• The Pastor's Blog

Michael Schulte Farewell

Friends, Sunday, May 15 will be my last day serving as the Director of Christian Education at First Presbyterian Church. It has been a joy to serve this church the […]

WilsonPost – April 13, 2022

The following, by Sherard Edington, appeared in the Religion Column of the WilsonPost. We all know the saying, “Time heals all wounds.” It is a comforting but misleading sentiment because […]

Ashes Drive-Thru 2022

Dear Friends, For Ash Wednesday this year, under the auspices of the Wilson County Ministerial Alliance for Race, I organized an “Ashes Drive-Thru” for the community. I enlisted ten pastors […]

Women in the Church

Veterans Day 2021


Our church is heated and cooled by two separate HVAC systems—one which serves the sanctuary and the fellowship hall and another which takes care of the education wing, offices, and chapel. The first system is running just fine (knock on wood). The second system…

January 6, 2021

It was with much disbelief and overwhelming sorrow on Wednesday that I watched the images showing citizens of this nation storming our federal capitol, smashing its doors and windows, fighting with the police, and vandalizing that historic building.

Advent Devotion – December 24 – Michael Schulte

2020 may prove to be one of the most consequential and fateful years in modern history…

Advent Devotion – December 23 – Max Carter

Advent was established as a part of the liturgical calendar late in the 4th century A.D…

Advent Devotion – December 22 – Ozzy and Dot Foutch

God sent an angel to Mary who told her that she would give birth to a baby…

Advent Devotion – December 21 – Sherard Edington

The word “beginning” is such a wonderful word…

Advent Devotion – December 20 – Becky Burris

The Census calls! I received the form in the mail first. I completed and returned it…

Advent Devotion – December 19 – Jessica Fain

For the most part, I’m a planner. And I come by it honestly…

Advent Devotion – December 17 – David Howell

This reading tells of the Suffering Servant, a story which foretells the coming of Christ…

Advent Devotion – December 16 – Dot Jenkins

In this time of chaos and distress we have cried “Peace, Peace!” but there is no peace…

Advent Devotion – December 15 – Barbara Howell

These words from Zechariah foretelling the coming of the king of Israel are wonderfully sung in Handel’s Messiah…

Advent Devotion – December 14 – Robin Orewiler

I’m a happy person. I sing in the shower, dance in the kitchen…

Advent Devotion – December 13 – Suanne Bone

For many years, my grandmother picked me up from school…

Advent Devotion – December 12 – Wayne Carter

Jeremiah was called at a time when Judah was in serious trouble…

Advent Devotion – December 11 – Bob Malsack

What do you do when you hope for something?

Advent Devotion – December 10 – Max Carter

In this passage; Isaiah has the task of describing the kingdom of God…

Advent Devotion – December 9 – Mickey Stueck

As I sit in the hospital room with Jim where he has been for a week…

Advent Devotion – December 8 – Quinn Welser & Noah Carter

After Pharoah frees the Israelites from captivity, Pharaoh changes…

Advent Devotion – December 7 – Adrienne Johnson

Back in March, my niece planned to travel from the south of England…

Advent Devotion – December 6 – Catherine Hanson

Today our lives are filled with uncertainty…

Advent Devotion – December 5 – Scott Williams

In 2020, we have faced many struggles and hard times…

Advent Devotion – December 4 – Cal Clark & Cayman Welser

As the prophet Habakkuk writes his oracle, the Babylonians…

Advent Devotion – December 3 – Frank Reeves

In this Psalm, verses 1-3 describe a prior occasion on which God delivered the Israelites from bondage and exile…

Advent Devotion – December 2 – Anne Donnell

Such devastation, such suffering. Murder. Destruction. Contempt, scorn, derision…

