With Jesus (Weekly Devotional)

Created: Sunday, April 15, 2018

Weekly devotional based on the sermon of Sun., Apr. 15, 2018

With Jesus, we’re never alone, and with Him close by our side, we’ll be ready to face any and every challenge. That is the essence of the gift of fellowship in, with, and through the ONE who empowers every believer to carry out the message of salvation. 

When the world says no, the Lord our God says YES. Thus, it is in His name that we have our being, as well as our beginning and end. The believer’s path is therefore complete. 

In Christ,
Pastor Anette

One Way, One Hope (Weekly Devotional)

Created: Sunday, April 8, 2018

Weekly devotional based on the sermon of Sun., Apr. 8, 2018

Rest assured, hope abounds in Jesus, and we’ll find a new meaning for our lives with and through Him who gave His life for us. Rest assured, hope abounds in Jesus, and we’ll find a new meaning for our lives with and through Him who gave His life for us.

With the one hope that leads to life eternal, the light of Christ is with us all the way, imperishable and undefiled. God is giving us more through Christ, thus enabling us to discover more about Him, ourselves, and each other. Therefore, as seekers of God’s truth, we are blessed to embrace and to enjoy its mercies.

May you embrace and live Christ’s hope,
Pastor Anette

Forever Risen (Weekly Devotional)

Created: Sunday, April 1, 2018

Weekly devotional based on the sermon of Sun., Apr. 1, 2018

Hallelujah – the Lord is risen. He is risen indeed!

Nothing more, nothing less needs to be said for the greatest miracle in salvation history. God has acted through the promise of the Son and made us, along with Him, victorious! No wonder God’s promise is a living promise!

Believing is receiving, and nothing on our part could ever be achieved by our own efforts. Through and through, God’s gifts are a beautiful  expression  of divine love. Without measure, so deep and so wide, pure in its deepest sense – no wonder the Easter story is our holy joy!

A most blessed Easter to you and yours,
Pastor Anette

Pastor's Monthly Article (April 2018)

Created: Sunday, April 1, 2018

Easter and April - springtime is in the air! We have multiple reasons to rejoice as we ponder God’s merciful, loving grace and wonderful gifts. Without a doubt, we get to enjoy the beauty of it all! So great is God, who bestows upon us more than we’ll ever have known to exist, yet there’s more to discover for those who long and hunger for God’s Word.Easter and April - springtime is in the air! We have multiple reasons to rejoice as we ponder God’s merciful, loving grace and wonderful gifts. Without a doubt, we get to enjoy the beauty of it all! So great is God, who bestows upon us more than we’ll ever have known to exist, yet there’s more to discover for those who long and hunger for God’s Word.

In reflecting upon our Lenten journey this year, whether we allowed serious time for ourselves for spiritual care or participated in spiritual exercises, all of the above matters to God, which is why it should matter to us too. Having said this, there is always room for spiritual growth, an ongoing process through which we have the gift of opportunity to discover more of God in relation to ourselves and each other.

The liturgical colors, which are white and gold for the next few months, will remind us of the significance of its meaning of true joy and celebration. Living and breathing in the presence of God’s Holy Spirit is the fullness of our lives as God’s redeemed children. Therefore, our joy in Christ has been made complete.

The latter made me think about my personal unfolding moment while being at a silent spiritual retreat in Illinois last month. Prior to my arrival, I anticipated that it would be a spiritually rewarding and refreshing experience. Indeed it was, and as I came to discover, it was also a most fulfilling one in which I came to find myself physically as well as spiritually recharged. 

There were people from all walks of life, with a variety of different denominations, and religions. Indeed, God was able to meet us right there and then, though not because of anything that made us different but that which came to unite us. It was an extraordinary experience in the midst of the ordinary and a zest for living and loving the life God intended for us to live and enjoy. Through and through, such are God’s mercies. They are true every time, even before we call upon the One whose name is holy and worthy of our praise. Blessed be the name of the Lord, now and forever more. 

Let us together celebrate Jesus Christ our risen Lord!
Pastor Anette

Worship through Music Service on Sun. Apr. 29

Created: Monday, March 26, 2018

FPCN's Chancel Choir, led by interim music director Ayumi Okada, will lead us in a special Worship through Music service on Sun. Apr. 29 at 10:45 am in the sanctuary. Join us as we worship exclusively through singing with praise songs and other music.