What a great weekend in the cool mountain town of Big Bear Lake! Thanks to the hard work of Pastor Tan and his wife Lena (and a host of helpful volunteers) this will be remembered as one of the best retreats yet.
Wilson Kayange and his brother Louis, who was visiting from Malawi, Africa, helped organize activities for the young and the young at heart.
Thank you, Wilson & Louis for everything you do for our youth programs.
The Hymn Society will be holding its annual conference July 17 – 21, at the University of Redlands. The conference includes 5 hymn festivals, 3 plenary lectures, daily worship, and engaging workshops.
FPC Redlands will be participating in the progressive hymn sing on Tuesday, July 19, which will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. The singers will progress to the Congregational Church at 7:45, and end up at Redlands First Pres at 8:30, where we will serve refreshments following the sing at 9:00. We hope everyone joins us for this evening of hymn singing.
For more information visit http://www.thehymnsociety.org
Pastor Hart Tan will lead his flock to cooler pastures the weekend of July 8th – 10th. The Grey Squirrel Resort at 39372 Big Bear Blvd. in Big Bear Lake will be the site of a retreat with a theme of “Building Christ’s Body in Today’s Postmodern Era”, The event starts in the afternoon of Friday, July 8 and continues through Sunday, the 10th at noon.
A special memorial service honoring the deceased Pastor Samuel Emmanuel will be held in John Knox Hall on Friday, April 29, 2016, at 6:00 P.M. Please join us for this celebration of our beloved pastor’s life. The service will be primarily in Urdu.
On Sunday, May 1st, at 6:00 P.M. there will be a Mother’s Day service and dinner, celebrating and honoring our mothers. Pastor Hameed and the leaders of the First Presbyterian Church of Redlands Pakistani/Indian Ministry welcome Urdu speaking folks from all denominations to join this event.
When a month happens to have a fifth Sunday, we usually make that Sunday’s service a multicultural service. Instead of meeting for the English service at 9:30 in the morning and the Indonesian service at 5:00 P.M., we have one joyful service at 11:00 A.M. The reason I describe it as “joyful” is because when you combine Indonesian music with traditional English worship, and then add the voices of our Pakistani/Indian members, you get JOYFUL.
Zach Neufeld, the English music director and Cakra Nelwan, the Indonesian music director inspire their choirs to new heights as each is buoyed by the other.
Post worship, there’s a feast in the hall. And I do mean a feast. It’s almost as if there’s a contest between the three distinctly different cultures, American, Indonesian, and Pakistani/Indian, to see who has the best recipes. The jury is still out and that’s why we have to stage a rematch several times a year.
So, mark your calendar now. You will not want to miss the multicultural service on May 29th, at 11:00.
This coming Sunday, the last Sunday before Easter, we celebrate with a special Procession of Palms. Congregants who choose to do so meet in John Knox Hall at 9:15 A.M. to pick up their palm fronds and join the procession into the Sanctuary. It is a moving symbol of Christ’s journey into Jerusalem that children and adults enjoy together.
After the worship service, fellowship in John Knox Hall will include witty conversation and coffee. Please feel welcome to join us.
We have entered the forty days of Lent with an Ash Wednesday worship service, and continue observance of this special time with Wednesday night potluck dinners and study. The study program is Out of Africa: The Belhar Confession for Today. The suppers, held Wednesdays through March 16, begin at 6:00 P.M.
“Sunrise”, our morning prayer service resumed on February 11, and continues on Thursday mornings at 7:00 A.M. through March 17.
The rededication of our newly restored Schlecker pipe organ has been postponed until a later date to be announced.
Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday services at the regular time – English at 9:30 A.M. and Indonesian and Urdu at 5:00 P.M.
On Maundy Thursday, March 24th, there will be a 7:00 P.M. worship service in English.
Pastor Hameed Barkat will hold a Good Friday service, in Urdu, at noon on the 25th and Pastor Hart Tan will hold a Good Friday service in Indonesian at 7:00 P.M.
Easter morning begins with Sunrise Services at the Redlands Bowl at 7:00 A.M. with the participation by many area churches. Pastor Hameed will hold a sunrise service in Urdu here on campus between 5:30 – 7:00 A.M. And the English worship service will be held at the usual 9:30 A.M. Our Indonesian congregation will worship at the usual time, 5:00 P.M.
Please feel welcome to join us for any and all of our services and study groups.
Sunday’s sermon by guest speaker, Dr. Terrance Roberts delivered a compelling message about what it means to “Soar on the Wings of Love”. He told how every day he went to high school, taunted and harassed by opponents of the integration of Little Rock schools, he wanted to quit. He told how difficult it was to focus on his studies with his fellow students and even some of his teachers pitted against him. What brought him back day after day was the knowledge that he was participating in something meaningful and that it would be a betrayal of those who had sacrificed before him to give up out of fear.
The chancel choir, under the direction of Zach Neufeld, sang a heartfelt version of “This Little Light of Mine” reiterating Dr. Robert’s message of hope.
Nancy Irby performed a lovely Introit and also sang the Offertory.
At the reception following the service, Dr. Roberts signed copies of his books for members who purchased them. The Adult Enrichment class of Sunday, July 19th will be having a one-hour discussion of these books.
Dr. Terrance J. Roberts, civil rights activist, psychology professor, and management executive will speak at the regular 9:30 A.M. worship service on Sunday, June 14th. Dr. Roberts has been awarded the nations highest civilian award, the Congressional Gold Medal by former President Clinton, for his contributions to society.
You won’t want to miss this inspirational service and reception (following the service in John Knox Hall). Please join us!
On another note: The multicultural service and potluck supper, held on May 31st, was such a hit that we’ve decided to do it again whenever there is a fifth Sunday in a month. The next one will be on August 30th.