First Presby’s Weekly News September 24, 2017

//First Presby’s Weekly News September 24, 2017

First Presby’s Weekly News September 24, 2017

First Presby’s Weekly News

September 24, 2017

Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.

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



Next Week’s Sermon is “This Do” by Bill McCoy

Congratulations to Brian Conley and Laura Wulf-Conley on the birth of their daughter, Luna Wulf Conley, on September 11. Great-grandparents are Joann and Jason Conley and great-uncle is Marvin Conley.

Sympathy of the Congregation is extended to:

  • Family of Ruffner Alexander on the death of his brother, Andy Alexander
  • Family of Kim and Tom Lewis on the death of their niece, Rachel Lewis

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.

A Congregational Meeting will be held today immediately following the worship service for the purpose of the Election of Officers for the Class of 2020.

Farewell to Doug Jenkins: Doug has served First Presby faithfully for a little over a year as our Interim Pastor for Congregational Care. Join us to thank Doug and honor him for his ministry after worship today in the Dining Room immediately following the congregational meeting.

The Cents-Ability Offering is Received Today:  Rally Day and the Church-Wide Picnic, Sunday School Classes, the Logos Program and Youth Group, Music Programs, Mission Outreach Projects – these are some of the ways that we come together as a church family. Cents-Ability is a small way we can acknowledge our membership in the family of mankind as we share our abundance with our brothers and sisters in the broader community. Let us celebrate our ability to give, and make a joyful noise as our coins and offerings are received today.

Our LAY ACADEMY continues to study “Comparative Religions” today at 4:00 p.m. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Ramanathan Sampath, Cardiologist, native of India, who will help us to understand the great family of Religions known as Hinduism. He will present an illustrated lecture on many dimensions and details only someone of his background, education, and experience can share with us. Hinduism is not only the major Religion of India, the largest Democracy on earth, but is also practiced around the world, including right here in West Virginia.  All Lay Academy classes are free and open to the public. Bring a friend or neighbor for this special opportunity for learning how we may better obey Jesus’ command to love our neighbors as ourselves. For more information, please contact the Church Office 304-343-8961, or Dr. Newman 304-345-0225.

General James Kemp McLaughlin Sr. will be featured in a PBS interview series called “West Virginia Standing Together”. The series will feature veterans speaking of their time serving in WWII, Vietnam, Desert Storm and other wars. The series will air today at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on channel 5. Mr. McLaughlin will be featured in the first episode.

This Week’s Food Pantry Needs: Peanut butter and spaghetti noodles & sauce

Manna Meal Needs: Boxed cereal

More About the Music: Below is an excerpt from “Glory to God: A Companion” about this morning’s Geneva Choir anthem, “God, We Honor You”: “Like the Lord’s Prayer, this offertory acclamation begins with ascriptions of honor to God. It then continues with two petitions, one for acceptance of the gifts being offered and another for the grace to bear witness to God’s abundant blessings.  The third portion of the text consists of a threefold alleluia and an amen. The tune is constructed so that it can be sung as a canon. The canonic version is enlivened by providing for varied moments of melodic movement when the three sections are being sung simultaneously.” 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.

There’s room in the Geneva Choir for you! Music literacy and perfect attendance are not required, but a sense of humor is certainly helpful.  The choir does have a few people with great solo voices, but most of us are just regular folks like you.  Much like the summer Family Choir, we’re a slightly different combination every week, but God needs all of us!  Come to rehearsal this Thursday at 7:30pm in the Choir Room and join your voice with ours as often as you are able.

Check out the map before it goes away!  We worshipped with brothers and sisters in churches as nearby as Huntington and as far away as Oslo, Norway, all shown on worship bulletin board in the main hallway.  The map won’t be there forever, so check it out today and find out where everybody has been this summer!

Want to learn more about spirituality? The Sojourner Class will be offering a series of presentations to learn about spiritual processes and how to effectively practice them. The class will be held during the Sunday School hour in room E-411.

The Peace and Global Witness Offering is Received Next Sunday, October 1st – “So he came and proclaimed peace to those who were far off and peace to those who were near.” —Ephesians 2:17 The letter to the Ephesians tells us that Jesus came to proclaim a peace that is universal. While the earthly ministry of Jesus happened in a specific age and place, the peace he shared is limited by neither time nor geography.  As followers of Christ, our call to work for peace begins in our own neighborhoods and extends to the ends of the earth. It is a demanding call, but it’s one that Presbyterians at all levels of the church are seeking to follow.

