Monthly Archives: July 2016

God Gives Us Hope

Joseph, Jacob’s eleventh son, had a roller-coaster life filled with awe-inspiring highs and tragic low points.

Captain of the Kings Guard and Joseph
The Captain of the Kings Guard and Joseph

We took 100 children on a quick tour of his life in Egypt during VBS this year. Would you like to experience his adventures too?

Then come and worship the one true God at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 31st. Joseph and the captain of the kings guard will show you the highlights and the shadow moments of his life. We have also invited all of the children back to sing some of the songs from Vacation Bible School.

Janice Owen Day

Proclamation

Whereas, Janice Owen has faithfully served Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church as organist, playing her piano for 50 years; and

Whereas, our entire community has benefited from her influence in the music of this congregation and many others who have lifted their voices in praise of the All Mighty God; and

Whereas, Janice Owen has endured and outlasted at least five installed pastors, six interim pastors, and two associate pastors; and

Whereas, it is fitting and appropriate that all those who worship here focus attention on the memories of the past in order to make them an important part of the present and recognize the vast and vital contributions of Janice Owen to this congregation and our community,

Now, therefore, I, George Fee, by virtue of the gratitude of a multitude of generations who have worshiped in this hallowed hall do hereby proclaim the 10th day of July in the year of our Lord Two Thousand Sixteen as

Janice Owen Day

Janice-with-George
George Fee with Janice Owen

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Circle of Faith

Have you experienced the power of music in teaching faith? I see it every week through weekly chapel lessons with our Weekday School children. For them, music is a key to opening their hearts to faith. Older children know the songs we sing each week and the younger children quickly learn them. Woven in and through each song are deep theological truths that they may only appreciate when they are much older.

Teaching adults through music is much more complex, just as our faith and music appreciation becomes more complex through maturity. Yet as I learned in seminary, deep theological truths can be readily taught through singing for we will often express through song truths we are not ready to admit as logical treatises.

piano with handsAlthough, at least during my tenure, the teacher we will honor this week would not include singing among her gifts. Yet we could readily substitute the name of this teacher into Paul’s praise of a teacher to the church at Collosae.

This you learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant.
He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf,
and he has made known to us your love in the Spirit. — Colossians 1:7-8

The result of this gifted teacher is that we continue to grow in faith, week after week, year after year, generation after generation, so that we will continually bear more and more fruit for the sake of the gospel and the Christ’s Church.Grow-sapling_640

You will have to attend worship with Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church on Sunday, July 10th at 10 am to learn more about this very special teacher and her gift that inspires us to grow in faith.

Robert Shaw, Pastor