John Knox Presbyterian Church (USA) 452 Cummings Lane N PO Box 20968 Keizer, OR 97307 503-393-0404
Rev. Dr. John Neal, Pastor
We invite you to worship with us Sundays at 10:30 am.
Sunday School for children ages 4 through 8th grade is at 9:15 am during the school year, and adult education begins at 9:15 am.
We look forward to seeing you!
Our pastor, The Reverend Dr. John Neal.
I hope you were present for worship at John Knox PC during Advent. As usual, Anna and Bethany came forth with beautiful and meaningful music and the children shared their wonderful enthusiasm and their innocence. Many others shared their gifts of artistic decoration and profound words. The overall effect was that this Christmas and the time leading up to it was for the congregation a time of remembering and celebrating the real meaning of Christmas.
As we enter the New Year there will be many who will be setting forth new goals and resolutions. There will be some who will be claiming that this is the year where they finally loose those extra pounds, while others will be resolving to do more exercising to get into shape. I hope you will consider treating yourself to some positive spiritual growth where you leave guilt, fear and negative judgmental thoughts behind. I hope you inform your face that God is good and thus are more able to surprise other people by sharing your smile even before they share theirs.
I remind you again of the opening of the Confession where it asks what is the chief end of humankind----”We are to PRAISE God and ENJOY God forever.” Let’s put that into practice!
In Christ’s love, Dr. John
Keizer Community Food Bank - our non-food item focus in January is toilet paper, tissues and paper towels. Items can be dropped off at the Church office M-W, Sunday 9am-noon
PC (USA) Christmas Joy offering through January 7. See article in "Our Work" page for details on how to give.
HUGS - Hats, Underwear, Gloves, Socks for foster children in Marion County. Also needed are pajammas, jackets, and toiletries for children ranging in age from infant to teen. We will dedicate our Valentine HUGS on Sunday, February 11th. Donations can be dropped off to the church office M-W, Sunday 9am-Noon.
PDA - Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to Sutherland Springs, TX following the mass shooting at the First Baptist Church, November 5, 2017. See below for further details.
Baptism of the Lord
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Team Travels to Sutherland Springs
From an article by Rick Jones | Presbyterian News Service
LOUISVILLE — While the community of Sutherland Springs, Texas, continues to grapple with the mass shooting at First Baptist Church, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is responding. Mission Presbytery has requested PDA’s presence to meet with church leaders and determine the best way to minister during this time.
The shooting occurred during worship services at the church on November 5. At least 26 people were killed and more than 20 were wounded. As many as eight of those who died were from one family. State officials call it the largest mass shooting in Texas’ history.
"The Rev. Dr. Jim Kirk and the Rev. Katherine Cullpepper were in San Antonio on November 6 to support the presbytery as it responds and equips its faith communities,” said the Rev. Dr. Laurie Kraus, PDA director. “There are no words or prayers eloquent enough to describe the horror and outrage this atrocity evokes, the second mass shooting and third domestic terror attack in less than a month.”
The nearest Presbyterian congregation is Boldtville Presbyterian Church, approximately 20 miles away from Sutherland Springs. Watson said the congregation has several personal connections to First Baptist. The Boldtville church held a service of witness and prayer on Wednesday, Nov 8.