October 17, 2017

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First Presbyterian Church

133 E. North St.

Geneseo, IL  61254

(309) 944-5189

Email: fpcgeneseo@gmail.com

 

SUNDAY WORSHIPJoin us for worship this Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

 

SUNDAY EDUCATION (Sept.-May)

Sunday School 9:15 a.m.

Confirmation 9:15 a.m. 

 

OFFICE HOURS

Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 am - 11:30 pm and 12:30-3:00 pm

Pastor Ryan Landino is in the office Tuesday-Thursday, 1:00-3:00 pm and Fridays 1:00-2:00 pm.

 

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Our Logo


The Session has been reflecting on the mission of the church of Jesus Christ and the mission of First Presbyterian Church for the last five years, and now have in place another piece of the puzzle. At the last Session meeting, the elders adopted a new logo, designed by our own Dan Colgan, Dan Colgan Designs


Think of this new logo as a mini-confession of our theological and missional values.

 

First Presbyterian Church. The Stone Church with a Warm Heart. This is how we perceive who we are and where we are headed. This is how we want to be understood by our community. It all goes together, the symbols and the text.

But it is also made up of several elements. Here's what those symbolic elements suggest to us:


Let's start with the building outline. The Stone Church. We are an institution, solid and stable. W
e are a people, with a long history of ministry and mission in our community and the world.

The font in which our church's name and Vision Statement are written is simple and traditional.

We hope you don't miss the Cross, as part of the building outline. We are a Christian institution, not a social or service club. As followers of Jesus Christ, we bear the universal symbol of our faith in our baptism, in our fellowship, and in our
service. The Cross is part of our logo to proclaim: God was fully human in Christ to the point of suffering and dying on the cross, and God raised Jesus from the dead to triumph over sin and death. Christ's sacrifice reminds us of our life of sacrifice as a disciple.

The Stone Church with a Warm Heart. The heart, the universal symbol of love,

expresses the movements of our love toward God, each other, and toward those who are currently outside our congregation. The warmth of our love starts inside the structure and is growing beyond it.

God's heart is first expressed in love toward us, and we return that heart, as Jesus taught us in the Great Commandment:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength… And you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

There are several symbols in our logo that Dan integrated from the Presbyterian Seal.

Inside the heart is a Dove, a symbol for the presence of God. The Warm Heart is the outcome of the work of God's Holy Spirit. Remember the Dove at the baptism of Jesus, which empowered him for ministry, and the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the early disciples at Pentecost, which empowered the early Church, and us for our worship and work.

Acts 1:8: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”


Remove the wings of the Dove, and you have a Fish. The fish was the earliest way Christians identified themselves to each other. We have to remember that life for
our earliest sisters and brothers wasn't easy. Persecuted for their beliefs, they used the symbol of the fish to reveal and to disguise. They secretively revealed their faith to those who they suspected were Jesus' followers, and they kept their faith hidden from those who did not share their beliefs. Sounds a bit like us today, doesn't it?

The fish also reminds us of Jesus feeding 5,000 people, and of our concern for the welfare of others in need.

The Stone Church with a Warm Heart. Where does the Warm Heart come from? We've already noted that it comes from the presence of the Dove, the Holy Spirit of God. The flame repeats the same idea. Throughout the Old and New Testaments, the fire and the light, speak of God's presence in calling Moses to ministry through the burning bush, in leading the people of God forward in the Exodus, in delivering God's Commandments to Moses, and in appearing as "tongues of fire" above the heads of all the believers at Pentecost.

 

The One whose name is "I will be what I will be," is the one who provides power, and light, and truth. This is the One whom we worship and serve as we seek to follow Jesus Christ.