at 930 W Avenue B, Garland, 75040-6219 United States
We are an ecumenical, diverse, and mission-minded regional church, part of the PC(USA).
FPC Garland is a well-established congregation of 300 members. There is a feeling of "family" that makes even a newcomer feel part of our 121 year history. We love our youth and have a large and active group of young people who participate fully in the life of our congregation. We also enjoy the vibrancy of members who have worshipped with us for over 40 years and still enjoy learning something new. We believe "worship" is an active verb and doesn't end when we leave the Sanctuary on Sunday. In 1994, our church celebrated its move from the old location (the red brick building) across the street to this sanctuary. If you stroll the grounds, take time to read the historical marker on the East or 9th Street side of the building. Prior to the 10:50 AM service, Acolytes call members to worship by ringing the bell located just outside the front doors. Interior architecture and fixtures are circular to remind us of the circle of life and our baptismal covenant. You may notice the beautiful stained glass windows in the chancel area, these were moved over from the old building and are part of our cherished heritage. The windows remind us of the saints who have gone before us and remain with us in our life journey with Christ. Walking towards the Education Building another shadow box remembers the family names who dedicated the windows to our church.
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This morning at 7 am we began our Men's Bible study on Ephesians at the Branding Iron (Firewheel Golf Course). 8 were present! I hope you will join us next week, same time, same place. We will be looking at Ephesians 1:15-23.
God has a plan to unite all humanity into one family(See Ephesians 1:10). Humanity resists it greatly, but God will prevail in the end.
You might think of evangelism as bringing people to Jesus or you might think of it as bringing Jesus to people.
I hope you will join us for this Sunday's All-Church Picnic after the 10:50 am service. Please note: we will not be holding the 8:30 service.
It's never foolish to hope.
"This is what the LORD Almighty says: Administer true justice, show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the immigrant or the poor." Zechariah 7:10-11
The fact that God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow does not mean that he is unaffected by his creation. Our God is dynamic in his relationship with the world. He rejoices in our joy and he weeps in our sorrow. He shows anger when there is oppression and injustice and he exults when a sinner turns to him.
Our attitudes tend to be most affected by what we center our lives around. A Christ-centered life will be one of peace, joy, love, and hope.
The right thing is always the loving thing and the loving thing is always the right thing.
"For God has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fulness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth." Eph. 1:9-10 Through Christ God is uniting everyone, which means that our separateness stands in opposition to God's will.
When reading scripture, whether in the Old or New Testament, the central question for a follower of Christ is: What does this have to do with Jesus? It's all about him.
One of the essential questions for any follower of Christ is: Am I acting as an agent of Christ-like transformation in my community? The transformation begins in you, but it must never end there.
One of the products of sin is that it causes us to elevate the sin of others above our own. Grace is the great equalizer. We are all in equal need of it. Jesus died for you as much as he died for them.
Imagine evangelism as you holding Christ's hand with one of your hands and reaching out to take another's hand with your other. Initially you are that person's link to Christ, but eventually you take their hand and place it into Christ's hand, thereby entrusting them to Christ.
Quote from Sunday's sermon, "It’s a lot easier to believe that the world is coming to an end rather than the world is being restored and humanity will be perfected in Christ."
The first step toward making peace on earth is to make peace within yourself. This comes from knowing you are forgiven. The second step is to make peace with another person...and then another...and then another...and so on. This comes from knowing that you are to forgive others.
“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
My Friends, Jesus tied all law to two commandments, "Love the LORD God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself." Another way to put it is loving is always the right thing and the right thing is always loving. This past Sunday evening, two things were done that were wrong. First, the organization The American Freedom Defense Initiation was wrong to hold a contest encouraging people to depict Mohammed in cartoon form. It was done with the intent to offend our Muslim neighbors. There is a significant difference between what one has a right to do and what is right to do. What this organization and the participants of the event did was not loving in any way and therefore, not right in any way. Secondly, what the Arizona men and jihadist sympathizers, who loaded themselves up with guns and ammunition with the intent to shoot all the people at the event center the evening of the event, did was horribly wrong. It had nothing to do with loving God or loving neighbor and was therefore wrong. It is disturbing to know there are people like this who are citizens of this country. Both believed they were doing the right thing and both couldn't be more wrong. I am thankful for the officers who skillfully and bravely performed their duties. The two dead men are in God's hands and I trust that God will know far better than any of us with what to do with them. As members of the Body of Christ, the Church, it is not enough for us to stand aside quietly and allow hatred to have its way with this world with which we have been entrusted. I urge you to represent God's love in all you say and do, and respond to anyone who speaks or acts out of hate. In Christ, Rev. Paul Burns Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Garland
Tomorrow the South Asian Fellowship will be hosting their annual picnic from 10 am to 7 pm. It will be held on the church grounds by the parking lot. All are welcome! Come and go as you please!
Men of the Church: Join the Men's Bible Study as we read a very insightful book together. In The Reason for God, Timothy Keller addresses the most common objections to Christianity and faith in general. Wednesdays at 7 am at the Branding Iron at the Firewheel Golf Course.
More pictures from Andy McClain. Your prayers for our Mission Study Trip travelers are greatly appreciated.
Traveling in Israel and Palestine our own Andy McClain. Very awesome pictures.
Important information regarding the church picnic this Sunday: *A decadent worship of animal flesh sacrificed in a steel altar and baptized in the heat and smoke of the remnants of locally-grown trees *This ain't like your typical Baptist Sunday afternoon weenie roast *Lots of beef *Pulled pork (requested by those unappreciative of the finer things in life) *Some chicken (also requested - really?), but dark meat only! *Spicy sausage links *Pork steak - back (along with me) by popular demand - non-Kosher *Hot dogs for the children and unenlightened *No sauce - what, are you a Yankee? *No grilled chicken breasts, grilled veggies, or faux meats - if you're expecting that, you came to the wrong church picnic. Hop on I-30 and head west for about 1300 miles!
The Gospel when shared should sound less like a threat and more like an invitation.
Something to consider.
Christianity is a religion of doing not don't-ing. (By the way, that is our sermon title for this Sunday)
Last Sunday we baptized Brighton and Braylen Nchotu! Welcome to the Kingdom!
He is risen! Have you? Join us at 8:30 or 10:50 for our Easter celebration! Egg hunt at 9:30 for the children!
Tonight at 7 we will have our Good Friday Tennebrae Service. It will be a very moving retelling of the passion of Jesus Christ. Please join us.
As if there was any doubt :) We so need living, breathing models of faithful service like this. May we all strive in faithfulness like her!
Set your clocks forward! See you tomorrow!
"Friends, this is the joyful feast of the people of God! People will come from east and west, and from north and south, and sit at table in the kingdom of God."
Love our children!
Another picture of our South Asian brothers and sisters.
Thank you to Jan Devries (our general presbyter) and Joanna Kim (director of cross cultural ministries) from Grace Presbytery for joining us and blessing us for worship!
Thank you to Pastor Paul and Pastor Oliver for their leadership!
Thank you to our African members for leading us in joyfully offering our gifts to God through song and dance with drums and tambourines!
Thank you to our South Asian members for singing Psalm 32 in their beautiful Urdu language with harmonium, drum, and tamborine!
Thank you to Rod Jordan for taking these beautiful pictures!
Thank you to Ruah for leading us in inspiring singing yesterday!
Thank you to the Women's Retreat Choir for their beautiful music yesterday!