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First United Presbyterian Church
Friday February 26, 2021

Permission vs. Forgiveness

It has been said there are two kinds of people in the world. Those who ask permission and those who ask forgiveness. I’ve always been one to ask permission. As a boy, Saturday morning cartoons were the best. I liked to get up early to watch them all. But every Friday evening I’d ask my parents what time I could get out of bed the next morning. They always said, “7:30am.” To me, 7:30am was late. I always got up with the sun. 7:30am meant I’d have to wait in bed forever before I could go downstairs to the family room and flip on the TV. Often, to pass time, I’d sit on the edge of the bed with my feet dangling off, staring at the clock on the wall across the room. The second, the very second, the clock read 7:30am I was out of bed like a shot. No time for the stairs, I’d jump down from one landing to the next. There were cartoons to be watched. No time to waste! 

I don’t like to break rules because breaking rules means there will likely be punishment. And who likes to get in trouble? I certainly do not. Following the rules and asking permission means I won't ever get into trouble or be punished. 

There are, however, times when a quick decision has to be made and there is no time to ask permission. Like the time my sister had an allergic reaction to peanuts and my parents had to speed to get her to the hospital. From the back seat I said, “Dad you’re speeding. What if we get pulled over?” He said to me, “I’ll keep speeding until we get to the hospital then the officer can give me my ticket.” We made it to the hospital without getting a ticket and my sister got the treatment she needed, but my dad didn’t have time to stop and ask if it was okay for us to speed. He just had to do it.  

There are some instances when breaking the rules is necessary. When a person must be willing to take a risk in order to help another person. Following the rules and asking permission might mean we miss an opportunity to do what is good and right. 

   As we read through the Gospel of Mark this spring during church, we learn that Jesus both followed the rules and broke them. It is clear he loves God with all his heart, mind, and soul - the greatest of all the commandments. He followed God’s will for him, which led him to hang on the cross. Jesus followed God’s rules for his life. 

Jesus also broke the rules. He worked on the Sabbath by healing the injured, sick, and broken, which was a direct violation of the established rules. The Pharisees were all over him for that one. Notice the difference. Jesus never violated God’s commands, but the established rules that got in the way of healing, helping, and making people whole; those are the ones Jesus crashed straight through. 

 In Jesus we see an obedient will follower and a forgiveness seeker. So, maybe, as disciples of Jesus we ought to be both: permission askers and forgiveness askers. People dedicated to obeying God’s commands and willing to break the established rules to tend to the injured, sick and broken. 

Ask for permission. Ask for forgiveness. Both have a place in this world. Knowing when to do which is difficult to know. We don’t want to get it wrong. We don’t want to miss an opportunity to help. If we look to Jesus as our lead we will never go wrong. We will know just what to do when the time arises. 

As Christians we both ask for permission and ask for forgiveness. 


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Building & Grounds—Brad Kunz

Christian Education—Susie Benson

Evangelism—Mary Lee Muniz

Fellowship—Matt Bader

Finance—Bonnie Krupp

New Members/Visitors—Lyle Hill

Outreach—Sherri Finke

Personnel—Jodee Kleb

Worship—Clark Evers

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In This Issue

A PPP Loan in the amount of $21,900 was given to the church in March of 2020. We submitted an application for loan forgiveness from the Small Business Association in December of 2020. The loan forgiveness was granted in February 2021. The budget for 2021 was approved at the Annual Congregation Meeting. The envelopes for giving to be used in 2021 are in the Narthex of the church. If you want them and haven’t been to church to pick them up, please call Bonnie Krupp at 806-4600 and I will deliver them to you.


The Evangelism and Worship Committees planned to assist Pastor Zach in handing out Ashes To Go on Ash Wednesday.  Unfortunately, due to the cold weather and snow, that event was cancelled.  However, we hope all of you are preparing yourselves for the somberness of Good Friday and the glory of Easter Sunday by partaking in Pastor Zach's Lenten Devotional Series, "Does the Bible Really Say That?"  each Wednesday during Lent.  Pastor Zach answers questions about which you may have wondered yourselves---Should Christians Forgive and Then Forget? Will God Give Us What We Ask For? Who Exactly Are the Least of These? Do All Things Work Together for Good? What Thing Can I Do in Jesus? Why Is Jesus Knocking at the Door?  If you know of someone who may be asking these same questions, share the link with them and also invite them to our Sunday morning services as well as services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. 


We have been back to In-person worship for 2 weeks now.  We appreciate everyone following the guidelines our session and CDC has established. In order to keep everyone safe and comfortable, we need to remember to wear our masks, stay 6 feet from others, and please refrain from touching, hugging and congregating in the sanctuary and narthex. 
The worship committee has been working to find ways to improve our virtual worship service, making it better and more spiritually fulfilling for all. And we would like your feedback! What have worked well for you? Is there anything we can do better? Please reach out to any member of the worship committee, Clark Evers, Mary Beth Dellamano, Alan Bogovich, and Regina Cundall.


Personnel – Unfortunately the committee has not been meeting because the chair as clerk of session has been working on the year end reports for the Presbytery and PCUSA.  We will form a new committee and start to work on the employment records as well as how to start up the nursery when the pandemic comes to an end.


I would like to take a minute to thank the congregation for generosity.  When we reached out in need for the SOS soup kitchen lunches - you responded with your arms and wallets opened wide.  Thank you as this takes some of the pressure off for the next few months.  We are preparing lunches again at the end of April and can breathe a deep sigh of relief.  Thank you again.  Sherri Finke, Kristine Cleland and The Outreach Committee.  


The Sunday School teachers sure do miss the children! We are not sure when it will be safe to reconvene with the kids, but it is very important to us that we keep in touch. We want to make sure they know we are thinking about them. Easter related baskets will be given to each child and will be filled with Christian related items and of course, candy!
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