Giving to the Peace & Global Witness Offering is one way we can be faithful to Christ’s call to pursue peace at home and around the world.

A gift to the Peace & Global Witness Offering enables the church to promote the Peace of Christ by addressing systems of injustice across the world. Individual congregations are encouraged to utilize up to 25% of this Offering to connect with the global witness of Christ’s peace. The Presbytery of WV retains 25% for ministries of peace and reconciliation. The remaining 50% is used by the Presbyterian Mission Agency to advocate for peace and justice in cultures of violence, including our own, through collaborative projects of education and Christian witness.

Youth: We return to our regularly scheduled programing with Sunday Night Youth Group from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Dining Room and LOGOS on Wednesday nights from 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Church League Basketball: Attendance requirement for participation in Church League Basketball has begun. If your child wishes to play, please make sure they are attending Sunday School, worship, and/or Youth Group at least twice a month. Please contact Payne at to sign-up for a team, or if you are interested in coaching.

Sunday, September 24


Stewardship Kick-Off

Baptism – Amelia Bays

9:15          Sunday School

10:00        Choir & Worship Team Warm-up 10:30        WORSHIP

11:30        Congregational Meeting (Election of officers)

Reception for Doug Jenkins, DR

11:45        Service of Healing, Chapel

2-4            Communion Preparation Workshop, DR, Kitchen, Sanctuary

4:00          Lay Academy, Comparative Religions DR

6-8:30       Youth Group, DR, Kitchen, Gym, Youth Rooms

Monday, September 25

8:30-10     Aerobics, Rec. Rm.

6-8 p.m.    Pre-school Parent Ed., E112, E113

“Creative Curriculum”

Tuesday, September 26

9:20          Staff Meeting, Ruff. Rm. (Calendaring)

9:30-11     Bible Study Group, A-203 (Coffee)

5:30-6:30 FPC Lyres Club, Ruff. Rm.

7:15-8:45 Boy Scout Troop 5, Rec. Rm., Gym,


Wednesday, September 27

8:00          Wednesday Work Crew

8:30-10     Aerobics, Rec. Rm.

11:45        Men’s Wed. Lunch Group, Bistro

3-5            Brotherhood of Senior Basketball, Gym

5-7:30       LOGOS, DR, Rec. Rm., Gym, A-109,

E-112, E-302, E-306, Library

6:00          Church Fellowship Dinner, DR

7:30          Worship Music Team, Sanctuary

Thursday, September 28


7:30          Bible Study, Downtown Shoney’s

8-4:30       KPCC Staff Meeting, E-310

9-2            SCOC Activities & Luncheon, Act. Bldg.

(A-201, 202, 203, 204 + 3 tables)

5:30-7       Capella Bells Rehearsal, Choir Rm.

7:30-9       Geneva Choir, Choir Rm.
Friday, September 29

7-8            Men’s Group, DR

10-11:30  Women’s Outreach Bible Study, A-203



Friday, September 1

Mark 14:27-42

Saturday, September 2

Mark 14:43-52

Sunday, September 3

John 8:47-59

Monday, September 4

Mark 14:53-65

Tuesday, September 5

Mark 14:53-65

Wednesday, September 6

Mark 15:1-11

Thursday, September 7

Mark 15:12-21

Friday, September 8

Mark 15:22-32

Saturday, September 9

Mark 15:33-39

Sunday, September 10

John 10:31-42

Monday, September 11

Mark 15:40-47

Tuesday, September 12

Mark 16:1-8(9-20)

Wednesday, September 13

Matthew 2:1-12

Thursday, September 14

Matthew 2:13-23

Friday, September 15

Matthew 3:1-12

Saturday, September 16

Matthew 3:13-17

Sunday, September 17

John 11:45-57

Monday, September 18

Matthew 4:1-11

Tuesday, September 19

Matthew 4:12-17

Wednesday, September 20

Matthew 4:18-25

Thursday, September 21

Matthew 5:1-10

Friday, September 22

Matthew 5:11-16

Saturday, September 23

Matthew 5:17-20

Sunday, September 24

Luke 3:7-18

Monday, September 25

Matthew 5:21-26

Tuesday, September 26

Matthew 5:27-37

Wednesday, September 27

Matthew 5:38-48

Thursday, September 28

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

Friday, September 29

Matthew 6:7-15

Saturday, September 30

Matthew 6:19-24

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