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.
Are you protecting yourself and those you love? I know that you are aware that the dominant emotion after hearing the news on TV lately is anxiety. Quite frankly, many people are almost consumed with worry. They don’t always know what they are worried about. But they know that fear seems to be a daily part of their life. What are you doing to protect yourself and those you love from the crippling aspects of anxiety?
Here we are in the Holy season of Advent, getting ready for the coming of Jesus Christ. The first word of the Angel to Mary was “Be not afraid!” The first word to the shepherds in the fields was “Be not afraid!” And God’s word to us today is “Be not afraid!” In the midst of all the bad news------ our God is not absent, our God is very close and our God is dependable. One of the best ways to counter fear and anxiety is to practice rejoicing. No one can rejoice with God and be fearful at the same time. And the time before Christmas is such a perfect time to rejoice. All the activities, all the music, all messages of Christmas turn us away from fear and toward trust in our loving God.
Don’t allow the expectations of a perfect holiday to rob you of the real reason for the season. Take time to read the real Christmas story in Matthew and Luke, take time for listening to and for singing of Christmas Carols. And take time for worship.
The angel still says “Be not afraid!”
Your Pastor and Friend in Christ,
December 24 Worship Services
Christmas Eve Morning Worship at 10:30 am
The Christmas story in drama and music as part of our morning worship service
Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Worship at 7:00 pm
Lessons and Carols with Communion
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.