First Presby’s Weekly News August 13, 2017

//First Presby’s Weekly News August 13, 2017

First Presby’s Weekly News August 13, 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 Tom Bloch, II on the death of his mother, Stephanie Bloch, in Wheeling on August 6.

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

Lives that are hurting don’t stop in the summer. Here at First Presby we continue to provide meals to the hungry, work on a disabled veteran’s home, provide counseling opportunities for those whose lives are racked by addiction, divorce, depression. AND nourish all souls with weekly worship of Jesus Christ. Who makes this possible? You do. Our ministry required $60,000 in June, but only received $36,000 in gifts from all of our membership. Our lives are busy, we travel, but our devotion as disciples is constant. What we are called to do, we do; and we believe what we need will be provided. You can be a part of ministry year-round, even when you are not in the pew, by setting up a monthly recurring gift directly from your bank account or credit card. Go to and click on “Giving,” or call the office for help in setting it up. While they can’t do in person, the 59 people a day, every-day, who receive food for their family from the pantry here will thank you.

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.

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 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.

Our Parish Nurses will be providing blood pressure checks in the Cablish Room following worship service. This ministry is available to everyone.

LOGOS is almost here! We will start a little early. Our first night is August 23! We have new and exciting themes, activities, and a field trip in store this year! Please stop by the “Coming Soon” bulletin board in the main hallway to fill out a green registration card! LOGOS is open to all students age 4 through grade 12! Please join us for a fun filled year! For more information or any questions, contact Janet Chambers, or 304-343-8961.

The Lay Academy continues to sponsor Poetry Sharing Times  Wednesday, August 16, 5:30-7:00 p.m. in Room 203 in the Activities Building.  Special guest will be poet Dave Pearcy who will explain the inspiration for his poem “I Rejoice,” which he sang during Holy Communion  last Sunday morning.  Everyone welcome to come and share you own poetry or others’ poetry.  Refreshments.  Bring a friend or neighbor. For more information, please call the Church Office, (304) 343-8961.

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: Canned Vegetables & Canned Fruit

More About The Music: Below is an excerpt from “Glory to God: A Companion” about this morning’s middle hymn, “Give Thanks”:  “Many hymns have been written by clergy to support their sermons, but this is a song written by a member of the congregation in response to a pastor’s teaching.  The text behind this song is 2 Corinthians 8:9, Paul’s reminder that though Christ ‘was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.’  There are echoes here as well of the apostle’s affirmation ‘Whenever I am weak, then I am strong’ (2 Corinthians 12:10)  When the author wrote this song in 1978, he was attending the Williamsburg New Testament Church in Williamsburg, Virginia.  At the time, a military couple were attending that church, and they carried songs they learned in the United States with them back to Germany.  That is apparently how the song made its way to Europe and beyond.” 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.

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.

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.

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 7:30 p.m. in the Choir Room.

Clothing Closet Needs: The Clothing Closet at St. Mark’s Methodist Church is in need of Men’s shoes 9-14; men’s underwear 28-46; men’s socks, men’s jeans, black and khaki pants. Women’s underwear, white and colored socks. Children’s shoes all sizes and children’s clothes. Also needed are towels, washcloths, blankets and bed spreads. There is a drop off box by St. Mark’s on Dickinson Street.

Food Pantry: The Food Pantry located on the Fourth Floor of First Presbyterian is in need of additional volunteers. If you would like to participate in this project, please contact Robin Snyder, 304-993-4734.

Join the First Presby Knitting and Crochet Group at 10:00 a.m.  Tuesday, August 15.  We continue to meet every month on the first Tuesday at 6:00  p.m and the third Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. in Room 406 in  the Education Building.  Members are currently making hats, scarves, holiday booties,  lap-robes, and even a couple of “shopping bag” mats for those in need of a knitted (or crocheted) rug.  Last year, our group gave over 100 hand-crafted hats and scarves to flood victims, homeless men, and others in need.  All skill levels are welcomed.  Call Laura Ceperley for information, 304-389-3562.

Presbyterian Coffee Project: Coffee, tea, cocoa, chocolates, raisins, and nuts continue to be available for purchase after worship and the week-days during church business hours.

Trash Bags: Many thanks to all who have contributed trash bags in the past. With the increased use of the church buildings for meetings, our supply of trash bags needs to be replenished. Any extra  you can donate to the church would be much appreciated. Please leave in the church office.

It’s Time to Re-enroll in Kroger Community Rewards. If you have enrolled your Plus Card for Kroger to donate to First Presby, you MUST re-enroll it during the month of August. Since becoming part of this Rewards Program in 2015, Kroger has donated over $9,000 to First Presby, with each quarter’s gift growing as more members enrolled their Plus Cards. If you are a Kroger shopper and have not yet enrolled your card, now is the perfect time to do so at to help grow our ministry.

Thanks: I want to thank everyone for coming to First Presby’s three Art Camps this summer! I can only hope that our artists had as much of a wonderful time as I did sharing our God-given talents and creating something new. I am always awestruck by the children and their beautiful, creative pieces of art work. Their joyfulness was reflected in their creations. The adults were just amazing to watch their paintings and glasswork unfold. Thank you Lord for all Your beautiful gifts that you have given and the opportunities to share them. (Janet)

                                             This Week at First Presbyterian

 Sunday, August 13

   9:15  Covenant Class

10:30  Worship

11:30  Ruffner Room Refreshments

Monday, August 14

First Day of Kanawha Co. Schools

8:30   Aerobics

5:30  First Presby Walkers

 Tuesday, August 15

  10:00 Knitting Group

5:00  Tasty Tuesday

Wednesday, August 16

8:00  Wednesday Work Crew

8:30  Aerobics

11:45  Wed.Men’s Lunch Group, Bistro

5:30   Poetry Club

Thursday, August 17

7:30  Shoney’s Group, Downtown

 Friday, August 18

7:00  Men’s Group

8:30  Aerobics

10:00  Preschool Picnic

5:00   Live at the Levee Tailgate



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       

Tuesday, August 15-Tasty Tuesday

Friday, August 18, Live on the Levee Tailgate

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


Sunday, September 3-Lay Academy Class

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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