Good News at First Presbyterian Church in Logan

The first week of December was a meaningful week for FPC-Logan. On Wednesday, December 5th, FPC hosted a service of prayer and healing with our ecumenical area partners, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and St. John’s Episcopal. In the spirit of a Longest Night service, the service provided opportunities for the community to grieve and mourn at a time of year when many are joyful and rejoicing. The event received some press coverage - see the story here. The service was led by Pastor Derek Forbes, Pastor Meghan Vail, Pastor Teri Hermsmeyer of Prince of Peace, and Vicar Steve Sturgeon of St. John’s. There were people from the community in attendance that no Pastors recognized as regular worshiping members, which was wonderful!

On Saturday, Dec. 8th, FPC hosted the annual Alternative Gift Market in Cache Valley.  Pastor Derek and Pastor Meg are collaborating with their area faith partners from Prince of Peace, St. John's and the Cache Valley Unitarian Universalists to do some advanced planning for the 2019 Logan Pride Interfaith Service. This is an annual service that takes place in conjunction with Logan Pride, but with the support of Logan Pride Foundation, we are planning well ahead and hoping to incorporate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall into the fabric of the service which is scheduled for September 7, 2019.


Presbytery of Utah welcomes Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, says goodbye to Rev. Jerrod Lowry

PBY MTG 09.2018

The Stated Fall Meeting of the Presbytery of Utah was one of mixed emotions.  Everybody was thrilled to meet and welcome Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA)!  Rev. Nelson gave an amazing sermon during worship that left us all wondering, "why are we standing here?"  Not only is he a powerful speaker but his message was powerful as well.  Rev. Nelson also shared some of the good works being done by PC(USA) in the form of the Hands and Feet program.  He explained the most recent project in Baltimore and the positive effects it is having on the community.  You can check out the good work they are doing at this website:  

It was fitting that Rev. Nelson was in the house for this particular meeting.  It was fitting because it was Rev. Jerrod Lowry's last meeting as a member of the Presbytery of Utah.  Rev. Nelson has known Rev. Lowry since he was a boy and what a great way for Jerrod to be led into a new mission and out of his current call, than by a longtime mentor and friend!  Rev. Jerrod Lowry has been a member of the Presbytery of Utah for 8 years serving as Pastor for the Community of Grace church in Sandy, UT.  He was well loved by all who knew him and brought joy, laughter and friendship everywhere he went.  Those closest to him gave him encouraging words for his future work and expressed the love and sadness we will all feel when he is gone.  Tears were shed and prayers given to Rev. Lowry and his family as they embark upon this new journey.  Good luck Jerrod, we will miss you!!


Logan Church Welcomes Associate Pastor Meghan Vail

Installation Meghan Vail




















After graduating from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and being ordaing by Mission Presbytery in Texas, Rev. Meghan Vail moved to Utah with her wife Jeanine to become Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Logan, Utah.  She began her work in March os this year and was Installed to the position, officially, on Saturday, September 8th, 2018.  She was installed in style as Rev. Dr. Ted Wardlaw, President of the Austin Seminary was the guest preacher for the service.  Congratulations Rev. Vail and welcome to the Presbytery of Utah!


Russia in St. George

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This year's Russia Mission Network Conference was hosted by Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in St. George, UT.  Pastor Michael Zdorow, Chaplain of the Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy, gave a speeck about mission work he, along with other Russian members that have experience with the Network and PCUSA Mission co-workers, are doing.  

The Russia Mission Network (RMN) is made up of Presbyterians from all corners of the U.S. who have an interest in, and a heart for, Christ’s church in Russia.  Many network members are active in partner church relationships and a few pursue independent projects. Some have traveled to Russia, others have not. In all cases, our hope is to break down the walls that divide us and encourage one another as we live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our communities and countries.  The network gathers annually for fellowship, updates on mission involvement in Russia and to learn from one of our mission partners.  As a network we have welcomed and been deeply enriched by Russian guests and partners from the Baptist, Lutheran and Orthodox confessions.

Here are some fun images from the event!  Be sure to sign up next year and get involved.  :)