First Presby’s Weekly News August 6, 2017

//First Presby’s Weekly News August 6, 2017

First Presby’s Weekly News August 6, 2017


Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.

Worship is broadcast at 11:00 a.m. on WCHS-580AM


Sympathy of the Congregation  is extended to Raymona Kinneberg, on the death of her twin brother, Raymond, on July 25, in San Francisco.

 Next Week’s Sermon will be given by Bill McCoy.

Many Ways to Support our Ministries: In addition to traditional cash and checks in the offering plate, you can give on our website via your computer or smart phone, through our mobile app “Church Life” (you must first set up a user profile on our website to use the Church Life app.) or by texting 73256 and typing “firstpresby” in the message line. Use the QR code card in your pew rack to go directly to our giving page. God loves a Cheerful Giver.

 Manna Meal Sandwich Making Thanks: Thanks to the Elementary Sunday School Children and adult helpers who made 300 sandwiches during the Sunday School Hour this morning. The sandwiches and fruit were delivered to Manna Meal by the students.

Boy Scout Troop 5 will be having an open house kick-off picnic on Tuesday, August 22 at Kanawha State Forest in Shelter #9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  All families with boys ages 11 to 18 are invited to come and learn about the advantages of scouting.  Come and enjoy an evening of fun and fellowship; learn about planned activities for the 2017-2018 program year.  If you have questions concerning scouting, please contact Scoutmaster Blair Taylor at 304-345-9960.

 The FPC Lyres Club is in Huntington today, playing for worship at Highlawn Presbyterian Church this morning and at Hospice of Huntington this afternoon.  Please pray for our safe travels and that our offerings will be pleasing to God and uplifting to all of God’s people today.  On Tuesday evening, August 8, our harp players will minister in music to the patients and families at Hubbard Hospice House.  Gig Sheet 112 has been emailed to all harp players.

West Virginia Interfaith Refugee Ministry (“WVIRM”) is an organization of volunteers from many faith communities in Charleston WV, whose mission is striving to improve the lives of refugees.  In preparation of two families that will come to Charleston in November, volunteers are needed to teach English as a second language to incoming refugees.  An ESL training course is being offered on August 18th and 19th (Friday evening and all day Saturday). It is free and sponsored by the Literacy Volunteers of Kanawha County. The training will be at the YWCA “Angel Place” which is behind Piedmont Elementary.  It covers Culture Shock, Language Learning, Vocabulary, Dialogues, Listening, Pronunciation, Grammar, Reading, Writing, and Lesson Planning.  If you are interested in this opportunity to provide help and hope to arriving refugees, please contact Sue Webster.

Youth: Youth Group will start Fall activities on Sunday, August 20.  Wednesday night LOGOS will resume on August 23. Youth Sunday School will begin on Rally Day, September 10.


This Week’s Food Pantry Needs: Peanut Butter and Cereal

More About the Music: Below is an excerpt from “Glory to God: A Companion” about this morning’s middle hymn, “There is a Balm in Gilead”:  “Like many African American spirituals, this one has been generated around an arresting biblical phrase: ‘Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there?’ (Jeremiah 8:22). In his sermon, ‘Causes for the Inefficacy of Christianity’,based on Jeremiah 8:22 and preached in Dublin on July 2, 1789, John Wesley expands the application of the prophetic text and calls Christianity ‘the balm, the outward means, which the great Physician has given to [humanity], to restore their spiritual health.'” For more tidbits about our music and hymn texts, visit a church copy of “Glory to God: A Companion” by Reverend Carl P. Daw, Jr. M.A., M.Div., Ph.D in our church library, or look through the copy on the piano at the front of the sanctuary after worship.

 Lay Academy continues Poetry Readings, every Wednesday, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Room 203 in the Activities Building. Come and share your inspirations, or those of others. Remember our word “poetry” comes from a Greek word, POIEO, which means to create. Jesus encourages each one of us to love our God and each other arising out of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. This means our spiritual experience, our insights, our hopes and dreams are so very important to God and each other, we need to practice sharing how we feel, how we witness to God’s love as often as we can.  Come and share.

 Traveling this Summer? Take a First Presby “Greeting Card” with you to drop into the offering plate of the church you visit on vacation. You will find these wallet-size blue cards inside the Friendship Pads, and on the “Bulletin” bulletin board in the hallway. Then bring home a worship bulletin, leave it in the church office (be sure to include your name!), and we’ll “map” you on the bulletin board.

