Installation of Our New Pastor

As an act of the Presbytery of Riverside, there will be a Worship Service on Saturday, March 25th, to officially install Rev. Cheryl Raine, as the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Redlands. The Rev. Dr. Sandy Tice will preach the Word and the Rev. Dr. Tina Blair will moderate the installing commission. Rev. Cheryl Raine will offer the benediction at the close of the service. The service will be followed by a brunch. The Worship Service will start at 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary and the brunch will be held in John Knox Hall.

Please join us in welcoming The Rev. Cheryl Raine

Cheryl Portrait

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Sitompul Memorial Services Celebrated

A memorial service was held in the sanctuary for Marudut Sitompul on Wednesday, March 15th, between 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. There was also a reception following the chapel and graveside service held at Montecito Memorial Park and Mortuary, in John Knox Hall, on Thursday, March 16th, from approximately 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. The family expresses their gratitude to all who helped them celebrate Marudut Sitompul’s life.

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Lenten Opportunities

We have already begun Lenten opportunities. Wednesday, March 1st was Ash Wednesday and we kicked off with the Imposition of Ashes both in Ed Hale Park downtown, and with an evening service in the sanctuary.

What’s upcoming?

Thursday, March 23rd, at 7:00 am we will meet in the sanctuary narthex for Lectio Divina. This devotional way of reading scripture, helps us glimpse how God might be speaking into our lives today.

Wednesday, March 29th, at 6:00 pm we will meet in John Knox Hall for our second Lenten Supper and Beatitude Study. We will further explore, “Blessed are the meek…” and “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.”

If you would like to be included in our “Beatitudes” email, send us your email address. Everyday through Lent you will receive an inspirational email with a short prayer. This is the one for Monday, March 20th:

Monday, March 20th

Do you recall these words from Apostle Paul to the church at Philippi? “Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited.” Jesus had access to all glory, honor, and power, yet he set it aside.  He chose to submit. “He emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.”  This is power reframed. This reframing begins to give us some new insights, as to what it truly means to be meek. The meek use their power differently. They surrender their power, so that it may be used to usher in the reign of God, as Christ did.

Prayer

Gracious and loving God, we admit that we struggle to surrender our power for causes other than our own. We know that we often pray, “on earth as it is in heaven,” but this is not easy. It is hard to give up what we want. It is hard to surrender control. Give us the courage to explore how we might use our power differently to usher in ever more fully your reign, O God. Amen.

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Check out the “Sermons” Page!

Pastor Cheryl’s sermon from March 12th has been added to the Sermons page and even if you were here on Sunday, you may want to read it. It is a thought-provoking, compelling piece, especially poignant for this time.

The sermon title for this coming Sunday is “Bon Appetite”. The Beatitude being explored is, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst…” Join us at the 9:30 a.m. worship service to learn what is meant by this intriguing title.

Also, just in case you missed the January and February issues of the newsletter, they have been added to the Messenger page.

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Welcome Pastor Cheryl Raine!

Cheryl Portrait

We are delighted to welcome the Rev. Cheryl Raine, our new pastor, to Redlands. Formerly of Garden Grove Presbyterian Church, she and her husband have moved to Redlands to join FPC Redlands.

You are invited to a special multicultural worship service this coming Sunday, January 29th, at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Cheryl Raine and Indonesian Pastor Hart Tan will lead the service which will be followed by a potluck luncheon. Come and get acquainted with our new pastor!

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Our Mission

To celebrate the love of God;
To share and live our beliefs;
To educate youth and adults in the teachings of the bible and beliefs of the church;
To work for peace and justice within our church and our community;
and,
To be good stewards of God’s creation.

You are always welcome at First Presbyterian Church.

Sunday Worship at 9:30 am

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