will be your face in the community when I do this. I’ve decided to add some hours at the end of the day, and to do them at a place that serves beer and wine.

Now you can raise a cold one with me if you’d prefer that to coffee!

Pastor Kim’s coffee & beer hours:

  • Tuesday, August 8 – 7-9am                  Rue De La Course (S. Carrollton & Oak St.)
  • Wednesday, August 9 – 5-7pm            Ale on Oak (8124 Oak Street)

I will continue to be at the church on Wednesday afternoons from 2-4 for anyone who wants to drop by. I'm glad to meet with you at another time, either at the church or someone else. Just call or email me at kim@fpcno.org to set up a time.

The FPCNO adult Bible study takes place every Sunday morning from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM in the Session room. Each week we read and discuss the current lesson from "The Present Word" Bible study series (published quarterly by PCUSA). Our Sunday morning gatherings are informal and typically consists of approximately 6 to 8 participants. All are welcomed to attend. Coffee and refreshments are served.



  • 9:30pm                   Adult Bible School                       Session room
  • 11am                       Sunday Worship                         Sanctuary
  • 6pm-9pm                    Cuban Salsa                            Fellowship Hall


  • 1pm-3pm               Program of Hope Setup                 Sanctuary


  • 7pm-10pm            “Big Easy” AA Group                     Fellowship Hall(Anyone needing guidance is welcome to come)


  • 9am-10:30am            Program of Hope                      Sanctuary (worship, and outreach to less fortunate, all are welcome to volunteer or seek help)


  • 6pm-7pm                 Meditation Service                     Session room


  • 8pm-11pm                 Tango dancing                         Fellowship Hall


Commissioning Service to call Rev. Kimberly Rodrigue to ministry at First Presbyterian Church

Sunday, September 3rd at 2:00pm in the Sanctuary

followed by a Labor Day-themed Reception

Please save the date for this special day in the life of the church as we gather to turn the next page for First Pres. This event will be extra special as Rev. Jan Edmiston will lead the service. Rev. Edmiston is the co-moderator of the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Serving as a pastor, a theologian, and a writer, Rev. Edmiston is a bold but calming voice in the life of the Presbyterian Church in particular, but also in the wider Christian Church across the U.S. She’s served in churches from New York State to Virginia to Illinois, and currently serves as associate executive presbyter for ministry in the Presbytery of Chicago.

Her blog, A Church for Starving Artists, examines the life of Christians today, pursuing the changes and challenges facing churches and leaders as they strive to minister to a hungry world. She has been an active voice for social justice as well as in the area of church revitalization and new church development. She co-moderates the 222nd General Assembly along with her good friend Rev. Denise Anderson, a term that will conclude in 2018. The General Assembly is the ruling body of the Presbyterian Church and is typically led by a moderator and vice-moderator chosen every two years. This was the first time the General Assembly elected co-moderators and the first time an all-female slate was chosen.

*The 2pm service will be the only service at First Presbyterian on September 3rd and everyone is encouraged to come enjoy this special afternoon service as we welcome guests and make Pastor Kim’s position here with us official.  

Service music to be provided by May Ball on First Presbyterian’s 100-year old Opus 635 (1916) Austin Organ.


Friday, August 4, 2017

Presbyterian Fun Fact

There are about 75 million Reformed/Presbyterian Christians worldwide and about 2.5 million belong to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).


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