Many Ways to Support our Ministries: In addition to traditional cash and checks in the offering plate, you can give on our website via your computer or smart phone, through our mobile app “Church Life” (you must first set up a user profile on our website to use the Church Life app.) or by texting 73256 and typing “firstpresby” in the message line. Use the QR code card in your pew rack to go directly to our giving page. God loves a Cheerful Giver.

Tasty Tuesday!  The third and final Tasty Tuesday for this summer is August 15.  Our menu is Grilled Hot Dogs with all of the fixing’s, Pasta and Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Corn on the Cob, Watermelon, Chips, Desserts and Drinks.  All of the congregation is encouraged to get involved in this community wide event by signing up to bring a food item, help with meal preparation, serving or clean-up, or come and enjoy a great meal with our community.  A sign-up sheet is located outside of the main church office – be sure to be a part of this First Presby outreach ministry!

Opportunities to Engage!  WV Health Right has two fundraising events in which they are requesting volunteers.  “Be a Super Hero, Save a Life” 5K walk/run September 9 – help with registration and race route duties.  Also – “Your Passport to International Cuisine, Wine & Music” Annual WV Health Right Fundraiser September 22, eight people who are comfortable with on-line technology are needed to help with the on-line silent auction, your volunteer time provides you with a ticket to the event ($100.00 value)  For more information contact Sue Webster.

If you enjoyed singing or listening to the offerings of the Family Choir this summer, pray and ask the Lord if this is your year to become part of the Geneva Choir.  Music literacy and perfect attendance are not required, but a sense of humor is certainly helpful.  There’s room for singers of all voice types and levels of experience.  Rehearsals will begin on Thursday, September 7 at 7:30pm in the Choir Room.

Live on the Levee tailgate continues on the first and third Fridays.

                                              This Week at First Presbyterian

Sunday, August 6

Communion Sunday

   9:15 Covenant Class

Manna Meal Sandwich Making

10:30  Worship

11:30  Ruffner Room Refreshments

Monday, August 7

8:30   Aerobics

5:30  First Presby Walkers

 Tuesday, August 8

  5:30 Christian Education

Wednesday, August 9

8:00  Wednesday Work Crew

8:30  Aerobics

11:45  Wed.Men’s Group-Bistro

4:15   Trustee Meeting

5:30   Poetry Club

7:00   Worship Music Team

Thursday, August 10

7:30  Shoney’s Group, Downtown

Friday, August 11

  9:00   Aerobics



The Picnic is Coming to You!


WHEN: Sunday, September 10 from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

WHERE: Fellowship & Recreation is hosting the Annual  Church Picnic on the Church Parking Lot and Green Space

WHAT TO BRING:  A vegetable side dish, a salad or dessert to share. Drop food off in the Dining Room where volunteers will keep the hot food hot and cold food cold. Meat and drinks will be provided.

ACTIVITIES: Activities for all ages including a dunk tank, bounce houses, face painting, a photo booth, dessert competition (bring your recipe, music and more.

Come to church dressed in comfortable picnic clothes.

We want EVERYONE to Come Home for the food, fun, and fellowship.


AUGUST, 2017       

 Sunday, August 6 Manna Meal Sandwich Making

Worship-Communion Served

Tuesday- August 15-Tasty Tuesday

Sunday, August 20-Lunch & Sundae Sunday after Worship

Youth Group Begins at 5 p.m.

August 22-Boy Scout Kick off Picnic-Kanawha State Forest

Wednesday, August 23– LOGOS and Fellowship Dinners Begin

Sunday, August 27-Cents-Ability Offering

Wednesday, August 30- LOGOS and Fellowship Dinner


 Monday, September 4- Labor Day—Church Offices Closed

Tuesday, September 5-Christian Education Committee

Wednesday,September 6- LOGOS and Fellowship Dinner

Property, Personnel, Worship and Deacons Meetings

 Thursday, September 7,Coordinating Team, Handbells and Geneva Choir

Sunday, September 10-RALLY DAY-Sunday School Classes Begin

Church Picnic after Worship on Church grounds

Wednesday, September 13-LOGOS and Fellowship Dinner

Session Meeting



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