From the Pastor's Pen 1/23/24


Dear Friends,

As I sit here in my office this morning, I can hear voices coming from the Sewflakes that are meeting in the Fellowship Hall, and the MUMC Bible Study group getting ready to meet in the Parlor. It fills my heart with joy to hear activity within the walls of the church on a Tuesday morning.

On Sunday, we focused in on the idea of repentance as a change of mind, and looked at this in relationship to Jesus calling his first disciples, and the way in which they made a huge change of mind to follow at that moment. But we also considered that while they were quick to follow at Jesus’s call, they didn’t follow perfectly. They had moments of questioning Jesus’s identity, wondering at his authority, and even abandoning him at his lowest point. All this led us to the reminder that we are all called to follow, and even when we trip up or fall short, God still calls us. And that means that we have the opportunity to answer that call to follow each and every moment of each and every day, and trust that God’s grace and mercy will abound.

Sunday worship service airs each week at 11:00 a.m. on Facebook and remains on our page for those who wish to watch at a later time. Find it here:

After worship, our Annual Congregational Meeting was held. If you were unable to attend and would like to receive a copy of the Agenda, which includes an Annual Report and a copy of the 2024 Budget, let me know and I can email or mail one to you.

Wednesday evening fellowship continues this week in the Fellowship Hall, at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is a potluck, so bring a dish to share. Conversation will also be “potluck,” so bring a conversation topic or two to place in a bowl and we will pull one or two out each week to guide our discussion.

Last week, you should have received an email containing your 2023 Giving Statement. If you did not receive it, or if you would prefer a paper copy, please let me know and I will get it to you. In addition, if you see anything that needs to be corrected on your statement, please reach out and we will get it corrected and a new one issued.

The countdown is on! Today marks radiation treatment 24 of 30. Thank you for your continued prayers and support. I appreciate all of you who have volunteered to drive me, and I will be in touch if and when I need your assistance. Updates are posted here:

Coming Events:
  • Chair Yoga with Donna Holmes – Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday Evening Gathering & Potluck – 5:30 p.m. – Fellowship Hall (see above announcement)

Things continue to run smoothly with the Hand-in-Hand Business Center. Please remember that if you enter through the east doors to the building that the people in the Hand-in-Hand Business Center are there to work and do their jobs, so please be quiet and respectful of their time and space. If you need to enter the building and do not have a key, please come to the north entrance near the turquoise picnic tables and ring the bell for the office, rather than disturbing the business center tenants. Thank you for your cooperation.

Don’t forget:
  • Keep collecting that loose change and bring it every week to add to the collection! All of the loose change will go toward the ongoing ministry of the church, as we continue to spread the life-changing good news of God’s love.
  • The church can receive donations through Facebook, either by clicking on the “Donate” button on our Facebook Page, or through Fundraisers you can host on your own Facebook page.
  • If you have more ideas about how we can creatively fund the ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Gulf Shores, reach out and let me know!
  • Bring your Blessing Box donations (non-perishable items) to church on Sundays or drop them off at the box during the week.

As always, you are welcome to reach out to me via email, text or phone with any needs or just to chat!

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
Rev. Chrisy Ennen, (618) 980-9899
"Let all that you do be done in love.”
I Corinthians 16:14
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Rev. Chrisy Ennen

Minister of Word and Sacrament

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