Advent Devotion – December 1 – Wayne Patton

Today life in America is a lot different than it was just one year ago…

Advent Devotion – November 30 – Sheridan Henson

There is a popular farewell in Jewish circles…

Advent Devotion – November 29 – Michael Schulte

In late September, my grandma was hospitalized and underwent emergency, life-saving heart surgery…

Survey Says…

I want to thank the many of you who responded to the survey about our Christmas Eve Worship. The results are about what I expected…

The A.V. Club

On March 8, 2020 B.C. (Before COVID), the status of technology in the FPC sanctuary could best be described as “limited.” Our audio system consisted of a pulpit microphone connected to an aging PA system. We also had a couple of crotchety wireless mics with an affinity for feedback. Several years ago, we did replace the spherical ceiling speaker with something newer. Video capabilities in the sanctuary were non-existent.

Reopening… Update

The Session met Sunday evening, and in addition to their normal business they also discussed reopening the church for corporate worship. The consensus of the Elders was…

Storm Damage

On Sunday evening a powerful line of thunderstorms raced across Middle Tennessee causing widespread damage. At the church…

When Does the Church Reopen?

The foremost question in all our minds is when will we be able to return to normal worship at First Presbyterian Church? When can we gather together in the chapel […]

Lenten Challenge #22

Today is Easter Sunday and our final Lenten Challenge. On a normal Easter, most Christians gather in their churches for worship, and then, when possible, continue Easter fellowship with family and friends.

Lenten Challenge #21

For today, the final day of Lent, your Challenge is to…

Lenten Challenge #20

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree?
Were you there when they pierced Him in the side?
Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb?

Lenten Challenge #19

Here’s an interesting question to ask at parties: “Did you grow up saying ‘debts,’ ‘trespasses,’ or ‘sins’?”

Lenten Challenge #18

It is never too late to express gratitude. Your Challenge for today is…

Lenten Challenge #17

We have not held corporate worship services in our sanctuary for four weeks now. We are deep into our social distancing. We likely have a few more weeks to go. So, that makes today…

Lenten Challenge #16

The word “passion” comes from the Latin verb patior which means “to suffer, bear, endure.”

Lenten Challenge #15

Today is Palm Sunday and so your Challenge for today is to meditate upon a …

Lenten Challenge #14

Today’s Challenge is to listen to an old sermon.

Lenten Challenge #13

Two weeks ago, for Challenge #4, you prayed for 3 minutes. You completed that Challenge…

Lenten Challenge #12

There are many people who do so much to make our lives more livable. Today, your Lenten Challenge is…

Lenten Challenge #11

Your Challenge for today is to make a donation.

Lenten Challenge #10

Your Challenge for today is to ruminate on Psalm 130.

Lenten Challenge #9

Your Challenge for today is to read a poem, specifically…

Lenten Challenge #8

Your Challenge for today is simple—pray for someone.

Lenten Challenge #7

Your Lenten Challenge for Wednesday is to contact a relative with whom you’ve lost touch or with whom you haven’t spoken to in a while.

Lenten Challenge #6

Your Lenten Challenge for today is to read and meditate on the account of Jesus’ Temptation in the Wilderness.

Lenten Challenge #5

Your Lenten Challenge for today is to clean out and organize a drawer.

Lenten Challenge #4

Your challenge for today is to Pray for 3 Minutes.

Lenten Challenge #3

Your Lenten Challenge for today is to read and reflect on Jesus’ parable of the surprising Samaritan.

Lenten Challenge #2

Your Lenten Challenge for today is simple. Watch this video…

Social Distancing

I would like to share with you two articles that I found to be helpful in explaining/showing why social distancing is important in the fight against COVID-19. Both articles rely on animations so I would recommend looking at them on a desktop computer if possible.

Lenten Challenge #1

I hope you all are doing well in this age of Coronavirus. Please continue to practice social distancing.

Uncharted Territory

The emergence of the novel coronavirus has forced us all into uncharted territory. We need to accept that our world is going to be different for a while. The good news is that the situation is not permanent.