Daily Devotional 

October 26-Nov. 1, 2020

Julian of Norwich centuries ago wrote:
“Out of His goodness, God made us. Out of His goodness, He keeps us. When man had sinned, He redeemed us, again out of His goodness. Then do you not suppose that God will give His children
the best of everything out of His goodness?” (Quoted by Tozer on the Holy Spirit, June 15)
Amen and amen! Venture forth with great expectations of God’s goodness in your life this week! — Pastor Deb
Rebirth and Renewal
Paul to Titus, a friend/helper who was a church leader in Crete.

Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and
pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone. (Titus 3:1-9)

So from now on, we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:16-17)John 3:1-9 The Message
Follow these links to the devotion questions for the day.
Week 2- Sept. 21-27              Sermon: Fruit of the Spirit
Week 4- Oct. 5-11             Sermon: Spirit Poured Out on All
Week 5- Oct. 12-18                Sermon: Jesus’ Promise of the Spirit
Week 6- Oct. 19-25           Sermon: Born of the Spirit
Week 7- Oct. 26-Nov 1      Sermon: Rebirth and Renewal

admin, October 26, 2020 - 12:06 pm

Update on Baby Arthur. He is off life support and improving slowly.

admin, October 26, 2020 - 12:03 pm

Please pray for Christine who has been admitted to the hospital for COVID and blood clots; pray also for her family. Pray for those who have evacuated due to the fires in Colorado and California. Pray also for the firefighters and other first responders. Please pray for those who are ill with COVID and those who are caring for them. Pray for LeRoy, Connie, Jack, Joan, Nadine, Shirley, Carl, Judy, Pat and Doyle, Suzanne, Pat and Teresa. Pray for Pat who will be having surgery Wednesday.

~~~First Presbyterian Church~~~


The Choir Organ has 694 pouches to be endowed at $60 each.

As of the end of September, we currently have $11,683.99 of the $34,440 needed.

To find out more, go here.

Ingathering Sunday

The Ingathering of our 2021 pledges is Sunday, Nov. 1. The Trustees are asking you to prayerfully consider what you can give this coming year. Your pledges help us know how to plan for staffing, programs and ministries. We have had changes in staffing in 2020 and have needed to make some adjustments as we adapt to doing ministry post-pandemic. We would like to plan for the next year as if we are returning to some form of ‘normal,’ as that continues to evolve in the coming months.  

Poinsettias are ordered in November and    displayed in the sanctuary beginning the first Sunday of Advent (this year Nov. 29!) until Epiphany (Jan. 6).  You can buy as many plants as you wish. You can take them home the day they come in, Nov 24, or on Christmas Eve. Most people like to buy them in memory or in honor of loved ones; those tributes will be shared in an insert at the Christmas Eve service and in the January Connections

 First Presbyterian Church 
Welcome Home
First Presbyterian Church of Burlington, Iowa is nestled in the downtown area and close to the famous  Snake Alley, which was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records to being “The Crookedest Street in America”. The church was built in 1888 with limestone, timber and a lot of stained glass. There is more than 160 years of Presbyterian history at this location. Click below to see pictures and history.
Go here to read more about the
history of First Presbyterian Church.

Powerful Storm Hits Iowa.  PEIA Responds

Derecho Response Update
In response to the derecho storm disaster, the Presbytery of East Iowa set up a Disaster Response Task Force (DRTF) and applied for a $7500 grant from Presbyterian Disaster Relief. PDA also set up a fund for disaster relief in Iowa and an additional $20,000+ has been received. This is great news! This last week, the DRTF authorized $2000 go to the food pantries run by the Presbyterian Church in Atkins and Loaves and Fishes at Westminster in Cedar Rapids, both of which lost freezers of food in the power outage. In addition, they authorized $3000 be given to the Hoover Community Food Pantry. This pantry, run out of Hoover Elementary on NW Cedar Rapids, is especially important to many of the refugee families in nearby apartments that devastated. The DRTF is checking in with other food pantries in the area to see if they also need funds.

In addition, the DRTF sponsored a Back to School BBQ at Westminster in Cedar Rapids. Over 450 hotdogs and hamburgers were served and an estimated 250 students received school supplies. On Saturday, September 5, one-hundred and one Presbyterians volunteered to help cut down limbs and move tree debris at an All Iowa Service Day at Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Retreat Center. The crew of volunteers helped clear 70 acres of woods and Prairie.
“One day the needs of the world will be so great that the trees will
split open and offer their wisdom to heal a broken world.”

To donate to the Presbytery of East Iowa’s Disaster Fund

Presbytery of East Iowa
1700 S. 1st Ave. Ste 23
Iowa City, IA 52240
Please write “Disaster Recovery Fund” in the memo line.
If you prefer, you may donate online using Paypal. Click here to donate  
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has established an Iowa Derecho Fund.  Please click here to donate.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH | 321 N 5th | BURLINGTON, IA, 52601 | 1stpresb@1stpresb.org | 319-752-6626 | 

3 Responses to “Home”

  1. Ellen Hamilton says:

    I am inquiring about the rose window. I think it is in honor of a young woman who was a member of the church. She died when she was at the university of Iowa.

    • admin says:

      Ellen, honestly I have no idea. I wish I did. I am in the process of going through history. Fingers crossed I will come across it. In the mean time I will be asking some of the members who have grown up in this church.

  2. Kelle says:

    Ellen, I talked to a few people and Polly said that the Eastman family donated it a long time ago. She could not remember the year though. 😉

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