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Cathy Johnson, Interim Pastor

Jonesville First Presbyterian Church
300 East Chicago Street
P.O. Box 6
Jonesville, Mi 49250

"All mail must include the P.O.Box #6

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    Pastor Lynne Fry

Letter From the Pastor:
“Wisdom begins with reverence of the Lord, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
– Proverbs 1:7
Dear Church,
It’s May! The month of Mother’s Day, Proms and Graduations, Riverfest, Memorial Day,
Pentecost. There’s a lot happening, which has me thinking about life: rites of passage that
shape us, mothers and teachers who influence us, events that impact our identities, people –
beloved and strangers—who have sacrificed so much for our well-being, freedom, and growth.
May is a month of reflection, which often leads to more questions.
Personally, I love questions. (Usually more than answers!) Questions open us up, inviting us to
look deeper or wider than perhaps we normally would. They can open portals into new
dimensions. Questions invite power sharing, as we listen to one another. They can be
provocative, disarming, even life changing. Jesus knew the transformative power of questions
and utilized their incisive edges effectively and often. Out of the 325 some questions He asked,
236 were unique. “What do you want me to do for you?” “What do you think?” “Who do you say
that I am?” “Do you love me?” “Do you want to made well?” Which is your favorite?
All this reflection has me pondering. What questions are you asking in this season of your
own life? What questions are you asking in this season of the life of Jonesville First
Presbyterian Church?
How would you categorize the season of life that we are in? What do you long to see happen?
What are you grieving, hoping for, and working towards? How will you use your gifts, talents,
and passions to envision and build the next chapter of JFPC?
Confusion, grappling, and incredulity are also forms of questions. Think of Mary, the mother of
Jesus at the Annunciation asking, “HOW can this be?” Or Thomas, refusing to believe until he
had been shown the same proof of Jesus’s resurrection as the other disciples. Or even the
father who brough his son to Jesus for healing who exclaimed, “Lord, I believe. Help my
unbelief. Each of these stayed present to their doubts and questions as they sought faith. They
kept seeking and asking until they received wisdom and epiphanies, sometimes one question at
a time. What about you? What doubts do you have? What do you need to “touch and see” so
that God can help guide you into believing even in our current season?
A favorite quote of mine comes from Austrian poet and novelist Ranier Marie Rilke, who offered
this advice to a young poet: “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love
the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign
tongue. Do not seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to
live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then
gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
May God grant us the patience, creativity, and grace to live the questions of this season of our
church and gradually to live into their answers.
In Christ’s Grace and Love,
Pastor Lynne

    2024

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Click on Give Now to arrange payments to  JFPC through the Presbytary.

You are Invited to:

  1)  Donate supplies to Kings Kupboard Food Pantry operated by Trinity Lutheran Church.  Ellen Justice-Templeton has provided lists of needed items and as they are brought to JFPC she will take them to the pantry.

2)Join our Sewing with Purpose group on Friday mornings as we make sundresses for a mission project.

All skill levels are needed. We start at 9am and finish about noon, but you can come and go as you please.  Portable sewing machines are welcome!  Sewing will begin on Friday, October 13th.

Services 

Services are held in the main Church:

 

  • Sunday Morning Services are at 10:30 AM

  • in person and online

  • Communion is held on Easter Sunday and the first Sunday of each month.

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Current Events  

  • 100 Women Who Care - Jonesville Chapter - 2nd Monday in January, April, July and October at 6:15 p.m.

  • Take a Break Lunch-  Third Thursday of each month, 12:00 p.m. 

