Welcome in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ
We are a faithful congregation of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) and within the bounds of the Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery. Worship is one of the many ministries that are facilitated by this historic and active congregation. A small group of Presbyterians began this ministry in 1835 and we are called by God to continue their faithful witness of Jesus Christ to our community and world. Bible studies and mission projects punctuate our weekly activities. If you would like more information about our ministries and/or becoming a new member, please call our church office during the week or talk to our pastor after worship.
As of January 2016, we will no longer mail the newsletters to everyone. We will post them on our website and have copies in the narthex. If you do not have access to a computer and can’t make it to church, call the office and we will add you to a short mailing list.
For your faith enrichment throughout the coming week, the Bible passages for Sunday, May 1, 2016 are: Acts 16:16-34, Psalm 97, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26. Did you know that you can hear these readings in a podcast version? Check it out at the National Presbyterian Church website: www.pcusa.org/devotions/podcast. You also may want to look them up at: www.biblegateway.com
What is a Christian Educator?
“Christian educators are persons called by God to a ministry of education who demonstrate their faith in and love for Jesus Christ, are dedicated to the life of faith and are serious in purpose, honest in character, and joyful in service … It is expected that Christian educators be persons with skills and training in biblical interpretation, Reformed theology, human development, religious education theory and practice, and the polity, programs, and mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).” (a previous edition of the Book of Order G-14.0710 and G.14-0711.)
CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES Both Children’s Sunday School Classes will meet after the Kid’s Message in worship. The Lower Grade’s Class will meet in their classroom next to the Nursery. Kathy Woodfin and Cherie Herbst will be teaching this class. The curriculum will focus on “The Stories of the Old Testament” based on the Read and Learn Bible. The Upper Grade’s Class will meet in their classroom on the second floor. Their curriculum will focus on “The 12 names of Jesus”. This class will be team taught by Kathy Brown, Melissa Harris, and Sandy Wilhelm.
DAYTIME CIRCLE will meet in the Chateau dining room at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. We will order off the menu and each person will be responsible for their own lunch. Please call Sharon Metcalfe at 651-5274 or Ruth Needle at 334-4515 to let one of them know you plan to attend. A brief meditation will be offered as the closing program of the Daytime Circle.
Book Club, The next meeting of the book club will be on Thursday, November 10 at the home of Jean Cairns. The book is “The Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Steadman.
Gather, Share & Eat–The Next Gather, Share and Eat will be November 13 and will be serving Chicken and Dumplings.
In support of our local FISH Food Pantry, the October Meal a Month- 2 Cans of Tomato Soup, Can of Evaporated Milk, Box of Crackers and Fruit of Choice. Please put in the box in the Narthex.
~~MUSIC MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES—Join Us!~~
♫ First Presbyterian Adult Choir
Make a New Year’s Resolution to join our Adult Choir! Adult Choir begins again with Wednesday rehearsals starting on January 6, at 7:30 pm. Join us!
♫ First Presbyterian Handbell Ringers
Rehearsals begin on Wed, Oct. 7, 6:15 to 7:15 pm.
We hope to ring for special times at the 10:30 am Worship Service. We rehearse on Wednesdays at 6:15 to 7:15 pm. Rehearsals are the “Upper Room” on the 3rd level. All levels of ringers are welcome to join!
♫ First Presbyterian Children’s Music
This is a “user-friendly” program for busy parents and children. Rehearsals are usually at home via youtube.com or CDs, and at your convenience. The children usually sing once a month, usually on the second Sunday, with a brief rehearsal before church. See the Children’s Choir Folder on the Bulletin Board in the Atrium for more information, or call the church office.
We deeply appreciate the many participants in our First Presbyterian Music Ministry program throughout the year. We are pleased to acknowledge them:
Children’s Choir—Emma Broeckling, Ben Broeckling, Jonah Durow, Nadia Durow, Jacob Harrison, Katherine Harrison, Maybry Shaver
Adult Choir—Will Bahn, David Bengston, Stephanie Bengston, Kate Broeckling, Ed Burford, Jean Cairns, Lea Hecht, Harvey Hecht, Peg Hirschburg, Pete Hirschburg, Lizbe Knote, Riley Kurré+, Alex Mitchell, Sheri Mitchell, Brittany Moleski+, Christopher Morgan+, Pastor Kim Nelson, Rebecca Nelson, Judy Rueseler, Kendall Staggs+, Nate Thomas+, Janna Tuck, Elisa Williamson+, Brucee Woods. (+denotes SEMO Choral Scholar Student)
Handbell Ringers—Kate Broeckling, Jean Cairns, Peter Durow, Julie Harrison, Katherine Harrison, Lea Hecht, Rebecca Nelson, Sheri Mitchell, and Elisa Williamson+