Living Simply

“They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they can take hold of the life that really is life.”
 – 1 Timothy 6: 18-19

Dear Friends of Edinboro Presbyterian Church,

When the Spirit fell on Pentecost, the first Christians shared what they had with each other and those in need. Today’s church is called to be generous too. Like a living fire, our shared generosity can be Spirit-filled.

Edinboro Presbyterian Church exists as evidence of God’s generous love known to us in Jesus Christ. Our Live Simply emphasis has helped us see the importance of setting our hopes on God, living richly in a deeper sense. This way of living is a priceless treasure and also the solid foundation upon which we can build our lives.
 
To date, our personal commitments to the church’s ministry have reached 26 pledges totaling $70,010. To give you some idea of where we stand, the budget for the 2016 fiscal year was $165,850.

The Session will be meeting soon to set the budget for 2017, and that budget will, in part, be based on your pledges to support the ministry of the church. I want to encourage you to make your pledge by the Sunday, November 13th worship service during which we will dedicate these pledges to God’s plan for our congregation. 

If you are not willing to make a pledge, would you be willing to make a financial gift to support the ministry of this congregation? You can do so by going here: http://www.easytithe.com/edinboropres

As God’s people called to do good, to be rich in good works, and to be generous and ready to share, we look forward to using the gifts with which we have been entrusted to fulfill God’s call to ministry as faithful servants of Jesus Christ. 

Together we can reach out to others as stewards of God’s abundant love and grace!

The grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,
Rev. Matt Falco

 

Letter from Pastor Matt

October 18, 2016

Dear Friends and Family of First,

Our journey together, with me as the Pastor of First United Presbyterian Church, will soon be drawing to a close. On Monday, October 17th, the Session of the congregation regretfully accepted my request to end my call effective November 30th. Should the Presbytery of Lake Erie concur, my final Sunday with you in worship will be November 27th.

The past six years have been a wonderful gift to both me and my family, and I give thanks to God for them. Lauren, Lucas, Jonah, and I will look back fondly on our years in Edinboro, and we look forward to sharing memories and stories of our time together with you in the coming weeks. I will be working with our presbytery to help prepare our Session for the next steps along your way. I certainly believe this a stronger, more faithful congregation, and that I’m a better pastor for our time together.

Along with this news comes an inevitable question: what’s next? Well, for me and my family, I have been called by Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church in Lexington, KY to be its next Co-Pastor. While a little anxious about becoming a “Wildcat” (I hear they have a pretty respectable basketball team!), I’m looking forward to working with the various ministries that are happening through that congregation. We are also looking forward to being a little more centrally located in the country, and therefore closer to some now too-distant family.

As for you and the ministries of this congregation, I believe you have very gifted individuals who will step up and continue to work to reveal God’s kingdom and see that the good news of the Gospel continues to be shared.  The Elders are already discussing the next steps they will be taking to begin the search for your next Pastor and will be sharing those with you in the near future. I know they, as do I, covet your prayers. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll close up the Garden of Edin for the arrival of winter, have a Spuds and Suds fundraiser for the important ministries of our Deacons, and continue making beautiful music together in worship. I hope to see you there!    

                                                                                    Grace and Peace,

                                                                                                Pastor Matt       

Pancake Breakfast!

Start your day off with a delicious stack of pancakes smothered in Edinboro's very own native liquid gold, Hurry Hill Farms Pure Maple Syrup!!

The pancakes and fixin's will fill your belly all for a wonderful cause, our community garden, the Garden of Edin.

When you have have finished, take the Maple Taste and Tours (www.pamaple.org) around Northwest PA and see for yourself how it is made. You can begin right in our own back yard at Hurry Hill Farm (www.hurryhillfarm.org).
Or, take the tour first and then come for some pancakes. We're open from 8:30 to 2:00. Better yet, start your day by having breakfast with us, take the tour and come back for pancakes for lunch. You can never have too much of the goodness that is maple syrup!

February 3rd Reflection

While he was babbling on like this, a light-radiant cloud enveloped them. As they found themselves buried in the cloud, they became deeply aware of God. Then there was a voice out of the cloud: "This is my Son, the Chosen! Listen to him."
Luke 9.34-35

"...they became deeply aware of God."

We have a tendency to separate our experience of the Divine, our religious life, from our practical daily life. Our days are full of appointments, work, school, practices, and leisure. Perhaps we are a bit like Peter, babbling on about how nice it would be to settle down a bit. But if our actions don't match our desires, this is an empty prayer.

Deep awareness of God comes with practice. The practice is making space for God to enter in by striving to live a holy life, such as reading scripture, praying, and treating others, especially those whom nobody loves, with love.

As you read this, I invite you to pause for just a moment, to slow down long enough to imagine that at this very moment a bright, shining cloud of the love of God envelopes you and those around you. How does that change you? How does it change the way you see those around you? How might the rest of your day be just a little bit different because you have become just a little bit more aware that where you go, the presence of God goes with you.