  • Bible Study-Wed at 10:30am

  • Grief Recovery Group-1:15pm

  • Wednesday

  • circle up - 2nd Wed of month at 5:30pm and 4th Friday at 10:00am at the church

  • Pub Theology - TBD

Prayer is the key to Heaven,    but FaithUnlocks the Door

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HOLY WEEK
COMMUNITY WORSHIP
SERVICES

      Maundy Thursday

             6:30 pm

Community Prayer Stations & Worship

Service

at Jonesville United Methodist Church

         Good Friday

            6:30 pm

Community Stations of the Cross &
Worship Service
at Trinity Lutheran Church Hillsdale

           Easter Sunday

                    7am
Community Easter Sunrise Service
at Jonesville First Presbyterian Church

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Vicky Arno, our administrative assistant

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Beer Bread by Circle Up

Marilyn's BlessingBoxes 

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The lunch crowd at the 2022 Christmas bazaar.  

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Jeanine and the Claus's

       Our  JFPC elf,Jeanine, will paint your face  for absolutely no charge!  Any age is welcome!

The bazaar is a great day for families to gather, do a little shopping,  share a little lunch, visit with friends.

Dave Steel holds our newest baptised baby, Abram.

NEW MEMBERSHIP/SEEKER CLASS:
Have you ever wondered what it means to be a person of faith? Christian? Presbyterian? Member of JFPC?
Here is your chance to find out.  We will offer a 3 week class to explore these questions (with field trips!)
At the end of the course you will have the option of joining the church.  Membership is not required.  This is a great way to explore
Your faith, our history, and where you fit.  All are welcome (including current members).  It’s also offered to our youth who may have missed Confirmation class due to the pandemic.

WHEN:  Next membership class will be announced in the fall.

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It's never too early to begin to learn the art of prayer.  

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 Our church operates with the generous co-operation of volunteers from our congregation.   Sign up lists are located on the bulletin board in the fellowship hallway next to the church office. We need people to usher, light candles before each service, provide refreshments for fellowship hour and be the liturgist assisting our pastor with the Sunday Service.  If you have a gift that you would like to share with the church, please add your name to one of the lists, or all three!!

      Please read the newsletter for complete information on the status of the 2024 Holy Land trip

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Make sure to save the 1st Saturday in December for the JFPC Christmas Bazaar.  Baked goods, vendors and a luncheon are on the menu for that day.

Holidays are always special at JFPC!

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Mask wearing is at your discretion!!

     Welcome to our Rakers-Roberta Friends

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      Sewing with Purpose

Jonesville First Presbyterian Church
300 East Chicago Street

P.O.Box 6
Jonesville, Mi 49250

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In 2023 Jonesville First Presbyterian Church
will celebrate an anniversary (170 years since
our first church building was erected, and
145? years since we have been in our current

building). We would love to compile a col-
lection of photos of our church throughout the

years. If you happen to have wedding pic-
tures, Sunday School photos, or others of our

church from earlier years – different paint
colors, before the Fellowship Hall wing was
added, etc, we would love to make copies of
them!

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Welcome  to  2023

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Easter Symbols
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Image by Annie Spratt
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Photos Needed!!!

Pastor Lynne McQuown  Fry
 
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Do you need prayer? Pastor Lynne McQuown is working from home and sharing daily devotionals and prayer times on Facebook.  She is available for you!

Prayer Works!!!

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Liturgists are an important part of our service and we appreciate our volunteers.  Feel free to contact Mary Skupinski if you would like to participate in this manner.

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Holy Land Bound
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Happy Birthday Jeanine!
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1st Sunday of the month

  Communion Sunday Service
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Grief Group Our congregation has suffered significant losses in the past couple of years.  Many in our midst are grieving – the loss of loved ones, jobs, relationships, health.  If you are in grief, (over anything), you are invited to JFPC’s Grief Group.  We have no curriculum, no agenda, no purpose other than to listen, to support each other, and to offer a safe place to grieve openly. We will meet Wednesdays at 1:15pm. 

 

FEB. calendar of                   events

 

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CHURCH LIFE

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The Mick Sisters
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Sharon and Scott Dow

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Kathi and Ron Boyle

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Mary and Tim Skupinski
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Please email us.

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