JONESVILLE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Jonesville First Presbyterian Church
300 East Chicago Street
Jonesville, MI 49250
Office Hours: Tues. and Wed. 8:30AM - 11:30AM; Thurs. 8:30AM - 12:30AM
EMAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (517) 849-9505
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Donna Miller, Financial Secretary
Vicki Arno, Administrative Assistant
Sara Johnson, Youth Director
Margaret and Bob Henthorne, Music
Robert Henthorne, Choir Director
Cathy Johnson, Interim Pastor
jonesville first presbyterian church
300 East Chicago Street
JJonesville, Mi 49250
Pastor Lynne McQuown-Fry
A Letter From the Pastor
“I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you as you trust in Him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love, and may you be able to feel and understand, as all God’s children should, how long, how wide, how deep, and how high God’s love really is; and to experience this love for yourselves, that it is so great that you will never see the end of it or fully know or understand it. And so at last you will be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” -- Ephesians 3:17-19. The Living Bible translation Beloved, Love is in the Air! Or at least the marketing of it, as stores are flooded with pink and red chocolate heart boxes, flowers, jewelry and more. But, as most of you already know, love is not something that can be bought, nor is it something meant to be celebrated one day of the year. The Church knows a thing or two about love. God’s “overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love,” as Cory Asbury sings, which is incomparable. It’s a Love that unconditionally calls us and claims us as God’s beloved – a Love that we cannot earn or lose. It’s a Love that seeks us out when we feel lost and unlovable. This Love reminds us that nothing we can do or say or think or left undone will ever be able to separate us from God’s love for us. It doesn’t get better than that! And we, Church, get invited to share that kind of Love with each other. As imperfectly and beautifully as we humans do. At JFPC God’s love is in the air – every day! Can you feel it? So many of you have told me that you can in the warm welcome at worship and fellowship in the ways you are caring for one another (meals, calls, transportation for those who need it, prayer, words of care and encouragement) in the fact that on any given Sunday we have life-long members, first-time visitors, new seekers, and a wide diaspora of online community (in Michigan, Arizona, Texas, Florida, and beyond!) worshipping together In the ways God is actively preparing and providing for our summer plans (finding the right pastoral intern to cover our Renewal Time, forming an exciting VBS, etc) In the challenging and faith-provoking discussions had at Bible Study, Book Group, Life Goes on Group, and Circle Up formation In the music and spirit of worship at JFPC This February, as we see signs everywhere in pop culture celebrating one dimension of love, remember that God’s love goes far deeper and wider. At JFPC, we celebrate God’s love every day. On Valentine’s Day, and every day, I am here to remind you that you are loved, cherished, celebrated. You belong. You are needed. Not just one day of the year, but every day. Not just when you get it “right,” or have it all together (as if any of us ever do!), but always.
Would you like to enjoy some time of fun and fellowship with other church members for no other reason than the fact that we like each other, we like good food, and we like spending time together?
Join us on the THIRD THURSDAY of each month at NOON. _We'll give it a trial run for 3 months to see if there is enough interest to keep going.
January 26 - Olivia's
February 16 - Saucy Dog
March 16 - El Cerrito's Hillsdale
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.
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
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 Faith unlocks the door
This year we will be partnering with the Jonesville United Methodists to offer a community centered Lenten Lunch Series and special worship services. We will have speakers from area agencies inform us of things happening in the area and how we can be better connected. We hope you’ll join us.
Here is the calendar of events:
February 22: Ash Wednesday NOON — Lenten Lunch and Noon Service at JFPC Evening Service at JUMC 6:30pm
March 1: Lenten Lunch JFPC Noon (Speaker TBD)
March 8: Lenten Lunch JFPC Noon (Speaker – Pastor Cathy from King’s Kupboard)
March 15: Lenten Lunch JUMC Noon (Speaker TBD)
March 22: Lenten Lunch JUMC Noon (Speaker: Brenda Walters, Concord Free Store)
March 29: Lenten Lunch JUMC Noon (Speaker: Tammy Ryan, SPARC)
April 6: Maundy Thursday Community Service at JFPC. 6:30pm
April 7: Community Good Friday Service at JUMC 6:30pm
April 9: EASTER. (Sunrise service open to the community at JFPC Memorial Garden
Mask wearing is at your discretion!!
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: Sundays — Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 12th following worship with field trips to be planned (Fri 2/3 to a Jewish Shabbat Service in Ann Arbor and more to come).
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
Welcome to 2023
– Spiritually Prepare for Lent – A Healthier Body of Christ February, 2022 Page 2 As our Sunday worship scriptures have reminded us, we are the body of Christ. Many of us would like our physical bodies to be healthier. So, throughout the Season of Lent, typically a season of self-denial and repentance, we will be offering opportunities for our congregation to become a healthier body of Christ – spiritually, of course, but also physically. What does this mean or look like? That will be up to you. Let Pastor Lynne know if your goals center around healthier eating, increased exercise, weight loss, drinking more water, or something else. We’ll design the program from the input we receive. Perhaps you’ve heard about the special tv series “The Chosen” and wondered what it was all about. Maybe you haven’t even heard of it. The Chosen is a series that tells the Gospel stories from the perspectives of the followers of Jesus. The producers have gone to great lengths to be authentic and compelling. During Lent we will offer a study to watch the episodes and discuss them together. Come and see!
Pastor Lynne McQuown Fry
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!
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.
Holy Land Bound
Happy Birthday Jeanine!
1st Sunday of the month
Communion Sunday Service
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
The Mick Sisters
Sharon and Scott Dow
Kathi and Ron Boyle
Mary and Tim Skupinski
Please email us.